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LAKE RONKONKOMA, NY — Rite Aid announced on Friday it is now administering the COVID-19 vaccine at every store, with or without an advance appointment. Within Sachem, Rite Aid is located near Kohl’s on Hawkins Avenue in Lake Ronkonkoma. Rite Aid also has stores nearby in Medford, Sayville, Selden, Smithtown, and West Patchogue. Read more from OnSachem News.

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FARMINGVILLE, NY — Sachem Central School District reported 65 additional COVID-19 infections over the latest 10-day reporting period between April 7 and 16. Across the district's 10 school buildings, 41% of the new positives came from just one school — Sachem High School East in Farmingville. Meanwhile, Sachem's superintendent said the district must quarantine a greater number of middle and high school students for any positive case. Read more from OnSachem News.


(The Center Square) – A provision in the recently passed $212 billion New York state budget will give thousands of dollars to undocumented immigrants and others excluded from COVID-19 assistance programs. Billed as the Excluded Worker Program, the $2.1 billion measure is seen as an important economic development initiative by some, but others see it as just a wasteful handout. Read more from OnSachem News.


HOLBROOK, NY — Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Monday a new expansion of COVID-19 vaccine eligibility in New York. Beginning Tuesday, March 30, at 8 a.m., all New Yorkers 30 years of age and older will be eligible to receive the vaccine. Beginning April 6, universal eligibility goes into effect and all New Yorkers 16 years of age and older will be eligible to receive the vaccine. Read more from OnSachem News.