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New York schools, businesses will remain closed until at least April 29

Schools and “non-essential” businesses will remain closed through at least April 29, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced today. Residents must continue to adhere to stay at home and social distancing rules in order to get beyond the coronavirus outbreak, Cuomo said.

Residents in need can pick up food at drive-thru pantry Monday afternoon

A drive-thru food pantry will distribute food to residents in need this afternoon at First Baptist Church of Riverhead. The pantry will open at 1:30 p.m. and will be open as long as supplies last. The pantry has two pallets of food to distribute.

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Community plans a ‘thank-you’ convoy past Peconic Bay Medical Center this evening

by | Apr 6, 6:48 am
To say thank you to the health care workers on the front line of the COVID-19 battle at Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead, community members are organizing a convoy of cars to drive past the hospital this evening beginning from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. during the hospital’s change of shift.

Suffolk County’s coronavirus death toll climbs to 175, county executive says

The coronavirus death toll in Suffolk County has risen to 175 people, County Executive Steve Bellone said this afternoon. That number represents the biggest increase in fatalities in Suffolk since the county's first death was reported March 16. It is nearly twice the number of the second-highest increase, which was reported yesterday.

Riverhead man takes to the streets to show support for health care workers in time of crisis

Mike Zaleski of Riverhead is taking a four-mile run around Riverhead that takes him past Peconic Bay Medical Center twice, asking drivers to honk to support health care workers. Photo: Denise Civiletti

Suffolk coronavirus death toll climbs by 28 — the largest single-day spike since outbreak began

The death toll reported by the county executive today set a grim record. The number of deaths reported daily has been increasing from week to week. The previous one-day high — 16 deaths — was reported on April 1.

Riverhead Town coronavirus update

A second Riverhead Town police officer has tested positive for COVID-19. The town has extended the state of emergency. All buildings are closed to the public as are town recreation facilities such as dog parks, basketball courts, pickle ball courts, the skate park and hockey rink.

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During coronavirus school closures, Riverhead teachers find creative ways to cheer...

Local teachers have staged drive-by “parades,” rallied alumni to record videos on social media and conducted school-wide campaigns to create signs with messages of encouragement for local students stuck at home.

School board elections postponed by governor until ‘at least June 1’

All school board, village board and library board elections scheduled to take place in New York in April or May have been postponed "until at least June 1," under an executive order signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo yesterday.


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