Mass Vaccination Clinics to Open for Walk-Ins

Starting Thursday, all mass vaccination clinics will allow walk-in visits by all eligible residents on a first-come, first-served basis, New York State announced Tuesday. Walk-in appointments for the Covid-19 vaccination are reserved for first doses only, with second doses to be scheduled automatically after administration Read More …

State Leaders Reach Deal on Legalizing Adult-Use Marijuana

New York State leaders announced agreement early Sunday morning on legislation to legalize adult use of cannabis. The bill would establish the Office of Cannabis Management to implement a framework that would cover medical, adult-use and cannabinoid hemp. The bill would also expand New York Read More …

Long Island Tops Covid-19 Infection Rate

Long Island has the highest Covid-19 infection rate in New York State, the governor said Saturday, at 6.41 percent. The statewide number is 4.75 percent. In the Town of Huntington, Huntington Station continues to have the highest infection rate, with 3,343 total cases, or 100.51 Read More …

Covid-19 Roundup: Avoiding Vaccine Scams, Rite-Aid Q&A

Rite Aid has put together a useful series of questions and answers about the vaccine. Included are questions about pregnancy and the vaccine, overlap with other vaccinations, how the vaccines work and many other topics. New York State is warning residents about possible Covid-19 vaccination Read More …

Covid-19 Claims Another 166 in State

New Covid-19 deaths in New York rose to 166, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo reported Friday, bringing the statewide total to 30,208. Twelve of the newest deaths were in Suffolk County, bringing the county total to 2,311. “As we enter this new year, New Yorkers should Read More …

Suffolk Covid-19 Infection Rate Rises to 12.8 Percent

Suffolk County’s Covid-19 infection rate reached 12.8 percent, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said Wednesday. The statewide total of new deaths was 144, with 11 reported in Suffolk County. “To put it simply, today’s COVID-19 numbers are shocking. Not only is this the highest number Read More …

Hospitals Told to Expand Capacity if Covid-19 Surge Continues

New York State Health Commissioner Howard Zucker  issued a letter Wednesday to hospital administrators on directives  to expand to hospital capacity during the Covid-19 epidemic. On Dec. 7, hospitals were directed to expand capacity by 25 percent, and directed to expand by an additional 25 Read More …

State Partnership Adds 150 Rapid-Testing Sites

New York State is launching 150 new rapid testing sites in partnership with Prescryptive Health. The partnership will expand testing capacity in areas where testing access is limited. Residents can find participating sites, schedule a test, receive results and follow-up from their mobile device. All Read More …

State Covid-19 Rate Below 1 Percent Again; LI at 1.4 Percent

New York State’s COVID-19 infection rate remains below 1 percent, though it is higher on Long Island, according to figures released Friday. Thursday,  0.92 percent of tests reported to the state were positive.  Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said that 864 additional cases of novel coronavirus, Read More …

Ozone Health Advisory Issued

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has issued an ozone health advisory for Long Island and the downstate region. The air quality alert is in effect Wednesday from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. Suffolk County Health Commissioner Dr. James Tomarken advises that  all Read More …