This story has been reported by Rachelle Blidner, Matthew Chayes, Scott Eidler, Bart Jones, David Reich-Hale and Joie Tyrrell. It was written by Jones.
The two counties of Long Island and New York City have seen new coronavirus infections increase in unregistered daily numbers since May, when the number of positive confirmations was reported per day in general. It started to decline, the state’s latest figures show.
Even with an increase in confirmed cases, the positive rates the state followed to determine infection remained at 1.5% in Long Island and in New York City – a sign of Seeing people should not be too worried, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s office said.
Cuomo aides said the state broke the record for the number of tests completed on Wednesday, meaning the total number of positive results is likely to increase.
But some health experts say the increased number of positives could also be a sign that people are suffering from “pandemic fatigue” and begin to abandon safety precautions like wear a mask and stay away from society – just as the area enters fall and winter, when people will be inside more and potential exposure increases.
Cuomo himself warned this week that the state is seeing more and more cases emerge from events such as birthday parties and weddings, including on Long Island, where officials this week were fines wedding and home party planners.
State figures released Thursday show that for the first time since May Suffolk County reached 200 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 infection. Nassau County registered 178 new cases, while New York City had 1,060 new cases.
The last time Suffolk passed 200 new cases was on May 15, when the county registered 223. The next day, the number was 175, and most of it has continued to decline from there, according to the state’s online dashboard. about the cases of COVID-19.
At the height of the pandemic, Suffolk had 1,569 cases daily on April 8.
Nassau registered 216 on May 8, 189 the following day, and 120 on May 10. After that, the numbers mainly continued to decline. New York City hit 1,243 on May 15 and 993 the following day, and most of it continued to decline.
Wednesday’s inspection level was the highest registered in Long Island, with 13,426 people tested in Suffolk, compared with the previous high of 12,149 on October 16. A total of 11,971 people were tested in Nassau, compared with an earlier high of 11,919 on 7 October.
Test levels were higher here and statewide since those May metrics were collected meaning positive rates, obtained from dividing the positivity level by the number of people tested into one. certain dates, generally much lower now.
Dr Aaron Glatt, head of the medical department at Mount Sinai South Nassau in Oceanside, said the increase in COVID-19 cases in Long Island could be partly due to people giving up their diligence against the spread. of the virus. .
“Maybe people are getting tired of the pandemic, which doesn’t make much sense because why are you getting tired of taking care of yourself?” Glatt said. “We need the message that we need to care about each other, whether it’s a grandparent or a neighbor with cancer.”
District operator Laura Curran said, “Residents of Nassau have demonstrated a collective commitment that allows us to prevent infection since Phase 1 began, but pandemic fatigue poses a challenge. The dark days of March and April are still fresh in our memories, and we will never return. “
Suffolk County did not comment on the incident data.
Dr. David Battinelli, medical director of Northwell Health, said, “People are getting sick during mass gatherings, like community events and weddings. They don’t get sick at small gatherings where they are.” people wear masks. “
However, the level of activism of Long Island and New York State remains low compared to the rest of the country. Cuomo this week said New York had the second lowest level in the country.
In NYC, ‘a very disturbing number’
The new numbers come as Mayor Bill de Blasio warns that New York City, which initially suffered the worst coronavirus pandemic in the United States, has since achieved one of the lowest infection rates. of the country, is in danger of a second outbreak.
De Blasio said the new COVID-19 positive level rose to 2.7 percent in the city based on samples taken on Tuesday, de Blasio said, prompting him to express concerns about the outbreak. . The city’s seven-day average rotation rate, he said, is 1.92%.
“Now, we have a threat from all around us – and a growing threat,” de Blasio said Thursday morning on MSNBC. He added: “We will do everything in our power to stop the second wave.”
“This is my growing concern,” he said, “which is the percentage of people who test positive for COVID-19 across the city. “To be fair, every day varies depending on the test results returned and the amount. A little out of the ordinary like a number.”
De Blasio warned people not to get together Halloween, go out of state on Thanksgiving, and house gatherings in general.
More than 168,000 tested
The positivity level in state “hotspots”, or cluster areas facing more preventive restrictions, was 3.24 percent in the test completed Wednesday. The statewide positive rate was 1.25% excluding hotspots and 1.48% including “micro-clusters,” over-sampled.
Cuomo said the state completed a record 168,353 COVID-19 tests on Wednesday.
The statewide number of people hospitalized for the virus remained at 1,085. 19 people died on Wednesday from causes related to COVID-19.
Commack High School closed for direct teaching on Thursday after a student tested positive for COVID-19, school officials said, the school could open, school officials said. door back on Friday.
Public and private schools on Long Island, as of Thursday, have reported a total of 921 coronavirus positive cases since September 8, an increase of 35 from the day before, according to the COVID Report Card. -19 state. In which, 683 students and 238 teachers and staff. The statewide tally of 2,885 students and 1,502 teachers and staff members, out of a total of 4,387 who tested positive during that period.