Coronavirus Update: Event Cancellations; Town Adds Info

9:10 p.m. UPDATE: A roundup of the latest coronavirus news. Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone announced three new cases of COVID-19 in the county. The Huntington school district canceled its Thursday football program awards dinner  a charitable basketball game. The Paramount weighed in with information about its cleaning procedures. And the Town of Huntington has added a page to its website devoted to issues surrounding the coronavirus.

The  town page includes information on the town’s preventive measures, visits to town hall, prevention tips and more. While the town doesn’t have a specific health or medical role,  Supervisor Chad Lupinacci said Monday that the town’s emergency preparedness office is working with officials from other levels of government.

Eli’s March Madness, a basketball game between faculty at Huntington High School and Woodhull Intermediate, raises money for scholarships in the name of Eli Mollineaux, who died at age 15 after suffering from a rare mitochondrial disease.

The Paramount said “meticulously cleaned and disinfected after every event” and that it recently upgraded to use a hospital grade level product. It also is installing new hand sanitizing stations, providing supplementary cleaning staff and will continue to stress the importance of frequent hand-washing and rigorous cleaning.  All performances are currently set to go on as scheduled.


  • The New York State Public High School Athletic Association said it is monitoring the situation, with no changes as of now to state championship schedules. “As updated information is released by the New York State Department of Health, the New York State Education Department and Governor Cuomo’s office, changes to the championship events could become necessary and warranted,” the organization said.
  • SeniorNet at Family Service League, canceled plans for an open house at its Huntington and Blue Point offices out of concerns about the virus, and will reschedule.
  • Suffolk County Sheriff Errol D. Toulon Jr. suspended all contact visits at the county jail until further notice to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Non-contact visits may still be scheduled in advance by calling 631-852-1893 or 631-852-1894. Visiting hours will be 7:30 AM to 8:30 PM, 7 days per week with 30 minute sessions. “Jails and prisons across the United States are places where illnesses can spread quickly, and careful planning is critical for containment.  I want to assure the public that we are taking all necessary steps to ensure the safety of our staff, our inmate population, and our visitors. I have therefore made the decision to suspend all contact visits until further notice,” Toulon said.

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