Curran Holds Final Daily COVID-19 Briefing to Recap Nassau’s Fight Against COVID-19 and Outline the Continued Road to Recovery
Bethpage, NY - As COVID-19 infection rates continue to drop in Nassau County, County Executive Curran delivered her 118th and final daily COVID-19 press briefing on Monday, July 13 at the Nassau County Office of Emergency Management in Bethpage. Joined by members of the Nassau County Police Department, Office of Emergency Management, Fire Service and other first responders and essential personnel, Curran recapped Nassau’s unified fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and acknowledged the County resources she marshalled to flatten the curve all the way to phase 4 of the Governor’s reopening plan.
“While the battle against COVID-19 is not yet won, I am grateful for our team, which has worked tirelessly for months to ensure that County operations were maintained. They all went above and beyond their normal scope of duty to respond to this public health crisis and protect the health and well-being of all Nassau County residents. Nassau’s first responders and workforce have shown grit and determination to take on this unprecedented challenge and I know they will continue to do an outstanding job as we continue to work to contain this virus,” said Nassau County Executive Laura Curran.
In addition to the efforts of the County’s first responders, Curran commended her team across the County, including the Department of Public Works, Department of Health, Department of Social Services, IT and many others who stepped up to the plate to make sure County government continued to function and that the County was able to provide vital emergency and health services, such as testing sites and food distributions.
Curran recapped not just efforts, but also revisited the County’s data to show a map of how the far the County has come since the peak of COVID-19 in April. Reported today, Nassau County’s hospital systems are down to 46 hospitalizations which is more than a 98% decline then the record high on April 14th when the County recorded 2,477 hospitalizations. Today’s data logs 10 patients in the ICU, another 98% decline from April 14th when the County recorded 592 ICU patients. Finally, there are currently 4 patients on ventilators in the County’s hospitals, which is a decline of over 99% when, almost three months ago, there were 505 patients were on ventilators.
County Executive says the positive progress is in part to the County’s army of contact tracers and ramped up testing as well as the efforts of Nassau County residents to wear masks and follow social distancing guidelines.
“We have made great progress. But, as coronavirus cases spike across the rest of the country, we are reminded that we must continue to stay alert, practice proper social distancing and continue to adhere to common-sense guidance. Nassau County has proven to the rest of the country that it’s possible to re-open the economy and protect public health at the same time and we want to keep on this track,” said County Executive Curran.