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Emergency Preparedness Resources for Libraries: For the public: Coronavirus Info

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources for the Public

These resources are chosen for people who are living in New York, especially in the eight counties in the Southeastern region. Anyone can use this info to learn about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and make informed decisions during this quickly-changing situation. Libraries can link to this page and share these resources with patrons.
[Last updated: 19 May 2020; page created 6 March 2020]

Online health information - what can you trust? from MedlinePlus, 3 August 2018
Online Health Information Aid - Facts & Tutorials, from McGill University (English, French) 20 March 2020

For all New Yorkers:

  • NYS Regional Monitoring Dashboard, metrics for re-opening regions of New York, updates daily..
  • Governor Cuomo issued executive orders 202.17 and 202.18 requiring all people in New York to wear masks or face coverings in public, including when taking public or private transportation or riding in for-hire vehicles.
  • Face Coverings: FAQs, NYC DoHMH; Wearing a face covering does not make you invincible!

New York State Info - Start Here!

  • Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) from the New York State Department of Health.
    New York State hotline for information about Covid-19: 1-888-364-3065
    Data about Covid-19 cases in New York State and New York City. Information for child care providers and schools. Cleaning and disinfection guidance.
  • Coronavirus page from the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
    Text COVID to 692-692
    to receive regular SMS texts with latest news and developments.
  • Consumer Protection Division from the New York State Department
    Hotline for New Yorkers to report suspected price gouging: 1-800-697-1220
    Consumer Complaint online form to report suspected price gouging or improper delivery of products such as household cleaning supplies or hand sanitizer

Coronavirus - More Info from U.S. & International Sources

  • Coronavirus Infections information page from MedlinePlus.(U.S. National Library of Medicine)
    THE health information resource for the public to consult. Provides a summary of the virus origins, details on prevention (hand washing!), and handouts for children and adults, plus links to statistics
  • Infecciones por coronavirus de MedlinePlus (Español; U.S. NLM)
  • Preventing Covid-19 Spread in Communities from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
    How to prepare for Covid-19 at home, school, work, and in healthcare.

Why, Why, Why? - The Science-y Stuff

NY County-level Info

Contact your county health department If you do not have a healthcare provider AND if you think you have been exposed to or are experiencing symptoms of coronavirus.

Contact Information for all County Health  / Public Health Departments in New York state.

  • Columbia: 518-828-3358;
  • Dutchess: 845-486-3400;
  • Greene: 518-719-3600;
    From the website: For Any Questions Regarding COVID-19 in Greene County, Call (518) 635-5165 between 9:00am-5:00pm.
    If you believe you should be tested for COVID-19, Contact Columbia Memorial Hospital at (518) 828-8249 for screening and more information.
  • Orange: 845-291-2332
  • Putnam: (845) 808-1390; Toll free (TTY) for Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Speech Impaired: Dial 7-1-1 or 800-662-1220;
  • Rockland: 845-364-2512; For local COVID-19 information and resources, call 211 or visit Hudson Valley Region 211
  • Sullivan: 845-292-5910
  • Ulster: Ulster County COVID-19 HOTLINE: 845-443-8888
  • Westchester: 914-813-5000 OR call 211

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