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On Call: An Ounce of Prevention

From the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, one of the biggest concerns for the health care community has been not only the actual effects of the novel coronavirus itself but also the secondary impacts upon people's health and well-being. There were concerns about how increasing numbers of patients with Covid-19 might overwhelm the clinics and hospitals in terms of simple numbers, but the impact upon preventive health was also very worrisome. 

Oct 16, 2020
Suffolk Virus Numbers Improving, but Hospitalizations on the Rise

After detecting a spike in coronavirus infections in Suffolk County during the first week of October, when more than 100 new cases were reported in a single day for the first time since mid-July, the county reported far fewer new cases this week, but noted an increase in Covid-related hospitalizations.

Oct 15, 2020
In Sag Harbor, a House of Stories Is Between Chapters

That the former Morpurgo house, a.k.a. the Captain John Hulbert house, hadn't been sold yet amid the pandemic was serendipitous for its owners, Max and Michelle Breskin, who, with their three children, are its first legal occupants in many years. Once a wreck, now tip-top after a major restoration completed by Breskin Development, it is on the market for just under $6.5 million.

Oct 15, 2020
Costs of Covid Weigh Heavily on School Districts

As Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone continues to blast Washington, D.C., lawmakers for inaction on a Covid-19 assistance plan that could help municipalities, one of the impacts of that lag is that taxpayers in public school districts are already footing the bill for the rising costs of preventing the virus's spread in classrooms and hallways.

Oct 15, 2020
On Call: Is It a Cold, or Is It Covid?

The novel coronavirus causing Covid-19 has the ability to affect many body systems and can lead to such a wide variety of symptoms that it is difficult to say without a test whether certain symptoms are those of a cold or Covid.

Oct 8, 2020
School Officials Respond to Covid Outbreaks — and Expect More to Come

Covid-19 continued this week to wreak havoc in local schools, with cases popping up in Montauk and Springs for the first time and a third instance emerging in East Hampton's John M. Marshall Elementary School.

Oct 8, 2020
Uptick in New Virus Cases a Worrying Trend

For the first time since July 13, more than 100 new cases of coronavirus infection were reported in a single day in Suffolk County last week, with 104 people testing positive on Thursday and 103 on Friday. After dipping to 49 on Sunday, by Monday the number of new cases in the county was up to 89, and on Tuesday 109 new cases were reported, according to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's office.

Oct 8, 2020
For South Fork Caterers 'Micro Events' Are the New Big Thing

While the cancellation of big summer events and limits on social gatherings put a major dent in their business, caterers on the East End report that things are picking up in a different way as wedding couples and private clients find ways to cut down their guests lists to hold more intimate celebrations.

Oct 8, 2020
UPDATE: No Students Will Quarantine in Montauk School Covid Case

The Montauk School will be closed on Wednesday and Thursday after a teacher was identified Tuesday afternoon as having contracted Covid-19.

Oct 7, 2020
Third Case of Covid-19 at John Marshall, First Case at Springs School

Another confirmed case of Covid-19 in a student at the John M. Marshall Elementary School in East Hampton was reported late Friday afternoon, the third such case to come to light in the last nine days, and right after that came word of a case at the Springs School.

Oct 2, 2020
Hospital Prepared to Face Down Possible Covid Resurgence

Dr. Fredric I. Weinbaum, Stony Brook Southampton Hospital's chief medical officer and chief operating officer, provided an overview of the Covid-19 pandemic and discussed how the medical system was better positioned to manage if a fall or winter resurgence occurs.

Oct 1, 2020
State Gets Set for Vaccine

New York State is forming an independent advisory task force of scientists, doctors, and health experts that will review every Covid-19 vaccine authorized by the federal government and advise on its safety and effectiveness.

Oct 1, 2020