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There were no new coronavirus deaths Friday among Nassau County residents for the first time since the county’s first recorded COVID-19 fatality on St. Patrick’s Day, officials said.

The milestone comes after New York City reported its first day with zero virus deaths this week. Neighboring Suffolk County hit a low of one new death one day this week, but saw five new fatalities on Friday.

“For the first time in 81 days, we do not have a COVID fatality here in Nassau County,” Nassau County Executive Laura Curran told reporters Saturday during her latest news briefing on the pandemic. “That’s very, very good news.”

Nassau still has the eighth most coronavirus fatalities of any county nationwide, behind Brooklyn, Queens, Chicago, and Los Angeles, according to Johns Hopkins University. Suffolk County ranks ninth. 

Long Island broke 4,000 COVID-19 fatalities last weekend. As of Saturday, there were 4,067 coronavirus deaths on LI, with 2,135 in Nassau and 1,932 in Suffolk. There were 24,212 across New York State, 109,443 nationwide, and 396,591 worldwide.

As for overall coronavirus cases, LI had 81,131 as of Saturday, with 40,853 in Nassau and 40,278 in Suffolk. There were 377,316, 1.9 million nationwide, and 6.8 million worldwide.

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