Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone discussed coronavirus precautions in Suffolk County at a press conference March 9, 2020. File photo: Denise Civiletti

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone announced last night he tested positive for COVID-19 yesterday.

“I am experiencing mild symptoms at this point but otherwise feel in good health and spirits,” Bellone said in a statement.

The county executive said he is following the recommended CDC protocols for fully vaccinated individuals.

“I hope this serves as a reminder to all residents that while we are making incredible progress in the war against COVID-19, we are not done just yet,” Bellone said.

COVID-19 test positivity rates have been slowly declining in Suffolk County over the past month, after climbing as the delta variant began widely circulating in New York in mid-July. However, the seven-day average test positivity rate in Suffolk remains near 3%. The level of community transmission in Suffolk is classified by the CDC as high.

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Suffolk is second in N.Y. State only to Kings County (Brooklyn) in the number of daily positive tests results.

Bellone said he encourages anyone who is eligible for a booster shot to get one. For more information on vaccination, you can go to”

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