NY12 Coronavirus Update 3/21

Mar 21, 2020

Dear Friend, 


As our city and state moves to implement the PAUSE Executive Order from Governor Cuomo tomorrow, Sunday March 22, at 8pm, I again ask; how can I help you? How can I help you and your loved ones feel safe and secure during this time? 


I am also asking for college students whose education has been interrupted by COVID-19 to please share your story with me here and if your employment has been impacted by COVID-19, please share your story here.


As verified and pertinent information become available, I will continue to share timely updates so that we all can stay up to date with what is happening here in New York and across the country.


Facts and Figures

United States:

- The CDC is reporting a total of 15,219 cases and 201 deaths as of March 20. These publicly available figures are updated by the agency Monday-Friday.


New York State:  

- Our state has confirmed 10,356 positive cases. Of these, 1,603 (15%) are hospitalized. Our state remains the most impacted state in the nation.


- NYS has tested 45,437 people statewide, which is more people per capita than China and South Korea. 10,000 New Yorkers were tested overnight. 


New York City:  
- The City has confirmed 6,211 cases, which equates to roughly 1/3 of all cases nationwide.


News Updates:

Committee on Oversight and Reform Briefing with FEMA

- Yesterday (Friday, March 20), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Peter T. Gaynor provided a telephone briefing to Members of the Committee on Oversight and Reform on the Administration’s preparation for, and response to, the coronavirus crisis. Administrator Gaynor was accompanied during the briefing by Keith Turi, the Assistant Administrator of FEMA’s Recovery Directorate. During this briefing, when I pressed when President Donald Trump would finally approve a request from Governor Andrew Cuomo to declare a “major disaster” in New York to fully mobilize the federal response to the crisis, Administrator Gaynor reported that he “expects to have a decision imminently” and likely “within less than 24 hours.”  This proved to be true, and the President granted the Major Disaster Declaration for the State of New York. This declaration authorizes FEMA to provide a range of individual assistance to those affected by the coronavirus crisis in New York. 


- Administrator Gaynor and his staff explained that FEMA is now working to develop a system to track the supply chain and availability of critical supplies.  However, he cautioned that FEMA has only been “at this for 48 hours.”  Administrator Gaynor also noted that while FEMA has started to draw from the Strategic National Stockpile to begin supplying healthcare professionals, reports indicate the Stockpile may be insufficient to address the coronavirus pandemic.


- Despite FEMA officials’ claims that the agency has been responding to the coronavirus outbreak since January, Administrator Gaynor was not invited to the join the White House coronavirus task force until “earlier this week” and FEMA did not host its first “interagency synchronization call” until today.



- The FAA halted many flights into New York City today due to staffing issues caused by COVID-19. You can read more about this development here.


I have led and co-signed numerous letters to the Trump Administration and House Leadership on various policy proposals to help individuals here in New York and across the country weather the hardships that are being caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. They include:

- After 106 Members of Congress joined me in calling on federal agencies to stop foreclosure and eviction proceedings for federally-backed mortgages, both the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Federal Housing Finance Agency announced they are doing just that. You can read the letter here and more about the freezes here.


- I joined with Congressman Adam Schiff of California and three dozen other Members of Congress in calling on Speaker Pelosi and Minority Leader McCarthy to make sure that workers in the entertainment industry, who are often freelancers, are taken care of in our next coronavirus response package. You can read more on that here.


- I was proud to be part of a bipartisan group of 45 Members of Congress who joined Congresswoman Linda Sánchez in sending a letter to USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue asking the department to work with state agencies to provide guidance on expanding WIC-approved shopping lists so that families who rely on this nutritional assistance program can get the food they need. You can read more here.


Important Phone Numbers and Links:

Price Gouging hotline: 800-697-1220 


24-Hour Coronavirus hotline: 1-888-364-3065


Novel Coronavirus Information for Providers: 



Domestic Violence Resources

- All shelters are operating and hotlines are available 24/7

- National Domestic Violence Hotline: call 1-800-799-7233 (TTY: 1-800-799-7233), log onto http://thehotline.org, or text LOVEIS to 22522 

- Safe Horizon: call 1-800-621-HOPE or visit http://Safehorizon.org/SafeChat to speak with an advocate; all Domestic Violence Shelters are operating.  


NYS DOH website regarding Coronavirus: 




From New York's Department of Health: 5 Steps to Prepare for Coronavirus: 




COVID-19 Application For Suspension Of Debt Collection Activity:  



E-mail address for NYC OEM that health care providers (PCP's, FQHC's, others) can use for supplies:



Assistance & Guidance for NYC Businesses Impacted Due to Novel Coronavirus:




For children who will be learning at home, here is a helpful portal: 




New Yorkers can text COVID to 692692 for updates


You can sign up for updates from the Governor's office at:



Stop the Spread:



For Tenants/Landlords - Disinfection Guidance for Buildings:




Grant and Loan Information for Businesses:




Guidance for Non-profit providers:




The NYC Department of Small Business Services has developed a survey in order to collect data on business-related impacts due to the virus- the information collected will help the City better respond to business challenges during this time: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/N336ZYB


If you’re a small business owner in NYC affected by COVID-19, visit nyc.gov/covid19biz or call 311 for updates and information on grants.


The New York Blood Center is experiencing critically low blood and platelet appointments-- making it difficult to meet patient needs and hospital demand. If you’re able to donate blood, please visit: www.nybloodcenter.org 


NYC Dept. Of Health COVID-19 Daily Data Summary:




Find a soup kitchen or food pantry near you:




To help small businesses deal with the impact of COVID-19, the City has launched the Employee Retention Grant Program to help retain employees as businesses face decreased revenue. This program is available to New York City businesses with one to four employees that can demonstrate at least a 25% decrease in revenue as a result of COVID-19. Eligible businesses will receive a grant covering up to 40% of their payroll for two months. Businesses can access up to $27,000. More information can be found here: https://www1.nyc.gov/nycbusiness/article/nyc-employee-retention-grant-program


Pandemics are stressful, and working from home or avoiding public spaces can lead to increased anxiety.

- Visit NYC Well, call 888-NYC-Well or text “WELL” to 65173 to receive free confidential counseling in more than 200 languages. 


You can apply for a NYPL card online and check out e-books to read at home!




Social Security assistance: you can visit the COVID-19 web page at www.socialsecurity.gov/coronavirus to find out what services are continuing and which ones are being suspended, how to contact the agency, and important information about deadlines that are being extended to ease the burden on you and medical providers during this pandemic.  



- All restaurants and bars are now take out only. **IF YOU ORDER TAKE OUT: tip delivery workers and tip them well, our neighbors who rely on hourly wages are suffering. Please request that the delivery be left at your door to protect both yourself and the worker.


- If you’re feeling sick, use telehealth services before going to the doctor’s office, Urgent Care, or the ER. It keeps you safer, and it keeps those around you safer. *NYS has ordered co-pays to be eliminated for telehealth consultations.* 


- At home with nothing to do? Fill out your Census at www.2020census.gov


- All NYC public schools are closed through at least April 20. Students will begin digital learning this Monday, March 23. Meals are available at every school from 7:30am to 1pm. They are available at any school, so go to the one you live closest to!


- First responders, transit workers, and health care workers’ children will receive childcare from the City starting Monday, March 23.


- Senior centers are closed and converting into feeding centers where seniors can pick up meals.


As always, if you need assistance with any federal matters, please call my office at 212-860-0606. Please forward this information to any of your friends, families, or coworkers and let them know that they can sign up for regular updates from me here.


Please, wash your hands, stay home, and thank the medical workers, first responders, grocery store employees, delivery workers, teachers and sanitation workers in your lives.



Carolyn B. Maloney

Member of Congress