As weeks have turned into months, we are all doing our best to keep everyone informed and to make sure we all stay healthy and safe.
It is still extremely important that we continue to follow the federal, state, and local directives to socially distance ourselves from one another, wear a mask, wash our hands frequently, sanitize surfaces, and, most importantly, stay home. For more detailed information and continuous updates, please visit the following websites:
Whether you need help getting food, medications, or household essentials or you want to offer help and assistance through monetary donations, collecting or donating goods, volunteering, or more, Dutchess Responds can connect you!
As we face this pandemic together, communicating with you remains a priority. Below you will find some of the latest information about the virus and our efforts to respond to it. Stay Safe. Be Well. We are all in this together.
There are now 230 active cases of COVID-19 in Dutchess County, 153 fatalities, as well as 4,415 individuals who have recovered. The Mid-Hudson regional percentage positive rates is .9%. There are over 431,000 confirmed cases statewide with 492 hospitalizations and 25,305 fatalities. As always, we encourage you to visit our dashboard for the most up to date, verified, local data.
Travel Advisory Update
Earlier this week, the governor updated the list of states from which travelers must quarantine for 14 days, removing Alaska, Arizona, Delaware, Maryland and Montana from the travel quarantine list. There are now 31 states and territories including Guam, on New York’s travel quarantine list.All out-of-state travelers from the designated states and territories must complete a traveler health form upon entering New York, including New York State residents. The form can be accessed HERE. More information about the travel advisory including the updated list of restricted states can be found HERE. For individuals seeking an exemption from the travel advisory should contact TravelAdvisoryExemption@health.ny.gov.
School Reopening Plans
Dutchess County Department of Behavioral & Community Health continues to work closely with school districts to provide guidance and answer questions as local districts make their final decisions regarding reopening, including guidance about testing availability, school nurse virtual training and more. Many school districts have opted to begin the school year remotely and transition to hybrid options after a few weeks; visit your local school district’s website for specific plans. Learn more HERE.
The governor announced fall school sports could begin as early as September 21st. Lower-risk sports, including soccer, field hockey, cross country, tennis and swimming, can practice and play/compete as of September 21st. Higher-risk sports, including football, volleyball, wrestling, hockey and others, may begin practicing on September 21st, but not compete in games until a later date or December 31st. The New York State Public High School Athletic Association is expected to release more specific guidance/direction soon. More information is available HERE. Statewide guidance related to sports and recreation can be accessed HERE.
Gyms & Fitness Centers
As you know from the update last Friday, gyms and fitness centers were permitted by NYS to re-open this past Monday so long as they adhere to the state's strict guidelines. NYS requires county departments of health perform an inspection of each facility within two weeks of re-opening; Dutchess County's inspection report is attached for your information. There are at least 49 gyms and fitness centers, not including hotel and residential facilities. Assistant County Executive Ron Hicks may reach out to ask if your building inspector could assist with the inspection of larger facilities.
Dutchess Frontline Award
Don’t forget, County Executive Molinaro is seeking nominations for the “Dutchess Frontline Award.” Dutchess County is blessed with countless residents who have gone above and beyond since this pandemic began, this award seeks to acknowledge their service. You can nominate a resident online at //dutchessny.gov/DutchessFrontline.
Update from Governor Cuomo (September 1, 2020):
Governor Cuomo Announces New State Guidance for Agritourism Businesses as Fall Approaches: Agritourism PDF
Governor Cuomo has partnered with New Jersey Governor Murphy and Connecticut Governor Lamont to create a joint travel advisory for individuals traveling from states with significant community spread of COVID-19, requiring a quarantine for 14 days when visiting their states.
Based on each region's infection rate, schools across New York State are permitted to open this fall but each school district must have a testing and tracing plan and will decide if an in-person v. hybrid model works best for them while following strict Department of Health Guidance.
Beginning September 21, lower-risk school sports may begin statewide; with travel for practice or play prohibited outside of the school's region or contiguous regions until October 19.
The State Police and State Liquor Authority are leading a task force to investigate and shut down establishments not complying with the safety standards of the state.
To report violations of health and safety restrictions and requirements for businesses, gatherings and individuals, please choose the appropriate link below:
Go to forward.ny.gov to find out: Which phase of reopening your region is in; the industry guidance for each phase; regional dashboards for monitoring how the virus is being contained; and information on loans for small businesses.
New Yorkers without health insurance can apply through NY State of Health through September 15, 2020; must apply within 60 days of losing coverage.
Health care workers can text NYFRONTLINE to 741-741 to access 24/7 emotional support services. Any New Yorker can call the COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline at 1-844-863-9314 for mental health counseling.
• Meals on Wheels of Greater Hyde Park has been providing meals to seniors since the mid-70s. Meals on Wheels is available to residents within the Hyde Park Central School District or the village of Rhinebeck. Delivered meals are available on a continuing basis for mature adults who find it hard to plan, shop, and prepare nutritious meals for themselves. The are also available on a short term basis for people of any age recovering from surgery or other temporary conditions.
• The Hyde Park Central School District’sFree and/or Reduced Meals for Students Program has been continuing to provide meals for students in need. To contact, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (845) 229-4006. For more information and future updates, please click the link below:
• The Hyde Park Food Pantry is open Fridays from 9:30 to 11:30 and operates at 28 Harvey St. (in back of Regina Coeli Church). The pantry serves all residents of the Hyde Park School District by providing a 3-day supply of nutritious food for each family member. For more information, please visit their website, call (845) 233-4057, or send a private message:
• The Reach Out Church Food Pantry is open Fridays from 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm. They are located at 241 Crum Elbow Road and could use some strong volunteers. Call (845) 876-4228 for information about volunteering, and click below for income guidelines, identification requirements, and instructions for first time visitors:
• The Hyde Park Baptist Church Food Pantry operates on Wednesdays from 9 am to approximately 4 pm. (depending on supplies). They are located at 10 Romans Road. For more information and/or to volunteer, please call (845) 229-9150.
The various Hyde Park Food Pantries greatly depend upon the resources of the Northeastern Regional Food Bank (link). They are currently looking for volunteers and donations. To donate, please click the Donate button below:
In addition, if you know of someone in a neighboring town who might need help getting food, Dutchess Outreach (link), provides information on Food Pantries and Meal Programs all across the county.
Hyde Park Food Establishments
Hyde Park businesses are resources for our Town during this time and we should support them to the extent we are able to. While all Hyde Park restaurants are closed to in-house customers, many are offering takeout service (including curbside pickup) and some are offering delivery. We have created a list of restaurants, delis, and other food establishments that are currently offering one or more of these services. We will be continually updating the list to reflect any changes in service.
If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, the CDC recommends you call ahead to your primary care doctor or urgent care so that they can take necessary precautions upon your arrival. Do NOT go directly to the hospital unless you are in distress.
Don’t forget the 2020 census is now open online at my2020census.gov. By now you should have received your letter with your unique ID code. Simply go to the website and enter your code.
Note: People with P.O. Boxes will get a census delivered in person at some point, but timing is uncertain due to Covid-19. The easiest thing to do is go online, even without a code and click Start Questionnaire. Scroll down and click where it says:
If you do not have a Census ID, click here.
You will then be able to fill out your form by submitting your address.