COVID-19 infections up slightly in Suffolk, but surge sharply in Holbrook

HOLBROOK, NY (OnSachem.com / OnTownMedia.com) — The COVID-19 virus infected over 1,600 people on Monday in Suffolk County, a slight uptick from a day earlier. Meanwhile, there was another rapid one-day surge of new positives locally in several Sachem neighborhoods, with the biggest increase in Holbrook, followed by Farmingville and Nesconset.

COVID-19 in Suffolk County

In Suffolk County on Monday, 17,303 people took a COVID-19 test (down from 20,387 on Sunday); 1,667 people tested positive (a positivity rate of 9.6%), up from 1,546 on Sunday (7.6%); 106 were hospitalized (total 839); 21 people died; and 57 were discharged. Since March 22, 117,156 have tested positive (5.4%); 2,487 died, and 8,738 were discharged.

“For the fourth day in a row, we have now seen a positivity rate below 10 percent here in Suffolk County," said Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone. "Although it is too early to call this a pattern, our hope is that this signifies that the worst of the holiday surge is behind us. As I said last week, now is the time for us to get these numbers back under control. If we continue to limit gatherings, practice social distancing, and wear masks, in conjunction with vaccinations ramping up, we will save lives and accelerate our recovery.

Bellone added, “Remember, vigilance got us through the first wave and it will get us through the second. We are in the home stretch, but can’t let up now.”

Suffolk County reported 24,765 positives during the past 14 days:

  • 1,667 on Monday, Jan. 11
  • 1,546 on Sunday, Jan. 10
  • 1,732 on Saturday, Jan. 9
  • 2,002 on Friday, Jan. 8
  • 1,954 on Thursday, Jan. 7
  • 2,194 on Wednesday, Jan. 6 (Most new cases in a single day since March 18, 2020)
  • 2,042 on Tuesday, Jan. 5 (Second-most new cases in a single day since March 18, 2020)
  • 1,554 on Monday, Jan. 4
  • 1,232 on Sunday, Jan. 3
  • 1,516 on Saturday, Jan. 2
  • 1,786 on Friday, Jan. 1
  • 1,874 on Thursday, Dec. 31
  • 2,016 on Wednesday, Dec. 30 (Third-most new cases in a single day since March 18, 2020)
  • 1,650 on Tuesday, Dec. 29

COVID-19 in New York State

Throughout New York state, Governor Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday said there were 15,214 positives, up from 13,714 positives a day earlier, and 164 people died.

"New York is continuing to fight COVID-19 across the state by increasing our testing capacity, ensuring the hospitals have enough space, and vaccinating New Yorkers as quickly as possible," Cuomo said. "The numbers over the past two weeks suggest you could see a flattening after a spike from Thanksgiving, Christmas and the New Year. We said we would hope and aspire for a flattening in late January, and you could argue that you start to see a flattening now. Positivity in almost every region is down from the high during this holiday spike." 

COVID-19 in Sachem-area Neighborhoods

In local neighborhoods, 154 people tested positive on Monday — up sharply from 105 on Sunday — across greater Sachem, which comprises Farmingville, Holbrook, Holtsville, Lake Ronkonkoma, Centereach, Lake Grove, and Nesconset. The data is according to the Suffolk County Department of Health Services’ online case tracker.

Here is the neighborhood-by-neighborhood breakdown for new cases in the Sachem area on Monday, Jan. 11, compared to the 10 most-recent days:

Farmingville


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  • 22 on Jan. 11 (up 13)
  • 9 on Jan. 10
  • 21 on Jan. 9
  • 14 on Jan. 8
  • 18 on Jan. 7
  • 26 on Jan. 6 (Second-most cases in a single day since March 18, 2020)
  • 15 on Jan. 5 
  • 16 on Jan. 4
  • 6 on Jan. 3
  • 5 on Jan. 2
  • 6 on Jan. 1
  • Note: 32 on Dec. 14 - Most new cases in a single day since March 18, 2020

Holbrook

  • 35 on Jan. 11 (up 28)
  • 7 on Jan. 10
  • 35 on Jan. 9
  • 13 on Jan. 8
  • 32 on Jan. 7
  • 34 on Jan. 6
  • 20 on Jan. 5
  • 32 on Jan. 4
  • 19 on Jan. 3
  • 23 on Jan. 2
  • 30 on Jan. 1
  • Note: 42 on Dec. 4 - Most new cases in a single day since March 18, 2020

Holtsville

  • 21 on Jan. 11 (down 1)
  • 22 on Jan. 10
  • 28 on Jan. 9
  • 12 on Jan. 8
  • 34 on Jan. 7
  • 28 on Jan. 6
  • 25 on Jan. 5
  • 34 on Jan. 4
  • 17 on Jan. 3
  • 18 on Jan. 2
  • 24 on Jan. 1
  • Note: 41 on Dec. 29 - Most new cases in a single day since March 18, 2020

Lake Ronkonkoma

  • 18 on Jan. 11 (up 3)
  • 15 on Jan. 10
  • 24 on Jan. 9
  • 21 on Jan. 8
  • 30 on Jan. 7
  • 32 on Jan. 6 (Tied for second-most cases in a single day since March 18, 2020)
  • 23 on Jan. 5
  • 21 on Jan. 4
  • 16 on Jan. 3
  • 26 on Jan. 2
  • 17 on Jan. 1
  • Note: 34 on Dec. 30 - Most new cases in a single day since March 18, 2020

Centereach *

  • 34 on Jan. 11 (down 1)
  • 35 on Jan. 10
  • 51 on Jan. 9 (up 31 - Most new cases in a single day since March 18, 2020)
  • 20 on Jan. 8
  • 49 on Jan. 7 (Second-most new cases in a single day since March 18, 2020)
  • 27 on Jan. 6
  • 32 on Jan. 5
  • 39 on Jan. 4
  • 36 on Jan. 3
  • 30 on Jan. 2
  • 29 on Jan. 1

Lake Grove *

  • 8 on Jan. 11 (up 1)
  • 7 on Jan. 10
  • 7 on Jan. 9
  • 9 on Jan. 8
  • 21 on Jan. 7 (Most new cases in a single day since March 18, 2020)
  • 15 on Jan.6
  • 9 on Jan. 5
  • 7 on Jan. 4
  • 7 on Jan. 3
  • 11 on Jan. 2
  • 7 on Jan. 1
  • Note: 20 on Dec. 31 - Second-most new cases in a single day since March 18, 2020

Nesconset *

  • 16 on Jan. 11 (up 10)
  • 10 on Jan. 10
  • 23 on Jan. 9 (Second-most new cases in a single day since March 18, 2020)
  • 17 on Jan. 8
  • 19 on Jan. 7
  • 14 on Jan. 6
  • 17 on Jan. 5
  • 12 on Jan. 4
  • 9 on Jan. 3
  • 13 on Jan. 2
  • 15 on Jan. 1
  • Note: 26 on Dec. 2 - Most new cases in a single day since March 18, 2020

Combined for the above Sachem-area communities *

  • 154 on Jan. 11 (up 49)
  • 105 on Jan. 10
  • 189 on Jan. 9
  • 106 on Jan. 8
  • 203 on Jan. 7
  • 176 on Jan. 6
  • 141 on Jan. 5
  • 161 on Jan. 4
  • 110 on Jan. 3
  • 126 on Jan. 2
  • 128 on Jan. 1

(*These counts include all of Centereach, Lake Grove and Nesconset, portions of which are in Sachem.)

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