ROCKLAND COUNTY LEGISLATURE COVID-19 REFERENCE GUIDE

Legislator Alden H. Wolfe, Chairman

Please note: This continues to be a fluid situation and some or all of this information is subject to change.

COVID-19 REMAINS A HEALTH THREAT IN NEW YORK STATE.

WEAR A MASK, MAINTAIN 6 FEET DISTANCE IN PUBLIC, WASH YOUR HANDS WITH SOAP AND WATER FREQUENTLY, AVOID SMALL AND LARGE GATHERINGS

COVID-19 Information:

Contact your doctor or the state hotline if you or your family develop symptoms of the virus, which can include a cough, fever, shortness of breath, muscle aches, loss of appetite, diarrhea, and/or loss of smell or taste.

- The New York State Department of Health's 24-hour hotline is ‪1-888-364-3065‬. An expert will answer your answer questions about COVID-19, including testing. ‬‬‬‬‬

- Rockland County's COVID-19 Hotline is also available from 8 a.m to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 845-238-1956. You can also send an email: 

COVID-19 Vaccines

Three vaccines have been authorized by the FDA.

- The first, developed by Pfizer and BioNTech, was approved unanimously by New York State's independent COVID-19 Clinical Advisory Task Force on December 10 and formally authorized by the FDA on December 11, 2020.

- The second, developed by Moderna, was authorized by the FDA and approved unanimously by the Clinical Advisory Task Force on December 18, 2020.

- The third, developed by Johnson & Johnson/Janssen, was authorized by the FDA on Feb. 27, 2021. 

The vaccination process will take time. Wear a mask, social distance and avoid small and large gatherings.

Pfizer announced in February that it would provide a total of 300 million doses of its two-shot vaccine for use in the U.S. in 2021. Moderna announced in February that would provide 300 million doses of its two-shot vaccine for use in the U.S. in 2021. Johnson & Johnson said it plans to deliver 100 million single-shot vaccines to the U.S. during the first half of 2021.

Who Is Eligible For A Vaccine?

You must determine if you are eligible to get vaccinated before you can make an appointment. All vaccinations require an appointment in advance.

Go here to determine if you are eligible for the vaccine, which will be distributed in phases: https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/

Where Can Rockland County residents get vaccinated?

The state requires certain eligible groups to be vaccinated at specific locations:

- Hospitals must continue to prioritize unvaccinated health care workers from the 1a group but may vaccinate any eligible person in 1a or 1b.

- Retail pharmacies or physician network or practice groups, after vaccinating their own patient-facing staff, should only vaccinate persons aged 60 years or older.

- Local Health Departments must prioritize the essential worker population in 1b who live or work in New York State.

Go here for the Vaccination location list: https://rocklandgov.com/departments/health/coronavirus-covid-19/vaccine-allocation/

Check on your eligibility here:  https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/

Help For Senior Citizens

The Rockland County Office for the Aging is assisting Rockland County residents age 65 and older in making appointments and can arrange for transportation to the appointment. For help, call 845-364-2110 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Spanish and Creole speakers are available. Please be patient if the phone bank is busy helping other residents.

COVID-19 Cluster:

No portion of Rockland County is under additional COVID-19 Cluster Restrictions. 

Go to the New York State Zone Address Lookup Tool to determine if other areas in NY state are within a Yellow, Orange or Red Zone and subject to the Governor's restrictions: https://forward.ny.gov/

Go here for the restrictions: https://forward.ny.gov/cluster-action-initiative

Testing Information

• For a list of testing sites, including sites conducting antibody testing, go to the New York State Mobile Testing page at https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-testing#mobile-testing

The site also tells you what to do if you test positive.

Rockland's COVID-19 Numbers

Visit the Rockland County COVID-19 Dashboard to find out how many people have been tested, the number of positive results, hospitalizations, fatalities and other information, broken down by zip code and place: https://rockland-covid-19-portal-rockland.hub.arcgis.com/

Travel Guidelines

Travel guidelines allowing out-of-state travelers to "test out" of the mandatory 10-day quarantine are in effect. Travelers from states that are contiguous with New York (including New Jersey and Connecticut) will continue to be exempt from the travel advisory; however they must continue to fill out the Traveler Health Form. Go here for details on the new guidelines, including online forms: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-travel-advisory

Travelers from non-contiguous states face other rules. Visit the link above for more information.

Health Insurance:

The state deadline has been extended. New Yorkers without health insurance can apply through NY State of Health through May 15, 2021. Go here: https://nystateofhealth.ny.gov/

Visitors to Rockland County Government Facilities

Please go here for information regarding protocols for county government employees and visitors to county government facilities: https://rocklandgov.com/rockland-forward/

Help for Small Businesses, including the Nonprofit Community:

Assistance is available to help small businesses, including the non-profit community.

The new York State Department of Financial Services information and resources for consumers and small businesses during the COVID-19 emergency can be found here: https://www.dfs.ny.gov/consumers/coronavirus

Go to the U.S. Small Business Administration's website for a full menu of programs and assistance opportunities. Here is the link: https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources#section-header-0

The Rockland County Department of Economic Development & Tourism has also created a page with significant resources for business & nonprofits. Go here: https://rocklandgov.com/covid-19-resources-for-business-and-nonprofits/

Unemployment Information:

The best way to file a new unemployment insurance claim or to check in the status of an existing claim is to visit the New York State Department of Labor website. Please note that the website has contact information in multiple languages. Visit the State Labor Department here: https://www.labor.ny.gov/home/

Department of Motor Vehicles

The West Haverstraw DMV Office is currently open for mail-in and drop box processing and for limited in-person transactions BY RESERVATION ONLY.

If the service you seek is offered online, you MUST complete it online.

The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles has two self-service kiosks available in Rockland County, from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily at the ShopRite in New City (66 N. Main St.) and the ShopRite in Airmont (250 Route 59).

Kiosk Services Available:
Vehicle Registration Renewals & Duplicates; Boat & Snowmobile Registration Renewals; License & Non-Driver ID Renewals; License, Permit, & Non-Driver ID Duplicates; License Address changes; Driver Responsibility Assessment Payments; Driver Abstracts.

Go here for more information, including fees and forms: https://dmv.ny.gov/more-info/dmv-reopening-guidance

Go here for the Rockland County-specific services (scroll down to Rockland County): https://dmv.ny.gov/offices/dmv-office-locations

Schools - COVID-19 Report Card

Schools across New York State were permitted to open in the fall of 2020, with each school district required to file a testing and tracing plan and each able to decide if an in-person versus a hybrid model works best for them while following New York State Department of Health guidance.

As cases of COVID-19 have increased or decreased, schools have had to adjust, including some that switched to online-only until cases decreased. This situation is expected to continue for the foreseeable future. 

What about your child's school? You can find out the daily status of your child's school in terms of positive case numbers, teaching models, enrollment and more by visiting the New York State COVID-19 Report Card website: https://schoolcovidreportcard.health.ny.gov/#/home

Schools - High-Risk Sports & Recreation

Go here for the Rockland County Health Department's guidance documents: https://rocklandgov.com/download_file/view/16019/4235/4132/

COVID-19 Website Resources:

Food Assistance:

If you or someone you know is in need of food, please visit the Rockland Community Against Hunger website at http://www.Rocklandhunger.org/ to find a food pantry or feeding program near you. Information is updated regularly as to when these pantries are open. You can also call RCAH at (845) 268-8034.

General Information About Health & Human Services:

  • For local information and resources call 2-1-1. United Way's 2-1-1 Helpline is a free, confidential, multilingual service to assist the public in finding the answers to a variety of Health and Human Services related questions, including food assistance. It is open 365 days a year. Just call 2-1-1 or visit http://www.hudson211.org/cms/

Mental Health Help

If you need to talk, please call:

  • The Mental Health Association of Rockland County at (845) 589-0671 to receive emotional support and/or resources. You can call weekdays, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • The New York State COVID-19 Emotional Support Helpline at ‪1-844-863-9314‬. You can call 7 days a week from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.‬‬‬‬‬
  • The Rockland County Department of Mental Health at ‪845-364-2955‬. You can call Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. ‬‬‬‬‬

Rockland County Health Department Orders regarding isolation, quarantine, what employers must do, and what workers must do to be able to return to work:

  • For the orders and for Health Department fact sheets (which summarize the orders), go to
    https://rocklandgov.com **Click on the health department's COVID-19 page.**

Domestic Violence Help:

According to the experts, being in isolation, quarantine and staying at home in general places the target of domestic violence in even greater danger.

From the National Domestic Violence Hotline: Here's how COVID-19 could uniquely impact intimate partner violence survivors:

  • Abusive partners may withhold necessary items, such as hand sanitizer or disinfectants.
  • Abusive partners may share misinformation about the pandemic to control or frighten survivors, or to prevent them from seeking appropriate medical attention if they have symptoms.
  • Abusive partners may withhold insurance cards, threaten to cancel insurance, or prevent survivors from seeking medical attention if they need it.
  • Programs that serve survivors may be significantly impacted –- shelters may be full or may even stop intakes altogether. Survivors may also fear entering shelter because of being in close quarters with groups of people.
  • Survivors who are older or have chronic heart or lung conditions may be at increased risk in public places where they would typically get support, like shelters, counseling centers, or courthouses.
  • Travel restrictions may impact a survivor's escape or safety plan – it may not be safe for them to use public transportation or to fly.
  • An abusive partner may feel more justified and escalate their isolation tactics.

The organization recommends that survivors create a safety plan, practice self-care and reach out for assistance.

  • The National Domestic Violence Hotline: Available 24 hours a day. Call 1-800-799-7233 or 1-800-787-3224 for TTY, or if you're unable to speak safely, you can log onto thehotline.org or text LOVEIS to 22522.
  • The New York State Domestic & Sexual Violence Hotline: Available 24 hours a day. Call 1 (800) 942-6906. Deaf & hard of hearing, call 711.
  • Rockland County: Center for Safety and Change (845) 634-3344 - Provides both residential and non-residential domestic violence services. 24-hour hotline.

Face Masks

  • The governor issued an executive order requiring all people in New York to wear masks or face coverings in public, including when taking public or private transportation or riding in for-hire vehicles (taxis, Uber, Lyft, etc.), when shopping, or whenever social distancing proves impractical or impossible.
  • An executive order also directs employers to provide essential workers with face masks free of charge to wear when interacting with the public.
  • The governor has issued an Executive Order authorizing businesses to deny entry to individuals not wearing masks or face-coverings.
  • Face masks are required if you want to use public transportation, including riding buses in Rockland.

Concerns About Non-Compliance

Complaints can be made 24 hours a day, 7 days a week online or by phone:

-- Go here to file a complaint against your employer or place of work: https://labor.ny.gov/workerprotection/laborstandards/coronavirus-complaints.shtm

-- Go here to file a complaint about a business, location or incident in your community: https://mylicense.custhelp.com/app/ask

-- Call 1-833-789-0470.

Compiled by Laura Incalcaterra, Communications Director, Rockland County Legislature. Any updates or suggestions? Please send to incalcal@co.rockland.ny.us or call (845) 638-5184.

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