Coronaviruses are a group of viruses that can cause either mild illness, such as a cold, or can make people sick with pneumonia. A novel coronavirus is a new strain of coronavirus that has not been previously identified in humans. Recently, a new coronavirus called COVID-19 was detected in thousands of people worldwide, primarily in China. Multiple cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in the U.S. and it is expected that more cases of COVID-19 will be identified in the future. While there are known cases of COVID-19 in New York State, including Westchester County, the risk of becoming infected with COVID-19 remains low. If widespread cases were to occur in our area, most people are likely to experience mild to moderate disease with full recovery.

In addition to staying informed, you can reduce your risk of becoming infected by taking proper prevention measures similar to what is recommended to avoid the common cold and flu.

New: Tips to Help You Cope During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Westchester County residents are all coping with the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19). It is projected that the health crisis precipitated by COVID-19 could have a lasting affect on everyone's mental health. For suggestions on how to navigate your feelings, frustrations and reactions to the COVID-19 pandemic, read our tips to help you cope.

How the DCMH can help
The Department of Community Mental Health recognizes that this can be a stressful time for many people. The thought of having had family members exposed or being exposed to a virus yourself can create feelings of uncertainty, fear or anxiety. Our office is here to help. If you have specific health related questions there are people you can contact.

People under self-quarantine, or exposure to a known case, should call (866) 588-0195. The NYS Department of Health COVID-19 Hotline is (888) 364-3065. For Westchester County residents who are looking for COVID-19 Information, call 211, where contact specialists can provide assistance.

If you are experiencing anxiety or stress that has begun to affect your daily life and you feel you need support, call our office at (914) 995-1900.

We can provide supportive counseling and refer you to longer term services if you need it.