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. 
 
As of May 26, 2020, the seven counties in the Mid-Hudson Region were allowed to proceed to Phase 1 of NY Forward. During Phase 1, certain non-essential businesses are allowed to reopen with new health and safety precautions in place. For full details on the industries now allowed to operate, please click here.
 
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Village Updates
 
Number of Confirmed Cases in Croton-on-Hudson - 170
Number of Active Cases (reported within past 2 weeks) - 2
Last Updated: Tuesday, June 2
As of June 1, 2020, DPW has returned to full staffing levels, and pickups will begin their normal schedules. Metal pickups will resume on Wednesday, June 3, 2020.
 
Effective May 13, 2020, leaf blowers may be used on Saturdays and Sundays between the hours of 9 AM and 6 PM, and 10 AM and 6 PM, respectively. The use of leaf blowers of any kind remains prohibited on Monday through Friday. Please click here to see the explanation for this emergency order.
 
The Village reached out to the New York State Department of Transportation, which has given permission for no parking regulations along Route 129 to be enacted. Therefore, effective May 9, no parking anytime will be permitted along Route 129 from Dailey Drive east to the Village boundary line.
 
As of March 17, 2020, the Village Justice Court will not be in regular session by order of the NYS Unified Court System until further notice. All matters are administratively adjourned until further notice. Upon resumption of regular court sessions, you will be contacted by the court personnel at a future date​.
 
A state of emergency has been declared in the Village of Croton-on-Hudson as of March 16, 2020. All Village playgrounds, ballfields and basketball courts are closed until further notice. Based on updated guidance received from New York State, the Croton Landing boat launch and the Echo canoe launch have been re-opened as of April 20, 2020. Click here for a list of closed facilities.
 
Alternate side parking regulations have been suspended as of March 18, 2020.
 
As of March 16, 2020, all offices in the Municipal Building are closed to public access until June 30, 2020. Residents are encouraged to call or email Village staff with questions. Emergency services and Public Works operations are continuining uninterrupted.
 
As of March 13, 2020, all seniors programs at the Municipal Building are cancelled through June 30, 2020. For Recreation Department program cancellations, please click here. This includes the Croton Senior Citizens Club weekly meetings.
 
The Croton-Cortlandt Food Pantry will be open on Saturdays from 10 AM until Noon for those who are in need. Click here for more information.
 
Hotline Phone Numbers:
Community-based closings:

Shop Local - Support Croton Businesses
 
The Croton Business Council has put together a listing of all local restaurants and bars providing takeout/delivery service.
 
Get Involved in the CBC Campaign: “Food & Beverage Biz Life-Line: Get Online Now!”
  • Place an Order Now
  • Get it Curb-Side/Walk-in/Delivery
  • Buy Gift Cards to Help Out these Businesses!
Call FIRST always to confirm hours and possible closings. Click here to access the full list.
 
Local business owner Mark Franzoso has created lawn signs featuring the artwork of two local 8-year-olds, Melody White and Hailey Gallagher. The lawn signs will be provided free of charge to residents who spend $50 or more at a local restaurant or business. To see the full list of participating restaurants and businesses, click here.
 
ShopRite of Croton has instituted special hours for senior citizens (60 years and older) to shop from 6 AM to 7 AM. Additionally, store hours (effective March 22nd) are as follows: 7 AM to 10 PM daily.

Help Those in Our Community
 
 
Croton Caring Committee Supports the Community
 
The Croton Caring Committee has a number of ways in which local residents can support those in need in our community. A pilot program has been launched to connect volunteers with those in the community who need assistance with grocery shopping or other light errands during this time. You may contact them using this contact form or email crotoncaring@gmail.com.  If one of these two preferred methods is not available, you can call 914-271-4979:
 
  • Donate Non-Perishable Food and Gift Cards to Local Stores (e.g. ShopRite, CVS) to help those in need with their immediate food and other needs.  Nothing will be wasted and we will share any surplus with our other local Croton organizations serving those in need.  These items can be dropped off in the two bins 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 Money to help us respond to request for emergency assistance. Many have asked how they can donate to help those in need.  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.
Croton Mask Makers Project
 
A group of Village residents have banded together to create the Croton Mask Makers Project. They are creating homemade face masks to help with thee shortage of face masks in hospitals and other essential workplaces. These masks can be worn by at-risk patients or healthcare workers. This group has donated homemade masks for our DPW workers, for which we are especially grateful. These homemade masks are a last resort but in line with CDC guidance. For more information or to volunteer, please email crotonfacemasks@gmail.com. Please note that group organizers are able to pick up masks from volunteers' homes.
 
Croton Meal Train
 
Another group of residents have come together to create the Croton meal train to provide breakfast, lunch and dinner to essential workers. We appreciate all the meals that have been provided to our police force, EMS members and DPW workers. To sign up for a timeslot, or to donate to this cause, please visit their website.
 

Information from New York State
 
The Governor has declared a state of emergency to be in effect as of March 7, 2020. The full text of the emergency declaration can be read 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.
 
On May 11, 2020, the state announced NY Forward, which will lead the regions through the reopening phase. The regional monitoring dashboard can be accessed by clicking here.
 
New York State is looking to hire thousands of Contact Tracers, Team Supervisors and Community Support Specialists as part of the New York State Contact Tracing Initiative. Click here to learn more about these job opportunities.
 
NY Forward has established a Business Reopening Lookup Tool, which will assist non-essential businesses in determining their eligibility to reopen and the health and safety standards with which your business must comply.
 
Looking to get tested for COVID-19? New York State has set up a website listing the more than 700 test sites in the state. Click here to access.
 
Executive Order Information:
  • Pursuant to Executive Order 202.3, all restaurants and bars in the Village are closed for on-premise dining effective 8 PM on March 16, 2020. Takeout and delivery service is permitted. All gyms, fitness centers, movie theaters and casinos are closed effective 8 PM on March 16, 2020.
  • Pursuant to Executive Order 202.5, all indoor shopping malls, zoos, bowling alleys, aquariums and amusement parks are closed effective 8 PM on March 19, 2020.
  • Pursuant to Executive Order 202.7, all barbershops, hair salons, tattoo or piercing parlors and related personal care services will be closed to members of the public effective 8 PM on March 21, 2020. This shall also include nail technicians, cosmetologists and estheticians, and the provision of electrolysis, laser hair removal services, as these services cannot be provided while maintaining social distance.
  • Pursuant to Executive Order 202.8, all non-essential businesses shall close by 8 PM on March 22, 2020.
  • Pursuant to Executive Order 202.12, the presidential primary election scheduled for April 28, 2020, has been postponed until June 23, 2020.
  • Pursuant to Executive Order 202.16, all employees who are present in the workplace shall be provided and shall wear face coverings when in direct contact with customers or members of the public. Businesses must provide, at their expense, such face coverings for their employees. This provision may be enforced by local governments or local law enforcement as if it were pursuant to section 12 or 12-b of the Public Health Law. This requirement shall be effective Wednesday, April 15th at 8 PM.
  • Pursuant to Executive Order 202.17, any individual who is over age two and able to medically tolerate a face-covering shall be required to cover their nose and mouth with a mask or cloth face-covering when in a public place and unable to maintain, or when not maintaining, social distance. This is effective at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 17, 2020.
  • Pursuant to Executive Order 202.20, marriages can now be solemnized over videoconferencing.
  • Pursuant to Executive Order 202.23, all registered voters will receive an absentee ballot application in the mail to vote in the June 23, 2020, primary election.
  • Pursuant to Executive Order 202.26, school districts elections have been rescheduled to June 9, 2020, and shall be conducted via absentee ballot only.
  • Pursuant to Executive Order 202.33, gatherings of up to 10 people are now permitted, provided that social distancing protocols and cleaning and disinfection protocols are followed.
Violations of “New York State on PAUSE” -- If you are aware of any non-essential gatherings or any non-essential businesses or entities operating in violation of "New York on PAUSE", you may choose the appropriate complaint options below:
Violations of Executive Orders & Labor Laws - Anyone who suspects an employer is in violation of either existing labor laws or recently issued executive orders can call (212) 416-8700 or email Labor.Bureau@ag.ny.gov.
 
New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets:
New York State Department of Financial Services:
New York State Department of Health:
New York State Department of Homes & Community Renewal:
New York State Department of Labor
New York State Department of Motor Vehicles:
  • All driver’s licenses, non-driver identification cards, vehicle registrations and temporary registrations which were set to expire on or after March 1, 2020, have been extended until further notice, pursuant to an executive order issued by the governor.
  • All vehicle inspections scheduled to expire on or after March 31, 2020, have been extended until further notice.
New York State Department of Taxation & Finance:
New York State Office for the Aging:
 
Governor Cuomo wants to make sure New Yorkers who are struggling can receive legal assistance for any issues they may have. The State established a new partnership with the New York State Court System to create a pro bono network of volunteer lawyers to provide New Yorkers in need with free legal assistance. Volunteers will begin to receive training and start offering assistance this week. Lawyers interested in volunteering can sign up at nysba.org/covidvolunteer.
 
Amid a shortage of personal protective equipment — or PPE — products in the state, including gloves, masks and gowns, the Governor is asking all PPE product providers to sell to the state any products that are not essential or not currently being used. Businesses interested in selling products to the state should contact Simonida Subotic at 646-522-8477 or covid19supplies@exec.ny.gov.
 

The Governor is also encouraging any company with the proper equipment or personnel to begin to manufacture PPE products if possible. The state is willing to provide funding to any company to obtain the proper equipment and personnel. Businesses interested in receiving state funding to manufacture PPE products should contact Eric Gertler at 212-803-3100 or COVID19supplies@esd.ny.gov.


Information from Westchester County

All retired and non-working nurses who are willing to return to the workforce should click here for more information. Certified Phyisician Assistants are also needed; please click here for more information.
 

Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth) is expanding its antibody testing program. As of May 19, 2020, COVID-19 antibody testing for the public is available by appointment at the Westchester County Center in White Plains, NY. Members of the public interested in COVID-19 antibody testing can call 914.326.2060, Monday through Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., for screening and to make an appointment. After testing samples are secured, they are brought to Westchester Medical Center’s Valhalla laboratories for evaluation. In most cases, results will be shared with each tested individual within 48 hours. For more information, please click here.

 
 
 
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.
 
The Bee-Line Bus System will begin operating on a Saturday schedule on Wednesday, April 1st. This schedule will be in operation Monday-Saturday every week. The Sunday schedule will remain in effect on Sundays. This schedule is subject to service enhancements or modifications as needed. For more information please click here.
 

Information from Other Agencies
 
The Federal Trade Commission has been notified of COVID-19 scams targeting college students. For more information, please click here.
 
The Department of Homeland Security has warned individuals to remain vigilant for scams related to Coronavirus (COVID-19). See their full release here.
 
Metro-North Railroad will begin increasing service on its three commuter lines as of May 27, 2020. Metro-North Railroad has been operating on an essential service schedule beginning March 27, 2020. The changes in service can be found 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.
 
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 & Quarantine/Isolation Protocols

Below is the information received from New York State regarding testing and quarantine/isolation protocols. The testing and quarantine/isolation protocols are also available in Spanish.

Testing will occur if:
  • An individual has come within proximate contact (same classroom, office, or gatherings) of another person known to be positive; or
  • An individual has traveled to a country that the CDC has issued a Level 2 or Level 3 Travel Health Notice, and shows symptoms of illness; or
  • An individual is quarantined (mandatory or precautionary) and has shown symptoms of COVID-19 illness; or
  • An individual is symptomatic and has not tested positive for any other infection; or
  • Other cases where the facts and circumstances warrant as determined by the treating clinician in consultation with state and local department of health officials.
Quarantine is mandated for:
  • An individual who has been in close contact (6 ft.) with someone who is positive, but is not not displaying symptoms for COVID-19; or
  • An individual who has traveled to China, Iran, Japan, South Korea or Italy and is displaying symptoms of COVID-19.
Isolation is mandated for:
  • An individual who has tested positive for COVID-19, whether or not displaying symptoms for COVID-19.

New York State has released updated guidance for essential workers on returning to work following isolation. Westchester County has also updated its FAQ document regarding the same.


How to Get Your COVID-19 Test Results

If you were tested at the mobile site at Glen Island in New Rochelle, you will be notified by the New York State Department of Health. You may also access your results directly.
 
If you had testing performed through another laboratory or private health care provider, check to see if they have a patient portal or phone line where you can obtain your results. Regardless of testing site, if your test result is positive (detected or presumptive positive), the Westchester County Department of Health will be contacting you. 

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