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Advisory Against Bathing at 66 Suffolk County Beaches Copiague Harbor Beach remains closed

Due to the heavy rainfall, Commissioner James Tomarken, MD, MPH, has issued an advisory against bathing at 66 beaches. This advisory is based on the potential that storm-water runoff may cause the beaches to contain bacteria at levels that exceed New York State standards.

Bellone, Gregory Invite Individuals with Diabetes to Attend Free Self-Management Program

The Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and Legislator DuWayne Gregory invite residents who have diabetes to attend a free program that will enable them to manage their diabetes.  The program, conducted by the Department of Health Services in collaboration with Cornell University Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County, comprises four classes that cover suggestions for keeping blood sugar in target range, choosing a healthy meal plan and balancing food, exercise and medications.  

Mosquito Spraying

Weather permitting; the Suffolk County Department of Public Works is planning to treat sections of the following communities as part of their ongoing annual efforts to control adult mosquitoes.

Aerial Larvicide Notice

The Suffolk County Department of Public Works’ Division of Vector Control plans to treat parts of the following salt marshes by helicopter to control mosquito larvae.  Should weather conditions prevent completion of the work, it will be continued the next suitable day. 

First Mosquito Sample to Test Positive for West Nile Virus This Season

Suffolk County Health Services (SCDHS) Commissioner James L. Tomarken announced today that a mosquito sample has tested positive for West Nile virus. The sample, a Culex pipiens-restuans, was collected on July 2, 2014 in Lindenhurst. Additionally, an American robin, collected on July 3, 2014 in East Islip tested positive for the virus. This is the second bird that tested positive for West Nile virus this season. The department reported the first bird, also an American robin, on June 18, 2014.


Suffolk County Government

H. Lee Dennison Bldg

100 Veterans Memorial Hwy
P.O. Box 6100
Hauppauge, NY 11788

Riverhead County Center

County Road 51
Riverhead, NY 11901