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Sag Harbor Mayor Addresses Virus Preparedness

Tue, 03/17/2020 - 16:25

There have been no reported cases of COVID-19 infection in Sag Harbor Village, Mayor Kathleen Mulcahy said in a board meeting held by teleconference today. 

Ms. Mulcahy said the village is in daily contact with Suffolk County officials and the Department of Health Services, who told her that a drive-in facility to test for the coronavirus is planned for the county, but when it will be up and running and where it will be located is not yet known. When it is in place, she said, it will be for "dire cases," that is, for those already showing symptoms of the disease. 

A meeting of East End mayors and supervisors to discuss developing a protocol for dealing with an influx of visitors to the region was scheduled for 2 p.m. today, she said. 

Sag Harbor Fire Chief Steven Miller and Deborah O'Brien, the president of the village's volunteer ambulance corps, said their members were well trained to help those who become infected, but they asked the public to notify first responders about their symptoms before having them enter their homes. That way they can take the proper precautions to protect their own health. People should call their physicians before calling an ambulance, Chief Miller said. 

All meetings, other than the village board meetings, have been postponed until further notice, said Ms. Mulcahy, and the village's departments are not accepting paperwork. Applications and other forms can be dropped in a container in the lobby of the Municipal Building, but they will not be handled until four days have passed.  

The village has yet to declare a state of emergency, as East Hampton Town, East Hampton Village, and Southampton Town have done, the mayor said, but the board will be discussing whether to do so later today. 


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