As we all continue to make adjustments to our daily lives to help slow the spread of COVID-19, residents are reminded to continue socially distancing themselves by staying at least 6 feet from others and following these recommendations to protect yourself, your family and your community from this and other viruses:
This Sunday, New York State went on PAUSE, requiring 100% of the workforce to stay home, excluding those in essential services, and issuing the following guidance:
The Suffolk County Police Department is now requiring online or telephone reporting for specific non-emergency incidents. The changes will be enacted in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health and safety of both police officers and residents.
To file a report online, visit www.suffolkpd.org/onlinereporting. To file a report over the phone, residents are urged to call 631-852-COPS. A list of the types of reports that can be filed online can be viewed at www.SuffolkPD.org.
Suffolk County is hosting a supply drive for Personal Protective Equipment. Those wishing to make a donation can do so until this Friday between the hours of 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM at the Suffolk County Fire Academy, located at 102 East Avenue in Yaphank. The County is specifically looking for donations of N95 masks, ear loop face masks, gowns and gloves.
Additionally, Stony Brook University will be collecting donations of personal protective equipment (PPE) which will be given to Stony Brook University Hospital. The university is currently accepting PPE donations that include face shields, N95 3M 1860 masks, protective eyewear, goggles, disinfectant wipes, hand sanitizer and other supplies required for staff safety. The PPE will then be distributed to medical personnel to use while interacting with possible (PUI) and known COVID-19 patients.
If members of the community have medical supplies or comfort care items to donate, they should contact Joan Dickinson, Stony Brook University Community Relations Director, at Joan.Dickinson@stonybrook.edu or at 631-219-0603 so a drop off time and location can be arranged and donations put into the right hands quickly.
New York State continues to operate a Suffolk County Mobile testing site. Testing is BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. If you have symptoms and need to get checked, please call the the NYS COVID-19 hotline at 1-888-364-3065 to be screened over the phone.
While all libraries, museums and cultural destinations have temporarily closed due to Novel Coronavirus, many – including all of our local libraries – are offering activities and services that can be done from home. Use the links below to explore what’s beyond your door:
Comsewogue Public Library: https://www.cplib.org/program-registration/program-alternatives/
Emma S. Clark Memorial Library: https://www.emmaclark.org/fromhome/
Port Jefferson Free Library: https://portjefflibrary.org/coronavirus/athome/
Anne Frank House: https://www.annefrank.org/en/about-us/what-we-do/publications/anne-frank-house-virtual-reality/
The British Museum: https://www.britishmuseum.org/closure
If the pandemic has prevented you from attending the support meetings that are an important part of healing and recovery, there are a number of online resources that may be there to help you during this difficult time:
Alcoholics Anonymous, 12 Step Online: https://www.12step-online.com/meetings/online-aa-meetings/
Alcoholics Anonymous, AA Chats: https://aachats.org/
Alcoholics Anonymous, Online Intergroup: http://www.aa-intergroup.org/directory.php
Narcotics Anonymous, Virtual NA: https://virtual-na.org/
Residents who have questions related to the COVID-19 should continue to visit the county website, www.SuffolkCountyNY.gov or call Suffolk 3-1-1, or 631-853-6311 if outside the county, where you will be directly connected to a live operator who can direct your call to the appropriate place.