Coronavirus: Nassau County declares state of emergency amid COVID-19 outbreak

Posted: 12:37 PM, Mar 13, 2020
Updated: 2020-03-13 12:37:18-04

LONG ISLAND, N.Y. — Nassau County Executive Laura Curran declared a state of emergency for the community amid the novel coronavirus outbreak.

This comes a day after she declared an “imminent threat to public health.”

“We are doing this as a precautionary measure because No. 1, to access resources No 2., to authorize emergency spending and also allow us to take actions that will keep Nassau county safe.”

Curran also announced the county will temporary close county-owned and operated indoor leisure and recreational facilities, which includes the aquatics center, the Twin Rinks and The Carltun at Eisenhower Park, the Long Island Children's Museum, Nassau County Firefighters Museum and Education Center, Cradle of Aviation, Tackapausha Museum, African American Museum of Nassau County, Chelsea Mansion, Sands Point Preserve and Elderfields, the Holocaust Education Center, Hofstra University Museum of Art, Mitchell Field Athletic Complex and Nassau County Museum of Modern Art.

Traffic parking violations agency will also be closed and authorities would stop the enforcement of boot and tow programs. Evictions would also be stopped. These go into effect 5 p.m. Friday.

Beginning March 16, employees in Nassau County will also be designated into essential and nonessential status by their department heads and will reduce the number of employees reporting to county office settings. This does not impact law enforcement and the Department of Health.

Curran reiterated Cuomo's ban on having events of 500 people or more. "We agree." "Don't be a hero, If you don't feel well, please stay home."

There are currently 41 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Nassau County.

As of Friday morning, there are 328 cases of coronavirus in the state.

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