Violations of NY PAUSE and the social distancing guidelines may be reported by calling (631) 852-COPS or 3-1-1.
The fight to control the spread of COVID-19 in communities across Suffolk County continues. And while the reduction of related hospitalizations and deaths from this virus is encouraging news, the improvements made thus-far have been a direct result of our efforts to socially distance. Therefore, it is essential that we remain vigilant about following guidelines that have slowed the spread of COVID-19 and its suffering.
Practice social distancing by putting space between yourself and others. Practice healthy habits to help slow the spread of COVID-19:
Testing is free for all eligible New Yorkers as ordered by a health care provider. For additional information call the New York State Department of Health’s Coronavirus Hotline at 1-888-364-3065.
The criteria to get tested has been revised to increase testing for frontline workers, including all first responders, health care workers, and essential employees who interact with the public, while continuing to prioritize resources. Testing for COVID-19 shall be authorized by a health care provider for individuals who meet one or more of the following criteria:
The drive-through sites are prioritizing sampling for symptomatic individuals that are part of the highest risk population, those who have been in close contact with a positive case, and, as necessary, health care workers, nursing home employees and first responders on the front lines.
Testing is by appointment only. Residents who believe they have been in close contact with a case and have symptoms, and would like to be tested can be assessed by calling the COVID-19 hotline at 888-364-3065.
Suffolk County, in collaboration with HRH Care, Reef Technologies is sponsoring hot spot testing. This is targeted testing for communities where we have seen and exponential grown in COVID 19 positive individuals. All people desiring testing MUST make an appointment with HRH Care @ 845-553-8030. A nurse will triage the call and see if you are experiencing symptoms in accordance with CDC guidelines.
New York State is conducting an antibody testing survey to develop a baseline infection rate. The preliminary results of phase two show 14.9 percent of the population have COVID-19 antibodies. The preliminary results of phase one of the state’s antibody testing survey released on April 23rd showed 13.9 percent of the population have COVID-19 antibodies.
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As COVID-19 continues to have profound impacts the economic landscape, we are seeing more and more of our neighbors struggling to put food on their tables.
In an effort to help Suffolk residents who are dealing with food insecurity, the Suffolk County Police Department in collaboration with the Suffolk County Police Women’s Association is hosting a county-wide food donation drive this Friday - May 1st - from 10:00AM to 1:00PM.
For the Sixth Precinct, Axis Church located at 2884 Route 112 in Medford will be our area’s donation site with donations received being distributed by Axis Church to families in need.
Additionally, organizers will also be collecting snacks for hospital staff who have little time for a full meal. Energy Bars, Protein Snacks, Gum, Hard Candy, Individually Packed Items. Please place these items in a separate bag, clearly marked.
Officers will be present during the drop off times to assist with removing donations from vehicles and maintain social distancing protocols.
Residents who have questions related to COVID-19 should continue to visit the County website: www.SuffolkCountyNY.gov or call Suffolk 3-1-1 (631-853-6311 if outside the County) where you will be directly connected to a live operator who can direct your call to the appropriate place.