UPDATE: 3 Suffolk Deaths Reported; Many Businesses Ordered to Close; Waiting Period Waived on Jobless Benefits

2nd Update: 12:01 am. Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said  that three Suffolk County residents have died of the COVID-19 virus, including two patients in isolation at Huntington Hospital. One was a 90-year-old man and the other a 90-year-old woman. The other man, who was in his 80s, was in St. Catherine’s Hospital, Newsday said.

New York, Connecticut and New Jersey are ordering gyms, movie theaters, casinos and bars to close as of 8 p.m., Gov. Cuomo announced Monday.

Grocery stores can remain open. 

The state Department of Labor also announced the usual one-week waiting period to file for unemployment will be waived for those losing jobs or in quarantine because of the epidemic.

On Twitter, Cuomo posted “NY, CT and NJ are taking joint regional action to reduce the spread of : Effective 8PM TONIGHT: -Crowd capacity reduced to 50 -Restaurants/bars will be takeout/delivery ONLY -Gyms closed -Movie theaters closed -Casinos closed.”

Gatherings are limited to 50 people.

The state also ordered a moratorium on all evictions, residential and commercial, effective at 5 p.m.


This story will update.




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