NY-12 COVID Update 6/2/2021

Jun 3, 2021
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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: 171,335,846

Deaths: 3,683,428

*data from Johns Hopkins 


United States 

Confirmed Cases: 33,290,450

Deaths: 595,223

People Fully Vaccinated: 136,155,250

% Fully Vaccinated: 41.48% 

*data from Johns Hopkins 


New York State 

Confirmed Cases: 2,102,869

Deaths: 53,329

People Fully Vaccinated: 8,391,826

% Fully Vaccinated: 42.88% 

*data from Johns Hopkins 


New York City 

Total Cases (daily average of last 7 days): 291 

  • Confirmed Cases: 217
  • Probable Cases: 74

Hospitalizations – At least (daily average of last 7 days): 22 

Confirmed Deaths – At least (daily average of last 7 days

People Fully Vaccinated: 3,629,560

% Fully Vaccinated: 43.5% 

*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 releasing the President’s Budget and announcing June as a National Month of Action for vaccinations.


The President's Budget

Last Friday, President Biden released his proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2022, laying out his policy priorities for the next year. Included in this budget are the American Jobs Plan and American Families Plan, along with our programs and funding to enable us to continue confronting the pandemic, rescue the economy after a year of crisis, and build back better.


National Month of Action

The President today announced a National Month of Action to help reach his previously set goal of 70% of U.S. adults getting at least one shot by July 4th.


President Biden and his administration have partnered with and are mobilizing national organizations, local government leaders, community-based and faith-based partners, businesses, employers, social media influencers, celebrities, athletes, colleges, young people, and thousands of volunteers to encourage and help all Americans get their COVID-19 vaccines. The President also announced new incentives to help drive up vaccination rates, you can see a full list of those here.



New York State Updates


Emergency Rental Assistance Program

New York State's $2.7 billion Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) officially opened yesterday, June 1. The program is funded almost entirely by funds provided by Congress through the American Rescue Plan and other previously passed COVID-19 response legislation.


This money will help eligible renters pay up to 12 months of overdue rent or utility bills and can also be used for up to 3 months of future rent payments. New Yorkers, regardless of their immigration status, can see if they qualify for assistance and apply online today. 


More information available here.



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, 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. 


You can also use vaccinefinder.org to find information on vaccine appointments near you.



Pop-Up Vaccination Sites: Grand Central Terminal and Penn Station 

The pop-up vaccination sites and MetroCard incentive program established at Grand Central Terminal and Penn Station will be extended until Saturday, June 5.


More information here



Opening NY

Lifting Indoor Dining Curfew 

As of May 31, the midnight curfew on indoor dining for bars and restaurants has been lifted across New York. 



Saratoga Race Course 

Saratoga Race Course will re-open to fans at close to full capacity when the 2021 summer meet begins on July 15. Opening Day admission will be free for those who show proof of vaccination. Seating areas for fully vaccinated patrons will be open at 100% capacity and designated seating for unvaccinated patrons will be available. Tickets go on sale June 9. More information here.



COVID-19 Vaccine Incentives: Vax & Scratch 

Vax & Scratch is a vaccination program providing free NYS lottery scratch-off tickets to individuals aged 18 and older for a chance to win up to $5 million. This program has been extended through the end of this week at ten new state mass vaccination sites. Participating sites will be open until Friday, June 4.


More information here



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. 




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). 



Opening NYC Public Beaches 

New York City’s eight public beaches are now open for swimming and will remain open through Sunday, September 12. Lifeguards will be on duty daily from 10am to 6pm. Beach capacity will not be limited for the upcoming season. Face coverings will continue to be required in all parks comfort stations and social distancing precautions should still be followed. 


More information here



NYC Youth Vax Week 

Today, NYC kicked off a week-long initiative to combat misinformation regarding the COVID-19 vaccine and encourage parents and guardians to allow their children 12 years and older to get the authorized Pfizer vaccine. The City will host 'Youth Vax Block Parties' at popular parks in each borough. The parties will each have a vaccine bus providing the Pfizer vaccine stationed in its proximity, and families can enjoy food, music, and other activities. 


More information and list of locations here



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 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