COVID-19 Infection Rate ‘One of the Highest We’ve Seen in Some Time,’ Bellone Says

ASSISTANT DEAN FOR CLINICAL INTEGRATION JOSHUA MILLER, MD, MPH INSTRUCTS MEDICAL STAFF ON THE PROCEDURES TO TAKE IN SCREENING DRIVE UP PATIENTS AT THE COVID-19 DRIVE-THRU TESTING FACILITY. PHOTO BYSTONY BROOK UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL
ASSISTANT DEAN FOR CLINICAL INTEGRATION JOSHUA MILLER, MD, MPH INSTRUCTS MEDICAL STAFF ON THE PROCEDURES TO TAKE IN SCREENING DRIVE UP PATIENTS AT THE COVID-19 DRIVE-THRU TESTING FACILITY. PHOTO BYSTONY BROOK UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL

On Monday, Suffolk County reported one of the largest numbers of positive COVID-19 tests in several weeks — 84. With 4,517 tests being returned in the last 24 hours that gives Suffolk a 1.9 percent infection rate, “one of the highest we’ve seen in some time,” County Executive Steve Bellone said.

The number of positive coronavirus diagnostic tests has been creeping upward over the last week, but had not been in the 80s since June 5, when there were 86 positive cases.

There have been between 40 and 60 new cases each day for more than a month. Then on July 8, there was 69 new cases reported with an infection rate of 1.7 percent. The following day brought 50 cases with a .9 percent infection rate. Sixty-two cases were reported on July 10, followed by 76 on July 11. The number of new cases reported on July 12 fell to 41, but then spiked back up to 84.

COVID-19 Infection Rate ‘One of the Highest We’ve Seen in Some Time,’ Bellone Says

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