Moffat Library Databases: ONGOING PANDEMIC - COVID-19
Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Tracking Dashboard
Vaccine Information Flyer
Changes In Mobility Due To COVID-19
Collective, anonymized data can provide useful public health insights for nations and communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Software companies such as Apple and Google are currently providing mobility reports created from aggregate, anonymous data taken from travel direction requests and visits to different categories of locations.
Protect Yourself From Fraud
Practices like price gouging, fraudulent advertising, and unsafe products during pandemics are all too common. Federal and state agencies are responsible for protecting consumers from scams and harmful business practices.
Federal Trade Commission
Call the New York Consumer Helpline to Report Price Gouging: 1-800-697-1220
Medical Databases & Information
Scientists are publishing an immense amount of research on coronaviruses each day. If you want to take a deeper dive into the medical and biological literature, many publishers and libraries are collecting their COVID-19 articles into free and easily accessible information centers. Checking health claims that you see online against published research is a good way to avoid misinformation.
The Status Of New York State & The Mid-Hudson Region
How to get a COVID-19 vaccine in New York
Updated May 12, 2021. Please note that the information provided by the sites linked on this guide update at different times and may be out of date when you use them. Eligibility for a COVID-19 vaccine does not guarantee that you will be able to get an appointment at this time. As of
April 6, 2021, all New Yorkers age 16 and over are eligible for for the vaccine.
Use the Am I Eligible app to schedule
an appointment at a state-run vaccination facility
All COVID-19 vaccines are free. The Am I Eligible app uses a simple questionnaire to double check your eligibility. It allows you to make an appointment directly. Get more information about New York's vaccine distribution plan and the COVID-19 vaccines at the New York COVID-19 Vaccine website.
Use VaccineFinder to find other locations that offer vaccines
VaccineFinder is a joint project of Boston Children's Hospital, the CDC, and Harvard Medical School. It collects data from pharmacies, hospitals, and clinics to highlight locations where vaccines are currently available. Enter your zip code to find vaccination facilities near you.
Contact your normal healthcare provider
Your primary care physician or your insurance provider can provide further assistance with making a suitable vaccine appointment. Garnet Health Medical Center - a major hospital providing healthcare to Orange County residents - is one of several organizations offering vaccination services.
Get help if you need it
Call New York’s COVID-19 vaccine hotline at 1-833-697-4829. Find the state health department's COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs. Use Orange County's Vaccination Information Form to receive updates from Orange County when appointments become available. Orange County's Office for the Aging maintains a phone line at 1-845-615-3700 to help seniors navigate the process.
- Health restrictions have been gradually relaxed as spring continues. As of April 1 quarantine requirements on domestic travelers have been lifted. Guidance on certain public gatherings such as weddings and movie theaters has been revised to be more permissive. Check the state's Coronavirus Information website for specific guidance on different settings.
- Once you have a confirmed vaccination appointment, you will need to complete the New York State COVID-19 Form. This form can be completed online in advance or in person during your appointment. If possible, New York State recommends completing the form online.
- The Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines require two doses, given several weeks apart, for full effectiveness. During your initial appointment, you will schedule your second shot at your vaccination site. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine only requires a single dose.
- The dashboard showing COVID-19 statistics just for Orange County can be viewed here.
- The COVID Alert NY app is available through the Apple and Google Play app stores. It allows people to easily view outbreak numbers in different regions and to receive rapid alerts if someone with whom they have been in close contact has tested positive. Usage is free, voluntary, and anonymous.
- The Excelsior Pass app is a free, voluntary, and anonymous way to easily show digital proof of vaccination. It is purely used as a way to make it convenient to prove your vaccination status. No health or personal data is stored on the app.
Practicing Critical Thinking & Avoiding Misinformation
Conspiracy theories and unfounded information can spread faster than any disease. Some of these rumors and claims may be wrong but are relatively harmless, such as the idea that eating garlic can help protect you from COVID-19. Others are much more dangerous, such as conspiracies that the novel coronavirus is a human-made bio-weapon or that certain treatments or supplements can cure COVID-19. Misinformation makes everyone less safe, by leaving us more vulnerable to infection, to panicked behavior, to harming ourselves through attempting dangerous remedies, and to stigmatizing and fearing other people. But there are simple steps to avoid getting fooled and to slow the spread of misinformation.
- Be Careful Where You Get Your News About Coronavirus (Source: Harvard Health Blog)
- Even though social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, and TikTok are taking steps to moderate content and flag misleading information, it is still easy to to spread misinformation on these platforms. Be cautious when reading and sharing news on social media. (Click each social media platform's name to see how they are working to combat misinformation.)
- Prioritize reliable sources like international and government agencies (which have missions to protect and inform the public), major news organizations (which have established expertise and robust fact checking policies), and scientific and medical journals (which have rigorous vetting before publication and do not have vested commercial interests in the information provided).
- Take Some Time To Verify Information Before You Share It
- You don't need to spend a long time trying to find the original source of a claim or exhaustively assess the credibility of its author. But wait a few minutes before sharing a link or interacting with a post. You can use that time to see if other news organizations are reporting the same information. You can check whether the claim has a commercial interest in selling you a product or service. You can reflect when confronting claims that try to sensationalize events or make you panicked or angry. The faster you consume and share information, the easier it is to be fooled.
- Scams will exploit (and already have exploited) fears and concerns about COVID-19 to steal your personal information, place malware on your devices, and steal money. The best defense against such scams is to carefully scrutinize links and information before you act on it. Scammers will try to rush you into a hasty decision. Be suspicious of any unsolicited emails or information.
- Consult Factchecking And Public Health Organizations For More Context
- Consider Taking Breaks From The News
- It is understandable that people want to stay as informed as possible about a rapidly changing situation like the COVID-19 pandemic. But constantly chasing the latest headlines and broadcasts can make you more anxious without actually informing you of anything new or useful. Even if they are accurate, the rapid alerts that you see may lack important context and distract from your daily life. Information that updates less frequently can provide a clearer picture of important trends while still conveying necessary details. Take some time every day to relax and pursue activities that you enjoy. You'll be better equipped to understand the news afterward.
COVID-19 Hot Spot Zone By Address
New York State is currently using a "Micro-Cluster" Strategy to identify specific areas where COVID-19 infections are elevated and to take additional precautionary measures against its spread.
You can go use New York's address lookup tool to check if your address falls within a current Yellow, Orange, or Red Zone.
You can see more information on how micro-cluster zones are identified and the specific types of restrictions associated with each zone.
State & Local Health Organizations
State and local health departments are responsible for the safety of New Yorkers. If you or someone you know has information about someone who has had contact with a person infected with coronavirus, please call the hotlines listed below.
PLEASE NOTE: If you or a family member are exhibiting symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and are seeking medical help, CALL AHEAD to inform your healthcare provider or hospital so that they can take adequate precautions.
Hotline: Call 1-888-364-3065 for Information about Coronavirus
- Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Main Website
- Simple Steps for Preparation
- Executive Order 202 - State Declaration of Emergency
- Executive Order 202.17 - Effective April 17, all New Yorkers must wear a mask or face covering while in public and unable to maintain social distancing
- Executive Order 202.34 - Effective June 27, businesses shall have the discretion to remove or deny admittance to individuals who fail to comply with directives to wear face coverings during the state of emergency due to the pandemic
Orange County Health Department Phone Number: 845-291-2330
As of January 15, 2021, the State Department has compiled a list of county specific travel considerations and restrictions due to COVID-19. Due to worldwide community transmission, the State Department has applied either Level 4 (Do Not Travel) or Level 3 (Reconsider Travel) advisories on most nations. If you do decide to travel, note that travel disruptions may make it more difficult than normal to return to the United States. All air passengers entering the United States must show either proof of a negative coronavirus test within three days of departure or proof of recovery from COVID-19 within 90 days of departure.
As of December 2020, the CDC has applied a Level 4 Travel Health Notice: Risk is Very High to essentially all countries. It further recommends against all nonessential domestic travel due to ongoing community transmission. For people who do decide to travel domestically, the CDC has a series of recommendations for minimizing risk while traveling.
The State Department is responsible for American consulates in foreign countries and issues travel advisories for American citizens. At this time, they are recommending that all Americans avoid all international travel. Additionally, all Americans abroad who are able to do so should arrange to return to the United States immediately unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period of time. Be prepared for abrupt imposition of new travel restrictions, both entering and exiting the United States.
Information From Other Libraries
Moffat Library is grateful for the swift action and resource sharing on the parts of the Middletown Thrall Library and the Southeastern New York Library Resource Council (SENYLRC). If the information you need is not available through one of the links provided above, we encourage you to explore the resources collected by these libraries.