COVID-19's record-breaking streak as positives surge in Suffolk County and Sachem-area neighborhoods

FARMINGVILLE, NY (OnSachem.com / OnTownMedia.com) — For the second consecutive day, COVID-19 positives broke a new record high in Suffolk County, beating the record set a day earlier. Along with Suffolk, positives spiked in the greater Sachem area, with Farmingville recording its second-most cases in a single day since the pandemic began.

COVID-19 in Suffolk County

“Almost a week in to the New Year, we continue to see record numbers of new cases, reaching a new high today at 2,194," said Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone. "We are at a critical point in our fight against this virus, and we have the power to stop this troubling trend. Our vigilance now will ensure a strong economic recovery by keeping local businesses and schools open and help keep our hospital system from becoming overwhelmed."

Bellone added, “With the vaccination effort underway, we are in the homestretch of this battle. But until we have reached our goal of vaccinating more than 850,000 county residents, face coverings and social distancing are a must to protect the health and safety of our communities.”

Across Suffolk County on Wednesday, 20,941 people took a COVID-19 test (up from 18,645 on Tuesday); 2,194 people tested positive (a positivity rate of 10.5%), up from 2,042 (11.0%) on Tuesday; 114 were hospitalized (total 840); 22 died; and 98 were discharged. Since March 22, 108,255 have tested positive (5.3%); 2,410 died, and 8,287 were discharged.

Suffolk County reported 15,864 positives during the past nine days:

  • 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 Thursday said there were 17,636, up from 16,648 the day prior, and 197 people died.

"The holiday COVID hangover is here which is problematic enough, but with the introduction of the U.K. strain and the federal government's refusal to help contain it with common-sense testing requirements for international travelers, our work has become that much more complicated," Cuomo said. "Despite this new challenge, New York is staying tough, and working with the health care community to ensure hospitals do not become overwhelmed. With those efforts ongoing, it's as important as ever that we collectively stay smart and commit ourselves to taking the steps necessary for stopping the spread."

COVID-19 in Sachem-area Neighborhoods

In local neighborhoods, 176 people tested positive on Wednesday — up from 141 on Tuesday — across greater Sachem, which comprises Farmingville, Holbrook, Holtsville, Lake Ronkonkoma, Centereach, Lake Grove, and Nesconset.

Holtsville, Lake Grove and Lake Ronkonkoma each recorded all-time-high daily positives last week. There were 41 in Holtsville on Tuesday, 34 in Lake Ronkonkoma on Wednesday, and, most recently, 20 positives in Lake Grove on Thursday. 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 Wednesday, Jan. 6, compared to the 10 most-recent days:


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Farmingville

  • 26 on Jan. 6 (up 11 - 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
  • 8 on Dec. 27
  • Note: 32 on Dec. 14 - Most new cases in a single day since March 18, 2020

Holbrook

  • 34 on Jan. 6 (up 14)
  • 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
  • 28 on Dec. 27
  • Note: 42 on Dec. 4 - Most new cases in a single day since March 18, 2020

Holtsville

  • 28 on Jan. 6 (up 3)
  • 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
  • 16 on Dec. 27

Lake Ronkonkoma

  • 32 on Jan. 6 (up 9 - 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
  • 13 on Dec. 27

Centereach *

  • 27 on Jan. 6 (down 5)
  • 32 on Jan. 5
  • 39 on Jan. 4
  • 36 on Jan. 3
  • 30 on Jan. 2
  • 29 on Jan. 1
  • 41 on Dec. 31 (Second-most cases in a single day since March 18, 2020)
  • 39 on Dec. 30
  • 40 on Dec. 29
  • 20 on Dec. 28
  • 20 on Dec. 27
  • Note: 44 on Dec. 24 - Most new cases in a single day since March 18, 2020

Lake Grove *

  • 15 on Jan.6 (up 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 (Most new cases in a single day since March 18, 2020)
  • 10 on Dec. 30
  • 13 on Dec. 29
  • 6 on Dec. 28
  • 9 on Dec. 27

Nesconset *

  • 14 on Jan. 6 (down 3)
  • 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
  • 9 on Dec. 27
  • Note: 26 on Dec. 2 - Most new cases in a single day since March 18, 2020

Combined for the above Sachem-area communities *

  • 176 on Jan. 6 (up 35)
  • 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
  • 103 on Dec. 27

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

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