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State health department ‘misled the public’ on nursing home deaths

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The State Health Department conformed its presentation of data and information to Cuomo's 'narrative,' concealing deaths of 4,100 nursing home residents as governor came under increased scrutiny, a State Comptroller's audit finds.

NYU Langone Health-L.I. Community Hospital affiliation is official

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The affiliation between Long Island Community Hospital and NYU Langone Health is now official, the two hospitals announced today.

NY school mask mandate to be lifted March 2

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Gov. Kathy Hochul today lifted the state’s controversial universal mask mandate for K-12 schools, effective Wednesday, March 2.

Riverhead schools will return to ‘mask optional’ as soon as governor lifts school mandate: superintendent tells families

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Following long-awaited new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control Friday on when Americans should wear masks to protect themselves against COVID-19, the Riverhead school superintendent said the district will return to a “mask optional“ policy as soon as the governor lifts the universal mask mandate for K-12 schools in New York.

Riverhead Town offers additional free COVID-19 rapid tests to residents

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The Town of Riverhead will offer free at-home COVID-19 testing kits to residents throughout next week at Town Hall and at the Riverhead Senior Center. 

RISE Life Services opens new outpatient mental health clinic on East Main Street

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The Elevations Clinic Treatment Program will provide medical services, including medication prescriptions and management, antipsychotic injectables, smoking cessation treatment and mental health monitoring, and therapeutic services, including psychotherapy, psychoeducation, and an early intervention program for those with and at risk of developing substance use disorders.

Riverhead Town to distribute 1,200 free rapid COVID-19 test kits on Tuesday

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The Town of Riverhead will distribute 1,200 free rapid COVID-19 test kits to residents on Tuesday at the Town Hall reception desk and at the Riverhead Senior Center in Aquebogue from 12-4 p.m.. There are two tests per kit.

New York drops mask mandate, except in schools, where decision will come next month

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Gov. Kathy Hochul announced today New York State’s mask mandate will end tomorrow for most indoor public spaces, citing a declining number of cases in the state after a record-setting winter surge of the virus. A separate mask mandate will continue in schools until after the winter break.

Hochul expected to announce lifting of mask mandate — but not yet in schools

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Gov. Kathy Hochul is expected to announce the end of New York’s indoor mask mandate at a briefing this morning. But a decision on mandatory masking in schools will be delayed until after the winter break. The current school mandate is set to expire in two weeks.

Appellate court grants stay of order invalidating statewide mask mandate

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A State Appellate Division panel this afternoon granted a stay of the Nassau County court decision last week that invalidated New York's statewide mask mandate.
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