COVID-19 Information & Community Resources

Reliable Coronavirus (COVID-19) Info Resources

MedlinePlus

Provides a summary of the virus origins, details on prevention (handwashing!), and handouts for children and adults, plus links to statistics and a site de-bunking Coronavirus (COVID-19) myths.

As part of the National Library of Medicine, MedlinePlus is an online health resource that provides easily accessible consumer health information in English and Spanish.

World Health Organization (WHO)

Coronavirus (COVID-19) FAQs from WHO, a United Nations agency dedicated to world public health. Information covered in FAQs includes how the virus is spread, symptoms, prevention methods, information regarding treatment, mythbusting, and more.

New York State Department of Health

If Exposed to COVID-19:

If you believe you have been exposed, you should contact your primary care physician who can refer you for testing. Expanded testing opportunities are being made available with testing requests prioritized according to DOH criteria.

To see if you qualify for testing, contact either your primary care provider or the State hotline at 888-364-3065.

Other Important COVID-19 Contacts:

People under self-quarantine or exposure to a known case: (866) 588-0195

NYS Department of Health COVID-19 Hotline: (888) 364-3065 (24/7)

Putnam/Westchester County COVID-19 Information: Call 211

Putnam County Department of Health

Includes local information and updates about the status of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Putnam County.

 

Other Helpful Resources

Take Care of Your Mental Health

  • New York State Mental Health Hotline: 844-863-9314
  • Free Access to the Headspace App for New Yorkers at headspace.com/ny
  • Philipstown Hub Mental Health Resources: 845-260-1001

Want to Volunteer or Need Volunteer Assistance?

The Town of Philipstown is coordinating volunteer efforts to pick up groceries and do pharmacy runs for residents who need help. Library staff can put you in touch with volunteers if you need assistance. Email staff@desmondfishlibrary.org or call us at 845-424-3020.

Visit philipstown.com to sign up for local volunteer opportunities.

Applying for Health Insurance Coverage:

Nystateofhealth.ny.gov or by phone at 855-355-5777

Applying for Unemployment:

Unemployment Insurance Guidance from the New York State Department of Labor

Applying for CARES Act Funding:

Small Business Owners Guide to the CARES Act

Letter from the Library Director

Dear Library Friends, 

Sending you love from everyone at the DFPL in this difficult time. We look forward to seeing you in person now that the library has opened by appointment! For more information about how you can book an appointment to visit the library and our curbside check out and delivery services, please visit our reopening page.

You’ll find more information about our new online programs and virtual services below and through the links in the right hand menu.

Our online collections and resources are available 24/7 with your library card, including eBooks, audiobooks, streaming video, and free online classes. If you don’t have a library card, you can create a digital library “eCard” to access our online resources at http://bit.ly/dfplecard

We hope you will tune in for our virtual story time, craft, and coding programs  on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, community group meetups, quiz nights, and fact checking happy hour on Zoom, and special performances and talks on Crowdcast. For more information, check out our events calendar or email staff@desmondfishlibrary.org.

We are here to help so please don’t hesitate to call us at 845-424-3020 or email us with questions, any requests for help or information, or just to check in and say hello. 

We look forward to seeing you here at the library again soon. Please stay safe, be well, and keep in touch in the meantime!

Sincerely,

Jen McCreery, Library Director

ONLINE RESOURCES