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.

Vaccine Information

NY State Vaccine Information. Am I Eligible?

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.

DOH COVID-19 tracker (region): a dashboard tracking COVID-19 testing for individual regions. It includes total persons tested, total positive cases, and % positive for each NY region.

Testing information: resources on COVID-19 testing, including instructions on signing up for a test through the state.

Ask a question: a form where you can submit a COVID-related question to any NYS government agency.

Move Forward NY: information on state re-opening plans and industry guidelines.

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.

COVID-19 resource page: CDC’s hub for all COVID-related information.

About COVID19:This page includes Information on how the virus spreads and provides strategies for protecting yourself.

Covid-tracker: CDC’s tracker includes nationwide and individual state totals for COVID-19 infections. The tracker also has a US map with links to each state’s Department of Health site.

Communication: links to a variety of communication tools relating to COVID-19. This includes an image library, guidance documents, and social media tool-kits.

Quarantine and Isolation: guidance on quarantine and isolation for individuals and specific industries.

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




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