Dutchess County’s Economic Rapid Response Team has worked to establish resources for businesses and employees adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Find updates on recent closures, essential business guidance from the State, and guidance on how to increase your business’ resilience and protect the public and your employees.
Find resources on unemployment insurance and job openings at essential businesses.
The State issued an Executive Order directing employers to provide essential workers with masks, free of charge, to wear. Download a Using a Cloth Face Covering as a Mask Flyer (.pdf).
NOTE: Governor Cuomo has issued executive orders requiring all people in New York to wear masks or face coverings in public including when taking public or private transportation carriers or other for-hire vehicles.
The Dutchess One Stop Career Center has compiled a list of local essential employers that are now hiring. Visit their website and download the list to review openings and apply.
Residents seeking to file an unemployment insurance claim can visit labor.ny.gov or call the Telephone Claim Center at (888) 209-8124. Frequently asked questions about Unemployment Insurance from the DOL.*
If you are self-employed, you may file for Unemployment Insurance benefits online; view the State's Self-Employed Unemployment Insurance Guide.
The State's Telephone Claim Center filing system is now based on the first letter of the applicant’s last name (alphabetical order):
Telephone Claim Center Hours:
*Due to ongoing high call volume, please be prepared for potentially long wait times. The Telephone Claim Center now offers a call-back feature. If you have been instructed to call to complete your application, you no longer need to call. A representative from the DOL will call you back within 72 hours.
The State will follow CDC guidlines to lift closure restrictions on a regional basis. Dutchess County has been included in the State's Mid-Hudson Region along with Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster, and Westchester counties. View or download the State's map of the 10 regions and a list of counties within each region. Regions must experience a 14-day decline in hospitalizations and deaths on a 3-day rolling average. A region must have fewer than two new COVID patients admitted per 100,000 residents per day. Read the State's regional guidlines for re-opening.
Businesses will re-open in phases:
For COVID-19 updates for businesses and non-profits, join the Dutchess Business Notification Network (DBNN):
Additionally, to increase your business’ resilience and readiness during the COVID-19 outbreak, DBCH recommends businesses strongly encourage employees to:
Refer employees to the www.DutchessNY.gov/Coronavirus website for current information and status about COVID-19.
To assist with your business’ continuity of operations, review policies related to the following situations in our Guidance section:
Prepare for possible increased numbers of employee absences due to illness in employees and their family members, dismissals of early childhood programs and K-12 schools due to high levels of absenteeism or illness:
The Get Your Workplace Ready for Pandemic Flu (.pdf) offers guidance for how you can help to slow the spread of respiratory illnesses in your workplace.