SUFFOLK COUNTY, NY — In Suffolk County on Monday, 1,232 coronavirus tests came back positive out of 10,876, for a positivity rate of 11.3 percent, New York state reported.
With 2021 underway, December, one of the "most difficult months since the start of the pandemic" is in the rearview, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said in a statement. In the 31 days of December 2020, Suffolk saw the highest number of new cases since the pandemic began. The county also suffered 100 more COVID-19-related deaths than it did in the prior six months combined, according to the state's numbers.
Bellone called upon residents to help bring the numbers down in January.
"With the holiday season behind us, we must do everything we can to bring these numbers down by limiting gatherings and making sure we socially distance and wear masks when we are with others," he said. "With distribution of the vaccine underway, the goal line is in sight, but we must remain vigilant in the weeks and months ahead."
In late December, Suffolk County launched its "Take Your Shot" public awareness campaign. The county's goal is for roughly 850,000 residents to get the coronavirus vaccine. To spread the word, the county is calling upon its health department, police, fire rescue and emergency services, Suffolk 311, and its minority affairs office; as well as launching a paid radio announcement campaign featuring health officials such as Dr. Gregson Pigott, commissioner of Suffolk County Department of Health Services.