Knowledge is power. Choose not to panic. Choose instead to inform yourself about COVID-19, commonly known as the 2019 Novel Coronavirus, on this page, which will be periodically updated to reflect the latest information and guidance.
Latest Updates (April 1, 2020)
There have been a total of ONE HUNDRED FORTY-ONE (141) confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Sullivan County, with 46 no longer in isolation. There have been 83,712 confirmed cases Statewide.
Sullivan County Manager Joshua Potosek has issued a State of Emergency, the details of which can be found in this press release. All public schools in Sullivan County are closed through April 15, 2020.
The Care Center at Sunset Lake is closed to all visitation. The Government Center in Monticello is closed. Please do not visit any County facilities if you have a fever, are coughing or have shortness of breath.
All events of any size are prohibited for the time being, and restaurants and bars are takeout/drive-thru only, no dine-in. Venues like casinos and movie theaters are currently closed. Unnecessary travel is discouraged.
If it's a life-threatening emergency, dial 911.
If you need health guidance, call our Public Health Services' Call Center at 845-292-5910 (English and Espanol).
If you need food, medicine or other non-health-related assistance, call our Emergency Community Assistance Center at 845-807-0925.
Individuals who are experiencing symptoms and may have traveled to areas of concern, or have been in contact with somebody who has traveled to these areas, should call ahead to their health care provider before seeking treatment in person.
This is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation. For the latest information, please visit...
NYSDOH COVID-19 Hotline: 1-888-364-3065
An up-to-date state-by-state listing of cases can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-in-us.html.
Governor Andrew Cuomo has put New York State on PAUSE. The details can be found here.
The State is also investigating price-gouging of hand sanitizer, masks, household cleaning supplies and other materials the public may be seeking in relation to the virus. New Yorkers can call 1-800-697-1220 or visit www.dos.ny.gov/consumerprotection to file a complaint. All credible complaints will be referred to the New York State Attorney General's Office.
Info for the General Public
In roughly 80% of those who become infected with COVID-19, symptoms will be mild and resolve without hospitalization. The public must refrain from participating in events and large gatherings.
Due to the limited availability of COVID-19 testing supplies in Sullivan County and surrounding counties, if you are experiencing symptoms of fever, cough, shortness of breath and have an underlying immune compromising health condition and/or are over the age of 60, New York State has alternative test sites available.
Sullivan County Public Health Services continues to approve testing for high risk individuals in collaboration with Catskill Regional Medical Center for specific high risk groups, and locally some health care providers continue to test their own patients following the same screening protocols.
However, you will need to call first, be screen, approved and given a time and location. Testing is free to all eligible New Yorkers as ordered by a health care provider or by calling the NYS COVID-19 hotline at 1-888-364-3065.
Info for Orthodox Jewish Residents
Info for Healthcare Professionals
Info for Schools & Child Care Providers
- Interim Cleaning and Disinfection Guidance for Primary and Secondary Schools for COVID-19 (NYSDOH)
- Interim Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfection for Non-Healthcare Settings Where Individuals Under Movement Restriction for COVID-19 are Staying (NYSDOH)
- Update on COVID-19 for New York State Schools (Pre-K – 12) (March 3, 2020) (NYSDOH)
- Interim Guidance for Administrators of US Childcare Programs and K-12 Schools to Plan, Prepare, and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) (CDC)
- Information about Corona Virus for Child Care Providers (OCFS)
- Check your school's website for information
Info for Public Transportation Providers
Info for Long-Term Care Facilities (LTCF)
- Strategies to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 in Long-Term Care Facilities (LTCF) (CDC)
- Resources for Healthcare Facilities (CDC)
Info for Businesses
New regulations, guidance and resources for small businesses in the midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic are developing rapidly. For the latest info, visit http://sullivanny.us/Departments/PlanningEnvironmental/TechnicalAssistanceFundingPrograms
Guidance for Businesses:
CDC Guidance for Employers & Businesses: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have put out an interim guidance on ways to prevent workplace exposures COVID-19.
Empire State Development Guidance: ESD has provided updated guidance for businesses related to the Governor's Executive Order 202.6, including requirements for essential and non-essential businesses.
USDA Rural Development COVID-19 Resources: USDA Rural Development has launched a COVID-19 resource page to keep customers, partners, and stakeholders continuously updated on actions taken by the Agency to help rural residents, businesses, and communities impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak.
Unemployment Insurance Benefits: The Governor announced that the State will waive the 7-day waiting period to qualify for unemployment for individuals who have been laid off for COVID-19 related reasons.
NYSDOL Shared Work Program: The program allows employees on a reduced schedule to collect unemployment for days not worked helping to offset reduced incomes.
Sullivan County Small Business Impact Assessment Questionnaire: The Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce, along with The Sullivan County Visitors Association and the Sullivan County Partnership for Economic Development, is collecting data on how small businesses have been impacted by the current crisis. Please take a few minutes to answer this questionnaire so that the Chamber can further tailor actions to assist and provide resources for those impacted.
Small Business Administration Disaster Loans: Small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, and most private not-for-profits in all Mid-Hudson counties are now eligible to apply for SBA economic injury disaster loans (EIDL). This applies to all seven Mid-Hudson counties, including Sullivan.
Facebook Small Business Grants: Facebook announced it will be offering $100M in cash grants and advertising credits for up to 30,000 eligible small businesses worldwide. More information will be coming soon.
COVID-19 Disaster Funding Guidebook: Senator Gillibrand has released a COVID-19 Disaster Funding Guidebook for businesses and communities across New York State. The guidebook will be updated in the next two weeks to reflect the available funding in the current national relief bill.
Main Street America COVID-19 Resource Center: The National Main Street Center, a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, has created a repository for COVID-19 resources that may be helpful for local chambers, municipalities, planners, and business organizations.
Info for First Responders
- EMS Providers: Policy Statement 20-02: COVID-19 EMS Practitioner Guidance (V3.0) (February 14, 2020) (NYSDOH)
- EMS Providers: Policy Statement 20-03: COVID-19 County Emergency Managers, County EMS Coordinators, and PSAP Guidance (V1.0) (February 14, 2020) (NYSDOH)
- Resources for First Responders and Law Enforcement (CDC)
Info for Travelers