Suffolk County Exec Says Flouted COVID-19 Guidelines ‘Just Dumb’

Long Island is on track to enter Phase 4 of the reopening process on Wednesday, but some incidents over the July Fourth weekend in Suffolk County have left officials shaking their heads.

County Executive Steve Bellone said that entering the fourth, and technically final, phase under New York Forward is a huge milestone. “It is a reflection of the incredible progress we have made over these last several months. Really we’ve been through hell here,” he said during a daily briefing on Monday. Nearly 2,000 people died of COVID-19 in this county. In addition to the emotional toll the pandemic has taken, it has left businesses struggling, a devastated economy and a fiscal emergency in county government.

Suffolk County Exec Says Flouted COVID-19 Guidelines ‘Just Dumb’

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