CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION CENTER

Questions asked and answered

For residents of the 125th Assembly District

TOMPKINS & CORTLAND COUNTIES PHASE 2 REOPENING: MAY 29, 2020

Phase two industries include:

  • offices

  • real estate

  • essential and phase two in-store retail

  • vehicle sales, rental, and leasing

  • retail rental, repair, and cleaning

  • commercial business management

  • hair salons and barbershops

1) IF YOU NEED TO BE TESTED FOR CORONAVIRUS

Local Testing Centers:

Tompkins County, located in the parking lot of the Shops at Ithaca Mall.

People who wish to go to get sampled are encouraged to register online at www.cayugahealth.org or call (607) 319-5708 before going to the center. The center will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, starting March 24. All testing is free for New Yorkers, regardless of health insurance. 

www.ithaca.com/news/ithaca/county-and-cayuga-health-opening-new-covid--sampling-center/article_2cfc6050-6d59-11ea-a89c-c7ac5e4adf6a.html

Cortland County Health Department guidance:

The Health Department is not testing for COVID-19. Call your Health Care Provider if you have health concerns related to COVID-19.

If you do not have a primary care doctor or are uninsured, call Upstate’s COVID-19 triage 315-464-3979 and someone will tell you if you should be tested. The number will be available from 7 a.m. until 11 p.m.

2) IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT YOUR JOB OR BUSINESS

Can I keep working in the office?

NO. Governor Cuomo issued an executive order that directs non-essential businesses to implement work-from-home policies effective Sunday, March 22. Businesses that rely on in-office personnel must decrease their in-office workforce by 100 percent: https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/no-2026-continuing-temporary-suspension-and-modification-laws-relating-disaster-emergency 


What is an essential business?

See Governor Cuomo’s guidance on essential businesses here: https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-issues-guidance-essential-services-under-new-york-state-pause-executive-order


How do I apply for designation as an essential business?

Empire State Development (ESD) has an online application form here: https://esd.ny.gov/content/request-designation-essential-business-purposes-executive-order-2026

              

How do I file for unemployment insurance?

The NYS Department of Labor offers step-by-step instructions for filing online: https://www.labor.ny.gov/ui/pdfs/Unemployment-Filing-Instructions.pdf

Or call: 1-888-209-8124

Their telephone filing hours have been extended as follows:
Monday through Thursday, 8 am to 7:30 pm.
Friday, 8:00 am to 6:00 pm.
Saturday, 7:30 am to 8:00 pm.


If my employer makes me work in the office, ignoring the stay-at-home order, what do I do?

You have the right to file a complaint if your employer is ignoring any Executive Order or law.

Contact the NYS Attorney General’s Labor Bureau:

Phone: (212) 416-8700

Email: Labor.Bureau@ag.ny.gov

Additional resources from NYS:

ESD has set up a web portal (https://esd.ny.gov/covid-19-help) and FAQ page (https://esd.ny.gov/novel-coronavirus-faq-businesses) for individuals and businesses with business-related COVID-19 issues and questions on this website with all COVID-19 info:
https://esd.ny.gov/esd-covid-19-related-resources

3) I NEED FOOD AND SUPPLIES!

Where can I shop?


Grocery stores, pharmacies, convenience stores, farmer’s markets, gas stations, hardware and supply stores and bars/ restaurants (delivery or take-out only), remain open. Many stores are operating with reduced hours, so please check when your favorite store is open.

The list of “essential businesses” that remain open is here: www.esd.ny.gov/guidance-executive-order-2026


What about school lunches and breakfasts, are those still available?


Ithaca City School District: To support social distancing and non-mandatory travel restrictions, the Ithaca City School District (ICSD) switched to all-delivery meals through April 10th. Any ICSD family can apply to have meals delivered to your home on a daily basis here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSceKzVEBKArgtQZolTEqPwdFWWhyMxLaaifk_LkvIIFJF1m_w/viewform?usp=send_form


Cortland City School District: Cortland City Enlarged school district offers meal pick up, see here for the schedule: drive.google.com/file/d/1nRTPtRgccDCvGhfY6EHi5Txs1e0xjOB1/view


Lansing Central School District: Asks that families looking for meal information please contact Sandi Swearingen: sswearingen@lcsd.k12.ny.us


Dryden Central School District:

Beginning on April 28, 2020, food distribution will occur every Tuesday. Food will travel to ten different sites on two bus routes. Here are the locations and times the bus and staff members will be available to distribute food. Questions or concerns, please call 607.844.8694 x.1444.


Route Purple:

Congers Mobile Home Park-(Phils' Way in Freeville)  10:20 AM

Montgomery Park (Dryden) 11:00 AM

Little Creek Mobile Home Park (North Street in Dryden) 11:30 AM

Pleasant View Mobile Home Park (off Southworth Road-Alpha/Gamma Drives) 12:10 PM

Country Meadow Trailer Park (Rte 221 in Harford)  12:45 PM


Route White.

Poets’ Landing -- pick up at MS entrance 10:00 -11:00 AM

Fall Creek Mobile Home Park 2:20 PM (Etna on Fall Drive)

Beacon View Mobile Home Park 3:10 PM (Hanshaw Road)

Hanshaw Village Mobile Home Park 3:40 PM (Hanshaw Road)

Cassavant Elementary School Parking Lot (McLean) 4:20 PM


Newfield Central School District: Offers meal pick up, details here:

www.newfieldschools.org/districtpage.cfm?pageid=1434


Trumansburg Central School District: Asks that Trumansburg Families - please call (607)387-7551 ext. 4453 & leave a message for grab & go pick up or delivery. Messages are checked every Monday & Wednesday!


McGraw Central School District: No meal plan listed at this time. (April 23, 2020)

Groton Central School District: No meal plan listed at this time. (April 23, 2020)

4) I WANT TO HELP MY COMMUNITY!

How can my business help with medical supplies and personal protection equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers?

Governor Cuomo has called on businesses to produce needed supplies related to COVID-19. New York needs companies to help in addressing the need for medical supplies and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). See ESD guidelines here: www.esd.ny.gov/guidelines-personal-protective-equipment-ppe

Is there a place to make a donation to those who need it most?

YES. The Ithaca homeless shelter is seeking donations of supplies and food: https://www.ithaca.com/news/ithaca/homeless-service-workers-adapting-to-covid--issues-looking-for/article_91c25a2e-695a-11ea-ae3a-571bbe4eb9c2.html?  

5) I’M BORED! HOW CAN I HAVE FUN AND STAY CONNECTED?

Virtual hangouts and video chats are the new thing to do! You can use a few free programs, such as Zoom or Skype (and I’m sure many more), to set up meetings, talk with your friends, or video call with your niece and nephew like I do every few days.

www.zoom.us

www.skype.com  

Check out this list of the 10 best movies available free online:

https://www.ign.com/articles/10-best-free-movies-to-watch-online

©2020 by Jordan A. Lesser.