CORONAVIRUS EMERGENCY RESPONSE
**NEW: Congress recently passed a $900+ billion COVID-19 relief bill.**
The bill provides dedicated funding for COVID-19 vaccine distribution, assistance for small businesses and schools, enhanced unemployment benefits, support for our farmers, boosts nutrition programs, and triggers an additional round of direct cash payments, among many other provisions. New York State is expected to receive an estimated $54 billion in relief funds from this package.
Read more about the bill here.
If you live in New York’s 18th Congressional District and need assistance, please call Rep. Maloney’s office: 845-561-1259.
HUDSON VALLEY RESOURCES
New York State Coronavirus Hotline:
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- See if COVID-19 vaccination is recommended for you right now.
- Learn more about the different types of COVID-19 vaccines and how they work.
- Learn more about the benefits of getting a COVID-19 vaccination.
- When you go to your appointment, remember to cover your mouth and nose with a mask when you are around others and stay at least 6 feet away from others. Learn more about protecting yourself from COVID-19 during visits to the doctor or a pharmacy.
When You Get Vaccinated:
- You should receive a vaccination card or printout that tells you what COVID-19 vaccine you received, the date you received it, and where you received it.
- You should receive a paper or electronic version of a fact sheet that tells you more about the specific COVID-19 vaccine you are being offered. Each authorized COVID-19 vaccine has its own fact sheet that contains information to help you understand the risks and benefits of receiving that specific vaccine.
- With most COVID-19 vaccines, you will need two shots in order for them to work. Get the second shot even if you have side effects after the first one, unless a vaccination provider or your doctor tells you not to get a second shot.
- Ask your healthcare provider about getting started with v-safe, a free, smartphone-based tool that uses text messaging and web surveys to provide personalized health check-ins after you receive a COVID-19 vaccination. V-safe also reminds you to get your second dose if you need one. Learn more at www.cdc.gov/vsafe.
- It takes time for your body to build protection after any vaccination. COVID-19 vaccines that require 2 shots may not protect you until a week or two after your second shot.
COVID-19 Vaccination Portal
NYS COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline: 1-833-697-4829
Note: This hotline is available to residents of New York State from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., 7 days a week to schedule appointments for eligible residents
WHO CAN GET VACCINATED NOW?
Under New York's expanded eligibility, the following individuals will now be eligible to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment:
Individuals Age 65 and older
First Responders and Support Staff of First Responder Agencies
- State Fire Service, including firefighters and investigators (professional and volunteer)
- Local Fire Service, including firefighters and investigators (professional and volunteer)
Police and Investigators:
- State Police, including Troopers
- State Park Police, DEC Police, Forest Rangers
- SUNY Police
- Sheriffs' Offices
- County Police Departments and Police Districts
- City, Town, and Village Police Departments
- Transit of other Public Authority Police Departments
- State Field Investigators, including Department of Motor Vehicles, State Commission of Correction, Justice Center, Department of Financial Service, Inspector General, Department of Tax and Finance, Office of Children and Family Services, and State Liquor Authority
- Public Safety Communications
- Emergency Communication and Public Safety Answering Point Personnel, including dispatchers and technicians
- Other Sworn and Civilian PersonnelCourt Officers
- Other Police or Peace Officers
- Support of Civilian Staff of any of the above services, agencies or facilities
- State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision Personnel, including correction and parole officers
- Local Correctional Facilities, including correction officers
- Local Probation Departments, including probation officers
- State Juvenile Detention and Rehabilitation Facilities
- Local Juvenile Detention and Rehabilitation Facilities
- P-12 school or school district faculty or staff (includes all teachers, substitute teachers, student teachers, school administrators, paraprofessional staff, and support staff including bus drivers)
- Contractors working in a P-12 school or school district (including contracted bus drivers)
- In-Person College Instructors
- Employees or Support Staff of Licensed, Registered, Approved or Legally Exempt Childcare Setting
- Licensed, Registered, Approved or Legally Exempt Childcare Providers
- In-Person College Instructors
Public-Facing Grocery Store Workers
- Airline and airport employees
- Passenger railroad employees
- Subway and mass transit employees (i.e., MTA, LIRR, Metro-North, NYC Transit, Upstate transit)
- Ferry employees
- Port Authority employees
- Public bus employee
Individuals living in a homeless shelter where sleeping, bathing or eating accommodations must be shared with individuals and families who are not part of your the same household
Individuals working (paid or unpaid) in a homeless shelter where sleeping, bathing or eating accommodations must be shared by individuals and families who are not part of the same household, in a position where there is potential for interaction with shelter residents
RESTRICTIONS WITHIN CLUSTER ZONES
The initiative will divide clusters and the areas around them into three categories with successively higher restrictions within each one: Red Zones, Orange Zones and Yellow Zones.
- On December 10, Governor Cuomo announced new metrics by which micro-cluster focus zones will be determined to help control COVID-19 spread and protect hospital capacity.
- Red Zone: A red zone will be implemented when a region, after the cancellation of elective procedures and a 50 percent increase in hospital capacity, is 21 days away from reaching 90 percent hospital capacity on the current 7-day growth rate.
- Orange Zone: A geographic area will be eligible to an Orange Zone if it has a 4 percent positivity rate (7-day average) over the last 10 days and it is located in a region that has reached 85 percent hospital capacity. Alternatively, a geographic area may also become an Orange Zone if the State Department of Health determines the region’s rate of hospital admissions is unacceptably high and a zone designation is appropriate to control the rate of growth.
- Yellow Zone: A geographic area will be eligible to enter a Yellow Zone if it has a 3 percent positivity rate (7-day average) over the past 10 days and is in the top 10 percent in the state for hospital admissions per capita over the past week and is experiencing week-over-week growth in daily admissions.
- Based on these new metrics, New York State will announce new cluster zones on Monday, December 14.
- Where permitted to operate within the cluster action initiative, businesses and other entities must continue to follow the relevant industry-specific guidelines provided by Department of Health as available on the New York Forward website for their applicable operations and activities.
Find a COVID-19 Testing Location Near You:
Detailed guidance on the state's reopening and safety plan is available at nyforward.gov.
Testing for COVID-19 antibodies is available in New York State. Antibody testing can help determine who has been infected with COVID-19, even if asymptomatic.
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