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 …

Updated: State Hands Back School Covid-19 Rules to Local Control

School districts will decide their own policies on Covid-19 masks and other school safety, the state Department of Health said Thursday. “With the end of the state disaster emergency on June 25, 2021, school districts are re-established as the controlling entity for schools. Schools and school Read More …

Covid-19 Mask, Vaccination Requirements Increasing

As the number of Covid-19 cases creeps higher in the Huntington area, businesses and employers are setting increased mask rules and vaccination requirements. At  Huntington Town Hall, Council members Joan Cergol, Ed Smyth, Mark Cuthbertson and Gene Cook all confirmed that they had been fully Read More …

CDC Extends Eviction Moratorium for 60 Days

The federal moratorium on evictions during the Covid-19 epidemic was extended Tuesday for 60 days in  areas  “high” or “substantial”  levels of community transmission. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention identified Suffolk County as having a substantial levels of transmission. “CDC is issuing a Read More …

Number of Covid-19 Patients at Huntington Hospital On the Rise

The number of Covid-19 patients at Huntington Hospital has doubled in recent days, Dr. Nick Fitterman, executive director, said Monday, increasing from 5 to 10. He said that nine of the 10 current Covid-19 patients were not vaccinated against the disease. “There’s a growing voice Read More …

Covid-19 Delta Variant Driving Infection, Hospitalization Increase

The delta variant of the Covid-19 virus is driving a rise in infections in New York, especially among the unvaccinated, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Saturday. The number of hospitalized, moved into intensive care and intubated has increased in recent days, according to state data. Read More …

Melville Tops Covid-19 Vaccination Rate; Huntington Station the Lowest

Melville has the highest percentage of residents in the Town of Huntington who are vaccinated against the Covid-19 virus, according to figures released Monday by New York State. The database uses ZIP Codes to break down vaccination information, and shows Melville’s vaccination rate at 81.4 Read More …

Town Hall to Reopen to Walk-In Visitors

Walk-in visitors will be welcome back at Huntington Town Hall as of Wednesday, July 21, though those with appointments will get priority. Town Hall was closed to visitors in March 2020 because of the COVID-19 epidemic but had reopened to people with appointments who needed Read More …

Grandmother of 11 Beat Covid-19, Pancreatitis

Huntington Hospital celebrated a visit Tuesday from a grandmother of 11 who recovered after a six–month bout with a near-fatal case of pancreatitis. Alisa White, 61, of Wyandanch, was admitted to South Shore University Hospital with severe pancreatitis in January, after surviving a prolonged hospital Read More …

Mask Mandate Lifted for Summer School

The state has dropped its mask mandate for students in summer school, leaving it up to individual school districts to decide on what to require. “Given current low rates of COVID-19 transmission, schools/district[s] may decide to implement revised masking policies consistent with those available” to Read More …

Op-Ed: Holding Onto Pandemic’s Best Lessons

It’s already begun. The joy I felt as an educator as pandemic-related restrictions were lifted, allowing us to return students to classrooms full-time, host athletic contests, organize proms and offer in-person graduations, is fading. What we gave our students and achieved as united communities is Read More …