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TOWN HALL CLOSING TO EMPLOYEES MARCH 26 & MARCH 27

TWO TOWN HALL EMPLOYEES TEST POSITIVE

Relying on the information reported to us, at this time, two Town Hall employees have tested positive for COVID-19 in the Departments of Assessor and Engineering Services as of Tuesday, March 24th, when employees were sent home and the offices were professionally cleaned and disinfected.

While we had consulted yesterday with health care officials from Suffolk County and Huntington Hospital, who advised us that closing these departments to employees was not required, as a precaution and for everyone’s peace of mind, employees from the affected departments located within Town Hall will not be returning to Town Hall until further notice.

While the affected departments within Town Hall have been professionally cleaned and disinfected, as an additional precaution, Town Hall will be closed to most employees on Thursday, March 26th and Friday, March 27th, excluding some Department of General Services janitorial staff and Department of Public Safety Security Division staff as called upon by their Directors, for a continued, thorough cleaning and disinfecting of the entire Town Hall facility. Please leave your office doors unlocked so that all offices may be cleaned and disinfected.

Town Hall staffing for the week starting Monday, March 30th will be reevaluated over the weekend.

Once again, the Thursday and Friday closure applies only to Huntington Town Hall.

HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT EMPLOYEE TESTS POSITIVE

The Town of Huntington Highway Department has reported its first employee testing POSITIVE for COVID-19 on Wednesday, March 25; the office is closed for professional cleaning until further notice.

Additional Directives

Senior Center/Flanagan Center Driveway

For the duration of the Town’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) response efforts, all employees* must refrain from driving through the Senior Center (Flanagan Center) between the hours of 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  This is critically important to maintain order, safety and the proper delivery of services.

*Unless it is absolutely necessary to perform essential Town of Huntington work duties at the site.

Donated Blood Shortage

The March 23, 2020 Employee Blood Drive, in coordination with the Long Island Blood Center, at the Huntington Highway Department has been cancelled.

As you know the Town has had to cancel our blood drives for the foreseeable future. Normally, 75% of our local blood supplies come from blood drives hosted by schools, business and organizations. As all of these groups take precautions in response to the of COVID-19 outbreak, many blood drives have been cancelled. These cancellations pose a significant threat to the maintaining a safe and reliable blood supply.

Although the Town Blood Drives have been cancelled, many Town employees still wish to donate to help keep blood supplies at a safe level during this difficult time. Therefore, the Town will extend the benefit of receiving a half day of compensatory time to full time employees who donate at a New York Blood Center facility during the period of March 19th – April 30th.

Please note that in order to receive this benefit, employees must donate during their own time or while on “stay at home” status due to the COVID-19 crisis and must present proof that they donated during the period noted above. Employees may not leave their worksite to donate.

Thank you to all who donate during this critical time.