NY-12 COVID Update 4/28/2021
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: 32,175,725
People Fully Vaccinated: 88,717,362
% Fully Vaccinated: 27.12%
New York State
Confirmed Cases: 2,037,414
People Fully Vaccinated: 5,762,442
% Fully Vaccinated: 29.49%
New York City
Total Cases (daily average of last 7 days) 1,743
Hospitalizations – At least (daily average of last 7 days): 103
Confirmed Deaths – At least (Daily Average of Last 7 days): 25
People Fully Vaccinated: 2,391,538
% Fully Vaccinated: 36%
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 marking over 200 million COVID vaccinations since the inauguration -- more than doubling the Administration's original goal of 100 million vaccines in the first 100 day, calling on employers to offer full pay to their employees for any time off needed to get vaccinated and for any time it takes to recover from the after-effects of vaccination, and the introduction of the American Families Plan.
Updated Mask Guidance
The CDC’s released new guidance on mask use for fully vaccinated people on Tuesday, April 27. Fully vaccinated people are those who received the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine more than two weeks ago. Fully vaccinated individuals who are immunocompromised should consult with their healthcare provider first.
You can read more here.
New York State Updates
Vaccination Walk-Up Appointments
Beginning tomorrow, Thursday, April 29, all New York State mass vaccination sites will be open to New Yorkers 16 and older for walk-in appointments on a first-come, first-serve basis. The walk-in appointments are reserved for first doses only. Second doses will be scheduled after administration of the first shot.
Find a location here.
New Pop-Up Vaccination Sites
Five new pop-up vaccination sites will take walk-in appointments for New York City bodega, grocery store, and supermarket workers. The sites, located in all five boroughs, will each receive a total of 400 doses.
Full list of these pop-up vaccination sites here.
Opening NY: Food & Beverage Service Curfew
This week, the State issued updated food and beverage service curfew guidance. The 12 a.m. curfew will be lifted for outdoor dining on May 17 and for indoor dining on May 31. Curfew for catered events where attendees have proof of vaccination status or negative COVID test results will be lifted on May 17 and curfew for all catered events lifted on May 31. Catered events can resume at residences beginning May 3 in accordance with NY’s reopening guidelines. Additionally, seating will be allowed at bars in NYC beginning May 3.
Full guidance here.
Opening NY: Expanding Capacities
The following capacity changes are being implemented across New York:
Social distancing, masking, health screenings and all other state health/safety protocols remain in effect.
Manufacturing COVID Supplies
Six additional Empire State companies have received nearly $2.3 million in funding from New York State to produce needed supplies to help combat the COVID-19 pandemic. These grants will help alleviate product shortages due to supply chain issues which lead to delays. To date, New York State has awarded nearly $22 million in grants to 39 qualifying New York-based companies to manufacture vital supplies for the ongoing pandemic response and recovery efforts.
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 at the beginning of April, 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).
Signing Up To Get Your Vaccine
If you are aged 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).
Fair Share NYC: Restaurants
This week, the Fair Share NYC: Restaurants program launched to connect restaurants to federal relief funds. The federal Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) provides non-taxable grants to restaurants hit hardest by the COVID-19 crisis. Individual restaurants may qualify for up to $5 million and restaurant groups may be eligible for up to $10 million in grant funding.
More information here.
Small Business Economic Support Programs
More than $155 million will be allocated for small business recovery and job training in emerging markets in New York City's Executive Budget for Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22). Since the beginning of the pandemic, the NYC Department of Small Business Services has launched 28 initiatives to help small businesses and jobseekers stay resilient. The FY22 Executive Plan is expected to reach 40,000 businesses across the five boroughs.
More information here.
While the vaccination process is underway, please continue to be vigilant. We are a densely populated city and properly masking, social distancing, and washing our hands are key to combatting COVID-19 as we work to get all New Yorkers vaccinated.
As always, your concerns still and always remain my top priority. Please do not hesitate to email me through my website.