Three more people tested positive for the coronavirus in Nassau County as the number of cases in New York State increased to 44, officials announced Friday.

Update: Long Island Coronavirus Cases Hit 18, Expected to Rise

The three women ages 36, 41, and 63 are suspected of being connected to the 42-year-old Uniondale man who became Long Island’s first coronoavirus case on Thursday. The man, a part time worker at Mercy Medical Center in Rockville Centre, reportedly has seen his condition improve since being admitted into isolation at NYU Winthrop Hospital in Mineola. All four reside within the Town of Hempstead.

“This is actually good news in some ways because it says the process is working,” said New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who has tried to ease public fears of the possible pandemic. “You get a case and you follow that case and you test that case because you want to find the people who were infected. You want to isolate those people so there is not continued spread.”

There are currently 250 cornoavirus cases nationwide and 15 deaths as of Friday.

Nassau officials said Friday that they were monitoring 59 people, nine more people tested negative, and eight more are pending.

The new trio “are people that we identified, isolated, and tested relatively quickly, so we’re hoping that secondary spread them will be limited.”

The Suffolk County Department of Health Services said Thursday they are monitoring 15 individuals who recently returned from mainland China and are under voluntary home isolation, officials said. There are three patients under investigation in Suffolk and the county is currently awaiting test results.

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