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Coronavirus outbreak: Live updates


Katie Blasl
Update 10:19 am
Katie Blasl

Riverhead Central School District is making the following changes to the hours of its meal distribution program, effective today:

  • Doctor’s Path: 11:15 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. daily.
  • Calverton Hills: 2:15 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. daily.
  • Wood Road Trail and Riverside Avenue: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. daily.
  • Corner of Lewis Street and Doris Avenue, Riverhead: 11:15 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. daily.
  • 821 East Main Street, Riverhead: 12:15 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. daily.
  • Riley Avenue: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays only, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.. Participants will be invited to take double meals at each visit.

Phillips, Roanoke and Aquebogue will continue its food service with no change to its hours, from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm each day.I'm

Katie Blasl
Update 10:07 am
Katie Blasl
The president and top federal officials delivered grim news to the American public in no uncertain terms yesterday: the best-case scenario for the coronavirus pandemic in the United States would mean the deaths of 100,000 to 240,000 Americans in the next few weeks. Full story.
Riverhead's ProHEALTH urgent care center has begun to offer drive-through COVID-19 testing outside its Route 58 office. Full story.
Eight residents of Peconic Landing have now died from COVID-19 as the retirement community battles an outbreak among members and staff. Peconic Landing says it currently has 10 residents and 15 employees diagnosed with coronavirus. Full story.
The Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a $50 million contract to build a 1,000-bed temporary hospital at Stony Brook University. Construction is expected to be completed by April 18, Rep. Lee Zeldin said. Full story.
“Every single one of us will have an impact on how successful we are in reducing those fatalities and ultimately preventing the health care system from being overwhelmed by that surge that continues to approach." Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone urged residents to stay home and if they must go out to follow social distancing guidelines. Full story.
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. Full story.
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. Full story.
Southold Town’s confirmed coronavirus cases were the highest among every town in Suffolk County on a case-per-thousand basis and more than double the rate in the county as a whole. Full story.
Without social distancing to mitigate the spread of the virus, as many as 2.2 million Americans could die from the coronavirus disease, President Trump said Sunday. "Nothing would be worse than declaring victory before the victory is won,” the president said. Full story.
Two more staff members at Riverhead Central School District have tested positive for COVID-19. One employee works at Riverhead Middle School; the other works at Pulaski Street School. Full story.
Peconic Bay Medical Center has had to open its second intensive care unit to handle the influx of COVID patients. Riverhead Ambulance chief reports two-thirds of calls are now for COVID or COVID rule-out patients. Full story.
The number of seniors receiving 'Meals on Wheels' has more than doubled since the coronavirus outbreak arrived in Suffolk and a new 'essentials' delivery program for seniors immediately saw 200 people sign up. Full story.
Don’t let COVID-19 bury your talents or steal your hope. Full story.
The Riverhead Central Faculty Association has teamed up with teachers associations across the North Fork to help get Chromebooks into the hands... Full story.
Denise Civiletti
Update March 28, 4:59 pm
Denise Civiletti

Riverhead Central School District announced today that a Pulaski Street School staff member has tested positive for COVID-19. The district said it is prohibited by privacy laws from providing any additional information.

The number of confirmed COVID cases in New York rose to 52,318, with 7.328 hospitalized, 1,755 in ICU and 728 fatalities. In Suffolk, 409 people are hospitalized, 139 in ICU. Full story.
Denise Civiletti
Update March 28, 2:30 pm
Denise Civiletti

Twenty-three Suffolk County Police officers have tested positive for COVID-19, County Executive Steve Bellone said this afternoon.

Denise Civiletti
Update March 28, 1:06 pm
Denise Civiletti

Six Suffolk correction officers have tested positive for COVID-19, a spokesperson for the Suffolk County Sheriff's Office said today.

New home construction in Riverhead remained slow in 2010
All non-essential construction in New York State has been ordered stopped by the governor, effective 4 p.m. yesterday. Full story.
PBMC deputy executive director Amy Loeb discusses trends in COVID cases being seen at the hospital, treatments, capacity, staffing and more. Full story.
Confirmed coronavirus cases in Suffolk County rose to 3,385 — up 650 from the 2,735 cases reported yesterday, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said this afternoon during a press briefing from his home, where he has been in voluntary quarantine for two weeks. Full story.
Meet some of Peconic Bay Medical Center’s healthcare heroes: the nurses who putting their lives on the line caring for coronavirus patients in the hospital’s intensive care unit. Full story.
Schools across New York will remain closed for at least two more weeks as the state continues to fight the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced today. Full story.
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