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Suffolk's Infection Rate Remains Low

Even as Suffolk County reached a grim milestone, surpassing 2,000 deaths from Covid-19 last weekend, the spread of the virus seems to be holding steady at approximately a 1-percent daily infection rate.

Aug 26, 2020
Southampton Restaurant Sees Liquor License Suspended for Violating Covid Rules

The Southampton Village restaurant 75 Main had its liquor license suspended by the New York State Liquor Authority on Sunday, following a Saturday night visit by S.L.A. investigators and officers from the village, the Suffolk County Police Department, and the County Sheriff’s Office that revealed numerous violations of coronavirus-related regulations, according to a release from the state.

Aug 24, 2020
On Call: Praying for Sleep

It is 12:27 a.m., and I should be asleep. I'm lucky that it usually doesn't take much to get me back on track with sleep. Until Covid-19. Then there weren't enough moments in the day to eat and go to the bathroom, much less for "self-care." I spent my nights replaying my days.

Aug 20, 2020
Virus Scare 'Averted' at Hayground Camp

After following up on a weekend scare in which a child tested positive for Covid-19 on Friday, summer camp administrators at the Hayground School, in consultation with the Suffolk County Department of Health Services, concluded the camp can safely continue running this week.

Aug 17, 2020
On Call: Should I Stay or Should I Go?

In 12 years of marriage (filled with four lovely but occasionally loud children), I have yet to take my wife on a honeymoon. And after four years of medical school followed by four more of residency, I really thought that this year was going to be my chance to make it happen.

Aug 13, 2020
East Hampton Planners Examine Emergency Room Annex

In an initial review of Stony Brook Southampton Hospital's proposal to build an emergency room annex and diagnostic center in East Hampton, members of the East Hampton Town Planning Board voiced concerns about the facility's impact on traffic flow, the placement of a Medevac helipad, and the possibility of "mission creep."

Aug 13, 2020
Bellone Blasts Trump for Calling Disaster Assistance a 'Bailout'

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone angrily denounced President Trump on Wednesday, telling reporters that the president referred to federal disaster assistance as “some sort of bailout” during his fund-raising visit to the South Fork on Saturday.

Aug 12, 2020
A Week Without Covid at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital

When word came from Stony Brook Southampton Hospital on July 31 that the last Covid-19 patient had been discharged and there were no suspected or confirmed cases among other patients, it was cause for celebration — a celebration that lasted a whole week.

Aug 12, 2020
Best-in-Country Infection Rate Means Schools Can Reopen, Governor Says

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Friday gave schools in New York State the green light to reopen, pending approval of their individual education plans and the scheduling of open comment sessions with parents and teachers.

Aug 7, 2020
Citation for Concert Organizers, Attendees Urged to Get Tested

The organizers of a July 25 Chainsmokers concert have been slapped with a single citation covering multiple violations of town ordinances.

Aug 6, 2020
On Call: The Hardest Question to Answer

"Should I send my kids back to school this fall?"

Of all the Covid-19 questions that I'm asked as a family medicine physician, this is the hardest to answer.

Aug 5, 2020
Many Unknowns as Schools Unveil Reopening Plans

South Fork school district officials have been working nonstop over the last several weeks to determine reopening plans, which were due in to the state by July 31, but regardless of the details, all of the plans may as well have a big asterisk on the first page, because Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is expected to make a big school-related announcement Friday.

Aug 5, 2020