Riverdale's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale Sat, 04 Apr 2020 12:09:41 -0400 HamletHub.com Governor Cuomo Announces State Department of Health Has Approved New Protocol to Allow BiPAP Machines to be Converted Into Ventilators https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/politics/4640-governor-cuomo-announces-state-department-of-health-has-approved-new-protocol-to-allow-bipap-machines-to-be-converted-into-ventilators4640-governor-cuomo-announces-state-department-of-health-has-approved-new-protocol-to-allow-bipap-machines-to-be-converted-into-ventilators https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/politics/4640-governor-cuomo-announces-state-department-of-health-has-approved-new-protocol-to-allow-bipap-machines-to-be-converted-into-ventilators4640-governor-cuomo-announces-state-department-of-health-has-approved-new-protocol-to-allow-bipap-machines-to-be-converted-into-ventilators

Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the State Department of Health has approved Northwell's protocol allowing BiPAP machines to be converted into ventilators.

The State has purchased 3,000 BiPAP machines from Philips in Pittsburgh, and 750 machines are already in stock and will be distributed to hospitals. The State has already taken a number of extraordinary measures to acquire more ventilators and build the State's stockpile, including tracking where all the ventilators are located in New York and shifting their locations to meet the highest need and ending elective surgeries. If necessary, hospitals may also use anesthesia machine ventilators or use a "splitting" protocol where one ventilator is used for two patients using separate tubes. 

Governor Cuomo also announced the State has begun conducting a hospital-by-hospital survey on a nightly basis to take inventory of every hospital's supplies. Additionally, all hospitals are being asked to contribute the supplies they don't currently need to a central stockpile to be distributed to hospitals with the greatest need.

The Governor also announced that 21,000 out-of-state individuals have volunteered to work in New York's healthcare system on a temporary basis during the COVID-19 pandemic. To date, 85,400 health professionals in New York have signed up to volunteer as part of the State's surge healthcare force.

The Governor is also encouraging any company with the proper equipment or personnel to begin to manufacture PPE products if possible. The state is willing to provide funding to any company to obtain the proper equipment and personnel. Businesses interested in receiving state funding to manufacture PPE products should call 212-803-3100 or email COVID19supplies@esd.ny.gov.

The Governor announced that, through June 1, 2020, consumers and businesses experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19 may defer paying premiums under individual and small group health insurance policies. DFS shall consider any liquidity or solvency concerns of the health plans. During this period, health plans will be required to continue to pay claims, not to report late payments to credit rating agencies, and to work with individuals to help them transition to new coverage, if appropriate. In addition, insurers are reminded that they cannot impose late payment fees. Governor Cuomo thanked Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont for his collaboration on this initiative.

The NY State of Health and the New York State Department of Financial Services announced a one-month extension of the special enrollment period through May 15, 2020 to allow uninsured New Yorkers to 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.

"We are continuing to plan forward and prepare our healthcare system for when the apex of the curve hits," Governor Cuomo said. "We are taking extraordinary measures to acquire more personal protective equipment, find beds to increase hospital capacity and recruit staff, but there is still a critical need for all three of these components, and we need all three in order for our hospitals to actually function and provide care. Ventilators remain our most significant challenge, and today the State Department of Health has approved protocols that will allow us to use BiPAP machines as ventilators, and we have already acquired 3,000 of these machines to be deployed to hospitals with the greatest need."

Finally, the Governor confirmed 8,669 additional cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 92,381 confirmed cases in New York State. Of the 92,381 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:

County

Total Positive

New Positive

Albany

253

13

Allegany

12

3

Broome

46

4

Cattaraugus

8

1

Cayuga

4

1

Chautauqua

8

2

Chemung

22

0

Chenango

28

2

Clinton

25

0

Columbia

36

5

Cortland

8

0

Delaware

22

2

Dutchess

667

120

Erie

617

153

Essex

6

0

Franklin

9

0

Fulton

6

4

Genesee

14

1

Greene

21

3

Hamilton

2

0

Herkimer

14

2

Jefferson

15

3

Lewis

2

0

Livingston

14

0

Madison

60

9

Monroe

420

71

Montgomery

8

1

Nassau

10,587

1,033

Niagara

76

30

NYC

51,809

4,370

Oneida

61

11

Onondaga

234

17

Ontario

26

2

Orange

1,993

237

Orleans

6

0

Oswego

22

5

Otsego

21

2

Putnam

216

9

Rensselaer

53

10

Rockland

3,751

430

Saratoga

132

10

Schenectady

101

8

Schoharie

8

0

Schuyler

3

1

Seneca

4

2

St. Lawrence

39

5

Steuben

43

5

Suffolk

8,746

1,141

Sullivan

143

22

Tioga

7

0

Tompkins

74

6

Ulster

240

19

Warren

18

0

Washington

12

2

Wayne

27

3

Westchester

11,567

884

Wyoming

14

4

Yates

1

1

 

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kerry@ducey.org (Governor Cuomo ) Politics Thu, 02 Apr 2020 13:02:02 -0400
Economic Help for Yonkers Small Businesses https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/neighbors/4641-economic-help-for-yonkers-small-businesses4641-economic-help-for-yonkers-small-businesses https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/neighbors/4641-economic-help-for-yonkers-small-businesses4641-economic-help-for-yonkers-small-businesses

Dear Friends and Neighbors, 

The Small Business Administration has established a new, simplified, online application portal for Economic Injury Disaster Loans.  The portal can be reached at www.sba.gov/disaster.

Businesses that successfully submitted an application or uploaded documents late last week via the temporary document upload portal do not have to take additional action as their applications have been received for processing. Anyone that was unable to complete an application on the prior application portal AND/OR did not upload their application to the document upload portal, should restart their application via the new portal.

Advances of up to $10,000 on Economic Injury Disaster Loans also may be available through a form on the portal.  If approved, these funds can be used for payroll and other operating expenses and will be forgiven. This Advance may be available even if your EIDL application was declined or is still pending.  If you wish to apply for the Advance on your EIDL, please visit www.SBA.gov/disaster as soon as possible to fill out a new, streamlined application. In order to qualify for the Advance, you need to submit this new application even if you previously submitted an EIDL application. Applying for the Advance will not impact the status or slow your existing application.

Please forward this e-news to family and friends who may be interested in this information.

 

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aseward100@aol.com (David Tubiolo) Neighbors Wed, 01 Apr 2020 19:16:13 -0400
New York Botanical Garden Online Classes https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/places/4639-new-york-botanical-garden-online-classes4639-new-york-botanical-garden-online-classes https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/places/4639-new-york-botanical-garden-online-classes4639-new-york-botanical-garden-online-classes

NYBG Classes
 
Although in-person classes have been canceled, NYBG is currently offering online classes. Most classes take place via Zoom. 

You don’t need an account to participate; just follow the login instruction sent to your email just before the class begins. The instructor is able to lecture and lead discussion, as well as display powerpoints, videos, or any other digital resource. Each student can be an active participant, through the microphone and/or video on your computer. There is no requirement or expectation that you use video.

We will be adding new online classes as soon as we are able, so please stay tuned to this page!

Click here for more information.

In person classes and events scheduled through April have been cancelled and registrants are being contacted via email.
See here for more NYBG information regarding COVID-19.

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Places Tue, 31 Mar 2020 07:25:34 -0400
Governor Cuomo Issues Executive Order Moving New York Presidential Primary Election to June 23 https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/neighbors/4637-governor-cuomo-issues-executive-order-moving-new-york-presidential-primary-election-to-june-234637-governor-cuomo-issues-executive-order-moving-new-york-presidential-primary-election-to-june-23 https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/neighbors/4637-governor-cuomo-issues-executive-order-moving-new-york-presidential-primary-election-to-june-234637-governor-cuomo-issues-executive-order-moving-new-york-presidential-primary-election-to-june-23

Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo is issuing an executive order to move the presidential primary election from April 28 to June 23, aligning it with the congressional and legislative primaries in New York.

Governor Cuomo also issued an executive order to enable the tax filing deadline for personal and corporate taxes to be pushed back to July 15. The federal government took similar action earlier this month.

The Governor also announced that the State Department of Health Wadsworth Lab is working in partnership with others labs to evaluate antibody testing that is designed to help very sick COVID-19 patients. 

The Governor also announced three new sites - South Beach Psychiatric Center in Staten Island, Westchester Square in the Bronx and Health Alliance in Ulster County - to serve as a place for emergency beds. The three new sites will add 695 more beds to the state's capacity. Additionally, in a new approach, the State will begin designating some facilities only for COVID-19 patients. The state has identified three sites - South Beach Psychiatric Facility in Staten Island, Westchester Square in the Bronx and SUNY Downstate in Brooklyn - that will provide more than 600 beds specifically for COVID-19 patients.

Following a conversation with President Trump this morning, Governor Cuomo also announced the federal government has approved four new sites for temporary hospitals for construction by the Army Corps of Engineers - the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal, the Aqueduct Racetrack facility in Queens, CUNY Staten Island and the New York Expo Center in the Bronx - adding an additional 4,000 beds to the state's capacity. The Governor toured the four sites yesterday. These temporary hospital sites are part of the Governor's goal of having a 1,000-plus patient overflow facility in each New York City borough as well as in Westchester, Rockland, Nassau and Suffolk counties.

"Every emergency situation is unique, but the number one rule is always plan ahead and be proactive — and that's exactly what we have been trying to do," Governor Cuomo said. "Our mission is to be prepared and have the proper equipment, supplies, facilities and personnel when the apex hits. We are continuing to advance emergency measures that reduce density as much as possible, and to that end we are going to delay the presidential primary election until June because it's not wise to be bringing large numbers of people to one place to vote."

The Governor also announced that the first 1,000-bed temporary hospital at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center is expected to open on Monday. The temporary hospital site was constructed in one week.

The Governor also announced that the Empire State Development Board of Directors approved $7.5 million in COVID-19 Business Counseling support to 70 non-profit partners across New York State. The funding will enable these organizations to provide small businesses with necessary guidance to secure disaster assistance, such as Small Business Administration Economic Injury Disaster Loans, amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Up to 24 Entrepreneurship Assistance Centers and up to 23 Small Business Development Centers will receive $5 million, with an additional $2.5 million awarded to up to 23 Community Development Financial Institutions.

Finally, the Governor confirmed 7,681 additional cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 52,318 confirmed cases in New York State. 

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kerry@ducey.org (Gov. Cuomo PR) Neighbors Sat, 28 Mar 2020 11:51:18 -0400
New York State Critical Need for Personal Protective Equipment https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/life/4636-new-york-state-needs-personal-protective-equipment4636-new-york-state-needs-personal-protective-equipment https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/life/4636-new-york-state-needs-personal-protective-equipment4636-new-york-state-needs-personal-protective-equipment

New York State has a critical need for Personal Protective Equipment including masks, gowns and gloves. New York State needs companies to be creative to supply the crucial gear our healthcare workers need. New York will pay a premium and is offering funding.

  •        Need funding? Call 212-803-3110.
  •        Have unused supplies? Call 646-522-8477 or email COVID19supplies@exec.ny.gov
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commandercarey@gmail.com (Westchester County) Life Mon, 23 Mar 2020 13:29:25 -0400
NYS Coronavirus Update: The Defense Production Act & Expanding Hospital Capacity https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/life/4635-nys-coronavirus-update-the-defense-production-act-expanding-hospital-capacity4635-nys-coronavirus-update-the-defense-production-act-expanding-hospital-capacity https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/life/4635-nys-coronavirus-update-the-defense-production-act-expanding-hospital-capacity4635-nys-coronavirus-update-the-defense-production-act-expanding-hospital-capacity

Some New Yorkers at Prospect Park in Brooklyn were not following social distancing rules of keeping 6 feet from others in public. In response, I directed New York City to come up with a plan for me to review within 24 hours that addresses the lack of adherence to social distancing protocols.

New York State is working around the clock to expand hospital capacity and acquire life-saving medical equipment as we continue to test tens of thousands of New Yorkers for the novel coronavirus. Right now we are facing a generation-defining challenge. But America is America because of our ability to overcome adversity and challenges. I believe that to the bottom of my soul. We will overcome this and we will get through this and we will come out even stronger.  


Here's what else you need to know tonight:
 
1. I am calling on the federal government to implement the Defense Production Act to direct companies to produce medical supplies like ventilators and masks. New York State is scouring the globe for these supplies, but we need more than we can find. Currently, states are competing with other states, hospitals with other hospitals, and there is significant price gouging. The federal government must nationalize the contracting and acquisition of medical supplies.
 
2. Non-essential businesses are closed (in-person operations) as of 8pm tonight. Essential businesses like pharmacies, grocery stores, gas stations and more will stay open. Unsure what counts as an essential business? See the full list here.
 
3. I accepted the Army Corps of Engineers' recommendations for the temporary hospital sites in NYS and we are ready for construction to start as soon as tomorrow. Hospitals at our SUNY campuses will be built indoors with outdoor tent support and on-site health care staff will stay at the dormitories. FEMA will erect an additional four federal hospital facilities. Each FEMA facility will have 250 beds and come fully equipped and fully staffed by the federal government.
 
4. We are taking action to maximize existing hospital capacity. I am requiring all hospitals statewide to develop plans that expand their capacity by at least 50% with the goal of expanding capacity by 100%. (State regulations affecting capacity have been temporarily waived.) The state also leased a nursing home facility in Brooklyn to convert to a 600-bed hospital. Finally, all elective, non-critical surgeries are cancelled, effective Wednesday, March 25, which will free up around a quarter of existing hospital beds.
 
5. Drug therapy trials will start Tuesday. The state has acquired 70,000 doses of Hydroxychloroquine, 10,000 doses of Zithromax and 750,000 doses of Chloroquine. Trials will start on Tuesday.
 
Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": Danny DeVito, Ben Stiller and other New Yorkers are helping amplify the message of urging New Yorkers to stay at home to stop the spread of this virus and save lives. See them here. I thank them for their help!
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commandercarey@gmail.com (Office of the Governor. ) Life Sun, 22 Mar 2020 20:34:07 -0400
Here's What NY State Considers Essential Services Under NY on Pause Executive Order https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/neighbors/4634-here-s-what-ny-state-considers-essential-services-under-the-ny-on-pause-executive-order4634-here-s-what-ny-state-considers-essential-services-under-the-ny-on-pause-executive-order https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/neighbors/4634-here-s-what-ny-state-considers-essential-services-under-the-ny-on-pause-executive-order4634-here-s-what-ny-state-considers-essential-services-under-the-ny-on-pause-executive-order

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has signed the "New York State on PAUSE" executive order, a 10-point policy to assure uniform safety for everyone. It includes a new directive that all non-essential businesses statewide must close in-office personnel functions effective at 8PM on Sunday, March 22. Guidance on essential services under the executive order is as follows:

ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES OR ENTITIES, including any for profit or non-profit, regardless of the nature of the service, the function they perform, or its corporate or entity structure, are not subject to the in-person restriction.

(Essential Businesses must continue to comply with the guidance and directives for maintaining a clean and safe work environment issued by the Department of Health).

This guidance is issued by the New York State Department of Economic Development d/b/a Empire State Development and applies to each business location individually and is intended to assist businesses in determining whether they are an essential business and steps to request such designation. With respect to business or entities that operate or provide both essential and non-essential services, supplies or support, only those lines and/or business operations that are necessary to support the essential services, supplies, or support are exempt from the restrictions. 

For purposes of Executive Order 202.6, "Essential Business," means:

1. Essential Health Care Operations, Including:

  • research and laboratory services
  • hospitals
  • walk-in-care health facilities
  • emergency veterinary and livestock services
  • elder care
  • medical wholesale and distribution
  • home health care workers or aides for the elderly
  • doctor and emergency dental
  • nursing homes, or residential health care facilities or congregate care facilities
  • medical supplies and equipment manufacturers and providers

2. Essential Infrastructure, Including:

  • utilities including power generation, fuel supply and transmission
  • public water and wastewater
  • telecommunications and data centers
  • airports/airlines
  • transportation infrastructure such as bus, rail, or for-hire vehicles, garages
  • hotels, and places of accommodation

3. Essential Manufacturing, Including:

  • food processing, manufacturing agents, including all foods and beverages
  • chemicals
  • medical equipment/instruments
  • pharmaceuticals
  • sanitary products
  • telecommunications
  • microelectronics/semi-conductor
  • agriculture/farms
  • household paper products

4. Essential Retail, Including:

  • grocery stores including all food and beverage stores
  • pharmacies
  • convenience stores
  • farmer's markets
  • gas stations
  • restaurants/bars (but only for take-out/delivery)
  • hardware and building material stores

5. Essential Services, Including:

  • trash and recycling collection, processing and disposal
  • mail and shipping services
  • laundromats
  • building cleaning and maintenance
  • child care services
  • auto repair
  • warehouse/distribution and fulfillment
  • funeral homes, crematoriums and cemeteries
  • storage for essential businesses
  • animal shelters

6. News Media

7. Financial Institutions, Including:

  • banks
  • insurance
  • payroll
  • accounting
  • services related to financial markets

8. Providers of Basic Necessities to Economically Disadvantaged Populations, Including:

  • homeless shelters and congregate care facilities
  • food banks
  • human services providers whose function includes the direct care of patients in state-licensed or funded voluntary programs; the care, protection, custody and oversight of individuals both in the community and in state-licensed residential facilities; those operating community shelters and other critical human services agencies providing direct care or support

9. Construction, Including:

  • skilled trades such as electricians, plumbers 
  • other related construction firms and professionals for essential infrastructure or for emergency repair and safety purposes

10. Defense

  • defense and national security-related operations supporting the U.S. Government or a contractor to the US government

11. Essential Services Necessary to Maintain the Safety, Sanitation and Essential Operations of Residences or Other Essential Businesses, Including:

  • law enforcement
  • fire prevention and response
  • building code enforcement
  • security
  • emergency management and response
  • building cleaners or janitors
  • general maintenance whether employed by the entity directly or a vendor
  • automotive repair
  • disinfection

12. Vendors that Provide Essential Services or Products, Including Logistics and Technology Support, Child Care and Services:

  • logistics
  • technology support for online services
  • child care programs and services
  • government owned or leased buildings
  • essential government services

If the function of your business is not listed above, but you believe that it is essential or it is an entity providing essential services or functions, you may request designation as an essential business.

Houses of worship are not ordered closed however it is strongly recommended no congregate services be held and social distance maintained. 

Businesses and entities that provide other essential services must implement rules that help facilitate social distancing of at least six feet.

Requests by businesses to be designated an essential function as described above, should only be made if they are NOT covered by the guidance.

To request designation as an essential business, please click here.

Restrictions on requesting designation as an essential business:

  • Any business that only has a single occupant/employee (i.e. gas station) has been deemed exempt and need not submit a request to be designated as an essential business.
  • Businesses ordered to close on Monday, March 15, 2020 under the restrictions on any gathering with 50 or more participants, including but not limited to, bars, restaurants, gyms, movie theaters, casinos, auditoriums, concerts, conferences, worship services, sporting events, and physical fitness centers, are presumed to be compliant with NYS issued restrictions and must remain closed and are not eligible for designation as an essential business for purposes of this guidance. 

For Guidance on cleaning and disinfection of facilities, refer to the New York State Department of Health Interim Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfection of Public and Private Facilities for COVID -19 at: 

http://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/coronavirus/docs/cleaning_guidance _general_building.pdf.

For further information: New York State Department of Health's COVID-19 Webpage https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/home

Center for Disease Control and Prevention Webpage:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/

Local health department contact information can be found at: https://www.health.ny.gov/contact/contact_information/index.htm

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commandercarey@gmail.com (Office of the Governor. ) Neighbors Sat, 21 Mar 2020 08:43:04 -0400
Governor Cuomo Signs the 'New York State on PAUSE' Executive Order and releases todays totals on Corvid-19 cases in NY https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/politics/4633-governor-cuomo-signs-the-new-york-state-on-pause-executive-order-and-releases-todays-totals-on-corvid-19-cases-in-ny4633-governor-cuomo-signs-the-new-york-state-on-pause-executive-order-and-releases-todays-totals-on-corvid-19-cases-in-ny https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/politics/4633-governor-cuomo-signs-the-new-york-state-on-pause-executive-order-and-releases-todays-totals-on-corvid-19-cases-in-ny4633-governor-cuomo-signs-the-new-york-state-on-pause-executive-order-and-releases-todays-totals-on-corvid-19-cases-in-ny

10-Point Policy that Assures Uniform Safety for Everyone

100% Closure of Non-Essential Businesses Statewide, Effective 8pm Sunday — Exceptions Made For Essential Services Such as Groceries and Healthcare

"Matilda's Law" Will Provide New Protections for Most Vulnerable Populations - New Yorkers Age 70 and Older, People with Compromised Immune Systems and Those With Underlying Illnesses

Directs 90-Day Moratorium on Any Residential or Commercial Evictions

Asks PPE Product Providers to Sell Non-Essential Products to the State and Encourages Companies to Begin Manufacturing PPE Products

Confirms 2,950 Additional Coronavirus Cases in New York State - Bringing Statewide Total to 7,102; New Cases in 23 Counties

*Editors Note. The totals of confirmed cases does not include an additional 5 cases diagnosed in Putnam County (12) since the Governor announced the new measures and released the figures above.


Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced he is signing the "New York State on PAUSE" executive order, a 10-point policy to assure uniform safety for everyone. It includes a new directive that all non-essential businesses statewide must close in-office personnel functions effective at 8PM on Sunday, March 22, and temporarily bans all non-essential gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason.

Governor Cuomo also announced "Matilda's Law" - named for the Governor's mother - to protect New York's most vulnerable populations, including individuals age 70 and older, those with compromised immune systems and those with underlying illnesses. The measure requires this group of New Yorkers to stay home and limit home visitation to immediate family members or close friends in need of emergency assistance. If it is necessary to visit such individuals, the visitor should get prescreened by taking temperature and seeing if person is exhibiting other flu-like symptoms. Both individuals should wear a mask for the duration of the visit.

AUDIO & PHOTOS of todays briefing are available by clicking the appropriate links

The Governor also announced a 90-day moratorium on any residential or commercial evictions.

Additionally, amid a shortage of personal protective equipment — or PPE — products in the state, including gloves, masks and gowns, the Governor is asking all PPE product providers to sell to the state any products that are not essential or not currently being used. Businesses interested in selling products to the state should contactSimonida Subotic at 646-522-8477 or covid19supplies@exec.ny.gov.

The Governor is also encouraging any company with the proper equipment or personnel to begin to manufacture PPE products if possible. The state is willing to provide funding to any company to obtain the proper equipment and personnel. Businesses interested in receiving state funding to manufacture PPE products should contact EricGertler at 212-803-3100 or COVID19supplies@esd.ny.gov.

We know the most effective way to reduce the spread of this virus is through social distancing and density reduction measures

 

The Governor's 10-point NYS on PAUSE plan is as follows:

1.    Effective at 8PM on Sunday, March 22, all non-essential businesses statewide will be closed;

2.    Non-essential gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason (e.g. parties, celebrations or other social events) are canceled or postponed at this time;

3.    Any concentration of individuals outside their home must be limited to workers providing essential services and social distancing should be practiced;

4.    When in public individuals must practice social distancing of at least six feet from others;

5.    Businesses and entities that provide other essential services must implement rules that help facilitate social distancing of at least six feet;

6.    Individuals should limit outdoor recreational activities to non-contact and avoid activities where they come in close contact with other people;

7.    Individuals should limit use of public transportation to when absolutely necessary and should limit potential exposure by spacing out at least six feet from other riders;

8.    Sick individuals should not leave their home unless to receive medical care and only after a telehealth visit to determine if leaving the home is in the best interest of their health;

9.    Young people should also practice social distancing and avoid contact with vulnerable populations;and

10. Use precautionary sanitizer practices such as using isopropyl alcohol wipes.

"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.
 
Finally, the Governor confirmed 2,950 additional cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 7,102 confirmed cases in New York State. Of the 7,102 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:

County

Total Positive

New Positive

Albany County

61

18

Allegany County

2

0

Broome County

2

0

Chenango County

2

0

Clinton County

2

0

Columbia County

1

1

Delaware County

1

0

Dutchess County

36

5

Erie County

31

3

Essex County

1

0

Fulton County

1

0

Genesee County

1

0

Greene County

2

0

Hamilton County

2

0

Herkimer County

2

1

Jefferson County

1

0

Livingston County

1

1

Monroe County

32

5

Montgomery County

2

0

Nassau County

754

382

Niagara County

3

2

New York City

4408

1939

Oneida County

2

0

Onondaga County

8

3

Ontario County

3

2

Orange County

84

33

Putnam County

7

2

Rensselaer County

8

2

Rockland County

101

48

Saratoga County

24

6

Schenectady County

21

3

Schoharie County

1

0

Suffolk County

371

193

Sullivan County

8

5

Tioga County

1

0

Tompkins County

7

1

Ulster County

12

2

Warren County

1

0

Washington County

1

0

Wayne County

1

0

Westchester County

1091

293

Wyoming County

2

0

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commandercarey@gmail.com (Office of the Governor. ) Politics Fri, 20 Mar 2020 12:45:16 -0400
Set your clocks! TONIGHT at 8 Broadway Comes Home! ACT of CT and The Ridgefield Playhouse Livestream! https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/events/4632-set-your-clocks-tonight-at-8-broadway-comes-home-act-of-ct-and-the-ridgefield-playhouse-livestream4632-set-your-clocks-tonight-at-8-broadway-comes-home-act-of-ct-and-the-ridgefield-playhouse-livestream https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/events/4632-set-your-clocks-tonight-at-8-broadway-comes-home-act-of-ct-and-the-ridgefield-playhouse-livestream4632-set-your-clocks-tonight-at-8-broadway-comes-home-act-of-ct-and-the-ridgefield-playhouse-livestream

ACT of Connecticut and The Ridgefield Playhouse to livestream a star-studded performance (including Stephen Schwartz and Debbie Gravitte) TONIGHT at 8:00 pm

The show will be performed and streamed live from ACT of CT (without a live audience). Performing “Beautiful City” from GODSPELL will be Broadway legend Stephen Schwartz (composer of WICKED, PIPPIN, GODSPELL to name a few). Also performing will be Bryan Perri (JAGGED LITTLE PILL), Tony Award Winner Debbie Gravitte, Sam Gravitte (WICKED), Matt Farnsworth (CATS, SUNSET BOULEVARD), Laura Woyasz (WICKED, ACT’s LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS), Juliet Lambert Pratt (LES MISERABLES, ACT’s MAMMA MIA), Daniela Sikora (Ridgefield Chorale). ACT’s Artistic Director Daniel C. Levine will host the show along with Ridgefield Playhouse Executive Director Allison Stockel and ACT’s Executive Director Katie Diamond. Ridgefield’s First Selectman Rudy Marconi will make an appearance as well.

This livestream event was created by ACT’s Artistic Director Daniel C. Levine. Levine says, "The goal of this livestream performance is to keep Ridgefield audiences engaged during this time of physical separation and to give some relief to the town. People still need to be entertained and we want to assure everyone that, despite this temporary period of isolation, art and culture in Ridgefield will still thrive. We may just need to change the way that we enjoy live performances temporarily. We are hoping that this performance will be a bit of a launchpad for a town-wide "streaming platform” for all arts and cultural organizations in our town."

To view the live performance on Friday at 8pm, click here.

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kerry@ducey.org (ACT of CT) Events Fri, 20 Mar 2020 07:47:47 -0400
United Way Provides Coronavirus Relief in up to $50,000 in Grants to Westchester Nonprofits https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/charities/4631-united-way-provides-coronavirus-relief-in-up-to-50-000-in-grants-to-westchester-nonprofits4631-united-way-provides-coronavirus-relief-in-up-to-50-000-in-grants-to-westchester-nonprofits https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/charities/4631-united-way-provides-coronavirus-relief-in-up-to-50-000-in-grants-to-westchester-nonprofits4631-united-way-provides-coronavirus-relief-in-up-to-50-000-in-grants-to-westchester-nonprofits

United Way of Westchester and Putnam announced that in response to the hardships created by the Coronavirus it is releasing funds totaling up to $50,000 through grants to nonprofits in Westchester.

The organization will be awarding grants up to $5,000 to nonprofits directly helping the underprivileged or ALICE populations, those who are employed but are living paycheck-to-paycheck, that are displaced or actively impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Westchester County.
 
“Westchester is firmly ensconced at the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, and we have asked the nonprofit community responding to the needs in the community what they are seeing during this unprecedented time,” said United Way of Westchester and Putnam CEO Tom Gabriel. “This grant initiative is the first of several rounds of funding that we anticipate being able to distribute in support of the communities affected by the Coronavirus.”
 
The initial round of funding is coming from The John M. Bendheim Community Disaster Response Fund, which is administered by UWWP. Its purpose is to provide direct disaster recovery assistance to families as well as local nonprofits affected by colossal natural and man-made disasters.
 
The late Mr. John M. Bendheim Sr. and family through the Leon Lowenstein Foundation established The Bendheim Community Disaster Response Endowment Fund for United Way of Westchester and Putnam in 2012. Mr. Bendheim was a long-time resident of Scarsdale and a supporter of United Way as a member of the Tocqueville Society, United Way’s national major donor association. Additionally he held many key positions with the local United Way committee in Scarsdale-Edgemont, including the chairmanship, in his early years.
 
The application is available online at uwwp.org/coronavirus-response-grant
 
The application deadline is Wednesday, April 15th. United Way of Westchester and Putnam will disperse the grants in May 2020.
 
 Resources for Nonprofits
 
Here are some resources to help your organization and your employees through the coronavirus:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Child Care Council of Westchester is available to help Westchester parents find temporary child care, and all services for parents are free. Call the Westchester Child Care Council at 914-761-3456 x140 and leave a message. Your call will be returned.
 
If you have questions about health and human service needs, displacement, food insecurity, or just need someone to listen to your concerns, please call United Way's 211 Helpline by dialing 211.
Please click here for the advocacy statementsample letter and resources to contact your elected officials. All these resources can also be easily found on our NPW website.
 
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Jan Fisher at jfisher@npwestchester.org or on my cellphone at 914-439-0203.

 

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kerry@ducey.org (United Way of Westchester/Putnam) Charities Wed, 18 Mar 2020 09:14:16 -0400
NY State Police Graduates 226 New Troopers https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/publicsafety/4629-ny-state-police-graduates-226-new-troopers4629-ny-state-police-graduates-226-new-troopers https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/publicsafety/4629-ny-state-police-graduates-226-new-troopers4629-ny-state-police-graduates-226-new-troopers

Superintendent Keith M. Corlett congratulated 226 new State Troopers as they graduated today from the 209th session of the Basic School of the New York State Police Academy.

“After months of difficult classwork and training, the 209th Basic School graduates join the ranks of one of the finest police agencies in the world,” said New York State Police Superintendent Keith M. Corlett. “This graduation is the culmination of 26 weeks of hard work and perseverance. I congratulate all of our new Troopers and thank them for their continued dedication and determination.”

In addition to honoring all graduates from the 209th Session of Basic School, Superintendent Corlett presented the following awards:

Academic Achievement Award

As a special incentive for all students attending the State Police Academy Basic School, the Superintendent sponsors the awarding of a firearm for the attainment of the highest level of academic performance during Academy training.

The winner of the “Academic Performance Award” is Trooper Michael A. Nash, a 30-year-old resident of Watervliet, New York. He is a graduate of Albany College of Pharmacy with a Bachelor of Science degree in Clinical Lab Sciences. Throughout the Academy training program, he achieved an outstanding overall academic average of 96.6 percent. He will be assigned to Troop G.

Firearms Proficiency Award

The New York State Trooper Foundation has sponsored the awarding of a firearm for the attainment of the highest level of performance in all phases of firearms training.

The winner of the Superintendent’s Firearms Proficiency Award is Trooper Zachariah T. Gildemeister, 24, of Rushford, New York. He is a graduate of Houghton College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology. Prior to joining the New York State Police, he owned a landscaping company.  During firearms training, he fired an average score of 250 out of a possible 250.  He will be assigned to Troop D.

Investigator Joseph T. Aversa Physical Fitness Award

The New York State Police Investigators Association has sponsored the awarding of a firearm for the attainment of the highest degree of physical fitness during the Physical Training Program at the Academy.  This award will be presented in memory of deceased Investigator Joseph Aversa.  Investigator Aversa made the ultimate sacrifice in New York City on March 5, 1990, during a narcotics investigation while serving as a member of the Joint Drug Enforcement Task Force.  Investigator Aversa was a six-year State Police veteran who believed that physical conditioning was an integral part of being a Trooper.

The winner of the Joseph T. Aversa Physical Training Award is Trooper Joseph F. Roth.  He is 23 and resides in Watkins Glen, New York.  He is a graduate of St. John Fisher College with a Bachelor Degree in Human Resources Management. He served with the NYS Parks Police prior to joining the New York State Police.  During the physical agility test, he achieved the highest score of all 226 Members of the 209th Session, a tribute to his superb physical conditioning.  He will be assigned to Troop G.

Student Representative

The New York State Troopers Police Benevolent Association has sponsored the awarding of a firearm to the member of the class who is selected by his or her peers to represent them during these exercises. The PBA presents the award in memory of Trooper John J. McKenna IV, who was killed in action in 2006, while serving his country as a Marine in Iraq.

Trooper Michael R. Green has been chosen as the class representative.  He is 25 and resides in Richmondville, New York.  He is a graduate of Mercyhurst University with a Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice. Prior to joining the New York State Police, he served in the United States Army Reserves as a Military Police Officer and with the Vermont State Police. He will be assigned to Troop D.

The graduation ceremony was held at the New York State Police Academy in Albany. The National Anthem was performed by Sergeant Elizabeth Fallon. The ceremony included a video presentation of the training received by all members of the 209th Basic School Session.

Video sound bites with the members listed directly below are available on the New York State Police YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/nyspolice.

Trooper Catherine Arena– Sugar Loaf
Trooper Arena will be assigned to Troop F

Trooper Gabriel W. Peterkin– Brooklyn
Trooper Peterkin will be assigned to Troop F

Trooper Andrew J. Chang– Fresh Meadows
Trooper Chang will be assigned to Troop NYC

Trooper Michael R. Green– Richmondville
Trooper Green will be assigned to Troop D

Trooper Cameron D. Fryer– Buffalo
Trooper Fryer will be assigned to Troop F

Trooper Zeth E. Henneman– Owego
Trooper Henneman will be assigned to Troop F

Trooper Majeedul H. Jafar – New York
Trooper Jafar will be assigned to Troop C

Trooper Carly M. Peterson– Cornwall on Hudson
Trooper Peterson will be assigned to Troop F

The new troopers will report for field duty on March 23, 2020.  For the following 10 weeks, the new troopers will be evaluated under a field-training program supervised by senior Field Training Officers.

Below is a list of field training Troop assignments (In the HamletHub area) where graduates will begin field duty supervised by senior training officers.  Included are the hometowns of the graduates.

TROOP F

Frank

D

Annicaro

Pine Island

 

Raymond

S

Arcieri

Mahopac

 

Catherine

 

Arena

Sugar Loaf

 

Saruhan

 

Celtik

Franklin Square

 

Jelani

A

Constantine

Jamaica

 

Brian

T

Coughlin

Brentwood

 

Eric

R

Cruz

College Point

 

Andrew

S

Cruz Jr

Islip

 

Brian

T

Cunningham

New City

 

Michael

D

Denapoli

Carmel

 

Marcel

J

Dupuis

Hannacroix

 

Daniel

W

Engel

Fishkill

 

Cameron

D

Fryer

Cameron

 

Daniel

P

Gilmore Jr

Farmingdle

 

Liam

B

Hageman-Scettini

Albany

 

Matthew

J

Hanley

Monroe

 

Steven

R

Iannolo

Middletown

 

Zachary

N

Jerard

Scotia

 

John

T

Kokulak

Warwick

 

Hunter

D

Kolvenbach

Glen Spey

 

Brendan

W

Madden

Stoney Point

 

Devin

A

Maio

Highland

 

Thomas

J

Mascia

West Hempstead

 

Erin

K

Mcgovern

Kingston

 

Michael

E

Mcgreevy

Nanuet

 

Steven

A

Morrissey

Pine Bush

 

Logan

D

Oconnor

Greenville

 

Gariel

W

Peterkin

Brooklyn

 

Carly

 

Peterson

Cornwall On Hudson

 

John

F

Picard

Swan Lake

 

Jorge

I

Plata

Troy

 

Carlos

 

Ramos

Medford

 

Emmanuel

E

Ramos

Middletown

 

Ian

A

Schupp

New Hampton

 

Jackson

I

Sewitt

Highland Mills

 

John

A

Sherlock

North Bellmore

 

Gustavo

G

Sparovich Jr

Chester

 

Connor

J

Stewart

Walden

 

Matthew

P

Stone

Mt Sinai

 

Elias

E

Strickland

Stanfordville

 

Katherine

E

Sullivan

Saugerties

 

Michael

T

Whitehead

Patterson

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commandercarey@gmail.com (New York State Police) Public safety Wed, 18 Mar 2020 08:20:12 -0400
Metro-North to Move to Electronic Payments Only, Closes Select Station Ticket Offices https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/life/4630-metro-north-to-move-to-electronic-payments-only-closes-select-station-ticket-offices4630-metro-north-to-move-to-electronic-payments-only-closes-select-station-ticket-offices https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/life/4630-metro-north-to-move-to-electronic-payments-only-closes-select-station-ticket-offices4630-metro-north-to-move-to-electronic-payments-only-closes-select-station-ticket-offices

A top priority of Metro-North is keeping our customers and employees safe, and we are taking all measures possible to prevent the spread of COVID19. That's why we are disinfecting our stations two times a day, sanitizing our trains daily and performing a complete cleaning of our trains every 72 hours. However, also reducing hand-to-hand contact is one of the effective ways to stop the spread of COVID19.

Therefore as a precaution, starting Tuesday, March 17, Metro-North will no longer be accepting cash fare payments at its ticket counters or on trains. Metro-North will continue to accept credit card payments for tickets transactions, or you can use cash at a ticket vending machine. We also urge customers to use MTA eTix, the fast and easy way to pay directly from your smartphone.

In addition, in line with the NY State guidelines so that customers and employees are not potentially exposed to the virus, on Wednesday, March 18, we are temporarily closing the following station ticket offices:

Bronxville
Croton-Harmon
Mount Vernon East
New Rochelle
North White Plains
Rye
Tarrytown
White Plains

As a further precaution in reducing hand-to-hand transmission, Metro-North's Lost and Found Office, which is located on the lower level of Grand Central Terminal, will be closed until further notice as of March 17. If you have left an item on the train or in one of our stations, please file your initial claim online. 

We appreciate your patience while we deal with this unprecedented situation, and we hope you and your family are safe and healthy.

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kerry@ducey.org (MetroNorth) Life Wed, 18 Mar 2020 05:24:34 -0400
All New York City, Westchester, Suffolk and Nassau Public Schools Will Close This Week to Limit Spread of COVID-19 https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/neighbors/4628-all-new-york-city-westchester-suffolk-and-nassau-public-schools-will-close-this-week-to-limit-spread-of-covid-194628-all-new-york-city-westchester-suffolk-and-nassau-public-schools-will-close-this-week-to-limit-spread-of-covid-19 https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/neighbors/4628-all-new-york-city-westchester-suffolk-and-nassau-public-schools-will-close-this-week-to-limit-spread-of-covid-194628-all-new-york-city-westchester-suffolk-and-nassau-public-schools-will-close-this-week-to-limit-spread-of-covid-19

Westchester, Nassau and Suffolk to Close Public Schools Beginning Monday, March 16

NYC Must Have a Plan in Place within 24 Hours to Ensure Children Who Rely on School Meals Continue Getting Support and Parents - Especially Critical Healthcare Workers and First Responders - Have Access to Child Care

Cuomo: "Any school closings need to be done with these contingencies in mind so that children are not harmed and our hospitals aren't understaffed - otherwise we cut off our nose to spite our face."

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced New York City, Westchester, Nassau and Suffolk schools will close this week in an effort to limit the spread of novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. 

Schools in Westchester, Nassau and Suffolk will close for two weeks beginning Monday, March 16.

New York City must develop a plan within the next 24 hours to ensure children who rely on school breakfast and lunch programs will continue to receive that support, and parents - especially critical healthcare workers and first responders - will be provided access to child care as needed. New York City schools will close early this week.

"Our goal is to slow the spread of the virus to a rate that the healthcare system can manage, and one of the ways to do that is to reduce density," Governor Cuomo said. "Closing the schools is a good idea but you have to anticipate and correct any unintended consequences - we have to ensure children who rely on free school meals continue to get them and that there's adequate child care, especially for healthcare workers and first responders who are parents of young children. We will close these schools but it needs to be done with these contingencies in mind so that children are not harmed and our hospitals aren't understaffed - otherwise we cut off our nose to spite our face."

The Governor also called on 1199 SEIU President George Gresham, New York State Nurses Association President Judy Sheridan Gonzalez, Greater New York Hospitals Association President Ken Raske and United Federation of Teachers President Mike Mulgrew to work together to ensure children who rely on school breakfast and lunch programs will continue to receive that support, and parents will be provided access to child care as needed, including temporary daycare centers. These centers would prioritize care for children of healthcare workers and first responders to ensure these school closures do not strain the hospital and emergency response systems.

Earlier today, the Governor tasked SUNY Empire State College President Jim Malatras with working with counties to develop contingency plans in preparation for school closings, including how to provide meals to food insecure children and ensuring families have adequate access to childcare.

The county executives from Westchester, Suffolk and Nassau joined a conference call with Governor Cuomo earlier today to discuss the closures and said the following:  

Westchester County Executive George Latimer said, "Our county has been coordinating with the State to ensure an effective means of slowing the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Cancelling group events and meetings, limiting access for non-essential social contacts and anticipating additional testing and healthcare needs are all part of our response in concert with the Governor and his administration. Closing schools-with adequate childcare and nutrition provisions-is the next step we will undertake this week. We deeply appreciate the leadership shown by Governor Cuomo."

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said, "Over the last several days we have worked with our state and local partners on the potential closure of schools as the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 continued to increase around the state. As part of our larger social distancing efforts, we came to the conclusion that closing schools is the right thing to do at this time. I would like to thank Governor Cuomo for his leadership as we deal with this crisis as well as our school districts for their partnership and swift action to protect Suffolk families."

Nassau County Executive Laura Curran said, "I thank Governor Cuomo for fully supporting our decision to close all public and private schools and for his unwavering commitment to ensure every child in Nassau County is fully taken care of while this crisis continues to unfold. We all agree that nothing is more important than the safety and well-being of our children."

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kerry@ducey.org (NY Governor Andrew Cuomo ) Neighbors Sun, 15 Mar 2020 14:36:22 -0400
UPDATE: New York Public Library locations CLOSED to the public beginning Saturday, March 14 through at least Tuesday, March 31 https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/places/4627-update-new-york-public-library-locations-closed-to-the-public-beginning-saturday-march-14-through-at-least-tuesday-march-314627-update-new-york-public-library-locations-closed-to-the-public-beginning-saturday-march-14-through-at-least-tuesday-march-31 https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/places/4627-update-new-york-public-library-locations-closed-to-the-public-beginning-saturday-march-14-through-at-least-tuesday-march-314627-update-new-york-public-library-locations-closed-to-the-public-beginning-saturday-march-14-through-at-least-tuesday-march-31

After carefully considering a multitude of factors and the rapidly changing situation in New York City around novel coronavirus (COVID-19), all New York Public Library locations will be closed to the public beginning on Saturday, March 14 through at least Tuesday, March 31.

Please note that Friday, March 13 will be the last day that patrons can pick up holds or borrow books until library locations reopen.

We made this decision to support the overall health and wellness of our communities and for the safety of our patrons and staff. It was a difficult decision, as we care deeply about serving the public, but the responsible thing to do—and the best way to serve our patrons right now—is to help minimize the spread of COVID-19. While we have been proud to stay open to serve the public amid storms and other emergencies, the best way we can serve our patrons now is to help contain the virus, especially as our patrons include many seniors and others at high risk.

We know the Library is a critical resource for New Yorkers of all ages, so we are taking steps to support our patrons as much as possible during this temporary closure:
  • All late fees will be suspended and due dates extended during the closure period.
  • The Library is working to expand access to e-books and increase awareness of our vast array of online resources. For example, New Yorkers can sign up for a library card to read e-books on our SimplyE app, use research databases, and much more. To learn more, visit our website, or stay tuned for email updates. (If you received this email from a friend, you can sign up for updates with our new NYPL Connect e-newsletter .)
  • Patrons can access the Library's Census resources online.
  • All branches will be sanitized before they reopen.
  • Ask NYPL virtual reference will be available and answering any questions.
The safety and health of our patrons and staff are the Library’s top priority. Please continue to check our coronavirus webpage for updates and contact Ask NYPL with questions. It is important that we all do our part to keep our communities healthy and safe.
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kerry@ducey.org (Anthony W. Marx President, The New York Public Library) Places Fri, 13 Mar 2020 09:52:08 -0400
Empire City Casino by MGM Resorts Temporarily Suspends Racing Operations at Yonkers Raceway https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/places/4626-empire-city-casino-by-mgm-resorts-temporarily-suspends-racing-operations-at-yonkers-raceway4626-empire-city-casino-by-mgm-resorts-temporarily-suspends-racing-operations-at-yonkers-raceway https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/places/4626-empire-city-casino-by-mgm-resorts-temporarily-suspends-racing-operations-at-yonkers-raceway4626-empire-city-casino-by-mgm-resorts-temporarily-suspends-racing-operations-at-yonkers-raceway

Empire City Casino by MGM Resorts Temporarily Suspends Racing Operations at Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY – Empire City Casino by MGM Resorts (“Empire City”) announced today the suspension of racing operations at its harness track, Yonkers Raceway, through Wednesday, March 18th. Empire City learned on Tuesday, March 10th that an employee of the Standardbred Owners Association (“SOA”), the harness horsemen association, tested positive for COVID-19 before passing away. The individual had an office in the Yonkers Raceway paddock building located next to the racetrack and was last there on February 28, 2020. His death was announced Tuesday, March 10th by New Jersey officials, as he was a resident of that state. 

As a precaution, racing was canceled on March 10th and employees who had direct contact with the individual were provided with information to secure testing, self-quarantine, and advised to contact their healthcare providers if they are experiencing symptoms. Professional cleaners were engaged to deep clean and sanitize the impacted areas, including the race office and paddock. 

In addition to regular cleaning procedures, Empire City has increased the frequency of cleaning and disinfecting protocols, with a specific focus on high-touch surfaces. Additional hand sanitizer stations have been placed throughout the casino. 

Empire City released the following statement: “The health and safety of our guests and employees remains our highest priority. We continue to monitor the evolving COVID-19 situation and closely follow guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local health officials. We offer our deepest sympathies to the family of the colleague we lost. It is a tremendous loss to the sport of racing, the SOA, and the Yonkers Raceway team. He will be missed.”

Empire City Casino and its dining entities remain open with regular operating hours.

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kerry@ducey.org (Empire City Casino) Places Thu, 12 Mar 2020 10:58:33 -0400