As the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread, it is important to have access to up-to-date, reliable information about the virus: how to reduce the risk to you and those around you, and how to access support and resources during these challenging times. We have compiled a list of helpful links to help you access the information and resources you need.
Hudson Area Library’s Response to COVID-19
Click here for the library’s announcement in response to COVID-19. We will provide updates as the situation develops. We are doing everything we can to balance the needs of our community with its health and safety.
New York State Department of Health – This site provides information on NY’s governmental response to the pandemic, how you can help, guidance about essential services, information about symptoms and testing, and what your rights are in the state during this pandemic.
New York State Office of Mental Health – This site offers tips for mental wellness and a list of mental health resources for during an emergency. They have also set up the Emotional Support Helpline which can be reached 7 days per week from 8am-10pm by calling 1-844-863-9314.
Columbia County Department of Health – This site provides updates on COVID-19 specific to the county, as well as colorful animations illustrating the need to contain the virus and visual data on the spread of the virus from Johns Hopkins University.
City of Hudson – This site provides information about the virus, information on city services impacted by the pandemic, local State of Emergency orders, information on local food resources, and other city-specific information. The City of Hudson Youth Department is operating a food delivery program and information on how to sign up for food delivery or to donate in support of this program can be found on the City of Hudson Youth Department web page.
Hudson City School District – This site includes information about school services available for children and families in the Hudson City School District, including information on school closures, child care for first responders and essential workers, student meals, and online learning resources.
Centers for Disease Control – This site provides information about the virus, how to protect yourself and those around you, what to do if you think you have the virus, resources, and data on the spread of the virus state-by-state.
World Health Organization – This site provides a wealth of information based on information needs. It provides educational videos, press conferences, data about the cases of the virus, and fact-checking common misconceptions about COVID-19.
Headspace – This site provides free access to some of its mindfulness exercises, meditations, and sleep experiences to offer support during these stressful and challenging times. The company is also offering free access to its app’s premium content to health care providers.
Sylvia Center – This site provides a list of food access resources, home-based cooking tutorials, pantry staple recipes, and more.
Politifact – This page provides fact-checking of claims related to COVID-19.
New York State Department of Labor: Unemployment Insurance – This page provides information on changes to unemployment insurance requirements and processing in response to COVID-19, as well as how to file a claim and to claim weekly benefits.
U.S. Small Business Administration – This page provides information on loan resources and guidance for businesses and employers.
FDA Chart of Unsafe Hand Sanitizers – When soap and water are not available, applying a hand sanitizer with 60-95% alcohol is an important way to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. However, the FDA have found some hand sanitizers to be dangerous. Please use this chart when shopping for hand sanitizers, and compare the chart against hand sanitizers you already own.
New York Forward – A PDF of New York State’s guide to reopening the state. Provides information about New York’s re-opening plan, and guidance for individuals to help manage the spread of COVID-19.
Columbia Comeback – A newsletter designed to provide guidelines and resources to Columbia County businesses as they reopen.