Troubled by the potential for the COVID-19 virus to spread among people using retail coffee stations and making themselves treats at the Buddha Berry frozen yogurt shop, the Sag Harbor Village Board prohibited self-service stations at food and beverage vendors in the village on Friday, March 27 with a vote at an impromptu special meeting.
Hospital staff and health professionals throughout the East End this week are scrambling to prepare facilities for the anticipated steep increases in the number of hospitalized people they must treat as the coronavirus epidemic swells in the region.
Government officials from every corner are exhorting residents to stop hoarding food and paper goods, and laboring in daily addresses to reassure them that manufacturing and supply chains will not be interrupted by a rise in infections from the new coronavirus or the nationwide efforts to slow its spread.
Leaders across every level of government mobilized to provide constituents with the latest information as the COVID-19 pandemic surged this week.
The East End’s many food pantries, which provide a vital source of nutrition for the elderly, the underemployed, and the poor during even the best of times, are finding themselves inundated with new requests for help as the local economy grinds to a halt in the face of the spreading coronavirus.
U.S. Representative Lee Zeldin gave Suffolk County residents a chance to talk directly with Dr. Bettina Fries, the chief of Stony Brook University’s Division of Infectious Diseases, on Sunday night
Despite efforts to increase the number of tests available for the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, the tests are likely to be available locally only to those with severe symptoms and existing health conditions that put them at particular risk for at least another week.
Across the East End, the county, state and nation, elected officials are grappling with wholesale closures of public spaces, and crystallizing responses to the coronavirus pandemic as they navigate declared states of emergency this week.
On Tuesday afternoon, it is expected that the Sag Harbor Village Board of Trustees will declare a state of emergency in the village.
On Monday afternoon Sag Harbor Mayor Kathleen Mulcahy called on restaurants and bars in the small village to shutter their doors at 5 p.m.
Both Sag Harbor Mayor Kathleen Mulcahy and Village Police Chief Austin J. McGuire asked people in Sag Harbor to practice social distancing and to stay home.
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East Hampton Town declared a state of emergency on Friday evening, announcing that all town-operated facilities, except the recycling centers in East Hampton and Montauk, would be closed to the public as of Monday, March 16. Town staff will report to work for essential business and continue to accept applications for permits and the like, but the public has been asked to make submissions electronically.
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The metro area helicopter companies that fly between New York and East Hampton Airport, prompting thousands of noise complaints from aggrieved homeowners across the East End, have agreed to fly newly modified voluntary noise abatement routes that East Hampton Town’s airport management published on the town website in late January. The routes keep traffic from flying across the North Fork and also reduce flights over East Hampton village, Bridgehampton and Sagaponack.