Community Resource Page
Last updated 4/3/2020 at 9:00 AM
As state and local health departments continue to take proactive measures against COVID-19, The Center is working to provide up-to-date information to the community. In order to help you prepare and stay informed, we have compiled a Community Resource Page that contains links to important state and local guides. This information will be updated as additional resources become available.
- City of Utica basketball courts, tennis courts, soccer fields, baseball fields, and playground equipment can not be used by the public until further notice.
- Utica Police Department will continue to patrol streets and respond to all emergencies
- All schools in Oneida/Herkimer County closed
- Oneida County has established a mental health hotline. The number is 1-800-678-0888. Local mental health professionals are available to assist you from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.
New York State
The Governor has announced that schools in the state will now be closed until April 15.
* All non-essential construction must shut down except emergency construction. Essential construction may continue and includes roads, bridges, transit facilities, utilities, hospitals or health care facilities, affordable housing, and homeless shelters.
The Governor issued an Executive Order that pushes back the tax filing deadline for personal and corporate taxes to July 15.
* “At least one other" person may now be in the hospital room while a pregnant woman is giving birth, according to updated guidance.
* New York's Presidential Primary will be delayed from April 28 to June 23.
* The new deadlines for REAL ID enforcement has been pushed back a year to October 1, 2021
New York State also has set up a hotline for mental health needs. That number is 1-844-863-9314.
The special enrollment period to get a healthcare plan on the state's health exchange is extended to May 15. Uninsured New Yorkers can apply for coverage through NY State of Health or directly to insurers. If you lost employer coverage, you must apply within 60 days of losing that coverage. Because of a loss of income, New Yorkers may also be eligible for Medicaid, the Essential Plan, subsidized Qualified Health Plans or Child Health Plus.
"Matilda's Law" includes the following rules for vulnerable populations:
- Remain indoors;
- Can go outside for solitary exercise;
- Pre-screen all visitors and aides by taking their temperature and seeing if person is exhibiting other flu-like symptoms;
- Do not visit households with multiple people;
- Wear a mask when in the company of others;
- To the greatest extent possible, everyone in the presence of vulnerable people should wear a mask;
- Always stay at least six feet away from individuals; and
- Do not take public transportation unless urgent and absolutely necessary.
- Restaurants and bars statewide will be delivery and takeout ONLY
- Gyms, casinos and movie theaters will be closed
- Pharmacies, grocery stores, medical facilities and gas stations will stay OPEN
- No one can be evicted from their home at this time.
- People should not gather in groups of more than 10 people
- Schooling should be at home and travel and social visits should be avoided
- If anyone in a household tests positive for the virus, everyone who lives there should stay home
How to Get Healthcare
- If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider.
- Call before going to a doctor’s office, urgent care or emergency room
- Call the COVID-19 information line at 315-798-5431 if you have questions
- Ask for an interpreter if you need language help
CALL 911 if you have a medical emergency!
How to get lunch for children
The Utica City School District’s Department of Food Service will provide free breakfast and free bagged lunch for all of its currently enrolled students during the school closing. Meals can be picked up Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the main entrance of each of the following schools:
Proctor High School
Donovan Middle School
John F. Kennedy Middle School
General Herkimer Elementary
John F. Hughes Elementary
Hugh R. Jones Elementary
Martin Luther King Elementary
Watson Williams Elementary
Symptoms & What to do if you're sick:
The symptoms of COVID-19 are cough, fever, and shortness of breath.
There is currently no treatment or vaccine for COVID-19. Symptoms will be treated.
If you are experiencing mild symptoms, you are encouraged to stay home and contact your healthcare provider by phone for guidance on what to do next.
Please do not go directly to an emergency room or urgent care.
If you have severe symptoms, such as difficulty breathing, you should seek care immediately.
Please let healthcare personnel know you have been exposed to COVID-19.
If you are an older patient, an individual with an underlying medical condition, or are immunocompromised, contact your physician early in the course of even mild illness.
For general questions about COVID-19:
NYS Hotline: 1-888-364-3065
Oneida County Health Department: https://ocgov.net/health/coronavirus
If you have questions, contact your health care provider or you can call OCHD at 315-798-6400
General Information: (click to follow links)
Cleaning and Disinfection Guides (Click to follow links)
- List of Products Registered in NY for Use Against COVID-19
- Interim Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfection of Public and Private Facilities for COVID-19
- Interim Cleaning and Disinfection Guidance for Primary and Secondary Schools for COVID-19
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance for P-12 Schools (March 9, 2020)
- Interim Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfection for Non-Healthcare Settings Where Individuals Under Movement Restriction for COVID-19 are Staying
- Interim Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfection of Public Transportation Settings for COVID-19
Health Insurance Questions
- If you have questions or concerns about health insurance costs related to COVID-19 tests or care, please call the OAG’s Health Care hotline: 1-800-428-9071.
Consumer Protection Tips
- Beware of scammers selling bogus medical treatments and learn the facts about the coronavirus.
- Report incidents of price gouging by filling out a Price Gouging Complaint Form with the Attorney General's Office.
- Use caution when making charitable donations. You should never feel rushed or pressured to donate, and never make donations in cash, by gift card, or by money wire.
- Beware of Coronavirus-related investment scams. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission recently warned investors about coronavirus investment frauds. If investors are aware of or suspect securities fraud or wrongdoing, they can contact the OAG's Investor Protection Bureau.
You may need to take time off from work if you are sick or if a family member is sick. Your employer may have a sick leave policy that provides you with paid sick days or you may have paid sick days if you are a union member. If your employer does not have a policy or contract guaranteeing you paid sick leave, you may still have protections under certain laws.
- Workers in New York State have up to 10 weeks of paid leave to care for a family member with a serious health condition. This leave may not be used for your own health condition. For more information, please visit the NYS Paid Family Leave resource site.
- The Family and Medical Leave Act provides for up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave if you have a serious health condition or are caring for a family member with a serious health condition. You must have worked for your employer for a year and your employer must have 50 or more employees. For more information, please visit the U.S. Department of Labor.
- If you are sick, you may also be able to request unpaid leave as a reasonable accommodation under laws that prohibit disability discrimination. For more information, please visit the NYS Division of Human Rights
- If you have questions about your rights in the workplace or if you believe your employment protections have been violated, please contact the OAG’s Labor Bureau: 212-416-8700.
- Unemployment Insurance is potentially available to workers who are fired for taking time off from work due to illness and they may apply for unemployment insurance once they are able to work. For more information, please visit the NYS Department of Labor.
- Short term disability insurance is potentially available to workers who take time off due to illness. For more information, please visit the NYS Workers’ Compensation Board.