QUARANTINE/ISOLATION INFORMATION FOR EMPLOYEES
Please stay home and continue to notify your Department Directors if you test positive for, have symptoms of, and/or suspect having been exposed to Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Suffolk County provides the following additional directives if you suspected having been exposed to and/or test positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19):
Relying on information as it is reported to us:
- On March 24:
- Two Town Hall employees from the Departments of Assessor and Engineering Services, already in self-isolation since leaving work March 16, report testing positive for COVID-19;
- Second Engineering employee, who had been self-isolating since leaving work March 18 due to known exposure to COVID-19, calls in to report suspected symptoms of COVID-19;
- Remaining Department employees sent home, offices professionally cleaned and disinfected, employees from affected Departments not returning to Town Hall until further notice.
- On March 25:
- While health care officials from Suffolk County and Huntington Hospital advised that closing the offices to employees was not required, out of an abundance of caution, Huntington Town Hall was closed to most employees, starting March 26, for a continued, thorough cleaning of the entire Town Hall facility;
- 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.
- On March 27:
- First employee from the Department of Environmental Waste Management Sewage Treatment Plant, located at 65 Creek Road, Halesite, reports to have tested positive for COVID-19 on March 24, cleaning of facility underway;
- 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, cleaning of facility already completed March 26, directive given to other DHWD employees to self-isolate if presenting symptoms;
- Second Highway Department employee reports testing positive for COVID-19;
- First Department of Planning and Environment employee, self-isolating since leaving work March 24, calls in to report symptoms starting March 26.
TOWN HALL CLOSED/DIRECTIVES FOR OTHER FACILITIES
While we had consulted Tuesday, March 24 with health care officials from Suffolk County and Huntington Hospital, who advised us that closing these departments to employees was not required, as a precaution and for everyone’s peace of mind, employees from the affected departments located within Town Hall will not be returning to Town Hall until further notice.
While the affected departments within Town Hall have been professionally cleaned and disinfected, as an additional precaution, 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.
Town Hall will remain closed to employees (excluding some Department of General Services janitorial staff, Department of Public Safety Security Division staff, and other Department staff as called upon by their Directors) for the week starting Monday, March 30 and ending Friday, April 3; Town Hall staffing will be reevaluated the weekend prior to the week starting Monday, April 6.
Staffing directives for facilities other than Town Hall will be provided by your Department Director/Supervisor.
Senior Center/Flanagan Center Driveway
For the duration of the Town’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) response efforts, all employees* must refrain from driving through the Senior Center (Flanagan Center) between the hours of 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This is critically important to maintain order, safety and the proper delivery of services.
*Unless it is absolutely necessary to perform essential Town of Huntington work duties at the site.
Donated Blood Shortage
The March 23, 2020 Employee Blood Drive, in coordination with the Long Island Blood Center, at the Huntington Highway Department has been cancelled.
As you know the Town has had to cancel our blood drives for the foreseeable future. Normally, 75% of our local blood supplies come from blood drives hosted by schools, business and organizations. As all of these groups take precautions in response to the of COVID-19 outbreak, many blood drives have been cancelled. These cancellations pose a significant threat to the maintaining a safe and reliable blood supply.
Although the Town Blood Drives have been cancelled, many Town employees still wish to donate to help keep blood supplies at a safe level during this difficult time. Therefore, the Town will extend the benefit of receiving a half day of compensatory time to full time employees who donate at a New York Blood Center facility during the period of March 19th – April 30th.
Please note that in order to receive this benefit, employees must donate during their own time or while on “stay at home” status due to the COVID-19 crisis and must present proof that they donated during the period noted above. Employees may not leave their worksite to donate.
Thank you to all who donate during this critical time.