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A shopper wears a mask and rubber gloves

A shopper wears a mask and rubber gloves at Target in Hicksville Tuesday morning. Credit: Josh Stewart

What happened Tuesday

Nassau County reported the death of its first resident due to coronavirus Tuesday, a day after Suffolk’s first three deaths. County Executive Laura Curran said that a 96-year-old man died at Mercy Medical Center in Rockville Centre. The number of cases statewide rose to 1,374, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said.  Also:

  • Cuomo and Attorney General Letitia James said NY will temporarily halt its collection of medical and student debt.
  • A coronavirus drive-thru testing site at Jones Beach appeared to be up and running early Tuesday afternoon, as a steady stream of cars pulled up to an entrance booth staffed by a worker wearing a mask.
  • President Donald Trump wants Congress to unleash a torrent of emergency economic aid, with sizable checks directly to Americans.
  • New York legislators said they will return to the State Capitol Wednesday to approve bills on paid sick leave and election ballots.
  • The State Department of Motor Vehicles will enact a reservation-only policy at all DMV offices.

See the latest updates on coronavirus from Newsday reporters and officials.

Tuesday evening updates

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Tuesday afternoon updates

Tuesday morning updates

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