I hope this message finds you and your family safe and healthy. As we continue to practice social distancing to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus, I wanted to replace my monthly newsletter this month with some information regarding the local spread of this virus, and helpful resources you can utilize during this time. Much of this information, and more, is available on our website at BrookhavenNY.gov
, or you can follow my Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/councilmanlavalle/
where I will be posting regular updates to this evolving situation.
The most important thing we can do as a community is to continue to practice social distancing and regularly wash our hands to prevent the spread of this virus. Unless a trip is absolutely necessary, please stay home.
Brookhaven Town continues to operate, with a number of modifications put in place to ensure the health and safety of our residents and staff. Most departments are operating by email, phone conferences and through drop-off facilities located in our lobby. Our contact center continues to operate Monday-Friday from 9am – 4:30 pm to answer any questions you may have at 631-451-TOWN. Additionally, my office is continuing to answer calls and emails, so please continue to reach out to me at 631-451-6647.
Brookhaven workers are continuing to assist our seniors and most vulnerable population during this crisis, delivering meals to homebound seniors and partnering with non-profit agencies to deliver food and other necessary items. Please contact our Senior Services Division at 631-451-9191 for more information.
Please see the below useful information to keep yourself and our community safe and healthy.
Kevin J. LaValle
*Please follow my Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/councilmanlavalle/ where I post daily updates with more detailed information for our area.Newsday has set up an online tracker at: https://projects.newsday.com/long-island/tracking-the-coronavirus-on-long-island/Suffolk County has also set up the following link where you can track cases in our area: gis.suffolkcountyny.gov/portal/home/Additionally, the County has set up a hotline for all Coronavirus related questions. Simply dial 311.
- United States:
- New York:
- Suffolk County:
- Brookhaven Town:
- Confirmed Cases: 907
- Council District 3 cases:
- Centereach: 56
- Selden: 27
- Lake Ronkonkoma: 44
- Farmingville: 33
- Holtsville: 46
- Lake Grove: 27
- Port Jefferson Station: 18
- basketball courts
- tennis courts
- pickleball courts
- handball courts
- volleyball courts
- public fields
The following departments are operating via phone, on-line or drop-off only of documents in the Town Hall Lobby:
Brookhaven Town Clerk –
The office is closed to the public. The only services that will be provided in person are marriage licenses and the filing of death certificates by licensed funeral directors. These services will be provided by appointment only. Please call 631-451-6920 for an appointment. All other requests should be completed by mail or online.
Parking Violations -
Hearings scheduled for March and April have been postponed. Anyone scheduled to appear on these dates will be notified by mail of a new hearing date.
Animal Shelter -
Closed to the public until April 1st, 2020. Those still interested in adoption, foster care and questions on redemption are asked to call the Shelter during business hours at 631-451-6950 - Monday to Friday from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm, Saturday from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm and Sunday from 11:00 am to 3:30 pm.
COVID-19 UPDATED INFORMATION:
- New York has increased its testing capacity to 16,000 test per day.
- Over 30,000 retired doctors and healthcare workers have volunteered to support COVID 19 healthcare service needs.
- Suffolk County is predicting a peak in confirmed cases in 21 days from 3/25/20
- LIRR – Reduced their service schedule starting 3/26/20 by approximately 65%
- The food industry reports there are no interruptions in the food supply chain.
- Many food markets/stores are implementing designated shopping hours for seniors to encourage social distancing.
- Vendors reported for price gouging are being forwarded for potential investigation.
- The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure: Fever, cough, shortness of breath.
- Seek medical care. Call ahead before you go to the doctor’s office or emergency room.
- Avoid close contact with others.
- Clean your hands often.
- Stay at home if you are sick.
- Clean & Disinfect for US Households with Suspected/Confirmed Coronavirus Disease 2019.
For more information, please go to their Coronavirus Web page
.In addition, please be aware of an increase in online fraud schemes related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The FBI warns of fake CDC emails as well as “phishing” emails that ask people to verify personal information to receive economic stimulus checks, receive refund checks, fake testing kits, cures or vaccines, receive financial relief or make charitable contributions.
- New York State has established a phone number for testing appointments in the drive-thru test site 1-888-364-3065.
- The Suffolk County Drive-Thru testing/swabbing site at Stony Brook is open from 7AM-7PM, 7 days/week. No walks up; by appointment only.
- Suffolk County is seeking donations of N-95 surgical masks, gloves and other medical supplies for hospital and emergency workers. Donations can be brought to the Suffolk County Fire Academy on Yaphank Ave. in Yaphank, or you can send an email regarding items to donate to Supply19@suffolkcountyny.gov
New York State (NYS) is seeking the items below. Visit the NYS website
to learn more.
The Governor's office has advised hospitals and other health care facilities that need supplies to contact their County's Office of Emergency Management. The "Supplies Request Form" can be found at https://gcc02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.suffolkcountyny.gov&data=02%7C01%7Ctheinlein%40brookhavenny.gov%7Cd540c209107e437e5b2008d7d62a0092%7C856ec158f34b4b4f9850b009cdae49fe%7C0%7C0%7C637213348201175698&sdata=oug6Flf%2B3JITlb8tpRC2JHM9CtZPR8z%2FitCivr2VnLQ%3D&reserved=0>FRESRESOURCES FOR SMALL BUSINESSES
- Qualified Health Professionals
- Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), such as gloves, masks and gowns
- Companies to manufacture new products
- Donations of Goods, Services, and Space
- Submission form from ESD for COVID-19-Related Business Questions: https://esd.ny.gov/covid-19-help
- IEDC Resources for Economic Development Planning and Recovery:https://restoreyoureconomy.org/index.php…
- Sign up for the latest COVID-19 updates from New York State:https://now.ny.gov/page/s/coronavirus-updates
- All businesses and counties are advised to reach out to their regional ESD office (https://esd.ny.gov/about-
us/contact-us) and DHSES (http://www.dhses.ny.gov/index.cfm
). They will be coordinating, assisting, and communicating once NYS has received its approval. Click here for guidance for businesses and corporations from ESD.
- Small businesses that are struggling financially as a result of the COVID-19 crisis may be able to access low- interest loans through the Small Business Administration's Disaster Loans Program. https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance
- Guidance on Executive Order 202.6https://esd.ny.gov/guidance-executive-order-2026
- New York Department of Financial Services, with FAQ's and information regarding Business Interruption Coverage https://dfs.ny.gov/…/c…/business_interruption_insurance_faqs
- New York Declartion 1636 Fact Sheethttps://esd.ny.gov/…/def…/files/NY-16346-EIDL-Fact-Sheet.pdf
Center for Disease Control and PreventionCDC.gov/coronavirus
Town of BrookhavenBrookhavenny.gov/coronavirus
Suffolk County Governmentsuffolkcountyny.gov/…/He…/Health-Bulletins/Novel-Coronavirus
New York State Department of Healthhealth.ny.gov
White House Statementswhitehouse.gov/briefings-sta…/coronavirus-guidelines-america