County Executive Announces Suffolk Supply Drive For Critical Supplies
County Executive Bellone and Police Commissioner Hart Announce Mandatory Online or Telephone Reporting for Specific Non-Emergency C
Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone today provided an update on the County’s comprehensive response to combat and contain the spread of COVID-19, along with an update on the number of patients who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the County.
This morning Governor Andrew Cuomo announced 662 individuals in Suffolk County had tested positive for Coronavirus. Additionally, to date, there have been 9 confirmed deaths in the County related to COVID-19. To receive the most up to date daily reports, resident can click here, or visit the Suffolk County website, www.SuffolkCountyNY.gov, and follow the link located on the top left hand corner of the website, entitled “Up To Date Information On Novel Coronavirus.”
It has been widely reported that there is a national shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) used by healthcare workers. As part of the County’s ongoing efforts to protect health professionals and first responders who are on the front lines of this crisis, County Executive Bellone today announced a Supply Drive for critical Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) – the first of its kind on Long Island.
The County is looking to solicit donations of N95 masks, ear loop face masks, gowns and gloves from the construction industry, building trades, and others in organized labor. These are typical supplies that would ordinarily be used on work sites. Additionally, the County is looking to solicit donations of ear loop masks and gloves from the personal service industry, whose businesses will temporarily be closed as of 8:00 PM tonight.
Starting on Monday, March 23, between the hours of 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM on weekdays, individuals will be able to drop off supplies at the Suffolk County Fire Academy located at 102 East Ave in Yaphank. Residents can email FRESfinance@suffolkcountyny.gov regarding a large donation of supplies or a potential vendor of opportunity.
Additionally, County Executive Bellone and Police Commissioner Hart announced the mandatory online or telephone reporting for specific non-emergency incidents, effective Monday, March 23, 2020. The changes will be enacted in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health and safety of both police officers and residents. To file a report online, visit www.suffolkpd.org/onlinereporting, to file a report over the phone residents can call 631-852-COPS. A list of the types of reports that can be filed online can be viewed at www.SuffolkPD.org.
Residents who have questions related to the COVID-19 should continue to visit the county website, www.SuffolkCountyNY.gov or call Suffolk 3-1-1, or 631-853-6311 if outside the county, where you will be directly connected to a live operator who can direct your call to the appropriate place.
Residents can also sign up for SMS text messages through their mobile devices to receive updates on the latest information, health guidance and other developments relating to the coronavirus. Residents should text COVIDSUFFOLK to 67283 to enroll.
VIDEO of the County Executive's Remarks can be Found Here