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Posted on: March 4, 2020

Corona/Covid-19 Virus

Covid 19/Corona Virus

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County Executive Molinaro to Host COVID-19
Facebook Live Town Hall Wednesday

On Wednesday, March 25th, at 2 p.m., Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro will host an online COVID-19 Town Hall, which will be streamed live on Dutchess County Government’s Facebook page, to provide the latest information about the evolving health situation, the County’s response including the ‘Dutchess Respond’ relief efforts, and to answer residents’ questions.

During the live event, residents can ask questions via Facebook comments.

More information about Dutchess County’s efforts, as well as the latest, vetted information about Coronavirus, are available at, and residents can call the County’s Coronavirus hotline, (845) 486-3555. Updates are also available through Dutchess County Government’s Facebook page and Twitter feed.


Dutchess County Public Transit Reducing Service

Special on-demand service established to assist seniors, disabled and veterans

Dutchess County Public Transit has announced service reductions will go into effect Tuesday, March 24th. Only Routes E, J, K and L will be operating, with service provided from 7am to 4pm Monday through Friday. All other fixed routes will be suspended. Additionally, Dial-A-Ride and Flex service will be suspended until further notice. A special same day, on-demand service has been established and will be provided to senior citizens, those with disabilities, and veterans who do not have access to routes E, J, K, and L. Fixed route fares will be a reduced rate of $.75 per ride. Same-day, on-demand service will be $1.00 one way.

“As people are implored to stay at home and all but essential operations should be closed, Dutchess County Public Transit is adjusting its routes and service operations to ensure those who do need to get essential destinations are able to do,” said Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro. “We continue to operate our highest demand routes that passengers have been continuing to utilize, but are adjusting our operations to redirect service to those who need it most.”

Fixed Route Service

Route J serves the City of Poughkeepsie Transit HUB, Poughkeepsie Train Station, Admiral Halsey, Interfaith Towers, Mid-Hudson Regional Medical Center, Dutchess County Mental Health Campus, Marist College, the CIA and Stop & Shop Hyde Park.

Route K serves the City of Poughkeepsie Transit HUB, Poughkeepsie Train Station, some of the City of Poughkeepsie, Vassar Hospital and related health care offices, St. Simeon, Spring Manor, Dutchess Dialysis, Price Chopper, Care Mount Medical, CVS, Target, Shop Rite and Stop and Shop.

Route L serves the City of Poughkeepsie Transit HUB, Poughkeepsie Train Station, Main Street in Poughkeepsie, Social Security, Associated Super Market, Rite Aid, Stop & Shop on Route 44, CVS, and Adams.

Route E Limited service will start at 14 Commerce Street and serve Hudson River Housing and flags stops along the arterial, as well as to and from the City of Poughkeepsie Transit HUB.

Special Same-Day, On-Demand Service

Special same-day, on-demand service has been established Monday thru Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm and will be provided to senior citizens, those with disabilities, and veterans who do not have access to routes E, J, K, and L. Other riders may be accommodated if seat availability allows.

The on-demand service is for trips originating and ending within Dutchess County for the limited purpose of visiting:

  • Pharmacy for pick-up and drop-off of prescriptions
  • Food shopping center
  • Doctor’s office or health care facility for medical needs only.

To schedule this service, please call Dutchess County’s Coronavirus Information Line at 845-486-3555, option 6 starting Tuesday, March 24th. Please have the following information ready when calling:

  • Passenger name
  • Phone number
  • Pick up address
  • Destination address

Please note, this service is not intended for medical emergencies. Anyone experiencing a medical emergency should dial 9-1-1.

Dutchess County Government continues to provide residents the most current information and guidance on its website,, its Coronavirus hotline, (845) 486-3555, and its Facebook and Twitter accounts.


Small Businesses in Dutchess County
Now Eligible for Disaster Relief

Poughkeepsie ... The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) offers low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). SBA acted under its own authority, as provided by the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act that was recently signed by the President, to declare a disaster following a request received from Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont on March 15, 2020.

The disaster declaration made SBA assistance available in Connecticut, as well as the contiguous counties of Dutchess, Putnam and Westchester in New York.

“SBA is strongly committed to providing the most effective and customer-focused response possible to assist small businesses with federal disaster loans. We will be swift in our efforts to help these small businesses recover from the financial impacts of the Coronavirus (COVID-19),” said Administrator Carranza.

Dutchess County Executive Marcus J. Molinaro said, “Our small businesses are the lifeblood of our community. This first wave of assistance from the federal government is essential to provide some stability to our businesses and not-for-profits struggling with cash flow. I am grateful to the SBA for including Dutchess in this declaration.”

SBA Customer Service Representatives will be available to answer questions about SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program and explain the application process.

“Small businesses, private non-profit organizations of any size, small agricultural cooperatives and small aquaculture enterprises that have been financially impacted as a direct result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) since Jan. 31, 2020, may qualify for Economic Injury Disaster Loans of up to $2 million to help meet financial obligations and operating expenses which could have been met had the disaster not occurred,” said Carranza.

“These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact. Disaster loans can provide vital economic assistance to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing,” Carranza added.

Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Frank Castella, Jr. said, “Access to EIDL funds will help businesses cover basic essentials, such as payroll and fixed costs, in the short term and will bring much needed certainty and stability at a time when it’s needed most. The Chamber and Mid-Hudson Small Business Development Center is here to assist organizations with navigating this program and gaining access to low interest capital. We remain hopeful consumer confidence and demand will be steady supportive drivers for local businesses and nonprofit organizations — as this is essential, now more than ever, in moving the economy forward.”

“We know the impacts that the Covid19 situation is causing and look forward to doing all we can to help our small businesses here in Dutchess County get through this challenge,” said SBA Regional Administrator Steve Bulger.

Eligibility for Economic Injury Disaster Loans is based on the financial impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The interest rate is 3.75 percent for small businesses. The interest rate for private non-profit organizations is 2.75 percent. SBA offers loans with long-term repayments in order to keep payments affordable, up to a maximum of 30 years and are available to entities without the financial ability to offset the adverse impact without hardship.

Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email for more information on SBA disaster assistance. Individuals who are deaf or hard‑of‑hearing may call (800) 877-8339. Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

The deadline to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan is Dec. 16, 2020.

For more information about Coronavirus, please visit:

For more information about available SBA resources and services, please visit:


About the U.S. Small Business Administration
The U.S. Small Business Administration makes the American dream of business ownership a reality. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start, grow or expand their businesses, or recover from a declared disaster. It delivers services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit

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