Free, authoritative, current resources
- 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
- Westchester County Crisis Prevention and Response Team – (914) 925-5959
- NYS COVID-19 Emotional Support Line – (844) 863-9314
- National Suicide Prevention Hotline – (800) 273-8255
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
What it is, what to do
- What You Need to Know About Coronavirus (In ASL) – NYC Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities
- Plain language explanation of COVID-19 from X-Plain Patient Education
- MedlinePlus: Coronavirus Infections
- Explaining it 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.)
- Westchester County Department of Health
What you can do now
Be informed. Review the resources linked above.
- Washing 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.