COVID-19 positives hit record highs in Centereach and Lake Grove, Dip slightly across Suffolk County

CENTEREACH, NY (OnSachem.com / OnTownMedia.com) — Two Sachem-area neighborhoods had their worst day ever on Thursday since the pandemic began. Centereach and Lake Grove each reached a record high number of COVID-19 positives for a single day. Meanwhile, daily positives dropped slightly on Thursday in Suffolk County after soaring to a record high a day earlier. 

COVID-19 in Suffolk County

Across Suffolk County on Thursday, 17,917 people took a COVID-19 test (down from 20,941 on Wednesday); 1,954 people tested positive (a positivity rate of 10.9%), down from the record high of 2,194 (10.5%) on Wednesday; 68 were hospitalized (total 781); 13 died; and 113 were discharged. Since March 22, 110,209 have tested positive (5.3%); 2,423 died, and 8,400 were discharged.

Suffolk County reported 17,818 positives during the past 10 days:

  • 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 Friday said there were 18,832 positives, up from 17,636 the day prior, and 161 people died.

"We know these numbers and we know what is happening,: Cuomo said. "This is all predictive. You have the holidays, socialization, holiday spread and the number goes up. We've said that since before Thanksgiving, and we said celebrate smart and stop the spread. Social gatherings happened and the infection rate went up. Slowing the spread depends on your behavior, and your belief in your community. You resolve community spread when the community acts differently."

Cuomo added, "We are in a footrace between how fast the infection rate goes up and how fast the vaccination rate goes up. I am telling you, we are in a danger zone. The infection and hospitalization rates are going up quickly, and when the hospitalization rate goes up, the hospitals reach capacity and the economy shuts down. Add to that footrace a new factor: the UK strain. The UK strain is here, and it's spreading. This is the Usain Bolt of infection rates and it is frightening."

COVID-19 in Sachem-area Neighborhoods

In local neighborhoods, 203 people tested positive on Thursday — up from 176 on Wednesday — across greater Sachem, which comprises Farmingville, Holbrook, Holtsville, Lake Ronkonkoma, Centereach, Lake Grove, and Nesconset.

Two communities recorded all-time-high daily positives. There were 49 in Centereach and 21 in Lake Grove.

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 Thursday, Jan. 7, compared to the 10 most-recent days:

Farmingville

  • 18 on Jan. 7 (down 8)
  • 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
  • 18 on Dec. 31
  • 19 on Dec. 30
  • 20 on Dec. 29
  • 4 on Dec. 28
  • Note: 32 on Dec. 14 - Most new cases in a single day since March 18, 2020

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Holbrook

  • 32 on Jan. 7 (down 2)
  • 34 on Jan. 6
  • 20 on Jan. 5
  • 32 on Jan. 4
  • 19 on Jan. 3
  • 23 on Jan. 2
  • 30 on Jan. 1
  • 36 on Dec. 31
  • 36 on Dec. 30
  • 25 on Dec. 29
  • 15 on Dec. 28
  • Note: 42 on Dec. 4 - Most new cases in a single day since March 18, 2020

Holtsville

  • 34 on Jan. 7 (up 6)
  • 28 on Jan. 6
  • 25 on Jan. 5
  • 34 on Jan. 4
  • 17 on Jan. 3
  • 18 on Jan. 2
  • 24 on Jan. 1
  • 34 on Dec. 31
  • 31 on Dec. 30
  • 41 on Dec. 29 (Most new cases in a single day since March 18, 2020)
  • 5 on Dec. 28

Lake Ronkonkoma

  • 30 on Jan. 7 (down 2)
  • 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
  • 22 on Dec. 31
  • 34 on Dec. 30 (Most new cases in a single day since March 18, 2020)
  • 23 on Dec. 29
  • 12 on Dec. 28

Centereach *

  • 49 on Jan. 7 (up 22 - 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
  • 41 on Dec. 31
  • 39 on Dec. 30
  • 40 on Dec. 29
  • 20 on Dec. 28

Lake Grove *

  • 21 on Jan. 7 (up 6 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
  • 20 on Dec. 31 (Second-most new cases in a single day since March 18, 2020)
  • 10 on Dec. 30
  • 13 on Dec. 29
  • 6 on Dec. 28

Nesconset *

  • 19 on Jan. 7 (up 5)
  • 14 on Jan. 6
  • 17 on Jan. 5
  • 12 on Jan. 4
  • 9 on Jan. 3
  • 13 on Jan. 2
  • 15 on Jan. 1
  • 13 on Dec. 31
  • 9 on Dec. 30
  • 19 on Dec. 29
  • 8 on Dec. 28
  • Note: 26 on Dec. 2 - Most new cases in a single day since March 18, 2020

Combined for the above Sachem-area communities *

  • 203 on Jan. 7 (up 27)
  • 176 on Jan. 6
  • 141 on Jan. 5
  • 161 on Jan. 4
  • 110 on Jan. 3
  • 126 on Jan. 2
  • 128 on Jan. 1
  • 184 on Dec. 31
  • 178 on Dec. 30
  • 181 on Dec. 29
  • 70 on Dec. 28

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

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