As Vaccination Deadline Nears, Hospitals, State Prepare for Staff Shortage

Gov. Kathy Hochul announced plans Saturday to deal with possible medical staffing issues resulting from the Covid-19 vaccine deadline on Monday. All healthcare workers in New York State must be vaccinated by Monday or face losing their jobs. “We are still in a battle against Read More …

Covid-19 Quarantine Cancels Harborfields Football Season Opener

Harborfields High School has canceled its season opening football game scheduled for Friday because of Covid-19 protocols. “The Harborfields High School varsity football game originally scheduled for Sept. 3 against Westhampton has been cancelled due to a small number of COVID-related quarantines among the football Read More …

Paramount Sets Rules for Covid-19 Tests or Vaccinations

Starting in October, the Paramount will require proof of a Covid-19 vaccination or evidence of a negative test to attend its concerts. The Paramount said it is following Live Nation’s policies around the country, which require the vaccine or a negative dianostic test 72 hours Read More …

State to Require Covid-19 Test for Unvaccinated School Staff

Gov. Kathy Hochul announced Tuesday that the state will require unvaccinated school staff to undergo weekly Covid-19 tests to combat the spread of the virus and its Delta variant. The new rule applies to public and charter schools. Hochul also said $65 million will be Read More …

Schools: Mask Rules; Northport Enrollment Decline

An official in the office of Gov. Kathy Hochul said Friday that when students are unmasked, schools should “implement physical distancing to the extent possible… but should not exclude students from in-person learning to keep a minimum distance requirement.” Regulations issued by the state Department Read More …

Mask Policy Foes Disrupt Northport School Board Meeting

Updated 11:15 p.m.: The Northport school board temporarily stopped its meeting Thursday night as members of the audience shouted at the trustees about plans to require masks when classes resume in the fall. The shouting could be heard over Zoom, about 40 minutes after the Read More …

Hochul Orders Masks for All Schools

Gov. Kathy Hochul ordered the state Department of Health on Tuesday to institute a universal mask requirement this fall in all public and private schools in the state to combat the spread of Covid-19. The Department of Health will issue the requirement through regulatory action Read More …

Letter: Anxiety Amplifies Covid-19 Conflicts on Masks, Vaccines

It’s hard to find people willing to bend on the COVID-19 debate about whether masks or vaccines should be mandated. On one side, there’s the belief we must do what’s best for society. For these folks, that means wearing masks, social distancing and vaccinating anyone Read More …

Huntington Hospital Limits Visitation Because of Covid-19 Spread

Huntington Hospital is limiting visitation because of the rise in the number of Covid-19 cases. Dr. Michael B. Grosso, hospital medical director, said that the increasing spread of the virus means the hospital is seeing more Covid-19 patients admitted, either because they are primarily ill Read More …

Cuomo Says All Healthcare Workers Must Get Covid-19 Vaccination

All healthcare workers in New York State will have to be vaccinated against Covid-19, Gov Andrew M. Cuomo said Monday, effective Sept. 27. The order applies to staff at hospitals and long-term care facilities,  including nursing homes, adult care, and other congregate care settings, with Read More …

Letter: Managing the COVID-19 Delta Variant in Schools During Upcoming Semester

Dr. Michael B Grosso, medical director of Huntington Hospital, has written an open letter to school board trustees about the standards needed to keep children safe when schools reopen in the fall. Read More …

Op-Ed: Pediatricians Urge Masks for All Children in School

What if there was a deadly virus that had already killed hundreds of children — over four times more than during a typical flu season? (1, 2) What if that virus had hospitalized thousands of children, leaving many of them with long-term health complications? (3) Read More …