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Long Island has 10 deaths, another day of 2,000 positive COVID-19 cases

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo provides a coronavirus update

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo provides a coronavirus update from the Red Room at the State Capitol in Albany on Dec. 14. Credit: Office of the Governor / Don Pollard

Long Island had another day of more than 2,000 cases, along with 10 deaths related to COVID-19, as Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo reminded New Yorkers on Saturday that despite the introduction of a vaccine, reaching community immunity remains "a long-term effort."

Long Island's infection rate rose for another day, reaching a 7-day average of 6.54% on Friday, compared with 6.41% on Wednesday, according to state figures.

Nassau County registered 1,134 new cases, bringing its total to 82,233, and Suffolk saw 1,272 cases for a total of 89,257, state figures said. These numbers were a far cry from the summer when each county had daily cases in the double digits.

Nassau's COVID-19 positivity rate was 5.7%, with 1,134 out of 19,879 tests reporting positive, County Executive Laura Curran said in a statement. A total of 568 people were hospitalized with COVID-19, with 65 in ICU, and 33 on ventilators, Curran said.

"Long Island is still experiencing the aftermath of a sustained increase in cases, hospitalizations and fatalities that began around Thanksgiving," Curran said. "These rising numbers only further illustrate that our actions today decide what happens up to a month later."

In Suffolk County, 7.2% of those tested had positive results. A total of 622 people were hospitalized, an increase of 21, according to county figures. A total of 98 people were in the ICU, with 47 intubated, county figures showed.

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Cuomo said in a statement that New Yorkers needed to remain vigilant in protecting themselves and others against the virus.

"We will ultimately be victorious in the battle with COVID-19, but New Yorkers have a long journey ahead. The holiday season is a time to celebrate and reflect, but it brings the potential for increased spread if we let our guard down," Cuomo said.

He added, "We're vaccinating New Yorkers as fast as possible, but getting to the levels of immunity we need is a long-term effort."

Cuomo said the state is carefully watching the level of hospitalizations to make sure they have enough capacity.

Long Island had 1,189 people hospitalized, but continued to have 26% of hospital beds still available, according to the state figures.

Overall, the state had 6,884 people in hospitals on Friday, a decrease of 66, with 1,129 in the ICU and 638 receiving intubation, the figures said.

The state had 122 deaths related to COVID-19, including seven in Suffolk and three in Nassau. The number of deaths in Suffolk represented a relatively low number for a week in which daily totals ranged upward of 15. Suffolk had 10 deaths the prior day, figures showed.

The state had 10,806 new cases out of 201,442 tests performed Friday, for an overall infection rate of 5.36%.

New York City registered 3,949 new cases for a total of 404,422. Forty-two people died there of COVID-19-related illness, state figures showed.

Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted Saturday afternoon that 51,880 New York City residents had been vaccinated.

"We have a long road ahead, but we’re on our way to the end of this crisis," he said.

With Matthew Chayes

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