Sultry sunrise, Peconic River, July 18, 2020. Photo: Peter Blasl

The novel coronavirus pandemic continued to dominate the news this week.

New coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths all trended downward in New York State this week, though the state passed a grim milestone: 25,000 fatalities.

Locally, there was an uptick in new cases and new hospitalizations in Suffolk County, which saw its percentage of positive tests remain above the 1% state average — even rising above 2% briefly this week, alarming county officials.

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Buoy and Piper, a pair of Chihuahua rescues out for a stroll with their human, Maureen Earl of Riverhead Saturday morning. Photo: Denise Civiletti

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