Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

CoronavirusThis page contains the latest information about the City of Newburgh government's coronavirus response.

Last updated April 15, 2021

City of Newburgh government is working to ensure public safety and prioritize the health and welfare of residents and visitors. We are doing our part to reduce circles of exposure in our community.

City Government

COVID-19 is affecting City of Newburgh government operations. Click for updates on department operations, building access, city-sponsored events, boards and commissions, how to reach departments, parking regulations, and how to pay bills while offices are not open for visitors.

On Monday 3/16/20 the City Manager declared a State of Emergency in Newburgh

In April and May, information was mailed to households in the City of Newburgh to help people understand the virus and take precautions to keep our community safe. Read the April mailing and the May mailing.

People who have questions about government operations are encouraged to reach out to departments directly or call the City Manager's office at 845-569-7301.

COVID- 19 Vaccine

The CDC and FDA recently recommended a pause in the use of Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.

Learn more and get answers to your questions.

New York State will distribute the COVID-19 vaccine in phases based on need and risk. 

Vaccine Eligible

  • People age 16 and over
    • Only the Pfizer/BioNtech has been cleared for 16 and 17-year-olds
    • Those ages 18 and older can receive the Moderna, or Pfizer/BioNtech vaccine
  • Reside in New York State
  • Work in New York State
  • Study in New York State

See the full list of who is eligible for the COVID Vaccine.

Am I Eligible Form

You can fill out an online form to find out if you are eligible to receive the vaccine.

State Vaccination Hotline

If you are not able to fill out the form online, you can call the state vaccination hotline which is open 7 days a week from 7 am to 10 pm to schedule an appointment at 833-697-4829.

Vaccine Notification Request Form: Orange County has developed a Vaccine Notification Request form to provide updates, via email, phone call, and/or postal mail to those who are interested in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine as it becomes available. If you are unable to fill the form online please call the Orange County Office for the Aging at 845-615-3700 or dial 845-291-2330 for registration assistance.

Please consult your treating medical provider as to whether or not to proceed with vaccination.

Free Transportation Services to COVID-19 Vaccine Appointments

City of Newburgh residents can schedule a free ride to and from a vaccination appointment within 30 miles of the City of Newburgh. Advance reservation is required and can be arranged by calling the City's Fire Department Dispatch at 845-569-7420. 

Vaccine appointment locations include:

  • Local pharmacies
  • Doctor's offices
  • Pop-up locations
  • State-run mass vaccination sites at SUNY Orange in Middletown and Ulster County Fairgrounds in New Paltz.

COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions

  • View answers to important questions about the FDA-approved vaccines to help make your decision.
  • Learn the difference between the vaccines.
  • Protecting yourself and others after you've been fully vaccinated for COVID-19.

Travel Guidelines

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expanding the requirement for a negative COVID-19 test to all air passengers entering the United States effective Tuesday, January 26, 2021. Learn more.

Economic Assistance/Businesses/Workforce Support

  • Local Business: Our local businesses are important to the health of our community. Resources are available to help them navigate regulations and benefits. Learn more.
  • Technology for Virtual Meetings and Gatherings: We compiled a list of resources to support businesses, faith groups, or anyone who is navigating the transition to virtual gatherings. Find details.
  • Workforce Support and Benefits: Workers may qualify for financial assistance due to workforce disruptions caused by COVID-19. Information about worker benefits can be found.
  • Support Local Businesses: Our local businesses are adapting to rules to encourage social distancing and minimize the spread of COVID-19. We urge the community to continue to support them in this time of need. A list of local businesses and their operations is maintained

Social Services/Food

  • Nonprofits and Community Advocacy: Social services organizations are serving our community's most vulnerable residents. Find a list of social services organizations and nonprofits in Newburgh
  • Food Security: Food pantries, phone hotlines, and occasional bulk food events are operating in our community. Please share this information with people who are in need. We maintain a list of these resources and it is updated frequently.
  • COVID-19 Community Needs Survey: City of Newburgh Planning and Development staff along with Habitat Newburgh are surveying local non-profit service providers to gather a comprehensive inventory of community needs, available services, and gaps in funding and resources related to COVID-19. The survey is open to City of Newburgh nonprofits including food pantries.
  • COVID Rent Relief Program: Effective 12/18 and until Monday, February 1, 2021, applications will be accepted for the New York State COVID Rent Relief Program through HCR which will provide eligible households with rental subsidy that will be sent directly to the household's landlord. HCR will re-evaluate all applications that were denied according to the new criteria and issue revised determination letters to applicants. Applicants will not need to repay this assistance. Approval will be prioritized for applicants who are in the greatest need or who are facing homelessness. Read more on the NY Homes and Community Renewal website.
  • Health and Safety Resources: We want the public to be aware of the steps each of us can take to reduce transmission of COVID-19. Health organizations are working around the clock to ensure people can get assistance for medical and mental health needs. Find information on our Health Resources webpage.

Newburgh Initiatives

Know Your Rights - Tenant Rights

City of Newburgh residents interested in learning more about their rights as tenants can register for a series of Know Your Rights sessions, which will be provided over the coming months. The sessions will be four hours long, split into twenty minute time slots. Tenants will be meeting one-on-one, by ZOOM or by phone.

General information will be provided during the one-on-one meetings, including information about protections for tenants enacted in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency. Tenants interested in legal advice or assistance beyond the general information presented in the meetings will be invited to conduct an intake with Legal Services of the Hudson Valley. No intake is required to schedule an appointment for a one-on-one meeting. To reserve a spot, please call 845-569-9110, ext. 200.

Newburgh Courthouse

The NY State Court System remains open to address essential and critical needs of the public. Call the courthouse for details: 845-483-8100. The building at 300 Broadway is closed to the public.

Schools

Newburgh Enlarged City School District: NECSD continues communicating with scholars and families while schools are closed. Information is available online for meals, technology needs, continued and additional learning, and social/emotional wellness.

Government Updates

Orange County Government

Resources and updates from multiple Orange County Departments.

Orange County Executive Steven Neuhaus

Provides updates on the State of Emergency in Orange County and how that affects us all.

NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo

Updates on developments in New York State

Presidential Primary Elections

NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo issued an Executive Order regarding the upcoming federal Presidential Primary election. The order outlines the postponement and rescheduling of the primary from April 28, 2020 to June 23, 2020. Read the Executive Order on Governor Cuomo's website. Executive Order 202.26 requires Boards of Elections in New York State to send every eligible voter an Absentee Ballot Application for the election to be held on June 23, 2020. The Orange County Board of Elections recommends using these in lieu of visiting your assigned poll site on June, 23, 2020. If you are registered to vote in Orange County and have not received your ballot in the mail, reach out to the Orange County Board of Elections at .

Regional Updates

MTA Metro-North Railroad

Substitute busing for Newburgh-Beacon and Haverstraw-Ossining ferry customers was discontinued effective May 4, 2020. Newburgh-Beacon and Haverstraw-Ossining ferry service also remains temporarily suspended until further notice. Free parking is available at the Beacon station. For information, see the MTA poster on this topic.

2-1-1 Hudson Valley Region

United Way's 2-1-1 helpline is a free, confidential, multilingual service to assist the public with health and human services related questions. It is open 365 days a year.

Utilities

Orange and Rockland and Central Hudson are not disconnecting utilities due to economic hardship. It is recommended to call them to advise them that you are experiencing a hardship.

  • Orange and Rockland: 877-434-4100
  • Central Hudson: 845-452-2700
  • NYSEG: 800-572-1111

Be Aware of Scams

Unfortunately, criminals are attempting to exploit COVID-19 worldwide through a variety of scams.

There have been reports of:

  • Phishing emails from entities posing as the World Health Organization or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Malicious websites and apps that appear to share virus-related information to gain and lock access to your devices until payment is received
  • People seeking donations fraudulently for illegitimate or non-existent charitable organizations
  • "Person in need" scams
  • Scams offering a vaccine, cure, air filters, or test kits
  • Scams targeting Social Security benefits
  • Offers of grants and emergency funding

If something doesn't feel right, take notes and do your research before sharing personal information or sending a payment. Learn more about COVID-19-related scams from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

In April, the IRS began issuing COVID-19 stimulus payments. If you need to check your payment, use only this tool from the IRS. Be aware of fake check scams, phone calls or email phishing scams that aim to steal your personal information.

  • The vast majority of people don't need to take any action to get their payments.
  • The IRS will not contact you via phone, text, or email to collect personal information.
  • No one has early access to this money. Anyone who claims to is a scammer.

Criminals will likely continue to use new methods to exploit COVID-19 worldwide. If you think you are a victim of a scam or attempted fraud involving COVID-19, you can report it without leaving your home though a number of platforms: