COVID-19 Update for NY-12
Beginning today, my office is restarting our weekly COVID-19 updates to keep you informed during this second wave. Please remember to wash your hands, socially distance, and continue to wear your masks so that you and your loved ones stay safe and healthy this holiday season. If you have friends or family who would like to receive this update, they can sign up here.
By the Numbers
Confirmed Cases: 64,293,447
Confirmed Deaths: 1,488,321
Confirmed Cases: 13,721,304
Confirmed Deaths: 270,642
New York State
Confirmed Cases: 655,265
Confirmed Deaths: 34,662
Testing Positivity: 3.35%
New York City
Confirmed Cases: 296,997
Confirmed Deaths: 19,603
New York City Updates
Over the weekend, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Richard A. Carranza announced a plan to safely reopen New York City school buildings for in-person instruction with more rigorous testing protocols in place. Students in 3-K and Pre-K programs, as well as those in kindergarten through grade 5 who have opted for in-person learning will return to school buildings on Monday, December 7. Schools in District 75, which provides specialized educational support for students with the most significant learning challenges, will return to on-site in-person education on December 10. Grades 6-12 will remain fully remote for the time being.
All students and staff will need to submit a consent form for testing, and every school will participate in weekly random testing of 20 percent of their in-person population. Parents can fill out the consent form online using a New York City Schools Account (NYCSA) at mystudent.nyc or print and sign the form (available here) and bring it to school on their first day back to buildings. Kindergarten students and any student who qualifies for a medical exemption will be excluded from random testing.
More information on testing, consent forms, and exemptions is available from the NYC Department of Education here.
At Risk Population Health Advisory
Amid a rapid increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, the City yesterday advised older adults and at-risk New Yorkers to limit non-essential activities.
Older adults and people with underlying health conditions who are at an increased risk of severe COVID-related illness should limit activities outside of the home to essential tasks such as commuting to work or school, medical care, groceries, and pharmacy necessities.
The advisory also applies to household members and caregivers of these individuals.
Underlying health conditions that increase your risk for severe illness from COVID-19 include cancer, heart conditions (such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies) chronic kidney disease, type 2 diabetes, pregnancy, sickle cell disease, obesity, immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant, smoking, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. A full list of conditions that may increase the risk of severe illness can be found on the CDC website.
Those covered by this advisory should also wear a face covering at all times indoors and outdoors — including when around members of their own household who have known exposure to COVID-19, are experiencing symptoms of the virus, or frequently interact with the public.
More information on the advisory is available here.
New York State Updates
A new Micro-Cluster Strategy addresses COVID-19 hot spots that have cropped up across the state. You can look up an address to see if falls into a Red, Orange, or Yellow Zone here. Read more about the restrictions that correspond to each color-coded level of cluster zone here.
New York State’s COVID-19 Winter Plan is a 5-part strategy created by Governor Cuomo and the State’s COVID Task Force in consultation with global public health experts, local governments, and other stakeholders.
5 Part Strategy
You can read the full COVID-19 Winter Plan here.
Vaccination Administration Program
New York State has released a draft COVID-19 Vaccination Administration Program that is available to read here.
According to the Governor’s office, the program is designed to be flexible and account for multiple variables and scenarios regarding vaccine availability, timeline for vaccine approval, delineation of federal and state responsibilities, funding, supply chain needs, and allocation requirements. The draft Vaccination Program prioritizes vaccination recipients based on science, clinical expertise, and public health.
New York Forward website (forward.ny.gov)
Emotional Support Services
Healthcare workers can text NYFRONTLINE to 741-741 to access 24/7 emotional support services.
All New Yorkers can call the COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline at 1-844-863-9314 for mental health counseling.
As always, your concerns still and always remain my top priority. Please do not hesitate to email me through my website.