Coronavirus

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information & Resources

 This page will be updated frequently with helpful links regarding the virus, resources for aide, and activities to do while home. Keep checking back for new information!

Virus Information 

Text COVIDSUFFOLK to 67283 to receive the latest developments and health guidance.

Mobile Virus Testing Site: Legislator Sunderman has announced a mobile testing site at Stony Brook University Hospital. Residents can call for appointments, 1-888-364-3065.   When calling,  please  identify yourself as a Suffolk County resident and tell them you need an appointment for the coronavirus test. You must call and schedule an appointment, you can not just drive in!

Virus Testing at Clinics: Please be advised that all clinics ask that you call ahead or book an appointment online if you have symptoms of COVID-19. The following walk-in clinics are offering COVID-19 testing; CityMD (multiple locations across LI), LI Urgent Care in West Babylon and Manorville, Patchogue Urgen Care, Excel Urgent Care in Nesconset and East Northport, Northwell Health-Go Health Urgent Care (multiple locations across LI), CareMed (multiple locations across LI, including Patchogue), American Family Care in West Islip.

CDC (Center for Disease Control) Coronavirus Disease: For up to date statistics and information regarding symptoms, Preparations and more.

Suffolk County Department of Health COVID-19 Information: For up to date information regarding the virus, measures being taken and more.

NYS Department of Health Novel Coronavirus: For up to date information on statewide measures being taken to slow the spread of Coronavirus.

Coronavirus Misinformation: A non-partisan website fact-checking news regarding Coronavirus.

Youth Webinars: Hofstra University Associate Professor of Public Health is offering free webinars to aide Elementary, Middle and High School students in understanding COVID-19 using medically accurate and age appropriate content. While the primary audience are children and youth, I welcome parents/guardians, teachers, counselors, school administrators, and anyone who is interested in getting information on the novel coronavirus or COVID-19.

Sesame Street- Health Emergencies: Sesame Street has created a page to help discuss health emergencies with your child. They provide short Sesame Street videos, printables, activities and advice to help enforce healthy habits, aide in discussion with children, and support them emotionally.

COVID-19 Scams: Unfortunately, in these times of crisis, there are always people looking to take advantage of the situation. Please be cautious regarding any calls, texts or emails dealing with novel Coronavirus. Beware of pressuring emails claiming to be from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other attempts to ‘phish’ for personal information. Ignore online promotional items regarding cures for COVID-19. There are currently NO vaccines or over-the-counter products available to treat or cure COVID-19 online or in stores. Avoid organizations and other groups pressuring you into donating via cash, gift cards, wire transfer or prepaid money card. Be cautious of anyone going door to door offering COVID-19 testing or temperature readings and requesting personal information.

To aide in slowing the spread and maintaining social distancing, in Brookhaven town all 75 playgrounds, all town basketball, tennis, pickleball, handball and volleyball courts are closed to the public until further notice and sale of resident stickers has been suspended until further notice as well. New York State Parks remain open for solitary walks or hikes — but you must keep six feet of distance from others.

Library Resources

Get a Library Card: Even though our building is closed, you can still get a card number that you can use for our online services. Fill out the form and receive a temporary card that will be good for 90 days. This link can also be used if you have lost your card.

Click here to to check out all of the free digital services available through the library with your library card including e-books, audio-books, movies, television shows, magazines and more.

Click here for library resources including access to Ancestry, newspapers, Consumer Reports, and educational resources such as Brainfuse.

Click here to check out video’s of storytimes, songs and activities from our Children’s Staff.

The library board has voted to cancel this year’s proposed budget vote which was scheduled for April 7, 2020. and decided that there will be no increase in library taxes for the coming fiscal year due to the hardship and financial impact of the pandemic on our community.

Business & Financial Assistance

If you are an essential worker in need of assistance finding childcare, contact the Child Care Council of Suffolk hotline at 646-926-3784.

Bellport Boys and Girls Club is providing child care services to healthcare professionals, law enforcement, and other mandated government workers. Please know their site is under strict CDC guidelines and will be screening all who qualify for clearance. Email Miss. Shawnte Carter-Okojie at shawnte@bgcbellport.org

Tax deadline extended: You will have until July 15 to file taxes, IRS is allowing you more time to file and pay your Federal Taxes without penalty. This applies to NYS taxes as well, which follow the Federal Tax guidelines.

Unemployment Waiting Period Waived: NYS is waiving the 7-Day waiting period for Unemployment Insurance benefits for people who are out of work due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) closures or quarantines. Also, work search requirements have been waives as well, so you do not need to prove you are searching for employment to make a claim.

Small Business Loans: Important information on Economic Injury Disaster Loans which are available for small businesses. Go to diasterloan.sba.gov to apply.

Business Recovery Unit: The Suffolk County Department of Economic Development and Planning has put together this page for businesses to be a One Stop for Business questions and resources related to impacts as a result of COVID-19.

Mortgage Payments: A 90-day mortgage relief period as been executed to ease the financial strain on New Yorker’s during this time. Mortgage payments will be waived for 90 days, with no negative reporting to credit bureaus, a grace period for loan modification, no late payment fees or online payments fees, as well as the postponement or suspension of foreclosure. All residential and commercial evictions have been suspended for 90  days too.

Bank Fees: Banks have been ordered to waive late fees and overdraft charges. Fees for ATM withdrawals and credit cards will be waived, too.

Paid Family Leave: If you are under a mandatory or precautionary order of quarantine or isolation issued by the State of New York, the Department of Health, local Board of Health, or any government entity, you may qualify for Paid Family Leave, provided you are unable to work remotely or by other means.

Utility Information 

PSEG has suspended shut offs for non-payment and it is waiving late fees. It has also closed all customer service centers temporarily, but staff are working remotely, so customers can call 1-800-490-0025 or use their website psegliny.com.

National Grid has closed all customer centers until further notice. They are also temporarily suspending service disconnections through the end of April, at which time they will evaluate the need. Visit nationalgridus.com or call 1-800-930-5003 for more info.

Free Internet Access: For households with K-12 and/or college students who may be displaced due to school closures and who do not currently have home internet access, Optimum is offering their Altice Advantage 30 Mbps broadband solution for free for 60 days to any new customer household within our footprint. They have also added additional community hotspots that you can connect to throughout Long Island.

Free Data Plans/Upgrades: Mobile carriers have upgraded plans to unlimited data during this time including Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, AT&T and Comcast. Most have also waived fees and terminations during this time as well.

Education 

Federal Student Loan Relief: To provide relief to student loan borrowers during the COVID-19 national emergency, federal student loan borrowers can be placed in an administrative forbearance, which allows you to temporarily stop making your monthly loan payment.

South Country Central School District: As mandated by Governor Cuomo, schools will be closed through at least April 15, they will reassess at that time. Keep up to date with what’s going on in the school district and access their “continuity of learning” page for resources to continue your child’s education during this time.

AP Courses Assistance: Information on daily AP courses, as well as links to  free, live AP Review courses, delivered by AP teachers around the country through College Board, and other important information about this years exams.

The Great Courses: Kanopy and Overdrive both provide access to college level learning through The Great Courses.

Food Services 

Shopping Hours for Seniors: Stop and Shop has reserved the hours of 6am-7:30am exclusively for customers 60 years of age and older. Other stores with Senior Hours include Walmart, Target, Uncle Guiseppe’s, Giunta’s Meat Farms, Dollar General, and BJ’s.

Cirillo’s Market Bellport IGA is offering free curbside grocery pickup. Call 631-286-2772 to make arrangements.

Lighthouse Mission is providing free food delivery for homebound seniors in Brookhaven Town.  Please call 631-758-7584 to make arrangements.

Deer Run Farms is taking call-ahead orders for pickup at the door. Call 631-707-2195.

South Country School District Food Distribution: Distribution will occur Monday through Friday between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. at the following locations: Bellport High School; · Frank P. Long Intermediate School;· Verne Critz Elementary School. Distribution will be “Grab-and-Go” with curb-side pickup to prevent group gatherings. Included in each grab-and-go will be two breakfast and two lunch meals. When you arrive at the site, simply state how many school-age children in your family, and you will be provided a two-day supply for each student.

Families in need of food who are self-quarantining, or, have difficulty with transportation to and from the pick-up locations may call (631) 730-1501 to request a home delivery. If you are leaving a voicemail message, please leave your home address, and, the number of school-age children in your home. You will only need to call once to be placed on the list for delivery.

This service is being provided for ANY family in need and we encourage all to take advantage of the food availability.

Federal Nutrition Programs: Information on any changes or services available through the Federal Nutrition Programs.

Long Island Care Food Distribution: Long Island Cares will perform Grab and Go breakfast to children and adults in need, Sunday, March 22: HELP Suffolk, 685 Brookhaven Avenue, Bellport.

Local Restaurants Offering Takeout/Delivery: Support local businesses during this difficult time by ordering takeout and delivery from area restaurants.

Health Insurance & Mental Health 

Health Insurance: NY State of Health, together with the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS),  announced that there is Special Enrollment Period available to New Yorkers during which eligible individuals will be able to enroll in insurance coverage through NY State of Health, New York’s official health plan Marketplace, and directly through insurers.

Special Enrollment Period for Healthcare: Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, New York has opened a special enrollment period for its healthcare marketplace that extends until April 15.

A Blog About Fear: a blog entry regarding COVID-19 from the  Executive Director of the Association for Mental Health and Wellness.

Taking Care of Your Mental Health in the Face of Uncertainty: Information from the American Foundation for suicide prevention on coping with this crisis. If you’re feeling alone and struggling, you can also reach out to The Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741741 or National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: Information for people struggling with addiction or mental health issues and how they may be affected by COVID-19.

COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline: New York State Department of Mental Health has set up a hotline, 1-844-863-9314, to help you cope with increased anxiety as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak. It is free and confidential and is staffed by volunteers, including mental health professionals, who have received training in crisis counseling.  

Park Jewish Institute: This time can be especially difficult for caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s and Dementia, adding additional uncertainty and stress to already stressful situation. Parker Jewish Institute is holding their caregiver support group online at this time. For the telephone support group patrons can call daily, Monday – Friday, at 10 am and 2 pm and on Saturdays at 9:30 am; call 917-962-0650 and enter code 713896.

Mental Health Resources: Be sure to look over this list of phone numbers for organizations providing important mental health services via phone or online. Services continue to be available for those suffering from domestic violence, suicidal thoughts, addiction and more.

Headspace NY: Headspace is providing guided audio meditations, audio sleep experiences, and mindfulness exercises to help New Yorker’s calm their minds during these trying times.

At-Home Activities for Quarantine 

Join our Spring Reading Challenge for children and teens! Keep track of the minutes you read or the number of books to earn points. When you earn 500 points and the library re-opens, you can claim a prize!

Make cards, posters, or create video posts to keep up the morale of healthcare workers at Mather Hospital. Hospital’s front-line staff workers can use your help! Please send cards, create video posts, make posters (8.5 x 11) of encouragement or gratitude for staff to help keep up their morale. Your creative works of art will be shared with the staff and posted in the hospital. Your words of support will be deeply appreciated. To encourage this endeavor, any teen who submits something can receive community service credit from our YA librarian.

Any cards, videos or posters can be sent to:

Public Affairs
Mather Hospital
75 North Country Rd.
Port Jefferson, NY 11777
or email to csantini@northwell.edu

Search #operationstorytime to find author storytimes on Instagram.

Keep Busy At Home with Activities For All Ages: This document will be updated often with links and resources for kids, teens, adults and librarians. This includes activities such as virtual storytimes, museum tours, crafts, book clubs and more.

Virtual Tours: We’ve compiled a list of virtual tours you can take while confined to home. These are both educational and fun!

Marquee Projects Art Gallery: Local art gallery Marquee Projects, is making art accessible to all, while maintaining a safe social distance. Although, the building is closed, they’ll be rotating artwork from their scheduled exhibit through the store front window for all to enjoy as well as making it available to view online.

Click here to check out video’s of storytimes, songs and activities from our Children’s Staff.

Osprey Cam: Get up close look at Osprey’s in their nests from these 24 hour PSEG webcams in Oyster Bay and Patchogue.