Another 1,000 Long Islanders have died of coronavirus in the past month as the region’s pandemic death count rose to more than 4,000 over the weekend, New York State Department of Health data shows.
There were 2,121 COVID-19 fatalities in Nassau and 1,892 in Suffolk as of Saturday, bringing LI’s total to 4,013. The region saw that number rise by 10 on Sunday with one more fatality in Nassau and nine more in Suffolk.
“The overall number continued to rise everyday,” Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone told reporters Sunday during his daily news briefing. “Our thoughts and prayers with all of those family members and loved ones of these individuals for your loss.”
The coronavirus death toll rose to 23,905 across New York State, 104,383 nationwide, and 372,037 worldwide as of Sunday. The first confirmed coronavirus fatality on LI was reported on March 16.
While the statistic is daunting, the rate at which people are dying of coronavirus has slowed significantly since the pandemic peaked on LI in April. COVID-19 fatalities doubled from 1,000 to 2,000 in a little more than a week in April. The figure then rose to 3,000 in the two weeks between April 30 and May 3.
Seniors continue to make up the largest number of those lost to the disease, with 85 percent of victims statewide older than 60. The top three underlying medial conditions of coronavirus victims remains hypertension, diabetes, and hyperlipidemia.
Overall, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases rose to 80,039 on LI, with 40,396 in Nassau and 39,643 in Suffolk. There were 370,770 statewide, 1.7 million nationwide, and 6.1 million worldwide. Those figures don’t include those who’ve tested positive for antibodies after recovering from coronavirus at home.
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