Coronavirus News

Covid-19 Update

Masks are required when visiting the library, regardless of vaccination status.

New York State Governor Kathy Hochul has announced that effective December 13th, masks must be worn in all indoor public places unless businesses or venues implement a vaccine requirement.

The library always has masks available in case you’ve forgotten to bring yours. You can also track our county’s transmission risk using the Dutchess County Coronavirus Dashboard. If you need to find a vaccine, we can help.

COVID Testing

Find information on COVID-19 testing though Dutchess County here.

COVID Vaccines

All individuals 5 years of age and older that reside in the United States are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. 

Sign up for a vaccine appointment through Dutchess County here. Sign up for notifications of local vaccines available through  the County here. Sign up for a vaccine at a state site here.

Some local health care providers and pharmacies are distributing vaccines. You must go through each company’s own website to schedule these appointments.


RHPL COVID-19 Safety Protocol (RHPL Board of Trustees Approved 6.17.21).

Sobre la enfermedad del coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) en español aquí

More Coronavirus Resources & Links

Trusted sources for Coronavirus information:

COVID-19 and Young People – information and resources about COVID-19

Town of Red Hook Coronavirus information

Dutchess County Coronavirus Dashboard

Dutchess County Coronavirus News

New York State Regional Monitoring Dashboard

New York State Coronavirus News

New York State Micro-Cluster Zones


CDC Coronavirus News & Info

World Health Organization Coronavirus Dashboard

Dutchess County Covid-19 Hotline:  845-486-3555

State Covid-19 Hotline: 888-364-3065

Support local businesses here and for a comprehensive list of phone numbers, here.

Additional resources are listed below.

To help children make sense of Covid-19:

For Preschool-aged Children:

PBS Kids videos from Daniel Tiger & Sesame Street to help explain germs

Virtual Storytime from Cincinnati Public Library: Sherm the Germ

Virtual Storytime from Opa’s Corner Storytime: Don’t Lick This Book

For Elementary Children:

Comic for kids explaining coronavirus

Video to explain viruses, in particular Corona viruses (upper elementary to middle school)

For All:

Songs to Wash Your Hands by…. Clever British teenager developed this so you can see how much of your favorite song to sing to ensure clean hands. 

Stay tuned to our website, blog, and our social media for updates and information. We will also be doing our best to post activities and items of interest for you and your families.

We are in this together.

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