As days have turned into weeks, 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, 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!
Specific industries listed out in Phase 1 of reopening.
Guidelines for each industry that include mandatory practices and recommended best practices to provide safe working environments for employees.
An affirmation of the guidelines that businesses must submit online as well as print out a hard copy to post conspicuously for all employees to see. NOTE: Essential businesses currently operating must do this as well to continue operating.
Business safety plan templates specific to each industry that businesses can use or develop their own in accordance with the guidelines. These safety plans must be printed and posted conspicuously on premises. The business safety plan do not need to be submitted for state approval but must be made available to NYS DOH or local authorities upon inspection. NOTE: Essential businesses currently operating must do this as well to continue operating.
Long Island, Capital Region, Western New York and Mid-Hudson Valley Regions have met all seven metrics required to begin phase one of the state’s regional phased reopening plan; Central New York, Finger Lakes, Mohawk Valley, North Country and Southern Tier can enter phase two.
New York City will enter phase one of reopening on June 8.
Governor Cuomo announced the implementation of a new early warning dashboard to monitor and review how the virus is being contained on an ongoing basis.
New York State and local governments will provide death benefits for frontline workers who died from COVID-19 during this emergency.
The state is continuing to direct resources and focus efforts on reducing the spread of COVID-19 in lower-income and predominately minority neighborhoods.
Governor Cuomo issued an Executive Order authorizing businesses to deny entry to individuals not wearing masks or face-coverings.
The winners of the Wear a Mask New York Ad Contest are: "We Heart New York" created by Bunny Lake Films and "You Can Still Smile" by Natalia Bougadellis and Emory Parker.
The $100M New York Forward Loan Fund will provide loans to small businesses, focusing on minority and women owned small businesses, that did not receive federal COVID-19 assistance.
The New York State sales tax filing deadline has been extended to June 22, 2020.
Governor Cuomo issued executive orders 202.17 and 202.18 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.
New Yorkers without health insurance can apply through NY State of Health through June 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.
New Yorkers can call the COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline at 1-844-863-9314 for mental health counseling.
Testing is free for all eligible New Yorkers as ordered by a health care provider.
Dutchess County Encouraging Everyone to Wear Cloth Masks:
The Town of Hyde Park has created a Community Outreach Line: 845-366-9958. It is not a Hotline for emergencies*. It is a place where you can leave a message and let us know if you or someone else is in need of something: Help with food deliveries, a mask, prescription pickups, information about local Food Pantries, etc. We have an extremely limited number of volunteers**, so we will try our best to meet your needs.
Please speak slowly and clearly when leaving your name and phone number. Repeating your phone number would be helpful.
*For emergencies, please call 911. For further information related to Covid-19, please call the Dutchess County Hotline: 845-486-3555, or the New York State Hotline: 1-888-364-3065.
Town Hall Continues to be Closed
In keeping with the directives of Governor Cuomo to limit the spread of the COVID-19, Town Hall has been closed to the public until at least May 15, 2020. Employees are either working remotely or within closed town hall.
The following are the contact numbers for each department:
(Some numbers will provide a live response, while others may require you to leave a message, and your call will be returned).
The Hyde Park Transfer Station on the Highway Department hill (1146 NY-9G) is temporarily closed. Please contact Royal Carting for more information: (845) 896-6000
Looking for Volunteers
We are still looking for volunteers to help out our citizens who may need help during this crisis. This includes calling our homebound seniors who might need help shopping for groceries and picking up medications. If you are interested in volunteering, please click the link below:
However, we are also asking you to go to the Dutchess Responds webpage and add your name to their volunteer list. Dutchess already has the infrastructure in place to safely and speedily help people in need of food and medicine. We will keep recruiting volunteers as it is possible we will need a Plan B should the county get overwhelmed.
• 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.
STAY HOME. STOP THE SPREAD. SAVE LIVES.
We are all in this together.
Aileen Rohr Town Supervisor Town of Hyde Park, New York