Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

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THIS PAGE CONTAINS THE LATEST INFORMATION ABOUT THE CITY OF NEWBURGH GOVERNMENT'S CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE 

LAST UPDATED 6/11/2020

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 (HERE) 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. Read more (HERE). 
 

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 (HERE) and the May mailing (HERE).

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.

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 (HERE). 
 
Technology for Virtual Meetings & Gatherings
We compiled a list of resources to support businesses, faith groups, or anyone who is navigating the transition to virtual gatherings. Find details (HERE). 
 
Workforce Support & Benefits
Workers may qualify for financial assistance due to workforce disruptions caused by COVID-19. Information about worker benefits can be found (HERE). 
 
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 (HERE)

Social Services/Food

Nonprofits & Community Advocacy
Social services organizations are serving our community's most vulnerable residents. Find a list of social services organizations and nonprofits in Newburgh (HERE
 
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. Find it (HERE). 
 
COVID-19 Community Needs Survey
City of Newburgh Planning & 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. Find the survey (HERE).

Health & 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 (HERE). 

Newburgh Initiatives

Census 2020
The City of Newburgh continues to work toward a complete count of our community during Census 2020. The Newburgh Counts committee remains active as it strategizes outreach. Learn more on the City of Newburgh Census 2020 webpage (HERE).
 
CDC/ATSDR PFAS Exposure Assessment in Newburgh
All scheduled appointments for recruitment and field work are postponed. ATSDR will contact to reschedule appointments. If you or someone you know, received a letter but do not have an appointment, please contact the toll free number on the letter. Your contact information will be collected and an appointment will be scheduled when they are available. For details visit the ATSDR online (HERE).

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. 
Phone: 845-563-3400

Government Updates

Orange County Government
Resources and updates from multiple Orange County Departments. 
Phone: 845-291-4000
 

Orange County Executive Steven Neuhaus
Provides updates on the State of Emergency in Orange County and how that affects us all.
Website: www.orangecountygov.com/254/County-Executive
Facebook: www.facebook.com/friendsofsteveneuhaus

NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo
Updates on developments in New York State
Website: www.governor.ny.gov
Facebook: www.facebook.com/GovernorAndrewCuomo
Phone: 518-474-8390
 
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 www.orangecountygov.com/elections

Regional Updates

MTA Metro-North Railroad
Substitute busing for Newburgh-Beacon & 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 (HERE). 
 
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.
Website: www.hudson211.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/UnitedWay211HV
Phone: 2-1-1
 
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 & 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 at www.consumerfinance.gov.  
 
In April, the IRS began issuing COVID-19 stimulus payments. If you need to check your payment, use only this tool from the IRS: www.irs.gov/coronavirus/get-my-payment. 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: