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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Community Resources for the Albany, NY Area

Working Together During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is a rapidly changing situation in Albany and around the world, and during this time, it's important for the community to work together. Here in Albany, NY and the Capital Region, there are a variety of resources that you may find useful, including school meal plans for students, preventive measures, assistance for families, and more.

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COVID-19 Updates From the City of Albany & NY State

City of Albany: The Albany Mayor's Office has compiled a page featuring the latest news on closures, mass gatherings, preventive measures, volunteer opportunities, and much more for the City of Albany.

NYS Department of Labor: The NYS Department of Labor is waiving the 7-day waiting period for unemployment assistance for people who are out of work due to COVID-19 closures or quarantines.

COVID-19: Preventive Measures & Things to Know

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Read about ways to protect yourself, and get community resources.

Restaurants Offering Takeout & Delivery

These Albany area restaurants are offering takeout, delivery, or both and these eateries are also offering family-style meal deals.

Information From Local Hospitals and Medical Centers

Albany Med: Learn about COVID-19 testing at the hospital, the visitor restriction policy, and contact info.

Ellis Medicine: Ellis Medicine's Newsroom includes a section with Featured Articles about COVID-19 testing updates, visitor guidelines, and other announcements.

St. Peter's Health Partners: Get info about COVID-19 preventive measures, what to do if you experience symptoms, and how their hospitals are preparing to treat patients and handle visitors.

School & Business Closings

Local Closures: Check out our feed of Albany area school and business closings.

Student Meal Plans & News From Local School Districts

City School District of Albany: Updates on meals for students, health concerns, closures, and academic resources.

South Colonie Central School District: Updates on coronavirus resources for families, meals for students, and academic resources.

Bethlehem Central School District: Updates on meals for students, free internet access while schools are closed, and more.

Troy City School District: Updates on meals for students, academic resources, and other coronavirus resources.

Guilderland Central School District: Updates on meals for students and access to news posts about academic resources and more.

Shenendehowa Central School District: Updates on suspension of classes, meals for students, and more.

Niskayuna Central School District: Updates on meals for students, academic resources, and cancelled events/activities.

Schenectady City School District: Updates on meals for students, tools, resources, and materials for parents and staff, internet service, and more.

Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Central School District: Updates on educational materials, meals for students, and more.

Mohonasen Central School District: Updates on meals for students, postponed events/activities, and more info/resources.

Grab and Go Meal Locations for Students While Schools Are Closed

Spectrum News has set up a growing list of sites in the Capital Region where families can find grab and go meals for students.

Educational Resources for Parents

KidsActivities.com has put together a list of education companies that are providing free subscriptions due to school closings.

Support Our Albany Businesses

The Downtown Albany Business Improvement District has created a list of businesses with online shopping options, gift certificates, and more.

A new website called Support smAlbany has been designed to provide resources for small businesses impacted by COVID-19. You can find updates from the City of Albany, business-related resources, and ways you can support businesses and employees during this period.

Make a Donation or Volunteer

United Way of the Greater Capital Region: Led by the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region and the United Way of the Greater Capital Region, The Capital Region Community COVID-19 Response Fund will help to rapidly deploy resources to community-based organizations at the frontlines of the coronavirus outbreak. Make a donation today.

The Food Pantries for the Capital District: Cash contributions, rather than donations of canned or dried goods, can more efficiently shore up food stocks in the region. Donate to The Food Pantries for the Capital District to help with the cause.

Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York: If you'd like to make a financial contribution and help the Regional Food Bank respond in the most effective way possible, you can make a donation on their website.

Christ's Church Albany: Volunteer to help serve meals to students while schools are closed in the Albany school district.

Need Help? Contact the Following Places

The Food Pantries for the Capital District: For info on the nearest food pantry near you, contact The Food Pantries for the Capital District at their referral line: 518-458-1167 x108.

Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York: You can use the Regional Food Bank's "Find Nearest Agency" feature to search for the nearest food pantry as well.

United Way: Contact the United Way for community, social, and government services. You can dial 2-1-1 to find services near you.

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