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Dutchess Responds

Dutchess Responds logoDutchess County is a community that truly cares and we have come together to rapidly respond to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak. 

Whether you need help getting food, medications, or household essentials or you want to offer help and assistance through monetary donations, collecting or donating goods, volunteering, or more: 

We can connect you!


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    There is an urgent need for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and sanitation supplies. The Dutchess Business Notification Network is collecting information from businesses, organizations, and residents who are able to help by donating supplies.


    The following are needed to support the COVID-19 response efforts in Dutchess County:

    • Masks
    • Face Shields
    • Respirators
    • Gowns
    • Gloves
    • Hand-Sanitizer
    • Disinfectant Wipes
    • Sanitizing Equipment

    If you can supply any of these items or additional types of PPE, please complete the online form.

    The Medical Reserve Corps of Dutchess County (MRC) is coordinating the volunteer response in Dutchess County. Medical volunteers are always appreciated, but no medical background is needed to register.

    MRC volunteers have already been deployed to:

    • Staff the County's Coronavirus Call Center,
    • Help drive food and medicine to those in isolation
    • Assemble PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) kits and other logistic support

    Additionally, medical volunteers have been assisting Department of Behavioral and Community Health (DBCH) staff with disease surveillance, patient case and contact investigations, and patient monitoring.

    If you are a medical professional, please register with the  Medical Reserve Corps of Dutchess County (MRC): this Quick Reference Card (.pdf) provides directions on how to create an account and register. For registration assistance contact or call 845-486-3568.

    If you are a non-medical volunteer and would like to help during COVID-19 (call center, deliveries, logistics, etc) and continue to train to respond to future emergencies, register with the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC).

    If you only wish to assist with delivering supplies to neighbors during the COVID-19 response, register here 

    If you or your organization has organized a community relief effort in response to coronavirus/COVID-19, please send an email to to have it added to our running list.

    Include the following information:

    • Contact name

    • Email

    • Address of the municipality or organization

    • Phone 

    • Detailed description of the effort(s)

    • Include accompanying attachments such as flyers (.pdf files only)

    I Need Assistance

    Dutchess Responds Food Connection

    We have established a one-stop connection between food resources in our community and those with a critical need for food and other necessities. The Dutchess Responds Food Connection is accessible through this form or residents can call the County's Coronavirus Information Line (845-486-3555) and select Option 5.


    Help from Dutchess County Legislature

    Currently, the Dutchess County Legislature has offered assistance to residents in their districts, particularly grocery shopping assistance for seniors. Interested individuals can contact the Legislature through its Facebook page or email