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Posted on: April 13, 2020

COVID-19 Community Resources & Information

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COVID-19 Community Resources and Information: 

We have now entered the phase of the pandemic sometimes referred to as adaptive recovery. We are all learning to live and manage our lives in this new environment. Using common sense practices like hand washing, social distancing, and mask wearing we have significantly reduced the spread of the virus. 


  UPDATED WEEKDAYS *  DAILY MAP of the   Total Active COVID Cases in Westchester County




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The best way to prevent COVID-19 is to wear a mask and continue social distancing (staying at least 6 feet away from others), even when wearing a mask.

Masks are an essential tool we have to slow the spread of the Novel Coronavirus. To properly wear a mask, the mask should cover your nose and mouth snugly and be secured by ear loops.  New data suggests that in addition to protecting others, mask wearers may have less severe impacts from the virus than non-mask wearers if they do contract the virus. 


Clean your hands before taking off your mask. Remove your mask by the straps.  Disposable paper face masks should be used for one outing outside the home. Once removed wash your hands again. If you need a mask email maskwp@whiteplainsny.gov


DIAGNOSTIC TESTING 

Who can be tested for COVID-19?
New York State has expanded COVID-19 diagnostic testing capacity. Effective July 1, 2020, testing is available to all New Yorkers statewide.


How can I be tested for COVID-19?

 ANTIBODY TESTING

 Antibody testing may show if an individual has ever been infected with the virus, even if they did not have symptoms. It is important to note that this test does not detect active infection. For that you need Diagnostic testing. If you are interested in getting an antibody test. CityMD is currently offering the Serum Antibody IgG (Blood Test). COVID-19 testing is walk-in only, no appointment needed.  CityMD White Plains   

 The Westchester County Department of Health Coronavirus Information  has provided some guideline regarding the Serum Antibody blood test. 


DONATE BLOOD/PLASMA

If you are a recovered patient and are interested in donating your plasma to help others, please go to the New York Blood Center website at https://nybc.org/donate-blood/convalescent-plasma 

New York Blood Center
New York Blood Center

American Red Cross

https://www.redcrossblood.org/donate-blood/dlp/plasma-donations-from-recovered-covid-19-patients.html 


BECOME A CONTACT TRACING TEAM MEMBER

COVID-19 Contact Tracers, Team Supervisors and Community Support Specialists Needed
New York State (NYS) is launching a new, ambitious and urgent effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. The aim of this initiative will be to call every person diagnosed with COVID-19, establish all contacts of this person, and proceed to call and maintain ongoing communication with every contact
.  

Visit the NYS Contact Tracing Initiative Webpage to apply to be part of the Contact Tracing Team. 

https://health.westchestergov.com/2019-novel-coronavirus


COMMUNITY RESOURCES:   

If you need a mask email maskwp@whiteplainsny.gov

If you have food insecurity  email: feedingwp@whiteplainsny.gov


We are now in  New York State Forward Phase 4 which permits the opening of

  • Higher Education
  • Pre-K to Grade 12 Schools
  • Low-Risk Outdoor Arts & Entertainment
  • Low-Risk Indoor Arts & Entertainment
  • Media Production
  • Professional Sports Competitions With No Fans and 
  • Malls

WHITE PLAINS IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS WITH SAFETY MEASURES IN PLACE 

White Plains is in Phase 4 of NY Forward Reopening Plan . New Yorkers are still required to wear face masks and practice social distancing of six feet in public. 

All City of White Plains Departments are open with COVID rules in effect

 The White Plains Public Library  has opened with COVID rules in effect.

White Plains City Pools  are open through August with COVID rules in effect.

White Plains Parks and Playgrounds are open with COVID rules in effect.

The White Plains Farmers’ Market is open Wednesdays from 9AM - 2PM with COVID rules in effect.

The Westchester Mall, The City Center  and  The Galleria Mall  are open with COVID rules in effect.

White Plains restaurants  offer eat-in, outside dining and take-out options with COVID-19 rules in effect.  

To view a list of  Downtown White Plains Shops and Businesses

White Plains Business Improvement District 

The Westchester County Bee-Line bus system has  resumed full service effective Monday, June 15th.  For additional info visit  Westchester County Department of Transportation

 Metro North  has resumed  service 

New York State Department of Motor Vehicles  White Plains District Office - Currently OPEN for mail-in and drop box processing and for limited in-person transactions by reservation only, You MUST have a reservation to complete in-person transactions at a DMV office.

Westchester County government  buildings are open for business

White Plains School District Reopening Plan


NEW YORK STATE PROGRAMMING TO HELP RESIDENTS NAVIGATE DURING THE PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS

New York State Department of Labor Unemployment Insurance

The best way to file a new unemployment insurance claim is online. The application has been updated so New Yorkers can apply for Unemployment Insurance or Pandemic Unemployment Assistance. https://dol.ny.gov/  

For information on the New York State paid leave program ://governor.ny.gov/programs/paid-sick-leave-covid19-impacted-new-yorkers


New York State  COVID Rental Assistance Program

Effective August 7th, 2020  The moratorium on evictions in New York State has been extended to September 4th. The moratorium was first put in place in March to protect residential and commercial tenants facing financial hardship due to the pandemic. 

Effective Thursday, July 16 Funding  is available to tenants Impacted by Coronavirus Pandemic.  This program bolsters ongoing efforts to keep New Yorkers in their homes. 

Application  https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-announces-new-covid-rental-assistance-program    You can send questions to covidrentrelief@hcr.ny.gov 


White Plains residents who are concerned about eviction should call:

Westchester Residential Opportunities - 914-428-4507, Legal Services of the Hudson Valley - 877-574-8529, or 

housinghelp@wroinc.org, https://wroinc.org/ 


NYS Executive Order which Governs Moratorium on Eviction

The state’s moratorium on COVID-related residential and commercial evictions will be extended until August 20. New York is also banning fees for late or missed payments during the eviction moratorium. Renters facing financial hardship due to COVID-19 are also allowed to use their security deposit as payment and repay their security deposit over time. 

Find additional information and frequently asked questions for renters and tenants.


The CARES Act 

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES)  Act provides economic assistance for American workers, families, and small businesses, and preserves jobs. 

https://home.treasury.gov/policy-issues/cares


FOOD ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS:  

Feeding Westchester 

Driven by the belief that access to healthy food is a basic right for all people, Feeding Westchester leads hunger action programs and mobilizes the resources needed to eradicate hunger in Westchester County.


Use this map to find food assistance in Westchester County. This tool can help you locate your nearest Food Pantry, Hot Meal Program, and Emergency Food Delivery. Please call ahead to confirm hours and availability.


Feeding Westcheter  has initiated drive thru food distribution at locations around the county. Sign up to be notified about upcoming drive-thru distributions, hosted by Feeding Westchester. https://info.feedingwestchester.org/drive-thru-food-distribution


The Mobile Food Pantry travels throughout the county to deliver good nutritious food to Westchester communities with limited access to traditional food pantries https://feedingwestchester.org/find-help/mobile-food-pantry-schedule/


https://feedingwestchester.org/coronavirus-response/ 

https://feedingwestchester.org/donation-page/ 


If you need help getting groceries email:  feedingwp@whiteplainsny.gov


NY STATE SUMMER FEEDING PROGRAM FOR CHILDREN UNDER 18 YEARS OLD 

 Text “food” to 877-877, then text your complete address, you will receive a list of schools nearby providing free breakfast/lunch.


UNITED WAY TEAMS UP WITH FEEDING WESTCHESTER AND DOORDASH FOR SUMMER PROGRAM

United Way of Westchester and Putnam is teaming up with Feeding Westchester and DoorDash to provide supplemental fresh produce to low-income families of school-aged children during the summer months. The program will run weekly through Labor Day.

Families with students that qualify for free or reduced lunch will also receive books and/or activities throughout the program.

The program is limited to 500 households within a 10-mile delivery radius of Feeding Westchester. You must be a resident of White Plains, Elmsford, Tarrytown, or Sleepy Hollow to participate.

To learn more and sign up: https://www.uwwp.org/united-way-teams-up-with-feeding-westchester-and-doordash-for-summer-program/ 


Westchester County Mobile Food Pantries 

https://www.needhelppayingbills.com/html/westchester_food_pantries_and_.html 

http://wrapsny.com/uploads/9/6/1/8/96189890/a_limited_list_of_westchester_food_bank.pdf 


White Pains Area Mutual Aid Programs Providing Food Assistance to the Community:

Bethel Baptist Church 

One Fisher Court

Second Saturday of the month

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

(914) 949-2792 

http://bethelbaptistchurchwp.org/ 


Ecumenical Food Pantry

Fridays  from 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Thomas Slater Center
2 Fisher Court, White Plains, NY 10601
(914) 948-6211

http://www.trinitylutheranchurchwhiteplains.org/ecumenical-emergency-food-pantry


El Centro Hispano
Operating from Post Road Elementary School
175 W Post Road, White Plains, NY 10606
 June 18th, July 9, 23, Aug 6, 20, Sept 3, 17, Oct 1, 15, Nov. 5 , 19, Dec 3, 17 at 3:00 PM 
Food will be distributed from the Soundview Avenue entrance.
https://www.elcentrohispano.org/ 


First Baptist Church
456 North Street White Plains, NY 10605
(914) 946-5207 (No set hours. Please call)

https://www.firstbaptistwhiteplains.org/food-co-op.html 


Grace Episcopal Church 

Fridays at  Noon

33 Church Street, White Plains, NY  10601

http://gracewhiteplains.org/


Lifting Up Westchester

Operates Grace’s Kitchen at Grace Episcopal Church and provides a place for the hungry to regularly get a free meal weekdays and on all major holidays.  

Grace’s Kitchen at Grace Episcopal Church
33 Church Street, White Plains, NY 10601
Monday through Friday 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

914.949.3098 
https://www.liftingupwestchester.org/food-outreac


Make the Road New York
46 Waller Avenue, White Plains, NY 10601
(914) 948-8466
 Must call to make an appointment.

https://maketheroadny.org/services-info/


Mt. Hope African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church
Table of Grace Green Thumb Program

Last Tuesday of month  12:30 AM - 3:00 PM
65 Lake Street, White Plains, NY 10604
(914) 948-6372


Ridgeway Alliance Church

465 Ridgeway, White Plains, NY 10605
Contact: Pastor Kevin Gillen (914) 949-3714 

Ridgeway Church Food Pantry Public Hours:
Monday’s & Friday’s from 10am -2pm
Tuesday 4pm-6pm

https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Religious-Center/Ridgeway-Alliance-Church-Food-Pantry-1344027209002361/ 


St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church
82 Prospect Street, White Plains, NY  10605
914.949.5577

Grab & Go Meal Bags distributed each Sunday 

http://www.stbartswp.org/home


The White Plains Community Action Partnership Emergency Food Pantry 
70 Ferris Ave, White Plains, NY 10603
Call (914) 428-7030 to make an appointment.

https://westcop.org/ 


Trinity United Methodist Church

130 South Lexington

No regular schedule, call first

914-761-3605 


White Plains Public Schools Food Distribution to White Plains District Students:
Breakfast and Lunch Weekdays between 10 am and 1 pm at:
Eastview in front of the auditorium entrance, WPHS at the Athletic Circle, Church Street School  Parking Lot, Rochambeau High School Lower Parking Lot and Post Road School Parking Lot

  • .  Students or parents must show ID that their children are enrolled in the White Plains City School District and the building they attend. 

    • For families that need additional food support please go to Feeding Westchester for temporary food distribution site.

 

ORGANIZATIONS THAT CAN HELP THOSE WHO ARE UNABLE TO SHOP FOR GROCERIES OR PRESCRIPTIONS 

Grace La Gracia  Shopping Sisters Program

Grace Episcopal Church

33 Church Street, White Plains NY  10601

LINDA GALLO: 914-582-2596 or emai : ldg052@aol.com.

www.gracewhiteplains.org    https://myemail.constantcontact.com/Grace-La-Gracia-May-10--2020---E-Newsletter.html?soid=1122866462119&aid=dq-AUJ6yrxg 

Need Groceries? Supplies? If you are in need of these, know you will have someone to help. A coordinated network will be set up as follows:

  • 1) Send Linda an email or phone her to let her know your needs. In turn, she will contact a volunteer to assist you who will then contact you (be sure to give Linda your contact information). The volunteer will then speak with you directly.
  • 2) The Shopping Sister will then shop your list and deliver to you to an agreed upon location (your home, apartment, etc.) and time.
  • 3) Upon completion of your shopping, the Shopping Sister will let you know the bill. You will then leave a check/cash for her in a mailbox or agreed upon location


Family Services of Westchester  

RideConnect, a program of Family Services of Westchester, has been providing volunteer based transportation for over 10 years to older adults in Westchester & Southern Putnam counties. These rides are for medical, shopping, social visits, religious services and more. At this time, while RideConnect continues to provide this volunteer based transportation for critical medical appointments, they  have also enlisted volunteers to do essential shopping for older adults such as groceries, and medication pick-ups. If you, or someone you know would benefit from being matched up with a volunteer to get your essential items, please contact RideConnect  at (914) 242-7433 or via email at kganis@fsw.org.

 Website: http://rideconnectwestchester.org/


Meals on Wheels White Plains 

Meals-on-Wheels of White Plains is a non-profit organization made up of volunteers with a commitment to delivering both food and compassion to  neighbors in need. Meals-on-Wheels of White Plains serves members of our community who are unable to shop or prepare adequate meals themselves. They are making deliveries twice a week and providing a frozen meal for the days they don’t visit. They have initiated a no-contact delivery method. if you would like to sign up for meal delivery through Meals on Wheels White Plains, please call (914) 946-6878

https://www.mowwp.org/ 


If you need Food Assistance email feedingwp@whiteplainsny.gov


AREA SUPERMARKETS - Special Hours designated for customers aged 60 years or older or for those with compromised immune systems:   

H Mart 
371 N Central Ave, Hartsdale, NY 10530

914.448.8888
Special hours: 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM each day is reserved for seniors, pregnant women and the handicapped.
https://www.hmart.com


ShopRite
13 City Pl, White Plains, NY 10601
914.539.4500
Special Hours 7 AM - 8 AM everyday
http://www.shoprite.com/pd/stores/NY/White-Plains/ShopRite-of-White-Plains/756A4227 


Stop and Shop

154 Westchester Avenue, White Plains, NY  10604
914.997.0715
670 North Broadway, White Plains, NY  10603
914.682.3279

Special Hours: Customers over 60 years old as well as customers with compromised immune systems can shop from 6:00 AM to 7:30 AM each day.

https://stores.stopandshop.com/ny/white-plains/670-north-broadway 


Trader Joe’s
215 North Central Avenue, Hartsdale, NY  10530

914.997.1960
Special Hours: 8AM - 9AM: Open to  senior customers (age 60 and over) and customers with disabilities who may need extra assistance 
https://locations.traderjoes.com/ny/hartsdale/533/?utm_source=Google&utm_medium=Maps&utm_campaign=Google+Places 


Whole Foods Market
110 Bloomingdale Rd, White Plains, NY 10605 

914.288.1300
Special Hours: 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM each day.

https://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/company-info/covid-19-response 

 


SUPERMARKETS - GROCERY DELIVERY OR PICKUP SERVICES

Roosters Market:  https://www.roostersmarket.net/online-order 

Juice Press Organic Grocery (Tuesdays & Thursdays) : https://order.juicepress.com/grocery/menu

Panera Bread Grocery: https://www.panerabread.com/en-us/panera-grocery.html?gclid=CjwKCAjw7LX0BRBiEiwA__gNw9pAi--W75ryiJ8oD 

The Chef’s Warehouse: https://shop.chefswarehouse.com/collections/specialty 

Ace Endico: http://www.aceendicotogo.com 

PeaPod: https://www.peapod.com/ 

Shipt: https://shop.shipt.com/welcome 

InstaCart: https://www.instacart.com/store 

Fresh Direct: https://www.freshdirect.com/


RESTAURANT DELIVERY, TAKE-OUT AND CURBSIDE PICK-UP    

Local restaurants are now open with COVID-19 rules in effect while also offering curbside pickup, take-out, and/or delivery.  For a list of White Plains restaurants offering these services go to: https://wpbid.com/openforbusiness


COMMUNITY RESOURCES:   

If you need a mask email maskwp@whiteplainsny.gov

If you have food insecurity  email: feedingwp@whiteplainsny.gov

If you would like to volunteer email:  volunteer@whiteplainsny.gov


THE WHITE PLAINS PUBLIC LIBRARY


The White Plains Public Library will reopen to the public on Tuesday, July 28th with limited hours and COVID 19 rules in effect.  


The White Plains Public Library has launched Documenting COVID-19: White Plains Experiences and  wants to hear about you, what you’re doing, how you’re doing, what you see outside your window. Contributions to the Library’s collection can be anything, from a three-line poem to a 200-page diary, from a photograph to an oil painting.  To find out more about this project, and to submit your documents, visit: https://whiteplainslibrary.org/local-history/covid-19/


United Way of Westchester and Putnam

As a convener and provider of resources, United Way has always been uniquely positioned in the community, in partnership with the nonprofit and government sector, to respond, provide assistance and support residents during times of uncertainty.  United Way has a 24/7 help line. Dial 211 and press “2” for connections to Coronavirus-related resources. United Way 211


DOROT of Westchester 

DOROT works with older adults, providing vital services and companionship to those who have difficulty leaving home without support.  Programs Include  Caring Calls, DOROT’s new program bringing warmth, conversation and social connection to older adults in isolation due to COVID-19 and University without Walls which offers popular programs in the arts, literature, current events and more, for more information visit  https://www.dorotusa.org/our-programs .  


Westchester Jewish Community Services (WJCS) 

Offers  assistance to  seniors (age 60 and over) by phone. Their staff can provide information and referrals to help seniors get the resources needed. Seniors can call Judy Fink at (914)761-0600, ext. 2340.  https://www.wjcs.com/news/2020/04/22/feature/wjcs-covid-19-update-we-re-here-for-you/ 


The LOFT LGBT :

During this difficult time, The LOFT is providing:

  • 21 Virtual Support Groups to the local LGBTQ community
  • grocery runs for the most vulnerable (seniors, immune-compromised, and  those with special needs)
  • conducting daily check-in calls on those living alone and those who are vulnerable.
  • providing resource information, advocacy, and access through their helpline and website.
  •  website: www.loftgaycenter.org and/or email info@loftgaycenter.org or calling 914 948 2932 ext 10 or 1


The Childcare Council of Westchester

The Child Care Council of Westchester has announced that they are offering child care scholarships for first responders & essential workers. To learn more:

https://www.childcarewestchester.org/…/200-child-care-schol

https://www.childcarewestchester.org/covid-19 


Westchester Residential Opportunities

WRO promotes equal, affordable & accessible housing opportunities for all residents in our region and is available to answer questions regarding the federal eviction moratorium

housinghelp@wroinc.org. 

https://wroinc.org/ 

White Plains residents who are concerned about eviction should call:

Westchester Residential Opportunities - 914-428-4507

Legal Services of the Hudson Valley - 877-574-8529 

New York State  COVID Rental Assistance Program

Effective Thursday, July 16 Funding  is available to tenants Impacted by Coronavirus Pandemic.  This program bolsters ongoing efforts to keep New Yorkers in their homes. 

Application  https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-announces-new-covid-rental-assistance-program    You can send questions to covidrentrelief@hcr.ny.gov 


NYS Executive Order which Governs Moratorium on Eviction

The state’s moratorium on COVID-related residential and commercial evictions will be extended until August 20. New York is also banning fees for late or missed payments during the eviction moratorium. Renters facing financial hardship due to COVID-19 are also allowed to use their security deposit as payment and repay their security deposit over time. 

Find additional information and frequently asked questions for renters and tenants.

 

COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline 

In New York, thousands of mental health professionals have volunteered to support their neighbors during this time of crisis. Residents can call the COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline at 1-844-863-9314 for counseling services.


COVID-19 Mental Health Resources 

St. Vincent’s Hospital - Westchester offers these resources to help with managing stress and anxiety:
NYS COVID-19 Emotional Support Helpline: 844-863-9314, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., 7 days a week
NYS OASAS Hopeline: 877-846-7369, Text 467369, 7 days a week
 


Volunteer Opportunities

Our community is stepping up in a time of need. If you would like to help, please email volunteer@whiteplainsny.gov,  or access VolunteerNY! at https://www.volunteernewyork.org/vvc,  the Volunteer Center of United Way at  914-948-4452 or the American Red Cross at https://www.redcross.org/volunteer/become-a-volunteer.html, https://www.volunteernewyork.org/hunger .


The Friends of White Plains Hospita

The Friends of White Plains Hospital has several options for residents to show their appreciation and gratitude for the tireless efforts of nurses, doctors, and countless other essential workers fighting to keep our community safe.  Show your support for our healthcare heroes:

https://www.cityofwhiteplains.com/civicalerts.aspx?aid=1020 

Project #WPHCommunityLove --  www.wphospital.org/communitylove;

 https://www.wphospital.org/covid19help/signsupport  or by contributing the hospital’s COVID-19 Relief fund: https://www.wphospital.org/covid19help



LOCAL, STATE AND FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

The City of White Plains

Executive Order regarding Face Masks

All persons must wear facial coverings when visiting or patronizing businesses and when working at or for such businesses, including groceries and pharmacies;  food service businesses, including restaurants, cafes and delis that provide carry out, walk up or delivery service; construction sites; public transit vehicles or facilities; vehicles for hire, including taxis; and when visiting any location where social distancing of at least six feet from another person is not possible.  All delivery, service and repair workers must wear facial coverings when they are within 6 feet of the entrance to or on the premises of any office, business or residence.   Facial coverings include any covering which snugly covers the mouth and nose, whether store bought or homemade, and which is secured with ties or ear loops. This Emergency Order which requires the wearing of facial coverings does not change or alter any operational or social distancing requirements imposed by NYS Executive Order.

Masks are required inside public establishments and outside when it is likely you will be within 6 feet of others such as on the sidewalk or while on the running tracks.

If you need a mask, email maskwp@whiteplainsny.gov


Outdoor Dining in White Plains 

Effective June 9th, 2020, Pursuant to  the Governor’s Executive Order Outdoor Dining  tables must be spaced six feet apart, all staff must wear face coverings and customers must also wear face coverings when not seated 

https://www.governor.ny.gov/sites/governor.ny.gov/files/atoms/files/OutdoorTakeoutDeliveryFoodServicesSummaryGuidance.pdf 


Interest and Penalties on Late Payment of County Taxes Waived for Qualified Taxpayers

The City of White Plains has waived interest and penalties on late payment of County taxes for qualified taxpayers.  County tax bills are payable until April 30th without penalties or interests, but for those taxpayers who meet the qualifying standards, the bills may be paid until July 15th without penalty or interest. The documents setting forth the qualifying standards for being eligible for the penalty and interest waiver can be found here.  You can email your penalty and interest waiver to finance@whiteplainsny.gov or fax to 914-422-1236.  https://www.cityofwhiteplains.com/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1061 


Westchester County Information on Novel Coronavirus

  Westchester County Coronavirus information 

You can also call the Westchester County Department of Health Coronavirus hotline at (1-866) 588-0195. 


To report price gouging in Westchester County : http://consumer.westchestergov.com/ 


The Westchester County Bee-Line bus system will resume Full Service on Monday, June 15th. 

Metro-North has also begun to ramp up its train service with additional service beginning Monday.

 For information please visit https://transportation.westchestergov.com/rideralerts 


New York State Information on Novel Coronavirus

If you need assistance in determining if your business is deemed essential under the governor’s executive order or want to apply for an essential business designation please go to esd.ny.gov 

Information on Novel Coronavirus :   https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/home 

For Coronavirus inquiries, you can reach the New York State Department of Health’s hotline at (1-833) 626-7662 and (1-855) 626-7662. 

Call the NYS Coronavirus Hotline: 1-888-364-3065 

Revised testing criteria has been announced for all first responders, healthcare workers and essential workers.  

New York State continues to increase testing capacity for COVID-19 on a daily basis. This enables New York State to prioritize resources to meet the public health need. Individuals who have questions regarding eligibility or access for testing should call the New York State COVID-19 Hotline at 1-888-364-3065 or visit the NYSDOH website https://covid19screening.health.ny.gov.

Learn the Testing Criteria and Find a Testing Site: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/find-test-site-near-you  Please call the testing site or your health care provider before you go for testing.

  • New Yorkers without health insurance can apply through NY State of Health through June 15, 2020; must apply within 60 days of losing coverage.

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

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

  • Testing is free for all eligible New Yorkers as ordered by a health care provider.

  • Your local health department is your community contact for COVID-19 concerns.  

NYS makes additional statewide and county-by-county data available at covid19tracker.health.ny.gov.

Executive Order Requiring the Wearing of Facial Coverings:

Governor Cuomo issued executive orders 202.17 and 202.18 requiring all people in New York to wear masks or face coverings in public.

Executive Order Issued Requiring Wearing of Facial Coverings 

If you need a mask email maskwp@gmail.com

NY FORWARD REOPENING PLAN

https://forward.ny.gov/ 

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that the Mid-Hudson Region, of which Westchester County is a part, has met all 7 metrics required to begin phase one of the state’s regional phased reopening plan starting Tuesday, May 26. Phase one includes construction, manufacturing and wholesale supply chain, retail for curbside pickup and drop-off or in-store pickup, and agriculture, forestry and fishing.

A reminder to businesses: All businesses must file an affirmation with New York State indicating that they have reviewed the reopening guidance provided by the state and understand their obligation to operate in accordance with that guidance. Businesses reopening as part of phase one may complete this document online at: https://forward.ny.gov/ 

REOPENING GUIDANCE

Each company seeking to reopen must read the detailed Guidance provided by NYS and submit an affirmation.

NYS Guidance for Phase One of reopening: https://forward.ny.gov/industries-reopening-phase

All businesses must file an affirmation with New York State indicating that they have reviewed the reopening guidance provided by the state and understand their obligation to operate in accordance with that guidance. Businesses reopening as part of phase one may complete this document online at: https://forms.ny.gov/s3/ny-forward-affirmation

All businesses seeking to reopen must document a detailed plan for a safe reopening.

Business Safety Plan templates are available at https://forward.ny.gov/industries-reopening-phase

 PHASE 1

Phase 1 reopening under Governor Cuomo’s plan includes the following industries and businesses.

Construction
• Building Equipment Contractors
• Building Finishing Contractors
• Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors
• Highway, Street and Bridge Construction
• Land Subdivision
• Nonresidential Building Construction
• Residential Building Construction
• Utility System Construction

Manufacturing
• Apparel Manufacturing
• Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
• Electric Lighting Equipment Manufacturing
• Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
• Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing
• Leather and Allied Product Manufacturing
• Machinery Manufacturing
• Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing
• Paper Manufacturing
• Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
• Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing
• Printing and Related Support Activities
• Textile Mills
• Textile Product Mills
• Wood Product Manufacturing
• Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing

Wholesale Trade
• Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers
• Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers
• Furniture and Home Furnishing Merchant Wholesalers
• Household Appliances and Electrical and Electronic Goods Merchant Wholesalers
• Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
• Metal and Mineral (except Petroleum) Merchant Wholesalers
• Paper and Paper Product Merchant Wholesalers
• Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
• Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers
• Miscellaneous Durable Goods Merchant Wholesalers
• Miscellaneous Non-durable Goods Merchant Wholesalers

Retail Delivery, curbside, and in-store pickup service only for the following businesses:
• Clothing Stores
• Direct Selling Establishments
• Electronics and Appliance Stores
• Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses
• Furniture and Home Furnishing Stores
• Florists
• General Merchandise Stores
• Health and Personal Care Stores
• Jewelry, Luggage, and Leather Goods Stores
• Lawn and Garden Equipment and Supplies Stores
• Office Supplies, Stationery, and Gift Stores
• Used Merchandise Stores
• Shoe Stores
• Sporting Goods, Hobby, Musical Instrument and Book Stores
• Other Miscellaneous Store Retailers

Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
• Other Crop Production
• Support Activities for Animal Production
• Support Activities for Crop Production
• Support Activities for Forestry
• Other Animal Production

 PHASE 2

https://forward.ny.gov/phase-two-industries 

Outdoor Dining 

Pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Order Outdoor Dining  tables must be spaced six feet apart, all staff must wear face coverings and customers must also wear face coverings when not seated 

https://www.governor.ny.gov/sites/governor.ny.gov/files/atoms/files/OutdoorTakeoutDeliveryFoodServicesSummaryGuidance.pdf 

Businesses reopening in Phase 2 include:
• Offices
• Real Estate
• Essential and Phase II In-Store Retail
• Vehicle Sales, Leases, and Rentals
• Retail Rental, Repair, and Cleaning
• Commercial Building Management
• Hair Salons and Barbershops


The NYS Summary Guidelines, Detailed Guidance and Affirmation, Business Safety Plan Template for Phase Two businesses can be found here: https://forward.ny.gov/phase-two-industries


NY FORWARD PHASE 3

Governor Cuomo has announced that the Mid-Hudson region which includes Westchester County has been cleared to enter Phase Three of reopening effective Tuesday, June 23, 2020. Phase 3 includes the following industries:

Restaurants/Food Services establishments, including food trucks, and other food concessions

  • Establishments may open indoor and outdoor spaces with seating for customers, in accordance with this guidance, and provided that customers can be seated at tables that are appropriately distanced. 
  • Restaurants with bar seating can open the area, provided customers are seated and can be distanced appropriately. Consumption of any dine-in food and/or beverage must only occur while customers are seated at tables or bar tops in these spaces. 
  • Indoor capacity is limited to no more than 50% of the maximum occupancy for a particular area as set by the certificate of occupancy, exclusive of employees. 

 Personal Care

  • Personal care businesses and services including tattoo and piercing facilities, appearance enhancement practitioners, massage therapy, spas, cosmetology, nail specialty, UV and non-UV tanning, or waxing. 
  • The facility is limited to no more than 50% of the maximum occupancy for a particular area as set by the certificate of occupancy, inclusive of customers, who must maintain six feet of separation from others, except during the service, and, in all cases, must only be permitted entry into the facility if they wear an acceptable face covering; provided, however, that the customer is over the age of two and able to medically tolerate such a covering. 

Low Risk Sports 

This guidance is effective immediately for the statewide permitted outdoor, low-risk recreational activities, as determined by the Empire State Development, which is currently limited to the following: 

  • Tennis; non-motorized boat use and rentals, such as row boats, kayaks, canoes; golf and driving ranges, except miniature (mini) golf, with food and retail services subject to the restrictions that are currently in effect within the region; racket games, such as badminton, racquetball; toss/bowl games, such horseshoes, bocce, bean bag toss, croquet; flying disc games, such as disc golf and Frisbee; shuffleboard; zip lining; rope courses, including aerial rope courses; batting cages; shooting ranges; and swim classes and swim instruction.
  • https://forward.ny.gov/phase-three-industries  

https://www.governor.ny.gov/sites/governor.ny.gov/files/atoms/files/Food_Services_Summary_Guidelines.pdf 

https://www.governor.ny.gov/sites/governor.ny.gov/files/atoms/files/Personal_Care_Summary_Guidelines.pdf 


New York Forward Phase Four: 
  • Higher Education
  • Low-Risk Outdoor Arts & Entertainment
  • Low-Risk Indoor Arts & Entertainment
  • Media Production
  • Professional Sports Competitions With No Fans


New York State Department of Labor Unemployment Insurance

The best way to file a new unemployment insurance claim is online. The application has been updated so New Yorkers can apply for Unemployment Insurance or Pandemic Unemployment Assistance. https://dol.ny.gov/ 

For information on the New York State paid leave program ://governor.ny.gov/programs/paid-sick-leave-covid19-impacted-new-yorkers


The NYS Department of Financial Services

NYS has provided guidance to mortgage servicers regarding support for borrowers impacted by the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

For Mortgage Information call your mortgage servicer and visit the NYS Department of Financial Services website to learn more about the Governor’s Executive Order providing 90-day mortgage relief: https://www.dfs.ny.gov/reports_and_publications/press_releases/pr202003241

https://www.dfs.ny.gov/industry_guidance/industry_letters/il20200319_coronavirus_mortgage_relief

New York State  COVID Rental Assistance Program

Effective Thursday, July 16 Funding  is available to tenants Impacted by Coronavirus Pandemic.  This program bolsters ongoing efforts to keep New Yorkers in their homes. 

Application  https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-announces-new-covid-rental-assistance-program    You can send questions to covidrentrelief@hcr.ny.gov 


NYS Executive Order which Governs Moratorium on Eviction

The state’s moratorium on COVID-related residential and commercial evictions will be extended until August 20. New York is also banning fees for late or missed payments during the eviction moratorium. Renters facing financial hardship due to COVID-19 are also allowed to use their security deposit as payment and repay their security deposit over time. 

Find additional information and frequently asked questions for renters and tenants.


For Information/ Assistance Regarding the CDBG-CV (CARES Act) Funding for White Plains Residents with Eviction Concerns Contact: 

Westchester Residential Opportunities - 914-428-4507

Legal Services of the Hudson Valley - 877-574-8529 


NYS Executive Order 202.15

The Democratic Presidential Primary is reinstated for June 23, 2020, due to court order. Executive Order 202.15 allows voters who are affected by COVID-19 pandemic and wish to apply to vote by absentee ballot to utilize the absentee ballot application 

https://www.elections.ny.gov/votingabsentee.html  


The U.S. Federal Government

The CARES Act 

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES)  Act provides economic assistance for American workers, families, and small businesses, and preserves jobs. 

https://home.treasury.gov/policy-issues/cares


The Center for Disease Control

Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing serious complications from COVID-19 illness. More information on Are you at higher risk for serious illness

 https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html 


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