Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) continue to monitor a novel strain of coronavirus that originated in Wuhan, China. On Feb. 11, 2020 the World Health Organization announced an official name for the disease that is causing the novel coronavirus outbreak, COVID-19.

There are simple steps we can all take to stop the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory viruses. New Yorkers can call the Department of Health’s coronavirus hotline at 1-888-364-3065 with any concerns about symptoms or travel. In addition, visit the Department of Health’s dedicated website for more resources and updates about COVID-19. NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets also provides realtime updates on COVID-19 for the ag community.



Empire State Development: COVID-19 resources, web portal for questions and FAQ page

Department of Labor: New York State Department of Labor Implements a Filing System and Extends Hours to Address the Influx of Unemployment Claims and Make Process More Efficient for Claimants

Individuals or groups looking to volunteer or contribute to the State’s effort should contact the Governor’s Office at

Companion Animals

Coronavirus and pets: FAQs for Owners – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Veterinary Medicine

COVID-19 and Dogs (PDF)

COVID-19 and Service Dogs (PDF)


Building Farm Resilience During COVID-19 – Cornell Small Farms Program

Cornell Cooperative Extension Agricultural Workforce Development

COVID-19 Management Resources – Cornell PRO-DAIRY Program

Cornell Farmworker Program | El Programa de Apoyo a Los Trabajadores Agrícolas de Cornell

Farm Stress Management | NY FarmNet


Guidance on Coronavirus Resources and Warnings about Consumer Scams – NY Attorney General

Protect yourself financially from the impact of the coronavirus – Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Food industry

Food industry resources for Coronavirus COVID-19 – Cornell Institute for Food Safety

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) FAQs: Food – U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA)

The Science of Panic Buying and How to Stop It – Cornell Evidence-Based Living

COVID-19 Resources For Food, Beverage, and Agriculture Businesses – Center for Excellence for Food and Agriculture at Cornell Agritech

COVID-19 Updates

  • COVID-19 and Your Produce Farm Webinar Recording
    The COVID-19 and Your Produce Farm webinar, recorded on April 23,  provides steps that produce farm managers and individuals working with fruit and vegetable farms should consider to protect their workforce, their business, and their markets. Topics include why prevention of the coronavirus/COVID-19 is important, steps that employers should take to protect employees, how to…
  • Paycheck Protection Program updates and clarification
    A detailed explanation of April 8, 2020 updates to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), part of the Federal CARES Act, is available courtesy of Elizabeth Higgins, Ag Business Management Specialist with the CCE Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture Team and Nicole Tommell, Ag Business Specialist, with the CCE Central NY Dairy Livestock and Field Crops Program.…
  • Dr. Richard Stup of Cornell University Discusses Dairy Farmers Managing Coronavirus
    In episode 15 of DairyVoice podcast, Joel Hastings, Editor & Publisher of DairyBusiness News talks about important items for dairy farm managers to consider in dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. Dr. Richard Stup, PhD, who heads the Agricultural Workforce Development program at Cornell University, is widely known for his personnel management expertise. In this episode,…
  • New CDC Guidance for Workers Exposed to COVID-19
    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new interim guidance for essential workers (including agricultural workers) who may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19. Link to the detailed guidance here: Critical Infrastructure workers who have had an exposure but remain asymptomatic should adhere to the following practices prior to and during their work…
  • Protect Yourself Financially from the Impact of COVID-19
    The Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB) has compiled resources to help protect yourself from the financial impact of COVID-19. If you have trouble paying your bills, or loans, or paying on time, there may be a number of options to help, especially if you reach out early to your lenders or creditors. For information regarding…
  • Reliable Resources for Spanish- & English-Speaking Farmworkers about COVID-19
    The Coronavirus (COVID-19) is spreading rapidly across the world. Although cities have the most sick people, the disease has reached rural communities of New York as well. Everyone needs to take this very seriously. Agriculture is an essential business, so many of us will continue to go to work. However, we all need to take…
  • Questions on the Paycheck Protection Program? CCE Madison Offers Free Online Education Webinar
    Visit with Nicole Tommell, Farm Business Management Specialist, and Myron Thurston, Ag Economic Development and Marketing Specialist, from CCE Madison to get up to date information on applying for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) with potential loan forgiveness. This program has been very fluid in nature and the webinar will give you up to date…
  • CDC Provides Recommendations Regarding the Use of Cloth Face Coverings, Especially in Areas of Significant Community-Based Transmission
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to study the spread and effects of the novel coronavirus across the United States. We now know from recent studies that a significant portion of individuals with coronavirus lack symptoms and that even those who eventually develop symptoms can transmit the virus to others before showing…