COVID-19 Resources

Apr 2, 2020

CORONAVIRUS ONLINE SYMPTOM CHECKER from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control

Do you think you have symptoms? If you are are concerned that you may have symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough, shortness of breath), call your primary physician before seeking medical attention. Please do not go to the emergency room unless you are in need of emergency assistance. 

If you do not have a primary care physician but are concerned you have symptoms of COVID-19, contact: 

Erie County Dept. of Health COVID-19 Information Line: (716) 858-2929
NYS Dept. of Health COVID-19 Information Line: 1-888-364-3065


UNINSURED NY WORKERS: The NY State of Health and New York State Department of Financial Services have announced a special enrollment period between March 16 and April 15, 2020. Get more info at  

NYS UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS and related federal aid: Read more here

FeedMore, The Food Bank of WNY and Meals on Wheels: Food Pantry Locator | Emergency School Food Distribution Sites  | Home Delivered Meals  

Mobile Food Pantry SchedulesCattaraugus County Mobile Food Pantry Schedule | Chautauqua County Mobile Food Pantry Schedule  | Erie County Mobile Food Pantry Schedule

EDUCATION:  School districts across the region are closed. Each school district will share more information about their needs on their websites.

From Buffalo Toronto Public Media: Resources, Lesson Plans & Program Schedules HERE

With schools closed, thousands of students are without access to educational instruction. Buffalo Toronto Public Media is here to support families, educators, and students as a community classroom during these challenging times. We will be broadcasting a “Learn at Home” schedule, weekdays from 6am through 6pm, on WNED PBS KIDS. Videos and activities for teachers and families will also be posted at the link above, on our social media platforms, and PBS Learning Media’s free online service. We’ll also continue to post daily learning resources in our WNED PBS Parents & Teachers group on Facebook.

Buffalo Public Schools: Learn at Home Resources

COLLEGES and UNIVERSITIES across WNY are closed.  Please check with them individually for details: SUNY at Buffalo | SUNY Erie (ECC) | SUNY Niagara (NCCC) | SUNY Buffalo State | Alfred State College ( SUNY )  |  Jamestown Community College | Genesee County Community College

Alfred University | Canisius CollegeDaemen College | D'Youville College | Medaille College | St. Bonaventure University | Trocaire College | Villa Maria College

Libraries: All 37 Buffalo & Erie County Public Libraries will be CLOSED until state officials modify the current state of emergency.  Library material due dates have been extended until April 30, 20  Buffalo and Erie County Public Library System

Niagara Falls Public Library is limiting patron access and pick-up procedures.

All of the member libraries of the Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Library System are temporarily closed

MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES:   From The WBFO Mental Health Initiative |   From Erie County

Crisis Services 24-hour Hotline:  Buffalo and Erie County 716 834-3131

24 Hour Addiction Hotline: 716-831-7007

Kids Helpline: 716-834-1144  | 1-877-KIDS-400

Chautauqua County Hotline: 1-800-724-0461

24 Hour Erie County Domestic Violence Hotline: 716-862-HELP

For Shelter: 716-884-6000

24 Hour NYS Domestic & Sexual Violence Hotline: 1-800-942-6906

With in person AA and NA meetings cancelled,there are online options available: Alcoholics Anonymous | Narcotics Anonymous | Friends of Recovery

Erie County Cares - COVID-19 and Your Mental Health

Managing Anxiety and Stress

EMPLOYEE PAID LEAVE INFORMATION: The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) published its first round of implementation guidance pursuant to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The initial WHD guidance is available in three-parts:

GROCERY STORES: While industry officials say grocery stores won't run out of food, it could be at least a few weeks until inventory of pandemic-popular items such as toilet paper and pasta returns to normal levels   For more:   Aldi  | Wegmans' |Tops Friendly Markets 

OTHER RETAIL: Gyms, bars, casinos, restaurants (except for takeout and delivery) are closed. Barbershops, hair salons, tattoo and piercing parlors and nail salons are also closed. Read more from Erie County