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State to end mask mandate in hospitals, nursing homes Sunday, will follow CDC guidance keyed to COVID-19 community transmission levels

by Feb 11, 2023
As long as a health care facility is located in a county where COVID-19 community transmission levels are not high, health care facilities may eliminate mask requirements, according to the new state guidance, which follows guidance already established by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

This holiday season, live by the Golden Rule. If you’re sick, wear a mask in public spaces

by Dec 16, 2022
Editorial: Nasty respiratory viruses, multiple strains of the flu, and the coronavirus are making a lot of people ill. If you're sick, keep your germs to yourself. If you must go out, please wear a mask.

Masks in Riverhead schools will be optional starting Wednesday, as school board strips mandate from reopening plan

by Feb 28, 2022
Masks will be optional in Riverhead schools starting Wednesday, following the unanimous vote by the board of education Monday night to remove the mask requirement from the school district's 2021-2022 reopening plan.

Appellate court grants stay of order invalidating statewide mask mandate

by Jan 31, 2022
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.

New York extends indoor public space mask mandate to Feb. 10

by Jan 28, 2022
New York State’s mask mandate for indoor public spaces has been extended until Feb. 10, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced during a storm...

State’s mask mandate remains intact after appellate court judge grants stay

by Jan 25, 2022
After a hearing this afternoon, Justice Robert Miller, an Appellate Division judge, granted a motion for stay filed by N.Y. Attorney General Letitia James. The ruling allows the mask mandate to temporarily remain in effect. The judge scheduled another hearing for Friday.

Masks still required in Riverhead schools, parents protest outside district office

by Jan 25, 2022
Following a State Education Department advisory last night to school districts saying they should keep mask mandates in place, the Riverhead Central School District informed families the district's mask requirement will continue. The decision drew a protest demonstration outside the district office this afternoon.

COVID-19 cases soar 170% in Suffolk over past month, as hospitalizations more than double

by Dec 17, 2021
With COVID-19 case numbers and hospitalizations climbing in Suffolk and across the state, Gov. Kathy Hochul warned of the impact on hospitals if the U.S. experiences an "exponential" increase in cases in the weeks ahead due to the omicron variant.

NY imposes indoor mask mandate for public spaces unless vaccine is required to enter

by Dec 10, 2021
New York has a new mask mandate. Effective Dec. 13, masks required in all indoor public spaces unless a COVID-19 vaccine is required to enter the space, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced this morning.

School board member asks district to support lawsuit against state mask mandate

by Sep 16, 2021
School board member Chris Dorr asked board members to write a letter of support for two Nassau County school districts suing to overturn the state's mask mandate in schools. Former schol board candidate Monique Parsons, on behalf of a new group called Save Our Schools-Riverhead, demanded the district become a plaintiff in the suit.