BABYLON, NY — Nearly four months after the first case of the novel coronavirus was reported, the pandemic is continuing to affect millions across the world. Since the virus hit Long Island, which continues to be the area with the most number of cases, life has changed drastically.
With the start of another week with the new virus, known as COVID-19, additional measures and closures continue to be announced as the coronavirus keeps impacting schools, business and other aspects of daily lives for local residents.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo extended his order all for nonessential workers to stay home, known as NY PAUSE, until May 15. Nonessential businesses will also remain closed during that time.
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However on Sunday, the governor announced that marinas, boatyards and marine manufacturers will be allowed to open for personal use as long as strict social distancing and sanitization protocols are followed.
Locally, numbers are continuing to increase, despite the fact that officials say we could potentially be past the plateau of the disease. As of Monday morning, there are 27,915 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Suffolk County with 4,432 cases in the Town of Babylon. Here’s how Babylon and its neighboring communities fare:
WEST BABYLON: 861
Here are the latest local updates from Babylon:
Under the PAUSE initiative, all schools across New York will remain closed until May 15. There was a recent disagreement between the governor and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio over how long to close schools. Cuomo said he wants to coordinate a reopening with neighboring states. He reiterated all schools in upstate and downstate will stay closed until they’re safe and has to be coordinated with opening businesses. Cuomo stressed he does not know what will happen in June.
Babylon restaurants and bars are offering options such as takeout, curbside pickup, drive-thru and delivery. Click here to see Patch’s local business guide.
Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center is “prepared and has implemented prevention and control protocols to appropriately isolate patients who enter our facilities to prevent the potential transmission of infection and protect you. All clinical personnel are educated on the latest CDC and New York State Department of Health coronavirus guidelines and recommendations,” according to its website.
The visitor policy has also been updated for the hospital. All visitation has been suspended, except for end-of-life, newborn delivery and pediatrics, at all Catholic Health Services hospitals and skilled nursing facilities.
The Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation is currently accepting donations for its Crisis Response Fund.
The Diocese of Rockville Centre announced that all funerals, weddings and other services at Catholic churches across Long Island are canceled.
Cuomo signed an executive orderSaturday to reopen marriage bureaus across the state and give clerks the authority to perform marriage ceremonies via video conferences.
The Town of Babylon declared a State of Emergency on March 13. The town is asking residents to use online services and/or call rather than visiting town facilities in an attempt to limit traffic throughout our buildings as a precaution. Many services that the town provides do not require a physical visit to Town Hall and can be handled online or over the telephone.
Babylon Village also declared a State of Emergency on March 13. Residents are asked to avoid visiting Babylon Village Hall for any non-essential or non-urgent business and instead call or use online services.
Two local parks have been shut down to help enforce social distancing rules. Mayor Ralph Scordino also issued new guidelines within the village to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. Click here to read all the guidelines. All elections have been postponed to June 23.
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This article originally appeared on the Babylon Village Patch