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A home Covid-19 test kit is held, Feb. 3, 2022, in Seattle. Medicare says that millions of enrollees will finally have access to free over-the-counter Covid-19 tests at drug stores. Monday's announcement comes amid worries that the latest coronavirus variant __ BA.2 __ will spark another rise in U.S. cases. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Long Island is at a higher risk for Covid-19 than other parts of the state and country, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s data on Covid-19 community levels shows.

According to the CDC, both Nassau and Suffolk counties have high Covid-19 community levels, meaning there is overall high spread of the virus in those areas. Based on this, the CDC recommends that residents wear masks, keep up-to-date on their Covid-19 vaccinations, and get tested if they feel symptoms. Those who are at high risk of severe illness should consider taking extra precautions.

Much of the rest of the tri-state area and New England have either high or medium Covid-19 community levels, as well, while the rest of the country is mostly low-to-medium. The rating is based on case rate per 100,000 people, new Covid-19 hospital admissions per 100,000, and the percent of staffed, inpatient beds taken by patients with a confirmed case of Covid-19.

The CDC’s data is updated on a weekly basis each Thursday.

Long Island has seen Covid-19 cases more than double in the past month, according to New York State data. The region had a 4.78% Covid-19 positivity rate on April 11, which shot up to 10.5% by May 11.

Eight New Yorkers died of Covid-19 on April 12, while 18 died of the virus on May 12, according to New York State. The United State reached a grim milestone of 1 million Covid-19 deaths this week.

“Being fully vaccinated and keeping up to date with booster doses is still the most effective way to combat this virus,” Gov. Kathy Hochul said. “As we mark the unthinkable milestone of one million American lives lost to Covid, let’s remain vigilant and continue using the tools we have available to us – get vaccinated, get boosted, test often, and if you test positive talk to your doctor about available treatments. This is how we move forward safely through the pandemic.”

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