NY-12 COVID Update 5/5/2021

May 5, 2021

Dear Friend,


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


Cases: 154,618,960

Deaths: 3,232,776

*data from Johns Hopkins


United States

Confirmed Cases: 32,512,934

Deaths: 578,499

People Fully Vaccinated: 98,904,033

% Fully Vaccinated: 30.13%

*data from Johns Hopkins


New York State

Confirmed Cases: 2,059,485

Deaths: 52,483

People Fully Vaccinated: 6,587,400

% Fully Vaccinated: 33.66%

*data from Johns Hopkins


New York City 

Cases (daily average of last 7 days): 1,252

  • Confirmed Cases: 933
  • Probable Cases: 319

Hospitalizations – at least (daily average of last 7 days): 82 

Confirmed Deaths – at least (daily average of last 7 days): 23 

People Fully Vaccinated: 2,722,492

% Fully Vaccinated: 33%

*data from NYC Health


National Updates

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 announcing a new goal of 70% of adults receiving at least one shot with 160 million Americans fully vaccinated by July 4th, launching the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RFF), and delivering $1.4 billion in American Rescue Plan funding for older Americans.



New York State Updates

Vaccination Walk-Up Appointments 

All New York State mass vaccination sites are open to New Yorkers 16 and older for walk-in vaccinations on a first-come, first-serve basis. The walk-in appointments are reserved for first doses only with second doses to be scheduled automatically after administration of the initial shot. Vaccine providers are also encouraged to allow walk-in appointments. 


People who would prefer to schedule an appointment at a state-run mass vaccination site can do so on the Am I Eligible App or by calling 1-833-NYS-4-VAX. People may also contact their local health department, pharmacy, doctor, or hospital to schedule appointments where vaccines are available, or visit vaccinefinder.org to find information on vaccine appointments near them.


Find a location here.



Opening NY: Easing Pandemic Restrictions

This week, New York significantly eased pandemic restrictions on businesses, gatherings, and venues including:  

  • Social distance-based business capacities 
  • Increase in Social and Residential Gathering Limits
  • Updated event venues capacities
  • Industry reopening requirements

Read more here.



Opening NY: Subway Service

The New York City Subway will resume 24 hour a day service beginning May 17. The MTA will continue its unprecedented disinfection and cleaning effort.



Opening NY: Broadway

Broadway will fully reopen its doors on September 14, 2021, in accordance with New York’s health and safety guidance. Beginning May 6, tickets for Broadway shows will be made available for sale at 100% of theater capacity.



Opening NY: Catered Events

Catered events were allowed to resume at residences beginning May 3 above New York’s residential gathering limit of 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors. These events must be staffed by a professional, licensed caterer, permitted by the respective locality or municipality, and strictly adhere to health and safety guidance, including social and event gathering limits, masks, and social distancing. Also on May 3, the guidance for dancing among attendees at catered events was updated to align with neighboring states, replacing fixed dance zones for each table with social distancing and masks. 


More information here.



Opening NY: Expanding Capacities/Lifting Curfews

The following capacity expansions and curfew eliminations were announced in New York this week: 

  • Indoor dining will expand to 75% capacity beginning Friday, May 7
  • Hair salons, barber shops, and other personal care services will expand to 75% capacity beginning May 7
  • New York City gyms and fitness centers will expand to 50% capacity beginning May 15
  • Beginning May 3, seating at bars is now allowed in New York City, consistent with the food services guidance that is in effect statewide 
  • 12am food and beverage service curfew will be lifted for outdoor dining areas beginning May 17 and for indoor dining areas beginning May 31
  • 1am curfew for catered events where attendees have provided proof of vaccination status or a recent negative COVID-19 test result will be lifted beginning May 17, with the curfew for all catered events set to be lifted May 31

All changes are subject to state public health guidance including social distancing and masks.



Extension of the COVID-19 Emergency Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Act of 2020 and the COVID-19 Emergency Protect Our Small Businesses Act of 2021 

This week, bother the COVID-19 Emergency Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Act of 2020 and the COVID-19 Emergency Protect Our Small Businesses Act were extended. These laws extend protections prohibiting residential and commercial evictions, foreclosure proceedings, credit discrimination, and negative credit reporting related to the COVID-19 pandemic until August 31, 2021.



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.




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



Donate Blood

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).  



Additional Resources 

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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Carolyn B. Maloney
Member of Congress