Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) – What to do. Where to learn more.

Free, authoritative, current resources

Hotline Phone Numbers

COVID-19 specific inquiries

  • People under self-quarantine or exposure to known case, call (866) 588-0195
  • NYS Department of Health COVID-19 Hotline –  (888) 364-3065.  Call this number if you are inquiring about testing.
  • Westchester County COVID-19 Information – Call 211

County support services

    • Westchester County Crisis Prevention and Response Team – (914) 925-5959
    • Emergency Operations Center (914) 864-5450

Mental Health and Emotional Support

    • NYS COVID-19 Emotional Support Line – (844) 863-9314
    • National Suicide Prevention Hotline – (800) 273-8255

Domestic Violence Helpline – Text 844-997-2121 or visit www.opdv.ny.gov to confidentially chat with a professional at any time of day or night. 

SCAM Alert

There are no home testing kits.  If you are called with an offer for a kit – hang up.  It is a scam.  There are also a number of phishing emails (i.e., attempts to steal your password) purporting to offer information on COVID-19 from authoritative sources.  Don’t click on the embedded links or attachments.  Learn more at the NYS Attorney General website

See also the Senior Medicare Patrol Fraud Alert

Specific issues related to the disruptions caused by COVID-19

What you can do now

Be informed.  Review the resources linked above.

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoiding touching your face, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick
  • Cleaning and disinfecting surfaces that you frequently touch
  • Covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue. Then throw away the tissue and wash your hands.
  • Staying home when sick

Seriously.  Wash your hands.  Watch the video from the CDC on hand-washing how-tos and listen to this catchy hand washing tune from Vietnam if you need inspiration.