SUFFOLK COUNTY, NY — For the first time in three months, there are fewer than 100 people hospitalized in Suffolk County due to the new coronavirus, County Executive Steven Bellone announced Sunday afternoon.
"For the first time since March 22 we are below 100 people hospitalized with COVID-19 in Suffolk County. That's a real milestone," he said during his news briefing. "It was the beginning of spring when we started to see the spike in the number of people going into our hospitals. The entire season, we have gone up this mountain, seen the surge occur, and gone down on the other side. As we begin summer we are in a far far different place than we were."
He said residents understand clearly how important it is moving forward to follow appropriate pandemic protocols. "I know that people will follow that guidance. We know this is not gone. There are still 98 people in the hospital today. There is still the possibility of a second wave."
One more death was reported, bringing the total number of people in Suffolk who have died from the new coronavirus to 1,964. The number of people in ICU beds dropped by 10 to 21, he said.
"We have made incredible progress, so today, Sunday, Father's Day, the first day of summer, it's a good day to reflect how much progress we've made," he said on Facebook Live. "The public servants, the first responders, all the essential employees, and the public as a whole — we overcame this."