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The restaurant, which opened less than six months before the pandemic struck, is "a victim of this pandemic," the restaurant posted on its Facebook page. The site. where three restaurants have opened and closed in the past decade, is being sold, a source close to the property owner said. Full story.
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Update May 4, 2:36 pm
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Hospitals in the Stony Brook Medicine healthcare system will begin a limited visitation process on Tuesday, May 4, Stony Brook Medicine officials announced today. General visitation on the inpatient units will allow one visitor over the age of 18 between the hours of 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 4 to 6 pm. COVID-19 safety guidelines must also be followed for visitation.

The decision was made in light of declining COVID-19 incidence rates both within Stony Brook Medicine hospitals and across Suffolk County, officials said.

"The health and safety of our staff, patients and visitors is our number one priority. We know visitors and loved ones play an essential role in the healing and recovery process of our patients, and we look forward to welcoming them once again," the health system said in a statement.

New York will lift most capacity restrictions on businesses statewide on May 19, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced today. Most businesses, restaurants and offices will be permitted to operate at full capacity, so long as patrons can maintain six feet of social distancing. Full story.
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Update May 1, 7:14 am
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The seven-day average COVID test positivity rate was 2.1% in Suffolk County on Thursday — there were 289 positive results out of 14,614 test results reported.

Since March 2020, there have been 197,095 total cases reported in Suffolk County and 3,348 total fatalities.

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Update May 1, 7:03 am
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COVID-19 testing percent positive rates continue to decline statewide, according to data released by the governor's office. The statewide testing percent positive rate was 1.76% on Thursday, the lowest it's been since Nov. 3. The seven-day rate was 1.93%, the lowest since Nov. 6. The seven-day statewide positivity rate has declined for 25 consecutive days.

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Update May 1, 7:00 am
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Rite Aid is now offering COVID-19 vaccinations at all locations in 17 states, including New York.

Rite Aid’s certified immunizing pharmacists are currently administering the Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech and Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccines.

Individuals ages 18 and over can schedule appointments using the Rite Aid scheduling tool found at www.RiteAid.com/covid-19. Those ages 16 and 17 can schedule an appointment with guardian consent at any store administering the Pfizer vaccine by contacting the store’s pharmacy directly. Those stores can be found here

Rite Aid is now also accommodating walk-in vaccines on a limited basis in every store. Walk-ins allow Rite Aid to better support customers that may not have access to internet for scheduling, while also increasing flexibility for customers. 

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Update May 1, 6:02 am
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The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is extending the face mask requirement for individuals across all transportation networks throughout the United States, including at airports, onboard commercial aircraft, on over-the-road buses, and on commuter bus and rail systems through Sept. 13.

TSA’s initial face mask requirement went into effect on Feb. 1 with an expiration date of May 11. 

The CDC recently announced that fully vaccinated travelers with an FDA-authorized vaccine can travel safely within the U.S., but the CDC guidelines still require individuals to wear a face mask, socially distance, and wash their hands or use hand sanitizer. The extension of the face mask requirement is consistent with this most recent CDC guidance.

The legislature repealed an executive order requiring food to be served with alcoholic beverages, which has hindered the recovery for still-struggling bars and restaurants, according to lawmakers and industry representatives. Full story.
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Update April 27, 5:28 pm
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Nearly 45% of all New Yorkers have received at least one vaccine dose, the governor's office announced today. Roughly 32% have completed their vaccine series. On Long Island, 1.1 million residents have had at least one dose and 765,655 have completed their vaccine series.

All New York State mass vaccination sites will be open for walk-in vaccinations as of Thursday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced today. Local health departments have the option to offer vaccines without appointments as of Thursday also, he said. Full story.
With nearly a third of all New Yorkers fully vaccinated and COVID test positivity rates continuing to decline, the governor said it's time to "open the valves of our economy even further." Full story.
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Update April 22, 6:27 am
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Suffolk County's positive COVID-19 test rate was 2.4% April 20, the lowest it's been since Nov. 9. There were 303 positives in 12,542 test results reported.

There were 283 COVID hospitalizations in Suffolk as of April 20, according to a report provided yesterday by the Suffolk County Department of Health Services. Sixty-seven of those patients were in intensive care units.

There was one fatality Tuesday.

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Update April 22, 6:13 am
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Thirty percent of Suffolk County's 1.48 million residents have completed their full vaccine series as of April 20, according to the Suffolk County Department of Health Services.

Information on vaccine eligibility and where appointments are available.

East End residents seeking a 'walk-up' vaccination will have to drive to Brentwood, the only site in Suffolk County where people 60 and up can be vaccinated without a prior appointment under a new initiative announced today by the governor. Full story.
Northwell Health announced tonight nearly 2,000 appointments for the Moderna vaccine are available at Peconic Bay Medical Center’s Entenmann Campus in Riverhead. Full story.
State and local health officials have paused administration of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine after six women between the ages of 18 and 48 developed a rare blood clotting condition after receiving the vaccine. One woman died another is in critical condition. Full story.
Vaccine appointments will be available at Peconic Bay Medical Center's Entenmann Campus for all New York residents eligible under state guidelines from Sunday, April 11 to Saturday, April 17. Full story.
The town board on Tuesday allocated the Town of Riverhead’s $168,000 in federal CARES Act funding, dividing it among town government — for the purchase of vehicles that serve senior programs — and six local organizations. Full story.
Artists can submit to a poster competition to raise confidence in the COVID-19 vaccine. Submissions must be made by Monday, May 17... Full story.
As of April 5, one in three residents in both Suffolk County and New York State have now received their first dose, and nearly one in five residents have been fully inoculated. Full story.
About 17,000 excluded workers in Suffolk have not had access to unemployment benefits or COVID relief funds and state lawmakers are weighing options to help them. Full story.
New Yorkers 30 and older can begin to schedule COVID-19 vaccine appointments and start getting vaccinated as of tomorrow at 8 a.m., Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced this afternoon. Eligibility will be universal to all New Yorkers 16 and older on April 6. Full story.
After the COVID pandemic shut down churches last year during Lent, churches and worshippers turned to online services. It was a lifeline for many. Full story.
Fully vaccinated New Yorkers can obtain a digital pass to use to gain entry to participating businesses and venues. The pass is also available to New Yorkers who have tested negative for the virus within certain time parameters. Full story.
“You’ve got to change with the times. You’ve got to roll with it,” said Riverhead Free Library director Kerrie McMullen-Smith. The library has implemented virtual programming, including children's programs, concerts and author talks. Full story.
Town Hall belongs to the community, and everyone deserves a say in what happens in and to our town. Guest column by Councilwoman Catherine Kent Full story.
New Yorkers age 50 and over will be eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccines beginning tomorrow at 8 a.m., Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced today. Full story.
COVID-19 vaccine appointments are available tomorrow for Riverhead Town residents who are eligible for the vaccination because of age (60-plus) or co-morbidities. Full story.
According to the NYS Health Facilities Association, the legislation does not improve quality outcomes or address the two most important issues facing nursing homes in New York: a “long-term care workforce staffing crisis and the state’s 12-plus years of slashing over $2 billion in Medicaid funding to nursing homes — including $100 million during the pandemic. Full story.
A former nursing home administrator on the East End said he resigned from the position he held for 11 years and moved out of New York because he could no longer take the way the state is scapegoating nursing homes. Full story.
One of the three mass vaccination sites opening Friday is at Stony Brook University's Southampton campus. The sites will vaccinate all eligible categories of individuals. Full story.
Two new mass vaccination sites will open Friday at SUNY Stony Brook’s Southampton campus and Suffolk County Community College’s Brentwood campus. Full story.
Peconic Bay Medical Center's executive director Amy Loeb reflects on a year of battling COVID-19 on the frontline, "a year we must all remember." Full story.
A guide with up-to-date information on who is eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination n New York State and how to get one. Full story.
One year ago today, Supervisor Yvette Aguiar declared a state of emergency in the Town of Riverhead. Her order capped a week of high anxiety in New York, as health officials tracked the early spread of the novel coronavirus that had just been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization. It was only the beginning. Full story.
Riverhead Town will receive $3.67 million in federal stimulus funds under the American Rescue Plan passed by Congress and signed into law... Full story.
Statcare is opening its fourth Suffolk County pop-up testing site on Route 58 in Riverhead this week. Full story.
The Riverhead school board last night unanimously approved the purchase of two face shields for each student in grades 7-12 at a cost of $5,400. Full story.
One year after the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Suffolk County, Peconic Bay Medical Center staff came together outside the hospital to remember and reflect on what they’ve been through in the battle against the virus over the past year. Full story.
New York State is expanding its COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to include residents ages 60 or older and opening three new vaccination locations on Long Island. Full story.
Fully vaccinated people can visit with unvaccinated people from a single household who are at low risk for severe COVID-19 disease. Full story.
More than 5.5 million COVID-19 doses have been administered in New York State so far, the governor said yesterday. Vaccination progress, coupled with declining COVID testing positivity and hospitalization rates led the governor to ease occupancy restrictions on restaurants outside of New York City, beginning March 19. Full story.
Republican lawmakers blasted Democratic majority, charging the bill passed this week does not nearly go far enough to 'rein in' Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Full story.
Riverhead opened a COVID-19 vaccination site today for seniors age 65 and older. All 1,000 vaccination appointments have been booked. The town is continuing to preregister seniors for the next shipment of vaccine doses, which the supervisor said she expects will be allocated by the state in the next week or two. Full story.
Riverhead has arranged for 1,000 first-doses of the two-dose Moderna vaccine to be administered to seniors 65 and older at the town's senior center in Aquebogue. Appointments are required. (No walk-ups.) Full story.
“It doesn’t do anything for us,” Suffolk Theater owner Bob Castaldi said in an interview this afternoon. "We need to be at 100% to reopen.” The theater has been closed since last spring. Full story.
Riverhead should have a vaccination site in town for residents 65+ by next week, Supervisor Yvette Aguiar said in an interview today. Full story.
“We gather in Riverhead today as so many others gather around the nation to take the time to pause and reflect on the devastating impacts of COVID-19.” Full story.
Suffolk County is creating a COVID-19 memorial to honor the memory of the more than 3,000 Suffolk residents who died of the... Full story.
The more research I did, the more I realized while it was important for my husband and me to get the vaccine, it was most important for my daughter to be vaccinated. Full story.
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