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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Innovative septic systems for new construction to be required in Suffolk

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone on Thursday signed a bill unanimously passed by the county legislature Oct. 6 modifying the county sanitary code to implement the new septic system requirements.

Public hearing on Bellone’s proposed $3.2 billion operating budget coming up next week

The county executive's recommended operating budget, delivered to the county legislature Oct. 9, includes staffing reductions of 500 full-time employees and cuts to discretionary spending in public health, public safety and transportation.

Commercial gyms can reopen Monday in Suffolk; county announces procedures and guidelines for reopening

Commercial gyms and indoor classes in Suffolk will be allowed to reopen on Monday, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone announced today. He outlined the procedures gym operators must follow for reopening.
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