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Note: As of May 25, Suffolk County has disabled its Covid-19 tracking map and has not released confirmed case numbers by town. The county says it hopes to restore the map “as soon as possible.”


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New York has expanded coronavirus testing criteria to include all protesters who attended recent events, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced yesterday. He urged everyone who has attended a protest to get a test. He said they have a “civic duty” to get tested. Full story.
In less than a week, you’ll be able to get that long-overdue haircut, shop for new clothes, shoes and cars, go out to dinner at a local restaurant or sip a glass of local wine at one of the North Fork’s vineyards. Full story.
The library will operate under its current budget for the next fiscal year, which runs from July 1 through June 30, 2021. Full story.
Beginning today, the Riverhead DMV office is processing registrations and certain other transactions by mail. Beginning Thursday, June 4, the office will accept transactions through a secure drop box there. Drop box services will be available during regular office hours, Monday through Saturday. Full story.
Denise Civiletti
Update May 30, 10:37 am
Denise Civiletti

Riverhead church to hold drive-up Mass May 31

St. Isidore R.C. Church will have drive-up Mass Sunday (May 31) at 9:15 a.m. in the parking lot of St. John Paul II Regional School on Marcy Avenue.

Riverhead Town has begun accepting applications for temporary outdoor dining permits that will allow restaurants to expand their seating capacity with outdoor tables once the state allows restaurants to reopen. Full story.
As New York State emerged from a two-and-a-half month shutdown with the reopening of designated Phase One industries, local contractors and businesses wasted no time getting back to work. Full story.
The deadline for payment of real property taxes in Suffolk County has been extended to June 20 under an executive order signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo last week. Payment is due the next business day, Monday, June 22. Full story.
Suffolk County will grant automatic approval to restaurants seeking to expand their seating into outdoor areas, when they are approved at the local level, County Executive Steve Bellone announced today. Full story.
Can they go out to play? Can they visit Grandma? What about school? Peconic Bay Medical Center is hosting... Full story.
As Long Island begins to reopen its economy by entering Phase One of the NY Forward reopening plan, Riverhead officials are looking ahead to Phase Three, when restaurants are allowed to reopen. The town is working on plans to allow temporary outdoor dining, with table service, utilizing public spaces as needed to give restaurants the ability to expand beyond their dining rooms. Full story.
Long Island's construction industry can get to back to work tomorrow — as well as curbside retail, manufacturing, agriculture, fishing and wholesale trade. Adobe stock photo. Full story.
Suffolk County's COVID-19 map, which has been reporting case numbers out of sync with the state's data, will be taken offline for a short time, County Executive Steve Bellone announced yesterday. Full story.
This year, National EMS Week arrived in the midst of a global viral pandemic, at a time when the peak of the outbreak had just passed in Suffolk, stretching health care systems to the breaking point, requiring EMS to adjust and sometimes overhaul their protocols. Full story.
Why don’t we, through our county health department, create a “COVID-Compliant” status for bars, restaurants, shops and retailers? Full story.
Memorial Day ceremonies in Riverhead were very different today, but they did take place. The Riverhead Combined Veterans Committee held solemn ceremonies at two of the town's war memorial sites this morning. Photos and video. Full story.
There were no veterans groups, no music, no audience under the overcast sky early this morning. It was a Memorial Day unlike any other since Calverton National Cemetery held its first Memorial Day ceremony 42 years ago. Full story.
The Long Island region could be eligible to reopen as soon as Wednesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced today. But the region is still meeting only five of the seven state-mandated benchmarks for reopening, so the date remains uncertain. Full story.
Here's the latest update from the Town of Riverhead, including information about beaches, parks, town government reopening preparations, meetings and more. Full story.
New home construction in Riverhead remained slow in 2010
Long Island and the Mid-Hudson regions could begin opening next week if their number of daily deaths continue to decline and their number of contact tracers meets the state’s requirements, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said today. Full story.
All regions of the state should be on a level playing field when it comes to deciding when they're ready to reopen, but one key metric is fundamentally unfair to more populous regions like Long Island, according to Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman. Full story.
Chambers of Commerce across the East End are rallying their member businesses to press the county and state to allow them to reopen as Memorial Day weekend approaches. Full story.
East End Arts member artists created portraits of front-line worker at Peconic Bay Medical Center to honor their work during the pandemic. Full story.
Suffolk County is asking the governor to approve a 45-day waiver of penalties and interest on second-half property taxes for Suffolk property owners suffering economic hardship due to the COVID-19 crisis. Full story.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo today announced authorization for elective surgeries and ambulatory care at Nassau County hospitals and the beginning of a pilot program to allow visitors at 16 designated hospitals. Full story.
Members of the Riverhead Town Board are calling on the town supervisor to hold regular board meetings and improve communication with the board and the public. Full story.
While Riverhead Town Hall remains closed to the public, there are several ways to make payments,Riverhead Receiver of Taxes Laurie Zaneski said. Full story.
Southampton Town today announced it will open three town beaches for Memorial Day weekend. Full story.
It’s as if every tentative step we take to reopen is an experiment in a laboratory. But we have already pulled through some grim times — and we’ll pull through these worst of times as well. Full story.
Elective and ambulatory surgeries have always been important revenue sources for hospitals, but in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, they are more crucial than ever to hospitals' survival. Full story.
Horse racing tracks in New York can reopen June 1, but fans will have to enjoy the action only on television or online. The Watkins Glen NASCAR track, where races are televised, will also be allowed to reopen, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced today. Full story.
Dr. Jean Cacciabaudo, medical director at Peconic Bay Medical Center, discusses what the hospital has done to protect patient safety through the COVID crisis and what the future holds for hospital operations. Full story.
The Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office yesterday participated in a “Thank You Parade” at Peconic Bay Medical Center. Photos and video Full story.
In a new executive order issued late yesterday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo extended “N.Y. on Pause” until May 29. Full story.
New York State is currently investigating 110 reported cases where children — predominantly school-aged — are experiencing the symptoms of a severe inflammatory syndrome linked to COVID-19. Full story.
Blaze Church in Flanders is conducting drive-through food distributions every Thursday from 1 to 2 p.m. Blaze Church pastor... Full story.
Sales tax collections in Suffolk fell nearly $30 million compared to April 2019, after the pandemic shuttered non-essential businesses, including most retail. More than 1.7 million New Yorkers filed for unemployment benefits since the crisis began in March. Full story.
The 106th Rescue Wing plans to conduct a flyover to salute health care, essential workers and first responders in Suffolk County on... Full story.
Denise Civiletti
Update May 13, 8:30 am
Denise Civiletti

Job opportunities: New York State seeking contact tracers

NYS is doing all it can to keep New Yorkers safe and stop the spread of COVID-19. But we’re stronger if we all work together so the Governor is calling on health care professionals, schools of public health or medicine to come forward to support the state’s response.

Contact Tracers Responsibilities: Reach out to the contacts of anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 to assess symptoms, ensure compliance with quarantine and determine social support needs. Link to apply: https://careers-pcgus.icims.com/jobs/5244/contact-tracer/job

Team Supervisors Responsibilities: Lead a team of 20 Contact Tracers, and one Community Support Specialist who are working remotely using digital tools. Link to apply: https://careers- pcgus.icims.com/jobs/5245/team-supervisor/job

Community Support Specialists: Work with the team to address the support needs of those who are contacts, especially those who are under Isolation or Quarantine. Link to apply: https://careers- pcgus.icims.com/jobs/5246/community-support-specialist/job

Denise Civiletti
Update May 13, 8:25 am
Denise Civiletti

Suffolk reopening metrics dashboard is live

Suffolk County's dashboard tracking the county’s progress towards meeting the seven reopening metrics laid out by NYS is live on the county’s website here.

In its first comprehensive COVID-19 update to the public since April 3, the Town of Riverhead said all town buildings and recreation facility closures will remain in place until at least May 31. Nearly all town meetings are also canceled through the end of this month. Full story.
Assemblyman Anthony Palumbo questions the role of state policy in contributing to the death toll of the virus in New York’s long-term care facilities, which today stands at 5,516 residents — about one-fourth of the state’s total COVID-19 deaths. Full story.
It remains uncertain when the Long Island region will get a green light to begin the four-phase reopening outlined by the state. Much depends on the region's ability to recruit, interview and train the nearly 900 'contact tracers' required by the state's reopening plan. Full story.
Long Island still does not currently meet the state's requirements for reopening by Friday's expiration of New York's stay-at-home orders, but it is far closer to meeting them than it was last week. Full story.
Hospitals in New York are now banned from discharging patients to nursing homes unless they have first tested negative for COVID-19. Officials denied the new order walks back a March 25 directive requiring nursing homes to accept COVID-positive persons. Full story.
Riverhead Town Police will begin monitoring town beaches for compliance with social distancing and PPE use, as well as resident parking stickers, the police department said in a press release today. Full story.
A reflection by Father Larry Duncklee, pastor of St. John the Evangelist Church in Riverhead, who has spent a lot of time visiting coronavirus patients and the medical staff at Peconic Bay Medical Center in the past three months. Full story.
“This virus has taken a lot from us. We cannot allow it to stop us from appropriately honoring America’s heroes,” Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said today. Full story.
There have been 73 reported cases and three reported deaths in New York, where children are experiencing symptoms similar to Kawasaki disease and toxic shock-like syndrome, thought to be linked to COVID-19. Full story.
Northwell Health's COVID-19 hospitalizations are down 65% from their peak on April 7, an indicator of the decline of the virus in the downstate region. The health system yesterday discharged its 10,000th patient hospitalized with the coronavirus disease. Full story.
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