COVID-19 Updates & Information
Updated: May 5, 2020
Here are quick links to COVID-19 and/or community related resources - we will keep this updated.
Center for Disease Control (CDC) - Includes health information
IRS - Keep up-to-date on taxes
Census 2020 - Keep up-to-date on Census
New York State resources for COVID-19:
Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Hotline: 1-888-364-3065
Contact for those exposed or in self-quarantine: 1-866-588-0195
NYS Department of Labor - Pandemic Unemployment Assistance - If you need assistance in filing a claim for unemployment, please call the New Rochelle Community Action Partnership at 914-636-3050, case managers are able to assist you via phone
Eviction protections for residents and business (to be updated)
Westchester County resources for COVID-19:
Community Mental Health Resources - just added - 3/25
The Catalyst Coronavirus Updates - Business resources - including information about small businesses association disaster loans
New Rochelle City resources for COVID-19
New Rochelle School Board - Includes updates on food distribution at school sites
New Rochelle Public Library - stay connected through the NRPL
The coronavirus (or COVID-19) is affecting us as New Rochelle is at the center of coronavirus on the East Coast. We send our best wishes to anyone who has family or friends in quarantine, who is affected in terms of employment, or even for those of us who are afraid. We are all unsure about sending ourselves and our families to work, to school, or gatherings. We are concerned as the Census is upon us, activities for elections are in full swing. Please stay tuned for information on activities that can be done from home or in smaller groups.
New Rochelle Coronavirus Press Conference - March 10
One of the reasons why news of coronavirus is feeling stressful is the utter lack of leadership in the White House. We want to assure you that there IS leadership at the State, County, and City level. Communications channels with officials are open, and we will be sharing information with you as plans and next steps come together. Be assured that there is a big push and energy going toward increased virus testing capacity at the State level. We will pass along suggestions as how we can help those who are vulnerable, both physically and economically.
Who is making decisions?
Response to this virus involves all layers of government. The Federal Agencies -- the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) and the CDC (Center for Disease Control) -- determine which type of virus test can be used for diagnostics, and which facilities can perform the tests. They also provide guidance on who should be tested. The State, County, and City then use this information in their decisions on how to perform tests and whom to quarantine.
Bookmark these websites from the City, County, State, and Federal agencies to help stay informed:
New York State Department of Health - Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - There is now a hotline (1-888-364-3065) to take your questions. You can also find press communications in which Governor Cuomo demands accountability from the CDC for hindering testing.
Westchester County Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) - The County will provide instructions that affect us the most. Their preventative measures section is excellent.
New Rochelle Coronavirus Update - The city site will reiterate many of the others and inform us of local cancelled events.
New Rochelle School District - The New Rochelle School District’s front page has school-specific information.