covid resources 2021

COVID-19 Resources

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County prioritizes the health, safety, and well-being of the communities we serve. Even if you are not concerned about your own health, we ask that you be mindful of your neighbors who may be stressed by the situation and worried about loved ones. Taking action now through social distancing to limit contact with one another may seem like extraordinary measures, but this strategy mitigates the spread of the virus and reduces the burden on our healthcare system.


Starting 1/12/2021, Suffolk County residents who fall under New York State's Phase 1b category are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Phase 1b includes:

  • Teachers and education workers
  • First responders
  • Public safety workers
  • Public transit workers
  • People 75 and older
  • Public-Facing Grocery Store Workers
  • Individuals living/working in a homeless shelter
  • Employees and support staff of licensed childcare settings

Given high demand and limited supply of the vaccine at this time, appointments may be limited, but Suffolk County has the capacity to provide vaccines soon as they are available. Residents should visit to check their eligibility and schedule an appointment. If there are none available at this time, we encourage you to check back as more slots become available.


The Quest for Happiness

In times of turmoil, it can be hard to find our way and our joy. When the news is full of uncertainty, sometimes it is best to look within to try and find our happy, our peace.

This article from our Family Health & Wellness team on "The Quest for Happiness" is relevant now more than ever.


New York State Hand Sanitizer + PPE

CCE of Suffolk County, in cooperation with NYS Ag and Markets will distribute free NYS Clean hand sanitizer (1-gallon pump containers and refillable 2-ounce spray bottles) and washable, cloth face covers to the Agriculture, Horticulture, Aquaculture and Craft Beverage Industries. The effort is aimed at ensuring safe distribution and sale of goods while minimizing spread of COVID-19. PPE supplies can be picked up by appointment at Suffolk County Farm in Yaphank and at the Long Island Horticulture Research and Extension Center in Riverhead on scheduled days and times. Interested businesses must fill out a short request form. The form can be found at here.

Please submit form to If you are unable to access the internet to register, please call 631-603-4332. After submitting, you will receive an email confirming your pick-up location and date. We will not be able to accommodate unscheduled pick up requests.

Note: Handwash stations are a preferred alternative to hand sanitizer for both employees and customers so please consider how many are available for employees and customers to use in making your request.

**NYS Clean hand sanitizer is a 75% alcohol-based sanitizer. It is highly flammable and needs to be stored away from flame and direct sources of heat. It is not drinkable and should not be in contact with food.

NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets Requesting Information to Connect Impacted Producers to Purchasing Opportunities

The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, in coordination with its partners, is reaching out to New York producers that have surplus agricultural products as a result of COVID-19-related supply chain disruptions. The Department is working to connect affected farmers to potential new purchasing opportunities through various institutions, such as food banks, retailers and more. Governor Cuomo has made a commitment to using local foods to support the emergency food system, and we are looking to connect producers to food banks and those in need. This information will be provided to the Department’s partners and posted on its website.


If you are a producer with surplus product, the Department asks that you send your name, contact information, and the type of product(s) you have in surplus to Lindsey McMahon at Please provide this information by Monday, May 4th, 2020, if possible.

Resources for your families health


This is an especially difficult time for families with limited resources. Our Community Nutrition Education Team is posting tips for food safety and budget friendly recipes during this pandemic. You'll find information about which food banks are still operating on Long Island, how to get SNAP assistance at this time, and information about maintaining a healthy lifestyle. We're also sharing information about Staying Physically Active and offering suggestions for Family Activities.

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Digital Programming at CCE

These days, we at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County are offering all kinds of Digital Programming. You have your choice of virtual programs with some of our educators or learning at your own pace with prerecorded offerings. Let the Digital Learning begin!

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The current COVID-19 situation is really hurting the local commercial fishing industry. Do what you can to support your local fish markets and fishermen at this time. If you are a local fisherman or fish market providing take out and local delivery and would like to be featured on this list and on our social media please email or DM our facebook page.

Last updated January 13, 2021