Cuomo Calls Spike in Long Island Coronavirus Cases “Troubling”

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Coronavirus cases on Long Island are surpassing 20,000, with diagnoses on track to double less than a week after the region broke the 10,000 mark, a rate of increase that Gov. Andrew Cuomo called “troubling.”

LI had 19,333 confirmed cases as of Thursday morning, including 10,587 in Nassau County and 8,746 in Suffolk County. Nassau had its second consecutive day of more than 1,000 new cases and Suffolk had its first day of more than 1,000 cases.

“That is troubling news,” the governor told reporters during his daily coronavirus news briefing. “Those numbers are concerning and we’re watching those.”

The development came as New York State reported 92,381 cases, there were 238,820 nationwide, and the number of cases worldwide broke the 1 million mark. New York reported 2,373 COVID-19 deaths, there were 5,758 nationally, and 57,771 globally.

The Island’s death toll, which broke 100 on Tuesday, is also on track to double this week, reaching 179 on Thursday. Nassau County fatalities rose by 19 to 95 and Suffolk County deaths increased by 15 to 84 Thursday. 

The mortality rate continues to be highest among coronavirus patients who are seniors and have underlying health issues, but LI has seen several people in their 30s and 40s succumb to the virus.

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