This list of links gathers a diversity of information and sources regarding Covid-19 pandemic response and related issues, including resources for coping during a time of social distancing. Cornwall Public Library cannot verify the links will remain active and cannot verify the veracity of content. For the most reliable information regarding global and local pandemic response, visit the Center for Disease Control and your local Department of Health.
The New York State Department of Health has set up a 24-Hour Hotline Number: 1-888-364-3065 and informational website.
Orange County Department of Health: 845-291-2330; COVID Hotline: 845-643-3909
The Center for Disease Control’s Recommendations for vulnerable populations can be found here.
World Health Organization Advice to the Public
For the visually-impaired: National Federation of the Blind is providing free access to “Breaking News for COVID-19 Updates”
Testing site info: New York testing site location finder
New York State is seeking qualified medical professionals: Here’s how you can help.
COVID-19 Screening Tool – This tool can help you understand what to do next about COVID-19
If you are feeling anxious, stressed or need emotional support please call the NYS Office of Mental Health Support Line at 1-844-863-9314. For more information, please follow this link.
Feeling stress about Coronavirus (COVID-19)?
Mental Health Resources During an Emergency
LOCAL STATE & FEDERAL GOVERNMENT:
New York State Senator James Skoufis: email@example.com, 845-567-1270
New York State Assemblyman, Colin Schmitt: firstname.lastname@example.org, 845-469-6929
Guidance on Essential Services in New York
School Meal Distribution Sites
Food Pantries in Orange County
SNAP (formerly known as “Food Stamps”): Apply online at mybenefits.ny.gov or read this SNAP flyer for more info.
Important Update on Civil Service Exams in Orange County
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) requires certain employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. See flyer: FFCRA_Poster for details or website for more info.
Unemployment links for New York State and Orange County
CONSUMER AND FOOD RESOURCES:
Business Relief Line: Businesses can register for support through calling 845-802-9150.
Orange County Office of Community Development – Contact Bill Fioravanti, Economic Development Director at 845-360-0231 and/or email@example.com for small business questions throughout the crisis period.
Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan County
If you know or suspect someone price gouging, please report it by calling 1-800-697-1220 or 1-866-966-7226
Shop local and help struggling businesses! Check out these lists of local farmers’ markets and restaurants that support delivery and take-out.
TAX & BILL RELIEF:
The Federal and New York State income tax deadline is extended to July 15th.
State tax relief for small businesses: If you were unable to make your monthly sales tax payment, there will NOT be any late fees or penalties.
Orange & Rockland and Central Hudson will completely waive late fees for customers impacted by the Coronavirus.
New York State is providing mortgage relief to struggling homeowners impacted by the pandemic by requiring banks to waive mortgage payments for 90 days. Contact your bank if you need assistance.
Child Care Council – Call 845-294-4012. To be provided throughout the crisis period to families calling about daycare/childcare needs. The office is open Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm. Their staff are available to process new applications and will prioritize healthcare providers and emergency responders.
Healthy Kids Program – Operates high quality and affordable before/after school programs since 2003.