What You Need to Know
- A new cluster action initiative will address COVID-19 hot spots that have cropped up across the state.
- A travel advisory is in effect for individuals traveling to New York from states with significant community spread of COVID-19, requiring a quarantine for 14 days.
- Based on each region’s infection rate, schools across New York State are permitted to open but must have a testing and tracing plan; a COVID Report Card hosted by Department of Health will show COVID-19 positive case data for every school district in the state.
- Movie theaters outside of New York City can reopen starting October 23 at 25 percent capacity with no more than 50 people allowed in front of each screen.
- Theaters can only open outside of New York City in counties that have COVID-19 positivity rates of less than 2 percent on a 14-day average and do not have any cluster zones.
- Ski resorts can reopen with 50 percent indoor capacity and with strict health and safety protocols under state-issued guidance starting Friday, November 6.
- To report violations of health and safety restrictions and requirements for businesses, gatherings and individuals, please choose the appropriate link below:
- Go to forward.ny.gov to find: Industry guidance on re-opening; regional dashboards for monitoring how the virus is being contained; and information on loans for small businesses.
- New Yorkers without health insurance can apply through NY State of Health through December 31, 2020; must apply within 60 days of losing coverage.
- Health care workers can text NYFRONTLINE to 741-741 to access 24/7 emotional support services. Any New Yorker can call the COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline at 1-844-863-9314 for mental health counseling.
There are multiple testing sites throughout Mt. Vernon
- Mt. Vernon Neighborhood Health Center
- CVS- drive through testing- appointment only
- Apple Med Urgent Care, Fleetwood
- Call: 1-888-364-3065 for additional testing sites and appointments.
If you think you have been exposed to COVID19 or been contacted via contact tracing:
- Follow the directions given by contact tracer (if applicable)
- Self-quarantine for 14 days
- Use the COVID Online Assessment here or call the COVID testing hotline
- If you receive a positive test notify those that you have been in close contact with (including your workplace)
- Continue to self-quarantine, monitor symptoms, and follow the advice of your medical professional
- If you are experiencing respiratory distress immediately call 911 or go to your nearest hospital.
The City is being staffed with only critical personnel- those needed to ensure the life and safety of the residents in the City of Mt. Vernon. Some quality-of-life services have been suspended in favor of life-saving and preventative measures. Please call City departments via the phone numbers provided on the website to inquire about available services.
Public meetings will occur at the same times as posted by the Office of the City Clerk. They will however be held virtually in Zoom. on Facebook.com/cmvny. In lieu of attendance, the public can provide written comments via email to email@example.com prior to the registration deadline (3:00 pm the day of (for City Council Meetings). Please call 914-665-2348 for more information.
City of Mt. Vernon Courts are closed until further notice.
The candidate petitioning process is suspended or the June primaries for Congressional, State Senate, State Assembly and Judicial races. The number of signatures required for ballot access have also been modified. Mount Vernon School Board Elections have been postponed until a later date.
ALL nonessential gatherings of individuals in New York State of ANY size and for ANY reason are canceled. This ban applies to any party, celebration,
or social event in a private or commercial space.
All City and County events/parades/festivals/gatherings/dinners are postponed indefinitely.
(For seniors over 70 and most vulnerable groups)
Can go outside for solitary exercise
Pre-screen visitors by taking their temperature Do not visit households with multiple people
All vulnerable persons should wear a mask Always stay six feet away from individuals
Do not take public transportation unless urgent
Only medically necessary visits will be allowed to nursing homes; no non-medical staff/personnel may enter unless there are exigent circumstances.
The New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision has suspended visitation at facilities statewide
Westchester County parks are closed, Click here for current info. CMV parks are closed until further notice.
Residents are encouraged to practice independent exercise- e.g. jogging, golf, etc. and adhere to the COVID-19 social distancing guidelines.
- Call 1-888-364-3065 for a testing appointment
- Use telehealth options if available from your primary care or specialty care providers- NYS DFS has required insurance companies to waive co-pays for telehealth visits
- Call the 24-hour nurse hotline located on the back of the insurance card (if applicable) for assistance
- Stay current on all prescriptions and refills via automated systems with pharmacies or via telephone or mail with healthcare providers
- Call to confirm availability for in-person services prior to attending prescheduled appointments
The City of Mt. Vernon CANNOT and WILL NOT provide medical advice or referrals. Please call your doctor for advice, evaluations, and diagnosis and dial 911 for emergencies.
- Isolation, confinement, financial stress, and increased responsibility can have dangerous effects on your physical and mental health and increase tensions in the home. Since COVID-19 domestic violence reports have increased 30%, YOU ARE NOT ALONE!
- New Yorkers seeking help for domestic violence can text 844-997-2121 or chat with a professional on the new confidential website at www.opdv.ny.gov. The text and online services will be staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with OPDV experts.
- Click the links below for resources:
- Click Here for phone numbers and resources to help you through this time.
- If you feel stressed, take a walk (while practicing social distancing) to put some space between you and the stressor. Call the numbers on the link to speak with someone about healthy strategies.
- If you feel danger is imminent CALL 911.
Numbers of diagnosed COVID cases and fatalities will be released by the Westchester County Department of Health. The City will only confirm that information released by the State.
The State began drug trials on March 24th, and has acquired 70,000 doses of Hydroxychloroquine, 10,000 doses of Zithromax, and 750,000 doses of Chloroquine.
The best way to protect yourself remains to frequently wash your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or washing them with soap and water and avoid touching ports of entry (eyes, nose, mouth).
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is available
Private doctors should notify the Westchester County Dept. of Health of any positive results
Coronavirus is primarily spread through respiratory droplets (saliva, mucous)
According to the CDC; currently, there is no evidence to support the transmission of COVID-19 through food- more investigation is needed.
All displaced workers are encouraged to apply for SNAP benefits
Scheduled food deliveries to senior citizens and persons with disabilities will continue until further notice. Call (914) 665-2420 for registration and more information.
The City School District is providing grab and go breakfast and lunches at various sites throughout the City (food will continue to be provided during scheduled school breaks), click here for sites and schedule: MVCSD Grab and Go Locations
Restaurants are permitted to remain open for takeout and delivery; dining-in is prohibited
Restaurants should operate with as few employees as possible
Food transporters should exercise caution; wash hands their hands or use alcohol-based hand rub after each delivery
Recipients should notify food delivery service if they are self-quarantined or have tested positive for COVID-19 to minimize risk to delivery workers
Free Food distribution information is available here.
Please follow fb.com/cmvny for updates on our next distribution.
The Mt. Vernon City School District has been closed since March 16, 2020. Students, staff, and personnel have a tentative return date of April 15, 2020. Visit: www.mtvernoncsd.org/ for additional information and updates.
2020 NYS Regents Tests have been cancelled. Click here for more information. The Mt. Vernon Public Library is closed until further notice. Click Here to apply for an e-library card for online resources or have access to the media box at the library.
All State Education Department buildings are temporarily closed to the public, including the State Museum, State Library, and State Archives.
Childcare for the children of first responders, ages 5-12 is being provided by the Mt. Vernon City School District at Holmes Elementary School from 8am-6pm. Call 914-358-2402 for registration
***First Responders are identified as: Nurses, PAs, LPNs, Lab Assistants, support staff for behavioral or developmental disabilities, child welfare workers, paramedics, firefighters, police officers, correction officers, food manufactures, supermarket workers, commercial truck drivers, construction and manufacturing workers, non-profit and social service workers.
If you have traveled from within one of the designated states with significant community spread, you must quarantine when you enter New York for 14 days from the last travel within such designated state, provided on the date you enter into New York State that such state met the criteria for requiring such quarantine.
The requirements of the travel advisory do not apply to any individual passing through designated states for a limited duration (i.e., less than 24 hours) through the course of travel.
Examples of such brief passage include but are not limited to: stopping at rest stops for vehicles, buses, and/or trains; or lay-overs for air travel, bus travel, or train travel.
The travel advisory requires all New Yorkers, as well as those visiting from out of state, to take personal responsibility for complying with the advisory in the best interest of public health and safety.
For questions about the travel advisory please refer to the guidance linked here.
To file a report of an individual failing to adhere to the quarantine pursuant to the travel advisory click here or call 1-833-789-0470.
Individuals may also contact their local department of health.
Updated October 20, 2020
The following states and territories meet the criteria for required quarantine:
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- New Mexico
- Puerto Rico
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
- West Virginia
On September 28, 2020, Governor Cuomo signed an executive order reminding international travelers entering New York from Level 2 and 3 countries to quarantine and fill out the NYS Department of Health traveler health form to further prevent the spread of COVID-19 as countries across the globe experience alarming second waves of the virus.
The Commissioner of Health will expand his Emergency Health Order which authorizes the imposition of civil penalties if individuals refuse to fill out the required form.
Since March 2020, New York State has required a mandatory quarantine for any traveler entering New York from a Level 2 or Level 3 country – that’s all but 31 countries on the globe.
The 31 countries/territories NOT subject to the Governor’s executive order and mandatory quarantine requirement are listed below:
- American Samoa
- Cayman Islands
- Falkland Islands
- Isle of Man
- Macau SAR
- Marshall Islands
- New Caledonia
- New Zealand
- Saint Barthelemy
- Saint Kitts and Nevis
- Saint Lucia
- Saint Pierre and Miquelon
- Sint Eustatius
Federal and State Income Tax return deadlines moved from April 15th to July 15th Mt. Vernon Property Taxes are still due on April 15th until further notice.
Self-Employed workers and independent contractors previously ineligible) are now eligible for Unemployment Insurance
NYS DOL has added an additional $600 per week on top of regular benefits to all UI recipients until July 31st
There have been an additional 13 weeks added to UI benefits for a total of 39 weeks of coverage
Ineligible for Paid Sick Leave Scenario
New York employees will forgo their paid sick leave benefits from New York’s COVID-19 paid sick leave law if they engage in non-essential travel to high-risk states (listed above). High-risk states are any state that has a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents, or higher than a 10 percent test positivity rate over a seven-day rolling average.
This provision does not apply if the employee travels for work or at the employer’s request. The provision included in Executive Order 202.45 mirrors the law’s existing provision that makes New Yorkers ineligible for paid sick leave if they travel to any country designated as having a level two or three travel health notice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
New York workers are guaranteed job protection and financial compensation while they are on a mandatory or precautionary quarantine order due to COVID-19.
NYS Department of Public Service suspended public utilities from cutting off service-including power and heat to customers and will offer payment plans for customer struggling financially due to COVID-19.
NYS Department of Financial Services has instructed NY state-chartered banks to waive ATM fees, late fees, overdraft fees, and fees for credit cards for those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Effective Immediately AG James temporarily halted the collection of medical and student debt owed to the State Of New York for at least a 30-day period (3/16-4/15)- extensions may be considered.
Additionally, the OAG will accept application for suspension of all other types of debts owed to the State of New York and referred for collection.
Businesses have been mandated by NYS to reduce the workforce by 100% effective 3/20/2020. All non-essential businesses have been ordered to close or have their employees work remotely.
Effective Saturday, 3/21/2020 at 8 p.m., ALL barbershops, hair salons, tattoo or piercing parlors, and other personal care services (nail technicians, cosmetologists, estheticians, and the provision of electrolysis, laser hair removal services) are ordered to close. These services cannot be provided while maintaining social distance.
Online sales and delivery are still permitted. Business owners are permitted to go visit their businesses to gather belongings, process paperwork, etc.
The President signed into law the CARES Act, which contains $376 billion in relief for American workers and small businesses. Programs include loans, paycheck protection, and debt relief.
Contact your own Small Business Insurance provider to determine coverage and eligibility for any other type of relief.
On March 20, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a 90-day moratorium on evictions for residential and commercial tenants, meaning no one can be evicted in New York State until at least June 20th. Vital housing court
functions such as proceedings for landlord lockouts, repair orders, and serious code violations will continue.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development announced that it will suspend all of its foreclosures and evictions through April in response to the pandemic.
The City interprets the announcements as written and has no further information regarding back-rent previously owed, rent accrued during this time, procedures after the 90 days, credit implications of non-payment of rent, or landlord/tenant rights. Tenants are STRONGLY encouraged to speak DIRECTLY with their landlord regarding any modifications to existing legal and financial obligations.
The Department of Social Services (DSS) can be contacted for financial assistance based on income and other circumstances: https://www.benefits.gov/benefit/1673
NYS issued an emergency regulation requiring that NYS regulated financial institutions provide residential mortgage forbearance to individuals demonstrating a financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Click Here for more details on the Executive Order; The directive includes
- Waiving mortgage payments based on financial hardship No negative reporting to credit bureaus
- Grace period for loan modification
- No late payment fees or online payment fees Postponing or suspending foreclosures.
Gov. Cuomo “urged” all lenders (nationwide) to suspend mortgage payments and foreclosures for 90 days for those who face financial hardships -meaning those who have become unemployed or are now working only part-time due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This request is not mandatory outside of NYS. Homeowners should call their mortgage lenders to determine eligibility and implementation