Cluster of COVID cases found at early voting site, high school in Suffolk County

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (WCBS 880) — Suffolk County’s Health Department has traced a cluster of COVID-19 cases to an early voting site and high school on Long Island.

County Executive Steve Bellone announced Wednesday that a polling site on Stony Brook Southampton’s campus saw a number of COVID-19 cases.

A total of 10 people who were on the site tested positive and are now under quarantine, as well as many others who were told to quarantine as a precaution.

“There are currently ten positive cases in regard to that cluster.
Six of these individuals were working at the site” Bellone said. “And there are 48 contacts associated with that polling site that are under quarantine right now.”

Meanwhile, a high school in the Shoreham Wading River School District was ordered closed after students hosted a get together recently. The school is doing remote learning to prevent potential spread.

“While this 32-person gathering only led to three positive cases, the high school made the decision to go virtual until next week due to the large number of instructional staff that has been required to quarantine,” the county executive explained. “So even in that instance where you're complying with the gathering guidelines, if the proper precautions aren’t taken – to a certain extent, even the precautions are taken – you can end up in a situation like this.”

The county executive said the party forced 11 staff members and 140 high school students to quarantine for at least two weeks.

“There are also a number of household contacts that are under quarantine,” Bellone adds.

The county, like many areas across the Tri-State, has been seeing a steady increase in coronavirus cases. On Wednesday, Bellone noted that Suffolk had averaged a nearly 1.5% positivity rate.

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