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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.

Every Wednesday the Wellness Center at Hudson Valley Community College is posting Words of Wellness, resources for students to access and utilize to improve and maintain their overall wellness, including tips, videos, reference sheets and tools for emotional and mental health. 

Mental Health Association in Ulster County Inc. offers services for people feeling overwhelmed, stressed and anxious. Call 845 339-9090 and Jenna or Melanie will get right back to you.

Cornell Cooperative Extension Orange County (CCEOC) has virtual parenting education classes, including, Discipline is NOT a Dirty Word, Wednesdays, May 27 and June 3, from 6:30 pm.-8 p.m. on Zoom platform. CCEOC also is expanding its consumer helpline with its “Parenting Warmline,” a free, non-emergency service that provides support for raising children, (845) 344-1234 ext. 271, Mondays, 10 a.m.-11a.m.; Thursdays, 1 p.m.-3 p.m.    

Poughkeepsie Farm Project has launched a new distance learning program, Poughkeepsie Food Power @ Home, which includes meal kits and container gardening kits for 100 City of Poughkeepsie households plus online video demonstrations.

Many Hudson Valley farms are offering expanded services to help customers source locally during the pandemic lockdown. See a list of the amazing businesses Hudson Valley Bounty ’s parent agency HVADC has worked and are providing services is now available.  

In recognition of May as Mental Health Awareness Month, Access: Supports for Living in Middletown is sharing a variety of resources throughout the month, including the launch of its 24/7 Virtual Mental Health & Substance Use Urgent Care program. 

The Institute for Family Health, with locations throughout the Mid-Hudson Valley, offers telehealth (video or phone) visits for primary care, behavioral health (counseling and psychiatry) and social services. The Institute is committed to high-quality, affordable health care for all. Telehealth services are available on weekdays, evenings, and weekends for people of all ages. New patients are welcome!  Telehealth is covered by most insurance plans. For complete telehealth hours, visit institute.org/locations and select your region. To schedule, call (844) 434-2778.

Happy Hours Children's Center is altering parents who are essential workers and need help paying for childcare to apply for scholarship funds through Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the "CARES Act").

Emerson Resort & Spa is temporarily closed, but The Shops at Emerson has a variety of fun packs available for shipping and/or curbside pickup for locals while supplies last. In addition, for every $100 gift card purchased the hotel will give a $25 Emerson gift card on them. Plus people can win a kaleidoscope gift through an online scavenger hunt.

SNAPEdNY.org, which is run locally through Cornell Cooperative Extension Orange County, is a one-stop destination for providing those in need with the tools to shop for and cook healthy meals while on a limited budget.   

The Hudson Valley is getting ready for Mother’s Day, including online/pickup offerings from these local venues:
Mother’s Day tea sachets in a decorative tin with a bouquet of flavors including rose petals, chamomile flowers and cornflowers from Harney & Sons in Millerton.
- Clothing, bags, jewelry, postcards, and books that celebrate the people, artists, and musicians that shaped the 1960s from Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Swan Lake.
- Clothing, yarn, home goods and more from Rosehaven Alpacas in Bethel.
- The promise of a future outdoor adventure from Mountain Tops Outfitters in Beacon, including a new set of poles for trekking Mount Beacon Park, a bag to hold a locally-sourced picnic to enjoy on the waterfront at Scenic Hudson’s Long Dock Park, and a trails map to discover new favorite spots.  Everything is 30 percent off with code SUPPORTLOCAL. 
Mother’s Day bundles from Merritt Bookstore in Millbrook, including cards, books, journals and small gifts.  

Hannaford supermarket is now offering temporary curbside pickup and mailings for prescriptions. Please contact your pharmacy directly for more information about these options. Payment by credit card will be requested prior to pickup and mailings. Learn more about ongoing updates and the steps the store is taking in response to the COVID-19 crisis.

Hudson Valley Seed Company’s no-touch seedling distribution is being held at Neighborhood 209 (formerly Skate Time 209) in Accord, May 13-19. Schedule a no-touch, in-person pick-up after ordering seeds online.

Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County is helping ensure that folks stay fed despite kinks in food access in this time of social distancing. In partnership with Sullivan Allies Leading Together, area school districts, the County’s Emergency Community Assistance Center, and others, the CCE Sullivan Fresh Market-on-the-Move van is delivering food and hygiene products to those in need in the region. Those in of food or other resources can contact sullivan@cornell.edu or call 845-596-0075. For health questions call the Sullivan County Public Health Services’ hotline at 845-292-5910.

Bespoke Commodities in Brewster offers porch pick up and home delivery (allow a up to a week for order processing) of Mother’s Day gifts, craft kits, graduation gifts and more. 

The Orange-Ulster BOCES is continually updating is school meal distribution sites in the Orange County/Marlboro region.

Orange County Youth Bureau is promoting positive youth development for Orange County youth aged 0 to 21, including through www.facebook.com/OrangeCountyYB.

Kid's Place Learning Center in Fishkill is accepting enrollment in day programs for children of first responders and essential workers, (845) 838-9934 for further information about any of our programs.  

Wright’s Farm and the Gardiner Brewing Company are OPEN for business!  Call in your curbside pickup order for produce, cheese, eggs, meat, flowers, beer, wine and LOTS more.

Use the Find Your Virtual Park page for the sights and sounds of parks, games, videos, webcams and kid-friendly activities. See the National Park Foundation’s series of virtual escapes and suggestions for home-based park experiences.

Braemar Living at Wallkill’s new link allows people to share friendly and encouraging messages with the facility’s residents and staff. Friends’ and family members’ messages are printed out and hand-delivered to their loved ones that live on site and/or staff members working there, helping people stay connected, despite quarantine measures. 

Homestead School has been working with CovidCourage, making 150 face shields via 3D print technology for NYC hospitals, and with Sullivan County, contributing 200 face shields to Sullivan County hospitals, EMT’s, and service workers who need them. To contribute to the effort, contact nisha@homesteadeducation.org. 

The Castle Fun Center is using its 3D print technology to work with The Northeast Face Shield Project, including donating its services and raw materials, and the bracket design it uses complies with hospitals’ and healthcare organizations’ standards for effectiveness and safety. So far, more than 100 face shields have been created; 500 to 1,000 or more will be produced, depending on the ongoing need.

Orange County Chamber of Commerce  is administering Orange County Restaurant Take Out! that has the goods on local restaurant specials, menus and other offerings. 

The North East Community Center (NECC) in Millerton has created NECC Cares Exchange Board, an online, citizen-led response platform for people to share goods and services. Please follow all CDC guidelines and procedures when connecting with community members, including hand-washing, sanitizing and social distancing. As well, NECC is looking for volunteers to support community partners in need. All CDC sanitation guidelines and social distancing are followed, including contact-free engagement and teams of no more than two people at a time. Email volunteer@neccmillerton.org with questions.

Millerton Together is a volunteer effort that provides useful community information and resources to move forward and support local businesses and restaurants. The site is in English and Spanish. For information, email millertontogether@gmail.com. 

Place home and office deliveries plus gift boxes with Wright's Farm and plan to visit the farm in Gardiner in the fall for pick your own apples (September-October), fresh produce, homemade baked goods, jams and preserves. There’s also the  Gardiner Brewing Company, the farm’s brewery with beers made from homegrown crops.

Healthy Kids is partnering with the Arlington Central School District to provide full day childcare for school-aged children (4 -12) whose parents are essential workers. The district will cover the full cost of the program for a limited number of spots. If you are in need, register your child(ren) immediately to before spots run out, Cassandra: 845-330-0199 or registration@healthykidsprograms.com.

Nuvance Health is actively developing a Blood Plasma Donation program to treat critically ill COVID-19 patients. If a person has tested positive for COVID-19 and recovered, he or she may be able to donate their blood plasma. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), donors must have had a positive COVID-19 test, be symptom-free for at least 14 days with a repeat negative swab or 28 days symptom-free with no need for a repeat swab. This blood plasma contains antibodies that can be transferred to patients presently fighting the virus. Potential donors are asked to register by filling out a questionnaire.

Health care workers, first responders and other essential employees who especially need childcare during this time, visit the Child Care Council of Orange County or call (845)294-4012. Find information on more service go to the Child Care Council of Dutchess and Putnam, the Ulster County Coordinated Children’s Services, and the Sullivan County Child Care Council.  

Valley Pediatric Dentistry is offering Virtual Exams with Dr. Ben. Dental for emergencies, tooth pain and discomfort. Dental pain is not fun for little ones (even us grown-ups!) and it’s important to address it. Schedule a virtual exam with Dr. Ben, call (845) 226- 8577 or email the practice office@valleypediatricdentistry.com.  

Orange County Tourism has developed a great list of Orange County, N.Y. restaurants offering delivery and carry-out options. The list is continually updated to reflect any changes that may occur. Call restaurants before ordering for changing in offerings and schedules.  

Home-bound seniors and others can contact the Orange County Office for the Aging for meals, 845-615-3700 or email OFA Director, AnnMarie Maglione, amaglione@orangecountygov.com. As well, the County’s Crisis Call Center’s 24-hour hotline counsels residents with mental health, developmental disabilities and substance use disorders, and access to food and other essential resources, 1-800-832-1200. The Department of Mental Health is open Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., 845-291-2600. Staff is available to answer questions and direct callers to appropriate resources. The Department’s clinics are still providing an array of mental health services via phone and video conferencing.

During this time of need My Angels Homecare of Poughkeepsie is extending 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. call 1-888-284-5729.

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.

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.  


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!


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.

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).

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.  

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

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.

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 offers ABA Therapy for toddlers and preschoolers with autism, is providing telehealth services to help parents hand daily challenges at home.

All McDonald’s 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.

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.  

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.

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