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.
- Explicación en lenguaje sencillo de COVID-19
- Información del departamento de salud de Westchester
- Sobre el COVID-19 Condado De Westchester Condado De Westchester Información De Salud Y Recursos Comunitarios (New York Medical College)
- El directorio de traducción sólo en español, con nuevo material investigado únicamente en beneficio de los miembros de la comunidad de habla hispana (Centro para el envejecimiento en el lugar)
- Información de Los Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades (CDC)
- Información de la Organización Mundial de la Salud
- COVID-19 Recursos Para Adultos Mayores y sus Cuidadores (National Council on Aging)
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
What it is, what to do
- Plain language explanation of COVID-19 from X-Plain Patient Education (April 2020)
- MedlinePlus: Coronavirus Infections
- What You Need to Know About Coronavirus (In ASL) – NYC Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities
- Explaining COVID-19 to Children:
- What to do if you are sick
- New York State Department of Health: Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) (Includes information on P.A.U.S.E.)
- NYS Statistics and Trends
- Westchester County Department of Health
- COVID-19 Westchester County Health Information & Community Resources (New York Medical College)
- Westchester Pandemic Older Adult Community Resource Guide (Center for Aging in Place, includes large print version)
- Changes to public transportation services (4/8/2020)
- Consumer Reports
- New York Times free daily briefing
- LoHud Corona Virus coverage
- Consumer Lab (to check supplement safety before/if you buy; library card needed)
- National Association for Older Adults COVID-19 Resource Center
Specific issues related to the disruptions caused by COVID-19
- Can’t pay rent? HelloLandlord can help you write a letter to your landlord, based on your rights under the CARES Act. Also see this presentation by Legal Services of Hudson Valley on the Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act of 2019.
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.