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.

Resources

Businesses 

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 covid19assistance@exec.ny.gov

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)

Farms

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

Finances 

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

  • Institute for Food Safety Hosts Food Industry Virtual Office Hours on June 4th
    Join the Institute for Food Safety at Cornell University for their weekly Q&A and facilitated discussions during Food Industry Virtual Office Hours to address questions on COVID-19. Speak directly to subject matter experts in sanitation, epidemiology, microbiology, virology, food safety culture, business continuity and the food safety of dairy foods, fresh fruits and vegetables, and…
  • Institute for Food Safety Hosts Produce Industry Virtual Office Hours on June 2nd
    Does your food business or farm have questions related to COVID-19? Attend the Institute for Food Safety at Cornell University's Virtual Office Hours  on June 2nd for a Q&A and facilitated discussion. Joined by colleagues from Rutgers University, United Fresh Produce Association, the University of Delaware, the University of Florida and the University of Vermont,…
  • COVID-19 Informational Videos for Food Industry Employees
    Cornell Dairy Foods Extension and Harvest New York has created short videos in Spanish and English that outline information about the virus that causes COVID-19, and strategies employees can adopt to protect themselves and others. We encourage the industry to utilize these videos by displaying them on their closed circuit video systems in the workplace,…
  • Food Industry Virtual Office Hours to Address Questions on COVID-19
    Join the Institute for Food Safety on May 28th for their weekly Q&A and facilitated discussions during their Food Industry Virtual Office Hours. Speak directly to subject matter experts in sanitation, epidemiology, microbiology, virology, food safety culture, business continuity and the food safety of dairy foods, fresh fruits and vegetables, and processed foods and beverages.…
  • Dispelling Consumer Myths and Learning the Facts About COVID-19
    The Institute for Food Safety at Cornell University held a webinar and facilitated Q&A to help sort fact from fiction on COVID-19. In this webinar, experts from the Institute for Food Safety presented several case studies, reviewed online resources, and facilitated a Q&A. Stay informed by watching the YouTube recording of the webinar below:  …
  • Horticulture Now Included in Statewide Reopening
    Under the New York Forward plan, Landscaping, Gardening and Horticulture has now been deemed “essential” statewide, as part of a low-risk business that can continue during the pandemic.  This guidance applies to every landscaping or horticulture business, regardless of where their region is in the overall reopening phase.  You can confirm the inclusion of Horticulture…
  • COVID-19 Safety Plans Required for All Businesses in “New York Forward”
    New York Forward is the state’s plan to begin re-opening in phases as regions of the state achieve certain COVID-19 management metrics. An important part of New York Forward is for all businesses to have a customized, written safety plan that details specifically how each business will prevent and manage COVID-19. Details for particular industries, including…
  • New York Farm Bureau Creates “Farm Relief Worker Database”
    New York Farm Bureau is launching a new system to connect farms in need of labor during the COVID-19 pandemic. During this time of uncertainty, farms may temporarily be down some employees who may have to quarantine due to the virus or to take care of a sick family member. This could potentially create issues…