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 new 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 finding a testing site as well as information on the areas designated as cluster zones by New York State. 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 - 859
Number of Active Cases (reported within past 2 weeks) - 21
Last Updated: Wednesday, September 22
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.
 
As of April 29 at 12:01 a.m., the public health emergency has been rescinded for the Village of Croton-on-Hudson.
 
The state of emergency in the Village of Croton-on-Hudson has been rescinded as of June 24, 2021.
 
The Croton-Cortlandt Food Pantry is open on the first and third Saturdays from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. for those who are in need.
 
Hotline Phone Numbers:
  • 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 case: (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 7AM - 10PM, 7 days 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 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.
 

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.
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
 
After providing countless meals to local businesses and first responders, the Croton Meal Train has concluded as of July 17th. Thank you to everyone who has participated!
 

Information from New York State
 
Covid App
 
The Governor has rescinded the state of emergency as of June 24, 2021.
 
New York State has announced the creation of the Raising the NYS Bar Restaurant Recovery Fund. The program is intended to support full-service restaurants – the industry hit hardest by the pandemic – during the winter months when outdoor dining is limited and as restaurants adjust to New York State’s COVID-19 safety restrictions and new mandates. Restaurants can apply to the Rising the NYS Bar Restaurant Recovery Fund starting Monday, January 11, 2021.  ​
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 

The Mid-Hudson region began Phase 4 of reopening on July 7, 2020. During Phase 4, low-risk indoor and outdoor arts and entertainment are allowed to resume. Higher education, media production and professional sports competitions (with no fans) can also resume. Additionally, gatherings of up to 50 people are allowed in Phase 4. For more information, please click here.

For Phase 1 guidance, please click here.
For Phase 2 guidance, please click here.
For Phase 3 guidance, please click here.
 
New York State Department of Financial Services:
New York State Department of Homes & Community Renewal:
New York State Department of Labor
New York State Department of Motor Vehicles:
  • As the COVID-19 state of emergency has come to an end, if you have not yet renewed your expired driver's license, now is the time! Through August 31, 2021, New Yorkers with expired/expiring licenses who don’t have recent vision test results can self-certify that their vision is acceptable and provide additional documentation within a year of renewal. Visit http://dmv.ny.gov/driver-license/how-renew-license to learn more.
New York State Office for the Aging:
New York State Department of Tax & Finance:
  • New York State has extended the state income tax deadline to May 17, 2021 in order to align with the extended federal filing deadline. The NY Department of Tax and Finance will give New Yorkers a 30-day extension to get their state income taxes filed.
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.
 

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.
 

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.
 
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
 
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?


COVID-19 Vaccine Information

New York State is currently allowing universal eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine. All individuals 12 and older can obtain the Pfizer vaccine; all adults 18 and older can obtain the Moderna and J&J vaccines.
 
Vaccines are available at pharmacies, hospitals and through local health departments statewide – please contact your provider of choice to schedule your vaccine appointment:
 
  • Ongoing Vaccine Clinics:
    • Yonkers Vaccination Clinic
      20 S. Broadway, Yonkers
      Mondays and Thursdays, 4-7pm 
      Walk-ins accepted; offers Pfizer and Moderna vaccines
    • White Plains Vaccination Clinic
      134 Court St, White Plains
      Fridays, 10am-1pm
      Walk-ins accepted; offers Pfizer vaccine
Additionally, there is a network of State-run sites distributing vaccine statewide – to determine eligibility and to schedule an appointment through April 16 at New York State-run vaccination sites only, use the Am I Eligible app.

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 to Hudson Valley residents with accessing COVID-19 vaccinations. The directory allows the user to search an interactive map by location type, 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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