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Posted on: April 13, 2020

COVID-19 Community Resources & Information

COVID Resources

COVID-19 Community Resources and Information: 

A novel coronavirus called COVID-19 has been detected in millions of people worldwide. 


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


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 prevent COVID-19 is to social distance (staying at least 6 feet away from others) to frequently wash your hands and to wear a mask.


Stay Home If You Are Sick

Avoid Large Gatherings

Wash Your Hands Often to Stay Healthy

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  

Get your flu vaccine

Getting a flu vaccine is an essential part of protecting your health and your family’s health this season. September and October are good times to get vaccinated. However, flu vaccines are still useful any time during the flu season and can often be accessed into January or later.


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

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.



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 

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

 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




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.  

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

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

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

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

To view a list of  Downtown White Plains Shops and Businesses

White Plains Business Improvement District 

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

 Metro North  has resumed  service 

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

Westchester County government  buildings are open for business

White Plains School District Reopening Plan  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.  


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.

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.  

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

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.

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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  

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


FEDERAL PROGRAMS

United States Congresswoman Nita Lowey

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 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 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


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

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

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

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

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


NY STATE SUMMER FEEDING PROGRAM FOR CHILDREN UNDER 18 YEARS OLD 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Westchester County Mobile Food Pantries 

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

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


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

Bethel Baptist Church 

One Fisher Court, White Plains, New York  10601

Second Saturday of the month

Saturday, October 10th

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

(914) 949-2792 

http://bethelbaptistchurchwp.org/ 


DeKalb Housing

Friday, October 9th

9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

86 DeKalb Avenue, White Plains, NY  10605


Delfino Park

Saturday, October 3rd,

12:30 PM - 2:30 PM

110 Lake Street, White Plains, NY  10604


Ecumenical Food Pantry

Fridays  from 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

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

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


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


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

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


Grace Episcopal Church 

Friday, October 16th Noon - 2pm

Beginning October 22nd New Day of Week THURSDAYS at  Noon 

33 Church Street, White Plains, NY  10601

http://gracewhiteplains.org/


Lifting Up Westchester

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

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

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


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

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


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

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


Ridgeway Alliance Church

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

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

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

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

Grab & Go Meal Bags distributed each Sunday 

http://www.stbartswp.org/home

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

https://westcop.org/ 

Trinity United Methodist Church

130 South Lexington

No regular schedule, call for assistance

914-761-3605 

Union Food for Life

Friday, October 9th

12:30 PM - 2:30 PM

31 Manhattan Avenue, White Plains

Tele 914 837 1347

White Plains Youth Bureau

Tuesdays, 9 AM - 11 AM

11 Amherst Place, White Plains, NY  10601

For more information contact the White Plains Youth Bureau at 914-422-1378 or email at whiteplainsyouthbureau@whiteplainsny.gov. 


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

AREA SUPERMARKETS - Providing special hours designated for customers aged 60 years or older or for those with compromised immune systems:   

H Mart 
371 N Central Ave, Hartsdale, NY 10530

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

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

Stop and Shop

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 GROCERY DELIVERY OR PICKUP SERVICES

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

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

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

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

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

PeaPod: https://www.peapod.com/ 

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

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

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

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

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.  

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

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 


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 

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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