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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.

Suffolk County announces $100 million farmland preservation initiative to reach goal set over 50 years ago

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Suffolk County is committing $100 million over the next 10 years to preserve 10,000 acres of developable farmland, in order to reach the goal of preserving 30,000 acres set over 50 years ago.

American Rescue Plan aid will prevent county budget cuts and layoffs: Bellone

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An estimated $286 million in federal aid under the American Rescue Plan will prevent layoffs and drastic budget cuts in Suffolk County, County Executive Steve Bellone announced in a press release Thursday.

COVID-19 positive rate rises to ‘shocking’ 12.8% in Suffolk

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Suffolk’s COVID-19 test positivity rate shot up to 12.8% yesterday — 1,650 new confirmed cases out of 12,909 tests reported, the highest number of new cases reported since the onset of the pandemic.

New county program offers emergency rental assistance and small business grants

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Suffolk County is offering emergency rental assistance for residents and small business grants under a new COVID assistance program dubbed “BACKSTOP.”

Thanksgiving gatherings became ‘spreader events’ in Suffolk, Bellone says

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Suffolk County is currently monitoring 13 COVID clusters from Thanksgiving or other recent family gatherings, where all or almost all of the people in attendance later tested positive for the virus, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said today.

Transparency? I call bullsh*t. People deserve access to local COVID data and straight answers

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After confusing official reports of spiking COVID infection rates in Riverhead, I sought the town-level data. What I got was a bunch of baffle-gab and bullsh*t and a state official essentially telling me to take a hike.

COVID positivity rate in Riverhead averaged 5.6% over past five days, Bellone says

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County Executive Steve Bellone said testing programs in the Riverhead and Hampton Bays school districts are part of the county's efforts to get community spread of the coronavirus under control.

Suffolk residents should avoid gatherings this weekend as county experiences ‘alarming’ COVID-19 surge, says Bellone

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With coronavirus infections increasing rapidly across the state, Bellone warned residents today that the county could be entering a “dangerous period” of the outbreak, and Cuomo said further statewide restrictions may be necessary to curb the spread.

‘Steady uptick’ in COVID cases & hospitalizations in Suffolk concern local health officials

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As confirmed coronavirus cases pass the 50,000 mark in Suffolk, the test positivity rate climbs and COVID hospitalizations reach highest number since the region entered phase four of reopening on July 8.
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