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April 3, 2020

The New York State Department of Health has set up a hotline at (888) 364-3065 where Department of Health experts are available to answer questions regarding COVID-19.

Information can also be found by visiting the New York Department of Health website at: https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/coronavirus.

Testing for COVID-19 is FREE for all eligible New Yorkers as ordered by a health care provider.

Although the White House has indicated that the federal healthcare exchange is not being renewed, New Yorkers without health insurance can apply through New York State of Health through June 15, 2020. Enrollees must apply within 60 days of losing coverage.

To see if you qualify for affordable healthcare coverage, visit: https://nystateofhealth.ny.gov/

For information about filing an unemployment insurance claim, visit: https://labor.ny.gov/ui/how_to_file_claim.shtm

$600 in additional weekly unemployment benefits will be made available to all New Yorkers; and the period covered by unemployment benefits is being extended for another 13 weeks, for total of 39 weeks.

New Yorkers can call the COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline at 1-844-863-9314 for mental health counseling.

The State will help victims of domestic abuse find safe shelter. Call 1-800-942-6906 if you need help.

Health care workers can text NYFRONTLINE to 741-741 to access 24/7 emotional support services.

On May 1st, Governor Cuomo confirmed that All K-12 schools and college facilities statewide will remain closed and continue to provide distance learning, meal delivery and childcare services for the remainder of the school year.

Governor Cuomo also issued an executive order delaying school board elections and budget votes statewide until June 9, 2020.

The State Department of Health is investigating cases of severe illness in children and child deaths that may be related to COVID-19.  New York issued first-in-the-nation criteria to healthcare professionals establishing an interim definition for COVID-related inflammatory illness in children.

Summer day camps statewide can open on June 29, and a decision on sleep-away camps will be made in the coming weeks.

Governor Cuomo has issued an Executive Order allowing low-risk, outdoor recreational activities and businesses to open in regions that have met the metrics required for phase one.

As New York City prepares for phase 1 of reopening on June 8th, 10 additional testing spots will be added to hotspot areas who are predominantly low income and minority communities.

Outdoor dining at restaurants will be permitted in the seven regions currently in phase two of reopening starting June 4th.

Long Island, Capital Region, Western New York and Mid-Hudson Valley Regions have met all seven metrics required to begin phase one of the state’s regional phased reopening plan; Central New York, Finger Lakes, Mohawk Valley, North Country and Southern Tier can enter phase two.

Governor Cuomo announced the implementation of a new early warning dashboard to monitor and review how the virus is being contained on an ongoing basis.

New York State and local governments will provide death benefits for frontline workers who died from COVID-19 during this emergency.

The state is continuing to direct resources and focus efforts on reducing the spread of COVID-19 in lower-income and predominately minority neighborhoods.

On May 28th, Governor Cuomo issued an Executive Order authorizing businesses to deny entry to individuals not wearing masks or face-coverings.

The winners of the Wear a Mask New York Ad Contest are: “We Heart New York” created by Bunny Lake Films and “You Can Still Smile” by Natalia Bougadellis and Emory Parker.

Governor Cuomo has released a guide to the state’s “NY Forward Reopening” Plan, along with the state’s regional monitoring dashboard.

The $100M New York Forward Loan Fund will provide loans to small businesses, focusing on minority and women owned small businesses, that did not receive federal COVID-19 assistance.

In coordination with neighboring states, beginning on May 22nd, public and private beaches have opened with certain restrictions.

New York State has doubled testing capacity to reach 40,000 diagnostic tests per day, and has more than 700 testing sites.  Eligible New Yorkers are encouraged to find a nearby testing site.

Governor Cuomo has proposed “Americans First Law” stating a corporation cannot receive government funding if it does not rehire the same number of employees pre-pandemic.

The governor has issued an Executive Order mandating all nursing home staff be tested for COVID-19 twice per week.  Testing efforts will be increased to help nursing homes meet guidelines.

Hospitals cannot discharge a patient to a nursing home unless that patient tests negative for COVID-19.

As of May 19th, Capital Region, Western New York, Central New York, North County, Finger Lakes, Southern Tier and Mohawk Valley Regions have met all seven metrics required to begin phase one of the state’s regional phased reopening plan.

A two-week hospital visitation pilot program in 16 hospitals across the state will allow increased visitations for family members and loved ones.

New York is bringing in international experts to help advise the state’s reopening plan.

Governor Cuomo called on the FDA to ensure that pharmaceutical corporations that produce a COVID-19 vaccine release the rights to provide the vaccine for immediate widespread distribution.

Horse racing tracks statewide and Watkins Glen International Racetrack will be allowed to open without fans as of June 1st.

The Department of Health and Human Services has distributed new treatment, Remdesivir, to help patients infected with COVID-19 recover more quickly.

At the request of the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the state is helping to develop the national criteria for identifying and responding to COVID-related illness.

Due to a reduction in court services caused by COVID-19, the state is extending the window for victims to file time-barred cases under the Child Victims Act for an additional five months until January 14, 2021.

New York State is partnering with Northwell Health to establish 24 temporary testing sites at churches in predominately minority communities in downstate New York to build on the state’s network of downstate testing sites.

Preliminary results of the state’s antibody testing survey of more than 1,300 transit workers in the New York City region show 14.2 percent have COVID-19 antibodies, compared to 19.9 percent of the general population in New York City. The results of the state’s completed antibody testing study show 12.3 percent of the population have COVID-19 antibodies. Find more information and FAQs on antibody testing.

35 counties in New York that do not have significant risk of a COVID-19 surge in the near future can now resume elective outpatient treatments.

Over seven million more cloth masks are being distributed to vulnerable New Yorkers and essential workers across the state.

The state is distributing $25 million to food banks across the state through the ‘Nourish New York’ Initiative, which purchases food and products from upstate farms and directs them to food banks across the state, working to prevent waste. Dozens of events are scheduled across the state beginning the week of May 11th  to help put food on the table for 20,000 households.

New York State-regulated health insurers will be required to waive cost-sharing, including deductibles, copayments and coinsurance, for in-network mental health services for frontline essential workers during COVID-19.

Governor Cuomo has issued an executive order requiring that all people in New York wear masks or face coverings in public, including when taking public or private transportation or riding in for-hire vehicles.

The governor has also issued an executive order that directs employers to provide essential workers with masks free of charge to wear when interacting with the public.

Because there has been a dangerous increase in domestic violence incidents, a new domestic violence text program and new confidential online service has been implemented to aid victims of abuse.

On May 9th, Governor Cuomo extended “New York State on PAUSE” through at least JUNE 6th and directed the state’s non-essential workforce to continue to work from home.  New Yorkers are required to maintain a six-foot distance from each other in public spaces.

In-person workforce restrictions, which have been implemented through various executive orders are also extended.

On Monday, May 4th, Governor Cuomo outlined a phased plan to re-open New York starting with construction and manufacturing, implemented in phases based on regional analysis and determinations.

New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Rhode Island and Massachusetts are developing a regional supply chain for personal protective equipment, other medical equipment and testing.

New York State’s moratorium on COVID-related evictions will be extended until August 20th with fees for missed or late rent payments banned during the moratorium.

On May 8th, Governor Cuomo announced the members of New York’s Reimagine Education Advisory Council—made up of educators, students, parents and education leaders— to help districts reimagine schools as they prepare to reopen.

A collaboration with the Gates Foundation will develop a blueprint of what the new normal should look like for education, K-12 and college facilities.

A new contest asks New Yorkers to create and share a video explaining why wearing a mask in public is important. Interested applicants can go to wearamask.ny.gov.

Governor Cuomo outlined the four core factors to determine if a region can re-open: new infections, healthcare capacity, diagnostic testing capacity, and contact tracing capacity as well as outlining new safety precautions each business must implement.

The MTA is now disinfecting the New York City Transit system daily, including the Metro North and Long Island Railroad, as well as provide free alternative transportation options to essential workers during the cleaning hours of 1:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m.

As of June 4th, there were more than 374,085 confirmed COVID-19 cases in New York State.  Because of the shortage of COVID-19 tests nationwide, the number of patients diagnosed with the virus is higher than those confirmed.

To date, over 2.29 million New Yorkers have been tested for COVID-19.  More than 24,079 New Yorkers have died as a result of the virus.  66,262 patients have recovered.

There have been 33,691 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Westchester County.  Over 151,854 Westchester residents have been tested.  1,381 have died from the virus; more than 21,427 have recovered.

The total number of deaths in the United States is more than 109,000 according to data from Johns Hopkins University.  Approximately 426,000 patients have recovered.

The United States has documented over 1.89 million confirmed cases, the highest number in the world. The number of global cases has surpassed 6.29 million, with more than 380,000 fatalities caused by the virus worldwide; over 2.49 million patients have recovered.

On May 6th, Governor Cuomo outlined the results of new hospitalization data that was collected in a targeted effort to further reduce the number of new hospitalizations per day.

Schmidt Futures will lead the state’s 15-member Blue Ribbon Commission to help integrate New York State systems with advanced technology tools to improve telehealth and broadband access.

Governor Cuomo extended an executive order allowing out-of-state health care professionals to continue practicing in New York State.

JetBlue is donating 100,000 pairs of round-trip flights for medical personnel to honor their efforts, beginning with 10,000 pairs of tickets for New York medical professionals.

Five new drive-through testing facilities have opened and are now accepting patients in Monroe, Erie, Broome, Niagara and Oneida Counties. Appointments can be made by calling 888-364-3065 or online at covid19screening.health.ny.gov.

New York State is partnering with the Kate Spade New York Foundation and Crisis Text Line to provide a 24/7 emotional support service for frontline health care workers: workers can text NYFRONTLINE to 741-741 to access these emotional support services.

New York State is is expanding diagnostic testing criteria to allow all FDNY and NYPD officers, first responders, health care workers, transit workers and essential employees to be tested for COVID-19 even if they aren’t symptomatic.

New York’s contact tracing pilot program, with leadership from Mayor Mike Bloomberg, will begin in the coming weeks.

1,000 transit workers will be tested for antibodies to further determine the spread of infections among frontline workers.

New York State is now conducting 30,000 diagnostic tests for COVID-19 per day.

Governor Cuomo is issuing an Executive Order allowing pharmacists to conduct diagnostic testing for COVID-19.

A new initiative will ramp up testing in the African-American and Latino communities by working with places of worship.

$30 million in Child Care Scholarships will be provided to essential workers and supplies for child care providers.

The State Health Department will partner with Attorney General Letitia James to investigate nursing home violations.

Governor Cuomo is issuing an Executive Order mandating the New York State Board of Elections automatically mail every New Yorker a postage-paid application for an absentee ballot.

New York State is delivering more than 500,000 cloth masks and 10,000 gallons of hand sanitizer to public housing communities.

Governor Cuomo has called on the federal government to provide hazard pay to essential public workers.

COVID-19 Maternity Task Force will develop a plan to certify additional birth centers to provide mothers with a safe alternative to already stressed hospitals.

Governor Cuomo has announced the creation of Reimagine NY Task Force to improve systems downstate once the State is no longer on PAUSE.

SUNY is distributing 8,800 laptops and chrome books to students in need to complete their spring semester coursework.

A new partnership with Ready Responders will expand health care services and testing to New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) residents.

There will be five new drive-though testing facilities opening in Monroe, Erie, Broome, Niagara and Oneida Counties.

A blueprint to “un-PAUSE” New York is being implemented in coordination with other regional states to get people back to work and ease social isolation without triggering renewed spread of the virus.

Governor Cuomo and several northeast state Governors announced the creation of a multi-state council to restore the economy.

On April 15th, Governor Cuomo announced that New York State will conduct antibody tests prioritizing frontline workers.

Governor Cuomo also issued an executive order directing all New York State public and private labs to coordinate with the New York Department of Health to prioritize diagnostic testing.

An awareness campaign encourages low-income New Yorkers to claim their Economic Impact Payments under the CARES Act.

Governor Cuomo has issued an executive order requiring nursing homes to inform family members of residents of COVID-19 cases.

The governor also issued an executive order that allows individuals assisting with COVID-19 response to stay in a hotel in New York City for more than 28 days without becoming a tenant.

SUNY and CUNY are using 3D printers to produce personal protective equipment for frontline medical workers.

A bipartisan effort is being made with Maryland Governor Hogan to call for $500 billion in state aid.

Governor Cuomo has sent a letter to the United States Treasury to ensure that New Yorkers’ stimulus checks do not end up frozen or seized by creditors when they arrive.

New COVID-19 testing facilities are opening downstate, primarily in minority communities. Find testing site locations and hours or operation

Governor Cuomo is working towards a COVID-19 Heroes Compensation Fund for essential workers and their families.

A regional mass testing partnership between New York, Connecticut and New Jersey is forming as a critical piece to reopening the economy.

$200 million will go towards an Emergency Food Assistance program for low-income families enrolled in SNAP.

SUNY Albany President Havidan Rodriguez is working with State Department of Health and Northwell Health to conduct more COVID-19 data research and increase testing in minority communities.

New Yorkers who have recovered from COVID-19 are encouraged to donate blood. Here’s information on how to donate.

A video of ‘New York Tough’ was released showing how New Yorkers are saving lives by spending their time at home.

Flags on state government buildings have been directed to be flown at half-staff in honor of those we have lost to COVID-19 and will remain lowered while New York is on PAUSE.

An executive order is being issued to ensure New Yorkers can vote absentee in the June 23rd primary elections.

The Department of Health has developed a test to detect antibodies to the COVID-19 infection in an individual’s blood.

An agreement with student loan services in New York will offer relief for student borrowers experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19.

The state is increasing the maximum fine for violations of the state’s social distancing protocol from $500 to $1,000 to help address the lack of adherence to social distancing protocols.

The state is partnering with Headspace, a global leader in mindfulness and meditation, to offer free meditation and mindfulness content for all New Yorkers at www.headspace.com/ny.

The First Responders Fund has been created to assist COVID-19 health care workers and first responders with expenses and costs, including child care Donations can be made electronically at https://www.healthresearch.org/donation-form/ or by check sent to Health Research, Inc., 150 Broadway, Suite 560, Menands, NY 12204. Please specify the donation is for “COVID-19 NYS Emergency Response.”

new website provides New York’s comprehensive COVID-19 testing data to the public.

Regeneron, based out of Tarrytown, is creating 500,000 test kits for the State at no charge amid a nationwide shortage of test kits and swabs.

Governor Cuomo issued an executive order to redistribute ventilators and PPE to hospitals with the greatest need.

The USNS Comfort hospital ship is being used to treat COVID-19 patients.

New York State released 600 ventilators to New York City, Long Island and Westchester on April 1st. Governor Cuomo said there are currently six days of ventilators left in the state’s stockpile at the current burn rate.

On Thursday, April 2, the governor said, “We are taking extraordinary measures to move ventilators to meet the need. We are using anesthesia machines as ventilators. We are ‘splitting’ ventilator tubes so two patients can share a ventilator. We are converting BiPAP machines into ventilators. We are scouring the globe to acquire more ventilators.”

New York State is implementing a 90-day moratorium on evictions for residential and commercial tenants.

Pharmacies have agreed to offer free home delivery to help reduce long lines for prescriptions at their facilities.

COVID-19 Medical Updates:

  • NYS is investing in private companies to bring rapid testing to scale: Interested businesses should contact Empire State Development at 212-803-3100 or write to: COVID19Supplies@esd.ny.gov.
  • The NBA is contributing one million surgical masks in collaboration with the Knicks and Nets.
  • New York State has received a generous donation of 1,000 ventilators from the Joseph and Clara Tsai Foundation and the Chinese government, as well as 140 ventilators from the state of Oregon.
  • The New York State Department of Health has approved Northwell’s protocol allowing BiPAP machines to be converted into ventilators.
  • New York State will conduct a hospital-by-hospital survey on a nightly basis to take inventory of supplies; all hospitals are asked to contribute supplies they don’t currently need to a centralized stockpile.
  • 85,400 health professionals have signed up to volunteer as part of the state’s Surge Healthcare Force, including 21,000 from out of state.
  • Governor Cuomo is signing an Executive Order to allow medical students who were slated to graduate this spring to begin practicing now.
  • A new Central Coordinating Team will help implement a public-private hospital plan to share information, supplies, staff and patients among hospitals across the state.
  • A new online portal will connect hospitals to volunteer healthcare workers and help prioritize deployment to hospitals with the greatest need.
  • There is a new mobile testing site at the Bay Plaza AMC Theater at 2210 Bartow Avenue in the Bronx.  Site hours are Monday through Sunday, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., by appointment only.
  • A new drive-through mobile testing facility will open in Albany next week – the State has opened 7 mobile facilities to date.
  • The temporary hospital at the Javits Center is now open; the federal government will staff and equip 2,500 beds for COVID-19 patients.
  • Three new sites have been identified to serve as a place for emergency beds: South Beach Psychiatric Center in Staten Island; Westchester Square in the Bronx; and Health Alliance in Ulster County – adding 695 more beds.
  • The federal government has approved four new sites for temporary hospitals: The Brooklyn Cruise Terminal; the Aqueduct Racetrack facility in Queens; CUNY Staten Island; and the New York Expo Center in the Bronx – adding an additional 4,000 beds.
  • The State Department of Health Wadsworth Lab is working in partnership with other labs to evaluate antibody testing that is designed to help very sick COVID-19 patients. The test is done through a saliva sample and a self-administered short nasal swab.

As of April 2, New York City playgrounds will close to address the lack of adherence to social distancing protocols. Similar closures are being considered in Westchester County for public spaces where social distancing is not being practiced.

Consumers and small businesses experiencing financial hardship may defer paying health insurance premiums through June 1, 2020.

The presidential primary election will move from April 28 to June 23rd, aligning it with the congressional and legislative primaries in New York.

Governor Cuomo has implemented Matilda’s Law to protect New Yorkers age 70+ and those with compromised immune systems:

-Remain indoors

-Pre-screen visitors by taking temperature

-Visitors should wear masks

-Stay six feet away from others

On March 20, 2020, Governor Cuomo signed an Executive Order, “New York State on PAUSE,” mandating that 100% of New York’s workforce must STAY HOME, excluding essential services.

All non-essential gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason are temporarily banned.

Essential businesses that can remain open include: grocers and restaurants, health care providers, pharmacies, gas stations, convenience stores, banks, hardware stores, laundromats and cleaners, child-care providers, auto repair, utilities, warehouses and distributors, plumbers and other skilled contractors, animal-care providers, transportation providers, construction companies and many kinds of manufacturers.

On Monday, March 16, the gov­er­nors of New York (An­drew Cuomo), New Jer­sey (Phil Mur­phy) and Con­necti­cut (Ned La­m­ont) an­nounced re­stric­tions on pub­lic life.

Gyms, movie theaters, and casinos are all CLOSED.  

Grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations, and medical facilities will remain OPEN.

Bars and restau­rants are lim­ited to take­out and de­liv­ery. Gov­er­nor Cuomo stressed that a co­or­di­nated regional ap­proach was nec­es­sary to pre­vent peo­ple from trav­el­ing from state to state to seek ameni­ties. These temporary closures will last as long as necessary to protect public health.

Beginning at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 21, New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania closed all barber shops, nail and hair salons, tattoo shops, and similar services.

Governor Cuomo has signed an executive order directing all schools in New York to close until further notice.

On Friday, March 20, Governor Cuomo signed  a bill guaranteeing job protection and pay for New Yorkers who have been quarantined as a result of novel coronavirus. 

The Department of Financial Services has issued a new directive to New York State mortgage services to provide 90-day mortgage relief to mortgage borrowers impacted by the COVID-19 virus.

On Wednesday, March 18, Governor Cuomo signed into law paid sick leave to guarantee pay for those under mandatory or precautionary quarantine.

New York State will waive all park fees in state, local and county parks.

For a breakdown of Westchester County confirmed cases and other County updates, visit: https://www.westchestergov.com/home/all-press-releases/8355-march-31-westchester-county-executive-george-latimer-gives-covid-19-update

The governor has noted that about 38% of hospitalized patients are aged 20 to 54.

The FDA has approved the use of a new experimental drug in New York on a compassionate care basis to help treat patients with COVID-19.

More than 10,000 professional Mental Health Volunteers have signed up to provide free online mental health services.

Department of Motor Vehicles offices are temporarily closed for in-office visits. Online transactions, including for license renewals, are still be available. License and permit expirations will be extended.

Effective Tuesday, March 17, New York State is suspending state debt collection. New Yorkers with student debt, medical debt and other state-referred debt will have payments frozen for at least 30 days.

New York State is also waiving the seven-day waiting period for unemployment insurance for people who have been laid off due to the coronavirus.

Governor Cuomo has signed an executive order directing non-essential businesses to implement work-from-home policies effective Friday, March 20.

Exemptions from the order will include shipping, media, warehousing, grocery and food production, pharmacies, healthcare providers, utilities, banks and related financial institutions.

Retail shopping malls, amusement parks and bowling alleys were ordered to close by 8:00 pm Thursday, March 19, in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania.

While many people who have the COVID-19 virus may feel fine (or be experiencing mild symptoms), they are highly contagious and can be unknowingly infecting others who are at risk of becoming critically ill with the virus.

On Monday, March 16, Westchester County Executive George Latimer announced a State of Emergency for the county and closed all 44 school districts in Westchester.  He has since announced the following efforts to help combat COVID-19:

• Glen Island Park parking lot is being used for a mobile testing site; hundreds are being tested there everyday (testing done by the State).

• The County Center is being used as a temporary hospital to house patients when local hospitals are overloaded.

• County Public Health professionals continue their work with the State Department of Health for in-home virus testing.

• County Emergency Services Department obtains and distributes to first responders, communities and facilities a range of necessary products from personal protective equipment (PPE) to hand sanitizer.

• County Police are helping secure sensitive sites and maintain patrol presence throughout the area.

• County Department of Social Services deals directly with poor residents and their needs as individuals lose jobs and require benefits for their families. Also provides assistance to the homeless.

• County Economic Development team is researching loans and grant programs for small business devastated by the shut down of their businesses, communicating information through local Chambers of Commerce.

• County Parks remain open for individual use and exercise. Social distancing walks in nature centers and bicycling on trailways permitted; golf – a sport that easily allows for social distancing – is also permitted. No active team sports allowed during this period.

• County Operations Leadership Team implemented child care services at local elementary schools with school districts to assist during closure of all school districts.

• County leadership publicly calling for nurses, doctors and other health care professionals to assist in this crisis (with terrific response).

• Regular conference calls with all municipal officials and County Legislators to ensure cooperative working efforts and resolving specific issues and problems.

Earlier in March, Governor Cuomo wrote on his Twitter page, “What we do next will have a massive impact on the trajectory of this virus in New York. We can only maintain public health by STAYING APART.  The decision each of makes now will impact us all tomorrow.  STAY HOME.”

He implored non-essential state employees from Rockland and Westchester Counties, Long Island, and New York City to work from home or otherwise stay home.

“I am asking private businesses to aggressively consider voluntary closings and allow employees to work from home. Reducing density is both a social responsibility and will help protect workforces. If businesses don’t voluntarily cooperate, we will consider mandatory measures.”

This represents approximately 50 percent of state workers in those regions. New York State Department of Motor Vehicle services will only be available via appointment beginning on Monday.

“Reducing density remains a focus for the state in hopes of spreading out the cases of the virus to a rate the healthcare system can manage,” Cuomo said. “The curve is not a curve. It’s a wave and it could break on the hospital system.”

The New York State Department of Health has compiled a list of five steps to prepare for COVID-19 and help manage the many ongoing lifestyle changes that are taking place as a result of the virus.

All Village elections in New York State that had been scheduled to take place on  Wednesday, March 18 have been postponed until Tuesday, April 28 (the date of New York State primary elections) in efforts to slow the spread of coronavirus, Governor Cuomo announced earlier this week. While many villages hold their local elections in November, the following Westchester, Rockland and Putnam County municipalities hold local elections in March, all of which will be postponed:

Sleepy Hollow, Hastings-on-Hudson, Pleasantville, Briarcliff Manor, Scarsdale, Tuckahoe, Larchmont, Bronxville, Pelham Manor, Hillburn, Pomona, Buchanan, Grand View-on-Hudson, Nelsonville, New Hempstead, Upper Nyack and Wesley Hills.

The governor also took action to allow for voters to request absentee ballots electronically.

“Our top priority has been keeping New Yorkers safe and stopping the spread of the novel coronavirus,” Governor Cuomo said. “Public health officials have been clear that reducing density is one of the most effective ways to stop the spread, and delaying village elections will help ensure poll workers and voters are not potentially exposed to the virus and at the same time maintain integrity in our election system.”

A local State of Emergency has been declared for individual towns and villages including Irvington, Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow.  Executive Orders from local mayors have also been issued to protect the community.

At a news conference on March 7th, Governor Cuomo declared a State of Emergency for New York State to more quickly and effectively contain the spread of coronavirus, and launched an investigation into reports of unfair price increases on consumer products.

The declaration of emergency allows the state to accelerate the purchasing of supplies and the hiring of workers to assist local health departments handling the monitoring of thousands of self-quarantined patients.

If you suspect that you may have contracted COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness (such as a cough or difficulty breathing) or have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19, call ahead to a healthcare professional. Your healthcare professional will work with your state’s public health department and CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) to determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19 and recommend any necessary treatment.

Health care professionals believe that the virus spreads primarily:

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about six feet).
  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

While there is currently no vaccine to prevent this virus, the following steps can help contain the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory viruses:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick (and even if you’re not).
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

In addition to the New York State Department of Health website and hotline, the following resources are updated regularly with information about COVID-19:

National Center for Disease Controlhttps://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Westchester County Department of Health:https://health.westchestergov.com/2019-novel-coronavirus

World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

New York State Business-Related Questions: https://esd.ny.gov/esd-covid-19-related-resources

Disaster Assistance Small Business Loan Information: https://www.sba.gov/disaster-assistance/coronavirus-covid-19

Town of Greenburghhttps://www.greenburghny.com/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=365

New York City: https://www1.nyc.gov/…/health/health-topics/coronavirus.page

Advisory Information: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public

Condition Overview: https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus

Basic precautions: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/index.html

Communications Resources: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/communication/index.html

As the reality of the COVID-19 virus takes hold around the world, it is natural that children and adults of all ages may experience anxiety and depression. For information and resources to help navigate these stresses, click here.

Sui­cide Pre­ven­tion: 800-273-8255

Sub­stance Abuse/​Men­tal Health Helpline: 1-800-662-4357

Sex­ual As­sault Hot­line: 800-656-4673

Do­mes­tic Vi­o­lence Hot­line: 800−799−7233

Cri­sis Text Line: Text HELLO to 741741

 

 

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