Coronavirus Updates & Resource Guide
The City of Poughkeepsie has developed this webpage to provide you with the latest information pertaining to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and to serve as a resource guide.
The City of Poughkeepsie, as part of the Mid-Hudson Region, began the reopening process on May 26. Industries permitted to reopen within Phase 1 included the following: Construction; Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting; Retail – (Limited to curbside or in-store pickup or drop off); Manufacturing; Wholesale Trade.
Each phase is expected to last at least two weeks, though Gov. Andrew Cuomo has said that could speed up or slow down depending on the metrics.
Phase 2 will include professional services, finance and insurance, retail, administrative support and real estate/rental leasing.
Phase 3 will include restaurants, food services and hotels.
Phase 4 will include arts, entertainment, recreation and education.
City Hall is temporarily closed to public access. If you have an emergency situation, please call 911. The City of Poughkeepsie Police Department and 911 center are fully staffed and operational for emergency calls.
More on Police Operations & Procedures during the COVID-19 Pandemic here.
Contact Information Related to Virus
New York COVID-19 hotline and website:
Dutchess County coronavirus updates:
“Dutchess Responds” connects people to services:
Email: [email protected]
The Vassar College Office of Community-Engaged Learning and others have created a Dutchess County Community Resources Web Map that shows locations of different community resources and businesses
COVID Informational Flyer – Dutchess County
City of Poughkeepsie Phone Numbers & Information
- Police Department, non-emergency, 845-451-4000.
Between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, contact the following departments:
- Assessor: 845-451-4039
- Building, Planning and Community Development: 845-451-4007
- Office of the Mayor: 845-451-4073
- City Chamberlain: 845-451-4276
- Corporation Counsel: 845-451-4065
- Finance Department and Tax Collector: 845-451-4030
- Public Works: 845-451-4111
Phone calls will be returned as soon as possible.
Parks: The parks are open but remember to practice social distancing, and playground equipment is off limits at this time.
Payments: Payments for city services can be made online at cityofpoughkeepsie.com/finance, by mail at 62 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 or by using the drop box near the front door at the Police Station on Mansion Street.
Section 8: Applications for Section 8 Housing must be made in person at 1 Civic Center Plaza between 9 a.m. and noon Monday through Friday. Call 845-451-4020 for more information
Coronavirus guidelines and testing sites
If you are sick with COVID-19 or think you might have COVID-19, stay home and contact your doctor. You will need a doctor’s approval before being tested, and testing at this point is limited.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a “frequently asked questions” page.
Rite Aid also has started a COVID-19 swab testing at no cost for adults — including those not exhibiting any symptoms of the virus — at its 709 Main Street pharmacy in the City of Poughkeepsie. Patients are required to provide government issued identification, be at least 18 years old, and need to pre-register online at www.riteaid.com to schedule a time slot for testing.
MidHudson Regional Hospital has opened a drive-through COVID-19 sample collection site, available by appointment only, and residents can call 845-303-2727 from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Saturday and Sunday. Callers will receive a screening and can set up an appointment to get their sample collected, if appropriate. Results may take up to 5 days to receive. City residents who lack transportation but want to be tested should call 845-451-4073 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays or Wednesdays to schedule an appointment. The testing will be available between 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Nuvance Health is operating two COVID-19 drive-through collection sites. The sites are the Intermodal Center at Dutchess Stadium on Route 9D in Fishkill and Tech City at 300 Enterprise Drive in Kingston. These are appointment-only sites to collect samples for testing from people with a physician’s order.
Poughkeepsie urgent care has a site at 696 Dutchess Turnpike Poughkeepsie, NY 12603. You first have to schedule a visit by going to www.pulse-mdurgentcare.com
Health and Mental Health
New York is providing a special opportunity for eligible individuals to enroll in insurance coverage through New York State of Health in light of the crisis at www.nystateofhealth.ny.gov
Dutchess County Helpline provides mental health/substance abuse resources 24/7: 845-485-9700
Food Distribution and Services
The Poughkeepsie City School District has started a food distribution of cold breakfast and lunch items Monday through Friday. For times and locations, please visit: https://www.poughkeepsieschools.org
Dutchess Responds, Dutchess Outreach, Community Action Partnership and others have updated their food pantry lists and are continuing to work through that in this evolving situation. When using these sites or list, it’s best to call ahead first using the provided contact information on those lists.
Homeowners & Renters
The Department of Financial Services has issued a directive to New York State mortgage services that is still in effect to provide mortgage relief to mortgage borrowers impacted by the novel coronavirus.
The state’s moratorium on COVID-related evictions has been extended until August 20 and fees for missed or late rent payments are banned during the moratorium.
While there is a temporary moratorium on evictions, there is currently no moratorium on a tenant’s obligation to pay rent or an owner’s obligation to provide essential services.
Dutchess County has announced bus service reductions while introducing a new service for those with special needs who cannot access the remaining bus routes.
Metro-North Railroad has made changes in schedules as well
Under the Governor’s direction, major utilities will suspend service shutoffs during the outbreak.
For more information and to file a complaint if your service is shut off, visit: http://www.dps.ny.gov/
Central Hudson is waiving late fees for customers impacted by COVID-19. See more information at https://www.cenhud.com/my-energy/safety/coronavirus-safety/
Businesses and Nonprofits
Dutchess Business Notification Network
The Dutchess Business Notification Network provides information for businesses and nonprofits at www.dutchessbnn.com
Empire State Development (ESD)
Empire State Development (ESD) has created this “frequent asked questions” site to give businesses information about regulations, potential aid and general guidance related to the coronavirus.
New York State Job Opportunities
State Department of Labor Lists Immediate Openings: https://nyhirenow.usnlx.com/
Consumer Scams and Price Gouging
State Attorney General Letitia James has provided guidance to residents about the resources available to them and warnings about potential consumer scams and price gouging related to COVID-19. www.ag.ny.gov/coronavirus
Poughkeepsie Public Library District
While the Library buildings are closed to the public, the e-Library is available online 24/7. You can stream movies and stories, read e-books and find fun things for families to do at https://poklib.org/
These sites are updating what area restaurants are open and, in some cases, delivering:
The American Red Cross is facing a severe blood shortage due to an unprecedented number of blood drive cancellations during this coronavirus outbreak. This blood shortage could impact patients who need surgery, victims of car accidents and other emergencies, or patients suffering from cancer. f you are healthy and feeling well, please make an appointment to donate as soon as possible by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).