Suffolk County will enter Phase 4 tomorrow of its economic reopening with the tail wind of strong public health numbers.
The new phase “means that certain low-risk outdoor and indoor activity will begin to open up,” County Executive Steve Bellone (D) said in his daily conference call with reporters. Some arts, entertainment, media and sports will restart.
Residents are permitted to gather in groups of 50, up from the 25 from the previous phase. Houses of worship, meanwhile, can go to 33 percent capacity.
The Long Island Aquarium, the Maritime Museum, and the Children’s Zoo, among others, are all reopening.
“I encourage people to call directly to make sure that the places are open,” Bellone advised. Some of these facilities might have specific restrictions and may have limited hours.
In the last 24 hours, 45 people tested positive for the coronavirus, bringing the total to 41,730. With 4,226 people tested, the percentage of positive tests was about 1.1 percent.
At the same time, 20,003 have tested positive for the antibody to the virus, indicating that their bodies fought off COVID-19 without a positive test.
Hospitalizations fell six to 57, which is the first time since March that the number of residents who were in the hospital with coronavirus symptoms was below 60. At the same time, the number of people in the Intensive Care Unit was 14, which is a decline of two.
An additional nine people were discharged from the hospital and are continuing their recovery at home.
Hospital bed occupancy was at 64 percent, with ICU bed capacity at 60 percent.
One person died in the last day from complications related to the virus, bringing the total to 1,985.