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When can Long Island start phased reopening? The region must first overcome these three hurdles

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It remains uncertain when the Long Island region will get a green light to begin the four-phase reopening outlined by the state. Much depends on the region's ability to recruit, interview and train the nearly 900 'contact tracers' required by the state's reopening plan.

Long Island moves closer to limited reopening, while some upstate regions ready to begin Friday

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Long Island still does not currently meet the state's requirements for reopening by Friday's expiration of New York's stay-at-home orders, but it is far closer to meeting them than it was last week.

State bans hospitals from discharging COVID-positive patients to nursing homes

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Hospitals in New York are now banned from discharging patients to nursing homes unless they have first tested negative for COVID-19. Officials denied the new order walks back a March 25 directive requiring nursing homes to accept COVID-positive persons.

New York issues health advisory about severe illness, deaths in children possibly related to COVID-19

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There have been 73 reported cases and three reported deaths in New York, where children are experiencing symptoms similar to Kawasaki disease and toxic shock-like syndrome, thought to be linked to COVID-19.

New York has ‘the beast on the run,’ governor says, as coronavirus hospitalizations and deaths continue to decline

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Northwell Health's COVID-19 hospitalizations are down 65% from their peak on April 7, an indicator of the decline of the virus in the downstate region. The health system yesterday discharged its 10,000th patient hospitalized with the coronavirus disease.

Bellone: Spike in Suffolk fatalities attributed to ‘presumed’ COVID deaths

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The jump in reported deaths from the coronavirus in Suffolk late yesterday was due to previously unreported “presumed” COVID-19 deaths, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said this afternoon.

Suffolk’s coronavirus death toll leaps by 227, New York State’s by 952

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The coronavirus death toll jumped by more than 200 in Suffolk County and by 952 across New York State, according to new data released by the State Health Department last night.

Suffolk’s nursing home deaths jump by nearly 200, as state reports ‘presumed’ coronavirus deaths for the first time

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New data released by the state health department show nearly 5,000 long-term care residents in New York have been killed by the coronavirus.

For second day, Suffolk reports increase in total COVID-19 hospitalizations, halting downward trend

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For the second day in a row, the trend of total coronavirus hospitalizations in Suffolk County has increased, halting a downward trend that had lasted 12 days.

Officials worry spring fever may fuel a new surge of the coronavirus in Suffolk

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People across Long Island took advantage of the first weekend of truly springlike weather to escape their home confinement and enjoy the outdoors. But the governor and the Suffolk County executive expressed concern that people may become lax about complying with social distancing and face covering rules.
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