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The new advisory, issued after the CDC announced revised guidance on mask-wearing yesterday, urges public health officials and clinicians to step up vaccination efforts. CDC said the 300% increase in COVID-19 infections over the past month is attributed to the spread of the highly infectious delta variant among unvaccinated people. Full story.
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Update 6:44 am
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New COVID-19 cases reported July 27, 2021
Source: New York State Department of Health

New York State
New cases: 1,679 - Positivity rate: 2.5%

New York City
New cases: 904 - Positivity rate: 2.3%

Long Island
New cases: 292 - Positivity rate: 2.9%

Nassau
New cases: 162 - Positivity rate: 3%

Suffolk
New cases: 131 - Positivity rate: 2.7%

Results reported for July 26, 2021.

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Update 6:42 am
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Suffolk vaccination update July 26

839,032 people — 56.5% of the total population — have completed their vaccine series, an increase of 1,138 in 24 hours

917,123 people — 61.9% of the total population — have received at least one vaccine dose, an increase of 1,690 in 24 hours

563,970 Suffolk residents remain unvaccinated

The CDC has reversed its recommended guidance on mask use in public indoor settings for vaccinated individuals, especially in areas with high community transmission, citing an increase of breakthrough cases by the Delta variant. The CDC is also recommending K-12 students and staff wear masks in the coming school year, regardless of vaccination status. Full story.
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Update July 27, 6:19 am
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Suffolk vaccination update July 26

56.5% percent of the total population has completed the COVID-19 vaccine series

915,433 people have received at least one vaccine dose, an increase of 1,312 in 24 hours

837,894 people have completed their vaccine series, an increse of 749 in 24 hours

565,660 people remain unvaccinated

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Update July 26, 7:00 am
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New COVID-19 cases reported July 25 by New York State Department of Health:

New York State
New cases: 1,982 - Positivity rate: 2.2%

New York City
New cases: 1,070 - Positivity rate: 2.0%

Long Island
New cases: 379 - Positivity rate: 2.8%

Nassau
New cases: 220 - Positivity rate: 3.1%%

Suffolk
New cases: 159 - Positivity rate: 2.5%

Results reported for July 24, 2021.

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Update July 26, 6:00 am
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Suffolk County vaccine update

56.5% percent of the total population has completed the COVID-19 vaccine series as of July 24, 2021

New first doses administered over past seven days: 21,663
Vaccine series completed over past seven days: 18,470

Source: NY State Department of Health

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Update July 25, 10:08 am
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New COVID-19 cases reported July 24 by New York State Department of Health:

New York State
New cases: 1,846 - Positivity rate: 1.9%

New York City
New cases: 1,106 - Positivity rate: 1.9%

Long Island
New cases: 338 - Positivity rate: 2.2%

Nassau
New cases: 174 - Positivity rate: 2.2%

Suffolk
New cases: 164 - Positivity rate: 2.2%

Results reported for tests on July 23, 2021.

The U.S. Justice Department has decided not to open a civil rights investigation into how government-run nursing homes in New York State responded to the COVID-19 crisis last year. The decision drew fire from Rep. Lee Zeldin, who called it a "gift" to Gov. Andrew Cuomo by the Biden Administration. Full story.
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Update July 24, 7:43 am
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New COVID cases reported July 23 by New York State Department of Health:

New York State
New cases: 1,830 - Positivity rate: 1.8%

New York City
New cases: 1,056 - Positivity rate: 1.7%

Long Island
New cases: 319 - Positivity rate: 2.1%

Nassau
New cases: 167 - Positivity rate: 2.4%

Suffolk
New cases: 152 - Positivity rate: 1.9%

Data from July 22, 2021

RiverheadLOCAL
Update July 21, 3:07 pm
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July 21: New York State COVID-19 cases

New York State
New cases: 1,452 - Positivity rate: 1.75%

New York City
New cases: 870 - Positivity rate: 1.78%

Long Island
New cases: 263 - Positivity rate: 2.27%

Nassau
New cases: 138 - Positivity rate: 2.38%

Suffolk
New cases: 125 || Positivity rate: 2.16%

Parents who make up to $150,000 jointly, or $112,500 filing single, will receive monthly payments of $300 per child age 0-5, and $250 per month per child ages 6-17, for the next six months under the American Rescue Plan. Full story.
Denise Civiletti
Update July 20, 2:45 pm
Denise Civiletti

Today's New York State COVID-19 cases

New York
New cases: 1,144 || Positivity rate: 1.67%

New York City
New cases: 669 || Positivity rate: 1.63%

Long Island
New cases: 198 || Positivity rate: 2.02%

Nassau
New cases: 101 || Positivity rate: 2.04%

Suffolk
New cases: 97 || Positivity rate: 2.00%

With most restrictions lifted and the new delta variant circulating throughout the state, the number of confirmed COVID infections is climbing. Full story.
The red-hot real estate market on the East End continues to push home prices higher and break revenue records for the Peconic Bay Community Preservation Fund, which is generated by a 2% tax on real estate transfers in the five East End towns. High demand in the luxury markets on both forks continues to drive the growth. Full story.
New Yorkers are "getting back on track and starting to live life once again," Gov. Andrew Cuomo said yesterday, as he announced the COVID-19 emergency order, set to expire at midnight June 24, would not be renewed. Full story.
The Riverhead Central School District is using federal COVID relief funds to launch new programs in the summer and during the next school year to help students whose academic progress was halted during the coronavirus pandemic. Full story.
Riverhead Supervisor Yvette Aguiar announced the state of emergency in the Town of Riverhead, in effect since March 12, 2020 would not be renewed. Full story.
Business owners — especially restaurant owners whose businesses suffered the most during the pandemic are excited for a return to 'normal.' Full story.
Almost all of New York State’s coronavirus restrictions ended today after 70% of the state’s adult population received at least one dose of the vaccine, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced. Full story.
These days, owning a restaurant means having to handle jobs once taken care of by hired help. Owners report they are struggling to fill positions due to a shortage of food service workers. Full story.
Denise Civiletti
Update June 13, 8:52 am
Denise Civiletti

New York's statewide COVID percent positive Friday was 0.38% — or 533 positives of 141,568 test results reported. The seven-day average across the state was 0.44%. The percent positive rate in New York has declined for 68 consecutive days, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

In Suffolk County, 0.6% of the 11,423 COVID-19 test results reported were positive — 64 new cases countywide.

Perhaps we triumphed over the pandemic, but most importantly is the personal transformation. Full story.
Suffolk County has launched a new vaccine initiative aimed at eligible kids and camp counselors in advance of summer camps reopening. Full story.
When 70% of the state’s adult population has received the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, most remaining restrictions will be lifted, the governor said during a press briefing. That could come within a week, according to officials, though vaccinations have slowed dramatically. Full story.
Students in New York State can be unmasked while outdoors during the school day, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced today. Masks remain mandatory indoors, he said. Full story.
The Riverhead school district announced on Saturday masks in schools would no longer be required as of Monday. On Sunday evening, after a directive from the State Education Department, the district reversed itself. Full story.
The Suffolk Theater will reopen on Aug. 27 after a nearly year-and-a-half closure caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The theater will require attendees to be fully vaccinated so it may operate at full capacity without social distancing. Full story.
Under the latest emergency order issued by the town supervisor, all town buildings and facilities are now open to the public and town board meetings will resume their normal schedule, with the second meeting each month taking place at 6 p.m. Full story.
With the lifting of mask mandates for those who have been fully vaccinated, it’s nice to see people’s smiles. What’s not so nice is people’s decisions being so shrouded in controversy and judgment. This new phase is different for the immunocompromised. Respect that. Full story.
Asked if the removal of the wall means members of the public can attend town hall meetings in person, Riverhead Supervisor Yvette Aguiar said the public has not been prohibited from attending those meetings in person. The town's emergency orders and meeting notices say otherwise. Full story.
New York State is lifting its mask mandate and social distancing requirements for fully vaccinated people in most situations as of this Wednesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced today. Full story.
Peconic Bay Medical Center is hosting a walk-in Johnson & Johnson vaccine distribution on Tuesday, May 18 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at its Robert Entenman Campus, 4 West 2nd Street, Riverhead. Vaccines are distributed free of charge to recipients. Full story.
If you’ve fully vaccinated you no longer need to wear a mask or stay physically distant from others, according to new guidance issued yesterday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — unless required by law or regulation, including local business and workplace guidance. New York is reviewing the guidance and local data, the governor said. Full story.
Denise Civiletti
Update May 9, 9:23 am
Denise Civiletti

According to the Suffolk County Health Department. 731,857 Suffolk residents have received at least one vaccine dose — 49.4% of Suffolk’s total population — while 571,143 people have completed their vaccine series (38.5% percent of the county’s total population of 1.48 million.

The county said 61.7% of residents age 18 and older have received at least one dose.

All state-run mass vaccination sites are now offering walk-in vaccinations to all residents 16 and older.

Suffolk County is offering two vaccination clinics this coming week with no appointment necessary. You can find details here.

Homebound Suffolk residents can receive their vaccine at home. Interested persons should call 311 and give their name and number to 311 staff for a follow-up call to schedule a free vaccination at home.

Denise Civiletti
Update May 9, 9:06 am
Denise Civiletti

There were 1,218 new confirmed coronavirus cases in Suffolk County this week, where the testing percent-positive rate averaged 1.5% over the past seven days.

Three were 110 new hospital admissions and 135 discharges this week. Inpatient COVID-19 hospitalizations averaged 168 people over the past seven days.

There were 16 COVID-19 fatalities reported in Suffolk this week.

Denise Civiletti
Update May 9, 9:03 am
Denise Civiletti

There were 17,835 new COVID-19 cases confirmed statewide this week, according to N.Y. State Department of Health data. The testing percent-positive rate averaged 1.47% over the past seven days, according to the data.

Over the past seven days an average of 2,489 individuals were hospitalized with COVID-19. There were 220 deaths.

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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.
RiverheadLOCAL
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.

RiverheadLOCAL
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.
RiverheadLOCAL
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.
RiverheadLOCAL
Update April 22, 6:48 am
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As of this morning, there are still more than 500 vaccine appointment slots available at Peconic Bay Medical Center's Entenmann Campus on West Second Street in Riverhead. To check availability and book an appointment, visit the Northwell Health website.

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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.

RiverheadLOCAL
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.

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