Resources for Up-to-Date Information on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Howland Public Library is committed to the health and safety of our community. Below are some resources to help you find reliable and up-to-date information about the recent Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

From the Library:

To our community members,

In light of the recently declared state of emergency for Dutchess County, the closing of all public schools, and in an effort to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the Howland Public Library will be closed starting Monday, March 16th until further notice. The library will be open for normal hours on Saturday the 14th and Sunday the 15th to give everyone a chance to check out materials. Any items that are currently checked out will not be due until April 25th. Please hold them until we reopen. All fines during this time period will be waived as well. The safety of our patrons and community members is paramount but we apologize for any inconvenience. We will continue to provide limited hours of telephone and email assistance while closed. Be sure to check back for updates as they develop.


State, County, and Local Information

New York State Department of Health

Includes the state-wide hotline for information about Coronavirus (COVID-19): 1-888-364-3065

and data about COVID-19 cases in New York State.

Dutchess County Behavioral and Community Health

Includes local information and updates about the status of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Dutchess County.

Local Updates from the Highlands Current newspaper. 

Local Cancellations and Closures compiled by the Highlands Current. 

Beacon City School District

Updated information form The Beacon City School District. Last update March 9th.

Updated List of NY State School Closings from the New York Times. 


U.S. Federal and International Resources


Provides a summary of the virus origins, details on prevention (handwashing!), and handouts for children and adults, plus links to statistics and a site de-bunking Coronavirus (COVID-19) myths.

As part of the National Library of Medicine, MedlinePlus is an online health resource that provides easily accessible consumer health information in English and Spanish.

World Health Organization (WHO)

Coronavirus (COVID-19) FAQs from WHO, a United Nations agency dedicated to world public health. Information covered in FAQs includes how the virus is spread, symptoms, prevention methods, information regarding treatment, mythbusting, and more.

United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

The CDC is providing information on how the agency is responding to the novel coronavirus  (COVID-19) outbreak. This includes FAQs, prevention and treatment, how testing is being conducted, updates on cases in the United States and throughout the world, and more.

Additional resources from the CDC include information for specific audiences such as schools, medical professionals, businesses, and those who are traveling.

U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC): Coronavirus Scams – consumer advisories

U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA): Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) – news and consumer advisories

U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH): Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Resources

U.S. State Department – international travel advisories:

Emergency Notification: COVID-19 Country Information

Travel Advisory for the People’s Republic of China

The White House – Coronavirus Task Force and related statements, news




A COVID-19 toolkit for librarians. (March 2, 2020) Prepared by Sarah Holsted, Hospital Library Services Program Manager, Southeastern NY Library Resources Council.