NY-12 COVID Update 5/5/2021
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: 32,512,934
People Fully Vaccinated: 98,904,033
% Fully Vaccinated: 30.13%
New York State
Confirmed Cases: 2,059,485
People Fully Vaccinated: 6,587,400
% Fully Vaccinated: 33.66%
New York City
Cases (daily average of last 7 days): 1,252
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%
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:
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:
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.
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).
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.