The number of Long Islanders who succumbed to coronavirus has doubled again in just over a week to more than 2,000, New York State Department of Health data shows.
LI lost 2,106 residents as of Sunday, with 1,281 in Nassau County and 825 in Suffolk County, the data shows. The development comes nine days after the region’s COVID-19 fatalities rose to more than 1,000 and about a month after the Island lost its first resident to the pandemic on March 15.
“Those numbers, they speak for themselves,” Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said of the deaths during his daily coronavirus news conference Sunday. “They are staggering … to all of those families who have been affected, our thoughts and prayers are with you.”
The coronavirus death toll rose to 13,869 statewide, 40,638 nationwide, and 166,066 worldwide.
Minorities continued to make up a disproportionate amount of those lost in the Empire State. Thirty-four percent were Hispanic, 28 percent were black, 27 percent were white, and 7 percent were Asian.
The majority of those who died of coronavirus is still seniors. Eighty-four percent of New Yorkers who died of the disease were older than 60. The top three underlying medial conditions of coronavirus victims remains hypertension, diabetes, and hyperlipidemia.
As for overall coronavirus cases, as of Sunday LI had 56,901, with 30,013 in Nassau and 26,888 in Suffolk. There were 242,786 statewide, 759,786 nationwide, and 2.4 million worldwide. Of those, 70,980 recovered in the US.. and 635,311 recovered around the world.
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