The New York PAUSE order is set to expire statewide on Friday. However, reopening the parts of our economy that were shut in March due to the virus will be done on a regional basis and in phases in order to prevent a potential resurgence of COVID-19 infections. Suffolk and Nassau Counties will be grouped together to comprise the Long Island Region.
As of the latest update, our region met five of the seven criteria necessary for reopening.
Monitor the region’s progress at: https://forward.ny.gov/regional-monitoring-dashboard.
Once our region has met the requirements, it will then be permitted to commence its reopening which will consist of four phases. At least two weeks will separate each phase to allow for appropriate monitoring and analysis of the impacts the change has on infection and hospitalization rates.
Reopening our economy and keeping our neighbors safe will require the efforts of hundreds of contact tracers. As a result, New York State will hire and train a team of staff working remotely to support the NYS Department of Health and Local Health Departments to perform COVID-19 contact tracing in communities across NYS. If you are interested is serving your community in this capacity, please visit https://careers-pcgus.icims.com/jobs/5244/contact-tracer/job to learn more about this opportunity.
While we all are hopeful that we’ve turned a corner in the fight against this novel coronavirus, health officials are encouraging people to remain vigilant, not only for this virus’s well documented symptoms and complications, but also for new ones directly impacting children.
Currently, there have been over 70 reported cases within the state of children - predominantly school-aged - experiencing symptoms similar to Kawasaki disease and toxic shock-like syndrome possibly due to COVID-19. The illness being called pediatric multi-system inflammatory syndrome has taken the lives of three young New Yorkers including a 5-year old in New York City, a 7-year old in Westchester County and a teenager in Suffolk County.
You should seek immediate care if a child has:
What You Should Know
When you hear, read, or watch news about an outbreak of an infectious disease such as COVID 19, you may feel anxious and show signs of stress. These signs of stress are normal, and may be more likely or pronounced in people with loved ones with heightened risk. In the wake of an infectious disease outbreak, monitor your own physical and mental health. Know the signs of stress in yourself and your loved ones. Know how to relieve stress, and know when to get help.
Know the Signs of Stress
Behavioral, physical, emotional, and cognitive responses are all common signs of anxiety and stress. You may notice some of them after you learn about an infectious disease outbreak.
Monitor Your Behavior
Monitor Your Body
Monitor Your Emotions
Monitor Your Thinking
You can manage stress by taking time to take care for yourself
Keep Things in Perspective
Set limits on how much time you spend reading or watching news about the outbreak. You will want to stay up to date on news of the outbreak. But make sure to take time away from the news to focus on things in your life that are going well and that you can control.
Get the Facts
Find people and resources you can depend on for accurate health information. Learn from them about the outbreak and how you can protect yourself against illness, if you are at risk. You may turn to your family doctor, a state or local health department, U.S. government agencies, or an international organization.
Keep Yourself Healthy
Use Practical Ways to Relax
Pay Attention to your Body, Feelings and Spirit
The current health crisis posed by COVID-19 is changing the way Behavioral Health services are being delivered. All the following providers are responding with safe, creative and remote connections to care. HELP IS AVAILABLE, so check out these resources:
Suffolk County Behavioral Health Resources (English)
Recursos de salud conductual del condado de Suffolk (Spanish)
COVID-19’s impacts on daily routines have made this a very difficult period in our lives. During times of fear and stress, victims of domestic violence may be even more reluctant to seek help.
According to data provided by New York State, Domestic Violence reports were up 30 Percent this April as compared to last year. To better protect victims, New York State has modernized its domestic violence hotline with a new text program and confidential online service to aid victims of abuse and provide potential lifesaving ways to get help. Can Text 844-997-2121 or Can Go to the New Confidential Online Site to Reach a Professional on www.opdv.ny.gov.
If you are a victim of violence call 911 immediately if in immediate danger.
Remember, if you or someone you know is being hit, pushed, verbally and/or sexually assaulted, help is also available from locally based organizations working to protect victims of abuse.
The numbers below can provide information, resources and a listening ear. Call anytime 24 hours a day, 7 days a week:
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.