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Covid-19: Information, Help, Services

Some of the key takeaways from this week's news about COVID-19 in New York State, Suffolk County, and our South Fork communities.

Mar 22, 2020
New York Releases List of Essential Businesses

New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's office released a list of those businesses considered essential while an executive order designed to limit the spread of COVID-19 is in effect. Businesses not on the list must arrange for all of their employees to work from home or cease operation by 8 p.m. Sunday or face fines.

Mar 21, 2020
Legislator Urges Against Panic Shopping

Suffolk Legislator Bridget Fleming said on Thursday that hoarding food is unnecessary because supply chains that serve retail food stores are operating normally.

Mar 20, 2020
Governor: Non-Essential Businesses Must Close

"These are legal provisions; they will be enforced. There will be a civil fine and mandatory closure for any business that isn't in compliance," Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Friday as the state's virus cases topped 7,100.

Mar 20, 2020
COVID-19 Now in All Five East End Towns

Shelter Island has its first confirmed case of the virus, which has already been reported in East Hampton, Southampton, Riverhead, and Southold.

Mar 19, 2020
Mobile Testing Site Opens at Stony Brook

Suffolk County's first mobile testing site for the novel coronavirus is at a Stony Brook University commuter lot. Testing is by appointment and only for those who meet stringent criteria.

Mar 19, 2020
The Economic Impact of the Virus

Many of us have suffered already from the warlike shock of the COVID-19 pandemic. We will all suffer in some way. If we learn from the record, however, we can take steps to minimize the impact.

Mar 19, 2020
Fight Against Virus Brings Economy to Sudden Halt

Businesses of all sorts in New York State ground to a screeching halt this week, as the COVID-19 pandemic forced a near-total shutdown of commercial activity and ordinary life.

Mar 19, 2020
For Teachers and Students a Crash Course in Distance Learning

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo this week ordered schools statewide to close through March 31 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Some districts here had already announced plans to close for two weeks. Many administrators believe the closure will be extended.

Mar 19, 2020
COVID-19 Tightens Grip on South Fork

The South Fork is caught up in a rapidly accelerating public health emergency as the COVID-19 pandemic moved from dire warnings two weeks ago to declarations of states of emergency in all of the towns and villages on the North and South Forks this week.

Mar 19, 2020
While Others Shelter in Place, East End’s First Responders Face Virus Head On

While most people have been told to stay home to stop the spread of COVID-19, first responders do not have the luxury of closing up shop.

Mar 19, 2020
Scenes From the South Fork as Pandemic Grips New York

In photographs, how businesses and residents reacted as coronavirus precautions began to take hold.

Mar 18, 2020