What is coronavirus disease (covid-19)? It’s a respiratory illness that spreads easily from person to person. There is currently no vaccine and no cure.
Where can I get a test? Things change quickly, so please call before visiting any of the sites listed below. For other locations visit this NYS website. As of September 1, testing was available in Kingston at:
- HealthAlliance of Westchester Medical Center (drive-thru or walk up), 27 Grand St., 845-303-2730
- Rite Aid (drive-thru only), 351 Flatbush Ave., 845-340-0664
- VA Clinic, 324 Plaza Rd., 845-331-8322
- Emergency One Urgent Care Clinic, 40 Hurley Ave., 845-338-5600
And, at Ellenville Regional Hospital (inside and drive-thru), 10 Healthy Way, Ellenville, 845-647-6400, ext. 269.
How does covid-19 spread? Mainly between people who are in close contact — within about six feet — through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. You also can get covid-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching your own mouth, nose, or eyes.
What are the symptoms of covid-19? Mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough, or shortness of breath. Some patients have pneumonia in both lungs. Covid-19 can lead to death.
How can I protect myself? Stay home. Never touch your eyes, nose, and mouth. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available. If you must go out, stay at least six feet away from others. Wear a mask. (Directions for sewing a mask (Spanish, English) or make one without sewing.) Avoid contact with people who are sick, even in your household.
What should I do if I get sick? Isolate yourself from family members. Call a healthcare clinic. Don’t visit unless they tell you to come.
United Ways throughout our area have set up special funds to help low-wage workers laid off, fired, or given reduced hours due to Covid-19. They also coordinate donations and volunteers. United Way of Ulster County, United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region, and United Way of the Greater Capital Region, including Columbia and Greene counties.
RUPCO (a nonprofit housing and community development group in Ulster and Greene), Covid-19 Community Resources (Spanish, English, Chinese), including companies now hiring in the Kingston area.
Kingston Land Trust‘s land matching service shows land where you can arrange to grow your own food for free.
Radio Kingston has a resource list here (English and Spanish).
Columbia County Sanctuary Movement has created Mano A Mano Mutual Aid Fund to help immigrants in Columbia and Greene counties with survival needs during the pandemic.
Ulster County Recovery Service Center can be reached at 845-443-888 or RSC@co.ulster.ny.us, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday (English, Spanish) for information on the county’s response to the pandemic, and help with:
- Local resources on health care, food, and more
- Frequently asked questions
- Updates from Area Transit and the county.
- Videos and printable posters
- Resources and updates from reliable sources
- Opportunities to donate time and money
Keeping up with the latest
The River, in collaboration with local journalists and news outlets, provides daily roundups of coronavirus news and resources with an emphasis on Hudson Valley and Catskills counties.
Updates are free via email or at The River or The Other Hudson Valley. La Voz, a Spanish-language magazine covering Latinx news and culture in the Hudson Valley, translates these roundups and co-publishes them here.