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Peconic Bay Medical Center embarks on major emergency department expansion

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Peconic Bay Medical Center's emergency department will handle about 38,000 visits this year, including a growing number of critical care cases, such as strokes, heart attacks and trauma. The expansion, which will cost about $20 million, will focus on critical care.

PBMC to close its skilled nursing facility by year’s end, will repurpose space for other clinical needs

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PBMC needs to expand clinical space for other acute care services to meet growing demand, Executive Director Amy Loeb said. There are other facilities in the community that provide long-term care. PBMC needs to grow to provide the services only a hospital can provide, she said.

Updated Covid-19 vaccine boosters now available; new shots tailored for Omicron variants

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The updated COVID-19 vaccine boosters are designed to add Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 variants and bolster previous vaccination protection. They shots are available locally at Walgreens pharmacies and Costco.

A more ‘normal’ back to school? New COVID-19 guidelines lift mask mandates, ease quarantine rules

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When school doors open and buses roll on Tuesday, students and teachers will be returning to classrooms in an environment that feels a lot more "normal" than at any time since the novel coronavirus struck New York, shuttering schools and business in the spring of 2020.

CDC changes COVID-19 guidance, lifts quarantine recommendation for people exposed to virus

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has changed its public health guidance for COVID-19, recommending that people exposed to the virus should not immediately quarantine, but instead wear a “high-quality” mask for 10 days and get tested on the fifth day after exposure.

Heat advisory is issued as heat index values climb

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Hot temperatures and high humidity will produce heat index values up to 97° F. on the East End and 100+ across the rest of the island and in NYC today and tomorrow.

Zeldin calls for peer-to-peer counseling program to aid troubled veterans nationwide

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Rep. Lee Zeldin today called for passage of a bill he sponsored in March to nationalize the New York State veteran peer-to-peer program, which grew out of a pilot program Zeldin spearheaded while a state senator in 2012.

County health department: 26 new mosquito samples test positive for West Nile virus in Suffolk

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Twenty-six new mosquito samples, including three in Aquebogue, have tested positive for West Nile virus, Suffolk County Health Commissioner Gregson Pigott announced today.

Governor declares state disaster emergency for monkeypox outbreak in New York

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Gov. Kathy Hochul yesterday declared a state disaster emergency in response to the ongoing monkeypox outbreak in New York, where 1,383 cases have so far been confirmed.

Twelve mosquito samples across Suffolk, including one in Aquebogue, test positive for West Nile virus

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Twelve mosquito samples taken July 20 and 21 in Suffolk County, including one in Aquebogue, tested positive for West Nile Virus, the county health department announced today.
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