Worst day ever: Suffolk just had the most COVID-19 positives since March

HOLBROOK, NY (OnSachem.com / OnTownMedia.com) — The COVID-19 pandemic is raging, and Suffolk County just recorded its worst day ever since March 2020 for daily positives — breaking the all-time high the county set one week ago. However, closer to home in the greater Sachem area, day-over-day new positives dropped, with the steepest decline in Holbrook followed by Holtsville.

COVID-19 in Suffolk County

Across Suffolk County on Tuesday, 18,645 people took a COVID-19 test (up from 14,273 on Monday); 2,042 people tested positive (a positivity rate of 11.0%), up from 1,554 (10.9%) on Monday; 101 were hospitalized (total 829); 12 died; and 90 were discharged. Since March 22, 106,061 have tested positive (5.2%); 2,388 died, and 8,189 were discharged.

Suffolk County reported 13,670 positives during the past eight days:

  • 2,042 on Tuesday (Most new cases in a single day since March 18, 2020)
  • 1,554 on Monday
  • 1,232 on Sunday
  • 1,516 on Saturday
  • 1,786 on Friday
  • 1,874 on Thursday
  • 2,016 on Wednesday (Second-most new cases in a single day since March 18, 2020)
  • 1,650 on Tuesday

COVID-19 in New York State

Throughout New York state, Governor Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday said there were 16,648 daily positives, up from 12,666 the day prior, and 161 people died.

"During the holiday season, we had one clear message for New Yorkers — if you celebrate smart, you reduce the spread and if you don't, we will see a COVID hangover with increasing infection and hospitalization rates," Cuomo said. "Unfortunately, we are now seeing that hangover all across this nation."

Cuomo added, "To finally overcome this virus, it's going to require all of us to stay united and stay smart. New York is working tirelessly to not only distribute the vaccine quickly and fairly, but also ensure hospitals do not become overwhelmed. With the UK strain now confirmed to be here, we need the federal government to learn the lessons of the spring and requiring testing of all international travelers to help contain it. In the meantime, we all know that our actions will determine what happens next, so let do what we know works — wear a mask, avoid gatherings and socially distance."

COVID-19 in Sachem-area Neighborhoods

In local neighborhoods, 141 people tested positive on Tuesday — down from 161 on Monday — 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 Tuesday, Jan. 5, compared to the 10 most-recent days:

Farmingville

  • 15 on Jan. 5 (up 1)
  • 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
  • 10 on Dec. 26
  • Note: 32 on Dec. 14 - Most new cases in a single day since March 18, 2020

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Holbrook

  • 20 on Jan. 5 (down 12)
  • 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
  • 17 on Dec. 26
  • Note: 42 on Dec. 4 - Most new cases in a single day since March 18, 2020

Holtsville

  • 25 on Jan. 5 (down 9)
  • 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
  • 13 on Dec. 26

Lake Ronkonkoma

  • 23 on Jan. 5 (up 2)
  • 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
  • 17 on Dec. 26

Centereach *

  • 32 on Jan. 5 (down 7)
  • 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
  • 20 on Dec. 27
  • 28 on Dec. 26
  • Note: 44 on Dec. 24 - Most new cases in a single day since March 18, 2020

Lake Grove *

  • 9 on Jan. 5 (up 2)
  • 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
  • 10 on Dec. 26

Nesconset *

  • 17 on Jan. 5 (up 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
  • 10 on Dec. 26
  • Note: 26 on Dec. 2 - Most new cases in a single day since March 18, 2020

Combined for the above Sachem-area communities *

  • 141 on Jan. 5 (down 20)
  • 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
  • 105 on Dec. 26

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

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