City Update - Thursday, June 25, 2020

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We are committed to keeping you informed about developments regarding COVID-19. Please know you can find lots of information on the City of Newburgh website at

Symptoms of COVID-19 can include fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, lost sense of taste or smell, muscle aches, chills, and headache. The NYS Department of Health has made available a COVID-19 Symptom Check tool to help people who are deaf or hard of hearing communicate with healthcare professionals. The printable card helps users clearly communicate symptoms, pain levels, and other important information. 

Registration is open for the Summer Youth Employment Initiative. This 5-week program will employ 50 youth, ages 14-18, who will learn trade skills and develop work experience via education and applied practice in civic planning, public art, environmental stewardship, social justice, and youth activism. The program is a collaboration between Mayor Torrance Harvey and the Boys & Girls Club of Newburgh. Organizers are also seeking Site Supervisors (age 19+) who have experience working with youth. The program begins July 13 so register today! Read more at

Newburgh is going green! Earlier this week our staff attended a ribbon cutting for a unique project located at 197 North Miller Street. This 3-family home is nearing completion and will be the first Certified Passive House in the City of Newburgh. Passive building standards result in dramatically reduced heating and cooling energy usage, and this building will have utility costs close to $0 year-round. The project was a 2019 winner of NYSERDA’s Buildings of Excellence award. The competition recognizes and rewards the design, construction, and operation of very low or zero carbon emitting multifamily buildings. Thank you to builder Michael Robinson and his team for making this project happen right here in our City. Find us on social media to see photos. 

The Census Bureau maintains an online map of response rates. The City of Newburgh’s response rate as of today is 38.3%. Use the map to keep tabs on how many households in our community and across the U.S. have responded so far. One of the easiest ways to answer the questions is by phone. For English, call 844-330-2020. For Spanish, call 844-468-2020. Want to help ensure the most accurate count of Newburgh? Reach out to the volunteers at Newburgh Counts who are strategizing for the best count of Newburgh. 

Thank you for helping us keep the City of Newburgh safe for everyone. Communities all over the world are facing the same challenges. When this is over, we will come out stronger than ever.