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Coronavirus

Closures Extended Through End of School Year

State officials do not think it’s possible to reopen schools this year "in a way that would keep our students and educators safe.”

May 1, 2020
Score ‘20-20’ for High School Seniors

Three local high schools will participate in an Islandwide tribute to high school seniors Friday at 8:20 p.m. (20:20 military time).

May 1, 2020
How Will Sag Harbor Emerge From the Shutdown Safely?

The very things that have made Sag Harbor Village a popular destination — its mix of shops, restaurants, parks, and cultural institutions — will complicate the process of emerging from the Covid-19 shutdown.

Apr 30, 2020
Suffolk County Can Tap Fed's Stopgap Fund

Suffolk County can benefit from the Municipal Liquidity Facility, a $500 billion fund set up to provide a borrowing stream to help the country’s most densely populated areas, following the Federal Reserve’s expansion of eligibility requirements.

Apr 30, 2020
Rites of Passage Upended for High School Seniors

Almost universally, high school seniors are lamenting the loss of a special year. "The world changed right when we were born,” said Heidi Bucking, a Pierson High School senior, “and now it’s going to change again right when we’re going to be adults.”

Apr 30, 2020
South Fork Arts Centers Face Down a New Reality

The summer arts scene will look very different this year, even if rules for gatherings are relaxed here. Expect to see outdoor play readings, limits or appointments required for access to gardens and art venues, and the return of the drive-in movie, with anticipated reopenings beginning in July.

Apr 30, 2020
In Virus Emergency, Town's Command Structure Remade

New York State Executive Law provides local chief executives “extraordinary authority during the course of a disaster," and since a state of emergency declaration in March, East Hampton Town Hall has been operating under a new command structure. Here's how that works.

Apr 30, 2020
Hard-Hit Suffolk Will Trail Other Regions in Reopening

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has outlined a regional, phased plan to reopen parts of New York State “at the appropriate time.”

Apr 30, 2020
Stony Brook Southampton Hospital Weathers the Storm

“Even though everybody is optimistic that the number is going to go down. . . . The big question is when are we going to see a full decline,” said Robert Chaloner, the hospital's chief administrative officer.

Apr 30, 2020
Virus Testing Ramps Up, but Is It Enough?

New testing sites are opening across the state and the county, however much of the information remains ambiguous. Antibody tests are not widely available yet here, and diagnostic tests are still hard to come by and largely limited to those who are already showing symptoms of Covid-19 or who are essential workers in critical fields.

Apr 30, 2020
An Invitation to Covid History

The East Hampton Historical Society is using social media not only to engage homebound community members with programs but also to encourage people to share their at-home experiences.

Apr 30, 2020
Petition Launched for County Food Crisis Hotline

While traditional food aid organizations have ramped up their efforts during Covid-19, OLA has found some homebound communities are still in urgent crisis and in need of rapid food help.

Apr 30, 2020