Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

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

LAST UPDATED 4/2/2020, 9:00am

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. The following list indicates changes to City of Newburgh government operations that affect the public. 

On Monday, March 16, the City Manager declared a State of Emergency in Newburgh. Read more (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.

City Departments & Sites

City Buildings Access
All City buildings are closed to the public and contact with the public is limited to email and phone. Only pre-approved scheduled appointments for critical and essential services will be permitted to gain access to City buildings. In the event that a scheduled meeting is to take place, City staff must provide an escort for the entire duration of the scheduled event and/or meeting.
 
Residents can contact City officials by phone, email, mail and by using the website. Contacts for each department are listed on the City website (HERE). 
 
City Events
All City events and functions involving the general public are cancelled or postponed until further notice. Exceptions may occur only with prior approval from the City Manager.
 
Boards, Commissions & Committees 
All scheduled meetings of official committees and advisory boards of the City of Newburgh are cancelled until further notice. Information for these boards can be found (HERE). 
 
City Clerk
The following will not be issued until further notice: municipal IDs, marriage licenses, and event permits. Reach the City Clerk at 845-569-7311. 
 
Water Department

Water and sewer digs will be handled on an emergency basis only until further notice. People can reach the Water Department at 845-565-3356. Work is limited to essential services and staff are not permitted to enter homes and businesses unless there is an emergency. If you have an emergency, please call the emergency hotline at 845-561-6080. If you are visited by our staff, please know they will arrive in clearly marked vehicles. They will be able to provide a City of Newburgh Water Department ID badge at your request.

City Council
City Council work sessions and meetings will be held but are closed to the public in accordance with the Governor’s Executive Order 202.1. City Council work sessions and regular meetings will be livestreamed, recorded and transcribed. Meeting video links can be found (HERE). 
 
The Ward 1 & Ward 2 Community Meeting scheduled for March 26 has been cancelled.
 
Public Works
There are no changes to the collection pattern for sanitation and recyclables. Staff pickup of bulk items and yard waste is suspended until further notice. The public will not be permitted entry to the DPW facility at 88 Pierces Road to dispose of bulk items or yard waste. DPW staff can be reached at 845-565-3297 and Sanitation staff at 845-565-1082.
 
Code Compliance
Non-emergency rental and interior inspections are suspended. Permit applications are available on the City website (HERE). Staff can be reached at 845-569-7400.
 
Planning & Development
Land Use Board applications are available on the City website (HERE). Staff can be reached at 845-569-9400
 
Collector's Office
Staff continue accepting and processing payments. Do not send cash in the mail. Payments for Water, Sewer, Sanitation, City/County Taxes, and Parking violations can be made via mail, online, or phone where permitted. See "Payment of Bills" below. Staff can be reached at 845-569-7330. 
 
Parking 
Parking restrictions remain in effect City-wide. This includes rules for alternate side parking for street sweeping as well as metered parking on Broadway.  
 
Permits
Codes permits - These are being issued for emergencies only until further notice.
Event permits - The City Clerk's office will not issue these until further notice.   
 
Payment of Bills
Bills can be paid via mail or online as follows: 
 
Water & Sewer
Pay by phone or mail:
845-569-7330
City of Newburgh Water and Sewer
LB# 1787
PO Box 95000
Philadelphia, PA 19195-0001
 
Sanitation
Pay by phone or mail: 
845-569-7330
City of Newburgh Sanitation
LB# 1783
PO Box 95000
Philadelphia, PA 19195-0001
 
City/County Taxes
Pay by phone or mail:
845-569-7330
City Collectors Office
83 Broadway
Newburgh, NY 12550
 
Parking Violations
Pay by phone, online, or mail: 
Phone: 845-569-7330
Parking Violations
83 Broadway
Newburgh, NY 12550
 
Police & Fire Departments
Police and Fire Departments remain fully operational but the buildings are closed to the public. Residents should call these locations before appearing in person.
 
Police: 845-561-3131
Fire: 845-562-1212 
 
To protect our Firefighters, Police Officers and Paramedics we ask that when you call our emergency lines for any reason, please let the dispatcher know if you are experiencing any flu-like symptoms such as fever, coughing or difficulty in breathing.  
 
Parking restrictions remain in effect City-wide. This includes rules for alternate side parking for street sweeping as well as metered parking on Broadway. 
 
Civil Service
The Civil Service exams scheduled for March 14 and March 28 have been cancelled. All affected candidates will be notified when the exams are rescheduled at a later date. Civil Service testing dates can be found on the City website (HERE). Reach the Civil Service department at 845-569-8340
 
Human Resources
The department continues to post employment vacancies and accept applications for employment. Applicants should meet deadlines to apply for vacant positions and can do so via mail, email or fax. No applications can be dropped off at City Hall. City staff will contact those applicants who will be granted an interview when regular operations resume. Arrangements will be made to interview applicants for essential positions while the State of Emergency is in effect.
 
Click (HERE) for a list of open positions and instructions for submitting applications. Staff can be reached at 845-569-7356.  
 
Recreation 
The Activity Center is closed to the public. The annual Easter Egg Hunt event is postponed and recreation events are cancelled through the month of April. Playground equipment is closed to the public but open space parks remain accessible. Staff can be reached at 845-569-3230.

City-wide

Businesses
Our local businesses are working hard to adapt to new rules regarding coronavirus and social distancing. We urge our community to continue supporting them in this time of need. The folowing are resources we have avaiable for business owners: 
  • Resoures for local business are located (HERE)
  • A list of local businesses and their operations is maintained through our Facebook page (HERE)
  • Links to essential/non-essential designations, loans, lending and planning tools are (HERE)
Food Pantries & Soup Kitchens
Food pantries and soup kitchens are workng to adhere to best practies for safety. Before visiting a food pantry or soup kitchen, call ahead to learn about operational changes or special rules. Lists of food pantries and soup kitchens can be found on our social services webpage (HERE)
 
Census 2020
The City of Newburgh continues to work toward a complete count of our community during Census 2020. The Newburgh Counts committee contines to meet and strategize for outreach. Learn more on the City of Newburgh Census 2020 webpage (HERE) which includes dates for the pop-up Questionnaire Assistance Centers.
 
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.  
 
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. We will update residents as the COVID-19 situation progresses. For more information, visit the Orange County Board of Elections webpage (HERE)

Resources

Lots of information is circulating about coronavirus. Here are resources in Newburgh, Orange County & New York State to help people learn more.

St. Luke’s Hospital in Newburgh
See amendments to visitation policies and guidance for people seeking treatment and services.
Website: www.montefioreslc.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/montefioreslc
Phone: 845-561-4400

Cornerstone Family Healthcare
A non-profit community healthcare dedicated to seeing patients regardless of their ability to pay. 
Website: www.cornerstonefamilyhealthcare.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/cornerstonefamilyhealthcare
Phone: 845-563-8000

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
 
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.
Phone: 2-1-1
 
Social Services Resources
Our list of local social services resources connects people with healthcare providers, resources for people who are low-income, youth services, food pantries, soup kitchens, and more. The list can be found on the City website (HERE). 
 
Orange County Government
Resources and updates from multiple Orange County Departments. 
Phone: 845-291-4000
 

Orange County Office of Emergency Management
Coordinates local governments, volunteer organizations and the private sector across Orange County.
Website: www.orangecountygov.com/345/Emergency-Management
Facebook: www.facebook.com/OrangeCountyEmergencyManagement
Phone: 845-615-0400

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

Orange County Department of Health
Staff and epidemiologists continue to monitor the situation and work with local hospitals, doctors, EMS and other medical health care providers.
Website: www.orangecountygov.com/149/Health
Facebook: www.facebook.com/OCNYDOH
Phone: 845-291-2330
 
Orange County Department of Social Services
Financial assistance for families and individuals who qualify. 
Newburgh office: 141 Broadway
Newburgh phone: 845-568-5100
Child Abuse Hotline: 800-342-3720
After Hours Emergencies: 2-1-1
 
NYS Department of Health
Guidance for prevention, statewide testing results, disinfection guides, etc.
Coronavirus webpage: www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/coronavirus
Facebook: www.facebook.com/NYSDOH
Coronavirus Hotline 1-888-364-3065
 
NYS Health Plan Marketplace
To ease coronavirus fears, New York State's health plan marketplace is hosting a special enrollment period through April 15 for uninsured people.
Phone: 855-355-5777
 
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
 
U.S. Department of Justice
Be aware that criminals are attempting to exploit COVID-19 worldwide through a variety of scams. There have been reports of:
  • Individuals and businesses selling fake cures
  • 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
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: 

Prevention

We can protect ourselves by following common sense public health guidelines including personal hygiene, social distancing, and avoiding large public gatherings and events. While there is currently no vaccine to prevent this virus, simple steps can help stop the spread of this and other respiratory viruses:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Avoid gatherings of people

Comprehensive updates on health and safety are available from the New York State Department of Health (NYS DOH). Information on the DOH website includes press releases, statewide testing results, information for people who have recently travelled internationally, disinfection guides, and best practices for child care providers and schools. Read more on the NYS Department of Health website (HERE).