For Seniors and Those Who Love and Care for Them: Trusted Information and Preparation
Trusted Information on COVID-19
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - Official government website with information about the outbreak
CDC new mask guidelines as of May 11, 2023. Which type of masks to use to protect yourself and to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) - Find out how the FDA is protecting public health in the area of COVID-19 diagnostic testing, biologics, PPE, medical devices, vaccines, and therapeutics.
List of FDA approved At-Home COVID-19 tests and their updated expiration dates.
Airnow.gov - Find out the air quality in your neighborhood. AirNow is your one-stop source for air quality data. NEW!
Medicare.gov - The source for your Medicare questions about COVID-19.
Information about the 2022 MPX (Mpox) Outbreak from the CDC.
New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) - Latest COVID-19 information.
New York State COVID-19 Vaccine Information - Get the facts on who is eligible and how to schedule a vaccine.
Dashboard for the New York State Wastewater Surveillance Network - This website is where all the wastewater surveillance data collected by participating counties is reported. NEW!
NYS Excelsior Pass Plus - As of July 28, 2023, the Excelsior Pass Plus (EPP) and the NYS Wallet Apps will no longer be available.
New York State COVID-19 data - Data on testing, cases, and variants
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Air Quality Index Forecast for New York State. NEW!
Rockland County Coronavirus COVID-19 information.
Locations offering COVID-19 Vaccines in Rockland County.
Rockland County COVID-19 Dashboard discontinued as of December 9, 2022.
Information from the Rockland County Department of Health about MPX (Monkeypox) including where to get vaccinated.
Resources from AARP:
AARP Coronavirus webpage - latest coronavirus news from the AARP.
Vaccines for the Fall - What to Know About Getting the RSV, Flu and COVID-19 Vaccines.
AARP article on myths about the coronavirus vaccine.
Paxlovid Rebound: When COVID Symptoms Return After Pills Are Gone.
Information From Other Authoritative Sites:
13 Things to Know About Paxlovid (including possible side effects) from Yale Medicine.
New study finds that repeat COVID infection doubles the risk of death.
CDC COVID-19 County Check
Keep up-to-date about your county's COVID-19 level provided by the CDC.
Shopping for Necessities
Seniors should follow the guidelines provided by the CDC regarding masking
and other precautions based on the latest county level (low, medium, high)
of transmission (see the County Check box above).
Many more supermarkets and stores offer delivery
service themselves or have partnered with delivery services like Instacart.
Meal Delivery Service for Rockland Seniors meeting certain criteria.
Rockland Community Against Hunger: Find list of organizations or map of them by clicking "Find Food" on the menu bar.
SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) - See if you are eligible and how to apply.
Transportation schedule and procedural changes for TOR, ferry, Metro-North, Harlem, New Haven lines, Rockland Coaches, BEE-LINE, Clarkstown Mini-Trans, Monsey Trails, Shortline, Hudson Link, NJ Transit (Pascack Valley & Port Jervis) can be found on the Rockland County Public Transportation Page.
Complete A Care Plan Form
Be prepared with a Care Plan. Everyone, not just seniors, should make a document available with all health care information such as:
- Your medical condition(s)
- Your health care provider(s)
- Medications you are taking and dosages
- Health insurance provider(s)
- Preferred hospital
- Advanced care planning
- Emergency contacts.
The CDC offers a Care Plan form that facilitates this process.
"Social distancing" has made many of us, not only seniors, feel isolated and anxious. A better term could be "physical" distancing since you can still be "social" via phone or video calls, texts, emails, and/or regular mail. You can also take courses and programs virtually. So make it a point to catch up with friends and family, learn a new skill, and/or meet others virtually. If you do socialize in person, follow the latest CDC guidelines COVD-19 Recommendations for Older Adults to keep your and others protected.
Some fun activities on our Activities page may help create a new routine from the usual activities you are missing. Here are some resources available to you if you need help coping:
- Need to schedule a friendly call from an AARP volunteer? AARP Friendly Voice program offers phone calls from their trained volunteers.
- Read AARP's article on Ways to Cope With Anxiety During the Coronavirus Outbreak
- Try this meditation video that is set outdoors compliments of The New York Times. (You may need to adjust your volume to hear the gentle sounds.)
- Rockland County Department of Mental Health Resources
- New York State Crisis Prevention and Hotline Information
Valley Cottage Library Adult Services Librarians
The VCL Adult Services Librarians created this resource for the seniors in our community who we miss seeing during this unprecedented time. Our hope is that the information we provided will help you stay curious, inspired and connected!
Sean, Anya, Megan, Katrina, Mary, Holly, Kat, Adrienne, and Nancy