LONG ISLAND, N.Y. — It’s the final straw for a fisherman who’s been battling a disease outbreak that’s claimed the lives of at least 13 people.
The Nassau County Department of Health says it will close the island’s only public boat dock, the Nassau Ferry, on Tuesday, in the final stage of the county’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Nassau County Commissioner Dan O’Brien said in a statement that the closure will be the last resort, given the sheer number of infected people on the island.
O’Briens administration has also been sending boat crews and emergency response teams to the island, but that has resulted in the closure of the boat docks.
The county has said the county would be able to reopen as long as the island is open to the public, and that the county has received some assistance in the past.
O’Brien also announced that the Nass, which is one of the country’s most popular fishing destinations, will be closed to all boat traffic for the next 30 days.
He said he hopes the closure could help ease the burden of the coronivirus outbreak.
In the last few days, the county is seeing a significant increase in the number of cases and fatalities, and we have seen an uptick in the amount of patients being treated.
The number of people being treated for the coronovirus has been increasing rapidly.
It is our deepest concern that this has not been contained to this one island.
Ouachita County officials said they are expecting to have some patients on their hospital waiting list by Tuesday, and are making arrangements to transport them from the island to another county.
Officials said the island was declared a mandatory quarantine zone after the first case was detected at the island on July 19.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday that it will deploy 100 people to help distribute the coronaccine.