City E-News: COVID updates

New Rochelle City E-News


January 14, 2022


With the number of positive cases still exceptionally high in our region, it is critical that we take steps to protect ourselves and those around us, and to prevent our healthcare system from being overwhelmed.

COVID-19 testing

The City continues to advocate for additional testing resources to be brought to our area and will share new information as it becomes available. 

Appointments are available next week at the free mass testing sites at SUNY Purchase and the Westchester County Center.  For more info on additional COVID-19 testing locations call the New York State COVID-19 Hotline at 1-888-364-3065 or click on the box below.

Find a COVID-19 test center

Starting Jan. 15, at-home over-the-counter test costs covered by insurance plans

Beginning January 15, 2022, individuals with private health insurance coverage or covered by a group health plan who purchase an over-the-counter COVID-19 diagnostic test authorized, cleared, or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will be able to have those test costs covered by their plan or insurance. More information on this federal program is expected soon..


Vaccines and boosters are safe, effective and free

Individuals ages 5 and up are eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine. The federal government is providing the COVID-19 vaccine free of charge to all people living in the United States, regardless of their immigration or health insurance status.

Boosters are recommended after completing a primary COVD-19 vaccination series: Pfizer for ages12 and up, and Moderna or J&J for ages 18 and up.

Find a site for a vaccine or booster


Transportation assistance to vaccination appointments still available 

Ride credits are available for Lyft and Uber. Locally, the Circuit free electric shuttle covers the downtown, North Avenue up to Wykagyl, and portions of Pelham Road and the East and West Ends.

Learn more

Vaccine Referral

Vaccine Referral Rewards program expanded

New Rochelle residents will receive a $100 Visa gift card for every 3 residents that they refer who successfully complete their vaccinations or boosters at any New Rochelle location. Individuals must be 12 years old or older. Contact Charles Curtis, Director of Community Engagement, for more information at (914) 654-8929 or email 

Volunteers needed for County Vaccine Clinic

Westchester County has partnered with Volunteer New York! to recruit volunteers ages 18+ for 3-4 hour shifts at the County Center Vaccine Clinic until April 24. More info.

Quarantine guidance and support

The Westchester County Department of Health posts the latest guidance from the CDC and New York State. Those who test positive should quarantine for five days.

Need food assistance in quarantine? 

Westchester County is prepared to offer food assistance for residents and families having difficulty getting access to food while under isolation from COVID-19. To find out more information, call the Westchester County Department of Social Services at (914) 995-5566. Assistance is available from Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Mental Health Tools and Resources

Mental health is an important part of your overall health. The CDC offers free resources and tools to help cope during these challenging times. Learn more

Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) applications reopen

Although there is currently no federal funding available for ERAP, new applications will be reviewed and considered if additional funds become available. 

Learn more

The New York State Eviction Prevention Moratorium ends January 15, but help is available

If you are behind on your rent and received a demand for payment or an eviction notice, reach out to these agencies for assistance:

• Call 2-1-1 or visit
• Legal Services of the Hudson Valley: (877) 574-8529
• Hudson Valley Justice Center: (914) 308-3490
• Westchester County Department of Social Services: (914) 995-3333

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