Greenport dealing with one of the biggest COVID-19 outbreaks

One of Long Island's tiniest towns has been dealing with one of the biggest COVID-19 outbreaks.

News 12 Staff

Apr 6, 2020, 5:24 PM

Updated 1,560 days ago

Share:

One of Long Island's tiniest towns has been dealing with one of the biggest COVID-19 outbreaks.
There have been 74 confirmed cases in Greenport, but the entire North Fork has been slammed.
Along with Shelter Island, it's the most rural part of Long Island, but per capita it has one of the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the state.
Health officials say they were prepared for the pandemic, but they expected it to make its way east from the city and more heavily populated areas to the west.
Instead, the first hospitalization in Suffolk County happened on the North Fork.
"We learned like everyone else did, on the fly. In the beginning, things were probably not as perfectly smooth as we would have liked them, but they got smoother and smoother as time went by and as staff became used to the rituals that we had to go through," says Dr. Lloyd Simon, of Stony Brook Eastern LI Hospital.
There have been nine deaths related to COVID-19 at Peconic Landing, a retirement community and nursing home in the area.
In the area that relies on tourism, the shutdown of businesses has meant a lot of layoffs and a lot of stress for nonprofit agencies trying to help families in need.
"We were spending about $1,200 a week on food and now we're spending about $6,000," says Cathy Demeroto, of Community Action Southold Town "A lot of our clients are low-wage workers who really support the industries on the North Fork -- the hospitality industry, the agriculture industry and many of them are out of work now."
Area residents have been pitching in to help, with food bins at Jamesport Farm Brewery and nine other businesses. The nonperishable good are distributed to families on weekends and at the Riverhead Baptist Church.
Others have volunteered their time to deliver the food to the homes of people seeking donations. Melissa Caggiano says the idea started with a Facebook post about helping laid-off workers. Two days later, 300 people volunteered to help.
"I think for people, things are so uncertain and so scary that when they can do something like this and help other people, it certainly makes me feel better and I'm sure it makes them feel better too," says Caggiano.
PHOTOS: Your Coronavirus Photos
undefined
 


More from News 12
2:11
FBI investigating Trump rally attack as potential act of domestic terrorism

FBI investigating Trump rally attack as potential act of domestic terrorism

2:15
HEAT ALERT: Hot and humid Monday on Long Island; feels-like temps near 100

HEAT ALERT: Hot and humid Monday on Long Island; feels-like temps near 100

5:30
In prime-time address, Biden warns of election-year rhetoric, saying ‘it’s time to cool it down’

In prime-time address, Biden warns of election-year rhetoric, saying ‘it’s time to cool it down’

0:20
Suffolk police: Man drowned at Smith Point County Park in Shirley

Suffolk police: Man drowned at Smith Point County Park in Shirley

0:46
Charity car wash raises funds for victims of fatal Deer Park nail salon crash

Charity car wash raises funds for victims of fatal Deer Park nail salon crash

1:54
Reps. Lawler, Torres to introduce bill enhancing Secret Service protection for presidential candidates

Reps. Lawler, Torres to introduce bill enhancing Secret Service protection for presidential candidates

4:10
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Trump rally attendee gives his eyewitness account of the shooting

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Trump rally attendee gives his eyewitness account of the shooting

2:04
Nassau County heightens safety precautions for public events following Trump rally shooting

Nassau County heightens safety precautions for public events following Trump rally shooting

2:37
Security increased at Trump Tower following rally shooting

Security increased at Trump Tower following rally shooting

1:37
Family rallies for harsher penalties for drivers under the influence of marijuana following fatal incident

Family rallies for harsher penalties for drivers under the influence of marijuana following fatal incident

2:07
A look back at US political violence that changed history

A look back at US political violence that changed history

2:27
Political analyst weighs in on gun violence in wake of Trump rally shooting

Political analyst weighs in on gun violence in wake of Trump rally shooting

3:32
Rep. D'Esposito: Trump rally shooting 'a stark reminder of the divided country that we're in'

Rep. D'Esposito: Trump rally shooting 'a stark reminder of the divided country that we're in'

1:29
Expert: Security will be a high level concern at presidential events in wake of Trump rally shooting

Expert: Security will be a high level concern at presidential events in wake of Trump rally shooting

1:34
Political analyst: Shooting at Trump rally will bring changes to 2024 Presidential Election

Political analyst: Shooting at Trump rally will bring changes to 2024 Presidential Election

2:03
Poll: More than 40% of women skip or delay medical screenings and appointments

Poll: More than 40% of women skip or delay medical screenings and appointments

1:46
‘Lives are forever changed.’ One year since bombshell arrest of alleged Gilgo Beach serial killer

‘Lives are forever changed.’ One year since bombshell arrest of alleged Gilgo Beach serial killer

2:40
Gilgo Case: Suffolk DA speaks with News 12 ahead of one-year anniversary of Heuermann’s arrest

Gilgo Case: Suffolk DA speaks with News 12 ahead of one-year anniversary of Heuermann’s arrest

2:08
Blueprints of Heuermann home detail where pieces of evidence were found

Blueprints of Heuermann home detail where pieces of evidence were found