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On Call: We Have Not Yet Won the War

The battles we fight, from the surge here in New York in the spring to the bigger surge in spots across the country this summer, to the cresting wave from coast to coast that we are struggling against right now, are all battering down our defenses. But the vaccines offer hope, and every health care worker I know is sprinting like mad to get one.

Dec 23, 2020
Fearing Spike, Officials Urge Extra Caution in Holiday Celebrations

Covid-19 continued to surge this week, with 1,034 new Suffolk County cases confirmed on Monday. That represents 7.2 percent of the 14,282 test results that came in that day; the seven-day average positive test rate was 7.2 percent as well. 

Dec 22, 2020
Making Spirits Bright at East Hampton Middle School

Four out of five East Hampton Middle School students agree: Going to school during the Covid-19 pandemic is tougher than it was before. Also, a disclaimer: In no way is that a scientific statistic, as the sample size was pretty limited, but the point is still accurate, according to the students themselves.

"There were more things to do that we can't do now," Emma Hand, a sixth grader, recalled during a Google Meet interview last week. "It's a little bit harder, but at least we get to go to school."

Dec 22, 2020
Governor Points to 'Living Room Spread' as Main Virus Vector

"Living room" spread of Covid-19 now accounts for about 75 percent of the virus’s transmission, New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo said on Monday afternoon as he announced fine-tuned vaccination programs and precautions against the threat of a new Covid-19 strain spreading overseas. “Everything else is relatively de minimis” in terms of the risk of spreading the virus, he said, “and we’re in the heat of the holiday season.”

Dec 22, 2020
After School Testing, Covid Numbers Look Good

In partnership with the Suffolk County Department of Health Services, the East Hampton School District has continued to test its students and staff members for Covid-19, turning up zero positive cases out of what are now 290 tests.

Dec 18, 2020
It's Up to You, Governor Says, Urging Caution at Holidays

“What will happen in four weeks?" Governor Cuomo asked, as vaccines were rolled out across the state and the number of new Covid-19 cases continued to climb precipitously. "You tell me what you're going to do over the next three weeks or four weeks and I'll tell you what's going to happen. . . ."

Dec 17, 2020
On Call: A Doctor's Wish After Heartbreaking Year

During the first surge of cases in New York in the spring, so many of us in the health care field fought tooth and nail to uphold our sacred oath to heal and keep death at bay. Many of those under our care died, and with each one of those who passed away under our watch, a piece of our hearts died as well. We thought it would be worth the heartache because the rest of the country would learn from our experiences and be better prepared. But here we are again.

Dec 17, 2020
First Vaccines Arrive as Covid Surge Rages On

On Monday New York State began distributing 170,000 doses of a coronavirus vaccine, including 26,500 doses designated for Long Island, which will be used to inoculate high-risk groups such as health care workers, nursing home residents and staff, and emergency medical services personnel. 

Dec 17, 2020
New Covid Cases Cause Online Learning Shift at Bridgehampton School

The Bridgehampton School has instituted remote learning for six days starting Wednesday as more Covid-19 cases were diagnosed there. One staff member and two students tested positive for the virus, according to Robert Hauser, the district superintendent.

Dec 16, 2020
Covid Looming Over Holiday Season, New York City Indoor Dining

Governor Cuomo’s announcement on Friday that indoor dining in New York City would be curtailed as of Monday is the latest manifestation of a worsening Covid-19 crisis in the state, which now has an overall positive infection rate of 4.9 percent, but he emphasized that “living room spread” represents the majority of new infections.

Dec 11, 2020
High-Risk High School Sports Postponed Again

Section XI, the governing body for public high school sports in Suffolk County, on Friday postponed “until authorization is provided” the “high-risk” sports — boys and girls basketball, wrestling, and cheerleading — from the winter schedule that is slated to begin Jan. 4.

Dec 11, 2020
New Covid Cases Force Springs School to Close Friday

The School Covid Report Card, a state database that details the number of cases in local schools, shows one new case reported on Monday, three on Tuesday, and one on Wednesday. Of those five, four were students and one was a staff member.

Dec 11, 2020