East Hampton Village followed suit, declaring its own state of emergency effective at 6 p.m. on Friday.
Village offices, except the Police Department, will be closed to the public “as deemed necessary,” public meetings are subject to cancellation or rescheduling as teleconferencing meetings, although board meetings are set to continue for now, and public hearings, except those under legal time constraints, are canceled for the time being.
The need to protect village workers, residents and guests was cited in a press release announcing the declaration on Friday evening. The public was asked to use online services, email and telephone calls instead of attempting to visit village offices in person.
The Police Department will remain open to the public.
Public hearings have been canceled until further notice, except in cases where there are legal time constraints. and, although the various town boards will continue to meet, the public has been asked not to attend in person. Town committee meetings have been canceled, although teleconferencing arrangements can be made.
The Am’OGansett parade scheduled for March 14 has been canceled in addition to the Montauk Friends of Erin parade scheduled for March 22.
A press release on Friday evening indicated that a woman under mandatory quarantine in the town’s first case of COVID-19 had not had contact with the town senior center, which closed on March 11, or with senior programs or transportation, and lives in a private residence. The County Department of Health is investigating who she came in contact with.
“Our community has weathered many storms. In times of need we work cooperatively together,” said East Hampton Town Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc. “Now is a time to do the same. I ask that everyone act responsibly to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.”
“President Trump just declared a national emergency unleashing extensive new resources from all levels of government and the private sector to work together more than ever to combat coronavirus, and the President made the right call,” the statement reads.
“This has been an every level of government, top to bottom approach trying to contain this outbreak as much as possible. There’s a lot Governor Cuomo and I disagree on passionately. We’ve been on opposing sides of debates in the past, and we’ll have opposing views on more issues in the future, but as a fellow New Yorker and American I must say he’s doing an impressive job in our great state combating coronavirus. As one of the hardest hit states in the country, the federal, state, and local coronavirus response in New York State should serve as a model for the rest of the country.
“Time and time again, our country has been challenged, and time and time again we have emerged stronger than ever. Coronavirus is no exception. Today is a new day, and those in a position to help must ask themselves what else can be done to assist…and then we must do all in our power to help. All in!”
As of Friday morning, 23 patients had qualified as Patients Under Investigation (PUI) for COVID-19 at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital. Two were confirmed positive, two were negative and 19 were pending.
Patients experiencing flu-like symptoms (cough, fever or respiratory difficulties) are directed to present themselves at the entrance of the Emergency Department and use an outside phone to call a nurse who will give guidance on how to don a mask and enter the building, the officials said.
Patients experiencing other symptoms should enter the Emergency Department directly.
All emergency Department visits are limited to one adult, 18 years old and older. The hospital website, southampton.stonybrookmedicine.edu, offers guidelines.
Patients identified by the hospital, or a provider, as a Patient Under Investigation (PUI) for COVID-19 have nasal and throat samples sent from the hospital directly to the Department of Health’s Lab in Wadsworth, the officials said.
Currently, it takes two days for results.
Depending on patient’s condition, immediately after the swabs are taken, they said, the patient is either quarantined at home, per Department of Health guidelines, or admitted to the hospital for treatment.
Parrish Memorial Hall, adjacent to the hospital, is in the process of being transformed into a respiratory virus evaluation center, officials said.