TOWN LAUNCHES STUDENT AND FACULTY SALIVA-BASED COVID TESTING SITE:
Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino and members of the Town Board announced a new partnership with ProPhase Labs to administer a new, non-invasive saliva-based, viral RT-PCR multiplex-test for students and faculty that attend and/or work at public and private schools within the Town. This new saliva-based test is proven to quickly detect and identify COVID-19 and any of its 17+ current viral mutations. ProPhase Labs has the capacity to provide test results to individuals within 24 hours from the time when one of its labs receives and accepts a specimen. For hours please call (516) 733-8410 and for more information CLICK HERE.
Shellfish Harvesters and Shellfish Dealers
Due to the extremely heavy rainfall and extraordinary amounts of stormwater runoff and localized street flooding associated with the rainfall event of September 1st and 2nd, 2021 which may result in conditions causing shellfish to be hazardous for use as food, The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Shellfisheries Section is temporarily closing the north and south shore areas noted below to the harvest of shellfish to protect public health.
Effective immediately, the following areas are closed to the harvest of shellfish:
- Towns of North Hempstead and Oyster Bay (north shore): All that area of Hempstead Harbor lying east of a line extending northerly from the northernmost point of land at Prospect Point to Hempstead Harbor Buoy “2” (R N “2”), and south of a line extending easterly to Hempstead Harbor Buoy “4” (R N “4”), and west of a line extending southerly to the easternmost point of the tower on the Hempstead House (local name, local landmark) at Sands Point Preserve which will remain closed to the harvest of shellfish.
- Towns of Smithtown and Brookhaven: All that area of Stony Brook Harbor.
- Town of Brookhaven: All that area of Port Jefferson Harbor.
- Town of Southold: All that area of Cutchogue Harbor lying north of a line extending northeast from New Suffolk Point to the northernmost point of land at Horseshoe Cove; and all that area of Southold Bay lying westerly of a line extending northerly from Paradise Point to the seaward end of Bay Home Road; and all that area of Fishers Island Sound.
- Town of Shelter Island: All town underwater lands in the creeks, coves, bays and harbors and their tributaries within the Town of Shelter Island.
- Town of Islip: All that area of Great South Bay lying north and west of a line extending northerly from the southern base of the northbound span of the Robert Moses Causeway on Captree Island to Dickerson Channel Buoy “6”, then proceeding easterly to North Channel Buoy “4”, then through North Channel Buoys “6” and “8” and then extending northerly to the southernmost point of land at Nicoll Point.
Note: Town of Hempstead: All that area of Hempstead Bay and East Bay that was closed on August 23, 2021 remains closed.
Accordingly, the harvest of shellfish from the following areas is permitted:
- Towns of Oyster Bay (north shore) and Huntington: All the normally certified areas of Oyster Bay Harbor and Cold Spring Harbor.
- Town of Southampton: All the normally certified areas of Sag Harbor and its tributaries.
- Town of East Hampton: All the normally certified areas of Sag Harbor and Northwest Harbor.
A scanned copy of the signed closure order and maps of the affected areas are attached.
Information about temporary closures and reopenings will be available on a recorded message available at: (631) 444-0480 and the DEC website at: https://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/7765.html
You may also call the DEC-Bureau of Shellfisheries at 631-444-0492 during regular office hours M-F 8:00 to 4:00.