Coronavirus Resources and Information


607.778.2411

Please note that this information may change daily - we will update as often as possible.

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Announcements

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  • Broome County
    • ALL public playgrounds, athletic courts and sporting fields are closed
      • Parks remain open as long as social distancing guidelines are being followed
    • Closing bus station and stopping commercial bus traffic until pandemic is over
    • Donation site at old Macy’s building entrance across from Wegmans 
      • Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
    • accepting unused:
      • N-95 and surgical masks 
      • Medical gowns 
      • Medical plastic face shields 
      • Medical gloves 
      • Medical shoe covers
  • City of Binghamton: curfew in place from 10 pm to 5 am
  • Federal
  • NY State
    • 90-day moratorium on evictions for residential and commercial tenants
    • The deadline for filing taxes has been moved from April 15 to July 15, both federal and NY State
      • as of 3/26,  AARP is assessing whether they can reopen
    • NY State of Health, special enrollment period open through April 15 for uninsured individuals to access coverage through the Marketplace
      • Contact Navigators
        • Mothers & Babies: 607-772-0517
        • Southern Tier Independence Center: Broome County, contact Michelle O'Hare at 607-644-4461
    • Department of Motor Vehicles offices temporarily closed for in-office visits
      • Online transactions are available
        • License and permit expirations extended
    • New Yorkers can call the COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline at 1-844-863-9314 for mental health counseling.

Agencies:

  • Action for Older Persons: 607-722-1251
    • Offices are closed to the public, phone assistance is available
  • BC Transit
    • offering free rides to all passengers
      • If you purchased a 31 Day BC Transit Pass on or after March 1, 2020, please do not throw it away. Turn it into the BC Junction Office or at the Administration Office located at 413 Old Mill Road in Vestal.  BC Transit will replace your pass with a new pass of equal value once they begin collecting fares again.
    • City Buses
      • seating will be limited to reduce possible transmission of COVID-19
      • all access will be through the rear doors, exception for those in wheelchairs or with a mobility impairment
    • OFA Mini Bus
      • all senior housing shopper buses are canceled due to “social distancing” rules, only two people on the bus at a time in addition to the driver. 
      • Call 607-763-8747 to make a reservation to ride the bus.  Reservations can be made Mon-Fri 8 to 4 pm at least a day in advance
      • BC Transit is temporarily expanding OFA mini bus hours to 7am-4pm Monday through Friday
    • BC Lift
      • Limiting number of riders on the bus
         
  • Broome County Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
    • providing services over the phone and participants will receive their benefits remotely.  Participants are urged to call the local WIC office at 607.778.2881 with any questions/ concerns or to update their contact information.
  • Social Security: 1-866-964-3971
    • Offices are closed to the public, online and phone services are available.
  • Area nursing homes
    • Not allowing guests at this time.
  • Hospitals
  • NYSEG: 1-800-572-1111
    • walk-in centers will be closed indefinitely as of March 17
      • pay over the phone and at Wal-Mart and Weis
    • suspending late-payment charges
    • suspending inside meter readings, please submit a reading through their app or calling the call center. If no reading is submitted the bill will be an estimate
    • temporarily suspending service shut offs
  • MHAST: 607-771-8888
    • Offices closed, staff can still be reached by new or existing clients
    • All groups and activities in the Sunrise Wellness Center (weekend program included) are cancelled until further notice
    • 24/7 Peer Support Warm Line is available by calling 607-240-7291
    • short term Crisis Respite program remains open and may be an option if you would benefit from a safe and nurturing environment as an alternative to hospitalization. To learn more or arrange a stay, please call 607-771-8888 ext.350
  • Crime Victims Assistance Center: 607-723-3200
    • No walk-in appointments
  • Family and Children’s Society
    • Offering telephone and telehealth services
    • Clinic facilities will be closed to the public effective Thursday, March 19 at 5:00 pm and remain closed until 8:00 am on Monday, April 6. 
    • Phone lines for information, support and referral will be open Monday – Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.  For information or to schedule appointments please call:
      • Binghamton (607) 729-6206

Banks

Daycare:

  • Hospital employees (UHS and Lourdes): contact employer about daycare options
  • Essential County employees:contact supervisor
  • YMCA offering emergency childcare to first responders
    • Contact Childcare Director Tania Barnes: 607-772-0560 ext. 236

Friendly ‘Visiting’

  • Office for Aging will make friendly visits over the phone. If you know someone please call 607-778-2411
  • Bandalier is offering a social impact program “Corona Companions”, register online for 30 minutes and a team member will call to talk with you. 

Government:

  • Updates on municipalities in Broome County

http://www.wicz.com/story/41901090/list-of-coronavirusrelated-changes-for-broome-municipalities

Libraries: Closed

Meals

  • Student Meals:
  • BC Transit Buses are making stops on their routes at certain Broome-Tioga BOCES’ school meal distribution sites http://gobroomecounty.com/hd/release/transit_meal_stops
  • Senior Meals: 607-778-2411
    • Senior Centers will be closed through April 14th, during this time they will be offering take-out drive-up style lunches by reservation only on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. On Mondays they will be given a sandwich for Tuesday and on Wednesdays they will be given a sandwich for Thursday.
      • Broome West: 607-785-3427
      • Deposit: 607-467-3953
      • Eastern Broome: 607-693-2069
      • First Ward: 607-729-6214
      • Johnson City: 607-797-1149
      • Northern Broome: 607-692-3405
      • Northshore Towers: 607-772-6214
      • Vestal: 607-754-9596
    • Meals on Wheels Broome County Office for Aging 607-778-2411
      • Meals will be delivered Monday, Wednesday and Friday
        • This includes both hot lunch and a sandwich for supper
        • On Friday one meal will be given for Tuesday and one for Thursday
    • Meals on Wheels of Western Broome 607-754-7856
      • As of March 23, delivering Monday, Wednesday, and Friday only.
        • If you receive meals on Tuesday and Thursday, those meals will be delivered on Monday and Wednesday.
    • California Grill Vestal: 607-741-4062
      • 50 free lunches (11am to 1pm) to seniors. Please call ahead to order. Then call again when you have arrived, and we will deliver to your car in the parking lot.
    • Catholic Charities Broome County
      • Medically frail seniors can be given a food box with five days of food in them. They are being very selective because volunteers are limited. They should call first to find out if they qualify and must have no available help from any other agencies.
      • Call 607-584-7800
    • Schneider’s Market Kirkwood– at home grocery delivery for vulnerable populations 607-775-1335.  Starting Monday, March 23, hours will be 8 am - 7 pm Mon. - Sat. and 8 am to 6 pm on Sunday.
      • Also available for immunocompromised
      • Free delivery within 6 miles of the store, a $50 minimum order is required.
      • Credit card information needed at time of order.
      • Items delivered to the doorstop.
    • The Remedy Tavern – holding a food drive to donate to the community
      • 869 US Route 11 Kirkwood, NY
    • Rainbow Trail (Owego) – Monday-Friday they are providing free meals for people who are elderly and people with disabilities. Call to arrange 607-687-9881.
    • Silver Linings Conklin
      • Tuesday and Thursday offering quesadilla or chicken tenders with fries between 12-2 for pickup to those under 18, elderly and those most at risk
      • Can possibly deliver, 607-624-8340
  • Other Meals:
    • Pasquale’s Deli
      • Monday-Friday 7-9 AM, Saturday 9-10 (walk-in) breakfast sandwich to law enforcement, EMS, EMT, Firemen, Lab technicians, Nurses, Doctors who are or will be putting in long hours.
    • United Presbyterian Church – 42 Chenango Street, Binghamton NY
      • Tuesday meals for all ages, take out 5-6 pm
      • emergency food pantry also open (607) 722-4219 (not open until end of March)
    • First Presbyterian Church Johnson City – 2 Main Street, Johnson City
      • Diane Olmstead, Outreach Coordinator: (607) 759-0467
      • hot take-out meal, Wednesdays 5 pm
    • Vestal Museum has an open air food pantry, take what you need and share if you can
      • 328 Vestal Pkwy E Vestal
    • New Life Ministries 201 Hill Ave Endicott
      • Providing free meals and care packages affiliated with UE school district
      • Monday-Friday 10 am – 1 pm
         
  • Food Bank updates:
    • Our Lady of Good Counsel
      • 701- W Main Street Endicott, NY 13760
      • Hours will be 9-1 starting the week of March 23rd.
      • Open Tuesdays and Thursdays
    • Food Bank on the Southern Tier
      • continuing to supply our partners with food, use this link to find a food pantry or meal site
      • Mobile Food Pantry suspended
        • Will be doing a community food distribution
          • There will be three sites in Broome County
        • Clients will stay in their cars as emergency food boxes are loaded into their cars to reduce contact
        • More information, locations, and dates will be listed on the website
    • Catholic Charities
      • Binghamton Pantry at 100 Main Street:
        • Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 9:00-11:30 and 1:00-3:30.  Tuesdays 1 - 3:30
        • All of Broome County Welcome
      • Mother Teresa’s Endicott Pantry located at St. Ambrose Church 202 Garfield Ave.:
        • Monday, Wednesday and Fridays: 9:00 AM-2:30 PM
        • Residents of Vestal, Endwell, Endicott and Johnson City, Whitney Point, Maine
        • Friends, family members and neighbors can pick up food for those who cannot safely leave their homes.  Agencies may also pick up food for clients.
        • Please, if able, print and bring the food pantry form with you to get food in a timely manner: https://www.catholiccharitiesbc.org
    • CHOW
      • referrals can still be received from 211 to pantries for food.
      • Seniors, those with a severe disability, and those in quarantine, call 211 to request delivery of 5 days worth of food.
  • Farmers Market
    • Open on Saturdays from 9 – 1 pm
    • Taste NY store open Tuesday-Friday 8-5 pm and Saturday 8-2 pm

Other:

  • Online AA Meetings During COVID-19
  • College Student Travel Assistance
  • Domestic Violence Hotline
    • Self isolating can be a dangerous time for domestic violence victims.
      • Rise: 607-754-4340
      • Crime Victims Assistance Center: 607-722-4256
        • http://www.cvac.us/
        • If you cannot call, you can text (607) 725-8196
        • Advocacy and counseling services through the phone or online
      • Chat at www.thehotline.org
  • Emergency Shelters
    • Information is subject to change, please contact agencies directly
      • YWCA, 80 Hawley St Binghamton 607-722-0340
        • At capacity, not accepting new residents at this time
      • YMCA, 61 Susquehanna St Binghamton 607-772-0560
        • Open and operational
        • A police clearance is required for entry & may be obtained at the Binghamton Police Department (‪38 Hawley St. Binghamton). New residents are being screened for COVID-19 symptoms per CDC recommendations.
      • Volunteers of America (VOA) 320 Chenango St. Binghamton 607.772.1156
        • Open and operational
        • A police clearance is required for entry & may be obtained at the Binghamton Police Department (‪38 Hawley St. Binghamton). New residents are being screened for COVID-19 symptoms per CDC recommendations.
      • RISE 
        • Emergency shelter is closed
      • Broome County Department of Social Services 36-42 Main St. Binghamton
        • open to assist individuals & families experiencing homelessness ‪Monday-Friday ‪between 8am and 4pm
        • Per Code Blue protocol, those facing homelessness after ‪4pm or on weekends may call 9-1-1 to request assistance in finding shelter.
           
  • Filing an Unemployment Claim
  • Veterans Peer Support Call - DAILY at 1p.m. EST (BEGINS MONDAY, MARCH 23rd): 1-800-767-1750 ext. 99873

Pets

  • Broome County Humane Society
    • Collecting donations of food for pet owners who are having hard time financially feeding their pet
    • Contact E-mail: (607) 724-3709
  • In Memory of Diesel
    •  https://www.facebook.com/imodhelp/ for a schedule of distribution locations
    • Pet food pantry with distributions in the community, also accepting donations
    • Call for assistance 607-238-3402

Places of Worship:

  • First United Methodist Church
    • Closed for at least 30 days, no services
  • Endwell United Methodist Church (UMC)
    • Beginning this Sunday, March 22 through Sunday, April 12th, (Easter Sunday) with a live-stream worship on Facebook and possibly ZOOM, beginning at 9:30am.
    • Sunday's reflection will also be recorded and archived on our Endwell UMC YouTube channel.
    • Monday night community dinners will continue with take out only.  
    • Beginning March 18, office hours will be Monday-Thursday 9:00am-2:00pm.  However, asking to limit office visits. 
  • United Presbyterian Church of Binghamton
    • Non-essential programming and in-person gatherings have been canceled
    • Streaming worship services on Facebook
    • Community meals on Tuesdays will continue with take out only
  • First Presbyterian Church of Johnson City
    • Offering Sunday services at the church and a live stream on Facebook

Online Services

Prescriptions

  • CVS Pharmacy: Free one-to-two-day delivery of prescription medicine is encouraged for high-risk customers until May 1, 2020.
  • Rite Aid: Home delivery is available upon request and the company will waive delivery fees. Customers should contact their local Rite Aid pharmacist for details. Controlled substances or refrigerated medications are not eligible.
  • Walgreens: The chain is waiving delivery fees for all eligible prescriptions. Customers should speak with a pharmacist to confirm prescription eligibility. Essential household items such as cleaning and medical supplies are available for purchase at the pharmacy drive-through.

Restaurants:

Updates on restaurants can be found at these two websites.

https://binghamtondrive.com/pages/restaurants-open-for-takeout-delivery

http://www.wicz.com/story/41906058/restaurant-togo-information-amid-coronavirus-shutdown


School District Updates:

Stores:

  • Wegmans: 7 am – 10 pm

  • Price Chopper: 7 am – 10 pm
    • Starting 3/19 opening at 6 am for seniors and the most vulnerable populations
    • Temporarily suspending refund, return, and raincheck policies
  • Walmart
    • JC: 7 am – 8:30 pm
    • Vestal 7 am – 8:30 pm
    • Every Tuesday opening at 6 am for those over 60, vision centers and pharmacies will be open
  • Dollar General: 8 am - 9 pm (hours may vary by location)
    • First hour open dedicated to seniors
  • Aldi: 9 am – 7 pm
  • Target: 7 am - 9 pm
    • Every Wednesday open the first hour for Seniors and the most vulnerable populations
  • Dollar General: varies by location
    • First hour open dedicated to seniors
  • Weis: 7 am - 9 pm
  • Big M (Windsor) 8 am - 7 pm
    • Senior shoppers can order and pay for groceries over the phone and have 2 hours to pick up
  • Cindy's Crossroads Store 'N Deli
    • Offering free delivery to Harpursville and Nineveh seniors on Mondays and Thursdays from 4 - 7 pm.  No minimum amount.  Call 607-693-2495
  • DICK’S Sporting Goods
    • Stores closed
    • Curbside pick up available from 9 am – 6 pm
  • Creature Comforts
    • Offering curbside pickup
    • Call 607-723-2666
    • They will take your order and your credit card information and have items ready for pickup

Supplies:

  • Auchanachie 
    • is able to pick up food (includes pantries) drugstore items (includes prescriptions if senior paves the way w/ the Pharmacist) if the caller (needs to be 60+) has used Auchanachie within the past year or two.  Same day delivery is possible but not guaranteed.  
    • These services are available to all seniors living in Broome County.  Rural areas are contingent on whether a technician is making a service call in that particular area.  
    • Call 607-722-7234 M-F 9-4
  • Greater Binghamton Limousine Service
    • Employee will go to the store and get essentials and deliver to their homes at no cost. Call Michael at 607-221-1076.
  • J’s clean sweep
    • Toilet paper available on a consistent basis at $0.65/roll and can deliver to those who need it 607-425-6932.
  • A&D Transportation
    • Will deliver prescriptions 607-433-1726.
  • Binghamton Food Rescue
  • AtoZ Vacuum
    • Cleaning supplies for purchase (disinfectant is commercial grade needs to be diluted)
    • 2723 East Main Street, Endwell, NY 13760
      9AM–5:30PM Mon–Fri | 10AM–2PM Sat
  • Sanico’s
    • Toilet Paper
    • 156 corporate drive Binghamton NY 13904
    • (800) 333-2635
      • choose option for Binghamton store
  • Uptown Limousine
    • Will pick up and deliver any prepaid grocery order for the at risk elderly at no cost.
    • 607-723-0374

Taxes:

  • AARP and other Volunteer tax prep has been canceled

    • the deadline for filing taxes has been moved from April 15 to July 15, both federal and NY State
    • as of 3/26 AARP is assessing whether they can reopen
  • B&C Tax Services: 607-239-5358
    • Willing to accommodate as many seniors as they can who had an appointment that was canceled. They will not provide the forms needed.
  • Jackson Hewitt
    • Offers a 30% discount for seniors; going rate is $153
    • Binghamton: 607-821-1031
    • Endicott: 607-341-4163
    • More office locations can be found online
  • The Taxsmiths: 607-217-4148
    • JCSC has been sending people here; $70-100 fee
  • Loomis Tax Service: 607-723-1598
    • Amy said that she is very busy but that if she has time, she will contact other local tax prep places to see if they can work something out. Taxes still need to be done by April 15th but there is an extension to pay on them.
  • Puglisi Tax Service: 607-798-9550
    • Will offer discount to seniors; rate is between $80-100
  • Freije Tax Service: 607-724-0288
    • Will sometimes offer discounts if the situation warrants it; going rate is $130-150
  • H&R Block
    • First time visitors will get $25 off.; Base price is $128
    • Binghamton: 607-723-1092
    • Endicott: 607-754-6363

Volunteer Opportunities:

  • 211 is gathering volunteer information for United Way so that they can do a matching program.

  • The Memory Maker Project
    • "Merry Makers" - Looking for volunteers that are able to call, send notes or post cards, and other activities with those shut in during the COVID-19 quarantine
    • Please go to https://www.memorymakerproject.org/  and click on the banner at the top of the page to learn more