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Rapid Covid-19 Test Machines Deployed on LI

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo
Kevin P. Coughlin
Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says health officials are tracking the spread of Covid-19.

Three Long Island communities are among 20 zip codes around New York, where state officials have deployed rapid testing machines in response to several clusters of COVID-19.

They are densely populated towns of Brentwood, Huntington and Valley Stream, which are home to large Latinx and Black communities. The towns each have fewer than 10 cases and a positive infection rate of 3%, more than triple the state average at 1%. Hotspots in the Hudson Valley record infection rates as high as 17%.

Governor Andrew Cuomo says contact tracers will track clusters that might have been spread at churches, bars and work locations. He says increased testing, wearing masks and social distancing will stem the virus. Officials say coronavirus testing sites were removed from Brentwood and Huntington after infection rates dropped in June.

A native Long Islander, J.D. is WSHU's managing editor. He also hosts the climate podcast Higher Ground. J.D. reports for public radio stations across the Northeast, is a journalism educator and proud SPJ member.