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Youth Vaccine Clinic on Saturday

The Bridgehampton School and Stony Brook Southampton Hospital have teamed up to offer a Covid-19 vaccine clinic for children and teens on Saturday at the school.

Mar 8, 2022
Masks Now Optional in Schools

Face coverings in most South Fork schools are now optional. School districts from Montauk to Southampton confirmed that as of Wednesday masks will no longer be mandatory for students, teachers, administrators, or staff. The mask rollback extends to school buses as well.

Mar 3, 2022
State's School Mask Mandate to Be Lifted

"My friends, the day has come," Gov. Kathy Hochul said Sunday after announcing that the state would lift its school mask mandate as of Wednesday following consultation with public health officials, teachers, school administrators, and PTA members. Local officials in individual school districts and counties will continue to have the power to impose mask mandates and other restrictive measures based on their needs.

Feb 28, 2022
Masks Come Off at East Hampton Town Offices

With Covid-19 transmission falling to levels not seen since last year, East Hampton Town has lifted a mask requirement for those entering town offices and other facilities. 

Feb 28, 2022
State Lifts Indoor Mask Mandate

A New York State mandate that people wear masks or show proof of vaccination at restaurants, gyms, theaters, offices, and stores was lifted last Thursday. The decision, Gov. Kathy Hochul said at the time, was motivated by improving Covid-19 measurements, including the percentage of tests coming back positive, hospitalizations, the number of cases per 100,000 people, and vaccinations.

Feb 17, 2022
Springs Families Echo Calls for Mask Choice

A chorus of Springs School parents on Tuesday joined the many loud-and-clear voices calling for a “mask choice” policy, which would enable them to decide whether their children should wear masks.

Feb 17, 2022
Free Covid Test Kits in East Hampton and Southampton

East Hampton and Southampton Towns are offering free Covid-19 rapid antigen home test kits to residents this week and next. 

Feb 15, 2022
Tempers Flare Over Masking in Schools

Charging that New York State’s indoor mask-wearing mandate has had negative social, emotional, and academic fallout on their children, some 20 Sag Harbor School parents demanded on Monday that administrators and school board members adopt a “mask choice” policy that would allow parents to decide what’s best for their children.

Feb 10, 2022
Mask-or-Vax Mandate Lifted for Businesses, but Not Schools

Effective Thursday, a New York State mandate that people wear masks or show proof of vaccination at restaurants, gyms, theaters, offices and stores will be lifted, but individual businesses and municipal governments will be able to set their own policies.

Feb 9, 2022
On Call: Answers for a Good Question About Boosters

A reader asked, is a third dose recommended after receiving an mRNA booster vaccine (such as Moderna or Pfizer) following the Johnson and Johnson single dose? Dr. Potter looked into it.

Feb 3, 2022
Tales of How Covid Hit Us

The East Hampton Library has a new video series, “Covid Hamptons: How the Pandemic Reshaped an Iconic Community," documenting current historical events as they unfold. It includes firsthand accounts from people such as police officers, musicians, farmers, and barbers as they talk about the once-in-a-century, one hopes, event that has transformed life in the town and across the globe.

Feb 3, 2022
East Hampton Town Testing Site Reduces Hours

Because of a significant decline in demand for Covid-19 testing, East Hampton Town’s test site at the former Child Development Center of the Hamptons on Stephen Hand’s Path, operated by CareONE Concierge, has reduced its hours of operation.

Feb 3, 2022