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

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

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

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.

Hochul to order universal masking in schools

Gov. Kathy Hochul said today she is immediately directing the State Department of Health to institute universal masking for anyone entering schools.

FDA grants full approval to Pfizer vaccine

The Food and Drug Administration has granted full approval to the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for people ages 16 and older. 

Town vaccinated 62 residents last week

Riverhead Town helped inoculate 62 residents with their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine last week during a vaccine distribution event at the Riverhead Senior Center.

New York mandates COVID-19 vaccination for all healthcare workers

All healthcare workers in New York State, including staff at hospitals and long-term care facilities — nursing homes, adult care and other congregate care settings — will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by Monday, Sept. 27, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced yesterday.

COVID-19 update: Hospitalizations and deaths rise, as test positivity rate remains steady

COVID-19 hospitalizations spiked 35% in Suffolk last week compared to the week before, as daily new hospital admissions rose 27% on a seven-day average. Patients being treated in intensive care units also increased to a daily average of 24 from an average of 15 the week before. PBMC in Riverhead saw the same trends locally, a hospital administrator said.

Mask, social distance decisions left to local school officials by State Education Dept.

Though it was billed as a “guidance document” before its release, a “health and safety guide” issued by the State Education Department today does not provide local school districts with new guidance for managing the current COVID-19 outbreak as local officials prepare to bring students back into classrooms next month.

State Ed Department says it will issue COVID-19 guidance for school districts based on CDC guidance

The State Education Department says it is in the process of developing guidance to help local school districts prepare for the upcoming school year under the latest circumstances of the coronavirus pandemic.