What is coronavirus and COVID-19?
Coronaviruses are a group of common viruses. They are named for the crown-like spikes on the surface of the virus. Some coronaviruses only affect animals, but others can also affect humans. Most people get infected with human coronaviruses at some time in their life.
Human coronaviruses cause respiratory illnesses. There are several different types of coronaviruses, including those that cause severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), and coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a new type of coronavirus. It causes respiratory illness in people. It was first identified in Wuhan, China. It has spread to many countries around the world.
What can I do to protect myself from COVID-19?
According to the CDC, the best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to or spreading the virus that causes COVID-19:
- Wash your hands often.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick and people who don’t live in your household.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a mask when around others.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
- Monitor your health daily.
Do I need to wear a mask?
The CDC recommends wearing a face mask in public settings. This guide from the CDC provides information on selecting, wearing, and making masks.
Where can I learn more about COVID-19?
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- NYS Department of Health
- National Institutes of Health
- Coronavirus Research Database Access with your Crandall Library card
- NYS Coronavirus Hotline 1-888-364-3065
Where can I find local COVID-19 resources?
- Warren County COVID-19 Response Page
- Washington County Coronavirus Information
- Saratoga County Public Health Services
- Hamilton County Public Health
What if I have questions about unemployment?
Information on NYS Unemployment and the CARES Act can be found on the NYS Department of Labor webpage.
What if I have questions about health insurance?
Information about insurance can be found at NY State of Health or by calling 1-855-355-5777.
I’m having difficulty coping. Where can I get help?
- The NYS Office of Mental Help has provided some guidelines for managing stress and anxiety.
- OMH Emotional Support Line: 1-844-863-9314
The Emotional Support Line provides free and confidential support, helping callers experiencing increased anxiety due to the coronavirus emergency. The Help Line is staffed by volunteers, including mental health professionals, who have received training in crisis counseling.
What if I need help finding other services?
- Southern Adirondack Network Guide SANG connects you with the community services and assistance you need in the Southern Adirondacks.
- 2-1-1 Looking for community, social, or government services? Search online or dial 2-1-1 to find services near you.
- NYS Services New York State has resources for New Yorkers in need. Answer a few questions and we’ll show you services that may help, including help with food, healthcare and COVID-19 assistance.
How can I help local businesses?
- Find information on restaurants offering take-out and businesses offering gift cards from the Saratoga County Chamber and Glens Falls area restaurants offering takeout and/or delivery.
- The Adirondack Chamber of Commerce and Warren County NY COVID-19 Response and Business Continuity have resources to help business owners.