NY12 Coronavirus Update 3/23

Mar 23, 2020

Dear Friend, 


Governor Cuomo's PAUSE Executive Order went into effect last night, Sunday March 22, at 8pm. All workers, except those working in essential industries, should now be working from home. I know that these closures are greatly affecting workers across our city and I want to hear how your employment has been impacted by COVID-19. You can share your story hereIn addition to the workforce, college and graduate students' education has upended by COVID-19. If you are one of these students, please share your story with me here


My question to you today remains the same; how can I help? If you need help with a federal agency and navigating these changes brought on by coronoavirus mitigation efforts, please reach out to my office at 212-860-0606.


You can continue to expect these updates from me as verified and pertinent information becomes available.


Facts and Figures

United States:

- According to Johns Hopkins, there are now 35,345 positive cases across the United States with 473 deaths.


New York State:  

- Our state has confirmed 20,875 positive cases. Of these, 2,635 (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 78,289 people statewide and 33,0003 in New York City.


In 10 days, the State has gone from is testing 1,000 people per day to more than 16,000. This means positive results will be higher because of the increase in testing.


New York City:  
- The City has confirmed 12,305 
cases, which equates to roughly 1/3 of all cases nationwide.


News Updates:


- I am continuing to work with Speaker Pelosi and the other Committee Chairs on drafting the Take Responsibility for Workers and Families Act which puts families and workers first as we work to meet the challenges of COVID-19. This is House Democrats' response to the legislation that Senate Republicans are proposing, which instead favors corporations. 


New York State

- The Governor today is issuing an order to all hospitals to increase capacity by 50% with an ask to try to increase by 100%. An 100% increase would meet the projected needs for beds in hospitals across the state.


- New York State is sending Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to New York City including 169,880 N-95 masks, 430,850 surgical masks, 176,750 gloves, 72,561 gowns, and 98,543 face shields.


New York City

- NYC Ferry remains open for workers in essential industries and will operate on a modified schedule until further notice. Starting today, Monday March 23, weekend schedules remain the same and weekday schedules will operate with reduced frequency to account for lower ridership. Riders are encouraged to download the NYC Ferry mobile app to received updates and use mobile tickets to reduce contact points for crew that would occur from paper tickets. For schedules for each route, visit www.ferry.nyc/routes-and-schedules.


- Parks are open for solitary exercise, but group sports are prohibited. Remember to maintain social distancing 


If You Want to Help:

NYC has created a page for people looking to help:



If you are a licensed medical professional you can register to help at the following links:

Psychologists and therapists

Qualified Medical Professionals

- Retired Health Professionals


For medical supply business funding, call Eric Gertler, ESD: 212-803-3100 or email COVID19supplies@esd.ny.gov


If you want to sell medical supplies to the State, contact Simonida Subotic, Executive Chamber: 646-522-8477 or email COVID19supplies@esd.gov


Companies that want to help with manufacturing and supplies in NYC should email:sourcingCOVID19@edc.nyc


EDC just launched a new website for local businesses that want to support the COVID-19 emergency response effort



NYC is identifying and setting up new hospital capacity and is interested in private spaces that might not yet be on the government's radar. For those who have space to offer, please fill out this survey.


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 at212-860-0606. 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