Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information and Resources Page
Friday, March 27, 2020
Coronavirus Information and Resources Page
We are in uncharted territory with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The situation changes by the hour as new information and directives come out. As much as possible we are trying to provide links to trusted source information so that you can check the most up-to-date information.
New York State has a "Stay-at-Home" (PAUSE) directive!
What is "Stay-at-Home" or PAUSE?
In general, this means that people would not be allowed to leave their homes except for essentials such as groceries and medicine or emergencies. Businesses that do not provide essential services must close and send workers home. Businesses considered essential could include grocery stores, restaurants that do take out service, pharmacies, and hardware stores. Public transportation will continue to operate to get nurses, doctors, law enforcement officers, and other essential personnel where they need to go. Everyone else: Limit the use of public transportation to only when necessary.
For details, visit the NYC Department of Health website: nyc.gov/site/doh/health/health-topics/coronavirus.page
The Murray Hill Neighborhood Association will follow Federal, NYS and NYC guidelines during the COVID19 outbreak and will update our website and other channels of communication if there are any changes. All events are canceled until at least April 14.
The Murray Hill Neighborhood Association extends an offer to members: contact us if you need assistance during the COVID-19 outbreak, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 212-886-5867.
Visit the Centers for Disease Control website for advice on how to prevent COVID-19.
New York State's webpage: health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/coronavirus and health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/coronavirus/prepare.htm
NYC's Department of Health webpage: www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/health/health-topics/coronavirus also nyc.gov/coronavirus
Know How it Spreads
- There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
- The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
- The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
- Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
- Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
Take steps to protect yourself
- Clean your hands often
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
Take steps to protect others
- Stay home if you’re sick
- Cover coughs and sneezes
- Wear a facemask if you are sick
- Clean and disinfect
Over the counter fever reducers like tylenol, acetaminophen or ibuprofen are good to have in your home first aid box. Masks are still in short supply. Priority is being given to health care professionals and first responders.
"Talking can spread COVID-19" Watch this CDC video explaining how the COVID-19 virus is transmitted by those without symptoms. youtube.com/watch?v=qzARpgx8cvE&feature=youtu.be
If you have non-emergency issues related to COVID-19 call the COVID-19 hotlines that are available or you can call 311. The 24-hour state hotline number is 1-888-364-3065, the number for vulnerable New Yorkers to call about testing is 1-844-NYC-4NYC.
Mental health resources
NYC Well, a confidential 24/7 helpline, staffed by trained counselors. They can provide brief counseling and referrals to care in over 200 languages. Call 888-NYC-WELL (888-692-9355), text "WELL" to 65173, chat at NYC.gov/nycwell.
Free online mental health services. New Yorkers can call the state's hotline at 1-844-863-9314 to schedule a free appointment.
ThriveNYC Mental Health Services: thrivenyc.cityofnewyork.us/mental_health_support_while_home
Coping with stress during an infectious disease outbreak: www1.nyc.gov/assets/doh/downloads/pdf/imm/coping-with-stress-disease-outbreak.pdf
Domestic violence resources
All shelters are operating and hotlines are available 24/7.
- National Domestic Violence Hotline: call 1-800-799-7233 (TTY: 1-800-799-7233), log onto http://thehotline.org, or text LOVEIS to 22522
- Safe Horizon: call 1-800-621-HOPE or visit http://Safehorizon.org/SafeChat to speak with an advocate; all Domestic Violence Shelters are operating.
Open for delivery/pickup and catering (partial listing)
Due to the changing situation, call or check their website for updates. If the restaurant offers gift certificates, you can purchase them to show your support. Please tip delivery personnel generously.
With the "stay-at-home" directive, only "essential" businesses are open to the public at their brick-and-mortar locations. Many are conducting business online. They may be using technology solutions for online conferencing. Visit their webstite or call for an appointment if you need to use their services.
Closed until further notice. Please check their websites for updates.