NY12 Coronavirus Update 3/22
I wanted to remind you all that the PAUSE Executive Order from Governor Cuomo goes into effect tonight, Sunday March 22, at 8pm. As we take this important step to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus, I ask again, how can I help you? I am working with my colleagues in Congress and with leaders here in NY to make sure we have the resources we need to weather this storm, but I also want to hear from you. If you are a college student whose education has been interrupted by COVID-19, please share your story with me here and if your employment has been impacted by COVID-19, please share your story here.
You can continue to expect updates from me as verified and pertinent information becomes available.
Facts and Figures
- According to the Governor, there are now 29,192 positive cases across the United States with 374 deaths.
New York State:
- Our state has confirmed 15,168 positive cases. Of these, 1,974 (13%) are hospitalized. Our state remains the most impacted state in the nation. Our state has recorded 114 total deaths from COVID-19.
- NYS has tested 61,401 people statewide and 26,389 in New York City.
New York City:
- The City has confirmed 9,045 cases, which equates to roughly 1/3 of all cases nationwide.
FEMA Major Disaster Declaration for New York
New York State has the largest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the nation, and New York City has the highest concentration in the state. I am thankful that FEMA has recognized the gravity of New York’s situation and issued our nation’s first coronavirus-related Major Disaster Declaration.
As the national epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, New York must do everything in our power to stop the spread of the virus and ensure billions of dollars in direct federal assistance can be issued to all areas of New York State impacted by COVID-19. For New York City, this means financial support and critical supplies for nonprofit organizations, hospitals, nursing homes, and community health centers. To combat the shortage of vital medical supplies in New York City, we also need billions of dollars for masks, gloves, ventilators, coronavirus tests, and personal protective equipment.
We are in the midst of a public health epidemic, and this Major Disaster Declaration brings us one step closer to unlocking billions of dollars in direct aid for services and medical supplies that will save lives and protect public health.
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. The include:
- On Saturday, I was joined by a bipartisan group of 9 colleagues in asking Speaker Pelosi and Minority Leader McCarthy to include $4 billion in emergency federal aid for the MTA in the federal stimulus package. Reliable mass transit is vital to our efforts to combat this pandemic and without a fully functioning MTA, our national response to this pandemic will be incapacitated, and recovery will be impossible. Due to responsible social distancing, the MTA has seen a dramatic, necessary, and welcome decline in ridership but it cannot continue its operations without federal assistance. That is why we requested at least $4 billion in federal financial aid to MTA. You can read the full request here.
- Also on Saturday, Congressman Nadler and I led the New York City delegation in a request to Congressional leadership to help the nonprofit musuems here in New York and across the country in the next coronavirus relief bill. Museums in New York State support 61,000 jobs and generate $5.4 billion annually in revenue. We are proud to be home to some of the most prestigious, innovative, and diverse museums in the world, including major art museums like the Metropolitan Museum of Art, MOMA, and the Whitney; cultural and historical museums like the Museum of Chinese in America and the City Museum of New York; and international landmarks like the American Museum of Natural History. But, these institutions will not survive without our help. The Metropolitan Museum of Art projects that it will lose close to $100 million in the coming months because of the shutdowns and the American Museum of Natural History estimates it will lose $60 million by June. Without help, our nation’s nonprofit museums cannot survive, and a vital part of New York and American culture will be lost forever. By providing $4 billion in emergency funding for nonprofit museums we can equip these museums to outlast this pandemic and continue their invaluable roles in preserving American art, history, and culture. You can read more about this request here.
New York State
- The Governor is asking all New York State hospitals to increase capacity by 100%. To enable this, regulations have been waived. All hospitals must increase capacity by at least 50%. All elective surgeries in the state are cancelled as of this Wednesday, March 25.
- After touring sites yesterday, the Governor is asking the Army Corps of Engineers to immediately erect temporary hospitals in 4 locations; Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, SUNY Stony Brook, SUNY Old Westbury, and the Westchester Convention Center.
- The Governor is asking FEMA to erect four 250-bed field hospitals at the Javits Center.
- The Governor announced that NYS Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Zuck recommended trials for new drug therapy and the FDA is acquiring 10,000 doses of Hydroxychloroquine and Zithromax for the State to use on a trial basis. The Governor has also asked the FDA to approve serological testing for coronavirus antibodies.
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
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
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