Nassau Coronavirus: Daily positivity rate tops 10 percent

Nassau County’s daily positivity rate of the coronavirus topped 10 percent on Wednesday — the first time that has happened since the county reopened. It also had one of the largest daily increases in positive cases.

According to Nassau County Executive Laura Curran, 1,273 people tested positive for the coronavirus on Wednesday, out of 12,161 tested. That puts the county’s positivity rate at 10.5 percent.

It is also one of the largest daily increases in infections since April. Since the pandemic began, there have only been seven days that have seen a larger increase than Dec. 29.

“Nassau County is seeing daily spikes in our COVID-19 hospitalizations and our positivity rates are double what they were only a month ago,” Curran said. “Our numbers continue to move in the wrong direction and the last thing we want is to have our businesses and schools close when we are so close to having large-scale vaccine distribution.”

Since the first recorded case of the coronavirus in Nassau County on March 5, there have been 86,306 confirmed cases of the virus in the county. In December alone, there were 25,134 cases confirmed — 29 percent of the total infections. There have been 121 deaths from the virus this month.

According to Curran, there are 664 people in Nassau hospitals with the coronavirus, 66 of which are in the ICU, and 40 on ventilators.

“We need to all stick to our commonsense guidance to avoid welcoming the new year with new restrictions,” said Curran. “I urge residents to celebrate the New Year responsibly so we can enter 2021 with a clear path to our recovery.”

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