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Suffolk Reports Slight Increase in Infection Rate

The infection rate rose from .7 percent Monday to 1.4 percent on Tuesday, but the number of people testing positive for Covid-19 was consistent with numbers from the previous several days. For sports fans, there's sad news: Despite the county executive's efforts on its behalf, the Long Island Ducks professional baseball team has canceled its 2020 season.

Jun 30, 2020
Suffolk Sees Zero Covid Deaths for First Time Since June 12

Other statistics also "continue to look very good," said County Executive Steve Bellone, who reported that Suffolk had an infection rate of .7 percent. "Those are great numbers."

Jun 29, 2020
Visiting Hours Resume at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital

After months of limiting or prohibiting visitors to prevent the spread of Covid-19, Stony Brook Southampton Hospital announced on Monday that it will allow hospital visits by family and friends for up to three hours a day, with strict rules.

Jun 29, 2020
County and State Show Progress in Latest Phase of Reopening

On Sunday, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said Covid-19 data are still looking good as Long Island continues the first full week of phase three of N.Y. Forward, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's economic reopening plan.

Jun 28, 2020
LTV Has Reinvented Itself in the Covid-19 Pandemic

It takes more than a pandemic to stop East Hampton's public access television service, which has emerged as an important source of information. 

Jun 25, 2020
On the Water: Off the Hook!

Many businesses have struggled to survive during the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent economic shutdown, but one niche industry is witnessing solid sales. Bait and tackle shops around Long Island have seen a significant uptick in business as more people take up fishing as a social distancing pastime.

Jun 25, 2020
Inside Dining a Go, But Some South Fork Restaurants Opt for Out

Restaurants are allowed to welcome guests indoors now that Long Island has entered phase three of reopening as of Wednesday, but because of safety concerns, several East End eateries are opting to stick with outdoor dining and takeout instead.

Jun 25, 2020
Coronavirus Testing Options Many, Prices Vary

In mid-April, at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, Suffolk County was reporting more than 1,000 new cases per day, but on Tuesday reported just 46 new cases. As the infection rate has slowed here, people concerned that they have been exposed to the virus are more likely to be tested at an outpatient lab, clinic, or doctor's office than at a drive-through test site, and the cost for testing can vary. 

Jun 25, 2020
Tri-State Area Governors Announce Joint Travel Advisory

On the heels of Long Island entering the third phase of New York's economic recovery plan on Wednesday, effective at midnight, travelers arriving in New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey from nine different states must quarantine for 14 days.

Jun 24, 2020
Stony Brook's East End Nurses Picket for Crisis Pay

Nurses and other health care workers lobbying to receive crisis pay from Stony Brook Southampton Hospital and Stony Brook Eastern Long Island Hospital picketed outside the two facilities on Wednesday to make the community aware of their efforts.

Jun 24, 2020
In Wake of Shutdowns, Suffolk Confronts 'Financial Emergency'

Even as the spread of Covid-19 appears increasingly under control in Suffolk, County Executive Steve Bellone said a deepening financial crisis has already led to budget cuts, salary freezes, and even a potential ballot referendum in November.

Jun 22, 2020
Bellone Sees 'Different Season' as Hospitalizations Drop Below 100

The number of people receiving hospital care for Covid-19 in Suffolk County fell to 90 on Sunday, marking the first period since March 22 that there have been fewer than 100 hospitalizations.

Jun 22, 2020