Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

 

Dear Croton-on-Hudson Residents,
 
In conjunction with Westchester County, the Village of Croton-on-Hudson is monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) very closely along with our partners at the County Health Department and the EMS Division of the Department of Emergency Services. We will be taking precautions in all of our municipal facilities and we encourage you to do the same at home. 
 
Westchester County has released a COVID-19 dashboard which provides residents with up-to-date numbers of active cases, new cases, and cumulative cases in every municipality in Westchester County. Also available on the dashboard is information on cases in local schools. Access the dashboard at the following link: https://t.co/Grpfh3hVFs?amp=1.
 
Click the below links to bring you to the following page sections:
 

Village Updates
 
Number of Confirmed Cases in Croton-on-Hudson - 2,123
Number of Active Cases (reported within past 2 weeks) - 32
Last Updated: June 30, 2022
On November 16, 2020, the Village Board of Trustees adopted Local Law 9 of 2020, which created Chapter 158 of the Village Code, Masks and Face Coverings. It goes into effect when a public health emergency has been enacted by the Village Manager. Such local law requires the use of masks and face coverings on all private and public property within the Village (except residential private property), and the individual is not able to maintain a six-foot distance from a person who is not in their household.
 
The Croton-Cortlandt Food Pantry is open on the first and third Saturdays from 9 AM until 11 AM for those who are in need.
 

Hotline Phone Numbers:

  • Westchester County has prepared a hotline for individuals quarantining and in need of food assistance. Individuals in need of assistance can call (914) 995-5566 from 9am to 5pm Monday through Friday.

  • The Westchester County Department of Health has set up a phone line for residents to speak one-on-one with nurses and doctors about the COVID-19 vaccines. Residents can call 914-995-5800 to speak with medical professionals in English or Spanish to ask questions or get answers to their concerns.
  • People under self-quarantine or exposure to known cases: (866) 588-0195
  • New York State COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline for mental health counseling: 1-844-863-9314.
  • New York State COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline: 1-833-NYS-4-VAX (833-697-4829). The COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline is open 7 AM - 10 PM, 7 days a week, to help New Yorkers determine if they are eligible and schedule vaccination appointments.
  • New York State COVID-19 Vaccine Scam Hotline: 1-833-VAX-SCAM (833-829-7226) or email STOPVAXFRAUD@health.ny.gov.
  • New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence: (800) 942-6906 {Spanish (800) 942-6908)}. You may also text 844-997-2121 or visit www.opdv.ny.gov to confidentially chat with a professional at any time of day or night.
  • New York State Department of Health COVID-19 Hotline: (888) 364-3065
  • New York State Health care workers can text NYFRONTLINE to 741-741 to access 24/7 emotional support services.
  • New York State Nursing Home Complaints: (833) 249-8499. Complaints can also be filed online by clicking here.
  • New York State Price Gouging Complaints: (800) 697-1220. Complaints can also be filed online by clicking here.
  • Westchester County COVID-19 Information: 211 or COVID19FAQ@westchestergov.com
  • Westchester County Department of Community Mental Health Information, Support and Referral line: (914) 995-1900 or text 914-461-7281 (open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.).

Shop Local - Support Croton Businesses
 
The Croton Business Council has once again started the weekly "What's for Dinner?" Wednesday Program. For more information, as well as a list of participating restaurants, click here.
 

Help Those in Our Community
 
 
Croton Caring Committee Supports the Community
 
  • Donate Time: Volunteer to help neighbors. Croton Caring has a number of volunteer opportunities with flexible time commitments, including our Medical Transportation Program which provides free, round-trip medical transportation to medical appointments within a 15-mile radius of Croton, our Shopping Assistance Program which connects volunteers with those in the community who need assistance with grocery shopping or other light errands, and various opportunities in connection with our Healthy Start and Food Basket Programs. Contact crotoncaring@gmail.com to volunteer or learn more.
  • Donate Non-Perishable Food or Grocery Store Gift Cards: These donations support our food assistance programs, including our Food Basket and Healthy Start Programs. These items can be dropped off in the bin on the porch at 11 Eklof Court. Alternatively, gift cards can be mailed to Croton Caring Committee, PO Box 221, Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520
  • Donate: Support our programs through monetary donations that will help us respond to the evolving needs of the community. You can donate online using Paypal (a PayPal account is not required to give online) or via mail by sending your donation to Croton Caring Committee, P.O. Box 221, Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520.
 

Information from New York State
 
Covid App
 

On May 13, 2022, the New York State Dept. of Health classified Westchester County as an area at high risk of COVID transmissibility. The NYS DOH is recommending that everyone wear masks in indoor public places, regardless of vaccination status. For more information, please click here.

New York State released new guidance regarding isolation and quarantine. This guidance can be found here.

Of note in this guidance:

  • For isolation and quarantine of the general population:
    • Isolate for 5 days, where day 0 is the day of symptom onset or (if asymptomatic) the day of collection of the first positive [test].
      • If asymptomatic at the end of 5 days or if symptoms are resolving, isolation ends and the individual should wear a well-fitting mask while around others for an additional 5 days.
      • Individuals who are moderately-severely immunocompromised should continue to follow standard (i.e., not shortened) Isolation Guidance.
      • Individuals who are unable to wear a well-fitting mask for 5 days after a 5-day isolation should also follow standard (i.e., not shortened) Isolation Guidance.
  • If exposed to COVID-19, quarantine as follows, where day 0 is the last date of exposure:
    • If not fully vaccinated or fully vaccinated and eligible for a booster but not yet boosted, quarantine for 5 days and wear a well-fitting mask while around others for an additional 5 days.
    • If fully vaccinated and boosted (with the booster at least 2 weeks before the first date of exposure) or not yet eligible for a booster, no quarantine is required but these individuals should wear a well-fitting mask while around others for 10 days after the last date of exposure.
    • If possible, test at day 5 with either a PCR or antigen test.
    • If symptoms appear, quarantine and seek testing. In this situation, quarantine would end when the test is negative. If testing is not done, isolate according to the guidance above.
New York State has made available the Excelsior Pass, a secure, digital proof of your COVID-19 vaccination or negative test results that are stored on a smartphone device. For more information, click here
 
New York State has established a website for the latest updates on the COVID-19 pandemic, which can be accessed here. The NYSDOH COVID-19 Tracker can be accessed here.
 
Reopening Procedures:
 
All capacity guidance and restrictions on operational hours have been lifted as of June 24, 2021.
 
New York State Department of Financial Services:
New York State Department of Homes & Community Renewal:
New York State Department of Labor
New York State Office for the Aging:
 

Information from Westchester County
 
The Westchester County Dept. of Consumer Protection has released information regarding COVID-19 vaccine scams:
 
With the COVID-19 vaccine being delivered across the United States, we'll also start seeing online scams to gather personal information from individuals.

Online and e-mail spam fraud is moving very quickly and will take many forms. Scammers rapidly alter their tactics and adapt their schemes to the changing landscape. We all can anticipate that these scammers will leverage the pending COVID-19 vaccine to prey on unsuspecting beneficiaries.
 
At this point, it is essential that the public is aware of these likely schemes and be armed with information on how to protect themselves.
 
Here are some pointers to that end:
  • You likely will not need to pay anything out of pocket to get the vaccine during this public health emergency.
  • You cannot pay to put your name on a list to get the vaccine.
  • You cannot pay to get early access to the vaccine.
  • No one from Medicare or the Health Department with contact you.
  • No one from a vaccine distribution site or health care payer, like a private insurance company, will call you asking for your Social Security number or your credit card or bank account information to sign you up to get the vaccine.
  • Beware of providers offering other products, treatments, or medicines to prevent the virus. Check with your health care provider before paying for or receiving any COVID-19-related treatment.
  • If you get a call, text, e-mail — or even someone knocking on your door — claiming they can get you early access to the vaccine, STOP. That’s a scam.
Please be sure to share this information with your family and friends, especially those who may be apt to be mislead.
 
 
The Westchester County Dept. of Health has developed communications cards for those who are deaf or hard of hearing. The cards are available in English and Spanish.
 
Westchester County has also announced that it will be offering senior and disabled constituents, who are not registered with ParaTransit, free transportation to receive their vaccinations. Call ParaTransit reservations at 914-995-7272 at least 24 hours prior to your vaccination date to make an appointment.
 

Information from Other Agencies
 
Every home in the United States is eligible to order four free at-⁠home COVID-⁠19 tests. The tests are completely free.
  • There is a limit of one order per residential address
  • One order includes 4 individual rapid antigen COVID-19 tests
  • Orders will usually ship in 7-12 days. 
For more information, and to order to kits, click here: https://www.covidtests.gov/
 
Under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, FEMA will provide financial assistance for COVID-19- related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020. FEMA will begin accepting applications for Funeral Assistance on Monday, April 12, 2021, through their dedicated call center: 844-684-6333. The COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Line Number will operate Monday through Friday, from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM, Central Time. Review the Financial Assistance FAQ and gather any necessary documentation ahead of time in order to help expedite the claim process.
 
The Federal Trade Commission has been notified of COVID-19 scams targeting college students. For more information, please click here.
 
The Food & Drug Administration has continued to test hand sanitizer products to ensure they do not contain methanol, which can be toxic. A total of 77 products are now listed on their recall list.
 
The Department of Homeland Security has warned individuals to remain vigilant for scams related to Coronavirus (COVID-19). See their full release here.
 
The Hebrew Free Loan Society (HFLS) is a 128-year-old nonprofit organization providing interest-free loans to low- and moderate-income residents of Westchester, NYC, and Long Island. The HFLS can help residents get by if they're dealing with furloughs, layoffs, or reduced income due to the pandemic and related shutdowns. The HFLS Coronavirus Financial Impact Loan Program provides up to $5,000 interest-free for people facing financial challenges as a result of the pandemic. HFLS is non-sectarian; we do not ask applicants about their religious affiliation or background. Borrowers repay only what they borrow, with no fees or interest whatsoever. Repayments will not begin until July 2020.
 
The New York Blood Center (NYBC) is now increasing the nation’s supply of convalescent plasma by collecting donations from those who have recovered from COVID-19. NYBC will collect, process the plasma for infusion, and maintain a bank for hospitals to treat patients with serious or immediately life-threatening COVID-19 infections. Eligible plasma donors, as well as health care providers looking to treat patients and patient advocates looking for information, should visit the NYBC website.
 
Con Edison has announced that they will not be shutting off service due to non-payment and will be suspending a number of service-related fees. For further updates, please visit their website.
 

Testing Information
Where can I be tested for COVID-19?
Appointment-only PCR Tests at SUNY Purchase
SUNY Purchase will be operational as a COVID PCR Testing Site beginning Friday, January 7th.  Testing will occur at The Performing Art Center at, 735 Anderson Hill Rd, Purchase, NY 10577. Hours of Operation will be: 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM. Sign-ups for tests are currently available and can be scheduled here: https://app.squarespacescheduling.com/schedule.php?owner=24841628&calendarID=6384391
 
Appointment-only PCR Tests at the County Center
Westchester County has partnered with Quadrant Bio Sciences to offer free PCR COVID-19 testing at the Westchester County Center. This testing is appointment only – walk-ins will not be accepted. Appointments will only be available 3 days in advance; so for example, appointments for Monday, January 3 would not be available to schedule until December 31. Testing is for anyone experiencing symptoms or anyone who has been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19. The testing is not for travel. Testing is available for all ages, including children and infants. Tests can be scheduled by clicking here. 
 
Ossining Volunteer Ambulance Corps
Tests are performed Monday and Fridays, from 9 AM to 5 PM. They are offering both Rapid Antigen and Rapid Molecular Tests. They are not offering PCR Testing. To schedule an appointment, click here
 
Free COVID Testing Site at Granite Knolls
 
The Town of Yorktown has partnered with Ridgewood Labs to offer Free COVID testing at Granite Knolls Park:
Monday - Friday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM & Saturdays: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM. Appointment only - register at: testny.online.
 
Please have on hand:
  • Health Insured Individuals: Insurance Information & ID
  • Uninsured Individuals: Social Security Number & ID
No out of pocket cost to participants. Please note all participants must wear masks. Please arrive on your scheduled date and time. This is a drive-thru and walk-up.
 
Supporting Documents
 

COVID-19 Vaccine Information
New York State is currently allowing universal eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine. All individuals 5 and older can obtain the Pfizer vaccine; all adults 18 and older can obtain the Moderna and J&J vaccines.
 
Booster shots are now available for individuals 16 years and older. The requirements for the booster vary. For more information, and to review available options, click here.
 
Vaccines are available at pharmacies, hospitals and through local health departments statewide – please contact your provider of choice to schedule your vaccine appointment:
 
  • Yonkers Vaccination Clinic
    • 20 S. Broadway, Yonkers
    • Mondays and Thursdays, 4 - 7 PM
    • Walk-ins accepted; offers Pfizer
  • White Plains Vaccination Clinic
    • 134 Court St., White Plains
    • Fridays from 10 AM - 1 PM
    • Walk-ins accepted; offers Pfizer
  • White Plains Booster Clinic
    • 134 Court Street
    • Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson Boosters
    • Wednesday and Thursday, 9 AM - 1 PM
    • Open to eligible recipients, by appointment only
Additionally, there is a network of State-run sites distributing vaccines statewide to schedule an appointment at New York State-run vaccination sites, using the Am I Eligible app.
 
Shots Being Offered at the County Center
Booster shots and vaccinations (adult and pediatric) will be available by appointment only at the Westchester County Center. Appointments can be made at the following links, which will be updated with new appointments as more become available:
Ossining Volunteer Ambulance Corps Offering Covid-19 Vaccinations
Ossining Volunteer Ambulance Corps are currently offering COVID-19 vaccinations on Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 AM to 5:30 PM. Vaccines offered:
  • Johnson & Johnson - 1 dose (18+ years old)
  • Moderna - 2 doses (28 days apart) (18+ years old)
  • Pfizer - 2 doses (21 days apart) (12+ years old)
  • Pfizer pediatric - 2 doses (21 days apart) (5-11 years old only)
  • Boosters to anyone 16+ years old (Pfizer only) and 18+ years old (Moderna or Johnson & Johnson).
To schedule an appointment, click here.

The New York State Department of Health, in partnership with counties, has established local points of contact to expand access to vaccines through an in-home vaccination program. This program helps those who are homebound due to physical limitations, cognitive impairment, other chronic conditions, a lack of transportation, and/or visual impairments, and who do not have access to supports that may help them physically go to an existing vaccination provider.
 
WMCHealth has launched an interactive directory for Hudson Valley residents with accessing COVID-19 vaccinations. The directory allows the user to search an interactive map by location types, such as pharmacy or health clinic, location name, and county. Clicking on a location serves up detailed information about the location, who might be eligible to receive a vaccine at that location, and how to register for an appointment. The directory does not represent the actual inventory of each location, only that a location has received a recent distribution, or a distribution sometime in the past. Each location controls its own schedule and makes its own appointment.
 
Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation instituting new leave for employees to receive their COVID-19 vaccine. Under this new law, employees will be granted up to four hours of excused leave per injection that will not be charged against any other leave the employee has earned or accrued. This legislation is effective immediately.
 
For more information about the vaccines and their distribution in New York, visit https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/.
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