Long Island Coronavirus Death Toll Tops 100

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More than 100 people have succumbed to the coronavirus pandemic on Long Island, including seniors, those with underlying health issues, and several young people, officials said Tuesday.

The LI death toll rose to 116 after 15 new fatalities in Nassau County brought its total to 63 and nine more were reported to have passed in Suffolk County, where the number of deaths rose to 53. Of those who died in Suffolk, at least three were in their 30s.

“It is not just the elderly who are at risk here,” Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone told reporters Tuesday during his daily coronavirus conference call, noting how the high mortality rate for seniors has given some young people a false sense of invincibilty. 

Fatalities rose to 1,550 across New York State, 3,399 nationwide, and 39,545 globally Tuesday. As for diagnosed cases, as of Tuesday morning Nassau had 8,544, Suffolk had 6,713, and there were 75,795 statewide, 165,874 nationwide, and 809,608 worldwide. State officials report 10,929 hospitalized, 2,710 in intensive care units, and 4,975 patients have been discharged.

Compounding the grief for those who have lost loved ones is the fact that current stay-at-home social distancing mandates mean funerals for those lost cannot be held until after the crisis is resolved.

“We will continue to do everything we can to save as many lives as we can,” Nassau County Executive Laura Curran said.

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