OC Health Department creates COVID-19 information app
GOSHEN - The Orange County Health Department released a free application, available via Google Play/Android or the Apple app stores, to provide real-time information and updates related to the coronavirus pandemic.
Push notifications and other information related to COVID-19 services, emergency health department issues or news releases, and programs will be available through the app, the county stated Monday.
The app was developed by ThePublicHealthApp.com, a division of OCV, LLC, which has more than 500 apps developed for state, county and local governments in more than 42 states.
"This innovative app was created by Health Commissioner Dr. Irina Gelman and her staff to provide residents with important, real-time information about COVID-19," Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus stated.
In a statement, Gelman encouraged residents to download the app.
"The needs of our communities continue to expand during this unprecedented time, and the Health Department is committed to keeping residents informed on a variety of platforms," Gelman said.
Bank of America to match $75K donations to Food Bank of the Hudson Valley
CORNWALL-ON-HUDSON - The Bank of America will match up to $75,000 in donations to the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley for #GivingTuesdayNow.
The food bank launched its COVID-19 response in mid-March and since then has provided 2.4 million meals to people in need throughout its six counties. Every dollar the food bank spends provides four meals.
"The need and the level of our service to respond to it are unprecedented in our organizational history," said Paul Stermer, director of the food bank. "Thousands of people are in need of food assistance for the first time in their lives, and we are doing everything we can to provide them with good, nutritious food. We thank Bank of America for their very generous matching gift for Giving Tuesday Now and hope our community will respond in a positive way to help us expand our efforts."
Gifts can be made May 5-10 online at www.foodbankofthehudsonvalley.org or by mailing a check to the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley, 195 Hudson St., Cornwall on Hudson.
Town of Newburgh Memorial Day Parade canceled
TOWN OF NEWBURGH - The town’s annual Memorial Day Parade has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The town hall service is still on, Supervisor Gil Piaquadio stated in a notice to town residents. Participants will practice social distancing and wear personal protective equipment at the event.
ShopRite donates $1 for each thank you letter
ShopRite kicked off a campaign, #EssentialThanks, where anyone can write a thank you note to COVID-19 front line workers, and for each note written, $1 will be donated to regional food banks for coronavirus pandemic relief efforts.
Notes can be uploaded to www.EssentialThanks.com or by tagging #EssentialThanks on social media through June 30. A maximum of $500,000 will be donated.
Wakefern Food Corp., the retail-owned cooperative that includes ShopRite, donated $1 million to regional food banks earlier this month to help meet the dramatic increase in need for food and other essentials.
COVID-19 cases, deaths in mid-Hudson
As of Monday, Orange County was reporting 9,282 residents had tested positive for COVID-19, with 343 deaths. Sullivan County was reporting 955 residents had tested positive, with 23 deaths. Ulster County was reporting 1,414 residents had tested positive, with 44 deaths.
Flowers donated to healthcare workers
TOWN OF WALLKILL - The Michael & Erin Martucci Family with Josh Sommers, president and CEO of Focus Media Inc., purchased and delivered flowers from Absolutely Flowers in the Town of Wallkill as a donation to Orange Regional Medical Center on Sunday and Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris on Monday.
The flowers, provided at cost, were given to thank healthcare workers treating patients in the coronavirus pandemic.