96-year-old man dies of COVID-19; first reported coronavirus-related death in Nassau County: Curran

Posted: 10:53 AM, Mar 17, 2020
Updated: 2020-03-17 12:08:56-04

LONG ISLAND, N.Y. — As the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 has reached 139 in Nassau County, Executive Laura Curran announced the county's first death related to the virus.

A 96-year-old man died of novel coronavirus Monday, Curran announced.

Althought Curran noted that there were 139 cases in the county, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said there were 131 cases in Nassau County.

Click here to watch Curran's press conference or watch in the video below.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday the state's total COVID-19 cases have risen to 1,374, with 12 confirmed deaths due to the novel coronavirus.

Curran also announced Tuesday Nassau County will establish an economic advisory council that will start collecting data to assess how coronavirus is impacting businesses countywide.

"If you can track it, you can quantify it," she said.

The council will track, calculate and hopefully recuperate for the county's business community. The council hopes to cover all types of businesses.

Long Island tourism is a $6.1 billion industry, according to President and CEO of Discover Long Island Kristen Jarnagin.

"It's suffering greatly right now," she said.

Jarnagin hopes the attempts and working with Long Island officials to combat the virus will help diminish the spread and bring back revenue in the future.

"We can welcome back visitors and spur the economy."