Suffolk County continues to see an increase in illness, hospitalizations and deaths related to the novel coronavirus. It is vitally important that all Suffolk County residents following social distancing guidelines and virus containment recommendations.
When you hear, read, or watch news about an outbreak of an infectious disease such as COVID 19, you may feel anxious and show signs of stress. These signs of stress are normal, and may be more likely or pronounced in people with loved ones with heightened risk. In the wake of an infectious disease outbreak, monitor your own physical and mental health. Know the signs of stress in yourself and your loved ones. Know how to relieve stress, and know when to get help.
Behavioral, physical, emotional, and cognitive responses are all common signs of anxiety and stress. You may notice some of them after you learn about an infectious disease outbreak.
Set limits on how much time you spend reading or watching news about the outbreak. You will want to stay up to date on news of the outbreak. But make sure to take time away from the news to focus on things in your life that are going well and that you can control.
Find people and resources you can depend on for accurate health information. Learn from them about the outbreak and how you can protect yourself against illness, if you are at risk. You may turn to your family doctor, a state or local health department, U.S. government agencies, or an international organization.
The current health crisis posed by COVID-19 is changing the way Behavioral Health services are being delivered. All the following providers are responding with safe, creative and remote connections to care. HELP IS AVAILABLE, so check out this list of resources:
During this difficult time, one way to make a difference in the lives of your neighbors and in your community is by helping others.
The New York Blood Center is advising that it is in urgent need of blood and plasma donations from donors who have not been exposed to the coronavirus. If you are able to dontate, please call the Blood Center at 1-800-688-0900 for additional information and to schedule an appointment.
Stony Brook University is collecting donations of personal protective equipment (PPE) that will be used by Stony Brook University Hospital professionals. 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.
Help shape your and your community’s future by responding to the 2020 Census. Visit www.my2020census.gov to respond to 12 short questions that will take approximately 10 minutes of your time. Doing so will help determine how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding flow into communities every year for the next decade. That funding shapes many different aspects of every community, no matter the size, no matter the location!
Are you looking for ways to stay positive and connect to others while socially distancing? The following web site offers opportunities to connect to others in a safe venue that can help you stay connected.
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County is working to bring the knowledge to you when it is needed most!
The Staller Center for the Arts has announced that during the month of April it will be offering new resources from its Instrument Petting Zoo (IPZ). According to the organization:
"We know many of our patrons are at home with children or grandchildren and are looking for things to do with them. We hope you’ll find some entertainment, enlightenment, and education from our online resources. You can also download music education workbooks and create music together at home. Visit stallercenter.com/outreach for all available content."
The Staller Center also announce that in May it will make available online some of its award-winning short films from previous years of the Stony Brook Film Festival presented by Island Federal Credit Union.
Looking for something creative and fun to do with your children? Then visit Gallery North’s Facebook Page for its ArtVentures at Home videos. The daily uploads are a good way to let your creativity loose while you’re pent-up inside.
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.