BABYLON VILLAGE, NY — The new coronavirus outbreak on Long Island and across the nation is having vast impacts in Babylon Village, including the closure of schools and many businesses.
The number of cases of the illness caused by the virus, known as COVID-19, continue to rise and additional measures and closures continue to be announced. All "non-essential" businesses were ordered to close by Gov. Andrew Cuomo earlier in March.
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As of Friday morning, there were 2,715 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Suffolk County, with 416 in the Town of Babylon. Here's how Babylon and its neighboring communities fare:
- BABYLON: 25
- WEST BABYLON: 71
Here are the latest local updates from Babylon:
Babylon restaurants and bars are offering options such as takeout, curbside pickup, drive-thru and delivery.
Good Samaritan Medical Hospital 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 Diocese of Rockville Centre announced that all funerals, weddings and other services at Catholic churches across Long Island are canceled. Earlier in the month, the Diocese said all masses for a month — including all Holy Week and Easter services — would be canceled due to the coronavirus.
The Town of Babylon declared a State of Emergency on March 13 which means all large Town of Babylon gatherings and events scheduled for the next two weeks, with the exception of board meetings, have been postponed until further notice.
The town is also 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. The 2020 season opening of the E. Donald Conroy Golf Course at Sumpwams Creek has been postponed.
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.
The Village of Babylon General Election has been postponed to April 28, 2020.
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