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    A respiratory illness caused by the coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China in 2019 which likely originally emerged from an animal source, has spread person-to-person in many locales as well as to other countries around the world and has been identified as a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO). Symptoms include mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough and difficulty breathing. Those most at risk from the virus are older adults and people with pre-existing health conditions.

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    BURIALSCovers basic burial costs for recipients of Temporary Assistance, stillborn infants, or any person found dead in the county who is not under the jurisdiction of another social services district. Funeral director must be notified at initial contact that a social service funeral is being requested. While this is a year round service, it is also available for victims of the COVID-19 pandemic. A maximum benefit of up to $1,200 may be available for a burial or cremation, regardless of immigration status. Any licensed funeral director who accepts the Department’s policy is eligible for payment. To determine eligibility, an application must be submitted prior to the completion of services. SuffolkSMITHTOWN CENTERSUFFOLK COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES
    ESSENTIAL WORKERS COUNSELING AND SUPPORTProvides immediate assistance 24-hours, 7 days a week for Front-Line Healthcare Professionals and Staff, First Responders, and all Essential Workers. Essential workers are employed in a broad spectrum of environments and are facing overwhelming pressure. FSL's mental health professionals are: providing immediate confidential assistance trained in evidence-based crisis response and behavioral health practices here to listen and offer tangible support providing one-on-one or group counseling offering linkages to other support resourcesSuffolkDIAGNOSTIC, ASSESSMENT AND STABILIZATION HUB (DASH)FAMILY SERVICE LEAGUE, INC.
    ESSENTIAL WORKER SUPPORT LINEEssential Worker Support Line designed to offer mental health and wellness resources for healthcare and other frontline pandemic workers. This service will provide a friendly voice on the other end of the line to listen, share thoughts and concerns with, or even just to serve as an outlet and sounding board. This group of trained professionals will be available Monday through Friday from 7am through midnight.NassauESSENTIAL WORKER SUPPORT LINEFAMILY AND CHILDREN'S ASSOCIATION
    GIFTSOFGAB.ORGA volunteer call-based companion coordination that connects social work students and those in need of social interaction to combat cabin fever and the negative effects loneliness can have on long term health. This is an interim program in response to the crises. We are a social support structure with the goal of aiding in alleviating the negative effect social isolation has on older adults.SuffolkGIFTSOFGAB.ORGGIFTSOFGAB.ORG
    MOVING NEW YORK FORWARDProvides NY State guidance on the phased reopening of businesses during the COVID 19 pandemic. Visit for detailed information on regional reopenings, statewide guidelines on specific industries, essential businesses and Phase 1-4 plans.SuffolkMOVING NEW YORK FORWARDNEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT-LONG ISLAND REGION
    SENIOR GROCERY DELIVERYGrocery delivery for adults 60+ across Long Island. Individuals can place an order online at or call 516-882-4498 to get matched with a local volunteer to shop on their behalf. Participants must pay for their groceries and there is a $10 suggested contribution per order to help offset overhead costs – but it is up to the individual to pay what they wish for delivery. No one is turned away.SENIOR GROCERY DELIVERYUMBRELLA
    VIRTUAL FAMILY ASSISTANCE CENTERThe American Red Cross across the regions of New York State have developed a program in response to COVID-19 to support individuals and families who have lost family members to death as a result of COVID-19. The program will link crisis counselors with families to provide emotional and spiritual support, as well as targeted short-term case management to assist with navigating through the challenging processes they might be faced with as a result of the death.This might include challenges with moving the family member’s body through the hospital, nursing home, medical examiner and funeral home systems in this time when those systems may be overwhelmed and their processes may be different than they normally are. They may also include linkage to legal resources for estate, custody, immigration or other issues related to the death.VIRTUAL FAMILY ASSISTANCE CENTERTHE AMERICAN RED CROSS ON LONG ISLAND

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