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Coronavirus, COVID-19, Hudson Valley

Keep on top of how area businesses are providing families with needed products and services with HVP's news updates! Check back often, as the list is updated frequently.

During this time of need My Angels Homecare of Poughkeepsie would like to extend a helping hand to the senior community in Dutchess, Orange and Ulster Counties. If you are in need of toiletries, food, personal hygiene products etc... please give us a call at 1-888-284-5729 and we will try our best to help.

Companion Pet Hospital of Fishkill and Companion Pet Hospital of Carmel are continuing to care for pets of the Hudson Valley. Curbside appointments are available M-S for sick pets, with a team focused on providing a low-stress experience for your pet, while keeping you safe. They also offer telemedicine options, so your pet's health can receive the attention it deserves, no matter the current circumstances.

Get spring gardening tips via telephone or email with Cornell Cooperative Extension Orange County’s “Garden Helpline,” for help with pests, native plants, invasive species, diseases and basic “how-tos.”

Co-parenting isn’t easy and harder still with separated families walking the fine line between keeping connected with each other and abiding by social distancing. See “Co-parenting during Coronavirus” tips from Martin S. Butcher, Esq. with Jacobowitz and Gubits LLP in Walden.

Find fresh food at local farms, farmers’ markets and food pantries with Cornell Cooperative Extension Ulster County’s expanded map. Be sure to call ahead to ensure that staff and products are available.  

Did you know that your child is a live-in Zen Master? See the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck’s free links to family-minded offerings like the one on thinking of your children as live-in Zen masters who will unfailingly push your buttons.

Kid's Place Learning Center in Fishkill is offering childcare services to First Responders and Essential Workers as well as those within the community who have a need. Providing full-day program for children in grades pre K – 8 who are out of school, 6 a.m. – 7 p.m. with extend hours until 8pm.

The YMCA of Middletown is offering emergency childcare services at 3 locations in Orange County for kids ages 5 to 12 years old. The locations are in Middletown, Slate Hill and Florida. Click on the Emergency Childcare tab. You must complete the form and the email instructions are provided.

Oblong Books is taking orders for Easter Baskets including add-on options. Baskets can be tailored to a child's age and interests and cost $30 or $50, with free shipping. Order deadline is March 31, www.oblongbooks.com/oblong-easter-baskets

Happy Hours Children’s Center in East Fishkill is extending emergency childcare to parents/guardians who need immediate childcare, 2 to 10 years old. Registration form and a doctor’s note verifying the child's immunizations are required. Daily and weekly care options, 845-226-5814 or happyhourschild@aol.com

See Special Education and Inclusive Learning for 150 sensory learning ideas.  

Poughkeepsie Farm Project’s
(PFP) is working with the Poughkeepsie City School District (PCSD), to distribute fresh produce for students through four locations in Poughkeepsie:   

  • New Hope Community Center, Hudson Gardens, 120 Hudson Ave., 9 a.m. -10 a.m.
  • Eastman Tower, Montgomery St., 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • Rip Van Winkle Apartments, 10 Rinaldi Blvd., 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • Harriet Tubman Terrace Apartments, 29 Jefferson St., 11 a.m.-12 p.m.

At each site, bags of fresh produce will be made available for pickup and continue to be distributed throughout the week, as supplies last. Along with the vegetables, PFP staff are including recipes, produce storage tips, vegetable coloring sheets, and other activities for students and families who are staying at home during this difficult time.

As well, cold breakfast and lunch bags will continue to be available from the Poughkeepsie City School District at the following locations throughout the city:

From 9 a.m.-10 a.m.:

  • Hudson Gardens, 120 Hudson Ave.
  • Thurgood Marshall, 109 Delafield St.
  • MLK, 159 Washington St.
  • Dr. J. Brady Apartments, 11 Boulevard Knolls
  • Bixby Apartments, 21 Charles St.

From 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at:

  • Poughkeepsie High School parking lot, 70 Forbus St.
  • Eastman Tower, Montgomery St.
  • Rip Van Winkle Tower, Main St. and Rinaldi Blvd.
  • Harriet Tubman Apartments, Jefferson and Church Sts.

Mohonk Preserve’s Environmental Education team is sharing ways you can explore nature in your own home and backyard. New activities for all ages will be posted daily from Monday through Friday while students remain home from school due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Keep checking back for new ways to get into nature, and share your backyard or indoor nature exploration with Mohonk Preserve on Facebook and Instagram with #GetIntoNature and #MohonkPreserve!

Oblong Books, with stores in Millerton and Rhinebeck, is now taking online orders for Easter Baskets - a $30 and a $50 option with a variety of add-on options. Baskets can be tailored to a child's age and interests. Free shipping!  Order deadline is March 31.

Sapling is a unique children's and maternity boutique located in Rhinebeck. They offer a great online experience. Look at their new arrivals + Easter Basket goodies. They have carefully curated Easter and Spring items for babies and bigger kids too. Online orders ship free with code SAPLINGLOVESU.

New Beginnings Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery is offering free cosmetic televisit consultations. Although a physical exam can obviously not be performed, they will share a lot of information and recommend things to research. If you are interested in any of the cosmetic procedures they offer, this may be the perfect way to spend your time at home. Call them at 845-454-6392 and they will gladly set up your televisit consultation.

Happy Hours Children's Center in East Fishkill is extending emergency care for parents who need immediate care for a child 2 yrs to 10 yrs old. They are a licensed center. For more information contact them at 845-226-5814 or email them at happyhourschild@aol.com.

Crystal Run Healthcare, with locations in the Hudson Valley and lower Catskill region, has designated specific office and Urgent Care locations for evaluation of individuals who may be infected with the novel Coronavirus. These locations serve as dedicated fever/Upper Respiratory Infection (URI) evaluation sites to specifically assess for COVID-19 or Flu for all Crystal Run Healthcare patients. If you think you've been exposed to Coronavirus, please call our hotline at 845-643-3909, prior to coming to the offices or Urgent Care. For more information about testing, visit www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/. In addition, Crystal Run Healthcare launched Telehealth Visits for patients who are unable to visit the office. The telehealth platform enables virtual visits with more than 200 Crystal Run providers in a multitude of specialties, using a smartphone or computer.  

Healthy Kids in Poughkeepsie has opened emergency full-day childcare programs in several locations to care for your children from ages 6 weeks to age 12 so parents can go to work. These programs will continue until schools resume (unless New York State decides otherwise).

While all March and April programs have been postponed at the Staatsburgh State Historic Site in Staastburg, including the music performance scheduled for Sunday, April 26, like NYS parks all year-round state parks, Stattsburgh’s trails, and grounds currently are open for outdoor recreation and enjoyment. Additionally, Governor Cuomo has waived all entrance fees during the current COVID-19 public health crisis. Visitors should remember they are in a public park and take steps to protect their health, including:  

- Trying to keep at least six (6) feet of distance between you and others.
- Avoiding close contact, such as shaking hands, hugging, and kissing.
- Washing hands often or use a hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available.
- Avoiding surfaces that are touched often, such as doorknobs, handrails, and playground equipment.

See business updates via the Goshen Chamber of Commerce (click on the company names for links to their websites/Facebook pages and service information):

Armani's Limo Car Service & Detailing, All County Window Cleaning, Automotive Ingenuity HD, Hambletonian Auto Spa, Healey Brothers, Inc., Mike's Auto Service Center, Murray's Auto Body Shop Inc., Orange County Premier Limo Inc., Suresky CDJR
·     COFFEE/DELI (curbside)
Orange County Bagel Bakery – Goshen, Orange County Bagel Bakery – Walden, Steve's Deli, Valkyrie Coffee Roasters
Cactus Pete's Homemade Jerky LLC, Cornucopia Concept Caterers, Edgwick Farm, Go Goats Milk, Hilly Acres Farm, LunaGrown, Orange County Distillery, Orchards of Concklin LLC, Ott'rageous Cookie Co., Pancake Hollow Sugarworks, S & S O Produce Farms, Satori Unlimited LLC, Schrader Creations, Scotty's Pies, Senza Glutine by Carmela, Warwick Valley Winery & Distillery
·     RESTAURANTS (curbside/deliveryAmores Pizza, Angelita's Mexican Kitchen, Bull's Head Inn, Delancey's Restaurant, Limoncello, Mason's Marketplace, New Street Tavern, Oak & Reed Downtown, Village Pizza - Goshen 
·     RETAIL (online shopping)
Beer World Inc., Bliss Boutique, Bliss Co-op, Brotherhood Winery, Edible Arrangements of the Hudson Valley, High Withers Wines & Spirits, James Murray Florist, Linda's Office Supplies, Lowe's Home Improvement, O'Toole's Harley-Davidson, Price Chopper Supermarkets, Sew EZ Creations, Shop Rite, Tom's Greenhouses & Florist, Tool Factory Outlet

Hudson Valley Seed Company in Accord is continuing to deliver seeds to customers, however, with the company experiencing an unprecedented demand for seeds, the team is working diligently to ship all orders within five business days. The team partakes in frequent handwashing and the repeated cleaning of touched surfaces. Additionally, a staggered schedule has been implemented to limit the number of team members in the site’s production and shipping spaces at the same time.  

In response to the spike in the demand for emergency food assistance due to the COVID-19 crisis, with the support of ShopRite Supermarkets, Inc., the Kaplan Foundation and Assemblyman Colin Schmitt, Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus arranged for a tractor-trailer of more than 60,000 pounds of non-perishable food was delivered to the Encounter Church in Rock Tavern on Friday, March 20. To arrange for a pickup, contact the Encounter Church at 845-497-0142 or call the Orange County Crisis Center at 1-800-832-1200.

Stony Kill Foundation in Wappingers Falls remains open sun up to sun down and invites friends to come and enjoy the outdoors at the Stony Kill Farm in Wappingers Falls, including:

- Enjoying the trails of Stony Kill, including the Sierra Trail and Muller Pond Trail with parking off Red School House Road. Spring ephemerals are in bloom on the Woodland Trail near the Manor House during April and early May. 
- Having a picnic lunch with your family at the picnic tables on the Manor House lawn or down on the lawn between the greenhouse and the barn.
- Birdwatching, especially for grassland birds in our many meadows and hedgerows. 
Find out about helping with Project Feeder Watch at SKF. 
- Fishing in Muller Pond, the Farm Pond or Sierra Pond.

Trevor Zoo at Millbrook School in Millbrook is live at 4 p.m. every Wednesday. Join the zoo’s staff for a fun-filled, educational experience live from the zoo

Cornell Cooperative Extension Ulster County in Kingston is receiving soil samples via the mail, and offering its Backyard Chickens class online, March 30. As well, 4-H Youth will do public presentations virtually with video.

United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region in Poughkeepsie and Newburgh offers the following services:

- A fund to help families in crisis
- A community resource webpage and Facebook Group for Dutchess and Orange County
- United Way’s 2-1-1 confidential helpline is answering calls 24/7 from our community, about COVID-19, shelter, food access, and employment
- Updated news and staff help

Emily Music for Kids! in Beacon is offering virtual 40-minute interactive educational music romp for kids ages 0-10 and their caregivers.   

The Seed Song Farm & Center (previously Brook Farm Project) in Kingston, continues to have food available for the community. June 6th is the first day of our Community Supported Agriculture pick-up for CSA members and a la carte purchases, all via a drive-up farm stand.  

Mid-Hudson Valley Hypnosis is offering free hypnosis stress relief audio.

Crystal Run Healthcare, with locations in Orange, Ulster, Sullivan and other counties, asks that people with upper respiratory symptoms or unexplained fever, not visit an office but instead call the practice’s CORONAVIRUS HOTLINE at 845-643-3909. The COVID-19 testing site in Goshen has been expanded and evaluation sites have been added outside of four of its urgent care locations, including Rock Hill, Middletown, Newburgh, and West Nyack. The practice also have rolled out a robust telehealth platform to help meet the healthcare needs of non-office patients.   

Merritt Bookstore in Millbrook has filed with the state to be designated an essential business, in the aim of staying open for one to two customers at a time, online orders for pickup and delivery and shipping. Until further notice, the store will operate mornings, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., to fulfill orders, for porch pick up, home delivery, and shipping. 

Treatment services at Catholic Charities‘ chemical dependency clinics will be available by telephone only, with telemedicine utilized to provide medication-assisted treatment. Program members or those in need of recovery support, should call their clinic for assistance: 

- Goshen - 294-5888, x1125 
- Port Jervis - 856-6344, x1425 
- Walden - 778-5628, x1225 
- Newburgh - 562-8255, x1625 
- Monroe - 782-0295, x1525 
- Middletown - 343-7675, x1325 
- Monticello - 794-8080, x2125 

Once Upon A Tea Party, LLC  and The Princess Manor in New Windsor are offering 30-, 45- and 60-minute playdate and birthday party packages with virtual characters. 

The Behavior Place in Middletown, which ABA Therapy for toddlers and preschoolers with autism, is providing telehealth services to help parents hand daily challenges at home.

One of the local McDonald’s restaurant groups that Hudson Valley Parent works with has asked us to let you know about new regulations they have put in place to better serve you. All McDonalds restaurants are only offering orders to go. As well, the self-service beverage bars in lobby areas are not available. As you are up and about, please use McDonald’s Drive-Thru lanes for your meals. Whether it is breakfast, lunch or an early dinner, enjoy a pick-up-and-go burger, fries, salad and a drink. Use Uber Eats with a $5.00 off coupon for first McDonald’s delivery.

Open Doors Educational Advocates in Highland is available for telephone consultations with families of students with special needs, including answering questions regarding services for special needs students during school closures based on the current information provided by NYSED. 845-978-7970, trieshaopendoors@gmail.com

The Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Eleanor Roosevelt’s Val-Kill and the Vanderbilt Mansion have been closed until further notice, per the National Park ServiceWhere it is possible to adhere to the latest health guidance, the outdoor grounds and trails will remain open to provide healthy options for the public to enjoy. Updates about NPS operations will be posted on www.nps.gov/coronavirus. Please check with individual parks for specific details about park operations. 

The grounds of Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site in Newburgh are open Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Due to health and safety concerns, however, the site’s museum, Hasbrouck House and Tower of Victory tours have been temporarily suspended.   

Mindful Yoga With Liz in Poughkeepsie is offering free live videos on Facebook and Instagram (for kids during the day) as well as a full online class schedule for all of the studio’s Kids Yoga Programs  All virtual classed are on Zoom; discounted class cards of 15 percent are available.

Newburgh Free Library offers many resources free to cardholders, including e-books and digital books for kids and many databases for exploration of hobbies, research and interests. Also available is a listing of parent and youth-oriented information about coronavirus, online resources and activities for children and teens, plus early learning activities for pre-school children, Early Childhood Literacy Guide

Healthy Kids Programs has opened emergency childcare programs in New Windsor and Poughkeepsie to provide full day childcare to children of first responders, the medical community and other essential personnel who are needed to deliver critical services but have their children home. Healthy Kids Programs has three emergency childcare centers open and ready to accept children from 6 weeks to age 12 provided they are not showing any sign of illness, registration@healthykidsprograms.com or 845-839-3494.

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, Dedrick’s Pharmacy in New Paltz taking extra precautions to protect our patients and our staff. Effective immediately the pharmacy is offering curbside pickup and on a limited basis, delivery. If you are experiencing any symptoms such as fever, cough and/or shortness of breath please utilize the pharmacy’s new services.

During the current COVID-19 public health crisis, getting outdoors and connecting with nature is a way to help maintain our mental and physical health, including reducing stress and anxiety, lowering blood pressure, improving mood, energy, and sleep, and boosting the immune system. While indoor spaces and restrooms at DEC environmental education centers, hatcheries, and other public facilities currently are closed, New York’s grounds and trails are open daylight hours, seven days a week. Any entry fees are waived. Find a location near you on our website, www.dec.ny.gov. Visit DEC’s education webpage for nature and outdoor activities under “Kids G.O. (Get Outside)” and “Nature Activities,” plus lesson plans for different grade levels in “Educator Lesson Plans” and “Hudson River Lesson Plans.” In addition, students can read about nature in “Conservationist for Kids.”

Kid's Place Learning Center in Fishkill is providing full-day program for children in grades pre K – 8 who are out of school, 6 a.m. – 7 p.m. with extend hours until 8pm.  

UPDATE: The mall's common areas will not be open. Stores with direct access are determining their individual corporate policy. Given the evolving circumstances surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19), combined with the business restrictions and closures, Pyramid Management Group is reducing its hours of operation effective March 18. Until further notice, the properties will only be open Monday thru Saturday, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. and 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. on Sunday. Locally, these changes impact Pyramid-owned and operated centers,  Galleria at Crystal Run in Middletown and the Poughkeepsie Galleria in Poughkeepsie.

Alto Music knows kids need to practice their instruments while not in school. Pick up Call in, order what you need—strings, reeds, music books, etc.—and it will be packed up for curbside pickup! Wappingers Falls, (845) 297-0011; Middletown (845) 692-6922.

From March 12-20, households will receive the first of several invitations to participate in the 2020 Census. Sullivan County Counts is encouraging everyone to respond online when they receive their invitation with the provided instructions to go online, my2020census.gov. For help completing your 2020 Census questionnaire, call toll-free 1-844-330-2020.

Yoga practitioners of all levels are invited share in Stone Wave Yoga’s library of more than 30 free videos, including a prenatal offering.

To keep staff and community members healthy and safe, Highland Public Library including the Clintondale Branch is closed to the public. The situation will be reevaluated on April 1, 2020. Staff will be in the library to answer questions and help patrons navigate the library’s online resources, including magazines, movies, audio books, education and more. 

In doing its part to help keep kids and families healthy, the Ashokan Spring Day Camp, April 6-10, 2020, has been cancelled. Be well!

Camp Eagle Hill  plans to open this season, including health screenings on a consistent basis, thorough and daily sanitizing and other efforts to keep campers and staff healthy and safe. Sleepaway and day camp program are available at this Hudson Valley facility.