COVID-19 latest — Suffolk County positives over 4%, Nursing home visits to resume, Indoor dining to increase in NYC

HOLBROOK, NY ( / — Here’s the COVID-19 latest for Saturday morning, Feb. 20: Positives rise to 4.1% in Suffolk County // After nearly a year, family members can soon visit loves ones in nursing homes // New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo touts changes for the nursing home industry and says he won't sign the state budget without them // Starting next Friday, New York City restaurants can seat more diners indoors.

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HOLBROOK, NY — Just one day after dropping to 3.3%, daily positives for COVID-19 climbed to over 4% again in Suffolk County. Meanwhile, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced nursing home visits can resume under guidance to be issued Monday. Read more from OnSachem News. 

ALBANY, NY — As New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo continues to receive criticism over the COVID-19 nursing home scandal plaguing his administration, he announced Friday a series of reforms he wants to see in the for-profit sector of the industry. Read more from OnSachem News.

NEW YORK (The Center Square) — One week after New York City restaurants reopened indoor dining, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that the city’s establishments soon will be able to welcome more patrons. Read more from OnSachem News. 

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Feb. 18, 2021 / HOLBROOK, NY — COVID-19 daily positives dropped to 3.3% of those tested in Suffolk County, based on the latest report from county officials. Meanwhile, Suffolk passed a sad milestone with 3,000 deaths since the pandemic roared into the county last March. Read more from OnSachem News.

Feb. 18, 2021 / ALBANY, NY — New York Republican officials at both the state and federal levels said they welcomed the investigation of the Cuomo administration for its handling of nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more from OnSachem News. 

Feb. 17, 2021 / ALBANY, NY  — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state Assemblyman Ron Kim accused each other of lying Wednesday as the two Democratic officials waged a nasty war of words that lingered through the afternoon. Read more from OnSachem News.

Feb. 17, 2021 / ALBANY, NY — Saying one of the world’s largest companies failed to protect its workers from COVID-19, New York Attorney General Letitia James filed suit against Amazon in a state court on Tuesday. Read more from OnSachem News.

Feb. 14, 2021 / LAKE RONKONKOMA, NY — Another seven students and teachers/staff across Sachem Central School have tested positive for COVID-19, according to the latest daily update from the district and New York state. The new positives brought the cumulative number to 671 across Sachem Schools since September. Read more from OnSachem News.

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