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Posted on: April 13, 2020

COVID-19 Information and Updates

COVID SPOTLIGHT GRAPHIC FEB 12 2021

COVID-19 Information and Updates: 

COVID-19 has been detected in millions of people worldwide. Total Active COVID Cases in Westchester County

We are all learning to live and manage our lives through the adaptive recovery phase of the pandemic.  NY State, Westchester County, and the City of White Plains experienced the “second wave” that was predicted and data is now beginning to show a decline in active COVID cases in in White Plains. The reduction in new cases that we are now seeing is good news, but we are not out of the woods. Please do not let down your guard! Wearing a mask, social distancing, and frequently washing or sanitizing your hands continue to be effective safety measures, and remain our best means of preventing the spread of this virus until the vast majority of the population is vaccinated. Keep wearing your masks whenever you are out!  Individuals who have been vaccinated must continue to wear their masks until eligibility expands and all of our neighbors have had the chance to get theirs. Although we are headed in the right direction, the presence of variants and the lack of herd immunity require us to maintain the discipline we have shown thus far. Now is not the time to let up, wear your mask! 

COVID-19 Vaccines. How do I make a vaccination appointment? 
All New Yorkers age 16 and older are now eligible to be vaccinated. Make your vaccination appointment as soon as possible for whichever vaccine is available to you.  Delaying your vaccination in an attempt to obtain a particular vaccine will expose you to risk unnecessarily.

How do I get an appointment? 

  • Check vaccinefinder.org for local pharmacies, clinics, and other locations that have received doses of the vaccine and schedule your appointment online or call the provider directly for an appointment. VaccineFinder was developed by Boston Children’s Hospital with support from the CDC.
  • Check the State website, ny.gov/GetVaccinated for appointments at state–run vaccination sites. Check the site regularly, as new appointments become available throughout the day. 
  • Call the NYS COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline at 1-833-NYS-4-VAX (1-833-697-4829).
  • Go to Health.Westchestergov.com, to check availability and schedule an appointment at the County-run vaccine clinic located at Westchester Community College.
  • For those who need assistance securing an appointment, call our White Plains COVID Angels at (914) 422-1378 between 8:00 am and 6:00 pm.

Further information is available at covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov.
 

To receive the most up to date information available from the City of White Plains enroll in the  City of White Plains Community and Emergency Notification System
and register at: Enrollment page

 UPDATED WEEKDAYS *  DAILY MAP of the Total active COVID cases in Westchester County

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The best way to avoid COVID-19 is to:  

Stay Socially Distanced 

Double Layer a Mask  -  

  • Wear one disposable mask underneath a cloth mask.
    • The second mask should push the edges of the inner mask against your face.

Stay Home If You Are Sick

Avoid Large Gatherings

Wash Your Hands Often to Stay Healthy

GET VACCINATED!

Follow Five Steps to Wash Your Hands the Right Way
Washing your hands is easy, and it’s one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of germs. Clean hands can stop germs from spreading from one person to another and throughout an entire community. Follow these five steps every time:

    1. Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
    2. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
    3. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
    4. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
    5. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

Wear a Mask Even When Social Distancing 

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  

CDC recommends universal use of face masks to slow the spread of Covid-19  

The agency stressed the need for people to wear masks in all non-household indoor settings. As a reminder, New York State law requires everyone over age 2 who can medically tolerate a face covering to wear one when in public if unable to maintain at least six feet of distance from others. It's also an excellent practice in private settings outside of your own household.  

February 10, 2021: CDC:  Improve How Your Mask Protects You

Correct and consistent mask use is a critical step everyone can take to prevent getting and spreading COVID-19. Masks work best when everyone wears them, but not all masks provide the same protection. When choosing a mask, look at how well it fits, how well it filters the air, and how many layers it has. 

Improve How Your Mask Protects You

Updated Feb. 13, 2021

Correct and consistent mask use is a critical step everyone can take to prevent getting and spreading COVID-19. Masks work best when everyone wears them, but not all masks provide the same protection. When choosing a mask, look at how well it fits, how well it filters the air, and how many layers it has.


Two important ways to make sure your mask works the best it can
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Make sure your mask fits snugly against your face. Gaps can let air with respiratory droplets leak in and out around the edges of the mask

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Pick a mask with layers to keep your respiratory droplets in and others’ out. A mask with layers will stop more respiratory droplets getting inside your mask or escaping from your mask if you are sick.

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For more information on science behind improving how your mask protects you, see Improve the Fit and Filtration of Your Mask to Reduce the Spread of COVID-19.

For more information on wearing a mask and personal protective equipment in healthcare workplaces, see Interim Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Healthcare Personnel During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic.


Do

Choose a mask with a nose wire

  • A nose wire is a metal strip along the top of the mask
  • Nose wires prevent air from leaking out of the top of the mask.
  • Bend the nose wire over your nose to fit close to your face.
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Use a mask fitter or brace

  • Use a mask fitter or brace over a disposable mask or a cloth mask to prevent air from leaking around the edges of the mask.
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Check that it fits snugly over your nose, mouth, and chin

  • Check for gaps by cupping your hands around the outside edges of the mask.
  • Make sure no air is flowing from the area near your eyes or from the sides of the mask.
  • If the mask has a good fit, you will feel warm air come through the front of the mask and may be able to see the mask material move in and out with each breath.
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Add layers of material

2 ways to layer

  • Use a cloth mask that has multiple layers of fabric.
  • Wear a disposable mask underneath a cloth mask.
    • The cloth mask should push the edges of the disposable mask against your face.

Make sure you can see and breathe easily

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Knot and tuck ear loops of a 3-ply mask

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Do NOT

Combine two disposable masks

  • Disposable masks are not designed to fit tightly and wearing more than one will not improve fit.
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Combine a KN95 mask with any other mask.

  • Only use one KN95 mask at a time.
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Executive Order regarding Face Masks

-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

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

vaccinate new york logoThe COVID-19 Vaccine Is Here! 

New York State website about the COVID-19 vaccine with everything you need to know. It provides New Yorkers with a one-stop location for accurate and up to date information on the vaccine, safety, distribution priorities and more. On the site, New Yorkers can find general information about the vaccine, a detailed Frequently Asked Questions section that provides facts about the vaccine's safety and efficacy, and other questions you may have. NYS COVID-19 VACCINE INFORMATION



A new mass vaccination site will open in Rockland County. The State will establish an additional state-run mass vaccination site at Rockland Community College's Eugene Levy Fieldhouse to further grow New York's vast distribution network. The site is in development and is expected to open Thursday, April 1, with appointments opening on Tuesday, March 30, at 8am. Hours of operation for the Rockland Community College site will be from 8am to 7pm, seven days a week. Eligible New Yorkers will be able to make an appointment online or by calling the NYS COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline at 1-833-NYS-4-VAX (1-833-697-4829)  

March 22, 2021  Starting March 23, 2021 at 8 a.m., New Yorkers 50 years of age and older will be eligible to receive the vaccine. check New York State's Am I Eligible website to find an appointment (if available) at a State-run vaccination site near you, or call 1-833-NYS-4-VAX. VaccineFinder, a website affiliated with the CDC and Boston Children's Hospital, can also help eligible New Yorkers find vaccination locations. 

Pharmacies can vaccinate New Yorkers with qualifying health conditions. Previously, pharmacies were exclusively vaccinating New Yorkers age 60+ and seniors. If you are eligible for the vaccine due to an underlying health condition or comorbidity, contact your local pharmacy or check the VaccineFinder website to see if there are available vaccine appointments at a pharmacy near you 

 March 9, 2021  GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES NEW YORKERS 60 YEARS OF AGE AND OLDER AND ADDITIONAL PUBLIC FACING ESSENTIAL WORKERS WILL BE ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE COVID-19 VACCINE.  New Yorkers 60 Years of Age and Older Can Be Vaccinated Beginning March 10.  Government Employees, Nonprofit Workers, and Essential Building Service Workers Are Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccine Beginning March 17.  

Vaccine Distribution Eligibility Expanded; All Providers Except Pharmacies Can Now Vaccinate Any Eligible New Yorker Starting March 17; Pharmacies Can Vaccinate 60-plus and Teachers Per Federal Guidance Starting March 10.  New Yorkers Can Make Appointments at State-Run Vaccination Sites by Utilizing New York's 'Am I Eligible' Tool or Calling 1-833-NYS-4-VAX

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced a new expansion of COVID-19 vaccine eligibility in New York. Beginning March 10, all New Yorkers 60 years of age and older will be eligible to receive the vaccine, while public facing essential workers from governmental and nonprofit entities will be eligible beginning March 17. This expansion also includes public-facing essential building services workers.

You can use this tool ://am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/  to determine eligibility and to schedule an appointment at a New York State-run vaccination site. If eligible, you will see all available appointments at New York State-run vaccination sites. AN APPOINTMENT IS REQUIRED. IF YOU VISIT A LOCATION WITHOUT AN APPOINTMENT YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE A VACCINE. 

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The City of White Plains has launched a COVID Angels Volunteer Project to assist White Plains seniors with navigating the technology needed to obtain an appointment for getting the COVID-19 vaccination. 

The City of White Plains Youth Bureau and Recreation & Parks Department will be managing the project to secure vaccination appointments online for our senior citizens age 60+.

A volunteer organization has been identified to assist with implementation of this project: SEWA International (Westchester). SEWA International is active in twenty countries and has worked closely with other local disaster relief organizations throughout New York and USA. SEWA serves humanity irrespective of race, color, religion, gender or nationality. They specialize in disaster relief and rehabilitation. SEWA’s development programs focus on family services; child, tribal and refugee welfare; women empowerment; health; and education. In addition to their extensive work in the US, they have also undertaken development projects in Colombia, Guyana, India, Kenya, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.


The COVID Angels are here to provide White Plains seniors assistance obtaining the protection they need to combat this aggressive virus. 

For further information, contact 914-422-1378. You can also email us at wpangels@whiteplainsny.go


White Plains seniors can register to be vaccinated at the Westchester County Center, 198 Central Avenue, White Plains, NY.  Before the appointment, seniors are required to fill out the eligibility form. CLICK HERE

For those who are 65 and older, you may go through the state website or hotline, or you may be able to schedule an appointment with select retail pharmacies, physician networks or practice groups. For the most updated list of these non-State providers in the area, please click here. Please note, however, retail pharmacies, physician networks and practice groups have been asked by the State to only vaccinate persons aged 65 years and older. 

a list of local pharmacies, hospitals and federally qualified health clinics FGHC,  offering the vaccine, depending on availability. Please note, pharmacies can only vaccinate people 65 and older. Individuals with comorbidities and underlying conditions can go to a state vaccine site, an FQHC, or a hospital

Sign Up for Westchester County Department of Health Alerts About Vaccine Availabiity:

The Westchester County Department of Health has launched an alert system to let eligible residents know when additional vaccines become available. Click here to sign up.

To be clear, this system will not sign you up for an appointment. This will only sign you up to be alerted when there are additional appointments available.


 March 11, 2021 Westchester County paratransit will provide free transportation to all seniors and disabled constituents who need a ride to their vaccination appointment.

o   All reservations must be made at least 24 hours in advance, in order to allow time for scheduling.

o   To make a reservation, residents can call (914) 995-7272


The Westchester County Department of Senior Programs & Services has released an updated guide for seniors about how to find an appointment and register. Click here for the guide for seniors. 

Vaccine Eligibility has been expanded to New Yorkers with the following comorbidities and pre-existing conditions:

  • Cancer (current or in remission, including 9/11-related cancers)
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Pulmonary Disease, including but not limited to, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), asthma (moderate-to-severe), pulmonary fibrosis, cystic fibrosis, and 9/11 related pulmonary diseases
  • Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities including Down Syndrome
  • Heart conditions, including but not limited to heart failure, coronary artery disease, cardiomyopathies, or hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) including but not limited to solid organ transplant or from blood or bone marrow transplant, immune deficiencies, HIV, use of corticosteroids, use of other immune weakening medicines, or other causes
  • Severe Obesity (BMI 40 kg/m2), Obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 30 kg/m2 or higher but < 40 kg/m2)
  • Pregnancy
  • Sickle cell disease or Thalassemia
  • Type 1 or 2 diabetes mellitus 
  • Cerebrovascular disease (affects blood vessels and blood supply to the brain)
  • Neurologic conditions including but not limited to Alzheimer's Disease or dementia
  • Liver disease
     

Appointments with State-run vaccination providers are available at: https://am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov. Please be aware that you will need to bring evidence of the eligible morbidity or pre-condition to your appointment. When your appointment is scheduled, please confirm with the provider what evidence they will need. For comorbidities and pre-existing conditions, it may be one of the following: 1) A doctor’s note; 2) medical evidence; 3) certification from a local government (such as the Westchester County Department of Health).

 

For the most updated list of ALL those who are eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccination, please click here.

 

Where to Go for an Appointment - Additional Guidance 


We have been provided some additional guidance that we hope will help clarify where you should be going to make your appointment, based on your eligibility category:

  • If your eligibility is due SOLELY to a comorbidity or pre-existing condition, you MUST schedule your appointment via the state website or via the hotline by calling 1-833-NYS-4-VAX (1-833-697-4829).
     
  • For those who are 65 and older, you may go through the state website or hotline, or you may be able to schedule an appointment with select retail pharmacies, physician networks or practice groups. For the most updated list of these non-State providers in the area, please click here. Please note, however, retail pharmacies, physician networks and practice groups have been asked by the State to only vaccinate persons aged 65 years and older.
     
  • For those in Phase 1A & 1B who qualify based on their employment (healthcare workers, teachers, first responders and other qualifying essential employees), you may make your appointment at a state facility, however it is recommended you contact your employer first, as often employers are coordinating vaccinations for their employees.

  • Click here for COVID-19 Vaccination locations on Vaccine FinderThis is a new site so it might not have the complete data for New York but it’s a great resource.

     
  • Click here for a video that walks you through the online appointment process step by step.
     
  • Click here for a video that gives you some tricks for saving time.
     
  • Many people have had the best luck by simply refreshing their browsers over and over. Sometimes there are cancellations and appointments open up.
To see a list of those who are currently eligible for the vaccine please click here.
 
  • If you believe you are eligible, click here to schedule an appointment at a New York State-run facility.  Alternatively you can go to the New York State COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline at 1-833-NYS-4-VAX (1-833-697-4829).  
     
  • For a list of Non-State Run facilities in and around Westchester, please click here.

March 4, 2021 The vaccine site at the National Guard Armory at 2 Quincy Place (off North Broadway) in Yonkers is now open, and more appointments will soon be available to all eligible Westchester residents. To check vaccine eligibility, please click here. This week, hotel workers were made eligible as part of the 1B vaccine prioritization group

 a list of local pharmacies, hospitals and federally qualified health clinics FGHC,  offering the vaccine, depending on availability. Please note, pharmacies can only vaccinate people 65 and older. Individuals with comorbidities and underlying conditions can go to a state vaccine site, an FQHC, or a hospital. 

The following is a press release from the Governor's Office dated 2/8/21. 

Governor Cuomo Announces New Yorkers with Comorbidities and Underlying Conditions Can Make Appointments at State-Run Mass Vaccination Sites Beginning February 14.

First Appointments Will Be Scheduled for February 15

Local Health Departments Determine How, Where, When to Schedule Appointments in Their Jurisdictions, as Early as February 14, With Vaccinations Beginning February 15

New Yorkers With Comorbidities and Underlying Conditions Must Provide a Doctor's Letter or Medical Information Evidencing Comorbidity or A Signed Certification Determined by A Local Government; State Will Audit Local Systems

NYS DOH Will Host a Call with County Executives and Local Health Departments to Review Vaccinating New Yorkers with Comorbidities and Underlying Conditions


January 19, 2021   Westchester County Executive George Latimer has instructed the County’s Department of Seniors Programs & Services (DSPS) to use all available resources to help the County’s senior population navigate the vaccine appointment process. DSPS has an information and assistance phone line that is available to assist Westchester’s seniors on weekdays from 8:30a.m. to 4:30p.m at 914-813-6300.

Instructions for New York State-Operated Vaccination Sites:

Step 1: Determine eligibility and schedule an appointment. The Am I Eligible app is the quickest way to see if you're eligible and make an appointment. You can also call the New York State COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline at 1-833-NYS-4-VAX (1-833-697-4829). Once you have successfully scheduled an appointment, you will receive a confirmation email that contains a barcode. You will need to bring this to your appointment.

Step 2: Complete the Vaccine Form. Once you have a confirmed appointment, you must complete the New York State COVID-19 Vaccine Form. This form should be filled out online and you will receive a submission ID indicating completion. You will need to bring the submission ID to your appointment. If you cannot submit the form online, it will be available at the vaccination sites.

Step 3: Bring proof of eligibility to your appointment. Depending on your eligibility category, proof can include an employee ID card, a letter from an employer or affiliated organization, a pay stub, a driver's license, passport, or any legal proof of your date of birth and residency. At the time of your appointment, you'll be asked a series of clinical questions to ensure readiness for a vaccine. You will be asked for insurance information BUT the vaccine is free and there will never be a charge to you. This information is for administrative use only.

Step 4: Your second dose appointment will be scheduled automatically when you receive your first vaccine dose. Your second appointment will be scheduled for the same time and at the same location, three weeks following your first dose. You will receive a card onsite with the date and time indicated and a confirmation email will follow a few days later. Please keep in mind when scheduling your first appointment that your second appointment will occur at the same time of day.

January 13, 2021  from https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/

ALERT

OVER 7 MILLION NEW YORKERS ARE NOW ELIGIBLE FOR THE COVID VACCINE BUT THE STATE ONLY RECEIVES 300,000 DOSES PER WEEK FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.

DUE TO LIMITED ALLOCATION BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, LIMITED APPOINTMENTS HAVE FILLED UP QUICKLY
CURRENTLY APPOINTMENTS HAVE BEEN MADE FOR THE NEXT 14 WEEKS.

VACCINATIONS ARE PERFORMED BY LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENTS, PHARMACIES, DOCTORS OFFICES AND HOSPITALS. PLEASE CALL THEM FOR APPOINTMENTS AS THEY BECOME AVAILABLE & ADDITIONAL INFORMATION.

Appointments to receive a second dose will be scheduled in-person immediately after an individual receives the first dose. New Yorkers should not attempt to book their second appointment online. 

January 23, 2021 New Yorkers who have already received their first dose do not have to worry that they will not be able to get their second dose. Second dose allocation is a separate process, and we always ensure there are enough second doses to complete vaccination for those who received the first dose. 


For a list of Non-State Run facilities in and around Westchester administering vaccines, please click here.  Westchester County Vaccine Allocation Listing


Phased distribution of the vaccine   

Essential workers and older New Yorkers are next up to receive the vaccine. Once New York has completed administering the vaccine to health care workers as part of Phase 1A, the next step is Phase 1B, which comprises essential workers and New Yorkers aged 75 and up. Roughly 2.5 million New Yorkers make up this group. 

Phased distribution of the vaccine

January 12, 202  Effective today,   NYS has expanded vaccine eligibility to include anyone 65 or older. 

ALL VACCINATIONS ARE BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Eligible groups include doctors, nurses and health care workers, people age 65 and over, first responders, teachers, public transit workers, grocery store workers and public safety workers. Residents and staff at nursing homes and other long-term care facilities will continue to be vaccinated through a federal program, which the state is providing resources to accelerate.

  • Health care workers who are part of Phase 1a will continue to be vaccinated at hospitals and other clinical settings.
  • People age 65 and over will primarily be vaccinated at pharmacies and other sites that are part of the “retail network.” Use the State's online tool to find a location. The COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline is open 7AM - 10PM, 7 days a week, for scheduling vaccination appointments for eligible New Yorkers: 1-833-NYS-4-VAX (1-833-697-4829).
  • Public employees (for example, police departments, public school teachers and MTA employees) will primarily be vaccinated through their groups’ relevant health programs or as organized by their unions.

January 11, 2021     New Yorkers in Phase 1b groups are now eligible to receive the vaccine.  New Yorkers in Phase 1b include individuals age 75 and up, first responders, teachers, public transit workers, grocery store workers and public safety workers. See the full list here. New Yorkers age 75 and up will primarily be vaccinated at pharmacies and can use the Am I Eligible tool to find vaccination providers near them, or they can call the New York State COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline at 1-833-NYS-4-VAX (1-833-697-4829)Public employees (for example, police departments, public school teachers and MTA employees) who are also part of Phase 1b will primarily be vaccinated through their groups' relevant health programs or as organized by their unions. Appointments are REQUIRED to be vaccinated. Note that due to limited supply of the COVID vaccine from the federal government, it could take up to 14 weeks for eligible New Yorkers to schedule their vaccine shot.  

NEW YORK STATE COVID -19 VACCINATION PROGRAM  As outlined in New York's vaccination program, high-risk health care workers, nursing home residents and staff will be the first New Yorkers to receive the vaccine. "High-risk" hospital workers include emergency room workers, ICU staff and pulmonary department staff. The State expects all "high-risk" hospital staff will receive a vaccine by the end of week two. Other long-term and congregate care staff and residents and EMS and other health care workers will follow high-risk health care workers. Essential workers and the general population, starting with those who at the highest risk, will be vaccinated after these initial priority groups. 

New York has opted into the federal government's nursing home vaccination program. Under the federal program, employees of CVS and Walgreens will vaccinate residents and staff at these facilities, much like they do for the flu vaccine. We expect deliveries for this program to begin arriving next week and the federal administration program to begin by December 21st. New York is dedicating a portion of our initial 170,000 doses to this program. Portions of future state allocations will also be used to help complete the program and ensure all residents and staff are vaccinated 

To learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine, visit the CDC’s vaccination website Center for Disease Control Corona Virus Vaccination webpage 

White Plains Hospital Corona Virus Vaccine Information  The COVID-19 vaccines have arrived, and this historic moment hopefully represents the beginning of the end of this pandemic. White Plains Hospital has begun to vaccinate its employees based on strict requirements from the Department of Health and we expect the vaccine will be available to the public in early-2021. We will contact our patients as soon as we have more information about who can get it, when, and how to schedule an appointment.  In general, we encourage everyone to get vaccinated once it is widely available. COVID-19 can cause severe medical complications and lead to death in some people. Getting a vaccine might prevent you from getting COVID-19 or keep you from becoming seriously ill if you do get the virus. 

COVID-19 Vaccination When is the COVID-19 vaccine going to be available to the general public? 

The first New Yorkers to receive the vaccine will be hospital workers, nursing home residents and nursing home staff, as well as certain other frontline providers. According to Governor Cuomo, the rest of the general public will get the vaccine after these high-priority groups. It will take six to nine months before enough people have gotten the shots to begin seriously curbing the pandemic. 

What are the benefits of getting a COVID-19 vaccine? 

COVID-19 can cause severe medical complications and lead to death in some people. Getting a vaccine can help protect you by creating an antibody response in your body without your having to become infected with the virus. The vaccine might prevent you from getting COVID-19 or keep you from becoming seriously ill if you do get the virus. 

What COVID-19 vaccines have been approved and how do they work? While there are several COVID-19 vaccines in clinical trials, the two that are currently approved for emergency use are the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine (the Pfizer vaccine) and the Moderna vaccine. The Pfizer vaccine requires two injections given 21 days apart. Data has shown that this vaccine is safe and starts working soon after the first dose and has an efficacy rate of 95% seven days after the second dose. The Moderna vaccine also requires two injections given 28 days apart and data has shown that the vaccine is also safe and has an efficacy rate of 94%. Are the two shots different? Studies indicate both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are very similar in profile and efficacy. There is no difference between the components of the first and second dose, regardless of the vaccine given. 

What are the possible side effects of a COVID-19 vaccine? The studies for both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines showed no serious adverse effects. Since the introduction of the vaccine, rare serious allergic reactions have occurred, which can be managed by the vaccination team. In both trials (which included an average of two months of follow-up), vaccine recipients have reported mild to moderate symptoms including: • Pain, redness or swelling where the shot was given • Fever • Fatigue • Headache • Muscle pain • Chills • Joint pain Most reactions happen within the first few days after vaccination and last no more than three days. If you have a reaction that prevents you from being able to eat, sleep or work, contact your physician. 

Can I catch COVID-19 from the vaccine? No. Neither the Pfizer or the Moderna COVID-19 vaccines contain the live virus that causes COVID-19 – so you cannot catch COVID-19 from these vaccines. With this type of vaccine, your body is in a sense “tricked” into thinking it has the virus. Your immune system will recognize that the protein created by the vaccine doesn’t belong there and begin building an immune response and making antibodies. Keep in mind that it will take a few weeks for your body to build immunity after getting a COVID-19 vaccination. As a result, it’s possible that you could become infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 just before or after being vaccinated. 

Frequently Asked Questions COVID-19 Vaccination 

 Is there anyone who should not get a COVID-19 vaccine? The COVID-19 vaccine is not being offered to children under 16. Also, if you are allergic to any component of the vaccine, you should not get vaccinated. Please ask your doctor about the ingredients in each vaccine to make sure you are not allergic. Additionally, it is important to note that researchers excluded pregnant women from their studies so there is little information on how the COVID-19 vaccination can affect pregnant women or their babies. Pregnant women may be offered the vaccine; however, they should first discuss it with their doctor. 

Should I get the vaccine even if I’ve already had COVID-19? Getting COVID-19 might offer some natural protection or immunity from reinfection, but it’s not clear how long this protection lasts. Because reinfection is possible and COVID-19 can cause severe medical complications, it is recommended that people who have already had COVID-19 get vaccinated. However, the CDC advises that you wait 90 days after your initial COVID-19 symptoms before being vaccinated. 

Should I get the vaccine if I have severe allergies? Yes. If you have a history of significant allergies (i.e. someone who carries an epi pen), let the person providing the vaccine know and have them observe you an extended period of time once you have received the vaccine. If you are allergic to any component of the vaccine, do not get vaccinated. 

Should I get the vaccine if I am undergoing cancer treatments? Yes. There are no indications that the vaccine has a negative impact on cancer patients. 

Can I stop taking safety precautions after getting a COVID-19 vaccine? No. Experts want to learn more about the protection that a COVID-19 vaccine provides and how long immunity lasts before changing safety recommendations. The CDC continues to recommend that you avoid close contact with others, wear masks in public places and wash your hands frequently. 

Will I get proof of vaccination? When you receive your vaccination, you will receive a vaccination card or printout that tells you which COVID-19 vaccine you received, the date you received it, and where you received it. 

How much will the vaccine cost? Federal health officials have said that there will be no out-of-pocket costs when receiving the vaccine. 

To learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine, visit the CDC’s vaccination website at: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/index.html 

March 23, 2021 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released guidelines on what activities are safe for fully vaccinated people.

The CDC now recommends the following if you have been fully vaccinated, which means two weeks have passed since getting the second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine or the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine:  You can gather indoors with fully vaccinated people without wearing a mask or social distancing.

  • You can gather indoors with unvaccinated people from one other household (such as relatives who all live together) without masks, unless any of those people or anyone they live with has an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
  • If you’ve been around someone who has COVID-19, you do not need to stay away from others or get tested unless you have symptoms.

Fully vaccinated people still need to practice hand hygiene and social distancing, wear masks in public, avoid medium or large gatherings, delay unnecessary travel, and get tested if they display any COVID-19 symptoms, according to the CDC.


BELOW IS INFORMATION TO HELP RESIDENTS NAVIGATE DURING THE PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS 

NYS hotline for testing requests: 1-888-364-3065, New York State Coronavirus Health Information

Please visit the CDC website  for information on the virus.

COVID-19 Hotline numbers for the public:

People under self-quarantine and medical providers seeking information: (866) 588-0195

People inquiring about testing: (888) 364-3065; General Information: call 211

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?

If you need to know whether you should quarantine or self-isolate, use our Quarantine or Self-Isolate tool. This tool will ask a series of questions to help determine whether you are subject to an Order of Isolation, an Order of Quarantine, or if it is recommended that you Self-Quarantine. Guidance will be given based on your answers.



December 3rd, 2020  The State is launching 150 new rapid testing sites in partnership with Prescryptive Health. The partnership will help expand testing capacity in areas across the State where testing access is limited. Residents can find participating sites, schedule a test, receive results and follow-up with licenses clinicians directly from their mobile device. All testing sites will be searchable on the State's COVID test website and appointments for these sites will also be available at www.prescryptive.com 


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 

DATA AND CASE TRACKING 

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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

November 11, 2020    Governor Cuomo announces restrictions on restaurants and bars   Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced new COVID-19 restrictions on bars, restaurants, gyms and residential gatherings in New York State.

Effective Friday at 10 p.m., bars, restaurants and gyms or fitness centers, as well as any State Liquor Authority-licensed establishment, will be required to close from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. daily. Restaurants will still be allowed to provide curbside, food-only pick-up or delivery after 10 p.m., but will not be permitted to serve alcohol to go. The State Liquor Authority will issue further guidance for licensees as to what sales are continued to be permitted.

The Governor also announced that indoor and outdoor gatherings at private residences will be limited to no more than 10 people. The limit will be implemented due to the recent prevalence of COVID spread resulting from small indoor gatherings including Halloween parties. These gatherings have become a major cause of cluster activity across the state. Further, this public health measure brings New York State in line with neighboring states including Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. This new rule is also effective Friday at 10 p.m.

New York State Forward Phase 4 

Effective August 14th, All regions of the state have entered Phase 4 of reopening which permits the reopening 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
  • Malls
  • On August 24th, Gyms and Fitness Centers will be allowed to reopen at limited capacity while following rigorous safety protocols. 

Gov. Cuomo has announced most movie theaters outside of NYC can re-open on October 23rd, 2020

October 17, 2020 Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that movie theaters outside of New York City can reopen at 25 percent capacity under state guidance starting October 23. No more than 50 people are allowed in front of each screen in each movie theater at once. Theaters can only open outside of New York City in counties that have COVID-19 positivity rates of less than 2 percent on a 14-day average and do not have any cluster zones. Theaters will be subject to rigorous state guidance and enforcement

Gov. Cuomo Announces DRAFT NYS COVID-19 Vaccination Administration Program

October 18, 2020  Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the NYS Department of Health has released a draft COVID-19 Vaccination Administration Program that serves as an initial framework for ensuring the safe and effective distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine in New York. 

NY FORWARD BUSINESS REOPEN LOOKUP TOOL

STATEWIDE GUIDELINES

Governor Andrew Cuomo Coronavirus What You Need To Know Updates

SAFETY GUIDANCE FOR RESUMING DAILY ACTIVITIES

As Westchester and New York State move forward with reopening, you may be looking for ways to resume some daily activities as safely as possible. While there is no way to ensure zero risk of infection, it is important to understand potential risks and how to adopt different types of prevention measures to protect yourself and to hep reduce the spread of COVID-19.

COVID-19 Check Up Tool
Use the NYS CV19 CheckUp Tool to assess how likely you are to get or spread COVID-19, how severe it might be if you get sick, steps to reduce your risks, and ways to have your needs met during the pandemic.

Resources: 


SAFETY GUIDANCE FOR RESUMING DAILY ACTIVITIES

As Westchester and New York State move forward with reopening, you may be looking for ways to resume some daily activities as safely as possible. While there is no way to ensure zero risk of infection, it is important to understand potential risks and how to adopt different types of prevention measures to protect yourself and to hep reduce the spread of COVID-19.

COVID-19 Check Up Tool
Use the NYS CV19 CheckUp Tool to assess how likely you are to get or spread COVID-19, how severe it might be if you get sick, steps to reduce your risks, and ways to have your needs met during the pandemic.

Resources: 


Center for Disease Control Holiday Guidelines

As many people in the United States begin to plan for fall and winter holiday celebrations, CDC offers the following considerations to help protect individuals, their families, friends, and communities from COVID-19. These considerations are meant to supplement—not replace—any state, local, territorial, or tribal health and safety laws, rules, and regulations with which holiday gatherings must comply. When planning to host a holiday celebration, you should assess current COVID-19 levels in your community to determine whether to postpone, cancel, or limit the number of attendees.  Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kppur, Halloween, Dia de Los Muertos, Nvrati,Diwali and Thanksgiving will likely need to be different this fall to prevent the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19.  Avoid activities that are higher risk for spread. Consider fun alternatives that pose lower risk of spreading the virus that causes COVID-19.  Refer to the  Center for Disease Control Holiday Guidelines.

Occupational Safety and Health Administation  OSHA

With the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, Congress created the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to ensure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance.   

OSHA COVID 19 Control and Prevention

OSHA COVID 19 Updates


New York State Information on Novel Coronavirus

Visit: Empire State Development at  esd.ny.gov for guidance and information for NYS businesses related to COVID-19.

December 29, 2020 Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed the COVID-19 Emergency Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Act of 2020. The Act (S.9114/A.11181) prevents residential evictions, foreclosure proceedings, credit discrimination and negative credit reporting related to the COVID-19 pandemic. It also extends the Senior Citizens' Homeowner Exemption and Disabled Homeowner Exemption from 2020 to 2021. The Act adds to New York State's efforts to protect tenants and homeowners from the economic hardship incurred as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

December 29, 2020 Gov. Cuomo announced Unemployed New Yorkers will begin receiving extended and expanded federal unemployment benefits next weekStarting the week January 3rd, unemployed New Yorkers will receive an additional $300 payment through the extended Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation and Pandemic Unemployment Compensation programs. New Yorkers currently receiving benefits do not need to call the Department of Labor to receive these extended benefits—they should continue to certify for unemployment benefits in their usual manner and will automatically receive extended benefits. 

December 29, 2020  Gov. Cuomo announced Starting January 1, 2021, New Yorkers can begin using sick leave benefits under the state's Paid Sick Leave lawThis legislation secures paid sick leave for workers at medium and large businesses and paid or unpaid leave for those at small businesses, depending on the employer's net income. New Yorkers can use guaranteed sick leave to recover from an illness themselves, care for a sick family member and more. Learn about Paid Sick Leave here. 

December 20, 2020 Gov. Cuomo announces launch of NY Forward Small Business Lease Assistance Program  Public-Private Partnership Between Empire State Development, Start Small Think Big and the New York State Bar Association Will Provide Small Businesses and Landlords with Pro Bono Legal Assistance to Renegotiate Lease Terms in Wake of COVID-19

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  with any concerns about symptoms or travel. In addition, visit the Department of Health’s dedicated website for more resources and updates about COVID-19.  

  • New Yorker's without health insurance can apply through NY State of Health; 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 Yorker's can call the COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline at 1-844-863-9314 for mental health counseling.

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

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

New Yorkers can call the Department of Health’s coronavirus hotline at 1-888-364-3065 with any concerns about symptoms or travel. In addition, visit the Department of Health’s dedicated website for more resources and updates about COVID-19.  

The NYS Office of Mental Health has posted on its website COVID-19 Resources to help New Yorkers manage during this difficult time. 

To report violations of health and safety restrictions and requirements for businesses, gatherings and individuals, please choose the appropriate link below:

December 3rd, 2020  Governor to Sign Executive Order Expanding Eligibility for New York's COVID Rent Relief Program and Reopening Application Window.   This Executive Order will expand the program's eligibility so more rent relief can be provided to New Yorkers and additional details will be available in the coming days.   

November 24th, 2020, Look up any address in the state and see if it's in a cluster zone. New Yorkers can look up any address to determine if it is in or near an existing cluster zone using this tool on the State's website. The tool includes a navigable, regularly updated map of New York State that shows all the current cluster zones in the state.   

November 24th, 2020 The State Department of Health released guidance on shopping safely this holiday season. Winter holiday activities, such as shopping and social gatherings, present a risk of COVID-19 spread to New Yorkers, particularly within areas of the state where confirmed cases and clusters have recently increased. The Department of Health issued new guidance to help both businesses and New Yorkers prepare for holiday shopping, urging New Yorkers to avoid crowds, wear face coverings in public, and stay home if they feel sick.  

November 18, 2020  If you get a call from NYS Contact Tracing, pick up. Contact tracers are working around the clock to trace clusters and inform people who have been in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID. How can you help? Simply by picking up the phone. If your caller ID says "NYS Contact Tracing," pick up and help New York stop the spread. (Tracers will never ask for your Social Security Number or financial information; if someone does, they are not an official tracer and you should hang up.) 

November 17, 2020   We can't underestimate the strain of COVID fatigue. Mental health is just as important as physical health. New Yorkers can call the State's mental health hotline at 1-844-863-9314 for free emotional support, consultations & referrals to a provider or visit the Office of Mental Health for resources.    

November 17, 2020  New Yorkers can now take free online courses through Coursera. In partnership with Coursera, we launched a free online platform for New Yorkers to learn new job skills, earn certificates and advance their careers. At a time when unemployment has risen due to the pandemic, we hope these online courses will help New Yorkers get back on their feet. So, whether you're unemployed, underemployed, or are simply interested in learning new skills, check it out and sign up.

November 17, 2020 NYS State launched a new web application to help New Yorkers find state services and benefits. The "Find Services" web application was developed in partnership with Google.org, to assist New Yorkers in locating appropriate services with one streamlined web application. Due to the pandemic, unfortunately, we're seeing an unprecedented demand for social services and this application provides an easy-to-use starting point for first-time program users 

November 13, 2020 Remember, indoor gatherings pose a serious risk for spreading COVID. Gatherings inside or outside of private homes are now limited to 10 people or fewer. If you are indoors with visitors, there are steps you can take to reduce the risk of spread: Open windows to increase airflow, wear masks, keep distance and shorten the duration of the visit Instead f having an in-person Thanksgiving dinner this year, consider a virtual alternative. To help facilitate virtual Thanksgiving celebrations during the pandemic, Zoom will lift its 40-minute meeting limit. The extended service will be available starting midnight on November 26th, Thanksgiving Day, through Friday, November 27th at 5 a.m. This Thanksgiving, spread thanks, not COVID. 

Get COVID-19 Exposure Alerts. Add Your Phone. Stop the Spread.

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Oct 1, 2020To stop the spread of COVID-19, New York needs each of us to do our part. One way you can help yourself and your community is by participating in our newly launched mobile contract tracing app COVID Alert NY.

COVID Alert NY is a voluntary, anonymous, exposure-notification smartphone app. You will get an alert if you were in close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19. Knowing about a potential exposure allows you to self-quarantine immediately, get tested and reduce the potential exposure risk to your family, friends, neighbors, co-workers and others.

The more people who download COVID Alert NY, the more effective it will be. Help protect your community while maintaining your privacy. The free mobile apps–available to anyone 18 or older who lives, works, or attends college in New York or New Jersey–are available for download from the Google Play Store or Apple App Store. COVID Alert NY is available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Bengali, Korean, Russian and Haitian Creole. 

Download the free app to your smartphone to receive an alert if you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Get COVID-19 Exposure Alerts. Add Your Phone. Stop the Spread.

September 17th, 2020 - TEMPORARY LOST WAGES ASSISTANCE (LWA) PROGRAM 

The Federal Lost Wages Assistance Program will begin funding a $300 weekly payment to all Unemployment Insurance (UI) recipients across the State, including recipients of the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (FPUA) that covered workers not traditionally eligible for UI, including self-employed and gig economy workers. The 3 payments of $300 per week will be retroactive to August 1, the day after the $600 FPUC payments ended. New York State may be eligible for additional LWA payments after the funds for those three weeks have been disbursed.


COVID-19 MONITORING DASHBOARD FOR NEW YORK SCHOOLS

Sept. 10th 2020, Governor Andrew Cuomo launched the COVID-19 monitoring dashboards for school districts throughout the state and for SUNY schools. New York school districts and all 64 SUNY colleges & universities will report positive COVID-19 cases to the NYS Department of Health daily. The data will be available publicly for all on the dashboards. Click here for the SUNY COVID-19 Case Tracker. Click here for the New York School Districts COVID-19 Monitoring Dashboard (the data will be live once reporting starts coming back to the NYSDOH). The COVID-19 Monitoring Dashboard will provide important information for parents, staff and the public yet places additional financial challenges on already strained school budgets.


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. 

NYS Executive Order which Governs Moratorium on Eviction

 New York State’s moratorium on COVID-related residential evictions has been

Effective Sept. 29th The Governor has extended the moratorium on residential evictions to January 1, 2021.   New York is also banning fees for late or missed payments during the eviction moratorium

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

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 email housinghelp@wroinc.org   

The New York State Of Health Marketplace deadline has been extended to September 15th, 2020 

Governor Andrew Cuomo has extended the deadline to September 15th for those who are uninsured to enroll through the state’s healthcare marketplace. If you lost your job, or health coverage, and now need health insurance, visit the NYS of Health Marketplace to enroll: nystateofhealth.ny.gov.


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 Department of Motor Vehicles 

Sept. 18, 2020;  The State Department of Motor Vehicles is expanding online services, making it easier for New Yorkers to do business with the DMV during this pandemic. The DMV is launching a pilot program to offer the written learner permit tests for passenger cars (Class D) and motorcycles (Class M) online. It is also piloting a process to allow customers who reside in counties served by the State DMV to register their vehicles online. In-person services are available for transactions that cannot to be done online, by mail or by drop box and reservations are required for all in-person transactions. Read more. 

The NYS Department of Financial Services

October 1st, 2020The State Department of Financial Services is extending its emergency regulation requiring NY health insurers to waive out-of-pocket costs, including cost-sharing, deductibles, copays and coinsurance, for in-network mental health services for New York's frontline essential workers until November 27th, 2020.

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 

The application period for the COVID Rent Relief Program ended on Thursday, August 6, 2020.

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.

NYS Tax Filing Extension

New York State Senator Andrea Stewart Cousins COVID-19 Resource Listing


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. Westchester County Department of Health

Westchester County hotline: call 866-588-0195 or email COVID19FAQ@westchestergov.com  

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Westchester County Public Safety Announcements Re: Coronavirus Precautions
Westchester County’s Spanish language PSA is available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFU4OQms-mo

Westchester County’s extended-length Spanish Language PSA is available here: https://youtu.be/t5-ou91sR54

Westchester County Executive's Community Build Back program 

Human Development Services of Westchester's Neighborhood Preservation Company (NPC) regarding the County Executive's Community Build Back program to assist those impacted by COVID-19.  Funding is available to assist with Foreclosure and Eviction Prevention but expires 12/31/2020.

The NPC is located In Port Chester; however, yet serves all of Westchester County. They are able to make appointments to “see” people by telephone or virtually by Zoom.

 Any questions? PLEASE contact NPC directly at (914) 939-2005.

 HDSWHOUSINGHELP@aol.com www.hdsw.org 

Westchester County Housing Stabilization Programs in the Midst of COVID-19

Sept 18, 2020 The Westchester County Department of Planning is offering four new Housing Stabilization programs to assist households whose ability to pay their housing costs has been upended by COVID-19. There are different programs to assist different needs. Participants in each program must attest to the fact that they have not or will not receive any other assistance to help pay their housing costs. No duplication of benefits is allowed.

The programs, while broad in nature to assist as many households as possible, are each limited in some regard – either by the municipality the housing unit must be in, or the limit on the household income, or the size of the total development. This is generally due to the nature of the funding source or the amount of funds available for the program

For more information Westchester Co Housing Help

WESTCHESTER COUNTY OFFICES

Westchester County Executive George Latimer

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 increased train service as if June 15th, 2020.

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

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 PLAINS IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS WITH COVID-19 SAFETY MEASURES IN PLACE 

White Plains is in Phase 4 of NY Forward Reopening Plan . When in public, anyone over 2 years of age is required to wear a face mask and practice social distancing of at least six feet. 

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.  Effective Nov 23, 2020 Browsing Has Been Suspended

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

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

White Plains Recreation and Parks Summer 2020

City of White Plains 2020 Guide FALL      2021 Winter Recreation & Parks Guide

The White Plains Farmers’ Market is open Wednesdays from 9AM - 2PM with COVID rules in effect.  Last Day, November 25th, 2020.

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  Based on each region’s infection rate, schools across New York State are permitted to open this fall but each school district must have a testing and tracing plan and will decide if an in-person v. hybrid model works best for them while following strict Department of Health Guidance

Governor’s Guidelines for Religious Institutions   The buildings will be required to operate at 25 percent of their usual capacity and employ appropriate social distancing and disinfecting protocols.  

October 22, 2020  Governor Cuomo Most Movies Theaters Outside of NYC Can Reopen October 23rd

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that movie theaters outside of New York City can reopen at 25 percent capacity under state guidance starting October 23. No more than 50 people are allowed in front of each screen in each movie theater at once. Theaters can only open outside of New York City in counties that have COVID-19 positivity rates of less than 2 percent on a 14-day average and do not have any cluster zones. Theaters will be subject to rigorous state guidance and enforcement. 

WHITE PLAINS 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:  White Plains Business Improvement District We’re Open for Business

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


Food distribution program

FOOD ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS IN THE WHITE PLAINS AREA:  

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 Westchester Distribution Sites    Feeding Westchester Mobile Food Pantry and Fresh Market Schedule

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

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 Plains Area Mutual Aid Programs Providing Food Assistance to the Community:

The Caring Cupboard at Grace Church allows people to drop off shelf stable food, toiletries, and other goods, so people in need can pick up what they need when they need it, no questions asked. The Caring Cupboard is  located in the vestibule of the Grace/ La Gracia Episcopal Church and was created by a dynamic group of community minded youth. The Caring Cupboard operates on the principle of "solidarity not charity"--the mutualistic aspect of the cupboard is what makes it so unique  This Caring Cupboard is sponsored by Grace Episcopal Church and the Bridging Dots non-profit.  The Caring Cupboard welcomes donations of non-perishable, shelf-stable food, household products, and toiletries. Donated items can be dropped any time of day.  To get involved, or if you have questions relating to the Caring Cupboard please contact Tanya at bridgingdots@gmail.com or Michael Heffner at michaelheffner08@gmail.com..

Food Distribution Programs

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

12:30 PM -2:30 PM Youth Mission of Life Church 375 Dobbs Ferry Rd. White Plains 

Thursday, March 18, 2021

3:30 PM -5:30 PM El Centro Hispano Post Road School White Plains 

Saturday, March 20, 2021

9:30 AM -11:30 AM Reach Church 294 Old Mamaroneck Road White Plains 

Friday March 12, 2021 
9:30 - 11:30
86 Dekalb Avenue


Saturday, March 13th, 2021  

 9:00 - 11:00 

Bethel Baptist Church

One Fisher Court, White Plains, NY


SATURDAY, MARCH 6, 2021

 12:30pm - 2:30pm

Delfino Park

120 Lake Street, White Plains 


Thursday, February 18th

3:30 PM - 5:30 PM

El Centro Hispano @ Post Road School

175 West Post Road, White Plains

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2021

 9:30am - 11:30am

Reach Church

294 Old Mamaroneck Road, White Plains 

Bethel Baptist Church 

One Fisher Court, White Plains, New York  10601

Second Saturday of the month

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

(914) 949-2792 

http://bethelbaptistchurchwp.org/ 

Calvary Baptist Church

32 West Post Road, White Plains, NY  10606

914.948.2875

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
 Jan 7, 21, Feb 4, 18, March 4, 18, April 1 15, May 6, 20, June 3 & 17
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 

Thursdays at Noon - 2PM

33 Church Street, White Plains, NY  10601


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

Reach Church

294 Old Mamaroneck Road, 

White Plains, NY  10605

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/ 

Salvation Army

16 Sterling Avenue, White Plains, NY

10 AM - 12:30 AM at the Salvation Army (garage)

Jan 15, 29, Feb 12, 26, March 12, 26, April 1, 15, May 6, 20, June 3 & 17

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 for assistance

914-761-3605 

Union Food for Life

31 Manhattan Avenue, White Plains

Tele 914 837 1347


ORGANIZATIONS THAT CAN HELP THEIR NEIGHBORS 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 email : 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: Ride Connect 

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

Meals on Wheels White Plains

If you need Food Assistance email feedingwp@whiteplainsny.gov


FEDERAL PROGRAMS

Center for Disease Control Holiday Guidelines

U.S. Department of Education

Important information about  federal student loan,   

September 19, 2020 Latest Information

For the latest information about the current relief measures and resulting flexibilities for student loans, visit StudentAid.gov/coronavirus.

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

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

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Department of Health and Human Services (HSS)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Department of Health and Human Services (HSS) have issued a new order  to halt certain residential evictions until 2021 to prevent the further spread of Covid-19, effective immediately. The order does not relieve tenants of their obligation to pay rent, but prevents property owners from evicting tenants who meet certain criteria. In order to apply for coverage under the order, tenants must earn no more than $99,000 this year, demonstrate efforts to obtain state and local rental assistance, inability to cover rent payments and that eviction would cause them to become homeless. The order does not provide any funds for rental support.  For more information visit:  CDC ISSUES NATIONWIDE TEMPORARY EVICTION MORATORIUM   Please visit the CDC website  


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 reopened to the public on Tuesday, July 28th with limited hours and COVID 19 rules in effect.  Effective Nov. 27th, 2020 - Browsing has been suspended.

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/

Family Services of Westchester

Family Services of Westchester COVID Resources  Counseling, education, support and resources are in high demand in Westchester County during this time COVID-19 crisis. See below for the COVID-19 support we have available including virtual therapy, grocery delivery and more.  Support for COVID-19 Positive and Quarantined Patients: A free, supportive services program is available to help clients and families who have tested positive for the virus.  Clients receive: multiple daily wellness checks, PPE supply “care packages,” counseling via teletherapy, referrals, resources and contactless food delivery. Including: Grocery Shop & Drop: We are providing grocery shopping and medication delivery for seniors and those that are immunocompromised, Essential Transportation for Seniors: Our RideConnect program takes seniors to essential medical appointments like chemotherapy and dialysis. Child Care for Essential Workers: Our certified preschool teachers are providing childcare for children of healthcare workers and first responders in the city of White Plains.

This fall looks different than any other in FSW’s long history, but our commitment to education, counseling and support remains as strong as ever. Our range of offerings and resources for COVID-19 support grows every day. The creativity, resilience and resolve of our staff has allowed us to adapt to the pandemic despite extraordinary challenges.  

Westchester County residents who have tested positive for the virus can learn more at https://www.fsw.org/covid19support.

General information on FSW’s resources and support during the pandemic are available at https://www.fsw.org/covid-19-fsw-responds.

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 

Pace University Small Business Development Center

Grants for Small Business COVID-19 Recovery.   Health and government officials are working together to maintain the safety, security, and health of the American people. Small businesses are encouraged to do their part to keep their employees, customers, and themselves healthy. Here you can access information about public and private sector resources in regards to coronavirus (COVID-19).Pace University Small Business Development Center


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. 

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 

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.

Emotional Support for Frontline Health Care Heroestext NYFRONTLINE to 741-741 

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


VOTING OPTIONS

The 2020 General Election Voting Options 

The 2020 General Election will be held on Tuesday, November 3rd. Registered voters will be able to vote for President as well as their Congressperson, and their State Senate and Assembly Members. White Plains residents can vote in-person on Election Day, November 3rd, 2020 - Check here for  White Plains Polling Locations.   Social Distancing compliance is required for in-person voting.  

We know that many residents remain concerned about voting in person due to the lingering presence of the Coronavirus in our area. It’s important to know that there are voting options available to you.

  • A new State law permits any registered voter to request a mail-in (absentee) ballot if they cannot show up at a polling location because of the risk of contracting or spreading an illness. Absentee ballot applications can be requested now. Once you fill out the application you can submit it online, in person, or by mail. The Board of Elections will start mailing the actual ballots in early October. These ballots will be counted as long as they are postmarked by Election Day. Mail-in voting may be a good option for you if you wish to completely avoid the contact with other people and equipment that is part of in-person voting. Contact the Westchester County Board of Elections to request an absentee ballot.

  • You can print your absentee ballot request from here. In section 1, check the box for “temporary illness or physical disability,” and in section 2, check the box for “General Election”. You can return your absentee ballot request form by:
    • Sending an email request to BOE-WestAbsentee@westchestergov.com;
    • Sending a fax request to (914) 995-7753 or (914) 995-3190; or
    • Dropping it off in person or mailing it to the Westchester County Board of Elections, 25 Quarropas Street, White Plains, NY 10601.

New York State will once again offer Early Voting prior to Election Day. For the 2020 General Election, Early Voting will be held from October 24th through November 1st. This in-person option may be a good one for you if your schedule is such that voting on Election Day is difficult and/or if you wish to minimize contact as well as the lines and wait times anticipated on Election Day. The early voting location for White Plains is the Westchester County Board of Elections, located at 25 Quarropas Street.

  • Early Voting Times:
    • Saturday, October 24: 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    • Sunday, October 25: 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    • Monday, October 26: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    • Tuesday, October 27: 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
    • Wednesday, October 28: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    • Thursday, October 29: 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
    • Friday, October 30: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, October 31: 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    • Sunday, November 1: 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

County Boards of Elections, and all early voting sites, will be permitted to accept drop-off ballots beginning October 24th

The early voting site in White Plains is the Board of Elections at 25 Quarropas Street, White Plains, NY 10601  

You may visit the office during business hours Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.   Frequently Request Phone Numbers are provided below:

ContactPhone Number
Main Number(914) 995-5700
Absentee Ballots(914) 995-5285
Registrations(914) 995-5713
Financial Disclosures

(914) 995-5208,
(914) 995-8602

Maps(914) 995-7814;
(914) 995- 6354
Enrollment Lists(914) 995-5712,
(914) 995-5701
Fax(914) 995-3190,


The 2020 General Election 

The 2020 General Election will be held on Tuesday, November 3rd.  Registered voters will be able to vote for President, their Congressperson, and State Senate and Assembly Members.   New York has taken a host of measures to make voting safer and easier during the pandemic.  Voting Options include:

For the first time in our state’s history, all registered voters can request an absentee ballot (under the "temporary illness" excuse). If you choose to vote by absentee ballot, then there are several ways you can cast your completed, signed ballot.

 1. Put it in the mail ensuring it receives a postmark no later than November 3

2. Drop it off at an Early Voting poll site between October 24 and November 1

3. Drop it off at a poll site on November 3 by 9pm

4. Drop it off at your county Board of Elections Office starting September 8 through no later than November 3 by 9pm (see the list of county Boards of Elections Offices here)

 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  

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

STAY INFORMED

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