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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
A Call for Mask Choice in Sag Harbor

Friction is brewing over Covid-19 precautions in the Sag Harbor School District, where a group of parents lobbying to make mask-wearing a family choice is expected to state their case to the school board on Monday.

Feb 2, 2022
Mask Mandate Stands, Despite a Challenge

The politicization of masks and mask mandates to protect public health against the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic was manifested on Long Island this week, with a New York State Supreme Court judge in Nassau County ruling on Monday that Gov. Kathy Hochul’s mandate that masks must be worn in public places when social distancing cannot be maintained is unconstitutional.

Jan 27, 2022
The Latest Covid Surge May Have Crested

While the pandemic’s trajectory remains uncertain, the Omicron variant’s tendency to cause milder sickness, combined with the sheer number of those with a degree of protection through prior infection or vaccination, signal a period of transition for the virus that has upended life for the past two years.

Jan 20, 2022
Concern for the Youngest in the Face of Omicron

As Covid-19 hospitalizations among children skyrocketed in December, particularly impacting children who aren’t eligible for vaccine shots yet, health experts and educators are keeping a watchful eye and doing everything they can to keep kids safe. “It’s really important that if you’re thinking about herd immunity, children are part of the herd,” a chief at Stony Brook Children's Hospital said.

Jan 20, 2022
Hopeful Signs Despite Record Virus Numbers

The Omicron variant of Covid-19 continues to surge through Suffolk County, but there may be signs of a coming decline in cases, which reached an all time high last week.

Jan 13, 2022
On Call: Not Your Fault or Your Failure

More and more people are visiting health professionals to discuss anxiety and depression, and what's striking is not the new onset of these symptoms and conditions or the severity with which they are presenting but instead that so many people are almost apologetic when they bring up these concerns.

Jan 13, 2022