East Farmingdale, NY- The Centers for Disease Control raised the COVID-19 threat alert for Long Island to its highest level on Thursday. The CDC’s new formula for determining COVID-19 community level involves taking into account cases as well as hospitalization levels both of which have increased for both Nassau and Suffolk County. With the alert at high or red on the map, the CDC suggests that everyone ages 2 and older wear masks indoors, get tested if you have symptoms and stay up to date on vaccines. Extra precautions are advised by the CDC, for people who are immune compromised. According to the most recent data available from New York State as of Wednesday, May 12th, the cases per 100,000 rate on Long Island is at 58.67, the seven day positivity rate is 10.5% and the number of people hospitalized because of COVID-19 complications, is at 172.
By Brett Levine
Photo: CDC Community Level Map as of May 12, 2022.