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COVID-19 vaccines for kids 5-11 available in Riverhead Sunday

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Appointments to vaccinate kids ages 5-11 against the coronavirus are available in Riverhead through Peconic Bay Medical Center.

Columbia Care now offering whole flower at its medical marijuana dispensaries, including the one in Riverhead

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Columbia Care, which since January 2016 has operated a medical marijuana dispensary in Riverhead, has begun selling whole flower at its four medical marijuana dispensaries in New York, including the one on East Main Street in Riverhead.

Suffolk County executive tests positive for COVID-19

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County Executive Steve Bellone announced he tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 20. Bellone said he is experiencing mild symptoms so far.

COVID test positivity rate in Suffolk’s school-age children was 67% higher than overall county rate during first month of school

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Since the beginning of the school year, 2,818 Suffolk children ages 5-17 have tested positive for COVID-19 — a 7.2% test positivity rate for 39,170 tests since Sept. 1 — more than 67% higher than the average test positivity rate in Suffolk overall since Sept. 1, which was 4.3%.

PBMC remains well-staffed, despite vaccine mandate forcing layoff of 2% of its staff, hospital executive says

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Peconic Bay Medical Center will have to terminate about 2% of its total workforce today under a Northwell Health COVID-19 vaccine policy that required all employees to present proof of vaccination by 11:59 p.m. Monday to avoid termination, according to PBMC Executive Director Amy Loeb.

New York officials worry vaccine mandate will drive healthcare worker shortage

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State lawmakers on the East End say they fear an impending staffing crisis in local hospitals and nursing homes due to vaccine resistance among workers.

Back to school, as COVID-19 community transmission continues to rise in Riverhead

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Students return to Riverhead classrooms for in-person learning Thursday morning, as cases and hospitalizations rise amid a local surge of the delta variant.

Effects of delta variant seen in recent COVID-19 spike, hospitalizations in Suffolk

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The local surge in COVID-19 cases corresponds with the trajectory of the more contagious delta variant in the region.The spike in confirmed cases has been accompanied by a spike in hospitalizations.

Air quality health advisory issued for Thursday in LI, NYC Metro

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An air quality health advisory is in effect Thursday for Long Island and the NYC metro region. The pollutant of concern is ground-level ozone.

Hochul orders universal masking in all schools, says she will pursue options for vaccine mandate for school employees

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Gov. Kathy Hochul dove head-first into controversial waters on her first day in office with the announcement of a back-to school plan that includes a universal mask requirement in all schools, as well as pursuing options for a potential vaccine mandate for school employees, with a weekly testing requirement for staff who remain unvaccinated.
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