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LATEST UPDATE:

Please report any unsafe behavior observed on Town property directly to Public Safety's 24-Hour Emergency Hotline at (631) 351-3234 so our patrols can respond immediately.

Town of Huntington Coronavirus (COVID-19) Preventive Measures (last updated 4/2/2020 5:33pm, unless specified below)

Receive text alerts from the Town of Huntington by texting HuntingtonNY to 99411.

While the spread of this virus has been reported every day, we should keep in mind that, according to Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of NIH National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases:

  • 80% of those infected "spontaneously recover" without any medical intervention
  • But about 15-20% – those who are elderly and in risk groups – are more susceptible and may need more supportive care if infected, so there is a greater risk for those people, which means we all must take precautions 

However the spread may occur even while people are not showing symptoms.

THE TOWN OF HUNTINGTON HAS TAKEN PREVENTIVE MEASURES

Huntington Town Hall and most Town facilities are closed until further notice, with the limited exception of the Recycling Center, Crab Meadow Golf Course, and Town parks, which at this time remain open. Learn more about services available online.

Supervisor Chad A. Lupinacci, the Supervisor's staff and our Emergency Preparedness Manager have been in constant communication with our Emergency Management and Preparedness partners at the County, State and Federal levels, as well as officials from Huntington Hospital.

Staffing has been limited since Monday, March 16th; further reductions in staff were made on Tuesday, March 17th, per State directives. Town Hall has been closed to most employees for cleaning since Thursday, March 26.

Earlier:

  • All employees have  been told to stay home if they have symptoms of upper respiratory illness or meet the travel or exposure criteria for the illness.
  • To limit employee-to-employee exposure, and subsequent employee-to-resident exposure, the Town's IT department, which regularly provides support at employees’ desks, is performing any work they can using remote access instead of in-person support.
  • The Town installed hand sanitizer dispensers at our facilities and departments with the highest visitor numbers prior to closing Town facilities.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting schedules at our buildings and facilities were ramped up in prior weeks, specifically high-touch surfaces and on our HART fixed-route and Paratransit buses.

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ONLINE SERVICES

There are many Town services available online; Many questions can be answered over the phone, by email or online:

  • Questions, service requests, and complaints may be reported online using our At Your Service feature.
  • Email a Department directly; responses may be delayed due to Town facility closures to employees.
  • Permit and license applications, Town Clerk forms, Building/Planning forms and other forms are available on Department pages on the Town website.
  • You can pay or dispute a parking ticket online.
  • When Town Hall reopens to staff (as reported on this page), you may call the main switchboard at (631) 351-3000 Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM to be connected to any Department; responses may be delayed due to Town facility closures to employees.

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TOWN HALL

Huntington Town Hall has been closed to the public since Monday, March 16. Residents are urged to use all available online services offered by the Town; email Departments directly with questions about services, applications or forms that are available online; responses may be delayed due to Town facility closures to employees.

Mail/Documents/Payments to be Delivered to Town Hall:

  • Send mail to: Huntington Town Hall, Department Name/Room #, 100 Main Street, Huntington NY 11743
  • Residents may utilize the while mailbox to the left of the main entrance to Town Hall labeled “Town Hall Mail Only” to drop off mail for Town Hall. 
  • Residents may utilize the black mailbox to the right of the main entrance to Town Hall labeled "Tax Payments Only" to drop off tax payments; do not place cash in the box.

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BOARD MEETINGS

  • PLANNING BOARD Postponements: March 18, April 1
  • ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS (ZBA) Postponements: March 19, March 26, April 2

TOWN BOARD: The Tuesday, March 31 Town Board meeting at 2:00 PM was held remotely and all public hearings were rescheduled. Meeting audio was live-streamed online and on government access TV channels Optimum 18 and FIOS 38; meeting video can now be found online.

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ANIMAL SHELTER

The Town of Huntington Animal Shelter, located at 106 Deposit Road, East Northport, has been closed to visitors and volunteers since Thursday, March 12, after an employee called in to report symptoms on Thursday, March 12 (UPDATE as of Friday, March 20: the employee has subsequently received test results and has tested NEGATIVE for COVID19); the facility was thoroughly cleaned and continues to be cleaned and disinfected. Staffing is limited to the minimum required to be on duty to maintain the care and feeding of the dogs. Staff will continue to take in new dogs to the facility, greeting drop-offs at the front entrance to the shelter during normal hours of operation; calling the shelter ahead of your visit at (631) 754-8722 is suggested but not required. The shelter will remain closed to the public until further notice.

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ASSESSOR

The Town of Huntington Department of Assessor, located at Town Hall, has been closed to employees since Tuesday, March 24, after an employee, who had been self-isolating since leaving work Monday, March 16 due to suspected exposure to a third party with COVID-19, called in to report testing POSITIVE for COVID-19 on Tuesday, March 24; any employees reporting to work were sent home on Tuesday, March 24 and the entire Assessor's office was thoroughly cleaned and disinfected by a professional cleaning service.

While health care officials from Suffolk County and Huntington Hospital advised that closing the office to employees was not required, out of an abundance of caution, the Assessor's office will remain closed to employees until further notice.

The Assessor's office, located within Town Hall, has been closed to the public since Monday, March 16 and remains closed to the public until further notice.

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BUILDING/ENGINEERING

The Town of Huntington Department of Engineering Services, located at Town Hall, has been closed to employees since Tuesday, March 24, after an employee, who was self-isolating since leaving work Monday, March 16, called in to report testing POSITIVE for COVID-19 on Tuesday, March 24; a second employee, who had been self-isolating since leaving work Wednesday, March 18 due to known exposure to a third party with COVID-19, called in to report suspected symptoms of COVID-19 on Tuesday, March 24; any employees reporting to work were sent home on Tuesday, March 24 and the offices of the Department of Engineering Services and Division of Building & Housing were thoroughly cleaned and disinfected by a professional cleaning service.

While health care officials from Suffolk County and Huntington Hospital advised that closing the office to employees was not required, out of an abundance of caution, the offices of the Department of Engineering Services and Division of Building & Housing will remain closed to employees until further notice.

The Department of Engineering Services and the Division of Building & Housing, located within Town Hall, have been closed to the public since Monday, March 16 and remain closed to the public until further notice.

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DIX HILLS WATER DISTRICT

As COVID-19 continues to impact our communities, the Dix Hills Water District, along with other public water suppliers, want to let you know the tap water remains safe to drink. The World Health Organization and the CDC have stated that since public water suppliers chlorinate the water supply, the virus will not affect the water; at the present time, our water suppliers have checked with all the chemical suppliers that provide this chlorine disinfectant and no shortages are expected.

  • First employee from the Dix Hills Water District, located at 683 Caledonia Road, Dix Hills, non-symptomatic but in self-isolation after learning of exposure, leaving work and being tested on March 25, reports testing positive for COVID-19 on March 27; reminder/directive given to other DHWD employees to stay home and self-isolate if presenting symptoms.
  • Professional cleaning of Dix Hills Water District office already completed March 26 after learning of potential employee exposure on March 25.

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HART BUS/TRAFFIC SAFETY

  • HART Bus Fixed Route Service has resumed its normal operating hours on Monday, March 23.
  • Please report safety issues related to traffic signals, traffic control signage and/or street lighting online or by calling the Public Safety 24-Hour Emergency Hotline: (631) 351-3234
  • Residents are urged to avoid riding HART buses if presenting symptoms or if they meet any of the criteria for exposure.
  • Healthy individuals should only use HART for essential travel.
  • HART Paratransit Service remains unaffected.
  • More frequent cleaning and sanitizing efforts are being made to cover the full fleet every 72 hours. This includes but is not limited to cleaning and sanitizing all hard surfaces, such as poles, grabrails, fareboxes and door control panels between passengers on an as-needed basis.

Questions? Call HART directly at (631) 427-8287 or email HARTBus@HuntingtonNY.gov.

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HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT

  • The Huntington Highway Department office, located at 30 Rofay Drive, East Northport, has been closed to the public since Friday, March 13.
  • Highway has ceased non-emergency operations for the next two weeks as of Friday, March 20.
  • Employee exposure:
    • March 25: First employee from the Huntington Highway Department, located at 30 Rofay Drive, Huntington, already in self-isolation since leaving work March 20, reports testing positive for COVID-19; office closed for professional cleaning until further notice.
    • March 27: Second Highway Department employee reports testing positive for COVID-19.

Report emergencies, such as downed trees, flooding, and downed stop signs online or by phone at (631) 499-0444.

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MARITIME SERVICES

Due to directives from Suffolk County mandating the closure of recreational maritime facilities and the subsequent and planned closures of privately-operated marinas, the Department of Maritime Services is delaying the opening of Town Maritime facilities due to the presence and usage of high-touch surfaces and close proximity to other patrons required at these facilities.

All Town Maritime facilities are closed to recreational use until further notice.

The Department of Maritime Services, in consultation with advice given by Suffolk County, health officials and other municipalities, will delay the opening of Mill Dam Marina, located on Mill Dam Road, Huntington; Halesite Marina, located on New York Avenue, Halesite; and the Gold Star Battalion Beach Boat Launch Service, located on West Shore Road, Huntington, past the originally scheduled April 1 seasonal opening date and until further notice.

Commercial baymen may continue to operate using their 2019 permits until Town Hall reopens and is able to process 2020 permits.

The Harbormaster’s Office is closed to the public until further notice; staff is working remotely, in the field, and on patrol. Please email harbormaster@huntingtonny.gov with any inquiries and leave a phone number or email to ensure we can respond in a timely manner.

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PARKING

WAIVING PARKING FEES: In Huntington Village only, to assist our restaurant and business community, the Town is temporarily waiving parking fees but we will continue enforcement of handicap, fire zone and other safety-related parking violations that interfere with traffic patterns or line-of-sight.

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PARKS & RECREATION

PLEASE PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING OF 6 FEET OR MORE WHEN VISITING TOWN PARKS.

Please report any unsafe behavior observed on Town property directly to Public Safety's 24-Hour Emergency Hotline at (631) 351-3234 so our patrols can respond immediately.

CLOSED PARK FACILITIES (UPDATED APRIL 2)

  • Athletic (Grass & Turf) Fields
  • Baseball Fields
  • Basketball Courts
  • Bathrooms
  • Beach Parking Lots
  • Bocce Courts
  • Dix Hills Park (including Golf Course, Ice Rink and Trails)
  • Pickle Ball Courts
  • Playgrounds
  • Skate Parks

OPEN TO PUBLIC WHILE SAFE DISTANCING (EXCLUDING AMENITIES CLOSED TO PUBLIC)

  • Beaches (Parking Lots Closed)
  • Crab Meadow Golf Course (with safety measures in place)
  • Parks (excluding Dix Hills Park)
  • Tennis Courts
  • Trails (excluding those at Dix Hills Park)

CANCELLED/POSTPONED TOWN EVENTS

  • March 21: Registration for Project PLAY is postponed until further notice.
  • April 4: Earth Day Expo has been cancelled.
  • April 19: 5K Run to Save Lives has been postponed to another date to be determined.
  • April 27: Poetry for the HART event at the Walt Whitman Birthplace has been cancelled.
  • May 3: Tulip Festival has been cancelled.

The following activities are cancelled due to Suffolk County or School District facility closures:

  • Creative Arts Workshops: Silas Wood School (S. Huntington School District) Saturdays from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM; Signal Hill School (Half Hollow Hills School District) Saturdays from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
  • Adult Community Education: Dance Social at John Glenn High School (Elwood School District) Friday nights from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
  • Yoga: Harley Avenue School (Elwood School District) Monday nights from 7:45 PM to 8:45 PM
  • Coindre Hall: Zumba, Fridays from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM; Strength to Go, Saturdays, Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:15 to 10:30 AM; Pickleball, Wednesdays and Fridays from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM; Indoor Soccer League, Wednesdays from 7:30 PM to 11:00 PM; Volleyball, Tuesdays from 5:30 PM to 7 PM
  • Developmentally Disabled Programs: Maplewood School (S. Huntington School District) Saturday Recreation Program from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM; Tuesday Gym Program from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM; Teen and Young Adult Program Saturdays from 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM

Questions? Call the main Town switchboard at (631) 351-3000 or email ParksandRec@HuntingtonNY.gov.

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PLANNING & ENVIRONMENT

  • March 27: First Department of Planning and Environment employee, self-isolating since leaving work March 24, calls in to report symptoms of COVID-19 starting March 26.
  • Town Hall has been closed to the public since Monday, March 16.
  • Town Hall has been closed to employees since Thursday, March 26, excluding some Department of General Services janitorial staff and Department of Public Safety Security Division staff as called upon by their Directors, for a continued, thorough cleaning and disinfecting of the entire Town Hall facility.

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PURCHASING

Purchasing Procedure Modifications while Town Hall is closed to the Public:

  • Bid/RFP openings will be conducted as scheduled, however there will not be any public openings due to the precautions related to the Coronavirus outbreak.
  • Bids/RFP’s: The majority of the Town Bids/RFP’s can be downloaded online. Please submit your proposals to be received by Purchasing at Huntington Town Hall no later than the date and time indicated in the bid specifications. Additionally, there will be a special mailbox set up in front of Town Hall labeled "Town Hall" for vendors who wish to drop off their bids, which must be delivered in accordance with the date and time specified in the Bid /RFP.
  • Bid Specification CD Purchases: Vendors wishing to pay for the purchase of a CD by credit card should email purchasing@huntingtonny.gov requesting to use this means of payment and a member of the purchasing staff will contact you to take your credit card information. There will be a $10.00 charge for the CD plus $5.00 for shipping and handling to send the CD return receipt requested to the address provided in your email. Please make sure you provide a current phone number and indicate which bid you are referring to. Vendors wishing to pay for the CD by check should send their $10.00 check with the requested bid they are interesting in purchasing along with their Federal Express Account number and we will mail out the CD via FedEx.

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SENIOR DIVISION

The Town of Huntington Senior Center, located at 423 Park Avenue, Huntington, and Senior Division facilities have been closed since Friday, March 13, including the Adult Day Care facility, the Senior Beach House, located at 239 Little Neck Road, Centerport, and all Senior Clubs.

  • Home Delivered Meal Delivery will change starting Monday, April 6: starting Monday, April 6, five (5) frozen meals will be delivered on Mondays only; the Senior Center has stopped taking new signups as of Friday, March 20.
  • Congregate Meal (Frozen Meal) pick up will change starting Monday, April 6: starting Monday, April 6, five (5) frozen meals will be available for pickup on Mondays only between 12:30 PM and 2:00 PM at the Senior Center facility for registered seniors only (employees will bring the frozen meals outside); there will be a car line-up for registered seniors to be checked in and to give voluntary contribution before picking up frozen meals; the Senior Center has stopped taking new signups as of Friday, March 20.
  • Adult Day Care Frozen Meal pick up will change starting Tuesday, April 7: starting Tuesday, April 7, five (5) frozen meals will be available for pickup on Tuesdays at 10:00 AM for Adult Day Care meal recipients.
  • Residential Repair Services have been limited to emergency calls only starting Friday, March 20.
  • Expanded In-Home Services for the Elderly Program (EISEP) has been limited to emergency calls only starting Friday, March 20.

NEW CALL CENTER HOURS AS OF THURSDAY, APRIL 2: Employees will be on-hand to answer calls from residents:

  • Mondays & Tuesdays: (631) 351-3253 from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM
  • Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays: (631) 351-3304 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

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SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANT

  • First employee from the Sewage Treatment Plant, located at 65 Creek Road, Halesite, reports on March 27 to have tested positive for COVID-19 on March 24, cleaning of facility underway.

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TAX PAYMENTS

On March 26, Supervisor Chad A. Lupinacci requested, along with the Suffolk County Supervisors Association, an extension of the tax payment deadline from Governor Cuomo: (full language of request) "On behalf of the Suffolk County Supervisors Association, I am requesting that the Governor issue an order to assist those people who pay their property taxes directly and not through any authorized escrow account held by a mortgage company, lender, bank or mortgage servicing company which are due by May 31, 2020 by allowing for a waiver of penalties and interest for payments made by August 1, 2020. We also would like to request that the assessment role final date of May 1 be moved to Aug 1 and Grievance day be moved from the third Tuesday in May to the third Tuesday in August." Information will be posted here when we have a response.

Pay Taxes Online or by Phone 1-800-272-9829 (use Jurisdiction Code 2012).

Residents may utilize the black mailbox to right of the main entrance to Town Hall labeled “Tax Payments Only” to drop off tax payments; please do not leave cash in the box. We also always accept payments through the mail and go by the US post mark.

Questions? Contact the main Town switchboard at (631) 351-3000 or email JGuthman@huntingtonny.gov

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TOWN CLERK

All permit and license applications are available online.

The most commonly requested permit/transcript/license application forms are listed online.

Questions? Contact the main Town switchboard at (631) 351-3000 or email ARaia@huntingtonny.gov

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TRASH/RECYCLING

Regular residential and commercial trash collection, as well as residential recycling collection has continued as normally scheduled.

  • During this difficult time, we are asking all residents to be mindful and comply with the limits on placing garbage at the curb. With so many families staying home at the same time, our garbage collection crews are picking up a lot more trash than usual. This is physically straining on the people that pick up your garbage.
  • As a reminder Town Code permits that each home place up to 6 cans or bags of garbage (weighing 50 lbs. or less each) out on their first collection day of the week. On the second garbage day of the week each home is allowed six cans or bags of garbage and up to 4 bulk items which are items that are heavier than 50 pounds or longer than 4 feet. To preserve the health and safety of our garbage workers if you could refrain or reduce putting out heavy bulk items on your second garbage day of the week until this crisis is over it would be greatly appreciated.

Other services:

  • Appointment-based curbside collection of appliances and certain televisions is suspended until further notice.
  • The Town of Huntington Recycling Center, located at 641 New York Avenue, Huntington has reopened as of Wednesday, March 18 (normal hours are Tuesday-Saturday 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM). In order to limit exposure of Town personnel to residents using the drop off facility residents are requested to follow both the posted instructions as well as the directives from facility staff on when they are permitted access to the drop off areas.
  • The bagged grass drop-off program is suspended until further notice. Residents are advised to mulch their grass clippings.
  • Yard waste collection is not a priority at this time and your scheduled collection days may vary based on each collection crew's ability.
  • SERVICE REQUESTS: Due to limited staffing at Town Hall residents are encouraged to report any sanitation related questions, service requests, and complaints online.

Questions? Contact the Recycling Center at (631) 427-6377, the main Town switchboard at (631) 351-3000 or EWM@huntingtonNY.gov

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TRAFFIC COURT

March 19, March 26, April 2 Traffic Court Conferences Administratively Adjourned: All Traffic Violations Bureau conferences scheduled for these dates have been administratively adjourned until further notice; if your conference was scheduled for one of these dates, please wait until you are notified of a new date.

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YOUTH BUREAU

The Huntington Youth Bureau, located at 423 Park Avenue, Huntington, is closed to the public until further notice.

  • Huntington Drug and Alcohol Counseling Center (HDACC): Huntington Drug and Alcohol Counseling Center (HDACC) is providing Telehealth services, including assessment, counseling, education, and referral via telephone. These services are confidential, and designed to help individuals as well as family members recover from alcohol and other drug related problems. The staff of HDACC is well regarded for providing high quality client care. Our new reception number is (631) 738-5481 and will be answered 9am-5pm Monday-Friday.
  • The Youth Board’s regularly scheduled March meeting has been cancelled.  They will meet again in April.  
  • Project EXCEL's College Trip planned to Hofstra University has been cancelled due to the fact that Hofstra has cancelled classes.
  • Project EXCEL has cancelled their Employment Program until April.
  • Half Hollow Hills Library, in collaboration with REACH CYA, Drug and Alcohol Project and the Youth Bureau staff, have cancelled their "Save A Life Start A Conversation" event on March 25.
  • Youth Bureau programs taking place at various school district and library facilities have been cancelled.

Questions? Call the main Town switchboard at (631) 351-3000 or email info@HuntingtonYouthBureau.org

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GENERAL INFORMATION

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RESOURCES FOR UNEMPLOYED/QUARANTINED INDIVIDUALS

EMERGENCY COVID-19 PAID SICK LEAVE

  • Emergency COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave guarantees workers job protection and provides financial compensation while they are on a mandatory or precautionary quarantine due to the Coronavirus.

OTHER OPTIONS FOR UNEMPLOYED/QUARANTINED INDIVIDUALS

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RESOURCES FOR BUSINESSES

TOWN SERVICES

WHAT QUALIFIES AS AN ESSENTIAL BUSINESS?

  • If you are uncertain about the designation of your business type as essential/non-essential, contact NYS Empire State Development Corp. to receive guidance.
  • If you believe your business should be designated as essential AND your business type is not listed as essential at the above link you must apply for permission from NYS Empire State Development Corp. Complete this form and follow the instructions on the form to submit your application.

GETTING INVOLVED IN THE CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

New York State Department of Health instructions for offers of assistance from:

Suffolk County Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Supply Drive

  • Drop off PPE supplies (gloves, masks, gowns, etc.) between 10am-2pm at the Suffolk County Fire Academy, 103 East Avenue, Yaphank, NY 11980.

Suffolk County contact information for offers of supplies, real estate, offers to adapt existing business to produce supplies:

BUSINESSES IMPACTED BY CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

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HOW TO HELP

New York State Department of Health has instructions for all offers of assistance from:

Suffolk County Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Supply Drive

  • Drop off PPE supplies (gloves, masks, gowns, etc.) between 10am-2pm at the Suffolk County Fire Academy, 103 East Avenue, Yaphank, NY 11980.

Suffolk County contact information for offers of supplies, real estate, offers to adapt existing business to produce supplies:

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OTHER STATE, COUNTY, HEALTH RESOURCES

NEW YORK STATE

SUFFOLK COUNTY

HEALTH RESOURCES

You can find information and resources for communities, schools, businesses, healthcare professionals and individuals:

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PREVENTION TIPS

As mentioned, we are sticking to the common advice during cold and flu season:

  • Stay at home. Wash your hands frequently and lather for at least 20 seconds before rinsing.
  • Keep yourself at least 6 feet away from others. Avoid shaking hands or greeting people with a hug. Please maintain a safe distance when grocery shopping and try to avoid shopping as a group, leave your family home if possible.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth as the virus can enter your body this way. Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze with your inner elbow or a tissue. Sanitize commonly used household items, your cell phone and high touch surfaces daily.
  • If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, please call your doctor or medical facility in advance of seeking medical attention to avoid possibly spreading the virus.
  • Stay home, stop the spread and save lives.

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