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REGARDING THE CORONAVIRUS

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Governor Cuomo Signs the New York State on PAUSE’ Executive Order

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https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-signs-new-york-state-pause-executive-order


UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE BENEFITS FAQ's

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SUMMARY OF COVID-19 PAID SICK LEAVE

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LOCAL & STATE HOTLINES

 

Oneida County Health Department COVID-19 Public Information Line
315-798-5431

 

2019 Novel Coronavirus Hotline – New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH)
* Call 1-888-364-3065 for Information about Coronavirus

 

NYS Hotline to speak with a Mental Health Professional

1-844-863-9314



Oneida County Health Department COVID-19 Public Information Line

315-798-5431

 

2019 Novel Coronavirus Hotline – New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH)
* Call 1-888-364-3065 for Information about Coronavirus

 

NYS Hotline to speak with a Mental Health Professional

1-844-863-9314


NATIONAL RESOURCES

  • United States Center for Disease Control (CDC):

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

  • United States Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration:

https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/covid-19/standards.html

  • Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19:

https://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3990.pdf

Security Act of 2002 (6 U.S.C. 101):

https://fas.org/irp/offdocs/nspd/hspd-8.html


 New York State Agencies

  • New York State Department of Health:

https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/home

» Guidance on Suspected of Close Contact with a Case of COVID-19: https://mcusercontent.com/35d385595f0c7c99abc9c13f9/files/0b0bc41b-2d4b-4573- 8a65-0e084c18924a/NYSDOH_contacts_of_contacts_guidance.pdf


Update from Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri

and Utica Comptroller Bill Morehouse

City officials have engaged in ongoing communication and coordination with partners in the federal, state and county government, as well as the community regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

 

The first priority of city government is the safety and wellbeing of its workforce and the public.

Based on the facts of this continuously evolving situation, the city is issuing an emergency order and taking the following actions effective immediately;

 

  • City Hall will be closed to the public until further notice. Residents can call or e-mail the appropriate city department for all other inquiries. A directory for all city departments can be found at cityofutica.com.

 

  • The Utica Common Council is scheduled to hold a public hearing on Friday March 20th at 9:30am in Council Chambers in regards to the FY 2020-2021 budget. This meeting will be closed to the public. Any public comments can be submitted to the City Clerk Melissa Sciortino at mrsciortino@cityofutica.com by 4:30 on Thursday March 19th.

 

  • The Parkway Recreation Center will be closed and all programs will be cancelled until further notice. Seniors who receive meals through programs at the Recreation Center will have them delivered to their home (same for the seniors who attend the North Utica Senior Center which is also closed until further notice).

 

  • The Codes Department will limit interior residential inspections to those that pose a potential danger. Exterior and job-site inspections will continue. Permits and permit applications issued by the Codes Department should be mailed or e-mailed when possible.

 

  • The Section 8 Office will not be conducting interior inspections until further notice.

 

  • All city issued recreation permits are suspended until further notice

 

  • All city parks will fall under the federal guidelines of having no gatherings of more than 50 people until further notice.

 

  • All convenience stores that don’t sell gasoline can only operate from 6:00am-11:00pm until further notice.

 

  • The Comptroller’s Office will be closed to the public until further notice. Residents can pay their taxes, as well as any county, city, school or solid waste bills on-line at cityofutica.com or by mailing a check to the City of Utica Comptroller’s Office at 1 Kennedy Plaza Utica, New York 13502. No interest or penalties will be imposed for FY 2020-2021 city and solid waste bills in which payments are postmarked before May 31st, 2020.

 

In addition, the Utica Police Department (UPD) will be implementing the following procedures;

 

Reported Calls

 

  • When UPD receives a dispatch for a police report, the caller will be put in contact with an Officer over the telephone. An investigation and appropriate follow up will proceed once the report is filed.

 

  • UPD will continue to patrol city streets and respond to all emergency calls and crimes in progress as it normally does.

 

  • For calls in which an Officer must respond, UPD will ask individuals, whenever possible, to meet Officers outside their homes or place of business. This policy will foster a safer environment and help reduce possible exposure for the resident and the Officer.

 

Visitors to the Police Station

 

  • The UPD lobby will have restricted access until further notice. Anyone who needs to enter the police department will be able to do so through the vestibule area from the Oriskany Boulevard entrance. Once inside the vestibule area, individuals will be able to interact with the desk Officer through an intercom. A determination of the need for service will be assessed on a case by case by case basis.

 

  • In an emergency, individuals are always encouraged to call 911

 

UPD will be suspending the following programs until further notice;

 

  • Tours of the police station

 

  • Ride Along Program

 

  • Processing of Taxicab Licensing

 

  • Fingerprints for pistol permits, employment, etc. (Court mandated fingerprinting will proceed as normal).

 

Similar to UPD, the Utica Fire Department (UFD) is implementing the following;

 

  • All non-emergency appointments and inspections have been postponed until further notice

 

  • No visitors will be allowed to enter any fire house

 

  • Family members and/or friends will not be allowed to ride up in ambulances unless the patient is a minor until further notice.

 

  • 911 will be screening callers to see if they are experiencing flu like symptoms. For calls involving flu like symptoms individuals will be asked, whenever possible, to meet UFD personnel outside of their home or place of business.

 

If you are experiencing flu like symptoms contact your primary physician. If you do not have a primary physician or do not have health insurance, please call the Upstate University Hospital COVID-19 hotline at 315-464-3979. The hotline is open from 7:00am-11:00pm.

 

The city will continue to monitor this situation and collaborate with all entities to ensure the safety and health of our community.


To limit the spread of the Coronavirus and to promote public health, City of Utica basketball courts, tennis courts, soccer fields, baseball fields and playground equipment cannot not be used by the public until further notice. 


CITY OF UTICA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE PRESS RELEASE

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CITY DIRECTORY

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UPDATED CITY OF UTICA BOARD/COMMITTEE MEETING SCHEDULES

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Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente & Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri

Issue Joint Statement

County and City Officials have been monitoring the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and are in daily contact with federal and state agencies to ensure we are aware of any developments regarding this situation.

 

This is a serious matter that requires collaboration across all levels of government and the public. The information we are learning is consistently evolving due to the nature of the virus.

 

Based on the most updated information, and after consulting with public safety professionals, the City of Utica is postponing the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which was scheduled for this Saturday (3/14), until further notice.

 

Individuals, especially the elderly population, can take the following actions to help keep themselves and their families as safe as possible;

 

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer

 

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands

 

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash

 

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

 

  • Consider avoiding gatherings of large numbers of people

 

The County and City will provide more updates and information as it is learned.


WATER SUPPLY IS SAFE

MEDIA CONTACT:    Patrick J. Becher, Executive Director, (315) 792-0310, pbecher@mvwa. us

The Mohawk Valley Water Authority (MVWA) is reassuring the public that the drinking water supply is safe. The production of filtered, purified drinking water will continue uninterrupted and unaffected by the current state of emergency related to the Covid19 virus. Scientific research conducted by federal and international agencies indicates our current disinfection process and chlorine dosage is effective at preventing the spread of this virus through drinking water. Routine daily water quality sampling and laboratory analysis will also continue as normal.

 

However, the MVWA offices at Utica City Hall will be closed to visitors effective immediately. Emergency services and routine system repairs and maintenance will remain operational.

 

Until further notice, the following changes in services are effective immediately:

 

  • Customer questions regarding water bills will be handled by telephone only at 315-792-0301. Customers can continue to pay water bills online at mvwa.us, by mail using the return envelope provided, at Parkway Drugs, or by telephone at the above number.

 

  • Home appointments for meter service or other inspections will also be discontinued until further notice except for emergency service calls involving active leaks. Requests for emergency services can be directed to the phone number above.

 

  • Contractors and engineers needing to complete applications, permits, or plan approvals should contact the MVWA engineering department directly at 315-792-0320.

 

The Mohawk Valley Water Authority is committed to providing safe and reliable drinking water and will maintain strict vigilance in monitoring and safeguarding the public water supply.

 

The Mohawk Valley Water Authority is a regional agency that provides drinking water to approximately 128,000 customers throughout 18 municipalities in Oneida and Herkimer Counties. Contact the MVWA at 792-0301 or on the web at www.mvwa.us


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