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Reported Cases of COVID-19 by the Suffolk County Dept. of Information Technology - Updated on June 5th at 7:45pm

 

Date Bellport Village North Bellport Brookhaven Hamlet East Patchogue Town of Brookhaven Increase*
3/23 - - - - 179 -
3/24 - - - - 249 70
3/25 - - - - 330 81
3/26 1 5 3 13 398 68
3/27 1 8 4 16 452 54
3/28 1 13 4 18 517 65
3/29 - - - - 605 88
3/30 - - - - 671 66
3/31 - - - - 907 236
4/1 - - - - 1,082 175
4/2 4 37 8 60 1,401 319
4/3 5 45 8 75 1,607 206
4/4 5 52 8 107 1,930 323
4/5 5 61 11 126 2,112 182
4/6 5 66 11 130 2,299 187
4/7 5 73 11 146 2,512 213
4/8 6 82 12 179 2,872 360
4/9 7 93 13 215 3,226 354
4/10 9 102 12 245 3,347 121
4/11 10 107 13 259 3,577 230
4/12 10 116 13 271 3,748 171
4/13 11 122 14 284 3,974 226
4/14 12 134 15 310 4,242 268
4/15 12 139 16 313 4,434 192
4/16 15 150 16 320 4,724 290
4/17 15 162 18 329 4,998 274
4/18 18 174 19 360 5,282 284
4/19 19 177 19 368 5,445 163
4/20 19 178 19 379 5,642 197
4/21 19 184 21 381 5,819 177
4/22 19 188 21 386 5,992 173
4/23 19 197 21 399 6,263 271
4/24 20 206 23 404 6,458 195
4/25 20 213 24 402 6,655 197
4/26 20 222 24 406 6,795 140
4/27 20 228 25 411 6,871 76
4/28 20 230 31 416 7,017 146
4/29 21 241 33 430 7,184 167
4/30 20 245 38 436 7,298 114
5/1 20 251 38 442 7,344 46
5/2 19 258 41 451 7,423 79
5/3 19 262 42 456 7,941 518
5/4 23 279 44 497 8,117 176
5/5 26 287 45 503 8,314 197
5/6 26 301 48 515 8,507 193
5/7 26 309 49 530 8,692 185
5/8 26 316 49 539 8,788 96
5/9 26 317 49 543 8,844 56
5/10 27 320 50 549 8,920 76
5/11 27 321 50 550 8,947 27
5/12 27 328 52 553 9,028 81
5/13 27 330 54 559 9,102 74
5/14 27 336 55 560 9,167 65
5/15 27 340 57 565 9,267 100
5/16 26 341 58 569 9,318 51
5/17 26 341 58 572 9,363 45
5/18 26 341 58 573 9,402 39
5/19 26 341 58 574 9,421 19
5/20 26 344 58 578 9,468 47
5/21 26 343 57 574 9,503 35
5/22 26 345 57 574 9,528 25
5/23 26 346 57 575 9,562 34
5/24 26 348 57 580 9,592 30
5/25 26 351 58 579 9,628 36
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Suffolk County Implements New Computer System for Data Beginning June 3rd.
6/3 24 349 63 560 9,200 -
6/4 25 349 64 562 9,223 23
6/5 25 349 64 562 9,240 7
Date Bellport Village North Bellport Brookhaven Hamlet East Patchogue Town of Brookhaven Increase*

Editor’s Note: The data we publish here is from the Suffolk County Department of Information Technology-GIS, the NYS Department of Health, and the U.S. Census Bureau.

According to Suffolk County, these are the number of Confirmed Cases of the COVID-19 virus in the Town of Brookhaven that have been reported as of a given date. It is NOT the number of cases reported ON that date. It is the total number of cases leading up to that date. You should NOT add up the number of cases in a given column. If there were 4 cases reported on one day and the next day the chart shows 5 cases, it means there was ONE new case. The source of this information is the New York Department of Health.

You may have noticed and wondered why on several occasions, the number of confirmed cases actually dropped from one day to the next rather than increasing. Well, we certainly did. At first, we assumed it was a simple clerical correction, but when it happened again, we thought we better look into it. I’ve contacted Suffolk County asking if they could explain why the number of confirmed cases might drop, rather than increase or stay the same. So far, I haven’t heard back from the County, but considering how busy everyone is dealing with COVID-19, I’m not surprised. As soon as I get an answer, we’ll be sure to publish it here.

*The “Increase” is the increase in confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Town of Brookhaven over the previous day.

    

June 5th at 7:45pm

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The Latest From Governor Cuomo... 


"Yesterday we saw the lowest number of both deaths and hospitalizations since the COVID-19 pandemic began. 42 people passed away due to COVID-19, down from a record-high when 800 died in a single day just eight weeks ago. While our hearts ache for the families and friends who lost a loved one yesterday, we are thankful for the progress we have made together. The people of our state radically changed our behavior to look out for one another and it worked. Today's achievement is proof: We know change is possible and we know we can change course dramatically when we work in unity.

Cuomo

Slide of the Day: The long list of names of people who have been abused by the criminal justice system, often fatally. Enough is enough. It's time for change.

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1 I am announcing the "Say Their Name" reform agenda following the murder of George Floyd and an ongoing pattern of police brutality against black communities. The four cornerstones of the agenda are: Transparency of prior disciplinary records of law enforcement officers; Banning chokeholds by law enforcement officers; Prohibiting false race-based 9-1-1 reports and making them a crime; and Designating the Attorney General as an independent prosecutor for matters relating to the deaths of unarmed civilians caused by law enforcement. Next week I will work with the State Legislature to get these policies done.

2. Nourish NY has been in place for 35 days and continues to provide New Yorkers across the state with access to food, by purchasing excess product from NY farms. To date, 306 distributions have taken place with an estimated 87,691 households receiving Nourish NY products. 4,000 farms have participated in the initiative.

3. We are continuing to aggressively test for COVID-19. Yesterday, the state conducted 66,064 tests, and only 1,075 of those tests came back positive for Coronavirus. For the latest data on the virus, visit the state's COVID tracker.

4. The number of total COVID hospitalizations is on the steady decline. Yesterday there were 2,728 total hospitalizations, down from 2,894 the day before.

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": Every year, the International Photography Awards conducts a competition to showcase stunning photography from around the world. The winners of this year's "OneShot: Movement" competition were recently announced and the photos are incredible. See all the winners and honorable mentions here."

    

June 5th at 7:45pm
Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through 5:00pm on June 5th, 2020

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Testing
• 205,913 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 5,202 tests*
• 19.5 percent of those tested were confirmed positive for COVID-19
• 125,569 total tested for antibodies

Tested Positive
• 40,239 total cases
• 86 new cases

Tested Positive for Antibodies
• 15,080 individuals not previously tested for COVID-19 have tested positive for antibodies

Hospitalization, as of June 5th at 4:30pm
• 200 individuals were hospitalized, a decrease of 13
• 53 patients were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), a decrease of 1
• 13 new admissions
• 24 discharged
• 5,048 discharged since March 22

Fatalities
• 2 new fatalities*
• 1,918 total fatalities

Hospital Beds, as of June 5th at 4:30pm
• 3,035 total hospital beds; 1,019 available
• 576 ICU beds; 240 available*

*The test results data comes from a NYSDOH database that contains reported results from all the labs testing samples from New York State residents. NYS fatality data are reported by hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities on a daily basis to the NYSDOH.

 

June 4th at 10:10pm

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The Latest From Governor Cuomo... 
We did not receive information from Governor Cuomo in time for publication tonight. We hope to resume publishing his information tomorrow evening.

 

June 4th at 10:10pm
Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through 5:30pm on June 4th, 2020

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Testing
• 200,711 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 5,178 tests*
• 20.0 percent of those tested were confirmed positive for COVID-19
• 122,994 total tested for antibodies

Tested Positive
• 40,153 total cases
• 91 new cases

Tested Positive for Antibodies
• 14,778 individuals not previously tested for COVID-19 have tested positive for antibodies

Hospitalization, as of June 4th at 4:30pm
• 213 individuals were hospitalized, a decrease of 12
• 54 patients were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), a decrease of 5
• 15 new admissions
• 24 discharged
• 5,024 discharged since March 22

Fatalities
• 1 new fatality*
• 1,916 total fatalities

Hospital Beds, as of June 4th at 4:30pm
• 3,040 total hospital beds; 1,008 available
• 576 ICU beds; 242 available*

*The test results data comes from a NYSDOH database that contains reported results from all the labs testing samples from New York State residents. NYS fatality data are reported by hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities on a daily basis to the NYSDOH.

    

June 4th at 10:10pm

Trump Administration Selects Five Coronavirus Vaccine Candidates as Finalists

What Socializing, Going to Work and School Might Look Like as States Reopen Amid the Pandemic

Protesting in a pandemic: COVID-19 testing sites shut down amid national unrest

 

June 3rd at 8:10pm

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The Latest From Governor Cuomo... 


"Even if it's no longer on the front pages, the COVID virus is still out there, and the threat to public health is far from over. The success we have achieved thus far is due to the actions of the people of New York who are making smart choices based on the facts. And our successes rest on the hard work of the nurses, the doctors, the essential workers and the frontline workers who stepped up to save lives. The battle is not over yet and we need to remain vigilant. Let's not blow it now.

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Photo of the Day: Health care workers at Memorial Sloan Kettering applauded and cheered passing protesters early yesterday evening (Photo by Katy Tur)

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. Outdoor dining at restaurants will be permitted in Phase 2 of reopening. Restaurants in the seven regions that have already entered Phase 2 — the Capital Region, Central New York, the Finger Lakes, the Mohawk Valley, the North Country, the Southern Tier and Western New York — can reopen for outdoor dining beginning tomorrow, June 4th. Outdoor tables must be spaced six feet apart, all staff must wear face coverings and customers must also wear face coverings when not seated.

2. Erie County is now eligible to resume elective surgeries and ambulatory care. The state will allow elective outpatient treatments to resume in counties and hospitals without significant risk of COVID-19 surge in the near term, and a total of 52 counties can now resume elective surgeries (4 counties do not have hospitals).

3. The number of new COVID hospitalizations is dropping steadily. Total hospitalizations dropped to 2,978, from 3,121 the day before. Yesterday, we had 135 new COVID hospitalizations, down from 154 the day before. Yesterday 49 New Yorkers died of the virus — the lowest number since March.

4. A reminder that the State has a mental health hotline available for anyone who needs it. We cannot underestimate how a crisis can impact our mental health. Remember: You are never alone. For free emotional support, consultations and referrals to a provider, call 1-844-863-9314.

5. The Nourish NY program continues to connect farms will food banks. The state has spent over $2 million to date to purchase dairy and produce from NY farms and donate the products to food banks. So far, the initiative has redirected 3.7 million pounds of dairy products, including yogurt and cheese, that have made their way into 80,000 households with needs, as well as approximately 1 million pounds of produce. Almost 4,000 New York farms have participated in this initiative.

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": The organization "Teens Helping Seniors," which was started by two teens from Montgomery County, Maryland, is helping elderly individuals get groceries and supplies to minimize the risk of Coronavirus. With chapters in Albany and other cities across the country, the organization connects older individuals with volunteers to deliver groceries and other needs straight to their doorstep."

 

June 3rd at 8:10pm
Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through 5:00pm on June 3rd, 2020

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Testing
• 195,533 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 4,840 tests*
• 20.5 percent of those tested were confirmed positive for COVID-19
• 119,305 total tested for antibodies

Tested Positive
• 40,062 total cases
• 82 new cases

Tested Positive for Antibodies
• 14,334 individuals not previously tested for COVID-19 have tested positive for antibodies

Hospitalization, as of June 3rd at 4:00pm
• 225 individuals were hospitalized, a decrease of 11
• 59 patients were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), a decrease of 5
• 16 new admissions
• 20 discharged
• 5,000 discharged since March 22

Fatalities
• 6 new fatalities*
• 1,915 total fatalities

Hospital Beds, as of June 3rd at 4:00pm
• 3,054 total hospital beds; 1,080 available*
• 591 ICU beds; 280 available*

*The test results data comes from a NYSDOH database that contains reported results from all the labs testing samples from New York State residents. NYS fatality data are reported by hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities on a daily basis to the NYSDOH.

 

June 2nd at 8:00pm

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The Latest From Governor Cuomo... 


"We are witnessing a lot of events occurring simultaneously. It is easy to be confused. There are many who want to intentionally blur the lines between peaceful, legitimate protesters and looters. They want you to watch the videos of the looting — not the video of Mr. Floyd being murdered. Don't fall for it. Throughout the state we have seen peaceful protests that call for long-overdue change. As I have said — I stand in solidarity with the protesters. But separate and distinct from the peaceful protests there are criminals who are opportunistically using this situation for their own purposes. Criminal activity and looting must stop. Not only is it illegal — it distracts from the point of the protests.

This is a moment from which real positive change can emerge. I will not let it be blurred by those who seek civil disorder.

Photo

Photo of the Day: Last night, the Empire State Building went dark to recognize the murder of George Floyd and other victims of injustice (Photo by Jonathan Colton)

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. New York is proceeding with reopening. Western New York entered Phase 2 of reopening today. The Capital Region has been cleared by international experts to enter Phase 2 tomorrow, June 3rd, and New York City is still on track to enter Phase 1 on June 8th.

2. Summer day camps statewide can open on June 29th. The state will make a decision on sleep-away camps in the coming weeks.

3. Additional low-risk outdoor recreational activities can resume in some parts of the state. I issued an Executive Order allowing low-risk, outdoor recreational activities and businesses providing such activities to open in regions that have met the public health and safety metrics required for Phase 1. These include tennis, non-motorized boat use and rentals (such as kayaks and rowboats), and golf and driving ranges.

4. The total number of COVID hospitalizations continues its steady decline. Total hospitalizations fell to 3,121, from 3,331 the day before. Yesterday, we had 154 new COVID hospitalizations. Tragically we lost 58 New Yorkers to the virus.

5. A reminder to take precautions against COVID-19 if protesting. There are simple steps that can be taken to help reduce the spread of coronavirus: Wear a mask (and gloves if you have them), bring sanitizer and keep to smaller groups.

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": The South Korean government sent 10,000 masks and other personal protective equipment to members of the Navajo nation to honor their service during the Korean War. During the war, 800 members of the Navajo nation served as "code talkers," using their native language (Navajo) to send coded radio messages to allies. Around 130 of the "code talkers" are still alive today."

 

June 2nd at 8:00pm
Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through 5:00pm on June 2nd, 2020

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Testing
• 190,693 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 4,365 tests*
• 21.0 percent of those tested were confirmed positive for COVID-19
• 118,441 total tested for antibodies

Tested Positive
• 39,980 total cases
• 275 new cases**

Tested Positive for Antibodies
• 14,222 individuals not previously tested for COVID-19 have tested positive for antibodies

Hospitalization, as of June 2nd at 4:30pm
• 236 individuals were hospitalized, a decrease of 11
• 61 patients were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), a decrease of 6
• 13 new admissions
• 11 discharged
• 4,980 discharged since March 22

Fatalities
• 3 new fatalities*
• 1,909 total fatalities

Hospital Beds, as of June 2nd at 4:30pm
• 3,126 total hospital beds; 1,145 available*
• 591 ICU beds; 282 available*

*The test results data comes from a NYSDOH database that contains reported results from all the labs testing samples from New York State residents. NYS fatality data are reported by hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities on a daily basis to the NYSDOH.

 

June 1st at 9:15pm

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The Latest From Governor Cuomo... 


"Our state's response to Coronavirus is an incredible feat. All of New York — 19 million people — responded to this crisis with a level of determination and discipline that amazed me. Just 50 days ago, at the height of the crisis in New York, 800 people died a single day and we were experiencing the worst situation in the country. Now, we're reopening New York. It has been a very long 50 days from then — but we went from a truly frightening reality to the point where the state is beginning to reopen. This is a reminder of what we can accomplish when we are united.

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Photo of the Day: In Schenectady, NY, protesters and police officers came together in solidarity against racism and discrimination (Photo by Joah Alindato)

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. A citywide curfew will take effect in New York City beginning at 11 PM tonight through 5 AM tomorrow morning. Mayor de Blasio and I spoke today and agreed to implement the curfew. In addition, the NYPD will double its presence to help prevent violence and property damage. While we encourage people to protest peacefully, unfortunately, there are those who have exploited the protests as a cover for criminal activities. The safety of the general public is paramount and cannot be compromised.

2. Be aware of the risk of COVID-19 at protests. The Health Commissioner and I are concerned that the large protests may increase the spread of COVID-19. While the right to protest peacefully is sacrosanct, I nevertheless urge all protesters to take precautions like wearing a mask or face covering if participating in a protest. It would be terrible for the progress we have made on this virus to be undone.

3. Two regions are expected to enter Phase 2 of reopening this week. Tomorrow Western New York is expected to enter Phase 2, followed by the Capital Region on Wednesday, June 3, pending a review of regional data by global public health experts.

4. We have the lowest rate of positive test results since the pandemic began. Yesterday the state performed 50,000 tests and only 941 people, or 2%, were positive. That is the lowest number yet of positive cases.

5. The total number of COVID hospitalizations is steadily declining. Total hospitalizations fell to 3,331, from 3,436 the day before. Yesterday, we had 183 new COVID hospitalizations. Sadly, 54 New Yorkers died of the virus — the lowest number since March.

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": The NYC Department of Environmental Protection (NYC DEP) recently banded peregrine falcon chicks on the Verrazzano-Narrows and Marine Parkway bridges. As part of a cooperative effort between the DEP and the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, chicks are banded with both a metal federal band with a serial number and a color-coded band to make it easier to identify the birds by sight. By the 1960s and '70s, the peregrine falcon had vanished from the East Coast; the species has recovered thanks to decades of conservation efforts."

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June 1st at 9:15pm
Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through 5:00pm on June 1st, 2020

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Testing
• 186,328 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 4,294 tests*
• 21.3 percent of those tested were confirmed positive for COVID-19
• 117,553 total tested for antibodies

Tested Positive*
• 39,705 total cases
• 62 new cases

Tested Positive for Antibodies
• 14,138 individuals not previously tested for COVID-19 have tested positive for antibodies

Hospitalization, as of June 1st at 5pm
• 247 individuals were hospitalized, a decrease of 6
• 67 patients were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), a decrease of 7
• 17 new admissions
• 13 discharged
• 4,969 discharged since March 22

Fatalities
• 5 new fatalities*
• 1,906 total fatalities

Hospital Beds, as of June 1st at 5pm
• 3,128 total hospital beds; 1,200 available*
• 601 ICU beds; 279 available*

*The test results data comes from a NYSDOH database that contains reported results from all the labs testing samples from New York State residents. NYS fatality data are reported by hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities on a daily basis to the NYSDOH.

 

June 1st at 9:15pm

What is Safe to Do During the Pandemic?

So, What Can We Do Now?

What Parents Should Know About Coronavirus as Kids Return to Babysitters, Day Cares and Camps

 

June 1st at 4:30pm
New Chart: Suffolk County Reported Data Related to COVID-19 to Date

We think it’s useful to not only have the numbers for a particular date, but to also be able to watch the trends in those numbers. For that reason, we are now maintaining a running table for all the daily numbers in Suffolk County, since we started reporting them in mid-April. Click here to view the table.

 

May 31st at 7:00pm

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The Latest From Governor Cuomo... 


"Before I turn to the latest COVID news, I want to address the violent protests in our state and across the nation. The outrage we are seeing is a response not only to the killing of George Floyd, but to the continuing racism in this country that is chronic, endemic and institutional. It is collective hypocrisy. We are good at telling people how they should live their lives and how they should act but we still discriminate on the basis of skin color. We don't need to lose the passion or the outrage—we need to direct it. Like a laser focused on real, positive change.

That's how George Floyd does not become just another name in the long list of people who should never have died.

That's how his death won't be in vain.

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Photo of the Day: Hundreds of volunteers turned out in Rochester, NY to clean up damage from last night's demonstrations (Photo by Shawn Dowd/Democrat and Chronicle)

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. New York dentists can reopen statewide tomorrow. Dentists' offices will be subject to state guidance on best practices for safety and social distancing.

2. The number of total COVID hospitalizations continues to decline. Total hospitalizations fell to 3,436, from 3,619 the day before. Yesterday, we had 191 new COVID hospitalizations.

3. Daily fatalities drop to lowest level since March 23. Yesterday, 56 New Yorkers died from COVID. This is a tragic number — but we are thankful it is much, much lower than where it was at the peak. As this number goes down, we expect it to level out. The question is how low it will go before that happens.

4. A note on protesting safely. If you or someone you know intends on peacefully protesting tonight or in the future, please remember that Coronavirus continues to be a public health issue in our state and there are simple steps that can be taken to help reduce the spread of COVID-19: Wear a mask, bring hand sanitizer and keep to smaller groups.

5. Over 2 million New Yorkers have been tested for Coronavirus. Yesterday, 58,444 New Yorkers were tested, bringing the total to 2,063,825 million people tested. Of those tested yesterday, only 1,110 were positive, or about 1.9% of those tested.

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": Archaeologists in northern Italy recently discovered a perfectly preserved mosaic of an Ancient Roman villa. The remains of the villa were discovered in the same location, nearly a century ago and researchers had dedicated countless attempts to try and locate the foundations, which were recently rewarded with this remarkable find."

 

May 31st at 7:00pm
Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through 5:00pm on May 31st, 2020

Testing
• 182,034 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 5,138 tests*
• 21.8 percent of those tested were confirmed positive for COVID-19
• 115,762 total tested for antibodies

Tested Positive*
• 39,643 total cases
• 111 new cases

Tested Positive for Antibodies
• 13,953 individuals not previously tested for COVID-19 have tested positive for antibodies

Hospitalization, as of May 31st at 5pm
• 253 individuals were hospitalized, a decrease of 16
• 67 patients were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), a decrease of 7
• 14 new admissions
• 25 discharged
• 4,956 discharged since March 22

Fatalities
• 9 new fatalities*
• 1,901 total fatalities

Hospital Beds, as of May 31st at 5pm
• 3,120 total hospital beds; 1193 available*
• 601 ICU beds; 287 available*

*The test results data comes from a NYSDOH database that contains reported results from all the labs testing samples from New York State residents. NYS fatality data are reported by hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities on a daily basis to the NYSDOH.

 

May 30th at 8:00pm

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The Latest From Governor Cuomo... 


"Today, I signed into law a new measure providing death benefits to the families of frontline workers who lost their lives fighting Coronavirus in New York. The bill establishes a COVID-19 death benefit for the families of state and local government employees who have been on the front lines of this public health emergency. They were there for us when we most needed them.

This is the least we can do to thank those who sacrificed their lives and to honor their memory.

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. New York State will open 10 additional testing sites — one for each zip code — in New York City COVID hotspots. Controlling the virus' spread in the areas where new cases continue to be diagnosed, which are located in predominantly low income and minority communities, is a top priority as we move toward Phase 1 of reopening NYC on June 8. Six new testing site will be in the Bronx, three in Brooklyn and one in Queens.

2. We continue to monitor our progress fighting the virus in the Capital Region and Western New York. The regions will reach two weeks of Phase 1 reopening next week.

3. The numbers of total COVID hospitalizations continues to decline. Total hospitalizations fell to 3,619, from 3,781 the day before. The number of new COVID hospitalizations rose slightly to 178. Tragically, we lost 67 New Yorkers to the virus yesterday.

4. Following last night's protests in NYC, Attorney General Letitia James will review all actions and procedures. Last night we saw disturbing violent clashes in Brooklyn and elsewhere. The events of last night call for an independent review, which will be taken by the Attorney General, an independently elected public official. A report will be issued within 30 days.

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": Sully, a terrier mix from Hanover, NY, who had been missing for two years, was recently found and reunited with his family. Sully ran away in 2018 but was rescued this month. His rescuers were able to connect with Sully's owners and bring him back home."

 

May 30th at 8:00pm
Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through 5:00pm on May 30th, 2020

Testing
• 176,896 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 4,388 tests*
• 22.3 percent of those tested were confirmed positive for COVID-19
• 113,532 total tested for antibodies

Tested Positive*
• 39,532 total
• 87 new cases

Tested Positive for Antibodies
• 13,733 individuals not previously tested for COVID-19 have tested positive for antibodies

Hospitalization, as of May 30th at 5pm
• 269 individuals were hospitalized, a decrease of 6
• 74 patients were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), a decrease of 5
• 17 new admissions
• 24 discharged
• 4,931 discharged since March 22

Fatalities
• 13 new fatalities*
• 1,892 total fatalities

Hospital Beds, as of May 30th at 5pm
• 3,135 total hospital beds; 1,127 available*
• 601 ICU beds; 264 available*

*The test results data comes from a NYSDOH database that contains reported results from all the labs testing samples from New York State residents. NYS fatality data are reported by hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities on a daily basis to the NYSDOH.

 

May 29th at 9:45pm
The Latest From Governor Cuomo... 
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"As some areas of the state begin to enter Phase 2 of reopening, it's worth reflecting on our progress. New York State, and New York City in particular, was the epicenter in the U.S. We had more cases than any other state in the country. The virus came, we now know, via Europe — and 3 million flights from Europe landed in NYC in January, February and March. But although we were dealt one of the worst hands, we successfully flattened the curve. The situation forced us to be smart and aggressive. All the numbers are way down; we went from well over 3,000 new COVID hospitalizations a day to under 200. The best way we can help keep these numbers low is by continuing to be smart, diligent and New York Tough.

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. New York City is on track to begin Phase 1 of reopening June 8th. /strong> New York City is the last region in the state to begin to reopen, and the city is currently working on bringing its contact tracing capacity up to meet the required metrics.

2. Five regions of the state are ready to begin Phase 2. Central New York, Finger Lakes, Mohawk Valley, North Country and Southern Tier can enter Phase 2 of reopening today. Phase 2 allows real estate services, in-store retail shopping and some barbershop services to resume, and allows some office-workers to return (but not at full capacity). Business guidance for Phase 2 of the state's reopening plan is available here.

3. We are implementing a new "early warning dashboard" to monitor virus containment. The dashboard allows New Yorkers to see for themselves all of the state's data tracking new infections and their severity, hospital capacity by region and other metrics. The early warning system dashboard was developed in consultation with internationally-known experts who have been advising New York State. See it here.

4. The numbers of total COVID hospitalizations continues to decline. Total hospitalizations fell to 3,781, from 4,010 the day before. The number of new COVID hospitalizations fell to 152, from 163 the day before. Tragically, we lost 67 New Yorkers to the virus yesterday.

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": As a child, Deirdre Taylor was saved from a burning building in Manhattan by firefighter Eugene Pugliese. Now a nurse, Taylor traveled from Virginia to New York City to help with the Coronavirus response — and as a result finally reunited with the (now retired) firefighter who saved her life forty years ago.  "

 

May 29th at 9:45pm
Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through 5:00pm on May 29th, 2020

Testing
• 172,508 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 4,591 tests*
• 22.9 percent of those tested were confirmed positive for COVID-19
• 110,724 total tested for antibodies

Tested Positive*
• 39,445 total
• 86 new cases

Tested Positive for Antibodies
• 13,406 individuals not previously tested for COVID-19 have tested positive for antibodies

Hospitalization, as of May 29th at 5pm
• 275 individuals were hospitalized, a decrease of 16
• 80 patients were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), a decrease of 5
• 20 new admissions
• 27 discharged
• 4,907 discharged since March 22

Fatalities
• 8 new fatalities*
• 1,879 total fatalities

Hospital Beds, as of May 29th at 5pm
• 3,142 total hospital beds; 1114 available*
• 601 ICU beds; 229 available*

*The test results data comes from a NYSDOH database that contains reported results from all the labs testing samples from New York State residents. NYS fatality data are reported by hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities on a daily basis to the NYSDOH.

 

May 29th at 9:45pm
Public Health On Call
Experts from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health offer science and evidence-based insights on the public health news of the day. The current focus is the novel coronavirus spreading around the world.

 

May 28th at 7:30pm
The Latest From Governor Cuomo... 
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"Today I signed an Executive Order that permits store owners to deny entry to people who refuse to wear masks. Many stores have already implemented policies to this effect, and this order clarifies that they are within their rights to do so. People may choose to put themselves at risk but they don't have the right to jeopardize the health of others. And business owners need the authority to protect themselves and their customers. Widespread mask-wearing is an effective tool against Coronavirus, and I continue to remind all New Yorkers that the law requires each of us to wear a mask in public. New York is one family, and we all have to look out for each other. 

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. Chris Rock and Rosie Perez joined me in Brooklyn today to encourage New Yorkers to get tested. They also highlighted why wearing a mask in public is important for all of us. These iconic Brooklynites have signed on to help us get the word out to all: If you have symptoms, have had contact with a COVID-positive person or are an essential employee, get a test and find out if you have COVID-19. There are over 225 testing sites in NYC alone — find one near you here.

2. The MTA will pilot the use of proven UV light technology to kill COVID-19 in subway cars and crew facilities. The MTA currently cleans and disinfects its fleet of subway cars and commuter trains every 24 hours.

3. New York State will distribute 1 million masks to NYC's hardest-hit neighborhoods today. The state has already distributed more than 8 million masks across New York City, including NYCHA developments, food banks, churches and homeless shelters.

4. The numbers of total COVID hospitalizations continues to decline. Total hospitalizations fell to 4,010, from 4,208 the day before. The number of new COVID hospitalizations fell to 163, from 181 the day before. Tragically, we lost 74 New Yorkers to the virus yesterday.

5. New York tested a record of 65,245 people yesterday. That is the most people we have tested in a single day since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Of those tested, only 1,768 were positive for COVID — great news compared to where we were just a few weeks ago.

6. Over the next few weeks, the Department of Environmental Conservation is hosting a virtual series called Adventure at Home, designed to help New Yorkers find ways to take advantage of outdoor recreational activities in their own communities. This week, Fish NY staff offered tips and tricks on how to get started fishing from anywhere in the state. State parks, trails and beaches remain open for safe and socially distanced walking, hiking, biking and more.

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": To spread the joy of art to children in shelters and foster care, Chelsea Phaire, a 10 year-old in Connecticut, has given away 1,500 art kits during the pandemic. Chelsea's philanthropy began last summer, when she asked her guests to bring art supplies instead of gifts to her birthday. She evenly distributed the crayons, markers, paper and colored pencils into 40 kits, which she hand-delivered to a NY homeless shelter. The kits have been sent to children in 12 states so far."

 

May 28th at 7:30pm
Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through 5:00pm on May 28th, 2020

Testing
• 167,917 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 4,482 tests*
• 23.4 percent of those tested were confirmed positive for COVID-19
• 107,862 total tested for antibodies

Tested Positive*
• 39,359 total
• 101 new cases

Tested Positive for Antibodies
• 12,956 individuals not previously tested for COVID-19 have tested positive for antibodies

Hospitalization, as of May 27th at 5pm
• 291 individuals were hospitalized, a decrease of 10
• 85 patients were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), a decrease of 7
• 17 new admissions
• 26 discharged
• 4,880 since March 22

Fatalities
• 10 new fatalities*
• 1,871 total fatalities

Hospital Beds, as of May 27th at 5pm
• 3,087 total hospital beds; 1000 available*
• 595 ICU beds; 231 available*

*The test results data comes from a NYSDOH database that contains reported results from all the labs testing samples from New York State residents. NYS fatality data are reported by hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities on a daily basis to the NYSDOH.

 

May 28th at 3:30pm
Community Food Drive on Saturday, May 30th

COMPASS Unity will hold another community food drive on Saturday, May 30th between 10:00am and 1:00pm in the parking lot of the South Country School District Central Offices, 189 Dunton Ave, East Patchogue. The first one was such an overwhelming success thanks to everyone’s generosity, but the need is still so great! Items collected will support the Lighthouse Mission and St. Joseph the Worker food pantries. Just drive through and drop off! Click here for more information.

 

May 27th at 8:00pm
The Latest From Governor Cuomo... 

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"Today the U.S. death toll from the Coronavirus pandemic topped 100,000, a tragic milestone. This is an unfathomable and immeasurable loss. Words simply fail in capturing the scale of this loss and the trauma and grief it has caused. Each person who we lost was loved. Each person will be missed. We stand united in grief and mark this solemn day for our nation.

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. Long Island met all seven metrics and began Phase 1 reopening today. At this point, every region in the state excluding New York City has begun the reopening process. For details and information about the different phases of this process visit forward.ny.gov

2. The number of total COVID hospitalizations continues to decline. Total hospitalizations are at 4,208, from 4,265 the day before. The number of new COVID hospitalizations fell to 181, from 201 the day before. Tragically, we lost 74 New Yorkers to the virus yesterday.

3. I am calling on the U.S. Senate to pass a COVID relief bill that helps all Americans and provides fiscal support to states. State and local governments have seen revenues go down and costs go up due to COVID — we need federal relief so that we can support hospitals, firefighters, teachers, police officers and other working Americans. In Washington D.C. today, I also met with President Trump and urged him to support a public infrastructure program to help supercharge the economy. We have shovel-ready projects in New York — all we need is federal approval.

4. Remember to respond to the Census. Every New Yorker should respond to the Census — it is safe, easy and can be done online from the comfort of your own home. Let's make sure every New Yorker is counted. Complete the Census today at my2020census.gov.

5. If you have symptoms, get tested. There are over 760 locations in the state that offer testing — find one here. If you go to a testing site run by New York State, all testing is free of charge. If you are getting a test at a site operated by local governments, private companies including pharmacies and medical practices or not-for-profit organizations, you are advised to check with the testing site and your own health plan in advance of being tested to confirm you will not be responsible for any fee.

6. New York rest stops, text stops and welcome centers remain open. Rest rooms, gas and vending machines continue to be available — and enhanced cleaning measures have been implemented. New Yorkers should continue to wear a mask in public, including rest areas.

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": Finley, a 6-year-old Golden Retriever from Canandaigua, NY, was recognized by Guinness World Records for being able to hold six tennis balls in his mouth with no assistance — shattering the previous record of five tennis balls. Congratulations to this very good boy on his world record."

 

May 27th at 8:00pm
Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through 2:30pm on May 27th, 2020


Testing
• 163,435 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 2,492 tests*
• 24.0 percent of those tested were confirmed positive for COVID-19
• 105,783 total tested for antibodies

Tested Positive*
• 39,258 total
• 59 new cases

Tested Positive for Antibodies
• 12,694 individuals not previously tested for COVID-19 have tested positive for antibodies

Hospitalization
• 301 individuals were hospitalized, a decrease of 4
• 92 patients were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), a decrease of 2
• 16 new admissions
• 13 discharged
• 4,854 since March 22

Fatalities
• 10 new fatalities*
• 1,861 total fatalities

Hospital Beds
• 3,102 total hospital beds; 1059 available*
• 595 ICU beds; 253 available*

*The test results data comes from a NYSDOH database that contains reported results from all the labs testing samples from New York State residents. NYS fatality data are reported by hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities on a daily basis to the NYSDOH.

 

May 26th at 8:45pm
Suffolk County Temporarily Stops Reporting COVID-19 Confirmed Cases in Our Area


As reported by Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone during his press conference on Monday, May 25, 2020, the County’s COVID-19 mapping website, where we get our data for Bellport Village, North Bellport, Brookhaven Hamlet, and East Patchogue, will be temporarily down while the County transitions to their new system. We hope to be able to resume publishing local COVID-19 data as soon as possible.

As of today, May 26th, Long Island enters “Phase One” of New York State’s COVID-19 plan in which restrictions on Long Island start to be eased. Until now, the only way to monitor the growth of COVID-19 in our community was through the information being published by Suffolk County. We can only hope that we will be “flying blind” without this information for only a matter of hours or a day or two at this very critical time.

 

May 26th at 8:45pm
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"I hope you enjoyed Memorial Day weekend. Traditionally, Memorial Day marks the start of the summer season. This year, of course, things are different. The reopening process has begun. As we move forward, I am thinking about two things. First, we want to be sure that we reopen smart. We are carefully monitoring health data and indicators to watch that the numbers keep going in the right direction. We have firm controls in place. We are also thinking about how we can achieve a rapid and robust economic recovery. Government can stimulate the economy as we have in the past with public works. We have major infrastructure work that is long overdue. Now is the time to build, to create jobs, to drive the economy. We can use this reopening phase to make these too easily deferred projects real.

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. The Mid-Hudson Region has met all seven metrics and began Phase 1 of reopening today. The region comprises Westchester, Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan and Ulster Counties. Long Island is still on track to reopen tomorrow, May 27th. To track where your region falls on reopening, visit the state's Regional Monitoring Dashboard.

2. Congratulations to the winners of the "Wear A Mask" PSA Video Contest. We asked New Yorkers to make a video on why it's important to wear a mask when in public, and after going through over 600 submissions and with more than 180K votes cast, we have two winners: "We ❤ New York," created by Bunny Lake Films, and "You Can Still Smile" by Natalia Bougadellis and Emory Parker. Both winning videos will run as public service announcements and can be viewed here. Thank you to everyone who participated and voted in the contest. 

3. The New York Stock Exchange reopened their floor for trading today. After two months, many employees can return to the floor after the organization has implemented specific precautions to protect the health of its workers. I rang the opening bell this morning.

4. The number of total COVID hospitalizations continues to decline. Total hospitalizations fell to 4,265, from 4,348 the day before. The number of new COVID hospitalizations fell to 201, from 237 the day before. Tragically, we lost 73 New Yorkers to the virus yesterday.

5. The Nourish NY initiative is a growing lifeline for many NY farms. The recently launched program provides $25 million for food banks across the state to buy food from New York farms, including dairy products and produce. The initiative tackles two problems at once: making sure that food doesn't get wasted and that New Yorkers in need don't go hungry. So far, 87,588 gallons of milk and over 500,000 pounds of vegetables and fruit have been sent to food banks."

 

May 26th at 8:45pm
Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through 5:30pm on May 26th, 2020


Testing
• 160,943 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 3,241 tests*
• 24.4 percent of those tested were confirmed positive for COVID-19
• 105,124 total tested positive for antibodies

Tested Positive*
• 39,199 total
• 109 new cases

Tested Positive for Antibodies
• 12,623 individuals not previously tested for COVID-19 have tested positive for antibodies

Hospitalization, as of May 26 at 5 p.m.
• 305 individuals were hospitalized, a decrease of 30
• 94 patients were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), a decrease of 12
• 11 new admissions
• 9 discharged
• 4,841 since March 22

Fatalities
• 11 new fatalities
• 1,851 total fatalities

Hospital Beds as of May 26 at 5 p.m.
• 3,071 total hospital beds; 1,111 available*
• 595 ICU beds; 242 available*

*The test results data comes from a NYSDOH database that contains reported results from all the labs testing samples from New York State residents. NYS fatality data are reported by hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities on a daily basis to the NYSDOH.

 

May 25th at 7:00pm
The Latest From Governor Cuomo... 

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NOTE: Over Memorial Day weekend, there won’t be any new information from Governor Cuomo. The next update will be published on Tuesday, May 26.

 

May 25th at 7:00pm
Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through 5:30pm on May 25th, 2020


Testing
• 157,702 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 4,010 tests*
• 24.8 percent of those tested were confirmed positive for COVID-19
• 103,166 total tested positive for antibodies

Tested Positive*
• 39,090 total
• 126 new cases

Tested Positive for Antibodies
• 12,409 individuals not previously tested for COVID-19 have tested positive for antibodies

Hospitalization
• 335 individuals were hospitalized, a decrease of 8
• 106 patients were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), a decrease of 5
• 16 new admissions
• 20 discharged
• 4832 since March 22

Fatalities
• 6 new fatalities
• 1,840 total fatalities

Hospital Beds
• 3,071 total hospital beds; 1110 available*
• 595 ICU beds; 246 available*

*The test results data comes from a NYSDOH database that contains reported results from all the labs testing samples from New York State residents. NYS fatality data are reported by hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities on a daily basis to the NYSDOH.

 

May 24th at 8:15pm
The Latest From Governor Cuomo... 

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NOTE: Over Memorial Day weekend, there won’t be any new information from Governor Cuomo. The next update will be published on Tuesday, May 26.

 

May 24th at 8:15pm
Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through 5:30pm on May 24th, 2020


Testing
• 153,692 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 3,865 tests*
• 25.4 percent of those tested were confirmed positive for COVID-19
• 102,092 total tested positive for antibodies as of May 22 (today’s update is unavailable)

Tested Positive*
• 38,964 total
• 162 new cases

Tested Positive for Antibodies
• 12,272 individuals not previously tested for COVID-19 have tested positive for antibodies as of May 22 (today’s update is unavailable)

Hospitalization, May 23
• 343 individuals were hospitalized, a decrease of 31
• 111 patients were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), a decrease of 8
• 18 new admissions
• 38 discharged

Fatalities
• 12 new fatalities
• 1,834 total fatalities

Hospital Beds, May 23
• 3,017 total hospital beds; 1095 available*
• 595 ICU beds; 231 available*

*The test results data comes from a NYSDOH database that contains reported results from all the labs testing samples from New York State residents. NYS fatality data are reported by hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities on a daily basis to the NYSDOH.

 

May 24th at 1:15pm
Free Face Masks Available for South Country Residents this Monday, May 25th
Free face masks will be available for South Country residents who have not yet obtained a reusable mask on Monday, May 25th between 10:00am and 1:00pm in the South Country Library parking lot, 22 Station Road, Bellport. This event is hosted by South Country LI.

 

May 23rd at 8:00pm
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NOTE: Over Memorial Day weekend, there won’t be any new information from Governor Cuomo. The next update will be published on Tuesday, May 26.

 

May 23rd at 8:00pm
Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through 4:30pm on May 23rd, 2020


Testing
• 149,827 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 4,005 tests*
• 25.9 percent of those tested were confirmed positive for COVID-19
• 93,161 total tested positive for antibodies as of May 22 (today’s update is unavailable)

Tested Positive*
• 38,802 total
• 130 new cases

Tested Positive for Antibodies
• 12,013 individuals not previously tested for COVID-19 have tested positive for antibodies as of May 22 (today’s update is unavailable)

Hospitalization, May 22
• 374 individuals were hospitalized, a decrease of 35
• 119 patients were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), a decrease of 6
• 17 new admissions
• 45 discharged

Fatalities
• 8 new fatalities
• 1,822 total fatalities

Hospital Beds, May 22
• 3031 total hospital beds; 1041 available*
• 595 ICU beds; 230 available*

*The test results data comes from a NYSDOH database that contains reported results from all the labs testing samples from New York State residents. NYS fatality data are reported by hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities on a daily basis to the NYSDOH.

 

May 23rd at 5:15pm
Suffolk County Campground and Park Updates from Legislator Rudy Sunderman


Suffolk County Campgrounds will officially open for all those with existing reservations beginning June 1st, 2020.

The reservation system will open for NEW reservations this Friday, May 22nd at 7 pm:

• We will be accepting new reservations from June 15th forward.
• Reservation window has been extended to 180 days
• Camping units must be self-contained. No tent camping at this time.
• There will be no walk-up reservations at this time but you can make reservations 24 hours in advance for the first day of camping.

Suffolk County Parks is committed to ensuring our visitors and staff continue to have a safe and memorable outdoor experience at our County parks. We are following the Governor, County Executive and public health officials' guidance as we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. While campgrounds are open there will be additional precautions taken to ensure everyone can properly practice social distancing while still protecting our employees and campers alike. Precautions include but are not limited to:

No walk-up reservations.

• Any campers who made a reservation prior to June 15 and would like to cancel will receive a full refund. Reservations made after June 15 will follow the regular cancellation policy.
• Single car parking at campsite. Two vehicle parking permits will be provided. Second vehicle will be permitted to park in main parking lot with permit.
• Check-in will be conducted through the check-in cabin window.
• Camping units must be self- contained. No tent camping. (Per Suffolk County Health Department self-contained units are defined as having a built-in flushable toilet with a built-in holding tank with a minimum capacity of 5 gallons.)
• Campsite occupancy strictly enforced to a single household residing at same address.
• No visitors permitted at campsite.
• Campground bathrooms and showers are closed.
• Outdoor public gathering areas may be closed. (ex. picnic areas and pavilions)
• Playgrounds are closed.
• Campers must wear a mask and gloves when utilizing the dump station.
• Campers must practice social distancing when not at campsite and wear mask when unable to social distance.
• Please note the current COVID-19 situation is very fluid. As the situation changes our policies and availability of park activities may change. We are assessing every policy daily. We greatly appreciate your patience and hope you know we are doing our best to navigate this difficult situation.
Suffolk County Outer Beach:
As of Thursday, May 21, 2020:
To ensure we continue to keep our outer beach parks open and promote social distancing, Outer Beach Day Tripping access is available 7:00 a.m. — 7:00 p.m.
Access for fishing will be available 24/7. After 7:00 pm all visitors must be actively fishing.

For Smith Point - Fishing permitted Cut 1 to Cut 3 and at the Inlet. Please use Burma Road at Cut 3 to access the Inlet.

During your Outer Beach visit please remember:
1. Day tripping and night fishing groups should be limited to a single household.
2. Practice Social Distancing, staying at least 6 feet from others.
3. Wear a mask when unable to social distance.
4. Bring your own air hose to reduce sharing. It is good practice to carry hand sanitizer in your truck to use after utilizing the air station.
5. No persons, pets, or vehicles shall enter restricted plover areas.
6. All pets must be kept on leash and under owner's control.
7. You must set up in front or behind your vehicle.

 

May 23rd at 1:30pm
Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through 2:30pm on May 22nd, 2020


Testing
• 145,822 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 3,022 tests*
• 26.5 percent of those tested were confirmed positive for COVID-19
• 93,161 total tested positive for antibodies

Tested Positive*
• 38,672 total
• 119 new cases

Tested Positive for Antibodies
• 12,013 individuals not previously tested for COVID-19 have tested positive for antibodies

Hospitalization, May 21
• 409 individuals were hospitalized, a decrease of 16
• 125 patients were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), a decrease of 6
• 23 new admissions
• 43 discharged

Fatalities
• 12 new fatalities
• 1,814 total fatalities

Hospital Beds, May 21
• 3035 total hospital beds; 993 available*
• 547 ICU beds; 212 available*

*The test results data comes from a NYSDOH database that contains reported results from all the labs testing samples from New York State residents. NYS fatality data are reported by hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities on a daily basis to the NYSDOH.

 

May 22nd at 9:00pm
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"NOTE: Over Memorial Day weekend, there won’t be any new information from Governor Cuomo. The next update will be published on Tuesday, May 26.

As we begin Memorial Day Weekend, I urge New Yorkers to enjoy this long weekend responsibly and safely. Open beaches will be at reduced capacity, so it is very likely that they will reach capacity as early as 10 a.m. You can save yourself the trouble of driving to a beach or State Park only to find it full by staying local. Counties, cities and towns may set different rules at beaches or on trails, so always check before going.

Remember, too, that social distancing rules apply at State Parks and beaches and all public outdoor spaces. You must wear a mask whenever it's not possible to maintain six feet of distance from others. (Details here.

Monday will be the nation's 155th Memorial Day. The holiday was first observed in Waterloo, NY in 1866. Let's take a moment on Monday to remember our fallen servicemen and women who sacrificed their lives to protect our freedoms and our security. Have a nice and safe weekend.

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. We are launching a $100+ million loan program for small businesses. The loan program will focus on supporting small businesses that were less likely to receive federal loans, especially women and minority-owned businesses, and very small businesses with 20 or fewer employees. Learn more at esd.ny.gov/nyforwardloans.

2. New York is extending sales tax interest and penalty relief through June 22, 2020. This extension will provide additional support for to 89,000 vendors who had returns due in March. These small businesses file their taxes quarterly and annually, and have taxable receipts of less than $300,000 in the previous quarter.

3. The Mid-Hudson Valley and Long Island could be ready to begin Phase 1 reopening as early as next week. The timing of Phase 1 reopening depends on the continued decline of hospital deaths, among other metrics. See where your region stands on the Regional Dashboard, and remember that how fast we reopen depends on how diligently we take precautions that reduce the spread of this virus.

4. The number of total COVID hospitalizations continues to decline. Total hospitalizations fell to 4,844, from 5,187 the day before. The number of new COVID hospitalizations fell to 225, from 246 the day before. Tragically, we lost 109 New Yorkers to the virus yesterday.

5. Reopening New York must be done responsibly. If you are in a region that has started to reopen, be sure to know your rights as an employee (or your responsibilities as an employer). New Yorkers can call the Coronavirus Hotline at 1-888-364-3065 if they believe their employer is not following PPE, hygiene or social distancing guidelines as more businesses begin to reopen.

6. Reminder that you can still enroll for health insurance on the New York health plan marketplace. If you lost your job or health coverage, or are uninsured, you can enroll in a plan today at nystateofhealth.ny.gov. You may also qualify for health care coverage from Medicaid or Child Health Plus through the marketplace. 

7. CVS Pharmacies will open 36 drive-thru testing sites throughout New York. Starting today, New Yorkers can find their nearest CVS drive-thru site locations in Nassau County, Suffolk County, Staten Island, or Inwood. The state also announced a new pilot program with 52 independent pharmacies to conduct 7,000 more tests per week. If you have symptoms — please get tested

8. Vote for your favorite "Wear A Mask" PSA. We received 600+ submissions in our Wear A Mask NY Ad Contest. Watch the video finalists, the honorable mentions and vote for your favorite at wearamask.ny.gov.

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": Back in March, New York-based fashion designer Christian Siriano answered the state's call to produce face masks. Since then, he and his team have distributed thousands of masks to health care workers, and our office has been in regular communication with Mr. Siriano. I am beyond grateful that he, and many others in the fashion community, stepped up to help New Yorkers in need.

 

May 21st at 8:00pm
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"New York's Contact Tracing Program is the most ambitious in the country.

Here's how it works: If you test positive, a COVID Contact Tracer will connect you with the support and resources you may need to quarantine, such as help getting medical care, child care, groceries or household supplies. The Tracer will work with you to identify anyone you've been in contact with over the past 14 days to trace and contain the spread of the virus. Those contacts will in turn hear from a Tracer via phone and text.

People who have come in close contact with someone who is positive are asked to stay home and limit their contact with others. By staying home during this time, IF you become sick yourself, you won't have infected other people. That's how we stop the spread. In the meantime, testing, medical and quarantine support will be arranged.

Privacy is a top priority of the Contact Tracing Program. We will not release your name to anyone. Your information is strictly confidential and will be treated as a private medical record. A contact tracer will never ask for your Social Security Number, bank or credit card numbers or any other financial information.

Note that if you get a call from a Tracer, your caller ID will in most cases say "NYS Contact Tracing." If you get a call, PLEASE answer the phone. Answering the phone will keep your loved ones and community safe and allows us to keep NY moving forward.

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. Summer school will be conducted through distance learning this year to help reduce the risk of spreading Coronavirus. Meal programs and child care services for essential employees will continue. The state will make a determination on the fall semester and issue guidelines in June.

2. An update on the COVID-related illness affecting children. We are currently investigating 157 reported cases in New York of children who are experiencing a serious inflammatory illness (known as MIS-C). To date, 13 countries and 25 other states have reported cases of this COVID-related illness in children. Learn more about symptoms and what to look out for here

3. The number of total COVID hospitalizations continues to fall. Total hospitalizations fell to 5,187, from 5,570 the day before. The number of new COVID hospitalizations fell to 246, from 295 the day before. Tragically, we lost 105 New Yorkers to the virus yesterday.

4. Due to Coronavirus, there is a shortage of blood and blood donations are desperately needed. New York State is working with blood banks to ensure safe social distancing protocols are being followed. Learn how and where you can donate at http://ny.gov/donateblood.

5. Rockland County is now eligible to resume elective surgeries and ambulatory care. The state is again permitting elective outpatient treatments in countries and hospitals without significant risk of COVID-19 surge in the near term, and a total of 51 counties now can offer elective surgeries.

6. Uninsured New Yorkers can get a free diagnostic COVID-19 test at any CityMD urgent care facility. All CityMD locations are offering nasal swab tests seven days a week, and walk-ins are accepted. Also a reminder that New York health insurers have been directed to waive all costs associated with COVID-19 testing. If you believe you have COVID symptoms, don't wait — get tested.

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": Captain Tom Moore, the British WWII veteran who raised more than $39 million to support health workers, recently celebrated his 100th birthday and will be awarded a knighthood by the Queen for his service to his country and for inspiring not just the United Kingdom, but the world. Capt. Moore took laps around his garden as part of a wildly successful fundraising campaign that far surpassed his original goal of raising $1,250."

 

May 21st at 8:00pm
Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through 5:30pm on May 21st, 2020


Testing
• 142,800 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 3,623 tests*
• 27.0 percent of those tested were confirmed positive for COVID-19
• 88,609 total tested positive for antibodies

Tested Positive*
• 38,533 total
• 142 new cases

Tested Positive for Antibodies
• 11,461 individuals not previously tested for COVID-19 have tested positive for antibodies

Hospitalization, May 19
• 453 individuals were hospitalized, a decrease of 37
• 129 patients were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), a decrease of 29
• 22 new admissions
• 53 discharged
• 4,650 total discharged since March 22

Fatalities
• 11 new fatalities
• 1,802 total fatalities

Hospital Beds, May 19
• 2,937 total hospital beds; 886 available*
• 547 ICU beds; 192 available*

*The test results data comes from a NYSDOH database that contains reported results from all the labs testing samples from New York State residents. NYS fatality data are reported by hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities on a daily basis to the NYSDOH.

 

May 21st at 8:00pm
Johns Hopkins COVID-19 Testing Insights Initiative

Overview
How Much Of The Disease Are We Finding Through Tests?
Cases, Deaths, and Testing in All 50 States
Which U.S. States Meet WHO Recommended Testing Criteria?

 

May 20th at 8:40pm
The Latest From Governor Cuomo... 

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"Wearing a mask in public makes us all safer. It's not just me saying it; it's what all the evidence shows. To help get the message across, we launched a contest asking New Yorkers to create a video and share in their own words why New Yorkers should wear masks in public.

After receiving over 600 great submissions, five finalists have been selected. The winning video will be chosen by an online vote and will be used as a PSA. Watch the videos and vote for your favorite here

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. The results of the state's antibody testing survey highlight the reality of the racial and economic disparities of Coronavirus. The results of the antibody surveys conducted in lower-income New York City communities and communities of color found that 27 percent of the people tested were positive for COVID-19 antibodies — significantly higher than the 19.9 percent of New York City's overall population who have those antibodies. The data was collected from approximately 8,000 individuals and shows high positive rates and continued high community spread in lower-income neighborhoods in the Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens.

2. New York is expanding testing and outreach to meet the greatest need. Through partnerships with SOMOS and Northwell Health, the state will establish 28 additional testing sites at churches and other sites in predominantly minority communities, for a total of 72 sites. The state will build on the work we have been doing with Ready Responders, and bring testing to 40 public housing developments across New York City. New York will also increase PPE availability, provide more hand sanitizer and increase outreach to raise awareness about how to protect yourself from the virus.

3. The number of total COVID hospitalizations continues to decline. Total hospitalizations fell to 5,570, from 5,818 the day before. The number of new COVID hospitalizations fell to 295, from 335 the day before. Tragically, we lost 112 New Yorkers to the virus yesterday.

4. Starting tomorrow, May 21st, religious gatherings of no more than 10 people will be allowed statewide. Social distancing measures must be enforced and all participants must wear masks. Additionally, drive-in and parking lot services will be permitted. The state is convening an Interfaith Advisory Council to discuss proposals to safely bring back religious services.

5. Following a spike in domestic violence during the COVID pandemic, Secretary to the Governor Melissa DeRosa announced the creation of a new task force to find innovative solutions to this crisis. The task force will identify solutions to help domestic violence survivors, with the specific goal of looking beyond the traditional ways that services have been provided in the past. The group will make recommendations by Thursday, May 28th.

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment: Yesterday, two EMS heroes got married in Times Square through a virtual ceremony that was live-streamed on Good Morning America. Congratulations to the newlyweds and thank you for your dedicated work on the frontlines."

 

May 20th at 8:40pm
Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through 5:00pm on May 20th, 2020


Testing
• 139,177 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 2,416 tests*
• 27.6 percent of those tested were confirmed positive for COVID-19
• 84,026 total tested positive for antibodies

Tested Positive*
• 38,411 total
• 84 new cases

Tested Positive for Antibodies
• 10,790 individuals not previously tested for COVID-19 have tested positive for antibodies

Hospitalization, May 19
• 453 individuals were hospitalized, a decrease of 37
• 129 patients were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), a decrease of 29
• 22 new admissions
• 53 discharged
• 4,650 total discharged since March 22

Fatalities
• 19 new fatalities
• 1,791 total fatalities

Hospital Beds, May 19
• 2,937 total hospital beds; 886 available*
• 547 ICU beds; 192 available*

*The test results data comes from a NYSDOH database that contains reported results from all the labs testing samples from New York State residents. NYS fatality data are reported by hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities on a daily basis to the NYSDOH.

 

May 20th at 2:50pm
Free Face Masks Available for South Country Residents this Friday, May 22nd
Free face masks will be available for South Country residents on Friday, May 22nd between 10:00am and 1:00pm in the South Country Library parking lot, 22 Station Road, Bellport. This event is hosted by South Country LI.

 

May 19th at 11:00pm
Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through 5:00pm on May 19th, 2020


Testing
• 136,761 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 2,118 tests*
• 28.0 percent of those tested were confirmed positive for COVID-19
• 80,281 total tested positive for antibodies

Tested Positive*
• 38,327 total
• 103 new cases

Tested Positive for Antibodies
• 10,345 individuals not previously tested for COVID-19 have tested positive for antibodies

Hospitalization, May 18
• 490 individuals were hospitalized, a decrease of 15
• 158 patients were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), a decrease of 5
• 32 new admissions
• 20 discharged
• 4,597 total discharged since March 22

Fatalities
• 18 new fatalities
• 1,772 total fatalities

Hospital Beds, May 18
• 2,930 total hospital beds; 901 available*
• 574 ICU beds; 209 available*

*The test results data comes from a NYSDOH database that contains reported results from all the labs testing samples from New York State residents. NYS fatality data are reported by hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities on a daily basis to the NYSDOH.

 

May 19th at 11:00pm
The Latest From Governor Cuomo... 

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Gov. Cuomo's daily remarks were not available.

 

May 19th at 6:00pm
Town of Brookhaven to Open Beaches to Residents Only for Memorial Day Weekend


• Davis Park, Fire Island
• Cedar Beach (main beach), Mt. Sinai
• Corey Beach, Blue Point
• West Meadow, Stony Brook

During Memorial Day weekend, the beaches will be open from 10 am – 6 pm, with all parking lot gates locked at 6:30 pm. Residents may bring umbrellas and blankets but must maintain social distancing on the beach.

Face masks or coverings must be worn in areas outside of the water or general beach area. Lifeguards will be on duty, and residents can go into the water, but swimming is prohibited. Restrooms will be open while the beaches are open and will be cleaned and sanitized by staff every hour.

Following Memorial Day weekend, beaches will have no public restroom facilities or lifeguards during weekdays.

To purchase your Resident Parking Sticker from the Town of Brookhaven Parks Department, go to https://www.brookhavenny.gov/223/Sticker-Purchase. This application is for Town residents only. For more information, call (631) 451-TOWN (8696).

 

May 18th at 8:00pm
The Latest From Governor Cuomo... 

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"When we look to reopening the state, our methodology is based on data and metrics — we're opening regions that have hit specific data points and have reached all seven required metrics.

Starting tomorrow, Western New York will be able to begin Phase 1 of reopening, joining Central New York, the North Country, the Finger Lakes, Southern Tier and Mohawk Valley.

To see where your region stands, visit the state's regional monitoring dashboard.

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. I encourage major sports teams to plan to reopen without fans. New York State is ready and willing to partner with teams from any professional leagues that are interested in playing games safely, so fans can enjoy watching from home. If our teams — hockey, baseball, basketball, football or any others — can make it work safely for players and staff on their end, we're supportive.

2. The number of total COVID hospitalizations continue to drop. Total hospitalizations fell to 5,850, from 5,897 the day before. There were 373 new COVID hospitalizations yesterday, essentially flat from 374 the previous day. Tragically, we lost 106 New Yorkers to the virus yesterday.

3. Our priority is to protect our most vulnerable populations. New York will bring more tests to nursing home facilities to help them meet new guidelines mandating that all nursing homes and adult care facilities test all personnel for COVID-19 two times per week. We are connecting facilities with labs to get them more tests, and so far the labs have reserved at least 35,000 tests per day just for this purpose. The state is also sending 320,000 test kits to nursing homes statewide this week.

4. New York is bringing in international experts to help advise our reopening plan. The stakes are high, and expert, scientific opinion is far more valuable than political opinion. Dr. Michael T. Osterhold, Direct of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, and Dr. Samir Bhatt, Senior Lecturer at Imperial College London, will work with the state to provide technical advice and analyze data/metrics throughout our reopening process and help track progress.

5. Free mental health resources are available from Headspace. The company Headspace is offering free meditation and mindfulness exercises to educators, health care professionals, and New Yorkers who are out of work. (If you are unemployed, you can get a free one-year subscription to the Headspace app). Free curated content available for all New Yorkers continues to be available at headspace.com/ny.

6. The State Department of Health has granted Erie County Medical Center a waiver to restart elective procedures. Elective outpatient treatments can resume there and in counties and hospitals without a significant risk of COVID-19 surge in the near term. A total of 49 counties can now resume elective surgeries to date.

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": Today is International Museum Day, and even though New York's museums are closed, you can virtually visit world-renowned institutions including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the American Museum of Natural History, the New York State Museum and the National Comedy Center."

 

May 18th at 8:00pm
Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through 3:30pm on May 18th, 2020


Testing
• 134,643 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 1,948 tests*
• 28.4 percent of those tested were confirmed positive for COVID-19
• 77,425 total tested positive for antibodies

Tested Positive*
• 38,224 total
• 107 new cases

Tested Positive for Antibodies
• 9,925 individuals not previously tested for COVID-19 have tested positive for antibodies

Hospitalization, May 16
• 505 individuals were hospitalized, a decrease of 8
• 169 patients were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), a decrease of 7
• 41 new admissions
• 47 discharged
• 4,535 total discharged since March 22

Fatalities
• 6 new fatalities
• 1,754 total fatalities

Hospital Beds, May 16
• 2,948 total hospital beds; 901 available*
• 574 ICU beds; 208 available*

*The test results data comes from a NYSDOH database that contains reported results from all the labs testing samples from New York State residents. NYS fatality data are reported by hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities on a daily basis to the NYSDOH.


May 17th at 8:45pm
The Latest From Governor Cuomo... 

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"Back on March 13th, which feels like a lifetime ago, New York set a goal that was ambitious at the time: conduct 6,000 tests per day. Today, we have met a far more ambitious goal and are able to conduct 40,000 tests a day. We have ramped up our testing capacity to the point where the supply exceeds the demand.

New York's diagnostic testing criteria have been expanded further. If you are eligible, I encourage you to get tested. Testing is available to:

• Any individual who has COVID-19 symptoms
• Any individual who has had contact with a person known to be positive with COVID-19
• Any individual who is subject to a precautionary or mandatory quarantine
• Any individual who is employed as a health care worker, nursing home worker or first responder
• Any essential worker who directly interacts with the public while working
• Any individual who would return to the workplace in Phase 1 of the state's reopening plan

I took the test myself today. It's easy and takes only a few seconds.

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Photo of the Day: Taking a COVID test at my press briefing today to demonstrate how easy it is. To find a testing site near you, visit coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-testing (Photo by Darren McGee).

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. There are over 700 locations where New Yorkers can get diagnostic testing. New Yorkers can visit a new website — coronavirus.health.ny.gov/find-test-site-near-you — and enter their address to view a list and a map view of the nearest testing sites. The state has also partnered with Google Maps to display testing site results. New Yorkers can search "COVID testing near me" on Google Maps to easily find the nearest testing sites. Please remember you must always schedule an appointment to get a COVID-19 diagnostic test by calling 1-888-364-3065 or your healthcare provider.

2. New York State is partnering with CVS to bring testing to more than 60 CVS pharmacies across the state. Each site will be able to conduct 50 or more tests per day.

3. The number of total COVID hospitalizations continues to drop. Total hospitalizations fell to 5,897, from 6,220 the day before. The number of new COVID hospitalizations also dropped to 374, from 400 the day before. Tragically, we lost 139 New Yorkers to the virus yesterday.

4. A reminder that there are mental health resources available to those who need it. The past few months have been hard for everyone. If you need emotional support, call the New York State Emotional Support Hotline at 1-844-863-9314 to schedule a free appointment with a mental health professional. New Yorkers can access additional mental health resources at headspace.com/ny.

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": Yesterday, World War II planes flew over hospitals in Western and Central New York to honor healthcare workers and all essential personnel who have kept us all safe throughout the pandemic. See it here."

 

May 17th at 8:45pm
Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through 3:30pm on May 17th, 2020


Testing
• 132,695 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 2,818 tests
• 28.7 percent of those tested were confirmed positive for COVID-19
• 72,137 total tested for antibodies

Tested Positive*
• 37,942 total
• 223 new cases

Tested Positive for Antibodies
• 9,092 individuals not previously tested for COVID-19 have tested positive for antibodies

Hospitalization, May 15
• 513 individuals were hospitalized, a decrease of 26
• 176 patients were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), a decrease of 10
• 36 new admissions
• 42 discharged
• 4,488 total discharged since March 22

Fatalities
• 1,748 individuals have died
• 15 new fatalities

Hospital Beds, May 15
• 2,949 total hospital beds; 901 available
• Meets state reopening requirement for more than 30 percent**
• 574 ICU beds; 190 available
• Meets state reopening requirement for more than 30 percent**

*This number of persons who tested positive as reported by New York State's COVID-19 Tracker. The test results data comes from a NYSDOH database that contains reported results from all the labs testing samples from New York State residents. NYS fatality data are reported by hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities on a daily basis to the NYSDOH.

 

May 17th at 1:30pm
Women’s Services, Dress for Success Brookhaven Expand Social Media and Online Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic
The Brookhaven Town Division of Women’s Services and Dress for Success Brookhaven are providing professional development tools on the Town’s website, Facebook, and Instagram to assist clients during the COVID-19 pandemic. Career Center information has been posted online along with emergency resources for women in need. Dress for Success clients have access to Skillport’s learning platform which has a multitude of professional development resources and online workshops. Up-to-date resources and links on the Women’s Services websites and social media platforms are available that provide information about unemployment benefits, healthcare options, health concerns and safety tips. Recently virtual classes and workshops have been offered through zoom video conference technology. Topics include Stress Management, Health, Goal Setting, Finance, Career Exploration (new income streams), Civil Service Jobs and Linked-In. For more information about the Town of Brookhaven’s Division of Women’s Services and Dress for Success Brookhaven, visit www.BrookhavenNY.gov or call 631-451-9127.

Dress for Success is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization that empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the developmental tools to help them thrive in work and in life. Established in 1999 with the support of the Town of Brookhaven, the Division of Women’s Services and more than 50 volunteers, Dress for Success Brookhaven has been instrumental in helping more than 6,000 women achieve their goal of becoming self-sufficient and economically independent.

 

May 16th at 8:30pm
The Latest From Governor Cuomo... 

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"Many New Yorkers have asked me how they can help with the state's Coronavirus response. Of course, the best way to help is to follow health directives that can protect your safety and the safety of your community. But there are a number of other ways you can help, too. You can apply to serve as a (paid) contact tracer. If you are a mental health professional, you can volunteer your services. The state is also seeking highly-trained technologists to assist our COVID-19 Technology SWAT Team.

If you're in the position to do so, you can provide goods and services that can help expand New York's testing capacity. And finally, if you want to help out first responders, you can contribute to the state's First Responders Fund. (See some more of the ways you can help here.) We are deeply grateful to everyone who has already stepped up and helped in whatever way they can.
 
Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. Horse racing tracks across the state and Watkins Glen International Racetrack will be allowed to open without fans as of June 1st. The state will issue guidance on how they can safely reopen in the coming week.

2. Westchester and Suffolk Counties are now eligible to resume elective surgeries and ambulatory care. Elective outpatient treatments can resume in counties and hospitals without a significant risk of COVID-19 surge in the near term, and a total of 49 counties have now been cleared to offer elective surgeries.

3. The number of total COVID hospitalizations is still dropping. Total hospitalizations fell to 6,220, from 6,394 the day before. The number of new COVID hospitalizations also dropped, from 400 to 431 the day before. Tragically, we lost 157 New Yorkers to the virus yesterday.

4. Testing capacity continues to strengthen. Yesterday, 40,669 New Yorkers were tested for the virus. For context, in early March we were testing fewer than 2,000 New Yorkers a day — we've come a long way but we want to expand capacity even more. Of those tested yesterday, 2,419 people were positive.

5. Will you join the #HowAreYouReallyChallenge? We cannot underestimate the impact this situation has had on our mental health. My brother-in-law Kenneth Cole and the Mental Health Coalition started the #HowAreYouReallyChallenge to help end the stigma surrounding mental health issues — by asking people to answer the question, "How are you really doing?" I joined the challenge and I encourage others to participate too.
 
Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": The Bel Aire Diner in Queens started hosting drive-in movie nights in their parking lots. Every bag of popcorn sold during their events provides a meal for a first responder or their family."

 

May 16th at 8:30pm
Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through 5:30pm on May 16th, 2020


Testing
• 129,877 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 3,048 tests
• 29.2 percent of those tested were confirmed positive for COVID-19
• 70,758 total tested for antibodies

Tested Positive*
• 37,942 total
• 223 new cases

Tested Positive for Antibodies
• 8,878 individuals not previously tested for COVID-19 have tested positive for antibodies

Hospitalization, May 14
• 539 individuals were hospitalized, a decrease of 15
• 186 patients were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), an increase of 1
• 36 new admissions May 14
• 40 discharged May 14
• 4,446 total discharged since March 22

Fatalities
• 1,733 individuals have died
• 24 new fatalities

Hospital Beds May 14
• 2,946 Total Hospital Beds; 890 available
• Meets state reopening requirement for more than 30 percent**
• 574 ICU beds; 183 available
• Meets state reopening requirement for more than 30 percent**

*This number of persons who tested positive as reported by New York State's COVID-19 Tracker. The test results data comes from a NYSDOH database that contains reported results from all the labs testing samples from New York State residents. NYS fatality data are reported by hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities on a daily basis to the NYSDOH.

Suffolk County Map of COVID-19 Cases – Note: Map includes positive antibody cases

Suffolk County COVID-19 Guidance and Services

 

May 16th at 7:00pm
Absentee Ballots
Contrary to what you may have heard, the Suffolk County Board of Elections will be sending out applications for Absentee Ballots. We received the following information from Nancy Marr of the League of Women Voters.

Every voter registered in a political party, with a race in the primary, will be sent a pre-printed Absentee Ballot application. The application will be forwarded via the Post Office's usual forwarding procedure. When you fill out the Absentee Ballot application, there will be a space for your actual residence and another space for where you want the Ballot sent. The Ballot will be sent where you indicate. The Absentee Ballot applications will be sent out in 4-5 batches, the first of which was scheduled to go out on May 15, 2020 and the Board of Elections hopes to be done with them by the end of next week, May 22, 2020. The Board of Elections is also firming up the Early Voting sites and they hope to have the sites settled by May 22, 2020 too.

 

May 16th at 7:00pm
South Country Central School District, Notice of School Budget Vote & Election, June 9, 2020
Pursuant to the Governor's Executive Order 202.26, the annual budget vote and school board election has been scheduled for June 9, 2020, and will be held by absentee ballot only.

The public hearing on this year's proposed budget will be held remotely on May 27, 2020, at 4pm. Information on how to access the hearing will be posted on the District website.

All qualified voters of the South Country Central School District will be sent an absentee ballot together with a postage paid return envelope and instructions for completing the same. To be counted, all completed absentee ballots must be received in the Office of the District Clerk by 5pm on June 9, 2020.

A qualified voter is a person who is:
• A citizen of the United States
• At least eighteen years of age
• A resident of the District for at least 30 days prior to the date of the election
• And who is not otherwise ineligible to vote under the provisions of section 5-106 of the Election Law (e.g., a person who has been adjudged to be mentally incompetent by a court).

In light of the limitations posed by COVID-19, there will be no in-person voter registration held at school district offices prior to the June 9, 2020 vote. If you are not currently registered to vote, registration with the County Board of Elections is available online through the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles website.

Those wishing to register online must do so by May 26, 2020.

 

May 15th at 8:30pm
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"Starting today, five regions of New York — Mohawk Valley, Central New York, Southern Tier, the North Country and the Finger Lakes — begin Phase 1 of reopening.

What does that mean for residents of these regions? Retail stores can reopen for curbside pickup, or in-store pickup. Residential and commercial construction can resume, and so can manufacturing. Greenhouses and nurseries can reopen, as can several other industries outlined here. Officials will carefully monitor health data on a daily basis to ensure the safety of employees, customers and all New Yorkers. 

If you live in another region, "New York on PAUSE" remains in effect until May 28. However, as soon as your region hits the benchmarks, it can begin to reopen immediately — it does not have to wait until May 28. To see where your region stands, visit the state's Regional Dashboard.

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. Phase 1 businesses must follow specific guidelines. For example, for retail stores, customers must order ahead for curbside or in-store pickup, and social distancing is required inside the store. For construction, masks must be worn within 6 feet of another worker and employers must provide masks. Business owners can see the detailed industry-by-industry requirements here. Every business is required to develop a written plan using a template provided by the state that puts the safety of their customers and employees first. 

2. What happens next? For regions that have begun reopening, Phase 2 will begin after a two-week period, as long as the health data show the region can enter the new phase safely. Phase 2 will allow even more businesses to reopen, including professional services, hair salons and barber shops, more retail stores, administrative support and real estate businesses.

3. State beaches will be open Memorial Day weekend. In coordination with the governors of New Jersey, Connecticut and Delaware, New York State beaches will reopen with restrictions in place effective Friday, May 22. The restrictions include reducing the number of people allowed and ensuring there are enough staff present to enforce social distancing. Local beaches and lakeshores may also open next Friday if they follow the same safety precautions.

4. The number of total COVID hospitalizations is still dropping. Total hospitalizations fell to 6,394, from 6,706 the day before. The number of new COVID hospitalizations rose slightly to 431, from 420 the day before. Tragically, we lost 132 New Yorkers to the virus yesterday, and our hearts are with their loved ones.

5. Remember to respond to the Census. Every New Yorker can respond to the Census online and it's important that everyone takes the time to do so. Right now, less than 55 percent of New Yorkers have responded — we need to do better. Filling in the Census form is safe, easy and can be done in just a few minutes. Let's make sure every New Yorker is counted. Complete the Census today at my2020census.gov.

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": SUNY alumni have joined up to feed frontline workers in the Coronavirus response. Food for the Frontlines, an organization started and led by SUNY alumni, has raised close to $50,000 and has delivered roughly 9,000 meals and snacks to hospitals throughout New York City. "We are focused on targeting less served medical staff and supporting smaller restaurants—both groups could not be more thankful for our efforts," said organizer Beth Balsam Belkin."

 

May 15th at 8:30pm
Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through 5:30pm on May 15th, 2020


Testing
• 126,829 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 2,777 tests
• 18.2 percent of those tested were confirmed positive for COVID-19
• 65,120 total tested for antibodies

Tested Positive*
• 37,719 total
• 149 new cases

Tested Positive for Antibodies
• 8,101 individuals not previously tested for COVID-19 have tested positive for antibodies

Hospitalization, May 13
• 554 individuals were hospitalized, a decrease of 21
• 185 patients were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), an increase of 2
• 44 new admissions
• 44 discharged
• 4,406 total discharged since March 22

Hospitalization, May 14
• 539 individuals were hospitalized, a decrease of 15
• 186 patients were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), an increase of 1
• 36 new admissions May 14
• 40 discharged May 14
• 4,446 total discharged since March 22

Fatalities
• 1,709 individuals have died
• 12 new deaths

Hospital Beds May 13
• 2,974 Total Hospital Beds; 914 available
• Meets state reopening requirement for more than 30 percent
• 574 ICU beds; 205 available
• Meets state reopening requirement for more than 30 percent

Hospital Beds May 14
• 2,946 Total Hospital Beds; 890 available
• Meets state reopening requirement for more than 30 percent
• 574 ICU beds; 183 available
• Meets state reopening requirement for more than 30 percent

 

May 15th at 1:00pm
New York State Re-Opening Plan for Businesses, from the Town of Brookhaven Division of Economic Development
These are the Guidelines for industries and businesses, both essential and non-essential, under the NY State Phase One, “Re-Opening in Phases,” plan. While the “Re-Opening Templates” are all identical, the Re-Opening Guidelines differ for each specific industry or business-type. Click here for more information.

The New York State Department of Health has created a “NY Forward Business Re-opening Safety Plan” template. Each business can either complete the form/template to fulfill the NY State “Safety Plan” requirement, or develop its own Safety Plan. These “Safety Plans” do not have to be submitted to a NY State agency for approval, but they must be retained on file on the premises of the business and be made available in the event of an inspection by a NY State or local health agency. Click here for more information.

 

May 14th at 10:40pm
CDC "Guidelines for Opening" Document
The CDC released the first seven pages of their "Guidelines for Opening and then Monitoring Various Activities and Businesses." Click here for the document.

 

May 14th at 8:00pm
The Latest From Governor Cuomo... 

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"As some regions begin the reopening phase, it bears repeating: The Coronavirus pandemic is not "over." We are still seeing over 2,000 new cases on a daily basis. How quickly the state can reopen and how successful we are in this process depends on the efforts of all New Yorkers. You've heard me say it too many times to count, but I'll say it one more time: Wash your hands, wear a mask in public, practice social distancing and remember that you can help protect and safeguard your own health and the health of your neighbors.

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. Central New York is the fifth region to begin reopening Friday, May 15th. Along with the Finger Lakes, Southern Tier, the North Country and Mohawk Valley, this region has met all seven metrics required to begin phase one of the state's regional phased reopening plan. Phase one includes reopening construction, manufacturing, retail for curbside and in-store pickup, agriculture, forestry and fishing.

2. The number of total COVID hospitalizations are still dropping. Total hospitalizations fell to 6,706, from 6,946 the day before. The number of new COVID hospitalizations rose slightly to 420, from 416 the day before. Tragically, we lost 157 New Yorkers to this vicious virus yesterday.

3. The State is now investigating 110 reported cases of a potentially COVID-related inflammatory illness in children. Today, New York issued first-in-the-nation criteria to healthcare professionals that defines what symptoms healthcare providers should look for and provides a case definition. Case definitions help standardize tracking and reporting and can help ensure a better health outcome.

4. Testing capacity continues to ramp up. Yesterday, New York State tested 39,850 people for Coronavirus. Of those tested, 2,390 were positive for the virus. To date, the state has tested 1,298,757 people — a little under 7% of the statewide population. You can follow daily testing data on our COVID Tracker website.

5. The MTA has received a crucial injection of $3.9 billion in federal funds. President Trump expedited the distribution following my request. This funding is critical for the transportation agency, which is cleaning subways every 24 hours and continuing the service that essential workers rely on to get to their jobs, even as they face a massive drop in overall ridership.

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": On Tuesday, the Susquehanna SPCA held a socially distanced dog parade to bring cheer to the residents and staff of the Chestnut Park Rehabilitation & Nursing Center in Oneonta, NY."

 

May 14th at 8:00pm
Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through 3:30pm on May 14th, 2020


Testing
• 124,052 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 2,950 tests
• 30.3 percent of those tested were confirmed positive for COVID-19
• 57,936 total tested for antibodies

Tested Positive*
• 37,544 total
• 239 new cases

Tested Positive for Antibodies
• 7,160 individuals not previously tested for COVID-19 have tested positive for antibodies
• 415 new cases

Hospitalization, May 12th
• 575 individuals were hospitalized, a decrease of 10
• 183 patients were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), a decrease of 31
• 28 New admissions.
• 39 discharged
• 4,362 total discharged since March 22
Fatalities
• 1,697 individuals have died
• 17 new deaths decline in deaths

Hospital Beds
• 2,969 Total Hospital Beds; 939 available
31% beds available. **Meets state reopening requirement for more than 30%
• 574 ICU beds; 193 available
34% available. **Meets state reopening requirement for more than 30%

Regional Monitoring Dashboard Showing How Many Metrics Each Region Has Met to Reopen: Includes description of reopening metrics.

*This number of person's who tested positive as reported by New York State's COVID-19 Tracker. The test results data comes from a NYSDOH database that contains reported results from all the labs testing samples from New York State residents. NYS fatality data are reported by hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities on a daily basis to the NYSDOH.

 

May 13th at 8:30pm
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"In the face of the challenges presented by the pandemic, we have worked to provide up to date, clear information. As we reopen we are doing so with that same goal. In order for all New Yorkers to see for themselves where their region stands, we have designed a user-friendly Regional Dashboard, that is updated daily.

The dashboard will help keep you informed about the whole state and about your region in particular. We have reached this point only because New Yorkers did their part and took the necessary steps. We will need the same active commitment moving forward.

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Photo of the Day: A banner of gratitude on the Nicolls Road LIRR bridge hung by Stony Brook University (Photo by LIRR)

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. The North Country is ready to begin reopening on Friday, May 15th. Along with the Finger Lakes, Southern Tier and Mohawk Valley, this region has met all seven metrics required to begin phase one of the state's regional phased reopening plan. Phase one includes reopening construction, manufacturing, retail for curbside and in-store pickup, agriculture, forestry and fishing.

2. Twelve more counties are now eligible to resume elective surgeries. The state will allow elective outpatient treatments to resume in counties and hospitals without significant risk of COVID-19 surge in the near term, and a total of 47 counties can now resume elective surgeries. This also includes Ambulatory Surgical Centers, which will continue to provide select diagnostic and screening procedures. Doctors' visits throughout the state are permitted, as they are classified as essential businesses.

3. New preliminary results were released from our antibody survey of frontline workers. After testing 2,750 members of the New York State Police, results show 3.1 percent of the members have COVID-19 antibodies. Additionally, 5.7 percent of members of the Corrections department were positive for COVID-19 antibodies, out of a sample size of about 3,000. (For comparison, 12.3 percent of the general statewide population is estimated to have the antibodies.)

4. An update on the potentially COVID-related inflammatory syndrome affecting children. The State is now investigating 102 reported cases in New York where children, of a range of ages, are experiencing a serious illness that is possibly due to COVID-19. More details, including the symptoms to watch out for, are here.

5. The number of total COVID hospitalizations are still dropping. Total hospitalizations fell to 6,946, from 7,063 the day before. Tragically, we lost 166 New Yorkers to this virus yesterday. We grieve with their families.

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": Earlier this week, comedian Tina Fey hosted the "Rise Up New York!" COVID-19 telethon to raise money for the Robin Hood Foundation. The benefit, featuring appearances from iconic New Yorkers like Jennifer Lopez, Spike Lee, Mariah Carey, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and many more, raised $115 million to help people affected by Coronavirus. It also included a performance by Billy Joel synced to an Empire State Building light show.

 

May 13th at 8:30pm
Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through 3:30pm on May 13th, 2020


Testing, as of May 12th
• 120,823 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 2.950 tests
• 30.9 percent of those tested were confirmed positive for COVID-19
• Updated antibody testing information to come

Tested Positive*
• 37,305 total, 243 new cases as of May 12. This number does not include positive antibody test results.

Hospitalization, as of May 11th
• 585 individuals were hospitalized, an increase of 10
• 214 patients were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), a decrease of 2

Fatalities, as of May 12th
• 1,680 individuals have died
• 26 deaths

Hospital Beds, as of May 11th
• 2,965 hospital beds
• 602 ICU beds

*This number of persons who tested positive as reported by New York State's COVID-19 Tracker.

The test results data comes from a NYSDOH database that contains reported results from all the labs testing samples from New York State residents. NYS fatality data are reported by hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities on a daily basis to the NYSDOH.

 

May 12th at 8:45pm
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"Why wear a mask? Out of respect. When you wear a mask you are saying, I respect my neighbors. When you wear a mask you are saying, I respect nurses and doctors. When you wear a mask you are saying, I respect other people. We all need to show respect to one another in difficult times. Wearing a face covering is a small inconvenience to protect others. We have gotten through this crisis by standing together and doing the right thing. The right thing — the respectful thing — is to wear a mask.

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. I am directing hospitals statewide to prioritize COVID-19 testing for children displaying symptoms of multi-system inflammatory syndrome. We are currently investigating approximately 100 reported cases in New York where children are experiencing a potentially COVID-related illness that has serious symptoms. It's crucial that children hospitalized with these symptoms are tested for COVID-19.

2. Twelve Members of Congress will introduce the 'Americans First Law' to help prevent corporate bailouts following the COVID-19 pandemic. On Sunday, I proposed a new federal law that would forbid corporations from getting government bailouts if they don't rehire the same number of employees they had before the COVID-19 pandemic. Twelve Congresswomen and men from our great state have agreed to propose this law that puts workers first.

3. Total COVID hospitalizations are still dropping. Total hospitalizations fell to 7,063, from 7,226 the day before. The number of new COVID hospitalizations dropped to 401, from 488 the day before. Tragically, we lost 195 New Yorkers to Coronavirus yesterday.

4. See how many criteria your region meets to begin reopening on the Regional Monitoring Dashboard. The regions that meet all seven metrics are ready to begin Phase 1 of a phased-in, carefully monitored reopening starting on May 15th. Visit the dashboard here.

5. The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health launched a free online course to train contact tracers. This course is part of New York's large-scale effort to build an army of contact tracers. If you are interested in becoming part of New York's contract tracing efforts, learn more here.

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": Despite being closed, the Louis Armstrong House Museum in Queens is continuing to educate through a virtual exhibit experience. The museum is using articles and audio recordings to provide a look into the jazz icon's life."

 

May 12th at 8:45pm
Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through 4:30pm on May 12th, 2020


Testing
• 117,873 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 1964 tests
• 31.4 percent of those tested were confirmed positive for COVID-19
• Updated antibody testing information to come

Tested Positive*
• 37,062 total; 151 new cases as of May 11. This number does not include positive antibody test results.

Hospitalization
•575 individuals were hospitalized on May 10, a decrease of 15
• 216 patients were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) on May 10, a decrease of 6
Fatalities
• 1,654 individuals have died
• 15 deaths

Hospital Beds
• 2,973 hospital beds
• 619 ICU beds on May 10

*This number of person's who tested positive as reported by New York State's COVID-19 Tracker.

The test results data comes from a NYSDOH database that contains reported results from all the labs testing samples from New York State residents. NYS fatality data are reported by hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities on a daily basis to the NYSDOH.

 

May 12th at 5:00pm
Long Island Cares Mobile Food Distribution Update


Long Island Cares’ “Gus’s Groceries -Grab N’ Go!” corner will be distributing food in Wyandanch, Bellport, Medford as follows:

Saturday, May 16:
Location: across from the Wyandanch Community Resource Center, 1585 Straight Path
Time: 9:30 to approximately 10:30 a.m.

Location: Mercy Inn, 17 S. 20th Street, Wyandanch
Time: approximately 10:45 to 11:45 a.m.

Sunday, May 24:
Location: HELP Suffolk, 685 Brookhaven Avenue, Bellport
Time: to come

Saturday, May 30:
Location: Community Housing Innovations, 3240 Route 112, Medford
Time: to come

Long Island Cares’ Mobile Services (MORE) Vans will provide information, referral assistance and emergency food in Port Jefferson Station and Centereach as follows:

Wednesday, May 27
Location: Comesewogue Public Library 170 Terryville Rd, Port Jefferson Station, NY 11776
Time: 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.

Location: Middle Country Public Library -101 Eastwood Blvd, Centereach, NY 11720
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

 

May 12th at 5:00pm
From Suffolk County: Watch for Symptoms

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19. CClick here for the details.

 

May 12th at 5:00pm
From Suffolk County: Close Contact?

I was a close contact of someone who tested positive for COVID-19. What do I do now? Click here for the details.

 

May 12th at 5:00pm
Brookhaven Offers Parking Ticket Amnesty Program

50% reduction in overdue and/or outstanding fines and penalties Convenient Online or Town Hall Drop Box payments available

Brookhaven Supervisor Ed Romaine and the Town Board today announced that the Town of Brookhaven will be offering an amnesty program for unpaid parking tickets from May 15 to June 30, 2020. The Brookhaven Parking Violations Bureau will offer a 50% reduction in overdue and/or outstanding fines and penalties for summonses issued prior to April 15, 2020. The program is estimated to generate $75,000 in revenue for the Town.

"This program gives people the opportunity to pay the fine at a discount and clear their debt without the need for a hearing," said Supervisor Romaine, "I urge anyone who has not paid their fines to do so as soon as possible and take advantage of the discount. When the Amnesty Program ends, we will pursue those who continue to ignore their responsibility and they will be required to pay the fine with significant penalties."

Residents can pay their tickets online at www.BrookhavenNY.gov/Amnesty or by check utilizing a drop box in the lobby of Town Hall. More than 300 residents participated in a parking amnesty program conducted by the Town in 2017.The amnesty program does not include monies owed from judgments.

 

May 11th at 9:45pm
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"Today we enter a new phase of our battle against COVID-19. When we turn to reopening our state we will rely on data, science and metrics to guide us — as we have done all along. We will take a regional approach to reopening and will rely on seven core metrics to inform when a region is ready. The metrics require the infection, death and hospital rates meet specific standards, that the hospital capacity is there if needed and that testing and tracing are in place. (See the full criteria here.) 

To keep everyone up to date on where things stand by region we launched a new regional monitoring dashboard that will be updated daily. Additionally, our NY Forward Reopening Plan, a clear and complete guide to reopening, offers a detailed look at the path forward. Together we flattened the curve and as we move into this next phase the same smart resolve, coupled with our commitment to each other, will get New York through.


Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. The Finger Lakes, Southern Tier and Mohawk Valley regions are ready to begin reopening on May 15th. The regions have met all seven metrics required to begin phase one of the reopening plan. Phase one includes reopening construction, manufacturing, retail for curbside pickup, agriculture, forestry and fishing.

2. New York will reopen certain low-risk business and recreational activities statewide on May 15th. This includes landscaping and gardening, low-risk outdoor recreational activities (like tennis) and drive-in movie theaters.

3. Regional "control rooms" have been announced to monitor key data during the reopening process. The groups will track the hospitalization rate, death rate, number of new hospitalizations, hospital bed capacity, ICU bed capacity, testing and contact tracing within its region. They will alert the state if any metrics go in the wrong direction — serving as a kind of control valve that will allow us to get people back to work and ease social isolation without triggering renewed spread of the virus or overwhelming the hospital system.

4. The number of total COVID hospitalizations are dropping steadily. Total hospitalizations fell to 7,226, from 7,262 the day before. The number of new COVID hospitalizations dropped to 477, down from 521 the day before. We are now at about the level we were when "New York on PAUSE" when into effect.

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": Last week, Northwell Health discharged their 10,000th recovered COVID patient. The Northwell system, one of the largest in the state, has cared for nearly 13,000 COVID patients in Long Island, New York City and Westchester hospitals since the beginning of the pandemic."

 

May 11th at 9:45pm
Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through 5:30pm on May 11th, 2020


Testing
• 115,909 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 2,014 tests since May 10
• 31.8 percent of those tested were confirmed positive for COVID-19
• Updated antibody testing information to come

Cases
• Information to come

Hospitalization
• 651 individuals were hospitalized on May 8, a decrease of 52
• 590 individuals were hospitalized on May 9, a decrease of 61
• 235 patients were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) on May 8, a decrease of 23
• 222 patients were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) on May 9, a decrease of 13

Fatalities
•1,639 individuals have died
• 22 deaths

Hospital Beds
• 2,965 hospital beds; 619 ICU beds on May 8
• 2,932 hospital beds; 619 ICU beds on May 9

 

May 11th at 3:30pm
Amid Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, Governor Cuomo Announces New York is Notifying 49 Other States of COVID-Related Illness in Children


May 10, 2020: "Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced New York State is notifying 49 other states across the country of emerging cases of COVID-related illness in children. The State is currently investigating 85 reported cases in New York where children - predominantly school-aged - are experiencing symptoms similar to an atypical Kawasaki disease or a toxic shock-like syndrome possibly due to COVID-19. The illness has taken the lives of three young New Yorkers and an additional two deaths are currently under investigation.

Governor Cuomo also proposed the "Americans First Law" which states that a corporation cannot be eligible to receive government funding if it does not rehire the same number of employees that the corporation had before the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Governor also announced he will issue an Executive Order mandating that all nursing homes and adult care facilities test all personnel for COVID-19 two times per week and report any positive test results to the State Department of Health by the next day. The Executive Order also mandates that hospitals cannot discharge a patient to a nursing home unless that patient tests negative for COVID-19.

All nursing home and adult care facility administrators will be required to submit a plan on how they will accomplish this testing and a certificate of compliance with this Executive Order to the State Department of Health by Friday May 15th.

Any nursing home or adult care facility found to be in violation of the Executive Order may have its operating certificate suspended or revoked or may be subject to a penalty for non-compliance of $2,000 per violation per day. Additionally, any personnel who refuse to be tested for COVID-19 will be considered to have outdated or incomplete health assessments and therefore will be prohibited from working in the nursing home or adult care facility until testing is performed.

New York has the highest population of nursing home residents of any state in the country - 101,518 residents - and yet New York's percentage of deaths in nursing homes is the 34th highest percentage of any state.

The Governor also announced that the Department of Health and Human Services is distributing a promising treatment called Remdesivir that has been shown to help patients infected with COVID-19 recover more quickly. The Department of Health and Human Services has sent New York enough antiviral to treat 2,900 people at 15 hospitals and will send more doses in the coming weeks to treat 500 more patients, including children, at additional New York Hospitals.

"We are learning new things about the COVID-19 virus every day, and one of the most frightening new developments has been cases of COVID-related illness in children that has already taken the lives of three young New Yorkers," Governor Cuomo said. "The State Department of Health is alerting all 49 states across the country about this evolving situation as New York continues to investigate the illness and get the facts quickly so we can help prevent any more children from getting sick."

Finally, the Governor confirmed 2,273 additional cases of novel Coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 335,395 confirmed cases in New York State. “

 

May 10th at 8:15pm
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"This year, Mother's Day is different for a lot of us. Many New Yorkers are separated from our mothers and rather than the usual family gathering, we are forced to stay apart and to celebrate remotely. Nonetheless today is still about love, and it's about showing appreciation for our mothers. So to all the moms in our state, whether separated by distance or staying home together, thank you for all you do and happy Mother's Day.

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. I will issue an Executive Order mandating that all nursing home staff be tested for COVID-19 two times per week. Nursing homes must implement plans to do so and report any positive test results to the State Department of Health by the next day. Additionally, hospitals cannot discharge a patient to a nursing home unless that patient tests negative for Coronavirus. Any nursing home or adult care facility found to be in violation of health protocols may have its operating license suspended or revoked or be subject to penalty.

2. On Tuesday, the Food Bank of Central New York will distribute food at the New York State Fairgrounds. As part of the Nourish New York Initiative, the food bank will be holding a drive-thru distribution on Tuesday, May 12 from 12:30pm - 3:30pm at the Horticulture Building on the New York State Fairgrounds, Syracuse.

3. New York State is notifying 49 other states of emerging cases of a COVID-related illness in children. We are currently investigating 85 reported cases in New York where children — predominantly school-aged — are experiencing an inflammatory syndrome similar to Kawasaki disease or toxic shock syndrome. The illness is believed to be related to Coronavirus. If your child is experiencing symptoms such as prolonged fever, severe abdominal pain, change in skin color, racing heart and chest pain, make sure you call your doctor.

4. Total COVID hospitalizations are still dropping. Total hospitalizations fell to 7,262, from 7,776 the day before. The number of new COVID hospitalizations yesterday was 521 — the lowest it has been since March 20. Tragically, we lost an additional 207 New Yorkers yesterday to the virus.

5. The State Department of Health is actively pursuing a new drug therapy in coordination with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). HHS is distributing an antiviral medication called Remdesivir that may help patients infected with COVID-19 recover more quickly. New York will use the medication to treat 2,900 people at 15 hospitals.

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": This Mother's Day, my mother Matilda did an interview with Elle magazine. Read the interview here. "

 

May 10th at 8:15pm
Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through 3:00pm on May 10th, 2020


Testing
• 113,895 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 2,556 tests since May 9
• 32.2 percent of those tested were confirmed positive for COVID-19
• 43,965 antibody tests have been administered

Cases
• 37,363 persons tested positive for COVID-19; an additional 223 cases since May 9
• 4,659 individuals not previously tested for COVID-19 have tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies; 446 additional cases since May 9.
• 42,022 total positive COVID-19 cases and antibody cases, up 669 from May 9.
• Breakdown by town of COVID-19 cases can be found on the Suffolk County COVID-19 Map*

Hospitalization
• Updated information on hospitalizations is not available to us at this time

Fatalities
• 1,617 individuals have died
• 20 deaths

Hospital Beds
• Information not available at this time

* The number of cases on the Suffolk COVID-19 map designated as “Township Not Known” represents individuals whose addresses were not immediately available

 

May 9th at 8:10pm
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"Low-income communities and communities of color have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 in the New York City metropolitan area, as they have been in many states and cities. In the 21 zip codes with the most new COVID-19 hospitalizations, 20 have greater than average black and/or Latino populations. To address these racial disparities, NYS is partnering with Northwell Health to establish 24 new temporary testing sites at churches and houses of worship in impacted communities. This new capacity will add to the network of downstate testing sites currently operating via drive-through and walk-in centers and at public housing locations.

Like previous state-led efforts, including delivering one million masks and 10,000 gallons of hard sanitizer to public housing residents in New York, this initiative expands access to resources to the communities being hit hardest by the virus. I thank Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez, Congresswoman Yvette Clarke and Congressman Hakeem Jeffries — and New York's faith community — for their partnership in this endeavor. We will meet the need where it is greatest.

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. There have been 73 reported cases of a new inflammatory syndrome in children that is believed to be related to COVID-19. At the request of the CDC, New York is helping to develop the national criteria for identifying and responding to this potentially COVID-related illness. The State Department of Health is also partnering in a genome and RNA sequencing study to better understand this illness and the possible genetic basis of this syndrome. The illness has taken the lives of three young New Yorkers: a 5-year-old in New York City, a 7-year-old in Westchester County and a teenager in Suffolk County. My heart goes out to those families and I urge parents to be vigilant.

2. New results were released from our antibody survey of frontline workers. The state tested 1,300 transit workers in the New York City region for COVID-19 antibodies, and the preliminary results show that 14.2 percent are positive for the antibodies, compared to 19.9 percent of the general population in New York City.

3. The number of total COVID hospitalizations continue to decline. Total hospitalizations fell to 7,776, from 8,196 the previous day. Though stubborn, the number of new COVID hospitalizations dropped to 574, from 604 the day before. I'm saddened to share the news that an additional 226 New Yorkers died yesterday of COVID-19.

4. Applications to join New York's COVID-19 tracing effort are now being accepted. In order to reopen the state, we need an army of contact tracers. Apply here

5. New York nurse Andrea Dalzell is the first registered nurse to use a wheelchair. In an interview, Dalzell discusses her work battling Coronavirus — and shares why she believes it's so important for people with disabilities to serve in medical professions.

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": Many graduation ceremonies have unfortunately been postponed or cancelled due to the pandemic. To honor its graduating class this year, James Madison High School in Brooklyn printed laminated yearbook headshots of this year's senior class and displayed the portraits around the fence of the school."

 

May 9th at 8:10pm
Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through 4:30pm on May 9th, 2020


Testing
•111,339 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 2,227 tests since May 8
• 33.7 percent of those tested were confirmed positive for COVID-19
• 40,293 antibody tests have been administered

Cases
• 37,140 persons tested positive for COVID-19; an additional 467 cases since May 8
• 4,213 individuals not previously tested for COVID-19 have tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies; 413 additional cases since May 8.
• 41,353 total positive COVID-19 cases and antibody cases, up 870 from May 8.
• Breakdown by town of COVID-19 cases can be found on the Suffolk County COVID-19 Map*

Hospitalization
• 703 patients were hospitalized, a decrease of 16 overall from May 7
• 47 new patients were admitted to area hospitals on May 7
• 65 patients were discharged from the hospital on May 7
• 258 hospitalized patients were in the intensive care unit (ICU), a decrease of 43 patients from May 7

Fatalities
• 1,597 individuals have died**
• 29 deaths were reported May 8

Hospital Beds
• 2,965 hospital beds
• 619 ICU beds

* The number of cases on the Suffolk COVID-19 map designated as “Township Not Known” represents individuals whose addresses were not immediately available

**This increase in fatalities this week reflects data reported on May 6 by New York State in addition to confirmed fatalities within nursing homes and adult-care facilities that were identified as part of the reconciliation process. The process considered fatalities that were presumed COVID-19 positive before diagnostic testing became available. Click here for more information.

 

May 8th at 8:50pm
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"There is much about Coronavirus we still don't understand. A disturbing new development is a serious illness affecting children, known as multi-system inflammatory syndrome. The illness is potentially linked with COVID-19, and it has features that are similar to Kawasaki disease and toxic shock syndrome. Though rare, there have been 73 reported cases in New York, and, tragically, a 5-year-old passed away this past Thursday of the illness. The State Department of Health is investigating.

New Yorkers should seek immediate care if a child has:
• Prolonged fever (more than five days)
• Difficulty feeding (infants) or is too sick to drink fluids
• Sever abdominal pain, diarrhea or vomiting
• Change in skin color - becoming pale, patchy and/or blue
• Trouble breathing or is breathing very quickly
• Racing heart or chest pain
• Decreased amount of frequency in urine
• Lethargy, irritability or confusion
Though the syndrome is rare, I nevertheless urge parents to be vigilant.

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. The state will extend the window for victims to file cases under the Child Victims Act for an additional five months until January 14, 2021. Last year, I signed the Child Victims Act to make sure survivors of childhood sexual abuse have a path to justice, including the ability to file a case which had already been time-barred or expired, but only for one year. That window was set to close August 14, 2020. Given the reduction in court services due to Coronavirus, we are extending the window to ensure that justice can still be served for these survivors.

2. New York food products were distributed to 3,000 families on Long Island today as part of the Nourish New York Initiative. This program connects upstate farms with food banks, soup kitchens and food pantries — helping ensure nutritious food doesn't go to waste during this pandemic. Today's drive-through distribution in Massapequa was hosted by the Island Harvest Food Bank. The distributed food included 15,000 pounds of mozzarella cheese from the Lactalis plant in south Buffalo.

3. The number of total COVID hospitalizations continue to decline. Total hospitalizations fell to 8,196, from 8,665 the day before. The number of new COVID hospitalizations dropped slightly to 604, from 607 the day before.

4. Many small farms in New York are seeing a rise in business amid the pandemic. Small farms throughout New York have become a staple in feeding the community through farmers markets and other community-supported agriculture programs.

5. Today, New York announced the members of the state's Reimagine Education Advisory Council. We are so grateful to the state's teachers who rose to the occasion when school facilities closed and have been teaching students remotely — but we know there is no substitute for in-class learning. Made up of teachers, students, parents and education leaders, this council will help districts strengthen our state's schools for the challenges of today and tomorrow. See the full list of council members here.

6. The U.S. unemployment rate rose to 14.7 percent in April. We know that the economic toll of this pandemic has been vast, and we are working around the clock to ensure that New Yorkers receive the support they need. New York has paid out $6.8 billion in unemployment benefits to 1.6 million New Yorkers. For information on expanded unemployment benefits during the COVID-19 pandemic, visit the Department of Labor's website.

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": Albany's Tulip Festival is one of the most popular annual events in the Capital region. This year, the festival will be celebrated in a different format due to Coronavirus. Tomorrow, the Tulip Festival will feature events virtually, so New Yorkers can still enjoy the tulips' bloom from home."

 

May 8th at 8:50pm
Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through 3:30pm on May 8th, 2020


Testing
• 109,112 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 2,357 tests since May 7
• 33.2 percent of those tested were confirmed positive for COVID-19
• 32,481 antibody tests have been administered through May 7

Cases
• 36,522 persons tested positive for COVID-19; an additional 264 cases since May 7
• 3,961 individuals not previously tested for COVID-19 have tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies; 430 additional cases since May 7.
• 40,483 total positive COVID-19 cases and antibody cases, up 694 from May 7.
• Breakdown by town of COVID-19 cases can be found on the Suffolk County COVID-19 Map

Hospitalization
• Information on hospitalized patients is not available at this time.

Fatalities
• 1,568 individuals have died**
• 21 deaths were reported on May 7

Hospital Beds
• Information on hospital beds in Suffolk County is not available at this time.

* The number of cases on the Suffolk COVID-19 map designated as “Township Not Known” represents individuals whose addresses were not immediately available

**This increase in fatalities this week reflects data reported on May 6 by New York State in addition to confirmed fatalities within nursing homes and adult-care facilities that were identified as part of the reconciliation process. The process considered fatalities that were presumed COVID-19 positive before diagnostic testing became available. Click here for more information.

 

May 7th at 8:15pm
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"New York has been aggressively testing frontline workers. After testing approximately 27,000 employees across 25 downstate health care facilities for COVID-19 antibodies, we found some hopeful results. The survey showed that the infection rate among health care workers is about the same, or even lower, than the infection rate of the general population. That's good news because it suggests that when the protocols that medical workers know to take — including proper hand washing, wearing masks and gloves — are followed, the virus can be held at bay.

We need everyone to all follow these protocols whether they are in the medical field or simply out in public. Precautionary measures such as hand washing with soap, wearing masks and refraining from touching your face are effective tools in preventing the virus from spreading. So we need all New Yorkers to diligently follow these simple practices.

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. The state's moratorium on COVID-related residential and commercial evictions will be extended until August 20. New York is also banning fees for late or missed payments during the eviction moratorium. Renters facing financial hardship due to COVID-19 are also allowed to use their security deposit as payment and repay their security deposit over time.

2. "Nourish New York" is making sure food doesn't go to waste and instead goes to people who are in need. The new initiative helps to address two problems at once: excess agricultural products at New York farms and food insecurity. To date, food and products have been purchased from more than 2,100 Upstate farms and nearly 50 food banks, soup kitchens and food pantries have been supported. We are asking philanthropies that want to help in this effort to please email COVID19Philanthropies@exec.ny.gov.

3. The number of total COVID hospitalizations fell again yesterday. Total hospitalizations fell to 8,665, from 9,179 the day before. The number of new COVID hospitalizations rose slightly to 607, from 601 the day before. Tragically, 231 New Yorkers were lost to COVID-19 yesterday.

4. Monroe County is giving away 1 million face masks. Residents of Monroe County can pick up free masks at over 20 locations on Saturday, May 9, between 10am - 2pm, or on Wednesday, May 13 (same hours). The City of Rochester will publicly distribute masks at a later date. 

5. The Queens Public Library is documenting stories of New York City residents during Coronavirus. Through the Queens Memory COVID-19 Project, the library aims to create a historical record of how New Yorkers are experiencing this pandemic.

6. Pfizer has begun human clinical trials for a Coronavirus vaccine. The pharmaceutical company is conducting the trials at the New York University Grossman School of Medicine and the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

LAST UPDATED: MAY 7, 2020 AT 2:10PM, What You Need to Know

• New Yorkers without health insurance can apply through NY State of Health through June 15, 2020; must apply within 60 days of losing coverage.
• New York State's moratorium on COVID-related evictions will be extended until August 20th with fees for missed or late rent payments banned during the moratorium.
• Nourish New York Initiative has helped nearly 50 food banks, more than 2,100 New York farms and more than 20,000 households across the state.
• Antibody testing results of health care workers show infection rate among health care workers is about the same or lower than the general public.
• Governor Cuomo extended an executive order allowing out-of-state health care professionals to continue practicing in New York State.
• The results of the state's completed antibody testing study show 12.3 percent of the population have COVID-19 antibodies.
• A new contest asks New Yorkers to create and share a video explaining why wearing a mask in public is important. Interested applicants can go to wearamask.ny.gov.
• Governor Cuomo outlined the results of new hospitalization data that was collected in a targeted effort to further reduce the number of new hospitalizations per day.

 

May 7th at 8:15pm
Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through 3:30pm on May 7th, 2020


•106,755 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 2,668 tests from May 6
• 33.6 percent of those tested were confirmed positive for COVID-19
• 104,087 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 2,112 tests from May 5
• 34.1 percent of those tested were confirmed positive for COVID-19
• 28,881 antibody tests have been administered through May 6
•39,789 total positive COVID-19 cases, up 804 from May 6. Total includes positive antibody tests. Breakdown:
•36,258 persons tested positive for COVID-19; an additional 211 cases since May 6
• 3,531 individuals not previously tested for COVID-19 have tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies; 593 additional cases since May 5.
• Breakdown by town of COVID-19 cases can be found on the Suffolk County COVID-19 Map*
• 719 patients are hospitalized, a decrease of 54 overall
• 31 new patients were admitted to area hospitals in in the past 24 hours
• 88 patients were discharged from the hospital in the past 24 hours
• 301 of hospitalized patients are in the intensive care unit (ICU), an increase of 6 patients since May 6
• 1,547 individuals have died**
• 226 deaths were reported on May 5**
• 25 deaths were reported on May 6
• 3,062 hospital beds; 600 ICU beds

* The number of cases on the Suffolk COVID-19 map designated as “Township Not Known” represents individuals whose addresses were not immediately available

**This steep increase in fatalities reflects new data reported to New York State on in addition to confirmed fatalities within nursing homes and adult-care facilities that were identified as part of the reconciliation process earlier this week. The process considered fatalities that were presumed COVID-19 positive before diagnostic testing became available. Click here for more information.

 

May 7th at 5:50pm
From the Office of NY State Senator Monica R. Martinez Important COVID-19 Hotlines


•General Hotline: 888-364-3065
• Emotional Support Hotline: 844-863-9314
• Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-942-6906
• Domestic Violence TEXT Hotline: 844-997-2121
• Price Gouging Hotline: 800-697-1220
 
https://formsnym.ag.ny.gov/OAGOnlineSubmissionForm/faces/OAGPGCHome 
• Hate Crime Hotline: 800-771-7755
• Report Non Essential Businesses Hotline: 212-416-8700
https://forms.ny.gov/s3/Department-of-Labor-COVID-19-Complaint-Form 
• Unemployment Claims: 888-209-8124
• COVID Testing for First Responders ONLY 516-874-0411
• Brentwood, Huntington, Riverhead Testing Location 845-553-8030
• NY PAUSE Enforcement Hotline 833-789-0470 https://mylicense.custhelp.com/app/ask 
• Telehealth Hotline: 631-638-0597
• Suffolk County 24/7 Substance Abuse Hotline: 631-979-1700
• NY State HOPEline: 877-8-HOPENY or text HOPENY (467369) available 24/7
• Department of financial services 90 moratorium Hotline: 800-342-3736
• Frontline Workers Emotional Support Text Hotline: NYFRONTLINE to 741-741
• Nursing Home Scams: 833-249-8499
• Social Security Scams: 800-772-1213
• Long Island Council on Alcoholism & Drug Dependence: 631-979-1700
• COVID Supplies donation line:212-803-3100 COVID19Supplies@esd.ny.gov 

 

May 6th at 8:45pm
The Latest From Governor Cuomo... 

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"On National Nurses Day, I want to take a moment to commend all the nurses who give care and aid tirelessly and bravely during this crisis. Every day nurses work impossible hours in battle with a virus that challenges medical knowledge and strategy — they are extraordinary individuals who have done a phenomenal job. And we thank them from the bottom of our hearts.

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Photo of the Day: Thank you to all the nurses on the frontlines — you are heroes (Photo by Kevin Coughlin)

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. The state has learned new insights about the patients being hospitalized with COVID-19 from a survey of hospitals. New York received 1,269 survey responses from 113 hospitals over three days. Of the newly hospitalized patients, 66% were at home before they were admitted, compared to 18% who had been in nursing homes, 4% in assisted living and less than one percent from jails or prisons. Only 4% of respondents reported having used public transportation.

2. The number of new COVID hospitalizations continues to fall. Yesterday, the number of new COVID hospitalizations fell to 601, down from 659 the day before. Total hospitalizations fell to 9,179 from 9,600 the day before. Tragically, we lost an additional 232 New Yorkers to COVID-19 yesterday.

3. The Kansan farmer who sent New York an N-95 mask was conferred a bachelor's degree. I recently received a heart-warming letter accompanied by an N-95 mask from retired Kansas farmer Dennis Ruhnke, which touched my heart. Yesterday, Kansas State University President Richard Myers and Kansas Governor Laura Kelly honored him with the bachelor's degree he was two credits shy of earning when he left school in 1971 to take care of the family farm. Congratulations, Dennis. Your kindness and spirit continue to be an inspiration to us all.

4. Schmidt Futures will help integrate New York State practices and systems with the best advanced technology tools to build back better. Eric Schmidt, former Google CEO and Executive Chairman and founder of Schmidt Futures, will lead the state's 15-member Blue Ribbon Commission and use what we have learned during the COVID-19 pandemic, combined with new technologies, to improve telehealth and broadband access.

5. Now, through August 12th, sunsets will be 8 p.m. or later. According to National Weather Service, the first sunset after 8 p.m. was on Monday. Still, as the weather gets warmer, we must continue our vigilance and practice social distancing.

6. The call for masks has helped to revive a small business in New York City. Panda International in NYC's Garment District has seen a rush in orders to provide elastic as people across the country began making masks at home for frontline workers.

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": When Ireland was in need during the potato famine in 1847, the Choctaw Nation was there to help, digging deep in their pockets to send donations to the stricken country. Now, 173 years later, hundreds of Irish people are repaying the act of kindness by sending donations to help Native American tribes during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Protocol for Testing

As New York State aggressively expands COVID-19 diagnostic testing capacity, the Department of Health has revised guidance to increase testing for frontline workers, including all first responders, health care workers, and essential employees who interact with the public, while continuing to prioritize resources. Testing for COVID-19 shall be authorized by a health care provider for individuals who meet one or more of the following criteria:

• An individual is symptomatic or has a history of symptoms of COVID-19 (e.g. fever, cough, and/or trouble breathing), particularly if the individual is 70 years of age or older, the individual has a compromised immune system, or the individual has an underlying health condition; or
• An individual has had close (i.e. within six feet) or proximate contact with a person known to be positive with COVID-19; or
• An individual is subject to a precautionary or mandatory quarantine; or
• An individual is employed as a health care worker, first responder, or other essential worker who directly interacts with the public while working; or
• An individual presents with a case where the facts and circumstances – as determined by the treating clinician in consultation with state or local department of health officials – warrant testing.

 

May 6th at 8:45pm
Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through 4:30pm on May 6th, 2020


•101,975 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 1586 tests since May 4; update to come
• 34.6 percent of those tested were confirmed positive for COVID-19
• 22,901 Antibody tests have been administered through May 5
• 38,985 total positive COVID-19 cases, up 733 from May 5. Total includes positive antibody tests.
• 36,399 persons tested positive for COVID-19; 379 additional cases since May 5
• 2,586 individuals not previously tested for COVID-19 have tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies; 354 additional cases since May 5.
Breakdown by town of COVID-19 cases can be found on the Suffolk County COVID-19 Map*
• 773 patients are hospitalized
• 43 new patients were admitted to area hospitals in in the past 24 hours
• 85 patients were discharged from the hospital in the past 24 hours
• 295 of hospitalized patients are in the intensive care unit (ICU), a decrease of 15 patients from May 5
• 1,296 individuals have died, update to come
• 20 deaths have been reported since May 4, update to come
• 3,096 hospital beds; 610 ICU beds

 

May 6th at 6:00pm
Town of Brookhaven to Reopen Marinas, Boaters and Guests Will be Required to Maintain Strict Social Distancing


The Town of Brookhaven has announced that five Town-owned marinas will re-open on Saturday, May 9. All town-owned marinas were closed in April in accordance with a New York State Executive Order set in place to help stop the spread of the Covid-19 virus. Town of Brookhaven Code Enforcement Officers and Parks Department staff will be on hand at the marinas to ensure social distancing is maintained and all marina rules and regulations are being followed. For information about how to obtain a seasonal boat slip, please contact the Town Clerk’s Office at 631-451-8696. Transient slips are also available for residents and non-residents at all Town marinas.

The Town marinas opening on May 9th include:
• Corey North and South in Blue Point
• Forge River in Mastic
• Mount Sinai at Cedar Beach
• Port Jefferson Harbor
• Sandspit in Patchogue

 

May 6th at 12:55pm
Drive-Thru/Drop Off Food Drive this Saturday, May 9th


The Brookhaven Free Library and St. James Episcopal Church will hold a drive-thru/drop off food drive this Saturday, May 9th from 10:00am-1:00pm at Brookhaven Elementary School , 101 Fireplace Neck Road, Brookhaven. This food drive will benefit the Lighthouse Mission, Angels of Long Island and the Episcopal Churches of the Great South Bay Deanery. Rain or Shine! Click here for more information.

 

May 6th at 12:55pm
Cloth Face Coverings Available from Legislator Sunderman


Legislator Sunderman's office has received a large number of cloth coverings to be distributed to residents. They are machine washable, reusable, suitable for adults, and useful for going to the grocery store or running other errands. If you, or anyone you know, is in need of a mask, contact their office at 631-852-1300 to make arrangements. Delivery is available within the district.

 

May 5th at 11:15pm
Update on the NYS Presidential Primary, Courtesy of the League of Women Voters


A federal court has overruled the State Board of Election's prior decision to cancel the June 23rd Presidential Primary. This election will once again be taking place in New York State. Click here for more information.

 

May 5th at 8:15pm
The Latest From Governor Cuomo... 

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"We all saw pictures from the weekend of people out and about in parks and in public spaces — some were not wearing masks. Let me say this as clearly as possible. If you are out in public, and especially if you are in a crowded area — you must wear a mask (or face covering). It is the smart and responsible thing to do and it is also the law.

Help us get this vital message out. We're asking New Yorkers to explain why wearing a mask in public is important in a video submission contest. The winning video will be used in a TV ad. Videos should be less than 30 seconds long and should show how to wear a mask properly, covering both the mouth and nose. The submission deadline is May 15th. Learn more at WearAMask.ny.gov.

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Photo of the Day: A bicyclist rides by a 'Coronavirus' PSA poster in New York, New York (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images)

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. New York State is collaborating with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop a blueprint to reimagine education in the new normal. As New York begins to develop plans to reopen K-12 schools and colleges, the state and the Gates Foundation will consider what education should look like in this new normal. The state will convene a group of leaders to answer key questions in collaboration with the Gates Foundation.

2. The number of new COVID hospitalizations continues to decline. Yesterday, the number of new COVID hospitalizations — a key metric — fell to 659, down from 717 the day before. Total hospitalizations fell to 9,600 from 9,647 the day before. Tragically, we lost an additional 230 New Yorkers yesterday to COVID-19.

3. Starting tonight, the New York City subway system will close on a nightly basis from 1am to 5am. This change from 24-hour service will last for the duration of this pandemic, allowing NYC Transit to clean every subway car every single day.

4. Today is Teacher Appreciation Day. To all our teachers and educators — thank you. We know that the remote learning that teachers and students are doing right now presents new challenges — and we applaud you for adapting to them and continuing to educate New Yorkers.

5. In Seneca County, dairy farm Lively Run Dairy has raised $40,000 to buy dairy products from farmers who would otherwise be forced to dump their product. The dairy products are then being used to make cheese to donate to local food banks. Last week, they donated 450 pounds of cheese.

6. I am extending the Executive Order allowing out-of-state health care professionals to practice in New York State. We are forever indebted to the countless doctors, nurses, physician assistants, respiratory therapists and other health care professionals from neighboring states who came to help the family of New York when we needed it most.

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": A Queens resident recovered from Coronavirus and celebrated her 107th birthday on Saturday. "Everyone needs to be grateful and count their blessings every day," she told the New York Daily News, adding that she was looking forward to a birthday plate of spaghetti Bolognese.

NYS and Gates Foundation Will Convene Experts to Answer Key Questions About What Education Should Look Like in the Future

Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that New York State is collaborating with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop a blueprint to reimagine education in the new normal. As New York begins to develop plans to reopen K-12 schools and colleges, the state and the Gates Foundation will consider what education should look like in the future, including:

• How can we use technology to provide more opportunities to students no matter where they are;
• How can we provide shared education among schools and colleges using technology;
• How can technology reduce educational inequality, including English as a new language students;
• How can we use technology to meet educational needs of students with disabilities;
• How can we provide educators more tools to use technology;
• How can technology break down barriers to K-12 and Colleges and Universities to provide greater access to high quality education no matter where the student lives; and
• Given ongoing socially distancing rules, how can we deploy classroom technology, like immersive cloud virtual classrooms learning, to recreate larger class or lecture hall environments in different locations?

 

May 5th at 8:15pm
Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through 3:30pm on May 5th, 2020


• 101,975 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 1586 tests since May 4
• 34.6 percent of those tested were confirmed positive for COVID-19
• 38,252 confirmed cases, up 715 from May 4. Note: As of May 2, confirmed cases include positive antibody tests.
• Antibodies: 2,563 individuals not previously tested for COVID-19 have tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies, an addition of 544 from May 4.
• 18.1 percent of those tested for antibodies tested positive
• Breakdown by town of COVID-19 cases can be found on the Suffolk County COVID-19 Map** 
• 835 patients are hospitalized
• 50 new patients were admitted to area hospitals in in the past 24 hours
• 37 patients were discharged from the hospital in the past 24 hours
• 310 of hospitalized patients are in the intensive care unit (ICU), a decrease of 7 patients from May 4
• 1,296 individuals have died
• 20 deaths have been reported since May 4
• 3,091 hospital beds; 610 ICU beds

 

May 4th at 8:15pm
The Latest From Governor Cuomo... 

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"As we begin to reopen, we will approach the process on a regional basis. New York State is made up of diverse regions and each region is now facing a different set of circumstances. To guide the decision as to timing, we will look to four core factors: the number of new infections, health care capacity, diagnostic testing and contact tracing. As areas reopen we will continually monitor these factors throughout the days and weeks and rely on them to prevent a second wave of the virus. The path forward is reliant on the data, metrics and personal accountability. Reopening our state is far more complicated than shutting down was; if you open too quickly you can immediately have a backlash, as other countries have seen. We must be smart.

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Photo of the Day: Today is International Firefighters Day — thank you to all of our firefighters for their dedicated service (Photo by Jon Bush, Engine 54)

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. Businesses and industries will open in a phased approach. Phase 1 includes construction, manufacturing and select retail (with curbside pickup). Phase 2 includes professional services, finance and insurance, retail, administrative support and real estate/rental leasing. Phase 3 includes restaurants, food services and hotels. And Phase 4 includes arts, entertainment, recreation and education.

2. Upon reopening, businesses must implement new safety precautions to help lower the risk of spreading the virus. These include strict cleaning and sanitation standards, restricting nonessential travel, adapting the workplace to allow for social distancing, and requiring masks to be worn if employees are in frequent contact with the public. Read all the requirements here.

3. The special enrollment period for health insurance will remain open through June 15, 2020. New Yorkers without health insurance can apply for a plan through NY State of Health

4. New York continues to lead the country in testing. To date, more than one million New Yorkers have been tested for COVID-19. That's more than any other state (or foreign country). We are working tirelessly to increase testing capacity even more.

5. The number of total hospitalizations continues to fall. Yesterday, total hospitalizations fell to 9,647 from 9,786 the day before. How quickly we bring this number down depends on all of our actions, which is why we must remain vigilant and continue taking precautions to protect ourselves and others.

6. Thank you to New York's National Guard for their efforts to increase the state's testing capacity. The National Guard has made nearly 300,000 testing kits to collect samples, 60,000 of which are being sent this week to labs and hospitals across the state.

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": The iconic sounds of a busy New York City have mostly dissipated. To help bring New Yorkers together, the New York Public Library has released a "Missing Sounds of New York" album to reconnect with the familiar city sounds."

 

May 4th at 8:15pm
Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through 2:30pm on May 4th, 2020


• 100,389 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 1640 tests since May 3
• 34.9 percent of those tested were confirmed positive for COVID-19
• 37,537 confirmed cases, up 563 from May 3.*
• 2,019 individuals not previously tested for COVID-19 have tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies, an addition of 326 from May 3
• Breakdown by town of COVID-19 cases can be found on the Suffolk County COVID-19 Map**
• 817 patients are hospitalized, an increase of 4 from May 3
• 317 of hospitalized patients are in the intensive care unit (ICU), a decrease of 7 patients from May 3
• 1,276 individuals have died
• 17 deaths have been reported since May 3
• 3,207 hospital beds; 651 ICU beds
• 33 additional patients were discharged from the hospital in the past 24 hours.
• As of May 2, confirmed cases include positive antibody tests. The number listed defines all persons who have had COVID-19.

 

May 4th at 3:45pm
The Long Island Cares Mobile Food Pantry at the South Country Library

The Long Island Cares Mobile Food Pantry will be at the South Country Library parking lot handing out FREE groceries on the following dates:

• Monday, May 11th: 11am-Noon

• Monday, June 8th: 11am-Noon

• Monday, July 13th: 11am-Noon

• Monday, August 10th: 11am-Noon

 

May 3rd at 8:45pm
The Latest From Governor Cuomo... 

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"Today, joined by New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, Delaware Governor John Carney, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo and Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, we announced a joint multi-state agreement to develop a regional supply chain for personal protective equipment, other medical equipment and testing.

Rather than competing state against state for equipment and supplies, we will now coordinate our purchasing power. We will also identify American suppliers, especially suppliers within our states, who can scale to meet the demand. States are strongest and have more buying power when we work together and it's important that we jointly locate and purchase much-needed supplies.

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Photo of the Day: A highway sign along the Deegan Expressway reminds New Yorkers to wear a mask (Photo by Mark Dudko)

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. The Department of Health will require each hospital to have a 90-day supply of PPE on hand. The Personal Protective Equipment supplies must be able to last for 90 days at the highest rate of use. This common-sense requirement will help ensure our hospital systems are prepared in the event of a potential second wave of the virus.

2. Reminder, you MUST wear a mask or face covering in public when social distancing cannot be maintained. Reports of crowded parks and public spaces are unacceptable. We need to act responsibly. Warm weather doesn't mean the rules no longer apply.

3. The number of hospitalizations continue to fall. Yesterday, total hospitalizations fell to 9,736, showing consistent decline over the past week. However, infections remain high and the virus is still spreading. Visit covid19tracker.health.ny.gov to see the latest data.

4. Remember to respond to the Census. Every New Yorker can now respond to the Census. Responding to the Census is safe, easy and can be done online from the comfort of your own home. Let's make sure every New Yorker is counted. Complete the Census today at my2020census.gov.

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": Albany shop Yamaguchie has shifted from making crafts to making face masks using 3D Printers and other supplies, all on a donation basis. You can go to their shop on Lark Street and pick up a mask and leave a donation — the store uses the donations to buy more material to make more masks. I stopped by the store on Saturday."

 

May 3rd at 8:45pm
Johns Hopkins Experts Answer Your Questions...


Coronaviruses Fact Sheet (PDF)

WHO’s role during health emergencies (PDF)

Blame and discrimination attached to COVIS-19 (PDF)

 

May 3rd at 8:45pm
Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through 2:30pm on May 3rd, 2020


• 98,749 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 2,521 tests since May 2
• 35.3 percent of those tested were confirmed positive for COVID-19
• 36,974 confirmed cases, up 889 from May 2.*
• 1,673 individuals not previously tested for COVID-19 have tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies, an addition of 409 from May 2.
• Breakdown by town of COVID-19 cases can be found on the Suffolk County COVID-19 Map.**
• 813 patients are hospitalized, a decrease of 38 from May 2 (This marks 13 consecutive days of decline.)
• 324 of hospitalized patients are in the intensive care unit (ICU), a decrease of 3 patients from May 2
• 1,256 individuals have died
• 29 deaths have been reported since May 2
• 3,274 hospital beds; 663 ICU beds
• 77 additional patients were discharged from the hospital in the past 24 hours.

 

May 2nd at 8:00pm
The Latest From Governor Cuomo... 

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"Starting May 6th, we are closing the NYC subway system for four hours at night from 1:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. when the ridership is lowest. This has never been done before — but we need to do so now in order to allow the MTA to disinfect every subway car every 24 hours. This is a massive undertaking but we are taking this unprecedented step to protect the public, transit workers, and our essential workers. New Yorkers who need to use the subways and buses to get to work need to know that they're safe. The essential workers who have kept society functioning and who are doing an extraordinary job deserve nothing less. We will get this done because we need to.

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. New York has completed our antibody testing survey. The results show that 12.3 percent of the state's population have tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies. The survey developed a baseline infection rate by testing 15,000 people at grocery stores and community centers across the state over the past two weeks. More results by demographics and by region are available here.

2. School board elections and budget votes statewide are delayed until June 9. Yesterday, I signed an Executive Order to push back these elections to keep New Yorkers safe amid the pandemic. The school board elections and budget votes will all be conducted by mail and all qualified voters will be sent an absentee ballot with return postage paid. The Executive Order also delays local special district and village elections until September 15, 2020.

3. New York will distribute $25 million to food banks across the state through the Nourish New York Initiative. This initiative is working to quickly reroute New York's surplus agricultural products to populations who need them most through the state's network of food banks. We are also asking any philanthropies that would like to help the state's food banks to email COVID19Philanthropies@exec.ny.gov.

4. We need to protect our vulnerable communities, not just with words, but with actions. The state will distribute over seven million more cloth masks to vulnerable New Yorkers and essential workers across the state.

5. In New York City, seven miles of street have been opened up to only pedestrian traffic. To help with crowding and to maintain social distancing, the first streets that are part of New York City's "Open Streets" program opened today. The program aims to have 100 miles of street dedicated to only pedestrian traffic.

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": New York City restauranteur Luca Di Pietro has raised over $1.26 million in donations to feed frontline workers through his Feed the Frontlines NYC Initiative. It never ceases to amaze me when New Yorkers come together to help one another."

 

May 2nd at 8:00pm
Johns Hopkins Experts Answer Your Questions...


How is COVID-19 diagnosed?

Do patients have to pay to get tested?

Why are more men rather than women dying of COVID-19?

 

May 2nd at 8:00pm
Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through 2:30pm on May 2nd, 2020


• 96,228 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 2,660 tests since May 1
• 35.8 percent of those tested were confirmed positive for COVID-19
• 36,085 confirmed cases, up 805 from May 1. Note: confirmed case number now includes positive antibody tests

Anti-body tests through Friday, May 1:
• Total number of antibody test results = 8,457
• Total number of positive antibody test results = 1,789
• Total number of positive antibody test (without a previous positive COVID-19 test) = 1,164

• Breakdown by town of COVID-19 cases can be found on the Suffolk County COVID-19 Map.*
• 851 patients are hospitalized, a decrease of 52 from May 1 (This marks 12 consecutive days of decline.)
• 327 of hospitalized patients are in the intensive care unit (ICU), an increase of 3 patients from May 1
• 1,227 individuals have died
• 24 deaths have been reported since May 1
• 3,287 hospital beds; 676 ICU beds
• 112 additional patients were discharged from the hospital in the past 24 hours.

 

May 2nd at 1:45pm
Bellport Village Elections to be Held September 15, 2020

Governor Cuomo issued an Executive Order updating voting in New York State. Here are the details courtesy of the League of Women Voters.

• Boards of Elections will include paid return postage for all absentee ballots for the June primary.

• All village & town elections scheduled to be held in March, April, May, or June will be held on September 15, 2020.

• School board/budget elections are scheduled for June 9th and will be held via mail with return postage included. Each district will send out postcard notice which details the date of the election, date of budget hearing, definition of qualified voter, and an absentee ballot.

• The Governor’s order recognizes that absentee ballot requests submitted before his Executive Orders on absentee voting will still be valid without further action by the voter.

• Boards of Elections must also make available at their offices a voting system that is accessible for voters wishing to mark their ballot privately and independently.

You can read the Governor's full Executive Order here.

 

May 1st at 8:15pm
The Latest From Governor Cuomo... 

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"While the number of hospitalizations is declining, we are still seeing about 1,000 new people being hospitalized for COVID-19 per day, a number that remains stubbornly high. To better access trends, we will look closely at these patients. We'll gather additional information and data from hospitals about those hospitalized for COVID-19, and look at factors including if they are essential workers, where they work, how they commute, where they live and other demographics. We will then use this data to create a tailored strategy aimed at reducing these numbers. The more data we collect the better we can address the problem.

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. All K-12 schools and college facilities statewide will remain closed for the rest of the academic year. Schools will continue to provide distance learning during that time and be required to continue meal programs and child care services for essential workers. The state will make a decision about summer school programming by the end of May.

2. Schools and colleges must create reopening plans that re-imagine school facilities in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. These plans should consider how schools can monitor the spread of Coronavirus, how to reinforce student safety, when and how to resume extracurricular activities and other considerations. All plans will be reviewed and approved by the state.

3. May is Mental Health Awareness Month. COVID-19 has been a crisis for mental health, too. Remember: You are never alone. For free emotional support, consultations and referrals to a provider, call 1-844-863-9314. For free meditation and mindfulness exercises, visit headspace.com/ny.

4. We are launching a new emotional support texting program for frontline workers. The state is partnering with the Kate Spade New York Foundation and Crisis Text Line to provide a 24/7 emotional support service for frontline health care workers. Workers can text NYFRONTLINE to 741-741 for support.

5. Cost should not be a barrier for essential workers to access mental health services. The State Department of Financial Services is directing state-regulated health insurers to waive all cost sharing/copays/deductibles for mental health services for essential workers through this crisis.

6. Five new drive-thru COVID testing facilities have opened in Monroe, Erie, Broome, Niagara and Oneida Counties. Residents who would like to be tested at these facilities must make an appointment by calling 888-364-3065 or online at covid19screening.health.ny.gov.

7. New York State is accepting applications for contact tracers. Serve your state and help slow the spread. Applicants are being sought for the role of contact tracer, team supervisor and community support specialist.

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": The Getty Museum in Los Angeles launched an online challenge encouraging people to use household items to recreate iconic works of art — and the entries are impressive."

LAST UPDATED: MAY 1, 2020 AT 2:15PM, What You Need to Know
• Nonessential businesses will stay closed through May 15th.
• All K-12 schools and college facilities statewide will remain closed and continue to provide distance learning, meal delivery and childcare services for the remainder of the school year.
• Governor Cuomo issued executive orders 202.17 and 202.18 requiring all people in New York to wear masks or face coverings in public, including when taking public or private transportation or riding in for-hire vehicles.
• Governor Cuomo outlined a phased plan to re-open New York starting with construction and manufacturing, implemented in phases based on regional analysis and determinations.
35 counties that do not have significant risk of a COVID-19 surge in the near term can now resume elective outpatient treatments.
Five new drive-through testing facilities have opened and are now accepting patients in Monroe, Erie, Broome, Niagara and Oneida Counties. Appointments can be made by calling 888-364-3065 or online at covid19screening.health.ny.gov.
• Preliminary Phase II results of Antibody Testing Study show 14.9% of the population have COVID-19 antibodies. Find more information and FAQs on antibody testing.
• New York State is state is expanding diagnostic testing criteria to allow all FDNY and NYPD officers, first responders, health care workers, transit workers and essential employees to be tested for COVID-19 even if they aren't symptomatic.
• Preliminary results of the FDNY and NYPD antibody testing survey show 17.1% of FDNY officers and EMTs have COVID-19 antibodies; and 10.5% of NYPD officers have COVID-19 antibodies.
• 1,000 transit workers will be tested for antibodies to further determine the spread of infections among frontline workers.
• The state is partnering with the Kate Spade New York Foundation and Crisis Text Line to provide a 24/7 emotional support service for frontline health care workers: workers can text NYFRONTLINE to 741-741 to access these emotional support services.
• New York State-regulated health insurers will be required to waive cost-sharing, including deductibles, copayments and coinsurance, for in-network mental health services for frontline essential workers during COVID-19.
• New Yorkers without health insurance can apply through NY State of Health through May 15, 2020; must apply within 60 days of losing coverage.
• New Yorkers can call the COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline at 1-844-863-9314 for mental health counseling.
• Testing is free for all eligible New Yorkers as ordered by a health care provider.
Your local health department  is your community contact for COVID-19 concerns.

 

May 1st at 8:15pm
Johns Hopkins Experts Answer Your Questions...


COVID-19 Expert Reality Check

Coronavirus Information and Updates

What will it take to develop a vaccine?

 

May 1st at 8:15pm
Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through 2:30pm on May 1st, 2020


• 93,568 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 2,207 tests since April 30
• 36.4 percent of those tested were confirmed positive for COVID-19
• 35,280 confirmed cases, up 478 from April 30
• Breakdown by town of COVID-19 cases can be found on the Suffolk County COVID-19 Map.*
• 903 patients are hospitalized, a decrease of 67 from April 30
• 324 of hospitalized patients are in the intensive care unit (ICU), a decrease of 20 patients from April 30
• 1,203 individuals have died
• 26 deaths have been reported since April 30
• 3,337 hospital beds; 675 ICU beds
• 98 additional patients were discharged from the hospital in the past 24 hours.

 

May 1st at 6:15pm
The BBHS Invites You to be a Part of History

This spring, as we adjust our lives to stay at home due to Covid-19, we are establishing new routines and rituals, having experiences that we’ll remember for a long time to come. The Bellport Brookhaven Historical Society's archives contain numerous letters, diaries, scrapbooks, photographs and albums that document what our past residents went through during difficult times and how these dramatic events changed where we live, and the way we live our lives.

Today, during this unprecedented time, you can help write history by sharing your unique experiences amid the pandemic, a time when community spirit is so important. The BBHS will add them to Bellport’s archives for future residents. Click here for more information.

 

May 1st at 3:30pm
School Closures Extended for Remaining Academic Year

At Governor Cuomo’s press conference today, it was announced that all schools and college facilities in NYS will remain closed and continue to provide distance learning, meal delivery and child care services, for the remainder of the school year.

 

May 1st at 3:30pm
Town of Brookhaven to Reopen Three Waterfront Areas for Passive Self Exercise. Beaches Remain Closed; Facilities Will Have No Bathrooms, 50% Reduced Parking

Brookhaven Town will open three waterfront areas for passive self-exercise beginning Saturday, May 2. This will allow residents to enjoy these facilities, get outdoors and exercise in the fresh air while protecting themselves and others from the spread of COVID-19.

The three location are:
• West Meadow
• Cedar in Mt. Sinai
• Corey in Blue Point

It is important to note that the Town is NOT opening the beach at these locations. Prohibited items and activities include chairs, umbrellas, blankets, coolers, fishing, congregating and any sporting activity. Dogs are also not allowed at these locations and no lifeguards will be on duty.

Residents will be allowed to walk, hike, jog, etc. at these facilities as long as they maintain social distancing. Masks are recommended. Parking will be limited to 50% of capacity. Code enforcement and parks staff will be on hand to maintain parking limits and patrol these areas to ensure that people are social distancing and following all rules.

In keeping with the New York State public health order during the COVID-19 pandemic, these areas will be open for passive use only with the following protocols in place:
• Passive use only, such as walking, jogging or hiking.
• No congregating, or participating in sports activities, and no use of playgrounds equipment.
• Do not shake hands or engage in any unnecessary physical contact.
• No fishing, swimming, blankets, coolers, umbrellas or beach chairs.
• Always maintain social distancing of a minimum of six feet.
• Wear the recommended face covering when in the parks where social distancing cannot be followed
• Do not enter the Parks if you have a cough or fever.
• Restrooms are closed.
• Please limit your stay to allow other residents to enjoy the Town facilities.
• Parking lots will be closed once 50% capacity. As cars leave, others will be allowed in.

Please visit www.BrookhavenNY.gov for updates regarding closings, cancellations, postponements. Call 631-451-TOWN (8696) for information and to report anything that needs more immediate attention.

 

May 1st at 3:30pm
From Times Beacon Record Newspapers, April 30, 2020
Making Democracy Work: Voting Changes for June 23 Primaries
by Nancy Marr

Because of New York State’s identity as the current U.S. “Epicenter” of the Covid-19 pandemic, Governor Cuomo on March 7 issued Executive Order 2020, declaring a State disaster for the State of New York, which gives him the power to modify any statute, local law, ordinance, order, rule or regulation If necessary to assist or aid in coping with such disaster. An Executive Order, issued on April 24, requires that every voter who is in active or inactive status and is eligible to vote in the primary elections on June 23 shall be sent an absentee ballot application with a postage paid return option.

Earlier, Governor Cuomo had announced that he was cancelling the April 28 presidential primary and postponing it to June 23. Then on April 27 the NYS Board of Elections (BOE) canceled the June 23 presidential primary amid pandemic concerns, which means that Bernie Sanders will not appear on the ballot in the state and Joe Biden, the presumptive nominee, will get all the 274 pledged delegates. Governor Cuomo had added a provision to the state budget earlier this month that allowed the BOE to remove candidates from the ballot if they had dropped out of the race; if Biden were the only nominee left, the BOE could then cancel the election.

The election on June 23, 2020, thus will combine the state and congressional primaries (the special elections that were scheduled for June 23 will be postponed to the General Election on November 3, 2020). In order to vote in a primary, you must have registered in the party holding the election by February 14, 2020. To be sure that you are registered in a party, visit voterlookup.elections.ny.gov. To find out which primary candidates will be on your ballot, check Vote411.org.

Be sure to exercise your right to vote. When you receive the absentee ballot application (mailed if you are eligible to vote on June 23), complete it, checking the box for “temporary illness or disability,“ and return it in the postage paid envelope provided. If you do not receive the application, and believe you are eligible to vote in the election, contact the BOE, but you can also obtain an application from your local post office, or go to the BOE website https://suffolkcountyny.gov/Departments/BOE to find an application that you can complete, copy, and return by mail or email. (The Governor has waived the requirement for a signature for this election.)

When the ballots are finalized, one will be mailed to each voter who has returned an application and is eligible to vote in a primary on June 23. Your completed ballot must be returned in the envelope provided no later than the close of polls on June 23 or postmarked no later than the day before the election.

Regarding future mail-in voting by absentee ballot:

The New York State Legislature during the 2019 session passed legislation to remove the specific conditions needed for an absentee ballot. This no-excuse absentee ballot would make it easier to vote. Since it would be a constitutional change, however, it must be passed again by the next legislative session, and then submitted to the electorate in a referendum in 2021. If it passes, it will make permanent the no-excuse absentee ballot that Governor Cuomo has provided temporarily.

Separately, State Senator Biaggi and Assembly member Jacobson introduced a bill this year to amend the election law to define "illness” as ”the spread or potential spread of any communicable disease, at a time of declaration of a state of emergency …” This is still in committee, but, if passed, would make it possible to vote by absentee ballot in all elections held in the future during a state of emergency.

Stay safe; make your voice heard.

Nancy Marr is first vice president of the League of Women Voters of Suffolk County, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government and influences public policy through education and advocacy. For more information, visit www.lwv-suffolkcounty.org or call 631-862-6860.

 

April 30th at 8:00pm
The Latest From Governor Cuomo... 

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"Our playbook to tackle COVID-19 operates on three premises: Test — Trace — Isolate. As we steadily ramp up our testing capabilities, we also need to expand contact tracing. Contact tracing is the art (and hard work) of tracking down close contacts of those who have tested positive for the virus. The new, nation-leading tracing program that Mike Bloomberg and I announced last week is expected to expand to 6,400 to 17,000 tracers statewide.

To build this army of tracers, former Mayor Bloomberg and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, along with the NYS Department of Health, will lead the recruitment, hiring and training of our tracers. Johns Hopkins will develop an online curriculum and exam that is required in order to become a contact tracer. The great challenge is to ramp this program up to scale as quickly as possible. We have never done anything like this before, but we will now because we need to meet this challenge.

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. The MTA will disinfect the New York City Transit system, as well as the Metro-North and Long Island Railroad, every 24 hours. To achieve this, subway service will stop nightly from 1:00 AM to 5:00 AM, beginning on Wednesday, May 6. The MTA will provide free alternative transportation options to essential workers including buses, "dollar vans" and for-hire vehicles. The entire fleet of Metro-North Railroad and LIRR will also be cleaned daily (with no service disruptions). This is an unprecedented undertaking and requires a full MTA/State/City partnership.

2. All New York hospitals must allow partners to stay with women as they recover from giving birth. A previously signed Executive Order allowed one person to be present (in addition to the patient) during both labor and delivery. Following the recommendation of the COVID-19 Maternity Task Force, hospitals must now allow partners to stay with women during labor, delivery and the postpartum period, which includes recovery.

3. No New Yorker should go to bed hungry. One of the greatest concerns of the pandemic is food accessibility and hunger. New Yorkers should have access to food regardless of where they are in the state. To find a food pantry that services your county, visit ny.gov/foodbanks.

4. Even though New York is still on PAUSE, New York State Parks remain open for solitary walks or hikes. To help beat cabin fever, all fees for state, local and county parks are waived — but you must keep six feet of distance from others and where a mask where social distancing is not possible. (You don't need to stay six feet away from someone in your own household who is joining you.)

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": Every day at 6:30 PM you can enjoy virtual happy hour at breweries around New York State. Organized by the New York State Brewers Association, you can "visit" a different brewery through their Facebook page and meet in-house brewers while safely social distancing at home. Visit https://thinknydrinkny.com/ny-virtual-happy-hour/ for the virtual happy hour schedule. (And "virtually" drink responsibly.)"

Report Outlining Maternity Task Force's Initial Recommendations

Additional Guidelines for Phased Plan to Re-open New York

Study Show 14.9% of Population Has COVID-19 Antibodies

 

April 30th at 8:00pm
Johns Hopkins Experts Answer Your Questions...


Who should be tested for COVID-19?

How long does it take to get test results?

Why are there inconsistencies among testing data for COVID-19?

 

April 30th at 8:00pm
Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through 2:30pm on April 30, 2020


• 91,361 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 2,193 tests since April 28
• 36.8 percent of those tested were confirmed positive for COVID-19
• 34,802 confirmed cases, up 723 from April 29
• Breakdown by town of COVID-19 cases can be found on the Suffolk County COVID-19 Map*
• 970 patients are hospitalized, a decrease of 77 from April 29
• 369 of hospitalized patients are in the intensive care unit (ICU), a decrease of 35 patients from April 29
• 1,177 individuals have died
• 22 deaths have been reported since April 29
• 3,312 hospital beds; 728 ICU beds
• 114 additional patients were discharged from the hospital in the past 24 hours.

 

April 29th at 8:20pm
The Latest From Governor Cuomo... 

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"We have received thousands of masks from all across America. Homemade masks, hand-sewn, with beautiful notes attached, expressing thoughts like "We care, we love you, we want to help." That's what the people of this nation are all about — unity and solidarity in crisis. We continue to see a decline in hospitalization rates and we are increasing diagnostic testing statewide. We are working hard on planning for the future.

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Photo of the Day: Thousands of masks from across the country were sent to New York (Photo by Mike Groll)

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. Elective outpatient treatments and surgeries can resume in 35 NY counties. Previously, I announced that the state will allow elective outpatient treatments to resume in counties and hospitals without significant risk of a COVID-19 surge in the near term. The list of counties that have been approved is available here.

2. New York State is now conducting an average of 30,000 diagnostic tests for COVID-19 per day. We have been working with the federal government to double New York's testing capacity from 20,000 to 40,000 tests per day over several weeks. We are about halfway to our goal. (For context, New York State is already testing more per capita than any other state — or country.)

3. I have accepted the COVID-19 Maternity Task Force's initial recommendations. Many pregnant women have expressed concern about giving birth in a traditional hospital setting during this pandemic. In response, NYS established a task force to look into alternative birthing centers and to research the effect of Coronavirus on pregnancy. The task force's recommendations, released and adopted today, include increasing birthing site options, mandating testing for all pregnant patients, allowing doulas to be present during labor and delivery, and more. Read the task force's full report.

4. New York State tested a sample of first responders for COVID-19 antibodies, and the results are in. From a sample size of around 1,000 FDNY officers and EMTs and 1,000 NYPD officers from across all five boroughs, preliminary results show 17.1 percent of FDNY officers and EMTs are positive for COVID-19 antibodies and 10.5 percent of NYPD officers are positive for the antibodies.

5. Today, we started testing 1,000 transit workers for antibodies to further determine the spread of infections among our frontline workers. The State is working with BioReference to provide antibody tests to first responders and other essential workers from the MTA, State Police, the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision and others.

6. The current conditions of the New York City subways are unacceptable and pose a threat to public health. I am directing the MTA to issue a full plan by tomorrow, April 30th, on how it will clean and disinfect every train, every night in response to reported deteriorations of the conditions in the subways during the pandemic.

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": There are no words to show enough love to our essential workers — so we say it simply — Good Job. Watch the newly released video tribute to essential workers."

 

April 29th at 8:20pm
Johns Hopkins Experts Answer Your Questions...


In fight against COVID-19, nurses face high-stakes decisions, moral distress

Managing and understanding mental health concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic

The role of Genomic Sequencing in combating COVID-19

 

April 29th at 8:20pm
Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through 2:30pm on April 29, 2020


• 89,168 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 2,669 tests since April 28
• 37.3 percent of those tested were confirmed positive for COVID-19
• 34,079 confirmed cases, up 661 from April 28
• Breakdown by town of COVID-19 cases can be found on the Suffolk County COVID-19 Map.*
• 1,047 patients are hospitalized, a decrease of 35 from April 28
• 369 of hospitalized patients are in the intensive care unit (ICU), a decrease of 35 patients from April 28
• 1,155 individuals have died
• 24 deaths have been reported since April 28
• 3,316 hospital beds; 738 ICU beds
• 111 additional patients were discharged from the hospital in the past 24 hours.

 

April 29th at 6:30pm
Child Care for First Responders and Essential Workers

Childcare

The Economic Opportunity Council of Suffolk has a new way to assist many of our community’s heroic first responders and essential workers. To ease the financial burdens pressing upon the families of these essential workers, and to help keep these courageous employees on the job, qualified parents may now obtain tuition scholarships to send their children to EOC of Suffolk’s Way to Grow Child Care/Learning Center, located at 655 Montauk Highway in the Swann Nursery Commons in East Patchogue.

Under Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, the State of New York allocated $30 million from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) to cover child care costs delivered by eligible providers like Way to Grow Child Care/Learning Center. To qualify, parents’ income level must be less than 300 percent of the federal poverty level – or $78,600 for a family of four. Child care costs will be paid up to market rate for each region statewide. The list of eligible essential workers can be found here.

Parents can apply for a tuition scholarship by completing this form. They will be notified by the Child Care Council of Suffolk, Inc. of their eligibility within 24 hours.

As one of the very few child care centers open for business in southern Brookhaven, this tuition scholarship initiative provides Way to Grow Child Care/Learning Center and EOC of Suffolk with a wonderful opportunity to help blunt the negative impacts of this dreadful pandemic – and to serve as a vital resource for this essential and life-sustaining workforce.

 

April 29th at 4:00pm
Bellport Country Club Offers More Free Meals-to-Go this Friday, May 1st and Half Trays For Sale

The wonderful people at the Bellport Country Club are repeating their FREE Meals-to-Go program this Friday, May 1st beginning at 12:30pm. You don’t have to call or email ahead; simply show up at the Country Club beginning around 12:30pm. The free meals will be available while supplies last.

Now, to offset the cost of the Free Meal program, the Country Club will also be offering a special, half tray menu for sale. Click here for the new half tray menu. Each half tray provides about 10 servings. If you'd like to order a half tray, give them a call at 631-286-4227.

 

April 28th at 8:00pm
The Latest From Governor Cuomo... 

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"As we look ahead to reopening New York, we will rely on facts. We will carefully track hospital capacity — if a hospital system in a region exceeds 70% capacity, that's a danger sign that will require action. Similarly, a rise in the rate of transmission (Rt) to 1.1, is another warning that will require us to scale back reopening. We will move forward only when there are 30 contact tracers per 100,000 people. So, when we begin to reopen regions of the state we will constantly keep our eyes glued to the key data points, and health indicators, to make sure that the virus remains firmly in our control. That is the best way to avoid new outbreaks and to move forward.

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. Today, I outlined factual, data-driven principles to guide us on reopening New York safely on a regional basis. Each region of the state — Capital Region, Central New York, Finger Lakes, Mid-Hudson Valley, Mohawk Valley, New York City, North Country, Long Island, Southern Tier and Western New York — must follow twelve guidelines as part of the reopening plan. Read the full guidelines here.

2. We announced the formation of the new New York Forward Reopening Advisory Board. The advisory board will help guide the state's reopening strategy and will be chaired by Former Secretaries to the Governor Steve Cohen and Bill Mulrow. The board includes over 100 business, community and civic leaders from industries across the state. A list of the members of the advisory board is available here.

3. New COVID-19 hospitalizations dropped below 1,000. Yesterday, there were 953 new COVID hospitalizations in the state, down from 1,052 the day before. Although we are seeing a consistent decline of these numbers, we need to keep taking precautions so they continue to fall. Total hospitalizations fell slightly yesterday to 12,646 from 12,819 the day before. Tragically, there were 335 COVID-19 fatalities yesterday, down only slightly from 337 the previous day. We mourn the New Yorkers we've lost to this virus. Visit covid19tracker.health.ny.gov to see the latest data.

4. Residents of Rensselaer County can pick up a cloth mask tomorrow. In response to COVID-19, the county will be distributing masks from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow (April 29) at five locations.

5. To help support our hero frontline workers, New York created the First Responders Fund. The fund will assist COVID-19 healthcare workers and first responders with expenses and costs, including child care. We encourage New Yorkers to donate if you can: Donations can be made electronically at www.healthresearch.org/donation-form/ or by check, mailed to "Health Research, Inc., 150 Broadway, Suite 560, Menands, NY 12204." (For checks, the donor should specify the donation is for "COVID-19 NYS Emergency Response.")

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": Over the weekend, singers gathered together to celebrate the 90th birthday of American composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim. The tribute, called "Take Me to the World: A Sondheim 90th Birthday Celebration," includes performances of many of Sondheim's Broadway musical numbers. Watch the tribute here."

 

April 28th at 8:00pm
Johns Hopkins Experts Answer Your Questions...


Understanding Changing Guidance on Mask Use

The Success of a COVID-19 Vaccine Will Hinge On Its Delivery

Coronavirus, Social Distancing and Self-Quarantine

 

April 28th at 8:00pm
Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through 2:30pm on April 28, 2020


• 86,499 COVID-19 tests have been administered
• 37.8 percent of those tested were confirmed positive for COVID-19
• 33,418 confirmed cases, up 132 from April 27
• Breakdown by town of COVID-19 cases can be found on the Suffolk County COVID-19 Map.*
• 1,082 patients are hospitalized, a decrease of 15 from April 27
• 404 of hospitalized patients are in the intensive care unit (ICU), a decrease of 4 patients from April 27
• 1,131 individuals have died
• 29 deaths have been reported since April 27
• 3,395 hospital beds; 776 ICU beds
• 44 additional patients were discharged from the hospital in the past 24 hours.

 

April 28th at 4:45pm
Harmony Cafe Drop Off Food and Supply Drive Event this Thursday, April 30th

The Harmony Cafe is holding a "Drop Off" food and supply drive event this Thursday, April 30th between 10:30am and 2:00pm at the VFW Hall, 32 Edwards St. in Patchogue. The food and supplies collected will be used for both their "grab and go" food and supply events, as well as their free food delivery program to those who are homebound. Click here for more information.

 

April 27th at 8:15pm
The Latest From Governor Cuomo... 

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"This has been a hellish experience for our country. New Yorkers have come together to fight this virus. We have flattened the curve and are finally seeing the horrific number of fellow New Yorkers lost each day come down, as well as seeing the daily hospitalization numbers decrease. As we think about our next steps, we are focused on these figures as well as the testing data to guide us forward. We will closely monitor and act in accordance with the clear evidence presented.

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Chart of the Day: New COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to decline.

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. Phase two of the state's antibody testing survey results are in. The preliminary results, from an expanded sample size of about 7,500, show that 14.9 percent of the population are positive for COVID-19 antibodies. But there are large variations depending on the region within the state.

2. Starting today, the state is expanding its antibody testing survey to further determine the spread of infection among frontline workers and first responders. Today the state tested 1,000 FDNY officers and 1,000 NYPD officers from across all five boroughs of New York City, and this week we will test 3,000 healthcare workers and 1,000 transit workers for antibodies. These New Yorkers are putting themselves on the frontlines and we must ensure we're checking on them.

3. Five new drive-through testing facilities will open in Monroe, Erie, Broome, Niagara and Oneida Counties. On Saturday, the state expanded diagnostic testing criteria to include all first responders, healthcare workers and essential employees even if they don't have symptoms. These individuals will be able to get tested for COVID-19 at these new drive-thru facilities. If you're eligible and would like to be tested, you must make an appointment by calling 888-364-306 or by visiting http://covid19screening.health.ny.gov

4. At a time when many New Yorkers are hungry, food should not be wasted. Following reports of unsold milk being dumped in upstate New York, the state will work with farmers and companies such as Chobani and Cabot Cheese to distribute their excess products to food banks and those in need. It's part of the "Nourish New York" Initiative to purchase food from New York farms for those in need.

5. New York State will provide financial support to food banks across the state. The state will provide $25 million from the state's special public health emergency fund for food banks and providers most impacted by COVID-19. To find a food bank that supports your region, visit the Department of Health's food bank state map. We are also asking any philanthropies that would like to help the state's food banks to email COVIDPhilanthropies@exec.ny.gov.

6. Two million bottles of "NYS Clean" hand sanitizer have been distributed across all 62 counties to date. The hand sanitizer, which is manufactured by New York State, has been distributed to hospitals, nursing homes, food banks, food handlers, the Red Cross, first responders, schools and college, healthcare workers, homeless organizations, law enforcement, unions, transportation systems and faith-based organizations.

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": Coloring can be a great way to relieve stress and deal with cabin fever, for children or adults. ILoveNY released new coloring pages featuring New York State landmarks. Download and print out the coloring pages here."

 

April 27th at 8:15pm
Johns Hopkins Experts Answer Your Questions...


Care Giving for the Elderly

What To Do If Your Kids Stay Home

How Can Families and Roommates Self-Quarantine?

 

April 27th at 8:15pm
Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through 2:30pm on April 27, 2020


• 85,070 COVID-19 tests have been administered
• 38.2 percent of those tested were confirmed positive for COVID-19
• 33,286 confirmed cases, up 408 from April 26
• Breakdown by town of COVID-19 cases can be found on the Suffolk County COVID-19 Map*
• 1,097 patients are hospitalized, a decrease of 37 from April 26
• 408 of hospitalized patients are in the intensive care unit (ICU), a decrease of 35 patients from April 26
• 1,102 individuals have died
• 32 deaths have been reported since April 26
• 3,345 hospital beds; 778 ICU beds
• 69 additional patients were discharged from the hospital in the past 24 hours.

 

April 27th at 4:00pm
COMPASS Unity Holds Successful Food Drive

COMPASS Food Drive

We received the following letter from Lynette Murphy, COMPASS Unity Coordinator, about their recent food drive to benefit the Lighthouse Mission and Angels of Long Island.
"Thank you very much for advertising the food drive sponsored by COMPASS Unity. It was a HUGE success. We filled two trucks - one for Lighthouse Mission and one for Angels of Long Island. Without your assistance in getting the word out, we would not have had a successful event!" Click here for more information.

 

April 27th at 3:15pm
Local Food Pantries (information courtesy of John Rogers, GBC)


Tuesday-
11:00am – 12:00pm, St. Joseph the Worker , 510 Narragansett Ave, East Patchogue, NY 11772, 631-286-9133

Wednesday- 10:00am – 11:00am and 6:00pm – 7:00 pm, Mary Immaculate St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry, 16 Browns Lane, Bellport, behind the Rectory building next to the garage, 631-286-3795

Thursday- 11:00am – 12:00pm, St. Joseph the Worker, 510 Narragansett Ave, East Patchogue, NY 11772, 631-286-9133

Friday- 10:00am – 11:00am, Mary Immaculate St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry, 16 Browns Lane, Bellport, behind the Rectory building next to the garage. 631-286-3795

Saturday- 12:00pm – 1:00pm, Lighthouse Mission at HELP Suffolk, 685 Brookhaven Avenue, North Bellport, NY 11735, 631-286-2400

 

April 26th at 8:00pm
The Latest From Governor Cuomo... 

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"As we look to the months that lie ahead, we must ask the question: How can we build back better? There is no returning to yesterday — there is only moving forward. In the months ahead, employers will need to rethink how workplaces can be safer. Our health care system will have to become harder and more resilient. Our technology must improve. This pandemic has altered New York, and we have been through hell, but we must learn the lessons of this crisis to reimagine society for the better.

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. Today I outlined a phased plan to safely reopen New York at the appropriate time, taking a regional approach. Phase one will be to reopen low-risk construction and manufacturing businesses in parts of the state that have experienced a 14-day decline in the hospitalization rate. Phase two will open certain industries based on priority and risk level. (Businesses considered "more essential" with inherent low risks of infection in the workplace and to the customer will be prioritized.) Officials are closely monitoring the hospitalization rate, the infection rate, and other key health indicators, and will make adjustments to the plan based on this crucial data.

2. There will be a two-week waiting period in-between phases of this plan to monitor the effect. This will help ensure that the hospitalizations and infection rates are not increasing as some workers begin to return to work.

3. Businesses and industries will create plans that include new measures to protect employees and consumers. The physical workplace will have to be reimagined to be safer, and businesses must implement processes that lower the risk of infection. The state is consulting with local leaders in each region and industry to formulate these plans.

4. Multi-state coordination is key, especially in downstate New York, where the outbreak has been more severe. We will work with neighboring states to ensure safe and consistent policies. In downstate New York, special attention will be taken to ensure the safety of low-income communities.

5. Hospitalizations fall again. Yesterday, the total number of hospitalizations fell to 13,839 — returning to the level of March 31. This is a positive trend, but it is still far higher than we would like to see. I am very saddened to say we lost 367 New Yorkers yesterday — down from 437 the previous day. Every day, this is the worst, most devastating news that I must give to New Yorkers.

6. The L Train tunnel project is complete months early and under budget. A project that repaired two subway tubes connecting Brooklyn to Manhattan, which were damaged during Superstorm Sandy, is complete ahead of schedule. The innovative project, which combined technologies in a novel way to avoid what would have been a highly disruptive total shutdown of the L Train, showed the importance of thinking outside the box when we are faced with challenges. (Despite this milestone, New Yorkers are still being asked to avoid taking mass transit unless they are essential workers.)

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": New York essential workers will be honored with an air show on Tuesday. The US Navy's Blue Angels and the Air Force Thunderbirds will fly over the New York Metropolitan area as a tribute to all the workers on the frontlines of this pandemic. "This is [] our way of showing that we are all in this together and that America's spirit will prevail," said Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein and Navy Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Michael Gilday in a joint statement."

 

April 26th at 8:00pm
Johns Hopkins Experts Answer Your Questions...


Younger Adults Are at Risk, Too

I’ve Been Diagnosed With COVID-19, What Should I Expect?

Practicing Wellness While You Stay at Home

 

April 26th at 8:00pm
Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through 2:30pm on April 26, 2020


• 83,244 COVID-19 tests have been administered
• 38.5 percent of those tested were confirmed positive for COVID-19
• 32,822 confirmed cases, up 637 from April 25
• Breakdown by town of COVID-19 cases can be found on the Suffolk County COVID-19 Map*
• 1,134 patients are hospitalized, a decrease of 41 from April 25
• 443 of hospitalized patients are in the intensive care unit (ICU), a decrease of 10 patients from April 25
• 1,070 individuals have died
• 28 deaths have been reported since April 25
• 3,345 hospital beds; 778 ICU beds
• 109 additional patients were discharged from the hospital in the past 24 hours.

 

April 26th at 8:00pm
Bellport Village Elections in June

Bellport Village is waiting for New York State to provide information as to how to proceed. For now, the collection of Nominating Petitions has been suspended and June 16, 2020 continues to be the date of the Bellport Village elections. Other than that, the Village is waiting for guidance from the State as to how to proceed. Bellport.com will publish further information as soon as it is received from Bellport Village Hall.

 

April 25th at 8:25pm
The Latest From Governor Cuomo... 

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"It has been 56 long days since New York's first confirmed Coronavirus case. It has been frustrating, stressful and difficult for all of us. But I want New Yorkers to know that what we are all doing right now is saving lives. That is no exaggeration. We have flattened the curve and brought down the infection rate of this virus. That's one heck of an accomplishment and something to be proud of. I know these 56 days haven't been easy — but the sacrifices New Yorkers are making are not in vain.

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. I will issue an Executive Order allowing all pharmacies to test for COVID-19. This will unlock a network of over 5,000 independent pharmacies as diagnostic testing locations and help the state build a collection network to meet laboratory capacity and increase overall testing capacity. Many large pharmacy chains are already performing testing, and this order expands it to all pharmacies.

2. New York is expanding diagnostic testing criteria to include all first responders, healthcare workers and essential employees. That means that these essential workers will be able to be tested even if they do not have symptoms. These are our heroes who are risking their health to get us through this crisis and they deserve priority for testing. The state will continue to expand testing criteria as testing capacity increases.

3. The State is conducting antibody testing for frontline healthcare workers. Antibody testing is being conducted today for staff at four NYC hospitals that have been especially hard-hit by this pandemic: Bellevue Hospital, Elmhurst Hospital, Montefiore Medical Center and SUNY Downstate Medical Center. Next week, the state will begin conducting antibody testing for first responders and transit workers, including MTA employees, New York State Police and the NYPD.

4. Total hospitalizations continue to decline. Yesterday, there were 1,185 new COVID hospitalizations in the state, down from 1,296. That puts us at about the same level as we were 21 days ago when we were still going "up the mountain." We must continue taking precautions to help ensure these numbers go down as quickly as possible. Total hospitalizations dropped yesterday to 13,524 (down from 14,285 the day before). But tragically, we had an uptick in deaths yesterday — to 438 — which is devastating news. We mourn every single New Yorker taken by this vicious virus.

5. Two Central New Yorkers wrote a book to explain Coronavirus to kids. Titled "The Incredible Docs vs Billy the Bad Virus," the book explains how germs spread and the precautions we can take to be safe and healthy. Proceeds for the children's book will benefit the charity "No Kid Hungry."

6. Remember to respond to the Census. Responding to the Census is safe, easy and can be done online from the comfort of your own home. Let's make sure every New Yorker is counted. Complete the Census today at my2020census.gov.

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": The Metropolitan Opera hosted an "At Home Gala" event featuring over 40 musicians from around the world performing from their homes, as well as pre-recorded performances by the Met Orchestra and Chorus. Watch the event here."

LAST UPDATED: APRIL 25, 2020 AT 2:52PM
What You Need to Know:

• Schools and nonessential businesses will stay closed through May 15th.
• Governor Cuomo issued executive orders 202.17 and 202.18  requiring all people in New York to wear masks or face coverings in public, including when taking public or private transportation or riding in for-hire vehicles.
• New York State is state is expanding diagnostic testing criteria to allow all first responders, health care workers and essential employees to be tested for COVID-19 even if they aren't symptomatic.
• Governor Cuomo will issue an Executive Order allowing pharmacists to conduct diagnostic testing for COVID-19.
• Preliminary Phase I results of Antibody Testing Study show 13.9% of the population have COVID-19 antibodies. Find more information and FAQs on antibody testing.
• In face of a dangerous uptick of domestic violence incidents, a new domestic violence text program and new confidential online service will aid victims of abuse.
• Governor Cuomo will issue an Executive Order mandating the NYS Board of Elections automatically mail every New Yorker a postage-paid application for an absentee ballot.
• New Yorkers without health insurance can apply through NY State of Health through May 15, 2020; must apply within 60 days of losing coverage.
• New Yorkers can call the COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline at 1-844-863-9314 for mental health counseling.
• Testing is free for all eligible New Yorkers as ordered by a health care provider.
Your local health department  is your community contact for COVID-19 concerns.

 

April 25th at 8:25pm
Johns Hopkins Experts Answer Your Questions...


What Do I Do If I Feel Sick?

Coronavirus Test: What You Need to Know

Coronavirus in Babies and Children

 

April 25th at 8:25pm
Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through 2:30pm on April 25, 2020


• 80,414 COVID-19 tests have been administered
• 39.0 percent of those tested were confirmed positive for COVID-19
• 32,185 confirmed cases, up 891 from April 24
• Breakdown by town of COVID-19 cases can be found on the Suffolk County COVID-19 Map*
• 1,175 patients are hospitalized, a decrease of 143 from April 24
• 453 of hospitalized patients are in the intensive care unit (ICU), a decrease of 25 patients from April 24
• 1,042 individuals have died
• 49 deaths have been reported since April 24
• 3,327 hospital beds; 801 ICU beds
• 147 additional patients were discharged from the hospital in the past 24 hours.

 

April 25th at 7:00pm
Food for Suffolk County

Food Donations

We’d like to tell you about a very special person, Amelia “Emmy” Specht, who is 17 years old and lives right here in Bellport Village. Click here for more information.

 

April 25th at 3:30pm
Amid Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, Governor Cuomo Announces Expansion of Diagnostic Testing Criteria to Include All First Responders, Health Care Workers and Essential Employees

• Issues Executive Order Allowing Pharmacists to Conduct Diagnostic Testing for COVID-19
• State is Conducting Antibody Testing for Frontline Health Care Workers at Four New York City Hospitals and Health Care Systems
• State Will Conduct Antibody Testing for First Responders and Transit Workers Starting Next Week
• Confirms 10,553 Additional Coronavirus Cases in New York State - Bringing Statewide Total to 282,143; New Cases in 57 Counties
Click here for more information.

 

April 25th at 3:30pm
Deer Run Farms Update

Deer Run Farms is currently only open for order pick-up. Order pick-up times are Wednesday through Sunday, 9:00am-6:00pm. Click here for more information.

 

April 25th at 3:30pm
From the Town of Brookhaven - Brookhaven Launches Drive-Thru Tax Collection

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Town of Brookhaven Receiver of Taxes Louis Marcoccia and Supervisor Ed Romaine have announced that Alternate Tax Collection Operations will begin on Monday, April 27 and run until June 1 (senior citizens with Enhanced STAR exemptions will be able to pay through June 8).

This schedule is subject to change should Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone or New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo alter the collection schedule. The Alternate Tax Collection locations are:

Brookhaven Town Hall, One Independence Hill, Farmingville 9:30 am -- 4:00 pm
Drive Thru Service Only/ No Cash Accepted

Town of Brookhaven Parks Administration Building, 286 Hawkins Rd., Centereach 9:30 am -- 3:30 pm

Walk up window with social distancing pavement markings - No Drive Thru. Cash is accepted at this location.

Please be aware that due to reduced staffing, wait times could be substantial at these locations.

All persons paying at these locations must wear protective face covering or mask to cover the nose and mouth.

 

April 25th at 3:30pm
Bellport Village Reopens Village Golf Course

As of Tuesday, April 21, 2020, the Bellport Village Golf Course reopened for play by “members and paying residents only.” There are no golf carts available so players will have to “walk” the course. Click here for more information.

 

April 24th at 8:45pm
The Latest From Governor Cuomo... 

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"A crisis shows us both the best and worst in people, but more often than not, you see the best. I was moved by a letter sent to me by a retired farmer in northeast Kansas. His wife has health problems and they are both in their seventies. Enclosed with the letter, he sent one of five N95 masks he has from his farming days and asked me to pass on to a doctor or nurse in New York.

This is a true snapshot of humanity and a selfless and generous act. I want to share the letter with you so that you will be as inspired as I was. Read it below:

LEtter

Letter of the Day: The inspiring letter I received from Dennis and Sharon of Kansas. (Full text of letter here.)

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. Registered voters will automatically receive absentee ballot applications for the upcoming June 23 elections. No one should have to choose between their health and their civic duty. To that end, I am issuing an Executive Order mandating that the NYS Board of Elections automatically mail all registered voters postage-paid applications for an absentee ballot. This follows an earlier order allowing all New Yorkers to vote absentee in the June 23rd primary election. (In-person polling will still be an option.)

2. NYS launched a new texting program and confidential service to help New Yorkers experiencing domestic violence. Unfortunately, there has been a rise in domestic violence reports during this pandemic. Abuse victims are often closely watched by their abuser, making these tools needed. We want you to know: You are not alone and you do not have to stay in a dangerous situation. We will help you. Text 844-997-2121 or visit www.opdv.ny.gov to confidentially chat with a professional at any time of day or night.

3. New York State and Hip Hop Public Health have partnered together to remind you to wash your hands for "20 Seconds or More." In collaboration with DJ Doug E. Fresh and a crew of hip hop legends, Hip Hop Public Health has created a fun educational video teaching New Yorkers how to stay safe and stop the spread of Coronavirus. Watch the video here and learn more about the campaign here.

4. New COVID-19 hospitalizations remain mostly flat. Yesterday, there were 1,296 new COVID hospitalizations in the state, down slightly from 1,359 the day before. Unfortunately, these numbers remain stubbornly high and are a good reminder why we must keep taking precautions. Total hospitalizations fell yesterday to 14,258, from 15,021 the day before. Tragically, there were 422 COVID-19 fatalities yesterday, down from 438 the previous day.

5. In Syracuse, dairy organizations have donated nearly 8,000 gallons of milk. The Dairy Farmers of America and American Dairy Association Northeast teamed up to donate milk to schools, senior care homes and others in need.

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": Tomorrow at 1 p.m., the Animal Medical Center, a non-profit animal hospital in Manhattan, will host a "Kitten Cam" on their Facebook page, featuring two newborn kittens, Jesse and Jaime."

 

April 24th at 8:45pm
Johns Hopkins Experts Answer Your Questions...


Coronavirus Test: What You Need to Know

What do I do if I feel sick?

Coronavirus: Practicing Wellness While You Stay at Home

 

April 24th at 8:45pm
Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through 3:30pm on April 24, 2020


• 77,554 COVID-19 tests have been administered
• 39.5 percent of those tested were confirmed positive for COVID-19
• 31,294 confirmed cases, up 1,027 from April 23
• Breakdown by town of COVID-19 cases can be found on the Suffolk County COVID-19 Map*
• 1,318 patients are hospitalized, a decrease of 22 from April 23
• 478 of hospitalized patients are in the intensive care unit (ICU), a decrease of 16 patients from April 23
• 993 individuals have died
• 34 deaths have been reported since April 23
• 3,346 hospital beds; 799 ICU beds
• 132 additional patients were discharged from the hospital in the past 24 hours.

 

April 23rd at 9:45pm
The Latest From Governor Cuomo... 

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"I know a dumb idea when I hear one. Yesterday Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell gave his opinion that states should declare bankruptcy rather than receive federal funding. He doesn't support "Blue State Bailouts." This kind of thinking is shortsighted and dangerous.

New York has been hurt more than any other state by this virus — and we need federal aid so that we can fund our police, firefighters, teachers, and schools in the midst of this crisis. We ask for no special treatment — only that the federal government provide support to our state like they have to the airlines, hotel chains and big business.

The fact is, there are no red and blue Coronavirus deaths. If there was ever a time to put aside pettiness and partisanship, it's now. Democrat or Republican, we're all in this together and New York needs federal support.

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. The preliminary results from the state's antibody study are in. The survey developed a baseline infection rate by testing 3,000 people at grocery stores and other box stores over two days in 19 counties and 40 localities across the state. The preliminary results show 13.9% were positive for COVID-19 antibodies. As more detailed results come in we will share them.

2. The State Department of Health is partnering with Attorney General Letitia James to investigate nursing home violations. Nursing homes are directed to immediately report the actions they have taken to comply with all state and federal directives and guidance to the Department of Health (DOH). Those that are not complying with DOH guidelines could be fined $10,000 per violation or lose their operating license. NYS has taken extraordinary measures to protect vulnerable nursing home residents — from mandatory temperature checks of staff to a ban on all visitors — and we must hold accountable nursing homes that are flouting the law.

3. Are you concerned that a family member of yours isn't getting proper care in a nursing home? If so, we encourage you to file a complaint by calling 833-249-8499 or by visiting www.ag.ny.gov/nursinghomes

4. Total hospitalizations continue to fall. There were 15,021 total hospitalizations yesterday — the tenth consecutive day of declines. Tragically, although fatalities have also fallen, we still lost 438 New Yorkers yesterday to Coronavirus. By all standards, that is a heart-wrenching loss of life, and we continue to mourn each and every New Yorker who has been taken by this virus.

5. We will partner with places of worship to help ramp up testing in African-American and Latino communities. The new initiative will use churches and places of worship as a network to reach communities that have been disproportionately impacted by Coronavirus. Representative Hakeem Jeffries, Representative Yvette Clarke and Representative Nydia Velázquez are partnering with us on this effort.

6. New York State will provide child care scholarships to essential workers. Child care costs will be covered for essential staff whose income is less than 300% of the federal poverty level — or $78,600 for a family of four. Essential workers (including health care providers, law enforcement, food delivery workers, grocery store employees and others) can use these scholarships to pay for their existing care arrangement. If an essential worker needs child care, they can contact their local child care referral agency to find openings.

7. Seven more big cats at the Bronx Zoo have now tested positive for Coronavirus. Earlier this month, a four-year-old Malayan tiger named Nadia tested positive for the virus. Now three lions and five tigers have tested positive. The cats are behaving and eating normally.

8. Tonight, Muslims across New York prepare the engage in a month of prayer and fasting. The values observed during Ramadan resonate with all New Yorkers, especially now: generosity, gratitude and brotherhood. So to all who celebrate, Ramadan Mubarak.

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": Heeding the call for convalescent plasma, thousands of members of the Orthodox Jewish community in New York have donated blood to help fight COVID-19. Scientists are working on potential treatments for COVID-19 using the plasma of those who recovered from the virus."

What You Need to Know: LAST UPDATED: APRIL 23, 2020 AT 8:30AM
• Governor Cuomo announced a partnership with the federal government to double testing capacity in New York State.
• The State Department of Health has begun to conduct statewide antibody testing. Find more information and FAQs.
• Governor Cuomo and Mayor Bloomberg announced a nation-leading COVID-19 contact tracing program being done in coordination with Connecticut and New Jersey.
• Governor Cuomo announces financial and administrative relief for all New York State hospitals.
• Elective outpatient treatment can resume in counties and hospitals without significant risk of COVID-19 surge starting next week.

 

April 23rd at 9:45pm
Johns Hopkins Experts Answer Your Questions...


COVID-19 Myth vs. Fact: “There's a lot of information circulating about COVID-19 so it’s important to know what’s true and what’s not.”

Why are nursing homes at greater risk for COVID-19 outbreaks? “Geriatric nurse practitioner Alice Bonner discusses the special considerations that arise for older adults living in long-term care facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

 

April 23rd at 9:45pm
Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through 2:30pm on April 23, 2020


• 73,696 COVID-19 tests have been administered
• 40.1 percent of those tested were confirmed positive for COVID-19
• 30,267 confirmed cases, up 709 from April 22
• Breakdown by town of COVID-19 cases can be found on the Suffolk County COVID-19 Map*
• 1,340 patients are hospitalized, a decrease of 37 from April 22
• 494 of hospitalized patients are in the intensive care unit (ICU), a decrease of 5 patients from April 22
• 959 individuals have died
• 33 deaths have been reported since April 22
• 3,305 hospital beds; 779 ICU beds
• 131 additional COVID-19 patients were discharged from the hospital in the past 24 hours.

 

April 22nd at 8:30pm
The Latest From Governor Cuomo... 

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"We are living in a profound moment in history. Our actions today will shape our future and we cannot risk undoing all the progress we have made. We will rely on science and facts to guide our next steps. I know there are some people who want to reopen as quickly as possible. I also want to return to normal. But there are too many lives at risk. We need to act prudently today or else we'll suffer the consequences tomorrow.

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Chart of the Day: Total hospitalizations have fallen but are still high. That's one of many reasons we must keep on taking precautions to keep this virus from spreading.


Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. Today, I announced a new nation-leading COVID-19 contact tracing program to control the rate of infection of the virus. This program will help us control the infection rate of Coronavirus and will be executed in coordination with New Jersey and Connecticut. It will serve as an important resource to gather data and be a model to replicate across the country. Bloomberg Philanthropies is committing $10.5 million, along with organizational support and technical assistance, to help build and execute this new program, and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health will build an online curriculum and training program for contact tracers. This program will be crucial as we start our work to safely reopen our economy. I thank former Mayor Michael Bloomberg for this exciting partnership.

2. While New York is on PAUSE, families of public employees won't need to wait to access retirement benefits. A recently signed Executive Order waives the 15-day waiting period. This allows families who may lose a relative to Coronavirus to receive these benefits sooner.

3. The New York State Department of Financial Services announced new measures to help hospitals. DFS will direct health insurers to provide financial and administrative relief to New York State hospitals in response to COVID-19. Health insurers will be required to immediately pay out claims to hospitals and to work with the neediest hospitals to provide additional financial assistance. That means hospitals can focus more on life-saving medical care.

4. The NY National Guard Civil Support Team is helping test medical workers for COVID-19. The 22 Soldiers and Airmen on the team are trained to detect the presence of biological, chemical and radiological hazards using a sophisticated mobile laboratory. They have adapted this this technology to run COVID-19 tests, and are now testing on-site medical workers stationed at the Javits Center, which has been used as an overflow facility for COVID patients.

5. The Port Authority of NY and NJ helped find a good home for over 30,000 pineapples. When a NYC food distributor received a shipment of thousands of pineapples from Costa Rica, they worked with the Port Authority to donate the pineapples to New Yorkers in need. They are just one of many food distributors that are giving away excess food product to food pantries, houses of worship and community groups. More donations are expected — of not just pineapples, but bananas, rice, tomatoes, apples, oranges and more.

6. The State's antibody testing survey results will be announced in a few days. Earlier this week, New York began administering the survey in supermarkets and other locations statewide. The results of the random testing will show us for the first time what percentage of the population has actually had the virus and will help us to reopen and rebuild without jeopardizing what we've already accomplished.

7. Today is the 50th Earth Day. Protecting our planet and environment isn't just a lofty goal — it's a public health necessity. We have found that neighborhoods with high concentrations of COVID cases are also locations with polluting plants. The quality of the air we breathe and the water we drink impacts all of our health.

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": To celebrate Earth Day, I Love NY shared iconic New York State views. Here's Joshua Myers' photograph of the Adirondack Mountains."

 

April 22nd at 7:00pm
From Johns Hopkins University:
Understanding the COVID-19 Pandemic, Insight from Johns Hopkins University Experts

Johns Hopkins University is hosting a free, publicly available course entitled Understanding the COVID-19 Pandemic: Insights from Johns Hopkins University Experts. This course is set up as a series of short modules to explore the COVID-19 pandemic. Registration is not required.

The modules build on each other. The course begins with a discussion of the virus that causes COVID-19 and works its way to the pandemic’s broader implications for society. This course features original content that was created after the imposition of social distancing measures.

Q&A: How long can the virus that causes COVID-19 live on Surfaces?

 

April 21st at 10:00pm
The Latest From Governor Cuomo... 

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"I met with President Trump today in the White House to discuss testing. We agreed that the state will be responsible for managing the actual tests in our laboratories. The federal government, meanwhile, will take on the responsibility of supply chain issues that are beyond states' control. The President and I also discussed much-needed funding for the states — and the White House team understood our need.

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. The number of hospitalizations continue to fall. Yesterday, total hospitalizations fell to 16,076, the eighth straight day of declines. Notwithstanding this encouraging trend, infections remain high and the virus is still spreading. See the latest data at covid19tracker.health.ny.gov.

2. Elective outpatient treatments can resume in hospitals and counties where there is no significant risk of COVID-19 surge in the near term. Beginning April 28, 2020, hospitals will be able to resume performing elective outpatient treatments if they meet certain conditions. Res. Restrictions on elective surgeries remain in place in Albany, Bronx, Clinton, Dutchess, Erie, Kings, Nassau, New York, Orange, Queens, Rensselaer, Richmond, Rockland, Schuyler, Suffolk, Sullivan, Ulster, Westchester and Yates counties as the state continues to monitor the rate of new COVID-19 infections in these areas.

3. We will make reopening decisions on a regional basis, depending on the facts on the ground. We recognize that not all regions are impacted with COVID-19 in the same way. It's the logical thing to do.

4. The State Department of Labor has launched a new, streamlined unemployment benefits application. The agency is laser focused on getting New Yorkers the aid they deserve. This new application will make sure that eligible New Yorkers get their benefits faster. Since the COVID-19 crisis began, DOL has paid $2.2 billion in unemployment benefits to 1.1 million New Yorkers.

5. New York Chief Judge Janet DiFiore announced that more than 2,600 cases were settled or disposed of during the first week of expanded virtual court operations. In a video speech, Chief Judge DiFiore applauded the "Herculean effort" of court personnel. "We continue to do everything in our power not only to keep our courts up and running but to gradually and safely expand access to justice for lawyers and litigants across the state."

6. NYS is looking into alternative options for giving birth outside of a hospital. Secretary to the Governor Melissa DeRosa will chair a COVID-19 Maternity Task Force that will develop a plan to authorize additional birth centers to provide mothers a safe alternative to stressed hospitals. The Task Force will also research the effect of COVID-19 on pregnancy. It will deliver recommendations by the end of the week.

7. New Yorkers share their experience of living in studio apartments during this pandemic. Read New York Times journalist Penelope Green's article highlighting the resiliency of six New Yorkers stuck in studios — and their advice for keeping positive in cramped quarters.

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": To help curb loneliness and isolation during the pandemic, three Cornell students developed an app to help make a "Quarantine Buddy" and connect people of all ages from around the world as we are all social distancing."

 

April 21st at 10:00pm
Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through 2:30pm on April 21, 2020


• 69,080 COVID-19 tests have been administered
• 40.8 percent of those tested were confirmed positive for COVID-19
• 28,714 confirmed cases, up 587 from April 20
• Breakdown by town of COVID-19 cases can be found on the Suffolk County COVID-19 Map.*
• 1,434 patients are hospitalized, an increase of 23 from April 20
• 501 of hospitalized patients are in the intensive care unit (ICU), a decrease of 5 patients from April 20
• 888 individuals have died, an increase of 29 since April 20
• 3,316 hospital beds; 797 ICU beds11
• 68 additional COVID-19 patients were discharged from the hospital in the past 24 hours

 

April 21st at 4:00pm
Bellport Country Club Offers More Free Meals-to-Go this Friday, April 24th and Half Trays For Sale

The wonderful people at the Bellport Country Club are repeating their FREE Meals-to-Go program this Friday, April 24th beginning at 12:30pm. You don’t have to call or email ahead; simply show up at the Country Club beginning around 12:30pm. The free meals will be available while supplies last.

Now, to offset the cost of the Free Meal program, the Country Club will also be offering a special, half tray menu for sale. Click here for the new half tray menu. Each half tray provides about 10 servings. If you'd like to order a half tray, give them a call at 631-286-4227.

 

April 20th at 8:30pm
The Latest From Governor Cuomo... 

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"As we consider how to reopen New York, we need to set the bar higher. Rather than asking only when and what do we open, we need to learn from this crisis and consider what we want society to be. We should take this opportunity to work on a future that reimagines New York. When we are finally through this hell, I want people to say, we did so at great cost but we learned lessons and we built a better society because of it. To build a better transportation system, a better health system, better housing, better public safety, better use of technology, and more social equality. Let's gather the best experts and make sure we use the lessons from this crisis and don't waste the opportunity to build back better.

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. Our essential public workers on the frontlines deserve hazard pay. Essential public workers are the ones on the frontlines every day carrying us through this crisis, and we must ensure their efforts and sacrifice are appropriately recognized. This crisis is not over yet, and as long as these workers continue to work and expose themselves to the virus, they should be properly compensated. I am calling on the federal government to provide hazard pay to these frontline workers and give them a 50 percent bonus because they are the true heroes in this crisis.

2. New York is launching a new partnership with the company Ready Responders to bring healthcare services, including COVID-19 diagnostic testing, to residents of public housing in NYC. The The state will partner with Representative Greg Meeks, Representative Hakeem Jeffries, Attorney General Letitia James, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Bronx President Ruben Diaz Jr. on this effort. An initial pilot program will begin this week at locations across New York City.

3. We need to protect our vulnerable communities. The state will deliver 500,000 cloth masks — at least one for every resident — and 10,000 gallons of hand sanitizer to public housing communities. It is now mandatory for all New Yorkers to wear face coverings in public settings, where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain and when using public transportation.

4. I announced the creation of the Reimagine NY Task Force to improve systems in downstate New York once the state is no longer on PAUSE. The Task Force will be led by the state and NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, Westchester County Executive George Latimer, Nassau County Executive Laura Curran and Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and will comprise other local elected officials and housing and transportation experts.

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment":ong> To fulfill technology needs while remote learning continues, SUNY is distributing more than 8,800 laptops to students in need who are currently completing their spring semester coursework online amid the COVID-19 pandemic."

 

April 20th at 8:30pm
Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through 3:00pm on April 20, 2020


• 67,598 COVID-19 tests have been administered
• 40.9 percent of those tested were confirmed positive for COVID-19
• 28,127 confirmed cases, up 642 from April 19
• Breakdown by town of COVID-19 cases can be found on the Suffolk County COVID-19 Map.*
• 1,411 patients are hospitalized, a decrease of 30 from April 19
• 506 of hospitalized patients are in the intensive care unit (ICU), a decrease of 2 patients from April 19
• 859 individuals have died, an increase of 34 since April 19
• 3,318 hospital beds; 765 ICU beds
• 90 additional COVID-19 patients were discharged from the hospital in the past 24 hours

 

April 20th at 6:30pm
Updates from the South Country Library


WIFI Extended:
The South Country Library has extended its WiFi access throughout the library parking lot. If you or someone you know needs internet access, come by our parking lot anytime. There is no password, just find our network and agree to the wireless policy. Please adhere to social distancing protocols or we will be unable to continue the service. Reach out by phone, email or chat if you experience any access issues.

ZOOM Support Groups:
The library's social worker is hosting 2 weekly support groups on Zoom:
1) Relax & Connect: Are you looking for a place to relax? A safe space to share your thoughts and feelings? Join our social work intern each Monday at 10 am from April 13 through May 18: https://sctylib.org/event/virtual-relax-and-connect/
2) SMART Recovery: addiction support, Wednesdays 7 pm. https://sctylib.org/event/virtual-smart-recovery/

Resume Cover Letter Help:
The library's newsletter editor Kate will proofread and offer suggestions for your new resume or updating an existing one. She will also help with and proofread your cover letters. Go here: https://sctylib.org/adult-research/resume-cover-letter-help/

 

April 20th at 4:45pm
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Announces $5,000 Grants for Small Businesses


From today’s, April 20, 2020, Newsday: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce announces grants for small businesses and specifically mentions Bellport. Applications will be accepted starting Monday, April 27, 2020 at 3:00pm. Click here for more information.

 

April 20th at 3:00pm
Brookhaven Animal Shelter Seeking More Fosters/Adopters for Medium to Large Mixed Breed Dogs


During this time of need, the Town of Brookhaven Animal Shelter and Adoption Center is looking for fosters/adopters for medium to large mixed breed dogs. The recent success of the fosters/adopters program has provided forever homes for many dogs, but there are more available at the shelter. Some dogs require a single pet household, while there are other dogs available who get along well with other dogs. There are also dogs with some behavioral issues such as anxiety, guarding of food, toys or space, stranger reactivity, or some barrier reactivity and will require a very specific type of home. If interested, please complete the Brookhaven Animal Shelter’s online “Matchmaker” application at www.BrookhavenNY.gov and a member of the animal shelter staff will be in touch with you. Please note that all potential fosters/adopters will be required to make an appointment to visit the shelter for a "meet and greet" along with any other members and/or dogs that live in the household, as well as provide proof of home ownership or written landlord/homeowner approval. Pictured are “Gizmo” (left) and “Angie,” (right), two of the dogs available at the Brookhaven Animal Shelter for fostering or adoption.

The Brookhaven Animal Shelter and Adoption Center is currently closed to the public. Those interested in adoption, foster care and questions on redemption are asked to call during business hours at 631-451-6950, Monday to Friday from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm, Saturday from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm and Sunday from 11:00 am to 3:30 pm.

 

April 19th at 8:00pm
The Latest From Governor Cuomo... 

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"For weeks, the total number of hospitalizations in New York went up. We were climbing a mountain and we weren't sure when we would reach the peak. Now, if the trend holds, we have summited the mountain and are descending to the other side.

We should keep in mind, however, that it is our collective actions that have led to this hard-won progress. There is still a huge risk that we could backslide if we slack off. So, let's stay focused to make sure this descent continues.

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. A statewide antibody testing survey will begin tomorrow. This survey will randomly sample 3,000 New Yorkers to estimate the percentage of the population that has already had COVID-19 and may now be immune. This will be the first true snapshot of what we're dealing with.

2. I signed an Executive Order to al to allow any authorized officiant to perform marriage ceremonies via video conference. This follows my order yesterday that only applied to clerks. This will make it easier for New Yorkers to get married during this pandemic, at a time when many marriage bureaus are closed.

3. We are standing by to assist Massachusetts. Other states had New York's back when we were in our greatest need, and we will do the same. Our neighbors in Massachusetts are facing a worrisome spike in COVID cases. I spoke to Governor Charlie Baker of Massachusetts — and New York is standing by and ready to transport 400 ventilators to Massachusetts within 24 hours if they are needed.

4. NY, NJ, CT, PA, DE, RI, and MA have nominated members of the multi-state council to restore the economy and get people back to work. Governor Phil Murphy, Governor Ned Lamont, Governor Tom Wolf, Governor John Carney, Governor Gina Raimondo, Governor Charlie Baker and I each appointed one health expert, one economic development expert and our respective Chiefs of Staff to this council. The group will work on a coordinated regional plan to reopening our states.

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": Yesterday, Global Citizen and the World Health Organization, in collaboration with Lady Gaga, held a televised virtual concert called "One World: Together at Home" that raised over $127 million for healthcare workers on the frontlines of the Coronavirus pandemic. The concert featured performances by artists including The Rolling Stones, Taylor Swift, Jennifer Lopez, Lizzo and many more."

 

April 19th at 8:00pm
Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through 2:30pm on April 19, 2020


• 65,320 COVID-19 tests have been administered
• 41.2 percent of those tested were confirmed positive for COVID-19
• 27,485 confirmed cases, up 783 from April 18
• Breakdown by town of COVID-19 cases can be found on the Suffolk County COVID-19 Map.*
• 1,441 patients are hospitalized, a decrease of 97 from April 18
• 508 of hospitalized patients are in the intensive care unit (ICU), a decrease of 10 patients from April 18
• 825 individuals have died, an increase of 132 since April 16
• 3,390 hospital beds; 751 ICU beds
• 124 additional COVID-19 patients were discharged from the hospital in the past 24 hours

 

April 19th at 3:30pm
Community Food Drive on Saturday, April 25th


COMPASS Unity will hold a community food drive this Saturday, April 25th between 10:00am and 1:00pm in the parking lot of the South Country School District Central Offices, 189 Dunton Ave, East Patchogue. Items collected will support the Lighthouse Mission and Angels of LI food pantries. Just drive through and drop off! Click here for more information.

 

April 19th at 3:00pm
Alignment of State Policies for Marinas and Boatyards


New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy and Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont on Saturday, April 18, 2020, announced marinas, boatyards and marine manufacturers will be allowed to open for personal use as long as strict social distancing and sanitization protocols are followed. Chartered watercraft services or rentals will not be allowed, and restaurant activity at these sites must be limited to take-out or delivery only, like anywhere else in the three states. This announcement aligns the policies of the three states on this particular service.

"Throughout this pandemic, we've worked closely with our friends in neighboring states to implement a uniform regional approach to reducing the spread of the virus," Governor Cuomo said. "Aligning our polices in this area is another example of that strong partnership, and will help ensure there is no confusion or 'state shopping' when it comes to marinas and boatyards."

"We've committed to working with our regional partners throughout this crisis to align our policies when and where appropriate," said Governor Murphy. "A unified approach is the most effective way to alleviate confusion for the residents of our states during the ongoing public health emergency."

"Our states share workforces, resources, public transit, and we all have share a connection on the water," Governor Lamont said. "This is yet another example of how our states have shared interests, which is all the more reason to collaborate on these kinds of decisions. This decision provides uniformity across our marinas."

 

April 18th at 8:00pm
The Latest From Governor Cuomo... 

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"Our state and nation are facing a generational challenge. The situation is bad, and there is no time and no place for division. We have our hands full as it is. My hope is that we can look past politics and work together as states — that's why we're called the United States. In the words of Abraham Lincoln, quoting the Gospel of Mark: "A house divided against itself cannot stand."

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. The Coronavirus statistics are trending in the right direction. The total number of hospitalizations fell for the fifth straight day, suggesting that we may be past the "plateau" of the curve and that we are starting to descend. The number of intubations also fell. But while the situation is better than it was, it is still not good. Tragically, there were still about 2,000 COVID hospitalizations and 540 fatalities yesterday.

2. In order for states to begin reopening, there needs to be federal coordination of the supply chain to bring testing to scale. New York State is testing more than any other state in the nation — but it's still not up to the scale we need. We asked the top 50 labs in New York what they would need to double their testing output, and all said they needed more testing chemicals (known as "reagents"). We need the federal government to oversee the supply chain and help get labs what they need.

3. New Yorkers can now get marriage licenses remotely. I issued an Executive Order allowing New Yorkers to obtain a marriage license remotely and allowing clerks to perform ceremonies via video conference. The Executive Order will temporarily suspend a provision of law that requires in-person visits.

4. Individuals who are assisting with or have been displaced by COVID-19 must have a place to stay. An Executive Order will enable individuals assisting with the COVID-19 response or individuals who have been displaced due to COVID-19 to stay in a hotel in New York City for more than 28 days without legally becoming a tenant. This will make it easier for both hotels and these guests to navigate the housing codes during this uncertain time.

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": A 99-year-old British WWII veteran has raised more than 20 million pounds ($25 million) for the health service by walking laps in his garden. He set a personal challenge to raise 1,000 pounds by walking his garden 100 times by his 100th birthday on April 30th, which has inspired thousands of people around the world to contribute."

Additional Updates as of 2:52PM
• Schools and nonessential businesses will stay closed through May 15th.
• Governor Cuomo issued executive orders 202.17 and 202.18 requiring all people in New York to wear masks or face coverings in public, including when taking public or private transportation or riding in for-hire vehicles.
• Governor Cuomo issued an executive order directing all NYS public and private labs to coordinate with DOH to prioritize diagnostic testing.
• Governor Cuomo is calling for federal coordination of the supply chain to bring testing to scale so states can begin reopening functions.
• An awareness campaign encourages low-income New Yorkers to claim their Economic Impact Payments under the CARES Act.
• An executive order directs employers to provide essential workers with masks free of charge to wear when interacting with the public.
• A blueprint to un-PAUSE New York will be implemented in coordination with other regional states to get people back to work and ease social isolation without triggering renewed spread of the virus.
• Governor Cuomo issued executive order 202.20 allowing New Yorkers to obtain a marriage license remotely and allowing clerks to perform ceremonies via video conference, a practice that is banned under current law.
• New COVID-19 testing facilities are opening downstate, primarily in minority communities. Find testing site locations and hours or operation.
• New Yorkers who have recovered from COVID-19 are encouraged to donate blood. Here’s information on how to donate.
• New Yorkers without health insurance can apply through NY State of Health through May 15, 2020; must apply within 60 days of losing coverage.
• New Yorkers can call the COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline at 1-844-863-9314 for mental health counseling.
• Testing is free for all eligible New Yorkers as ordered by a health care provider.
• Your local health department is your community contact for COVID-19 concerns.

 

April 18th at 8:00pm
Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through 2:30pm on April 18, 2020


• 62,928 COVID-19 tests have been administered
• 41.5 percent of those tested were confirmed positive for COVID-19
• 26,702 confirmed cases, up 1,205 from April 17
• Town breakdown can be found on the Suffolk County COVID-19 Map.
• 1,538 patients are hospitalized, a decrease of 24 from April 17
• 518 of hospitalized patients are in the intensive care unit (ICU), a decrease of 3 patients from April 17
• 693 individuals have died, as of April 15. UPDATE TO COME
• 3,416 hospital beds; 739 ICU beds
• 123 additional COVID-19 patients were discharged from the hospital in the past 24 hours

 

April 17th at 8:30pm
The Latest From Governor Cuomo... 

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"As a result of our collective actions we are starting to see the total hospitalization numbers go down as the curve begins to steadily flatten. Everything we have done so far in response to this crisis has shown that together, we can control the beast that is this virus — but it's not over yet. We had approximately 2,000 new COVID hospitalizations yesterday. That is a harsh reality check for anyone who thinks that the pandemic is passing. This is still a very serious health crisis — and so we need to stay the course until the time we can move forward in safety and with protections to the public health while beginning to reopen the economy.

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. Starting tonight at 8 PM, if you are in a public space where social distancing is not possible, you MUST cover your mouth and nose. This week I issued an Executive Order requiring all people in New York to wear a mask or a face covering when out in public and in situations where social distancing cannot be maintained, such as on public transportation.

2. I will issue an Executive Order directing all public and private labs in New York to coordinate with the State Department of Health to prioritize Coronavirus diagnostic testing. A key component to "un-pause" New York is ramping up the state's testing capacity. The Executive Order will help ensure the 301 laboratories and hospitals in the state that are licensed to perform virology testing operate in a coordinated way to help get us to the testing capacity we need.

3. In order for states to reopen, we need federal help. I reiterate my call for the federal government to provide unrestricted funding to the states to help stabilize the economy and allow the states to perform reopening functions. The federal government has passed three bills to address this crisis, including the federal CARES Act, all of which contained no funding to offset drastic state revenue shortfalls related to this pandemic.

4. NYS is launching an awareness campaign to help ensure that New Yorkers who need it most claim their Economic Impact Payments under the CARES Act. The CARES Act provides $1,200 payments to individuals making below $75,000 and $2,400 payments to married couples making below $150,000. Many taxpayers who filed 2018 or 2019 federal tax returns will receive them automatically into their bank account. Learn more on the Tax Department's Economic Impact Payment information webpage. The Tax Department will also partner with other state agencies and local community organizations to do direct outreach to make sure New Yorkers in need can access their payments.

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": Because the COVID-19 pandemic has closed restaurants across the country, food providers are dealing with excess crops. To make sure their crops don't go to waste, Cranney Farms in Idaho is giving away 2 million potatoes on a first-come, first-served basis. Individuals are stopping by the farm on behalf of food banks and soup kitchens to load up on potatoes."

Additional Updates as of 3:00PM
• Schools and nonessential businesses will stay closed through May 15th.
• Governor Cuomo issued executive orders 202.17 and 202.18 requiring all people in New York to wear masks or face coverings in public, including when taking public or private transportation or riding in for-hire vehicles.
• Governor Cuomo issued an executive order directing all NYS public and private labs to coordinate with DOH to prioritize diagnostic testing.
• An awareness campaign encourages low-income New Yorkers to claim their Economic Impact Payments under the CARES Act.
• An executive order directs employers to provide essential workers with masks free of charge to wear when interacting with the public.
• A blueprint to un-PAUSE New York will be implemented in coordination with other regional states to get people back to work and ease social isolation without triggering renewed spread of the virus.
• New COVID-19 testing facilities are opening downstate, primarily in minority communities. Find testing site locations and hours or operation.
• New Yorkers who have recovered from COVID-19 are encouraged to donate blood. Here’s information on how to donate.
• New Yorkers without health insurance can apply through NY State of Health through May 15, 2020; must apply within 60 days of losing coverage.
• New Yorkers can call the COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline at 1-844-863-9314 for mental health counseling.
• Testing is free for all eligible New Yorkers as ordered by a health care provider.
• Your local health department is your community contact for COVID-19 concerns.

 

April 17th at 8:30pm
Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through 2:30pm on April 17, 2020


• 57,047 COVID-19 tests have been administered as of April 16. TODAY'S UPDATE TO COME
• 42.4 percent of those tested were confirmed positive for COVID-19
• 25,497 confirmed cases, up 1,014 from April 16
• Town breakdown can be found on the Suffolk County COVID-19 Map.
• 1,562 patients are hospitalized, down 23 from April 16
• 521 of hospitalized patients are in the intensive care unit (ICU), a decrease of 16 patients from April 16
• 693 individuals have died, up 40 from April 15. TODAY'S UPDATE TO COME
• 3,442 hospital beds; 740 ICU beds
• 122 COVID-19 additional patients were discharged from the hospital in the past 24 hours

 

April 17th at 3:30pm
Support Line for Immigrant and Refugee Communities on LI

The Family & Children's Association has set up support services for immigrant communities NOW and after COVID-19. Click here for more information.  En Español.

 

April 16th at 7:50pm
The Latest From Governor Cuomo... 

"Over the past 46 days, we have put in place unprecedented policies to protect New Yorkers and save lives in this COVID-19 pandemic. I know that these policies have been challenging and hard for many people — but they continue to be necessary to protect all of us. What has inspired me is how every New Yorker has responded. Mitigation measures are working to flatten the curve not simply because they are mandated — but because New Yorkers like you are acting responsibly and abiding by them. I trust that when New Yorkers are given the facts, they do the right thing. And you have proven that, time and time again.

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. "New York on PAUSE" will be extended until May 15th. This action is taken in consultation with other regional states. Non-essential workers must continue to stay home and social distancing rules remain in place. We will re-evaluate after this additional closure period. I know this is hard, but we must stay the course.

2. Today I outlined a blueprint to get New Yorkers back to work and ease social isolation without triggering a renewed spread of the virus. The blueprint operates under one overarching principle — do no harm. As part of the strategy to reopen, we will strengthen the healthcare system; use diagnostic testing, antibody testing and contact tracing to limit the spread of the virus; and implement a phased return to a "new normal" — which will include evaluating risk by industry, starting with the most essential businesses that present the lowest risk, rethinking the workplace to make it safer, and implementing protocols for response if a worker develops COVID-19 symptoms. Real the full plan here.

3. New Yorkers MUST wear masks or face coverings on public transportation systems and while taking private transportation or riding in for-hire vehicles. Additionally, all operators of public systems, private carriers and for-hire vehicles must wear a mask or face covering at all times while working. These directives expand on the Executive Order announced yesterday requiring everyone in New York to wear a mask or a face covering when out in public and in situations where social distancing cannot be maintained. The order will go into effect on Friday, April 17th, at 8 PM.

4. New York will send 100 ventilators to our friends in New Jersey. Other states helped us when we needed it most, and we are proud to do the same. We will get through this by helping one another.

5. The number of hospitalizations continue to fall but we are not out of the woods yet. Yesterday, total hospitalizations fell to 17,735, the third straight day of declines. However, infections remain high and the virus is still spreading. Visit covid19tracker.health.ny.gov to see the latest data.

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": Even though the Bronx Zoo is closed due to Coronavirus, you can still visit virtually through the zoo's Instagram page. You can catch up with many different animals, like the two recently hatched penguin chicks."

 

April 16th at 7:50pm
Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through 2:30pm on April 16, 2020

• 57,047 COVID-19 tests have been administered
• 42.4 percent of those tested were confirmed positive for COVID-19
• 24,483 confirmed cases, up 960 from April 15
• Town breakdown can be found on the Suffolk County COVID-19 Map.
• 1,585 patients are hospitalized, down 45 from April 15
• 537 of hospitalized patients are in the intensive care unit (ICU), a decrease of 25 patients from April 15
• 693 individuals have died, up 40 from April 15
• 3,425 hospital beds; 744 ICU beds
• 152 COVID-19 additional patients were discharged from the hospital in the past 24 hours

 

April 15th at 10:00pm
The Latest From Governor Cuomo... 

• Governor Cuomo will issue an executive order requiring all people in New York to wear masks or face coverings in public.
• An executive order directs employers to provide essential workers with masks free of charge to wear when interacting with the public.
• Schools and nonessential businesses will stay closed through April 29th.
• NYS will conduct antibody tests prioritizing frontline workers beginning this week.
• Governor Cuomo issues an executive order requiring nursing homes to inform family members of residents of COVID-19 cases.
• Governor Cuomo issues executive order allowing individuals assisting with COVID-19 response to stay in a hotel in New York City for more than 28 days without becoming a tenant.
• SUNY and CUNY are using 3D printers to produce personal protective equipment for frontline medical workers.
• Governor Cuomo and several northeast state Governors announced the creation of a multi-state council to restore the economy.
• New COVID-19 testing facilities are opening downstate, primarily in minority communities. Find testing site locations and hours of operation.
• New Yorkers who have recovered from COVID-19 are encouraged to donate blood. Here’s information on how to donate.
• New Yorkers without health insurance can apply through NY State of Health through May 15, 2020; must apply within 60 days of losing coverage.
• New Yorkers can call the COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline at 1-844-863-9314 for mental health counseling.
• Testing is free for all eligible New Yorkers as ordered by a health care provider.
Your local health department is your community contact for COVID-19 concerns. "

 

April 15th at 7:55pm
COVID-19 Emergency Allotment to SNAP Households

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) will automatically issue an Emergency supplemental SNAP benefit to households not already receiving the maximum benefit. This action is part of a provision set forth by the Families First Corona Virus Response Act of 2020. Households currently not receiving the maximum benefit will receive the Emergency supplemental SNAP benefit to increase their current benefit amount to the maximum amount for their household size. New York State OTDA will issue the Emergency supplemental benefits to all SNAP households NOT already receiving the maximum benefit for the months of March 2020 and April 2020. Click here for more information.

 

April 15th at 4:40pm
Bellport Country Club Offers More Free Meals-to-Go this Friday, April 17th and Half Trays For Sale

The wonderful people at the Bellport Country Club are repeating their FREE Meals program this Friday, April 17th beginning at 12:30pm. You don’t have to call or email ahead; simply show up at the Country Club beginning around 12:30pm. The free meals will be available while supplies last.

Now, to offset the cost of the Free Meal program, the Country Club will also be offering a special, half tray menu for sale. Click here for the half tray menu. Each half tray provides about 10 servings. If you'd like to order a half tray, give them a call on Thursday, April 16th at 631-286-4227.

 

April 14th at 9:20pm
The Latest From Governor Cuomo... 

"Remember: Our actions determine our destiny. This virus spreads in ways we now understand via person-to-person transmission that can be airborne. We know that we can actively prevent its spread by staying home, by wearing face coverings when we are out of the house and by standing six feet away from others in public. New Yorkers should be proud that we have flattened the curve and we are continuing to do so every day. But this is far from over: The moment we become lax, the virus will take advantage. We must stay the course.

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. Some positive news — and some terrible news. For the first time since we began recording the data, the total number of hospitalizations has dipped down in New York State. We also saw a drop in the number of intubations for the second day in a row. That's the good news; it shows that what we are doing is working. But the tragic news is that we lost 778 New Yorkers to this virus yesterday. The number of daily fatalities has been essentially flat — but at a horrifying rate. We mourn every New Yorker we've lost.

2. I am calling for a fair federal stimulus bill for New York. Congress must appropriate an additional $500 billion specifically for states and territories to meet the states' budgetary shortfalls that have resulted from the unprecedented public health crisis. In the absence of this, states will have to confront the prospect of significant reductions to critical services, hampering public health and the economic recovery.

3. Due to Coronavirus, there is a shortage of blood and blood donations are desperately needed. New York State is working with blood banks to ensure safe social distancing protocols are being followed. Learn how and where you can donate at ny.gov/donateblood.

4. Other ways you can help. In addition to giving blood, there are many ways New Yorkers can help with the state's coronavirus response, from donating goods and services to contributing to the state's First Responders Fund to volunteering. And you can continue to help us just by social distancing and acting responsibly. Learn more here.

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": In order to liven up mundane chores, people around the world are finding some levity by dressing up while taking out the trash. From wearing unicorn costumes to wedding dresses, people are getting creative to make social distancing a bit more uplifting."

 

April 14th at 4:30pm
Required Face Coverings

From: Theresa Santoro, Suffolk County Regional Representative, Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

Executive Order 202.16 has been posted and can be viewed here.

Please note that this Executive Order contains the below provision about face coverings:

For all essential businesses or entities, any employees who are present in the workplace shall be provided and shall wear face coverings when in direct contact with customers or members of the public.

Businesses must provide, at their expense, such face coverings for their employees. This provision may be enforced by local governments or local law enforcement as if it were an order pursuant to section 12 or 12-b of the Public Health Law.

This requirement shall be effective Wednesday, April 15 at 8 p.m.

 

April 14th at 4:15pm
South Country Strong T-Shirt Fundraiser

With the help of Hart + Sole Clothing, a T-Shirt has been designed for the South Country community. All proceeds from this district-wide fundraiser will be donated to Lighthouse Mission. Please consider contributing to this great organization and help them to replenish their food bank. Lighthouse Mission provides food and other essential services to families in need in our district. This is more important than ever during this difficult time. Together we are South Country Strong! Please place your orders by this Friday, April 17th. Click here to place your order.

 

April 13th at 9:10pm
The Latest From Governor Cuomo... 

"
This afternoon, I launched a multi-state council along with Governor Phil Murphy of New Jersey, Governor Ned Lamont of Connecticut, Governor Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania, Governor John Carney of Delaware, Governor Gina Raimondo of Rhode Island, and Governor Charlie Baker of Massachusetts to coordinate planning to restore the economy and to get people back to work. I thank each of them for their professionalism and for the way each is handling this public health crisis in their respective states. Their partnership and cooperation is a great benefit to New York. Recognizing how integrated our regional economy is, we have worked with our neighboring states to combat the COVID-19 pandemic and we will continue to do so. When we work as a region, we are stronger.

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Rhode Island and Massachusetts will join together to create a multi-state council to get people back to work and restore the economy. We have a regional economy which requires a regional approach. The coordinating group — each state's governor will be represented by one health expert, one economic development expert and their respective Chief of Staff — will work together to develop a fully integrated regional framework to gradually lift the states' stay at home orders while minimizing the risk of increased spread of the virus. Any plan to reopen society MUST be driven by data and experts, not opinion and politics.

2. To prevent the spread of the virus, essential workers must have access to appropriate face coverings. I issued an Executive Order directing employers to provide essential workers with cloth or surgical masks free of charge to wear when directly interacting with the public. We will safeguard public health by having those who interact with the public wear appropriate face coverings.

3. I will expand eligibility of individuals to conduct antibody tests to help ensure as many New Yorkers as possible have access to antibody testing as the state continues to bring this critical testing to scale. The State previously provided labs with the flexibility to allow more workers to do testing for COVID-19; this executive order expands that authority so the same workers can perform antibody tests.

4. We have now lost 10,056 New Yorkers to this vicious virus. We lost 671 people on Easter Sunday — an unfathomable loss. As I'm sure you know, this is more than a statistic. Behind each of these numbers is a face, a family and untold suffering. Every single person we have lost is in our hearts. We are #NewYorkTough for them.

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": Celebrated Italian opera singer Andrea Bocelli gave an Easter performance from the Cathedral of Milan that was seen by over 26 million people around the world — although no one was in attendance in person. Watch his breathtaking performance here."

 

April 13th at 4:20pm
South Country Community Leadership Network, SCCLN Meeting

On Monday, April 13, 2020, Dr. Giani, South Country School District's Superintendent of Schools, held a ZOOM online meeting that was attended by 24 members of the SCCLN, the South Country Community Leadership Network. The purpose of the meeting was to share information, issues, and questions resulting from COVID-19. Dr. Giani said it is, “Not a regular meeting or agenda, just time to connect and discuss community matters and how we may be able to close any gaps.”

Here is some of the information and issues that were presented...

• The South Country School District gave out 4,000 meals to school age and younger children last Friday.

• Child Care programs are being conducted by SCOPE in 15 different locations.

• Clyde Parker is leading a group making masks to distribute to the community. So far, they have made and distributed 1,500 masks. They are hoping to expand their program to include food distribution.

• John Rogers, Chair of the Greater Bellport Coalition, said there’s a need for food for elderly people who are afraid to go into stores and supermarkets. There seems to be no one working on this problem. He and Clyde Parker are working on a food delivery program for the elderly.

• It was reported that Stop & Shop has discontinued their curb-side pickup program.

• The Town of Brookhaven is still running their “Meals on Wheels” program.

• The Lighthouse Mission is offering meals.

• Isabella Rossellini is donating food from her farm. The School District is picking up the food and distributing it with their Mobile Library.

• It was pointed out that there is a problem identifying and reaching those in need.

• The South Country Library is considering the expansion of their WiFi system so that it will cover their parking lot out to Station Road. The goal is to make it possible for people, who do not have internet access, to be able to gain access by either parking or standing in the library’s parking lot while maintaining the appropriate distance from one another. It was also pointed out that the McDonalds in East Patchogue has a WiFi system that covers their parking lot as well.

• Clyde Parker raised the issue of the handicapped and should they be included with the elderly for help with food distribution.

I have to say that I’m proud of the members of the SCCLN for donating their time, effort, and expertise. It’s at times like these that they are really needed.

 

April 12th at 4:20pm
A Letter To The Editor, From The Editor: Another Good Thing!

I got a note from Anthony Liendo, Store Manager of the CVS Pharmacy in Bellport Village, saying he wanted to donate some of CVS’s Easter candy and wanting to know if we could “point him in the right direction” to find recipients for the candy. He said they “would love to give back to the community."

I had some ideas, but I also knew two people in our community who were sure to be able to help, Sue Kahl and Joann Neal. Sue helps out at many of the food banks and soup kitchens in the area and is giving out lunches at the Patchogue train station. Joann is very active with the Boys & Girls Club as well as several other organizations. Lately, Joann has been giving out lunches three days a week at the Boys & Girls Club so I knew she could help too.

Well, that’s all it took. Sue and Joann both gave Anthony a call and the next day they picked up four huge boxes of candy CVS was donating to the community! Sue and Joann had no trouble finding places that would appreciate the donation.

I’m writing this because although at times we see people ignoring the quarantine and only thinking about themselves, at the same time, there are also good people in our community looking out for all of us and only wanting to do the right thing.

 

April 11th at 9:10pm
The Latest From Governor Cuomo... 

"
This holiday weekend I wish all who celebrate - Happy Easter. We remind New Yorkers that Easter celebrations should be enjoyed only with immediate family to reduce the spread of COVID-19. I know this is a very challenging time, but we must continue to social distance to protect one another and to save lives. To quote Winston Churchill, a personal hero of mine: "Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning."

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. I want to make sure New Yorkers who are struggling can receive legal assistance for any issues they may have. The State established a new partnership with the New York State Court System to create a pro bono network of volunteer lawyers to provide New Yorkers in need with free legal assistance. Volunteers will begin to receive training and start offering assistance next week. Lawyers interested in volunteering can sign up at www.nysba.org/covidvolunteer

2. New Yorkers struggling financially should have full access to their stimulus payments. I issued a letter calling on the U.S. Treasury to ensure New Yorkers do not have their stimulus payments frozen by banks or seized by creditors as soon as they arrive.

3. There is still time to respond to the Census. It is safe, easy and can be done online from the comfort of your own home. Let's make sure every New Yorker is counted. Complete the Census today at my2020census.gov.

4. A reminder that price gouging is illegal. New York has zero tolerance for price gouging connected to COVID-19 and the NY Department of Consumer Protection is investigating reports of unfair price increases on products like cleaning supplies and hand sanitizer. To report suspected price gouging, call 1-800-697-1220 or file a complaint online at https://www.dos.ny.gov/consumerprotection/.

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": Cherry blossoms are one of the many iconic April blooms. Tomorrow at 3pm ET, the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens are hosting a Facebook Live virtual nature walk through their Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden. You can join the tour on their Facebook page."

Note: Tomorrow, Sunday, there will be no nightly Cuomo newsletter — it will resume on Monday

 

April 10th at 8:35pm
The Latest From Governor Cuomo... 

"When this crisis began, we engaged experts to model the path of this virus. But there was one thing the statisticians didn't count on: they didn't know how unified New Yorkers can be. They couldn't use their computers to measure New Yorkers' spirit and love for each other. It was hard to quantify the levels New Yorkers would rise to to stay home, social distance and look out for one another. We are not out of the woods yet — but the social distancing measures all of us are taking are working and we must continue to look out for each other.

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. An additional $200 million in emergency food assistance will be available for more than 700,000 low-income households enrolled in SNAP. Those enrolled in SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) who are not yet receiving the maximum benefit will receive an additional payment to bring them up to this amount in March and April. The supplemental benefits will be issued in April and delivered directly to recipients' existing EBT accounts.

2. Saying thank you is nice but providing help is even better. I am working with New York's Congressional delegation to create a COVID-19 Heroes Compensation Fund to support frontline workers and their families who contracted COVID-19. It is modeled after the 9/11 Fund passed by Congress after the September 11 terrorist attacks.

3. The State is ramping up antibody testing, which is a key component of any plan to reopen the economy. The state is currently on track to conduct 1,000 antibody tests per day by next Friday and 2,000 per day by the following week. I am calling on the federal government to help us bring this testing to scale. In the interim, New York, Connecticut and New Jersey will create a testing partnership to bring mass testing to scale in the Tri-State region.

4. Private sector companies will provide free housing for frontline medical workers. Airbnb co-founder and CEO Brian Chesky will contribute $2 million to help provide rooms in union hotels at no cost to frontline workers. As part of this effort, the union 1199SEIU is partnering with Airbnb to offer housing to its members, including healthcare workers, as they fight COVID-19. Additionally, the InterContinental Times Square, Yotel and the Hudson Hotel are providing an additional 800 free rooms for healthcare workers coming to New York City from out of state, in collaboration with the Hotel Association of New York City, MetLife and the Related Companies.

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": Today, the State released a video, made in partnership with Resonant Pictures, that features New Yorkers showing us their reality as they stay home under the statewide PAUSE restrictions, set to the song "How to Save a Life" by The Fray. Watch the video here."

 

April 10th at 7:45pm
Update from the League of Women Voters of New York State Regarding the Expansion of Absentee Voting

This week Governor Cuomo announced an Executive Order to allow any voter to vote via absentee ballot in the June primary due to the continuing outbreak of COVID-19. Voters will now have the opportunity to apply for an absentee ballot for any election on or before June 23rd by selecting "temporary illness."

The order also lifted the signature requirement on the absentee application form to allow voters to apply to vote absentee electronically. Voters can contact their county board of elections offices for more information on applying to vote absentee electronically or by mail.

If the outbreak of COVID-19 continues to spread, the legislature may need to pass additional measures to extend the Executive Order for the November general election. The League is continuing to monitor potential voting legislation related to COVID-19.

If you’re in need of Absentee Voting information, here’s a link that will take you to all the information and the form you’ll need to apply for an Absentee Ballot. New York State Board of Elections, Absentee Voting Information and Application.

 

April 9th at 10:15pm
Bellport Village Closes Golf Course

In spite of Governor Cuomo’s request that everyone stay home and only venture out for truly important reasons, such as grocery shopping or picking up medications at the Drug Store, Mayor Ray Fell and the rest of the Bellport Village Board had decided to open the Bellport Golf Course for play anyway and allow groups to congregate and play golf.

Governor Cuomo decided playing golf is a “Non-Essential” activity and as a result, Mayor Fell has finally seen the light and the Village has now closed the Bellport Golf Course completely until further notice. The facility is “completely shut down.” Walking on the golf course, using the practice facilities and locker rooms are “prohibited.” Click here to read the letter Mayor Fell sent out to Bellport Golf Course Members.

 

April 9th at 7:45pm
The Latest From Governor Cuomo... 

"Now is not the time to relax and be complacent. I am proud that New Yorkers have so far acted responsibly, and diligently, and we are saving lives by the actions we are taking today. I've said we're "New York Tough," because every day is tough on many, many levels. Our individual and collective actions appear to be succeeding in flattening the curve. As I have said repeatedly, this virus is very good at what it does. It is efficient. We are too. So Stay Home — Stop the Spread — Save Lives.

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. The State is opening five new testing facilities downstate, primarily in minority communities. A drive-through mobile testing facility will open at the Sears Parking Lot at 2307 Beverly Road in Brooklyn tomorrow at 12:30 p.m., and a drive-through mobile testing facility opened at the Club House at Aqueduct Race Track Parking Lot, 110-00 Rockaway Blvd., in Queens, on Monday, April 6th. In addition, the state is opening three walk-in facilities at health care centers in the South Bronx; Jamaica, Queens; and in Brownsville, Brooklyn. The walk-in facilities will open next week and will be by appointment only. Residents who would like to be tested at these facilities must make an appointment by calling 888-364-3065.

2. New York is tough but "New York Loves." A new initiative called "New York Loves" will coordinate foundations, philanthropies, charities and other nonprofits that want to help or donate to the state during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. New York Secretary of State Rosanna Rosado and State Director of Nonprofits Fran Barrett will coordinate this effort and work with local governments that need additional help.

3. To help develop a treatment, I am asking all New Yorkers who have recovered from COVID-19 to contact the state and donate blood. Individuals who tested positive and then recovered from the virus may have convalescent plasma in their blood, which has antibodies against the virus and could help with the development of a treatment for the virus. More information about how to donate is available here.

4. We continue to mourn the New Yorkers we have lost to this vicious virus. I will issue an Executive Order to bring additional funeral directors to New York to help with the high number of deaths due to COVID-19. There are no words that can express our grief and heartbreak at the lives we have lost. It is a loss to the very fabric of New York.

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": New York State has distributed over one million free bottles of "NYS Clean" hand sanitizer across all 62 counties in the state. The hand sanitizer has been distributed to county emergency managers, first responders, healthcare workers, nursing homes, law enforcement, homeless organizations, other non-profits and transportation systems."

 

April 8th at 8:00pm
The Latest From Governor Cuomo... 

"I wish all who celebrate a happy and meaningful Passover. I know that celebrating this year will be different, but there is a lesson of hope we can all take from Passover. This holiday is about recognizing the past and learning from it. It's about remembering the lessons of history and teaching a new generation those lessons. We will learn lessons from these challenging times and I believe we will come through it stronger than we were before.

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. To honor those we have lost to COVID-19, I am directing all flags on state government buildings to be flown at half-staff. Every single New Yorker we have lost to this vicious virus is in our hearts. The flags will remain lowered while New York remains on PAUSE.

2. I will issue an Executive Order to ensure New Yorkers can vote by absentee ballot in the June 23rd elections. No one should have to choose between their health and their civic duty. I previously issued an Executive Order to move the presidential primary election from April 28 to June 23rd, aligning it with the congressional and legislative primaries in New York.

3. Today, I launched a social media campaign to encourage people to stay home to protect the ones we love. The campaign encourages New Yorkers to share who they are staying home for and want to protect. Jennifer Lopez, Alex Rodriguez, Romeo Santos, and Giancarlo Stanton are among those who have joined the campaign. Share an image and story of who you are trying to protect on social media with the hashtags #IStayHomeFor and #NewYorkTough and tag your friends to spread the word.

4. The State Department of Labor will immediately make $600 in additional weekly unemployment benefits available to all New Yorkers. New York is also extending the period covered by unemployment benefits for another 13 weeks, for a total of 39 weeks. A reminder for those who have difficulty enrolling for UI: any claim you file will be backdated to the date you became unemployed. If you are eligible, you will be paid all benefits due.

5. New York received 2,400 brand-new BiPAP machines as a donation from Mercury Medical. The BiPAP machines — which are assisted breathing machines that can be used as ventilators — are being flown to New York from Florida for free by JetBlue and will be transported on the ground for free by the company Southern Glazer's. We thank these companies for their generous support.

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": Delta, JetBlue, Southwest and United are offering free travel to New York for COVID-19 medical workers. To date, more than 90,000 health professionals, including more than 25,000 out-of-state individuals, have signed up to serve as part of the state's surge healthcare force during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. We are grateful to these airlines for supporting our frontline workers."

 

April 8th at 3:15pm
"No-Sew" Face Mask Tutorial

In case you want to make your own "no-sew" face mask, here is a short video tutorial!

 

April 7th at 8:55pm
The Latest From Governor Cuomo... 

"As the weather gets warmer, I know that many New Yorkers want nothing more than to be outdoors and with friends. But right now it's crucial that we continue to practice social distancing. (You can go outside for walks or exercise — but you must stick to solitary activities and keep six feet of distance from others.) The health of each one of us is in one another's hands. As is the health and safety of all the healthcare workers, first responders and frontline workers keeping our country running. We all need to do our part by staying disciplined, staying safe and staying home. The only way we will get through this is together.

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. New York seeks private sector partners to bring rapid COVID-19 testing to scale and accelerate testing capacity. Businesses interested in working with the state to manufacture these rapid tests on a large scale should contact Empire State Development at 212-803-3100 or COVID19supplies@esd.ny.gov

2. Student loan borrowers experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19 can obtain relief for loans not covered by the CARES Act. Available relief includes 90 days of deferred monthly payments, waived late fees, no negative reporting to credit agencies and enrolling eligible borrowers in available long-term assistance programs. New York student loan borrowers should visit the Department of Financial Services' website for more information about available student loan relief.

3. The State Department of Health has developed a test to detect antibodies to the COVID-19 infection in an individual's blood. This test is an important step towards determining whether New Yorkers are developing immunity and when they could potentially return to work or school.

4. "Go Paper" campaign to raise awareness about Coronavirus protocols in your community. Starting this week, the online grocer FreshDirect will include a paper flyer with their deliveries that reminds New Yorkers to stay home. Any delivery service (or individual) can print the flyer and include in deliveries to spread this crucial message. To print out and distribute the flyer in your community, visit: https://www.ny.gov/coronavirus-community-handout

5. In order to restart the economy, we need a federal stimulus bill that actually understands the state's needs. I issued a letter to New York's Congressional Delegation outlining the state's needs in the next federal COVID-19 legislation. The previous COVID-19 stimulus bills failed to adequately address New York's COVID-related revenue losses.

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": The public library in Levittown, New York, is using their 3D printers to make face shields and PPE for Nassau University Medical Center. It's inspiring to see communities help in innovative ways."

 

April 7th at 5:40pm
Good News??? 

We’ve been watching the numbers for weeks now hoping to have something positive to report. In the past few days, the numbers are possibly giving us a reason to hope. The number of COVID-19 cases in Suffolk County finally look like they might be getting ready to plateau. See the graph below. Let’s hope this could be the start of some sustained good news.

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April 7th at 5:00pm
Bellport High School Helps to Advance Production of Face Shields by Loaning 3D Printers 

All hands on deck have been necessary in fighting the spread of COVID-19, and Bellport High School has joined the battle with the contribution of 3D printers to the Suffolk Cooperative Library System 3D Printer Farm, located at its headquarters in Bellport. Click here for more information.

 

April 6th at 8:45pm
The Latest From Governor Cuomo... 

"Hospitals are pulling off miracles on a daily basis. They are operating at full tilt, especially in the New York City area, and it will be a monumental challenge to sustain this pace. We have been laser focused on expanding hospital capacity, working with the federal government, the National Guard and other partners. Earlier today, we received word that the USNS Comfort, the 1,000-bed hospital ship that is docked in Manhattan, will treat COVID-19 patients, following a request we made. The Comfort will begin accepting COVID patients almost immediately. Together with the Javits Center, this will go a long way toward relieving pressure on the over-stressed hospital system.

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. New York will stay on PAUSE for an additional two weeks through April 29th. I am directing schools and nonessential businesses to stay closed through April 29th. We will re-evaluate after this additional period.

2. The State is partnering with the company Headspace to provide New Yorkers with free meditation and mindfulness resources. We can't underestimate the impact this public health crisis has on mental health. New Yorkers can access a collection of free guided meditations, along with at-home mindfulness exercises and additional resources to help address rising stress and anxiety. Visit www.headspace.com/ny.

3. I'm increasing the maximum fine for violations of the state's social distancing protocol from $500 to $1,000. This increase is targeted at any lack of adherence to social distancing protocols. Now is not the time to be lax about distance. Localities have the authority to enforce the protocols and they need to do so.

4. To help support our First Responders, New York created the First Responders Fund. The fund will assist COVID-19 health care workers and first responders with expenses and costs, including child care. The State Department of Health is accepting donations for the fund, and received an anchor $10 million contribution from Blackstone. Donations can be made electronically at www.healthresearch.org/donation-form or by check mailed to "Health Research, Inc., 150 Broadway, Suite 560, Menands, NY 12204." Donors should specify the donation is for "COVID-19 NYS Emergency Response."

5. We are continuously working to expand our hospital capacity. The South Beach Psychiatric Center in Staten Island and the Brooklyn Center Temporary Hospital at 170 Buffalo Avenue will open this week and will be used specifically for COVID-19 patients.

6. Our "surge and flex" hospital system is being put to work. We have distributed 802 ventilators downstate, where all hospital systems are working together as one and sharing supplies, equipment and staff. Of the 802 ventilators, 38 were deployed to Rockland County, 36 were deployed to Westchester County, 505 were deployed to New York City and 223 were deployed to Long Island.

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": In need of a dose of the outside from the inside? Today, the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation shared a video of a bald eagle feeding its chicks in Cobleskill, NY."

 

April 5th at 8:30pm
The Latest From Governor Cuomo... 

"For many of us, this month is special; it is the season of renewal for Christians, Jews and Muslims, who celebrate some of the holiest days of the calendar in April. It will be different this year, as New Yorkers are still directed to stay at home and to practice social distancing. These are traditionally times to gather with loved ones and affirm our beliefs together. We can still do that, using tools like video calls and online services, and we look forward to future gatherings when we can look back on this period when all New Yorkers collectively sacrificed for the greater good, and overcame this challenge. We are New York Tough, and we will get through this.

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. The federal government is deploying 1,000 personnel to New York State. The personnel includes doctors, nurses, respiratory technicians and therapists to help the state's overwhelmed hospital systems. The first 325 personnel were deployed to the New York City hospital system today.

2. The State COVID-19 tracker now includes more comprehensive demographics. The website, www.ny.gov/covid-19tracker, now includes additional data on the gender distribution of positive cases, as well as fatalities by age group.

3. A mental health hotline is available to New Yorkers who need it. We can't underestimate the impact this pandemic is having on mental health. New Yorkers can call the state's hotline at 1-844-863-9314 to get free emotional support, consultations and referrals to a provider.

4. A reminder that pharmacies offer free home delivery of prescriptions to New Yorkers. Pharmacies, including Walgreens and CVS, have agreed to offer free home delivery of prescriptions to help reduce long lines. New Yorkers can easily get the prescriptions they need without putting themselves or others at risk.

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": The NBA season may be suspended, but basketball fans have a reason to be grateful. The NBA, in partnership with the New York Knicks and the Brooklyn Nets, donated one million surgical masks to New York's frontline healthcare workers."

 

April 5th at 3:00pm
M*A*S*H Video


As if seeing the future, the folks on M*A*S*H seemed to foresee the COVID-19 virus and how it would change things. ENJOY! Click here to watch the video from Facebook.

 

April 4th at 7:45pm
The Latest From Governor Cuomo... 

"It's only been about a month since New York's first confirmed Coronavirus case, but it feels like a lifetime. This pandemic has stressed New York, and our nation, in an unprecedented way. It is challenging on every level: to the economy, to our social fabric and to every system. This is a painful, disorienting experience. It's important to remember that we will get through this. But we have to do what we have to do between now and then.

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. New York State received a donation of 1,000 ventilators from China. This significant donation was made by the Joseph and Clara Tsai Foundation and facilitated by the Chinese government and Ambassador Huang, the Chinese Consul General. (Joe Tsai is the owner of the Brooklyn Nets.) The ventilators arrived at JFK Airport today. Additionally, the Joseph and Clara Tsai Foundation and the Jack Ma Foundation have donated one million surgical masks, one million KN95 masks and more than 100,000 pairs of goggles. We thank them.

2. Oregon Governor Kate Brown has offered to provide New York with 140 ventilators from Oregon's stockpile. We are so grateful to Governor Brown and the people of Oregon. New York State will repay the favor when Oregon needs it. This generous offer is an inspiring example of the solidarity that other states are showing to New York.

3. I issued an Executive Order today allowing medical students slated to graduate this spring to begin practicing now. These are extraordinary times, and we need all the help we can get.

4. Long Island's number of Coronavirus cases, as a percentage of the total number of cases in our state, has grown to 22% from 15% on March 22. That's worrisome. I urge Long Island residents, and all New Yorkers, to stay at home and if you must go out, to practice social distancing. We need to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and we all have a role to play.

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": The media company CONVICTS has produced a powerful video called "NY Tough," celebrating the resiliency of New Yorkers and memorializing those New Yorkers lost to this vicious virus. Watch the inspiring video here."

 

April 4th at 4:50pm
Cafe Castello


You already know that Cafe Castello has some of the best Italian food around. Now, there are new ways to enjoy their wonderful dishes and Pizza.

• Home Delivery. Call in your order using a credit card and they will deliver right to your home and leave your order at your front door. So there will be minimal contact, Nick Gagliardi, owner of Cafe Castello, says there’s no need for a tip.

• Next, you can call in your order and it will be waiting for you. No need to go inside. The Cafe has “Window Delivery” where they will pass your order to you through one of their large windows.

Just give them a call when you arrive and they’ll do the rest.

To place your order, you can call Cafe Castello at either: 631-803-8369 or 631-803-8370

 

April 4th at 3:00pm
Donations for LI Community Hospital


We received the following letter from Dr. Berman and his wife Chantal. It brings home the fact that COVID-19 isn’t something way off in the distance, it’s right here in our community. Please read Dr. Berman’s letter and contribute if you can.

“Dear Friends,

The LI Community Hospital is facing an unprecedented emergency, as we all are, with COVID-19. The Bellport-Brookhaven area is as busy as I have ever seen it. All of us are hunkered down, both locals and our friends from the City.

We have over 60 very sick COVID-19 patients with more than 40 on ventilators. Our Drs, Nurses and Hospital Staff are heroically battling this problem. We need to help and protect them.

We constantly need to purchase PPE equipment and scarce medicines and equipment. This takes money, and lots of it.

Please, let’s all join together, NYers and locals alike, and help our Hospital save lives.

Please follow this link, https://licommunityhospital.org/giving-to-long-island-community-hospital/, and donate generously.

Please also pass this email on to your friends.

Thanking you in advance.

Sincerely,
Richard and Chantal Berman”

 

Weekly Round-Up Newsletter From the South Country Library

They may be physically closed, but the great people at the South Country Library have still been hard at work remotely! CClick here for their latest weekly round-up newsletter.

 

From Suffolk County Legislator Rob Calarco’s Office
Insurance Enrollment is Just a Phone Call Away

Nassau Suffolk Hospital Council, Insurance Enrollment is Just a Phone Call Away. Assistance is free to community members and patients- Call 631-656-9783 for help today.

Because of the Coronavirus pandemic, the New York State Department of Health, Office of Health Insurance Programs is allowing Medicaid enrollment via the telephone. It also has relaxed collection of some documentation and eligibility requirements.

The Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council provides enrollment assistance, and Hospital Council enrollment staff continue to offer such help via telephone to residents of Nassau and Suffolk counties during this public health crisis. Our bi-lingual enrollers provide application assistance to adults and children who are blind or disabled, anyone over the age of 65, and their families in need of Medicaid.

HRH Health Care-Federally Qualified Health Centers-available for those who do not have insurance:

• PATCHOGUE, 501 North Ocean Avenue, (631) 866-2030
• SHIRLEY, (Marilyn Shellabarger), 550 Montauk Highway, (631) 490-3040

To schedule a telemedicine visit, call (844) 474-2273, or visit HRHCare.org

Telemedicine FAQ
What is telemedicine?
Telemedicine is like a regular doctor’s visit, but as a video chat. Telemedicine refers to a video visit with a medical provider (doctor or nurse) using a smartphone, tablet, or computer. Sometimes these are called virtual visits or telehealth. We use an easy one-tap link to securely connect with your doctor from your home. To schedule a telemedicine visit, call (844) 474-2273, or visit HRHCare.org.

Why is telemedicine important during the COVID-19 pandemic?
Limiting social contact is one of the most important ways to stop the spread of COVID-19. Telemedicine is also important because your health care should continue! In most cases, telemedicine is the best way to get your health care right now.

What kind of care can I get during a telemedicine visit?
Telemedicine can be used to diagnose and treat many health concerns. Telemedicine is for adults and children. Many women’s health areas are be covered by telemedicine. For an extensive list of areas of care, see below. Telemedicine providers may also be able to provide nutrition and behavioral health counseling.

Telemedicine can address many issues that would normally bring a patient to a health center or drugstore clinic. It is also a way to check in with a provider about long-term health conditions, like diabetes, hypertension, or asthma. Providers are able to write some prescriptions, like antibiotics, after a telemedicine visit.

Can telemedicine be used to diagnose COVID-19?
Patients who are worried about COVID-19 (Coronavirus) can get a quick, remote consultation with a doctor using telemedicine. Most people who get COVID-19 can recover at home. If you have high fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, you should call 911 or visit the emergency room, instead of using telemedicine.

Note that testing for COVID-19 is extremely limited in New York. Only those at risk for serious complications with COVID-19 can be tested at this time. Testing for COVID-19 is not possible via telemedicine.

What are the limits of telemedicine?
Telemedicine providers cannot treat chest pain, broken bones, cuts that need stitches, or provide pre-natal visits. They also cannot perform a COVID-19 test on a patient. In some cases, the telemedicine provider may have to refer a patient to another doctor for an in-person visit.

Children
• Respiratory issues (flu, cold)
• Skin rashes
• Seasonal allergies
• Medicine refills
• Nutritional issues
• Sprains/Joint aches
• Follow up visits- routine care
• Behavioral/ADHD

General - Adults
• Medication refills
• Respiratory issues (cold/flu)
• New patient visit
• Medicare wellness visits
• Follow up from hospitalization (within 7-10 days of visit)
• Rash
• Seasonal allergies
• Urinary tract infection
• Sexually transmitted infection exposure
• Follow up visits
• Diabetes/HTN/COPD/Asthma -Routine Follow up
• Lab and diabetes insipidus (DI) result follow up
• Follow up after specialty consult

Women’s Health
• Birth control refills
• Menstrual irregularities
• Infertility
• Menopausal symptoms
• Nutritional issues
• Neonatal care
• Follow up visits—routine care
• No prenatal visits (must be in person)

Suffolk County Department of Health Guidance for employers if one of their employees tests positive-April 3, 2020

Suffolk County Health Department will investigate positive cases, we understand that employers may want to reach out to their employees before our investigation is complete.

If an employee reports a positive test to their employer, you should consider the following:
Was this person on-site when symptomatic or 48 hours before symptoms started?

If the answer is yes, the individual with a positive test result should identify who they were in close contact with while symptomatic.

New York State defines a close contact as being within 6 ft. of a person displaying symptoms of COVID-2019 or someone who has tested positive of COVID-2019. The contact should be ten minutes or more.

The employer should notify the individuals who were identified by the employee who tested positive.

Visit www.suffolkcountyny.gov/suffolkcovid for more information.

The employer should also disinfect the work space:

CDC Guidance on Disinfecting:

Hard (Non-porous) Surfaces

If surfaces are dirty, they should be cleaned using a detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.

For disinfection, most common EPA-registered household disinfectants should be effective.

A list of products that are EPA-approved for use against the virus that causes COVID-19 is available on the EPA WEBSITE. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products for concentration, application method and contact time, etc.

Additionally, diluted household bleach solutions (at least 1000ppm sodium hypochlorite) can be used if appropriate for the surface. Follow manufacturer’s instructions for application, ensuring a contact time of at least 1 minute, and allowing proper ventilation during and after application. Check to ensure the product is not past its expiration date. Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser. Unexpired household bleach will be effective against Corona viruses when properly diluted.

Prepare a bleach solution by mixing:

5 tablespoons (1/3 cup) bleach per gallon of water or

4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water

Soft (Porous) Surfaces

For soft (porous) surfaces such as carpeted floor, rugs, and drapes, remove visible contamination if present and clean with appropriate cleaners indicated for use on these surfaces. After cleaning:

If the items can be laundered, launder items in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions using the warmest appropriate water setting for the items and then dry items completely.

Otherwise, use products that are EPA-approved for use against the virus that causes COVID-19pdf iconexternal icon and that are suitable for porous surfaces

Information regarding close contact and quarantine can be found at www.suffolkcountyny.gov/suffolkcovid.

We hope this information is helpful. We appreciate your assistance with the response to this unprecedented event.

Special Instruction 311 Call Takers-April 3, 2020

If someone who has tested positive is seeking a letter from the Suffolk County Health Department to end their isolation and they are calling after 5:00pm, please take their name and phone number and provide to the 311 Supervisor. The Supervisor will keep a record of the caller and the next morning call them back and transfer the call to the Public Health Nurse for assistance.

COVID 19 TESTING FOR FIRST RESPONDERS-Pro Health

To help support those in need of testing the most, ProHEALTH is opening its Drive-Thru COVID-19 testing sites to all first responders, and you do not have to be a ProHEALTH patient.

Any first responder with COVID-19 symptoms, should simply call ProHEALTH’s drive-thru scheduling hotline at 516-874-0411 to talk to a medical professional. If testing is needed, you will be scheduled for an appointment at one of ProHEALTH’s 4 urgent care locations in either Lake Success, Jericho, Riverhead or Little Neck.

United Way of Long Island United Together: A Response Fund for COVID-19-April 2, 2020
Program begins April 3rd


United Way of Long Island in partnership with Suffolk County Government is working to assist eligible applicants.

United Way of Long Island’s UNITED TOGETHER: A Response Fund For COVID-19 will be used to help Long Island families as the current health and economic crisis progresses. If you are a low-wage worker and have had a recent sudden loss of employment or furlough due to the effects of COVID-19, assistance will be available for eligible applicants. Beginning on or around April 6th support will be provided until these funds are exhausted.

Who Can Receive Assistance?
Low-income, wage earners who reside in Suffolk or Nassau County and are recently unemployed or have been furloughed due to the effects of COVID-19 may apply for assistance. Applicants must meet the monthly eligibility guidelines.

What Assistance Will I Receive?
UNITED TOGETHER: A Response Fund For COVID-19 will help eligible applicants meet their critical basic needs of food and household supplies via retail gift cards.

How To Apply
Applicants looking to request assistance from UNITED TOGETHER: A Response Fund For COVID-19, may do so through United Way of Long Island's website beginning early April. https://www.unitedwayli.org/covid19helpsuffolk

 

April 3rd at 7:45pm
The Latest From Governor Cuomo... 

"We are facing a hard and urgent truth in New York State right now. We need more ventilators, supplies and healthcare staff to get us through the "apex" of this pandemic. And we can't get the supplies we need alone. No state can. That's why I am calling for a national rolling deployment of resources to the areas of greatest need at the time it's needed.

States will reach their individual apex at different times. New York will be first. So we need to deploy resources from around the country to New York right now. Once we are past the worst of our apex, we will move resources to the next place in need and repeat this process as this virus rolls across the country. Mutual aid will save lives.

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. The State launched a COVID-19 tracker to provide New York State's comprehensive testing data to the public. The website, www.ny.gov/covid-19tracker,  which will be updated daily with the latest data, presents visualizations of statewide and county-level testing and results.

2. There has been an uptick in reported domestic violence incidents. We want you to know: If you are in a dangerous domestic situation, New York State will help you find safe shelter. You are not trapped just because of Coronavirus. If there is an issue where you are in immediate harm, call 911. If you need help, call the State's Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-942-6906.

3. A new COVID-19 drive-thru mobile testing center will open in Albany on Monday, April 6th. The mobile testing center will be located in a parking lot at the State University of New York at Albany campus at 1400 Washington Avenue, Albany. The site will prioritize tests for individuals who are among the highest risk population. Capital District residents who would like to be tested must make an appointment by calling 888-364-3065. There will be no walk-ins allowed and all patients must be in a vehicle.

4. I will issue an Executive Order allowing the State to redistribute ventilators and personal protective equipment to hospitals with the highest need. We are asking upstate hospitals to loan 20 percent of their unused ventilators to struggling downstate hospitals — and then we will ask downstate hospitals for similar help when the pandemic wave hits upstate New York. The equipment will either be returned to the hospital it came from or the hospital will be reimbursed for it.

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": Tomorrow, April 4th, you can join a global chalk painting event to spread joy around the community. Share your art on social media with #Chalk4Joy and be sure to practice proper social distancing when participating. More information is available on the event's Facebook page."

 

The Bellport Country Club’s Free Meal Program
The Bellport Country Club’s Free Meal Program continues to be a WONDERFUL success! Today, Friday April 3, 2020, the Country Club served hundreds of guest with their Free Meal program and ran out of prepared meals in 45 minutes! J. Kings Food Service donated several cases of food and was a huge help!

In addition to the Free Meal Program, the Country Club’s sale of trays of prepared food were also a hit. The proceeds from these sales will now go towards defraying some of the costs of the next Free Meal Program day. We’ll be sure to let you know all of the details as soon as they are available.

The Bellport Country Club and J. Kings Food Service are wonderful examples of some of the good things that are still happening during these tough times.

 

April 2nd at 9:50pm
Good News! 

As we were “going to press” tonight, we discovered that Suffolk County has started publishing the numbers for Bellport Village, North Bellport, Brookhaven, and East Patchogue again!

 

April 2nd at 9:15pm
The Latest From Governor Cuomo... 

Tens of thousands of selfless healthcare workers have answered our urgent call to join New York's active healthcare force, including 21,000 people who live out of state. It's inspiring, and I personally promise that when the time comes, New York will repay the favor. We will never forget how the people of our country came to the aid of New York when we needed it, and we deeply appreciate it.

Are you a qualified healthcare professional? Enlist here.

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. The temporary hospital facility at the Javits Center will now treat COVID-19 patients. The growing number of Coronavirus cases are threatening the capacity of our hospital system. The original plan for the Javits Center was to use it for non-COVID patients in order to free up beds at other hospitals. However, the number of COVID patients has increased to the point that it is prudent for Javits to support and care for COVID patients. I asked President Trump this morning to consider this request and stressed the urgent need and he agreed to it.

2. Today we enacted the 2021 Budget. Now more than ever, the government needs to deliver results for the people. The 2021 Budget includes a comprehensive Paid Sick Leave law, a cap on insulin co-pays, a first-in-the-nation domestic terrorism law and much more. I thank and congratulate my partners in the Legislature, especially Speaker Heastie and Leader Stewart-Cousins, for working with us to get this budget done in these extraordinary times.

3. The special enrollment period to get a healthcare plan on the state's health exchange is extended to May 15. Uninsured New Yorkers can apply for coverage through NY State of Health or directly to insurers. If you lost employer coverage, you must apply within 60 days of losing that coverage. Because of a loss of income, New Yorkers may also be eligible for Medicaid, the Essential Plan, subsidized Qualified Health Plans or Child Health Plus.

4. The State is doing everything we can to make sure we have enough ventilators to meet our needs. The Department of Health has approved a new protocol from Northwell Health allowing BiPAP machines (a kind of breathing aid machine) to be converted into ventilators. The State has purchased 3,000 BiPAP machines from Philips in Pittsburgh, and 750 machines are already in stock and will be distributed to hospitals. This is just one of the extraordinary measures we are taking to secure these life-saving devices.

5. Have questions about how COVID-19 affects housing? The State's Homes and Community Renewal Agency has set up a Frequently Asked Questions page with information about housing issues for tenants, landlords and homeowners.

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": Apple has donated 1.9 million masks to New York State — with more on the way. New York is deeply grateful to Apple for this gift of critically needed PPE supplies.

 

April 2nd at 4:25pm
COVID-19 Mental Health Resources for Journalists and You 

The Rosalynn Carter Fellowship for Mental Health Journalism published the following article entitled “COVID-19 mental health resources for journalists and you.” You may not be a Journalist, but the article provides great suggestions on how to deal with all of the changes brought about by COVID-19. In particular, it has important suggestions as to how to help children cope with the Coronavirus and how it’s changed their lives. Click here for the article.

 

Reported COVID-19 Cases in the Town of Brookhaven 
Updated
April 1st at 9:45pm

From Suffolk County: Number of Reported COVID-19 Cases in the Town of Brookhaven:

Date Number of Reported Cases to Date
3/23 179
3/24 249
3/25 330
3/26 398
3/27 452
3/28 517
3/29 605
3/30 671
3/31 907
4/1 1,082

 

April 1st at 9:45pm
The Latest From Governor Cuomo... 

"Many people have asked me, how bad is this pandemic going to be? While we can't predict the future, we are using a number of models to forecast when and what the "apex" of the virus might be. The forecasts show a range of possibilities based on the key factor of how successful our social distancing efforts are. In other words, how well New Yorkers like you follow social distancing will make all the difference in the final outcome. So help us. Stay home, reduce the spread, and we will be able to save the lives of hundreds, or even thousands, of your fellow New Yorkers.

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. New York-based company Regeneron Pharmaceuticals is creating 500,000 much-needed test kits for the State at no charge. The first batch of test kits was delivered on Monday and the State will receive an ongoing delivery of 25,000 kits per day. Additionally, Corning has donated 100,000 tubes and provided an additional 500,000 tubes to the State at reduced cost and expedited delivery.

2. New York City playgrounds will close because they have been too crowded. Open spaces in New York City will remain open for fresh air and sun — but you must stay six feet apart from others.

3. The Department of Labor released a new PSA to help New Yorkers applying for unemployment benefits. The PSA provides information on how to apply for UI benefits and reassures New Yorkers: If your unemployment filing is delayed, you will still receive every cent you are owed. And if you have questions about the expanded COVID-19 UI and whether you qualify, click here for more information.

4. Happy Census Day. Today, every New Yorker must now respond to the Census. Responding to the Census is simple, safe, private and can be done online from your own home. Let's make sure every New Yorker is counted. Complete the Census today at my2020census.gov.

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": New York City pet owners affected by Coronavirus can get free dog and cat food, and other supplies like cat litter, through the ASPCA's New York City pet food distribution center. New York City residents can call the ASPCA Helpline at 1-800-738-9437 for information and appointments."

 

March 31st at 8:20pm
The Latest From Governor Cuomo... 

"This morning, I found out that my brother Chris Cuomo is positive for Coronavirus and he is self-isolating in the basement of his house. He is a sweet, beautiful guy — my best friend.

I share this news to illustrate that no one is immune to the reach of this virus. It's my family. It's your family. Countless New Yorkers have already been affected by it and many more will be. That's why it's so important that we practice social distancing and avoid spreading the virus accidentally to the people we love. It is not just about protecting ourselves, but protecting everyone around us, especially the most vulnerable.

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. New York established the Hospital Network Central Coordinating Team to help facilitate a coordinated approach among the state's hospitals in combating Coronavirus. A chain is only as strong as its weakest link — which is why we need all our hospitals working together to fight this virus. New York's new Central Coordinating Team, led by the State Department of Health, will help implement a statewide plan so that hospitals across the state can efficiently share information, supplies and staff, as well as transfer patients between hospitals as needed.

2. The State is launching an online portal that will help connect our hospitals and healthcare facilities with the nearly 80,000 healthcare workers who have volunteered to help. The portal will prioritize the deployment of NY-based workers to hospitals with the greatest need. Volunteers are expected to be deployed as early as this Thursday.

3. Due to circumstances from the COVID-19 pandemic, the deadline to get a "Real ID" has been extended to October 1, 2021. For more information on whether the Real ID is right for you, visit the NY DMV webpage.

4. Tomorrow is Census Day. By April 1st, every home will have received their invitation to complete the Census and this year, you can respond online. Your response to the Census is crucial in determining everything from congressional representation to funding for infrastructure, education, public health and more. You can fill it out without having to leave your house. For more information on the Census, click here.

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": Last Friday, hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers joined together to clap and cheer for all our healthcare professionals on the frontlines. The outpouring of support could not be more well-deserved. (Watch the video here.)"

 

March 31st at 5:45pm
Brookhaven Town Reschedules 2020 Paper Shredding, E-Waste and Prescription Drug Take Back Events 

In an abundance of caution related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Town of Brookhaven has rescheduled the 2020 spring recycling events to the summer. These popular annual events include paper shredding, e-waste disposal and prescription drug take back in every Brookhaven Council District. The fall dates were not postponed and will take place as originally scheduled. The events will help residents dispose of sensitive documents, e-waste and expired prescription drugs in an environmentally safe manner. These recycling events are open to all Brookhaven Town residents and small businesses. For more information, call 451-TOWN (8696) or visit www.brookhavenny.gov/recyclingevents. The new schedule of 2020 recycling events is as follows:

CD-4 Councilman Michael Loguercio
Saturday, June 20, 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Longwood Middle School, 41 Yaphank Middle Island Road, Middle Island

CD-5 Councilman Neil Foley
Saturday, September 19, 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Patchogue-Medford High School, 181 Buffalo Avenue, Medford

CD-4 Councilman Michael Loguercio
Saturday, November 7, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
South Country Public Library, 22 Station Road, Bellport

 

March 31st at 3:30pm
Bellport Village Election Update 

We just heard from Bellport Village Deputy Clerk, Katie Mehrkens, about this year’s Bellport Village Elections in June. Normally, today, March 31, 2020, would have been the first day to start collecting signatures for those wanting to run for office on June 16, 2020, but because of the COVID-19 crisis, all of the dates leading up to the elections have been put on hold until further notice. We’ll be sure to let you know as soon as we get more information.

 

An Update From Brookhaven Town Supervisor, Ed Romaine 
"The most important thing we can do as a community is to continue to shelter in place, practice social distancing and regularly wash our hands to prevent the spread of this virus. Governor Cuomo has already cited this as the reason why the trajectory of new cases seems to be slowing from earlier projections. If we all do our part, we can prevent its spread. Unless a trip is absolutely necessary, please stay home.

In addition, please be aware of an increase in online fraud schemes related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The FBI warns of fake CDC emails as well as “phishing” emails that ask people to verify personal information to receive economic stimulus checks, receive refund checks, fake testing kits, cures or vaccines, receive financial relief or make charitable contributions. Please see the FBI warning posted on our website.

Brookhaven Town continues to operate, with a number of modifications put in place to ensure the health and safety of our residents and staff. Most departments are operating by email, phone conferences and through drop-off facilities located in our lobby. Our contact center continues to operate Monday-Friday from 9am – 4:30 pm to answer any questions you may have at 631-451-TOWN.

Brookhaven workers are continuing to assist our seniors and most vulnerable population during this crisis, delivering meals to homebound seniors and partnering with non-profit agencies to deliver food and other necessary items.

I hope you find the below information useful, and that your family remains safe and healthy.

BROOKHAVEN TOWN

Parks and Recreation – While all parks are open, the following are closed until further notice:
• playgrounds
• basketball courts
• tennis courts
• pickleball courts
• handball courts
• volleyball courts

The following departments are operating via phone, on-line or drop-off only of documents in the Town Hall Lobby:
• Building
• Planning
• Board of Zoning Appeals
• Assessor
• Parking Violations
• Fire Prevention

Brookhaven Town Clerk – The office is closed to the public. The only services that will be provided in person are marriage licenses and the filing of death certificates by licensed funeral directors. These services will be provided by appointment only. Please call 631-451-6920 for an appointment. All other requests should be completed by mail or online.

Parking Violations - Hearings scheduled for March and April have been postponed. Anyone scheduled to appear on these dates will be notified by mail of a new hearing date.

Animal Shelter - Closed to the public until April 1st, 2020. Those still interested in adoption, foster care and questions on redemption are asked to call the Shelter during business hours at 631-451-6950 - Monday to Friday from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm, Saturday from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm and Sunday from 11:00 am to 3:30 pm.

COVID-19 UPDATED INFORMATION:
• New York has increased its testing capacity to 16,000 test per day.
• 30,000 retired doctors and healthcare workers have volunteered to support COVID 19 healthcare service needs.
• Suffolk County is predicting a peak in confirmed cases in 21 days from 3/25/20
• LIRR – Reduced their service schedule starting 3/26/20 by approximately 65%
• The food industry reports there are no interruptions in the food supply chain.
• Many food markets/stores are implementing designated shopping hours for seniors to encourage social distancing.
• Vendors reported for price gouging are being forwarded for potential investigation.

CDC RECOMMENDATIONS:
• The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure: Fever, cough, shortness of breath.
• Seek medical care. Call ahead before you go to the doctor’s office or emergency room.
• Avoid close contact with others.
• Clean your hands often.
• Stay at home if you are sick.
• Clean & Disinfect for US Households with Suspected/Confirmed Coronavirus Disease 2019.
For more information, please go to their Coronavirus Web page.

TESTING:
• New York State has established a phone number for testing appointments in the drive-thru test site 1-888-364-3065.
• The Suffolk County Drive-Thru testing/swabbing site at Stony Brook is open from 7AM-7PM, 7 days/week. No walks up; by appointment only.
• To date, 8,453 tests have been completed

DONATIONS OF MEDICAL SUPPLIES:
• Suffolk County is seeking donations of N-95 surgical masks, gloves and other medical supplies for hospital and emergency workers. Donations can be brought to the Suffolk County Fire Academy on Yaphank Ave. in Yaphank, or you can send an email regarding items to donate to Supply19@suffolkcountyny.gov 

New York State (NYS) is seeking the items below. Visit the NYS website to learn more.
• Qualified Health Professionals
• Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), such as gloves, masks and gowns
• Companies to manufacture new products
• Donations of Goods, Services, and Space

 

March 30th at 8:45pm
Reported COVID-19 Cases in the Town of Brookhaven 

As we already mentioned yesterday, the information regarding COVID-19 cases in Bellport Village, North Bellport, Brookhaven, and East Patchogue is no longer available. However, the numbers for the Town of Brookhaven are still available so we’re going to start publishing them here. The significant thing to keep an eye on isn’t an absolute number. Instead it’s the rate of change over time. For instance, in the numbers below, for the seven day period from 3/23 to 3/30, the reported number of cases went from 179 to 671.

From Suffolk County: Number of Reported COVID-19 Cases in the Town of Brookhaven:

Date Number of Reported Cases to Date
3/23 179
3/24 249
3/25 330
3/26 398
3/27 452
3/28 517
3/29 605
3/30 671

 

The Latest From Governor Cuomo... 
"The fight against Coronavirus is a war. On the frontline of this battle is the healthcare system. The fight will take place in hospitals across New York City, across the state and across this nation. So our strategy is clear: don't let the hospital system get overwhelmed. The doctors, the nurses, the people working in the hospitals are the troops who are fighting this battle for us. So right now, we need to support our troops — our healthcare professionals. We need to deliver every supply, every piece of equipment that they need. That is our responsibility. And that's what New York State is working so hard to do.

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. Today, New York welcomed the arrival of the US Naval Ship Comfort to New York Harbor. We knew from the very beginning of this crisis that hospital capacity was critical. We asked and the federal government answered. This ship will provide 1,000 additional hospital beds, 1,200 personnel and is a major step forward in our fight against Coronavirus.

2. We have developed a statewide public-private hospital plan to fight COVID-19. It's unfair for some hospitals to bear the brunt of this pandemic while other hospitals are less impacted. I'm glad that public and private hospitals across the state have agreed to implement a new balanced approach to fighting the virus where hospitals that are beginning to reach or exceed capacity can transfer patients to other hospitals that are not as full. Hospitals across the state have also agreed to share staff and supplies. This is necessary to save lives and keep our healthcare system functional.

3. The first temporary hospital at the Javits Center is officially open. The 1,000-bed site is accepting its first patients today. The temporary hospital was constructed in just one week — an incredible achievement.

4. New York needs relief for our nurses and doctors. I'm asking healthcare workers across the country to come and help New York if they are able. We will return the favor in your hour of need. Healthcare professionals can sign up here: http://health.ny.gov/assistance.

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": Today is National Doctors' Day. To all the doctors and healthcare professionals putting your lives on the line to fight this virus, we thank you. You make New York proud."

 

Bellport Country Club Free Meals 
Thanks to the great response last week, the wonderful people at the Bellport Country Club are repeating their Free Meals program this Friday, April 3rd, between 12:30 and 3pm. This time, the FREE meals will be limited to the first 80 families. You don’t have to call or email ahead; simply show up at the Country Club between 12:30 and 3pm on Friday.

Now, to offset the cost of the Free Meal program, the Country Club will also be offering a special, Half Tray, menu for sale. Each Half Tray provides about 10 servings. If you'd like to order any of the below, give them a call at 631-286-4227 or email them at catering@bellportcc.com.

Half Trays Available (Serves 10):
• Caesar Salad Kit - $35
• Steamed Green Beans - $28
• Salmon w/ Lobster Cream & Fresh Lemon Dill - $64
• Chicken Francaise, Parmesan, or Grilled - $65
• Beef Burgundy - $72
• Penne alla Vodka - $39
• Roasted Potatoes - $26
• Rice - $26
• Mac and Cheese - $35

 

Emergency Contact Info 
You probably haven’t noticed it, but at the top of the column that runs down the left edge of most Bellport.com pages, you’ll see a “RED” button that says, “Emergency Info.” If you click it, you’ll be taken to a page with all kinds of contact information that might come in handy. In particular, please notice the Non-Emergency phone number for the Police Department, 631-852-2677, rather than 911.

 

Brookhaven Town Trash, Garbage and Bulk Item Pick-up Rules (This does not apply to Bellport Village) 
The Town of Brookhaven’s Department of Recycling and Sustainable Materials Management is committed to providing the highest quality service during these difficult times. While residents may be using their time to clean and remove clutter and bulk items from their homes, they must be mindful and considerate of the pickup rules and requirements in place. Our trash and recyclable collectors are working hard to provide an essential service that is a sanitary benefit to our Brookhaven communities. They are also following the recommended guidelines to stay safe and prevent the spread of the Coronavirus. For details, visit www.BrookhavenNY.gov/ThrowingItOut and refer to the “What Is My Carter Required To Do” section of the “Throwing It Out In Brookhaven” guide. The Brookhaven Town Landfill is open for Residential Drop-off Monday to Friday 7:00 am to 3:00 pm and Saturday 7:00 am to 12:00 noon. Call 631-451-TOWN (8696) for more information.

 

Costco Hours of Operation 
Beginning Monday, March 30, U.S. Costco locations will temporarily implement new weekday closing hours. Costco warehouses will close at 6:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Gas stations will close at 7pm. Weekend hours will not change. For specific hours, find a Costco warehouse near you.

 

March 29th at 8:15pm
Suffolk County Dept. of Information Technology 

The SCDIT seems to have just stopped publishing COVID-19 information for our area so we weren’t able to get numbers for March 29, 2020. We’re going to try to contact them tomorrow and see if there’s another way we can get this information. We’ll let you know what the outcome is. If, in the meantime, any of our readers have found a way to get these numbers for Bellport Village, North Bellport, Brookhaven, and East Patchogue, please let us know. You can email me at Larry@Bellport.com


The Latest From Governor Cuomo... 
"I want to share something President Franklin D. Roosevelt once observed. He said: "Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the assessment that something else is more important than fear." These words could not be more apt than when applied to our first responders and healthcare professionals who daily put their lives at risk on behalf of all of us. Like many New Yorkers, they are worried about their own health. But they place service above fear. That's courage. And New York is deeply thankful.

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. New York State will stay on PAUSE through April 15th. That means the non-essential workforce is directed to continue to work from home until at least April 15th. We will re-evaluate every two weeks.

2. A new drive-thru COVID-19 testing center will open Monday in Co-Op City in the Bronx. Assembly Speaker Carl E. Heastie, Senator Jamaal T. Bailey, Assemblyman Michael Benedetto and I today announced a new mobile testing center located in the parking lot of the Bay Plaza AMC Theater. Residents who would like to be tested MUST make an appointment by calling 888-364-3065. Priority will go to higher-risk individuals.

3. We mourn the loss of New Yorkers who died on the front line in the fight against Coronavirus. We are heartbroken by the deaths of NYPD Detective Cedric Dixon, a 23-year veteran in the 32nd Precinct, and Kious Kelly, an assistant nurse manager at Mount Sinai West Hospital. Any life lost to this virus is tragic, but when the heroes who are working to protect the lives of others are taken, it hits especially hard. We can't thank our healthcare professionals and first responders enough for their selflessness and bravery.

4. Pharmacies will now offer free home delivery to New Yorkers. After speaking with the state's major pharmacy chains, pharmacies have agreed to offer free home delivery to help reduce long lines for prescriptions at their facilities.

5. The State's Wadsworth Lab has developed a less intrusive COVID-19 test that will begin within a week. The new test is done through a saliva sample and a self-administered short nasal swab in the presence of a healthcare professional. The test will help conserve personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers, reduce potential exposure of the virus and allow the state to continue to test as many individuals as possible.

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": Self-isolation is hard, but the companionship of pets makes it easier. According to reports, animal shelters across the United States are receiving a surge of applications to foster or adopt pets due to the COVID-19 pandemic."

 

March 29th at 2:15pm
South Country Library Closed Until Further Notice 

The South Country Library will remain closed until further notice.

All April Programs Cancelled: All April programs and meetings are cancelled through the end of April, regardless of when they re-open. This is in accordance with the prevailing approach of health and governmental officials that we can all help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus by limiting exposure.

Returns: Their book drop is closed. There will be no accrual of fines on any items currently checked out to hang on to them until they are able to re-open.

Reserved Items: Any items on the reserve shelf will be waiting for you when they re-open.

Library Card Renewals: Any library card that was due to expire in March or April will automatically be renewed until June 1st (allowing for continued use of their online services).

Online Resources: In addition to their downloadables and streaming services they are continuing to seek out new ways to provide library services online to our community, including educational offerings for children while schools are closed.

Stay in Touch with the Library: Feel free to reach out with questions or comments to the library at sctyref@sctylib.org
 or visit their website or Facebook page.

 

Reported Cases of COVID-19 by the Suffolk County Dept. of Information Technology - Updated on March 28th at 8:15pm

Date Bellport Village North Bellport Brookhaven East Patchogue
3/26 1 5 3 13
3/27 1 8 4 16
3/28 1 13 4 18

 

March 28th at 8:15pm
The Latest From Governor Cuomo... 

"Every emergency situation is unique. The needs presented are always different. In this case, the unexpected need is for ventilators. Our projections show that we need more ventilators and I will do everything in my power to make sure that we secure these critical supplies.

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. I'm moving New York's presidential primary to June 23rd. I'm issuing an Executive Order to move the presidential primary election from April 28 to June 23rd, aligning it with the congressional and legislative primaries in New York. Public health is our number one priority and we will carry out this vital democratic process at a safer date.

2. I will sign an Executive Order making it clear that in no hospital in the state will a woman be forced to be alone when she gives birth. Hospitals will not be able to prevent a woman from having one companion present during childbirth at the hospital because of Coronavirus concerns. No woman should have to labor alone.

3. The state will dedicate specific hospital facilities as COVID-patient only. The state has identified three sites — South Beach Psychiatric Facility in Staten Island, Westchester Square in the Bronx and SUNY Downstate in Brooklyn — that will provide more than 600 beds specifically for COVID-19 patients.

4. The federal government has approved four new sites for temporary hospitals to be built by the Army Corps of Engineers. The sites — the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal, the Aqueduct Racetrack facility in Queens, CUNY Staten Island and the New York Expo Center in the Bronx — will add an additional 4,000 beds to the state's capacity.

5. All non-essential construction must be suspended. Essential construction, for example construction on roads, bridges, transit facilities, homeless shelters and health care facilities, may continue. For more details, see this guidance.

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": New Yorkers have found compassionate ways, including running errands on behalf of vulnerable neighbors, to support our community and keep spirits high. Even in tough times, New Yorkers look out for one another. "

 

March 28th at 1:00pm
A Sobering Assessment of How We’re Dealing with COVID-19

From Political Cortadito: Jonathan Smith, an award-winning lecturer in Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases and Global Health at Yale University School of Public Health, explains why social distancing is our #1 weapon against COVID-19.

"Hey everybody, as an infectious disease epidemiologist, at this point feel morally obligated to provide some information on what we are seeing from a transmission dynamic perspective and how they apply to the social distancing measures. Like any good scientist I have noticed two things that are either not articulated or not present in the "literature" of social media.

Specifically, I want to make two aspects of these measures very clear and unambiguous.

First, we are in the very infancy of this epidemic's trajectory. That means even with these measures we will see cases and deaths continue to rise globally, nationally, and in our own communities in the coming weeks. Our hospitals will be overwhelmed, and people will die that didn't have to. This may lead some people to think that the social distancing measures are not working. They are. They may feel futile. They aren't. You will feel discouraged. You should. This is normal in chaos. But this is also normal epidemic trajectory. Stay calm. This enemy that we are facing is very good at what it does; we are not failing. We need everyone to hold the line as the epidemic inevitably gets worse. This is not my opinion; this is the unforgiving math of epidemics for which I and my colleagues have dedicated our lives to understanding with great nuance, and this disease is no exception. We know what will happen; I want to help the community brace for this impact. Stay strong and with solidarity knowing with absolute certainty that what you are doing is saving lives, even as people begin getting sick and dying. You may feel like giving in. Don't.

Second, although social distancing measures have been (at least temporarily) well-received, there is an obvious-but-overlooked phenomenon when considering groups (i.e. families) in transmission dynamics. While social distancing decreases contact with members of society, it of course increases your contacts with group (i.e. family) members. This small and obvious fact has surprisingly profound implications on disease transmission dynamics. Study after study demonstrates that even if there is only a little bit of connection between groups (i.e. social dinners, playdates/playgrounds, etc.), the epidemic trajectory isn't much different than if there was no measure in place. The same underlying fundamentals of disease transmission apply, and the result is that the community is left with all of the social and economic disruption but very little public health benefit. You should perceive your entire family to function as a single individual unit; if one person puts themselves at risk, everyone in the unit is at risk. Seemingly small social chains get large and complex with alarming speed. If your son visits his girlfriend, and you later sneak over for coffee with a neighbor, your neighbor is now connected to the infected office worker that your son's girlfriend's mother shook hands with. This sounds silly, it's not. This is not a joke or a hypothetical. We as epidemiologists see it borne out in the data time and time again and no one listens. Conversely, any break in that chain breaks disease
transmission along that chain.

In contrast to hand-washing and other personal measures, social distancing measures are not about individuals, they are about societies working in unison. These measures also take a long time to see the results. It is hard (even for me) to conceptualize how 'one quick little get together' can undermine the entire framework of a public health intervention, but it does. I promise you it does. I promise. I promise. I promise. You can't cheat it. People are already itching to cheat on the social distancing precautions just a "little"- a playdate, a haircut, or picking up a needless item at the store, etc. From a transmission dynamics standpoint, this very quickly recreates a highly connected social network that undermines all of the work the community has done so far.

Until we get a viable vaccine this unprecedented outbreak will not be overcome in grand, sweeping gesture, rather only by the collection of individual choices our community makes in the coming months. This virus is unforgiving to unwise choices. My goal in writing this is to prevent communities from getting 'sucker-punched' by what the epidemiological community knows will happen in the coming weeks. It will be easy to be drawn to the idea that what we are doing isn't working and become paralyzed by fear, or to 'cheat' a little bit in the coming weeks. By knowing what to expect, and knowing the importance of maintaining these measures, my hope is to encourage continued community spirit, strategizing, and action to persevere in this time of uncertainty."

 

March 27th at 9:15pm
From the Suffolk County Department of Information Technology

Here is the latest count of reported COVID-19 cases in the South Country area as of 3/27/20 @ 9:12pm
• 16 in East Patchogue
• 8 in North Bellport
• 4 in Brookhaven
• 1 in Bellport Village

 

The Latest From Governor Cuomo... 
"I want to share with you some of the remarks I gave to members of the National Guard earlier today in the Javits Center, which this week has been converted into a temporary hospital.

"This is not going to be a short deployment. This is going to be a long day and it's going to be a hard day and it's going to be an ugly day and it's going to be a sad day. This is a rescue mission that you're on — the mission is to save lives. That's what you're doing. The rescue mission is to save lives and as hard as we work, we're not going to be able to save everyone.

"My second point is, you are living a moment in history. Ten years from now, you'll be talking about today to your children or your grandchildren and you will shed a tear because you will remember the lives lost. But you will also be proud. You'll be proud of what you did. You'll be proud that you showed up. You had the skill and the professionalism to make a difference and save lives. At the end of the day, nobody can ask anything more from you. We're going to save lives and New York is going to thank you. God bless each and every one of you."

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. The first 1,000-bed temporary hospital is now complete at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan. The facility will fully open on Monday. I congratulate FEMA, the Army Corps of Engineers, the National Guard and the staff at Javits for their speedy work. They built an entire hospital in a week — an incredible achievement.

2. Schools statewide will remain closed until at least April 15th. We will reassess whether to continue closures at that time. School districts will be required to continue child care, meal and distance learning programs.

3. New Yorkers without health insurance can apply for a health plan through NY State of Health. If you recently lost employer coverage, you must apply within 60 days of losing that coverage. Because of loss of income, New Yorkers may also be eligible for Medicaid, the Essential Plan or Child Health Plus.

4. The State and Army Corps of Engineers have toured and identified four new sites for temporary hospitals for construction. The sites — the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal, the Aqueduct Racetrack facility in Queens, CUNY Staten Island and the New York Expo Center in the Bronx — would add an additional 4,000 beds to the state's hospital capacity. I'm asking President Trump to approve these sites immediately so construction can begin.

5. For a 90-day period, New Yorkers experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19 may defer paying life insurance premiums. Late payments will be payable over a one-year period. Additionally, consumers and small businesses experiencing Coronavirus-related financial hardship may defer paying premiums for property and casualty insurance for a 60-day period. This includes auto, homeowners, renters and other kinds of insurance. (No late fees will be assessed and there will be no negative impact to your credit.)

6. The USNS Comfort, a U.S. Navy hospital ship, is expected to arrive in New York Harbor on Monday. It is a massive facility with 1,000 beds, 12 operating rooms, a pharmacy and a laboratory. The Comfort's beds will be used for non-Coronavirus patients to free up hospital capacity.

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": New York catering company Great Performances is helping prepare and deliver 40,000 meals weekly to 8,000 homes of New Yorkers who are no longer able to get meals at their local senior centers. Their kitchen in the South Bronx is working around the clock to prepare meals and we're so grateful."

 

March 27th at 5:45pm
South Country School District Closed Through April 14th

Governor Cuomo has announced School Closure has been extended two weeks through April 14, 2020.

 

March 27th at 3:45pm
From the Suffolk County Department of Information Technology

Map

Here is a map of reported COVID-19 cases in the South Country area as of 3/27/20 @ 12:14pm
• 13 in East Patchogue
• 5 in North Bellport
• 3 in Brookhaven
• 1 in Bellport Village

 

March 26th at 8:10pm
The Latest From Governor Cuomo... 

"The outpouring of support over the last week from the people of New York, and from people across the world, has been inspiring. We are grateful to all the companies and individuals who stand with us in this fight.

I know that you are tired of this situation. I am too. But when I feel tired I think of the first responders who are out there every day showing up. I think of the healthcare professionals working 7-day weeks. I think of the grocery store workers who are doing double shifts just to keep food on the shelves, and the pharmacists who have lines going out the door, and so many others. The truth is, this is not a sprint — this is a marathon. And we will get through it.

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. We are doing everything possible to slow the spread while adding hospital capacity. The state has identified four new sites for temporary hospitals, which I will tour tomorrow: the CUNY College of Staten Island, Brooklyn Cruise Terminal, Aqueduct Race Track in Queens and the New York Expo Center in the Bronx. These facilities, together with the temporary hospitals that are being built at the Javits Center and other locations, are aimed at building thousands of new beds to bolster existing hospital capacity. The state is also preparing hotels and college dormitories for emergency beds.

2. As of this morning, we have lost 385 New Yorkers to Coronavirus-related illnesses. We mourn them and my thoughts are with their loved ones. Tragically, we expect the number to rise as many patients have been on ventilators for weeks. NY will keep fighting to save lives. Help us save lives by staying home.

3. More than 52,000 volunteers signed up to work as part of the state's surge healthcare force. Just in the last day, an additional 12,000 healthcare workers, including retirees and students, have signed up to volunteer to join New York's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. More than 8,600 mental health professionals, from New York and other states, have signed up to provide free online mental health services. For free emotional support, consultation and referral to a provider, call 1-844-863-9314.

4. New York State's income tax filing deadline is delayed until July 15, 2020. Because New York State requires electronic filing, the date for filing state personal income taxes automatically travels with the federal filing date, which is now July 15. Further guidelines will be released soon.

5. If you filed for unemployment during the COVID-19 pandemic, you do not need to prove you are searching for employment to make a claim. Department of Labor Commissioner Reardon has signed a new order that limits all work search activities for all unemployment claimants. No activities are required during the pandemic to receive unemployment benefits.

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": JetBlue is donating free flights for incoming medical volunteers heading to New York State. I want to thank them for transporting the vital personnel we need. They are just one of dozens of businesses and organizations that have donated supplies and services to the state — for which we are deeply grateful."

 

March 25th at 9:15pm
A Message From Governor Cuomo... 

"While the number of positive Coronavirus cases in New York continues to climb, I want to share some hopeful news: New data show that our density reduction measures may be working. The forecasted rate of hospitalizations are slowing down. On Sunday, forecasts showed hospitalizations doubling every 2 days; on Monday, they showed hospitalizations doubling every 3.4 days; and yesterday, they showed hospitalizations doubling every 4.7 days. But the virus is still spreading very quickly, and New Yorkers must stay at home and practice social distancing as directed. By doing so we may flatten the curve.

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. A mental health hotline is available to New Yorkers who need it. We can't underestimate the impact this pandemic is having on mental health. I'm proud that over 6,000 mental health professionals have volunteered their time to help with New York's Coronavirus response. For free emotional support, consultation and referral to a provider, call 1-844-863-9314.

2. New York City will pilot closing streets to vehicles and opening them to pedestrians as part of the city's plan to address the lack of adherence to social distancing protocols. I am also enacting a voluntary playground social density protocol that prohibits close contact sports such as basketball.

3. Utility rate increases that were scheduled to go into effect on April 1 have been postponed. At my direction, the Public Service Commission ordered that rate hikes be postponed for nearly 2 million customers. This will help ease the financial stress on families and businesses affected by this pandemic.

4. Make sure you respond to the 2020 Census. Invitations to complete the Census have started to arrive in New Yorkers' mailboxes, and this year you can respond online. Everyone living in New York counts: A complete tally of all New Yorkers is crucial in determining how the state receives federal funds for infrastructure, education, public health and more. You can fill it out without having to leave your house. For more information on the Census, click here.

5. I want to share my thanks. I am so grateful to the frontline heroes who are helping our state respond to this pandemic. If you see them, thank them. My thanks go out to every healthcare worker, EMT, police officer, firefighter, grocer, trucker, store clerk, mail carrier, takeout cook, hospital and building cleaner, teacher, child care worker, mental health professional and countless others. You are stepping up and your state and I are grateful.

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": New York University is offering early graduation for senior medical students so they can help overworked doctors who are fighting in the COVID-19 pandemic. Senior medical students who volunteer will be able to work immediately as paid interns at NYU Langone Health's Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine departments."

 

March 25th at 7:30pm
The Lighthouse Mission  

The Lighthouse Mission is not a soup kitchen. It does not serve cooked meals. Instead, Lighthouse Mission box trucks go out stocked with emergency food, clothes & other necessities into the community. At each “Outreach” outdoor location, staff and volunteers unload and set up the boxes / bags of food / clothes / etc.. Anyone can attend these Lighthouse Mission daily Food Outreaches. You do not need paperwork or to sign up in advance to receive food. The Outreaches are held outdoors ALL YEAR LONG, rain or shine.

During the Coronavirus outbreak, the Lighthouse Mission is still operating their regular 10 weekly Food Outreaches, but they’re taking precautions to keep everyone safe. These locations can be found here.

In addition, the Lighthouse Mission is temporarily offering delivery to homebound seniors 65+ who live in the Town of Brookhaven. Due to the abundance of people in need, these guidelines are firm and they thank you for understanding!

If you are interested in volunteering with the Lighthouse Mission, or have questions, please call their office at 631-758-7584.

 

March 24th at 9:00pm
A Message From Governor Cuomo... 

"I want to be clear: We are not willing to sacrifice 1-2% of New Yorkers to this virus. That's not who we are. My mother is not expendable. Your mother is not expendable. We will not put a dollar figure on human life. We can have a public health strategy that is consistent with an economic one. No one should be talking about social Darwinism for the sake of the stock market. The first order of business is to save lives.

Here's what else you need to know:

1. We have some new facts about the pandemic that are not encouraging — and I want to make sure you understand them so we react accordingly. Unfortunately, the increase in the number of cases in New York is continuing — in fact, the rate of increase has gone up. We are now forecasting that the "apex" of the virus in our state — the point when we have the most cases — could be as soon as 14 to 21 days from now. New York State is doing everything we can on every level to slow the spread and flatten the curve, but we need your help. Please stay at home and follow our protocols.

2. I'm asking the federal government to send more ventilators to New York. The state has procured about 7,000 ventilators but we still need at least 30,000 more. The federal government must distribute ventilators from their stockpile to our state, where there is the greatest need. We need them now — it will be the difference between life and death. After New York gets past the apex of this pandemic, I will transport the ventilators myself wherever they are next needed.

3. New York State is distributing health care supplies to help frontline workers combating COVID-19 in New York City, Long Island and Westchester. The state is deploying 339,760 N-95 masks, 861,700 surgical masks, 353,300 gloves, 145,122 gowns and 197,085 face shields to the hospitals in the greatest need in these regions. This disbursement is on top of the one million N-95 masks that the State purchased and sent to New York City and the approximately 500,000 N-95 masks that the State purchased and sent to Long Island last week.

4. We are continuing to find new ways to build a health care staff reserve to meet surge capacity. The State Department of Financial Services is requesting that health insurance companies disclose the number of nurses and doctors who work for them (for example, to process claims). This is so the state can reach out to those employees and ask them to temporarily serve in the field during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

5. It is clear that the Coronavirus pandemic will have a real impact on "gig-economy" workers. They deserve protections now, which is why I am asking the federal government to provide unemployment assistance to New York's "gig-economy" workers, farmers, independent contractors and others. I also signed an Executive Order waiving the 7-day waiting period for workers to claim unemployment insurance if you have been put out of work due to COVID-19. Learn how to file an unemployment insurance claim here.

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": Feeling cooped up? At 12pm tomorrow (March 25th), the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx is giving a virtual "Orchid Show" while the Garden remains temporarily closed. Join the Facebook Watch Party here."

 

March 24th at 5:00pm
Brookhaven Animal Shelter Seeking Fosters/Adopters for Medium to Large Mixed Breed Dogs 

During this time of need, the Town of Brookhaven Animal Shelter and Adoption Center is looking for fosters/adopters for medium to large mixed breed dogs. Some dogs require a single pet household as well as some that get along with other dogs. There are also dogs with some behavioral issues such as anxiety, guarding of food, toys or space, stranger reactivity, or some barrier reactivity and will require a very specific type of home. If interested, please complete the Brookhaven Animal Shelter’s online “Matchmaker” application at www.BrookhavenNY.gov and a member of the animal shelter staff will be in touch with you. Please note that all potential fosters/adopters will be required to make an appointment to visit the shelter for a "meet and greet" along with any other members and/or dogs that live in the household, as well as provide proof of home ownership or written landlord/homeowner approval."

The Brookhaven Animal Shelter and Adoption Center is closed to the public until April 1. Those still interested in adoption, foster care and questions on redemption are asked to call the Animal Shelter during business hours at 631-451-6950, Monday to Friday from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm, Saturday from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm and Sunday from 11:00 am to 3:30 pm.

 

NY Blood Center Cancels April 9th Brookhaven Town Hall Blood Drive but Blood is Still Needed
The Town of Brookhaven has been notified that the NY Blood Center has canceled all remote location blood drives through April 30th, including the April 9th event at Brookhaven Town Hall.

The Town of Brookhaven strongly encourages all healthy donors to make an appointment to donate blood at a NY Blood Center. Blood collection sites are disinfected frequently, and extra precautions are being taken to help prevent the person-to-person spread of COVID-19 as per Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations. NY Blood Center staff are also practicing health self-assessments prior to presenting at work. Hours have recently been adjusted to reflect the increased need. If you can donate anytime over the next few weeks, please visit https://nybloodcenter.org/ or call 646-739-1827 and schedule an appointment.

 

Thank You to Senator Martinez and John Rogers, Chair of the GBC for Sharing the Following Information Regarding Rent Forbearance and Mortgage Payments
The state is currently working on the issue of rent forbearance. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the state will waive mortgage payments for the next 90 days, based on financial hardship, due to the impacts of the Coronavirus. "If you are not working, if you are working only part-time, we're going to have the banks and financial institutions waive mortgage payments for 90 days. That will be a real-life economic benefit. It will also be a stress reliever for many families." The governor also said that he is ordering that fees be waived for overdrafts, ATMs, and credit cards.

   

"Ways to Minimize the Spreading of the Corona Virus" by Dr. Gary Welch
Editor's Note: We'd like to thank Dr. Gary Welch for sharing his article with us regarding ways to minimize the spreading of the Corona Virus (COVID-19). He drew this information from New England Journal of Medicine and the CDC.


What are the symptoms of the Corona virus 2019 (COVID-19)?
• Fever
• Cough
• Shortness of breath
• Your symptoms could initially start with a sore throat
• Tired and achy

The virus is primarily spread by person to person via respiratory droplets in the air. It is also thought that it can spread through surface contact and then bringing your hands to your face; however, the virus does not live long on surfaces. The New England Journal of Medicine in the most recent research states that the COVID-19 virus can live in the air for 3 hours, and that it’s viable on plastics for 72 hours, 48 hours on stainless steel, 24 hours on cardboard, and 4 hours on copper.

This tells us that if an environment is person free for more than 72 hours, the virus is non-existent. For example, a school or office space that been person free for more than three days won’t need to be cleaned in an attempt to kill the virus because the virus has already expired. To keep your living environment clean, first clean the surface with a soap and water or cleaning solution, and then use an EPA approved disinfectant/antibacterial cleaner or wipes. You can create your own disinfectant by adding five tablespoons of bleach to one gallon of water, or use an alcohol solution that contains 70% alcohol to 30% water. I would advise you to wear rubber gloves while you do this to protect your skin, and make sure the area is ventilated well.

So, how does the virus travel once in our body? The virus enters the body through the mouth, nose, and possibly around the eyes. It enters the lungs attaching to the airways and our body then creates a thick mucus and the result is restricted or closed airways, which will make breathing difficult and labored. Your symptom at this point is shortness of breath.

To decrease the possibility of it making its way into the lungs there are a few things that you can do. Drink fluids frequently, every 15-20 minutes. It’s been advised to drink hot liquids which can aide in killing the virus. This will keep the tissues in your mouth, oropharynx, hypopharynx, and esophagus moist. Once the virus has flowed into the stomach, the stomach acid will kill the virus. Hot drinks can include coffee, tea, soup, warm water, etc…

You can also treat the mouth by using an oral antiseptic like Listerine or you can make your own by combining small amounts of salt, vinegar, and or lemon to warm/hot water (not hot enough to burn yourself). This will lyse practically all of the virus that’s in your mouth.

What about your nose? You can use a Neti Pot or something similar, cleaning the sinuses with a warm salty solution. I would advise you to boil the water first, and let it cool down to a warm temperature first. This will help to clear your sinuses of the virus.

If you have to go out or go to work, when you get home, go straight to the bathroom and take a shower, washing your hair, face and entire body. You can also throw your clothes
into the washing machine and wash your clothes daily. The detergent and water will kill any virus that’s on your clothing. If you can’t wash your clothes daily, you could hang your clothes out in direct sunlight which is effective at killing viruses.

If you’re in a warm environment, a good place to be is the beach. The sun and saltwater will kill the virus significantly. However, it’s advisable to avoid crowds of people.

If you get a sore throat, zinc creates a barrier over the tissue in your throat. A few ideas I have for adding a barrier to your throat is Zicam dissolvable tablets, which coat the throat well. You can also take vitamins with zinc or a zinc supplement.

If you begin to experience a sore throat, immediately take action as described above. i.e. drink hot liquids, create a zinc barrier, clean nasal passages with warm salty water, use oral antiseptic, take a warm/hot shower and clean your entire body.

Don’t forget to do what we always should be doing. Wash your hands frequently (every 20 minutes), keep your hands away from your face, don’t shake hands with another person, and avoid crowds.

I hope this helps you and your family. If you have any questions or concerns, you can reach me through my contacts page at https://spectrumpt.com/ 

 

March 23rd at 9:30pm
Updated Information from Governor Andrew M. Cuomo 

1. Supplies are arriving at the Javits Center, which Governor Cuomo toured earlier today to see the progress on the building of a temporary hospital there. The federal administration has deployed 339,760 N95 masks, 861,700 surgical masks, 353,300 gloves, 145,122 gowns and 197,085 face shields to New York State. Many state supplies have also been deployed to the Javits Center. The facility will open next week.

2. A drive-thru mobile testing center opened in the Bronx this morning. This opening follows successful mobile testing centers in New Rochelle, Rockland County, Staten Island and Long Island. (Visits are appointment-only and must be made by calling 1-888-364-3065.) New York is currently testing more than 16,000 people per day, more than any other state or country per capita.

3. Governor Cuomo launched the New York Stronger Together campaign. Celebrities including Robert De Niro, Danny DeVito, Ben Stillerand La La Anthony have shared videos amplifying the Governor's message that people must stay home — not just to protect their own health, but to protect the health of more vulnerable New Yorkers.

4. 30,000 people have responded to the call for retired nurses and doctors, medical school students and others to join New York's Coronavirus response effort. We still need more citizens to join this reserve staff. If you are a recently retired medical professional, a therapist, a psychologist or a qualified medical or nursing school student or staff member, they want your help. Enlist here: www.health.ny.gov/assistance.

5. The FDA has approved the use of a new experimental treatment in New York on a compassionate care basis to treat COVID-19 patients. The trials will use antibody injections to help stimulate and promote individuals' immune systems against the virus.

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": New York State Parks remain open for solitary walks or hikes — but you must keep six feet of distance from others. You can also take a virtual tour of many New York State parks here.

 

March 23rd at 6:00pm
Update from the Town of Brookhaven 

In response to the current COVID-19 health crisis, the Town of Brookhaven has taken the following steps:

- Closed all 75 playgrounds to the public until further notice
- Closed all town basketball courts to the public until further notice
- Closed all town tennis and pickleball courts to the public until further notice
- Closed all town handball and volleyball courts to the public until further notice
- Closed all town golf courses to the public until further notice
- Suspended sale of resident stickers to the public until further notice
- Cancelling all events scheduled or issued a permit for use of parks facilities to the public through April 30

 

Update from the Cross Sound Ferry 
- If you are traveling with a vehicle, please feel free to stay in your vehicle during the trip. They have lowered the vehicle capacities on their vessels to ensure there is adequate space to allow everyone to freely exit and enter their vehicle while the vessel is underway. Vehicle engines must remain off while the vessel is underway.
- They have increased the frequency of cleaning for all shoreside facilities. All vessel restrooms, food service areas, countertops and tables are being sanitized between every departure.
- They encourage passengers to spread out while sitting on board to maintain a safe distance from each other.
- Their crew is deep cleaning and sanitizing at night while vessels are not operating.
- They have increased the quantity of antibacterial hand sanitizing stations on all vessels and shoreside facilities.
- They have increased inventory of all antibacterial cleaning supplies and sanitizers.
- They are in the process of installing surface sanitizing wipe stations onboard our vessels.
- To minimize exposure, they are limiting the handling of boarding tickets for passengers with reservations.
- Please follow personal hygiene recommendations from the CDC, and do not travel if you are sick.
- They are temporarily waiving reservation cancellation fees.

 

March 23rd at 11:30am
Bellport Country Club Offers Free Meals-to-Go to Those in Need 

Meals to go for our neighbors in need! The Bellport Country Club knows there are families who need meals during this incredibly challenging time. No questions asked if you or someone you know is in need of food... Bellport Country Club and family would like to be here for you...

In an effort to support our community during this difficult time, the  Bellport Country Club will be providing meals-to-go for our neighbors in need at no cost. In keeping with the requirements for social distancing, they will be scheduling pickup times to minimize person-to-person contact. If you or anyone you know is in need of a meal, please let them know how many to feed and their team will take it from there!

The first date for pick-ups will be this Wednesday, March 25th. Orders will be received on Tuesday, March 24th between 11am and 2pm. Pick-ups will be Wednesday, March 25th from 12pm-3pm. Orders can be placed at 631-286-4227 or emailed to catering@bellportcc.com. They hope to continue this as frequently as possible.

 

March 22nd at 9:20pm
Updated Information from Governor Andrew M. Cuomo 

1. Governor Cuomo is calling on the federal government to implement the Defense Production Act to direct companies to produce medical supplies like ventilators and masks. New York State is scouring the globe for these supplies, but we need more than we can find. Currently, states are competing with other states, hospitals with other hospitals, and there is significant price gouging. The federal government must nationalize the contracting and acquisition of medical supplies.

2. Non-essential businesses are closed (in-person operations) as of 8pm tonight. Essential businesses like pharmacies, grocery stores, gas stations and more will stay open. Unsure what counts as an essential business? See the full list here.

3. Governor Cuomo accepted the Army Corps of Engineers' recommendations for the temporary hospital sites in NYS and they are ready for construction to start as soon as tomorrow. Hospitals at SUNY campuses will be built indoors with outdoor tent support and on-site health care staff will stay at the dormitories. FEMA will erect an additional four federal hospital facilities. Each FEMA facility will have 250 beds and come fully equipped and fully staffed by the federal government.

4. Action is being taken to maximize existing hospital capacity. Governor Cuomo is requiring all hospitals statewide to develop plans that expand their capacity by at least 50% with the goal of expanding capacity by 100%. (State regulations affecting capacity have been temporarily waived.) The state also leased a nursing home facility in Brooklyn to convert to a 600-bed hospital. Finally, all elective, non-critical surgeries are cancelled, effective Wednesday, March 25, which will free up around a quarter of existing hospital beds.

5. Drug therapy trials will start Tuesday. The state has acquired 70,000 doses of Hydroxychloroquine, 10,000 doses of Zithromax and 750,000 doses of Chloroquine. Trials will start on Tuesday.

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": Danny DeVito, Ben Stiller and other New Yorkers are helping amplify the message of urging New Yorkers to stay at home to stop the spread of this virus and save lives. See them here.

 

March 22nd at 5:20pm
Child Care at the Boys & Girls Club of the Bellport Area 

The Boys & Girls Club of the Bellport area, located at 471 Atlantic Ave in Bellport, will be giving out snacks to members of the Boys & Girls Club of the Bellport area starting on Monday, March 23rd, from noon to 4pm.

Starting Monday, March 30th, the Boys & Girls Club will be offering child care to working families from 7:30am to 5:30pm daily. Call the Boys & Girls Club at 631-286-9090 for full details.

 

Child Care 
For assistance in finding child care please contact the Child Care Council of Suffolk hotline # 646-926-3784. They are prioritizing child care for essential workers, including health care workers, first responders, grocery and pharmacy employees and others who are critical to keep our essential supports operational.

 

March 22nd at 12:00pm
From Martha Gillette on Behalf of the Lighthouse Mission and Town Of Brookhaven 

Please share with anyone who may need this information. This is a free program due to the COVID-19 restrictions.

Town Of Brookhaven seniors can call the Lighthouse Mission (631) 758-7584, Monday to Friday 9AM to 5PM and Saturdays 10AM to 2PM, to receive free food delivered to their house. The Town of Brookhaven will come get the bagged groceries and deliver them to seniors. Only two things are required: you must live in the Town of Brookhaven and be a senior. Brookhaven Town and the Lighthouse Mission have teamed up to ensure that seniors do not go hungry during this difficult time. Please help us get the word out. Not all seniors have access to the internet and now with Libraries and Senior Centers closed down, all our seniors have is TV so please share this.

 

From NY State 
- Four initial sites have been identified in New York State for locating temporary hospitals in partnership with the Army Corps of Engineers. The four sites are the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, SUNY Stony Brook, SUNY Old Westbury and the Westchester Convention Center. The Army Corps is expected to immediately begin work to construct the temporary hospitals. It’s been requested that FEMA designate four field hospitals with 250 beds each for the state of New York.

- Mental health is a vital part of public health. To that end, the Governor is calling on psychologists, therapists and other mental health professionals to pitch in and volunteer their services to help with New York's Coronavirus response. To sign up, visit health.ny.gov/assistance.

- The State has identified 2 million N95 masks for purchase and will send 1 million to New York City and 500,000 to Long Island. New York apparel manufacturers are converting their operations to begin manufacturing masks and other medical equipment. Also, the state purchased 6,000 additional critically needed ventilators. The State is literally scouring the globe looking for medical supplies. The Governor put out a plea yesterday asking for help and his office has been on the phone with all sorts of companies who are really doing great work.

- The Department of Motor Vehicles is closed for all in-office visits. Today, the Governor signed an Executive Order to temporarily close DMV offices and shift the DMV to online transactions. License and permit expirations will be extended, so if your driver's license is about to expire — don't worry.

- Young people: Please stay home. There is significant non-compliance of social distancing rules, especially in parks. The Governor went down to Prospect Park in Brooklyn to see the situation himself. This is a public health issue. Younger people aren't invincible: In fact, 54% of New York State Coronavirus cases are ages 18-49. You shouldn't be endangering your own health, and you certainly have no right to endanger someone else's.

- Drug therapy trials are on the horizon. NY Health Commissioner Dr. Zucker has recommended trials for new drug therapy to help combat COVID-19. The FDA is acquiring 10,000 doses of Hydroxychloroquine and Zithromax for New York State to use on a trial basis.

More information on all of the above can be found here.

 

March 21st at 7:00pm
Governor Cuomo has Enacted New Restrictions that Go into Effect Sunday, March 22nd at 8:00pm 

"Under the rules, nonessential gatherings of people of any size or for any reason are canceled or postponed." The only exception are essential businesses, which include "health facilities, utilities, airports, food makers, grocery stores, farms, convenience stores, laundromats, funeral homes and banks."

 

Cirillo's Market Bellport IGA Offering Select Curbside Service
Cirillo's Market Bellport IGA is offering free curbside grocery pickup for seniors and disabled people. Please call 631-286-2772 to make arrangements.

 

Local Restaurants Offering Takeout and/or Delivery:
Avino’s Italian Table: 2-8 pm delivery and takeout, call 631-803-6416 to order
Varney’s: takeout during regular business hours, call 631- 286-9569
Café Gia: takeout during regular hours 631-205-5344
Café Castello: takeout and delivery until 8pm daily 631-803-8370
Peter’s Luncheonette: takeout and delivery 631-289-0287
Painters: takeout and delivery 12pm-10pm, $35 minimum 631-803-8593
Porters on the Lane: takeout on select dates, call ahead to check if porch pickup is available 631-803-6067
SC Tavern: takeout may be coming soon, call for more information 631-307-9501
Papa Nicks: takeout and delivery 631-286-6060

 

PSEG & National Grid have Suspended Service Disconnections for Non-Payments Through at Least the End of March
PSEG has suspended shut offs for non-payment and it is waiving late fees. It has also closed all customer service centers temporarily, but staff are working remotely, so customers can call 1-800-490-0025 or use their website www.psegliny.com.

National Grid has closed all customer centers until further notice. They are also temporarily suspending service disconnections through the end of April, at which time they will evaluate the need. Visit www.nationalgridus.com or call 1-800-930-5003 for more info.

 

Tax Deadline Extended
The Federal Government has extended the Federal tax filing and payment deadline to July 15, 2020 (there has been no announcement yet for New York State taxes). The government does encourage everyone to file as soon as they are able. To that end, they would like to remind you of the Free File option available at https://www.irs.gov/filing/free-file-do-your-federal-taxes-for-free

 

Day Care
Some Day Care and Child Care Facilities remain open -- these are businesses deemed essential by the NY Office of Children & Family Services. Day Care centers that are still open have implemented procedures to protect their staff and children. If you are in need of Day Care for your child, you can call the Child Care Council of Suffolk Parent Counselors at 631-462-0303 to find available slots.

 

March 20th at 5:15pm
All Town Dog Parks are Closed to the Public 

In an effort to help stop the spread of the COVID-Coronavirus the Town of Brookhaven Dog Parks will be closed to the public until further notice. This action by the Town adheres to the Social Distancing recommendations issued by the Suffolk County Department of Health Services. The Town asks that residents please refrain from congregating in groups while corona-related restrictions are in place. Dog Parks will reopen when this public health emergency ends and the Suffolk County Health Department deems it safe.

 

March 20th at 3:17pm
Brookhaven Town Psychiatric Social Workers Provide Services to Help People Cope with Coronavirus Stress and More

The outbreak of Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and the subsequent evolving uncertainty is likely to be stressful for many people. Fear and anxiety about the disease, coupled with all the changes being put in place to reduce the spread of the disease, can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. There may also be a financial strain on many families and an increase in incidents of child abuse, domestic violence and substance abuse due to a lack of healthy coping skills.

The Psychiatric Social Workers for Brookhaven Town are available to all residents for crisis intervention, referrals or telephone sessions to help reduce the stress of those in need. The following are some of the services available to all Town of Brookhaven residents:

• Individual and/or Family Counseling
• Support and Educational Groups
• Crisis Intervention
• Housing Referrals
• Advocacy with Community Services
• Case Management and Independent Living Skills
• Intervention with Runaway and Homeless Youth

For more information about the social services provided by the Town of Brookhaven, call (631) 451-8011 or visit www.BrookhavenNY.gov.

 

March 20th at 1:30pm
All Brookhaven Town Playgrounds are Closed to the Public, Brookhaven Town Parks Remain Open

In an effort to help stop the spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus, the following steps have been taken by the Town of Brookhaven: All Town of Brookhaven Playgrounds and Playground equipment are closed to the public until further notice. Town of Brookhaven Parks remain open to the public for passive activities only. Residents in the parks should strictly adhere to the Social Distancing recommendations issued by the Suffolk County Department of Health Services.

 

March 20th
Lighthouse Mission Providing Free Delivery Meal Service for Seniors

Lighthouse Mission is providing free food delivery for homebound seniors in Brookhaven Town. Please call 631-758-7584 to make arrangements.

 

March 20th
Coronavirus Community Update from the Greater Bellport Coalition (Received March 20th at 8am)

- NY, PA, CT, and NJ will temporarily close all indoor portions of retail shopping malls, amusement parks and bowling alleys effective March 19th at 8PM.

- NYS Dept. of Labor Implements a Filing System and Extends Hours to Address the Influx of Unemployment Claims
To file a claim log on to: https://applications.labor.ny.gov/IndividualReg/

NYSDOL is implementing a new more efficient filing system based on the first letter of the applicants last name (alphabetical order). Here is the step-by-step process for filing;

A - F : Monday
G – N : Tuesday
O – Z : Wednesday
Missed your day : Thursday and Friday

Filing later in the week will not delay payments or affect the date of an individual’s claim, since all claims are effective on the Monday of the week in which they are filed.

- Suffolk County Police Department Update as of March 18th
In an effort to limit person-to-person contact there will be a number of operational changes for the Suffolk County Police Department.

While precincts will remain open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, they are encouraging residents to not visit precincts unless critically necessary. Anyone who is feeling ill especially is requested to not respond to a precinct or police headquarters.

Instead residents should call 911 and disclose all health concerns and symptoms to enable our officers to prepare and protect themselves and the community.

For the time being, fingerprinting services will not be available.

The Police Department also offers residents a number of different ways to file police reports – you do not have to go into the precinct to file a report.

Types of incidents that can be reported online or over the phone include harassing communications, lost property, criminal mischief, non-criminal property damage, minor motor vehicle crashes, identity theft and some larcenies.

To report online visit www.suffolkpd.org or call 631-852-COPS to report over the phone.

If a report cannot be filled online or by telephone, an officer will be dispatched to the individuals location, and he or she will follow specific guidelines to protect both their health and safety and the health and safety of the resident.

Additionally, our residents have the ability to request incident reports, motor vehicle accident reports and background checks all online at www.suffolkpd.org.

And finally, the SCPD’s Alarm Management Program will be closed until further notice. This will not change the present status of a resident's alarm and extensions will be provided if someone’s bill is due during this time period.

- Suffolk County Department of Social Service Will Remain Open:

Riverhead Center
893 E. Main Street Riverhead, New York 11901-2542
Telephone: (631) 852-3500
Fax: (631)852-3505

Coram Center
80 Middle Country Road Coram, New York 11727
Telephone: (631) 854-2300
Fax (631) 854-2123

Smithtown Center
200 Wireless Boulevard Hauppauge, New York 11788
Telephone: (631) 853-8714
Fax: (631) 853-8842

South West Center
2 South 2nd Street Deer Park, New York 11729
Telephone: (631) 854-6600
Fax: (631) 854-6672

All efforts to reduce public contact are being made while meeting the needs of the County’s most vulnerable residents.

Applications:
Applications for assistance programs can be submitted by mail (instead of coming to a center). Please visit the SCDSS website for information or to download applications at: https://www.suffolkcountyny.gov/Departments/Social-Services/Client-Benefits-Administration

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) applications and case recertification can be submitted electronically @ www.mybenefits.ny.gov or by mail (instead of coming to a center).

Additionally, SNAP benefits can be used for online grocery purchases. Current participating retailers include: Amazon, Walmart and ShopRite. Amazon is available statewide; Walmart and ShopRite participate in specific zip codes. Walmart, depending on specific locations, offers delivery, pick-up or both. Clients can enter zip code on the Walmart or ShopRite websites to find availability.

- SMART 911
Residents are encouraged to sign up for SMART911, which allows individuals and families to provide critical medical information to 9-1-1 and first responders.

The information provided in a Smart911 Safety Profile enables emergency service providers to know who is at the greatest risk in our community. They can provide individuals with critical updates based on their location and health history.

Ultimately, Smart911 gives our community the chance to be proactive, and lets the emergency service providers know who requires their services. Residents can visit www.Smart911.com to sign up.

As part of this effort, residents can now sign up for SMS text message updates on their mobile devices to receive updates on the latest information, health guidance and other developments relating to the coronavirus. Residents should text COVIDSUFFOLK to 67283 to enroll.

- Small Business Guidance
All businesses and counties are advised to reach out to their regional ESD office (https://esd.ny.gov/about-us/contact-us) and DHSES for small business info (http://www.dhses.ny.gov/index.cfm). They will be coordinating, assisting, and communicating once NYS has received its approval.

- Closure of Suffolk County Department of Human Resources, Personnel and Civil Service
As of March 17, 2020- The Suffolk County Civil Service Building will be closed to the public for the next two weeks or until further notice. All essential functions will continue. Almost all transactions and general inquires can be addressed online via access to the website or by phone. For those wishing to drop material off at the building we greatly encourage you to mail instead.

- New Yorkers with Student, Medical, and Other State-Referred Debt Will Have Payments Frozen for At Least 30 Days
NY state will temporarily halt the collection of medical and student debt owed to the State of New York and referred to the Office of the Attorney General for collection, for at least a 30-day period, in response to growing financial impairments resulting from the spread of 2019 novel coronavirus, or COVID-19.

- Suffolk County Department of Labor, Licensing and Consumer Affairs
Suffolk County Department of Labor, Licensing and Consumer Affairs as well as SWEP are closed to the public. Information is available by phone and email.

631 853-4600 Consumer.affairs@suffolkcountyny.gov 
631-853-6600 SC.DOL@Suffolkcountyny.gov 
631-853-3820 Suffolk Works Employment Program (SWEP) Help Line

- Food Pantry and Feeding Programs
Long Island Cares (LIC) Michael Haynes 631-579-1334

LIC will perform Grab and Go breakfast to children and adults in need (Gus Truck) ;
• Saturday, March 21: Wyandanch Community Resource Center, 1585 Straight Path (from 9:30 to approximately 10:30 a.m.)
• Saturday, March 21: Mercy Inn, 17 S. 20th Street, Wyandanch (from approximately 10:45 to 11:45 a.m.)
• Sunday, March 22: HELP Suffolk, 685 Brookhaven Avenue, Bellport
Sunday, March 29: Mastic Fire Department, 1080 Mastic Road, Mastic

LIC will provide emergency bags of food to seniors and individuals in need (Support our Seniors Program) Consists of: 9 meals per person, 3 meals per day, for 3 days based on Feeding America guidelines

3/18/20 - Moriches Bay Recreation Center-12:00-1:00pm- 313 Frowein Rd. Center Moriches, NY 11934
3/18/20 – Hampton Bays 10-11:00am -31 E Montauk Highway Hampton Bays, NY 11946
3/18/20- Avery Village – 2:30 pm -3:30 pm -1100 Village Drive East Patchogue, NY 11772
3/20/20 - Mitchel Houses 1pm-2pm -1485 Front Street, East Meadow, 11554
3/20/20 –- Sienna Village10:00 am – 11:00am – 2000 Bishops Rd , Smithtown, NY 11787-
3/23/20 - Plainview Housing- 10:00 am -11:00 am - 115 Central Park Rd, Plainview, NY 11803
3/27/20 – Village of Brentwood 10:00am-11:00am- 95 2nd Avenue, Brentwood, NY 11717

LIC will provide emergency food to individuals in need (Mobile Outreach Resource Enterprise) Mobile Outreach Resource Enterprise (M.O.R.E.): Provides emergency food to individuals- They will be provided 3 meals per day for 3 days.

3/20/20 - Rogers Memorial Library - 11am-12pm - 91 Coopers Farm Rd, Southampton, NY 11968
3/20/20 – Westbury FQHC Family Health Center – 10:30am - 11:30am 682 Union Ave, Westbury, NY 11590
3/25/20 - Middle Country Public Library – 11am-12pm - 101 Eastwood Blvd, Centereach, NY 11720
3/25/20 - Comsewogue Public Library - 12:30m-1:30pm - 170 Terryville Rd, Port Jefferson Station, NY 11776

LIC operates satellite locations including its own emergency food pantries at several community locations. Satellite centers will serve 6 families at a time. People in need are encouraged to call the LIC location closest to them to make an appointment to alleviate time constraints. Food boxes will be delivered to vehicles. Hours and locations are as follows:

Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM; Tuesday-Thursday from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Our staff will also be available to assist people at other times including, weekends by appointment only by calling (631) 582-3663 Ext 109.

Long Island Cares-The Harry Chapin Regional Food Bank
10 Davids Drive – Harry Chapin Way, Hauppauge
(631) 582-FOOD for appointment

Nassau Center for Collaborative Assistance
21 East Sunrise Highway, Freeport
(516) 442-5221 for appointment

South Shore Service Center
163-1 North Wellwood Avenue, Lindenhurst
(631) 991-8106 for appointment

Harry Chapin Food Bank and Humanitarian Center
220 Broadway, Huntington Station
(631) 824-6384 for appointment

Baxter’s Pet Pantry & Retail Food Rescue Center
161 North Wellwood Avenue, Lindenhurst
(631) 991-8106 for appointment

Hunger Assistance & Humanitarian Center of the Hamptons
286 West Montauk Highway, Hampton Bays
(631) 613-3344 for appointment


March 19th
Suffolk County’s First Drive Thru Free Testing Site Has Opened

Suffolk County’s first drive thru, free testing site for Coronavirus is now open at Stony Brook University in the South Commuter Lot (P Lot).

The mobile testing site features six lanes to accommodate up to 1,000 tests per day and will be open 7 days a week from 7am - 7pm.

If you wish to be tested, call the State of New York Coronavirus Hotline 24/7 at 1-888-364-3065 to make an appointment. If you can't make it to Stony Brook, call your doctor for additional testing options and availability.

Thanks to this drive thru, free testing site right here at Stony Brook University, Long Islanders will have greater and expedited access to the testing needed to identify, contain and combat this outbreak.

 

March 19th
A Message From Altice

In response to the COVID-19/Coronavirus pandemic, Altice USA has taken several steps to ensure that Americans within the communities we serve have reliable access to high-speed broadband connectivity to keep them connected to the people, information, and resources they rely on.

Altice USA is committed to helping schools and students stay connected during this unprecedented time. For households with K-12 and/or college students who may be displaced due to school closures and who do not currently have home internet access, we are offering our Altice Advantage 30 Mbps broadband solution for free for 60 days to any new customer household within our footprint.

Starting Monday, March 16, 2020, eligible households interested in this solution can call:

• 866-200-9522 to enroll in Optimum region
• 888-633-0030 to enroll in Suddenlink region

In addition, Altice USA is proud to have joined the Keep Americans Connected Pledge recently announced by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai. As part of the pledge, Altice USA has committed for the next 60 days to:

• not terminate broadband and voice service to any residential or small business customers because of their inability to pay their bills due to the disruptions caused by the Coronavirus pandemic;

• waive any late fees that any residential or small business customers incur because of their economic circumstances related to the Coronavirus pandemic; and

• open our WiFi hotspots to any American who needs them.
Altice USA is also taking various measures to keep our communities safe, healthy and connected; more information can be found at www.alticeusa.com/coronavirus.   

“We know that our connectivity services, especially broadband and voice, are essential for fostering learning for students, powering our local businesses, and keeping our communities connected,” said Altice USA CEO Dexter Goei. “Altice USA is proud to do its part in ensuring that customers and businesses in our service areas have reliable access to the connectivity services that are critically important during this rapidly evolving public health situation.”

 

March 18th
Coronavirus Community Update from the Greater Bellport Coalition

We’d like to thank John Rogers, Chair of the GBC, Greater Bellport Coalition, for the following information.

• Legislator Sunderman has announced that the County is currently working on setting up a mobile testing site. This site will be operational by the end of the week. Residents can start making calls for appointments for this testing site by calling 1-888-364-3065. If calling, please identify yourself as a Suffolk County resident and tell them you need an appointment for the Coronavirus test. Please contact Legislator Sunderman's office at 631-852-1300 for more information.

• Residents can get updates at www.suffolkcountyny.gov or by texting COVIDSUFFOLK to 67283.

• VIRUS TESTING: While testing has been limited, the state is actively working to greatly expand its capacity with drive thru testing centers to come online soon. If you have symptoms and would like to be tested, the State has established a hotline where trained health department professionals will screen callers and issue appointments when appropriate. The Hotline number is 1-888-364-3064.

• SCHOOL NUTRITION: South Country Schools. Grab-n-Go will be available at Bellport High School, Frank P. Long Intermediate, and Verne Critz Elementary School between 10AM and 1PM. Two meals will be included. For those under quarantine or without transportation, call 631-730-1501 to arrange for delivery.

• SENIORS, ADULTS and FAMILIES IN NEED: Long Island Cares will perform Grab and Go breakfast to children and adults in need (Gus Truck), Sunday, March 22: HELP Suffolk, 685 Brookhaven Avenue, Bellport. Long Island Cares will provide emergency bags of food to seniors and individuals in need (Support our Seniors Program) Consists of: 9 meals per person, 3 meals per day, for 3 days based on Feeding America guidelines

• DAY CARE: Day Care and Child Care Facilities were not mandated to close as per Governor Cuomo’s order. Many Day Care/Child Care Centers have implemented procedures to protect their staff and children. If someone is need of Day Care, they can call the Child Care Council of Suffolk Parent Counselors @ 631-462-0303 to find available slots for their children.

• VETERANS: At this time, all VFW's in Suffolk County are closed. Legislator Rob Calarco’s office is working with the Suffolk County Commander, Dave Rogers, as well as our Suffolk County Office of Veterans Affairs to get information out to our Veterans.

• UNEMPLOYMENT FILING: The waiting period for unemployment has been temporarily waived. If an individual loses their job, they should call 1-888-209-8124 and file a claim for Unemployment benefits./span>

 

Special Shopping Hours for Seniors at Stop & Shop and Target
Beginning Thursday, March 19th, all Stop & Shop stores will open earlier in order to service only customers who are age 60 and over from 6:00am-7:30am daily. Click here for more details.

Target is reserving the first hour of shopping every Wednesday for the elderly and those with health concerns. They are also closing all stores at 9pm daily so that they can replenish and deep clean their stores.

 

South Country Schools Food Distribution
The South Country School District has made arrangements for distributing food to all families in need beginning Tuesday, March 17th.

Distribution will occur Monday through Friday between the hours of 10:00am and 1:00pm at the following locations.

· Bellport High School
· Frank P. Long Intermediate School
· Verne Critz Elementary School

Distribution will be “Grab-and-Go” with curb-side pickup to prevent group gatherings. Included in each grab-and-go will be two breakfast and two lunch meals.

When you arrive at the site, simply state how many school-age children in your family, and you will be provided a two-day supply for each student.

This service is being provided for ANY family in need and all are encouraged to take advantage of the food availability.

 

South Country Library
The South Country Library will remain closed through March 30th.

Returns: You may still make returns in their book drop, however there will be no accrual of fines so feel free to hang on to your items it you want to avoid an unnecessary trip.

Reserved Items: Any items on the reserve shelf will be waiting for you when they re-open.

Library Card Renewals: Any library card that was due to expire in March or April will automatically be renewed until June 1st (allowing for continued use of their online services).

Online Resources: In addition to their downloadables and streaming services they are continuing to seek out new ways to provide library services online to our community, including educational offerings for children while schools are closed.

Stay in Touch with the Library: Feel free to reach out with questions or comments to the library at sctyref@sctylib.org
 or visit their website or Facebook page.

 

Brookhaven Town Closings, Cancelations and Postponements
In an abundance of caution related to COVID-19, the Town of Brookhaven has decided to temporarily postpone, suspend, close or cancel many Town events. This is an evolving situation that will be updated as information becomes available.

While Brookhaven Town Hall currently remains open, it is strongly recommended that residents who have business with the Town to use online services or contact Town personnel by phone or email in order to reduce crowds at Town Hall to help prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus. To keep informed on Novel Coronavirus news and information, please follow @BrookhavenTown on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, visit www.BrookhavenNY.gov or call 631-451-TOWN (8696).

CLOSED - All Town of Brookhaven Recreation Centers and Pools will be closed until further notice, effective 5:00 pm on Monday, March 16.

CLOSED - Holtsville Ecology Site & Animal Preserve will be closed to public access until further notice.

CANCELED - All Parks and Recreation Department Programs are canceled until further notice.

CANCELED - Recycle Right Media Contest has been canceled go to www.BrookhavenNY.gov/contest for more information.

CANCELED - What Now?" (Are Your Ready?) Youth Bureau event at Town Hall scheduled for Monday, March 16 at Town Hall has been canceled.

CANCELED - What Now?" (Where do you see yourself?) Youth Bureau event at Town Hall scheduled for Monday, March 30 at Town Hall has been canceled.

CANCELED - Agricultural Advisory Board Meeting scheduled for Wednesday, March 25 at 4:00 pm has been canceled.

CANCELED - Suffolk County Board of Elections Training Seminars at Town Hall have been canceled until further notice.

POSTPONED - Women’s Recognition Night scheduled for Tuesday, March 24 at 6:30 p.m. at Brookhaven Town Hall has been postponed to a date to be determined.

POSTPONED - Animal Education, Care and Awareness Workshop at the Longwood Public Library scheduled for Saturday, March 21, is postponed to a date to be determined.

POSTPONED - Animal Shelter Donation Drive in Center Moriches scheduled for Saturday, March 21 is postponed to a date to be determined.

POSTPONED - Prom Gown Program at Town Hall scheduled to begin on Tuesday, March 24 has been postponed to a date to be determined.

POSTPONED - Gangs on Long Island - What You Need to Know Youth Bureau event at Town Hall scheduled for Monday, March 23 has been postponed to a date to be determined.

SUSPENDED - Dress for Success Client Suitings and Clothing Donations are suspended until further notice to a date to be determined.

 

Brookhaven Town Suspending Senior Citizen Events, Activities at Senior Center
In response to concerns over the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), Brookhaven Town continues to closely monitor the guidance provided by the CDC, New York State Department of Health and Suffolk County Department of Health, and has determined that out of an abundance of caution all large senior citizen events are being postponed. Town Senior Citizen Center activities will be suspended beginning Thursday, March 12, 2020. Meals on Wheels deliveries will continue to our homebound senior citizen population, and seniors previously served by congregate nutrition programs at our senior centers will be offered meal delivery at their homes.

Brookhaven Town is committed to protecting the health of our residents, especially vulnerable populations, and we thank you for your cooperation in our efforts. Residents can call 631-451-TOWN (8696) or go to www.BrookhavenNY.gov for more information, including Coronavirus Safety Tips and How to Avoid Exposure. Follow the Town of Brookhaven on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @BrookhavenTown. Residents can call Suffolk County’s 311 call center or go to www.SuffolkCountyNY.gov for more news and information or to sign up for countywide Code Red alerts. If needed, the Town will send out e-mail alerts to residents who have registered. If you are not on the alerts list, you can sign up today at www.BrookhavenNY.gov