NY-12 COVID Update 4/21/2021
As our city, state, and country continue to confront the COVID-19 pandemic, I write today to update you and your loved ones with the most important information during this ever-changing pandemic landscape. I hope you find it helpful. If you have friends or family who would like to receive this update, they can sign up here.
By the Numbers
Confirmed Cases: 31,799,237
People Fully Vaccinated: 79,662,861
% Fully Vaccinated: 24.35%
New York State
Confirmed Cases: 2,008,514
People Fully Vaccinated: 5,229,042
% Fully Vaccinated: 26.76%
New York City
Total Cases (Last 7 days) 16,864
Hospitalizations (Last 7 days): 947
Confirmed Deaths (Last 7 days): 189
People Fully Vaccinated: 2,127,164
% Fully Vaccinated: 32%
President Biden and his administration continue to take steps to combat the health and economic crises caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. This week, that included introducing the U.S.-Japan Competitiveness and Resilience (CoRe) Partnership to help the Indo-Pacific region recover from the pandemic. With the aid of American Rescue Plan funding, the Administration also announced more than $4 billion to combat COVID-19 in Indigenous communities, $1.7 billion to improve the detection, monitoring, and mitigation of COVID-19 variants, and $39 billion to address the child care crisis caused by COVID-19.
New York State Updates
Where and How Can I Get a Vaccine Through NYS?
Additionally, there is a network of State-run sites distributing vaccine statewide. To determine eligibility and to schedule an appointment, use the Am I Eligible app.
An appointment is required. If you visit a location without an appointment you will not receive a vaccine.
Empire Pandemic Grant Fund
Applications are now being accepted for the $26.6 million available to support essential workers and first responders through the Empire Pandemic Response Reimbursement Fund. The program is designed to reimburse out-of-pocket child or dependent care, transportation, lodging, and other qualifying expenses that eligible workers incurred while employed in New York State between March 1, 2020 and the date of application submission. Up to $1,000 is available per household.
Opening NY: Expanding Capacities
The following capacity changes are being implemented across New York:
Extended Open Enrollment
The Open Enrollment Period for uninsured New Yorkers has been extended through December 31, 2021. New Yorkers can apply for coverage through NY State of Health, New York's Official Health Plan Marketplace, or directly through insurers.
Individuals who are eligible for other NY State of Health programs - Medicaid, Essential Plan and Child Health Plus - can continue to enroll year-round.
New Yorkers can apply for coverage through NY State of Health online at nystateofhealth.ny.gov, by phone at 1-855-355-5777, and by connecting with a free enrollment assister.
COVID Alert NY
As a reminder, New York State has launched COVID Alert NY, an app to provide COVID-19 exposure alerts to help protect your community while maintaining your privacy. More information here.
The State is strongly encouraging eligible and healthy New Yorkers to donate blood. During this crisis, we have seen severe blood shortages across NYS. Your donation could save a life. More information here.
As I make this request, I am aware of and working to reverse the antiquated three-month deferral policy for MSM who wish to donate blood. Last year, Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez and I were successful in getting the FDA to decrease the 12-month deferral period to three months. And just this month, I introduced a resolution highlighting the urgent need for nondiscriminatory and equitable blood and blood product donation policies in the United States. Policies governing blood and blood product donation should be grounded in science and based on individual risk factors that do not unfairly single out any group of individuals, particularly LGBTQIA+ Americans. We need to completely get rid of this policy that is not based on current science, stigmatizes the LGBTQIA+ community, and undermines crucial efforts to increase the nation’s blood supply as we grapple with the coronavirus crisis.
New York City Updates
To find the testing site closest to you, click here, text “COVID TEST” to 855-48, or call 212-COVID19 (212-268-4319).
Vaccination Walk-Up Appointments
Beginning this week, New Yorkers who are 50 and older can walk into City-run vaccine sites and get vaccinated without an appointment.
Previously, walk-in appointments were exclusively for New Yorkers 75 and older.
The full list of vaccination sites offering walk-up appointments is available here.
Vaccination Site: American Museum of Natural History
A new vaccination site will open at the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) in Manhattan on April 23. This site will operate from 8 AM to 6 PM, Friday through Tuesday each week, offering approximately 1,000 shots per day.
More information here.
Signing Up To Get Your Vaccine
If you are age 16 or older, you can use the NYC Vaccine Finder to find a vaccination location near you and make an appointment.
Additional COVID-19 vaccine sites will be added as they are available. You can also make an appointment by phone by calling 1-877-VAX-4NYC (1-877-829-4692).
While the vaccination process is underway, every New Yorker should continue to wear a mask, social distance, and avoid small and large gatherings. Please continue to follow NYC’s prevention guidance and do your part to stop the spread.
As always, your concerns still and always remain my top priority. Please do not hesitate to email me through my website.
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