Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone today provided an update on the County’s comprehensive response to combat and contain the spread of COVID-19, along with an update on the number of patients who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the County.
Over 450 Positive Tests In Suffolk
As of 1:00 PM on Friday, March 20, 2020, 459 individuals in the County had tested positive for Coronavirus.
A breakdown of these cases by township can be found below:
- Babylon — 68 patients
- Brookhaven — 54 patients
- East Hampton — 4 patients
- Huntington — 97 patients
- Islip — 85 patients
- Riverhead — 9 patients
- Shelter Island — 1 patient
- Smithtown — 29 patients
- Southampton — 11 patients
- Southold — 64 patients
- Currently unavailable – 37 patients
The Suffolk County Police Department today received confirmation of the first positive Coronavirus case within the department. The officer, a male in his 50s, remains in isolation and the Police Department has been in contact with the Suffolk County Department of Health to ensure all necessary steps and precautions are taken.
Additionally, to date, there have been 7 confirmed deaths in the County related to COVID-19, including three residents in their 90s who resided at Peconic Landing in Greenport. To receive the most up to date daily reports, visit Suffolk County’s COVID-19 news page,
All Playgrounds And Dog Parks Closed
As part of the County’s ongoing efforts to protect public health, the County Executive announced the temporary closure of all County playgrounds and dog parks. At this time, all Suffolk County Parks and golf courses, with the exception of Timber Point, remain open for residents to visit and enjoy, and it is encouraged that visitors continue to practice social distancing.
Help For Businesses Affected By The Outbreak
Additionally, the County Executive directed the Suffolk County Department of Economic Development and Planning to being outreach to local chambers of commerce to offer assistance to their small business establishments. This announcement builds off of yesterday’s launch of the Suffolk County Business Recovery Unit, a key component of the County’s Business Response Plan. Utilizing employees from the Suffolk County Department of Labor, Licensing and Consumer Affairs, this unit is fully staffed and ready to help address questions, provide guidance on resources and track critical data provided by local businesses.
Local businesses can call Suffolk 311 to be connected to the unit, email [email protected], or visit the newly created Suffolk County Business Recovery Unit web page, which includes a comprehensive survey for local businesses.
Plans For Additional Hospital and ICU Beds
Finally, the County is currently in the process of identifying potential sites to support the efforts of both New York State and local hospitals to expand hospital beds and ICU beds. The County is in the process of compiling a list of possible locations for expansion.
Video of the County Executive’s Remarks can be Found Here