NY12 Coronavirus Update 3/24
Last night, I joined with Speaker Pelosi and my fellow House Committee Chairs to introduce the Take Resposibility for Workers and Families Act. This is a $2.5 trillion policy proposal to boldly address the impacts of the coronavirus crisis on our families, businesses, and communities. This bill seeks to rebuild our healthcare system to test and treat everyone, tighten the safety net to support families, shore up small businesses, and help state and local governments nationwide maintain essential services. More on this bill below.
This bill is driven by you, and my number one priority remains helping you weather this storm. So, once again I ask; 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. Students whose education has been impacted by COVID-19 can also share their stories here and workers whose livelihoods are being threatened can share their stories here.
You can continue to expect these updates from me as verified and pertinent information becomes available.
Facts and Figures
- According to Johns Hopkins, there are now 48,289 positive cases across the United States with 591 deaths.
New York State:
- Our state has confirmed 25,665 positive cases. Of these, 3,234 (13%) are hospitalized. Our state has recorded 210 total deaths from COVID-19.
- NYS has tested 91,270 people statewide and 38,390 in New York City.
New York City:
- The City has confirmed 14,904 cases.
The Take Responsibility for Workers & Families Act is a multifaceted approach to help our nation contend with and recover from the coronavirus crisis by:
- Making healthcare affordable and accessible
- Bolstering the healthcare system
- Protecting frontline response workers
- Putting money in the pockets of individuals and families by providing a direct cash infusion
- Enhancing unemployment compensation by creating a temporary Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation
- Expanding paid leave and family medical leave to ensure that nearly every worker has access to these crucial benefits
- Ensuring food security by expanding and funding SNAP
- Supporting small businesses by streamlining aid
- Assisting states and local governments with stabilization funding
- Standing with America's students by helping borrowers with student debt and supporting colleges and universities
- Upholding our Constitutional imperitives by providing funding through the Election Assistance Commission and requiring 15 days of early voting and no-excuse absentee vote-by-mail
You can read more about the bill here.
This bill includes several provisions that I offered as Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform to ensure critical oversight and protect our federal workers and the United States Postal Service.
- The establishment of the Coronavirus Accountable and Transparency Committee
- $50 million to the Government Accountable Office (GAO)
- Reimbursement to federal workers for child and family care
- Maximum telework and weather and safety leave
- Hazardous duty pay and workers' compensation
You can read more about these provisions here.
The Postal Service is in need of urgent help as a direct result of the coronavirus. Based on a number of briefings and warnings this week about a critical fall-off in mail across the country, it has become clear that USPS will not survive the summer without immediate help from Congress and the White House. Every community across the country relies on the Postal Service to deliver vital goods services, including life-saving medications and vote-by-mail options.
This is why I fought to make sure this bill would:
- provide a $25 billion emergency appropriation
- eliminate the Postal Service's current debt
- require the Postal Service to prioritize medical deliveries and allow it flexibility to meet crisis conditions
You can read more on these provisions here.
New York State
- The Governor anounced an initial delivery of hospital supplies to the Javits Center.
- FEMA has started to build a 1,000-bed temporary hospital at the Javits Center that will help increase hospital capacity. It will open next week. This is in addition to the four sites selected by the Army Corps of Engineers that will house temporary hospitals in downstate New York with a total capaicty up to 4,000.
Governor's COVID-19 Task Force
- The Governor announced that three former Secretaries to the Governor - Steve Cohen, Bill Mulrow, and Larry Schwartz - are joining the taskforce.
- Mulrow and Cohen will be tasked with developing a NYS Forward Plan, a strategy to restart the economy following the NYS on PAUSE executive order.
- Schwartz is tasked with helping the State acquire healthcare equipment and supplies and increasing New York's hospital surge capacity.
NY Stronger Together
- The Governor launched the 'NY Stronger Together' campaign urging New Yorkers to stay home, stop the spread and save lives.
- As part of the campaign, celebrities including Robert De Niro, Danny DeVito, Ben Stiller, and La La Anthony have sent videos of themselves at home to reinforce the Governor's message that young people must stay home not for themselves, but to help protect older and more vulnerable New Yorkers.
- The campaign will also aim to highlight donations from major corporations, celebrities, philanthropic organizations to help increase the state's supply capacity.
Mobile Testing Facility
- The state is opening a drive-thru COVID-19 mobile testing facility in the Bronx
New York City
Enforcement Against Public Gatherings and Crowds
- The City has started enforcing against public gatherings and crowds with the NYPD, FDNY, Department of Buildings, Sheriff, and Office of Special Enforcement.
- The City has also conducted tens of thousands of inspections to ensure the State PAUSE is being adhered to.
Expanding Hospital Capacity in the City
- Coler Hospital in Roosevelt Island will open 350 additional beds this week. No COVID-19 patients will be at Coler, instead these beds are meant to lessen the strain on the hospitals that are treating coronavirus patients.
The City Will Be Sending Protective Equipment to Public and Private Hospitals in the City
- N-95 masks: 200,000
- Surgical masks: 2,000,000
- Face shields: 70,000
The City Received Protective Equipment from the Federal Government, Through NYS
- N-95 masks: 169,880
- Surgical masks: 430,850
- Gloves: 176,750
- Gowns: 72,561
- Face shields: 98,543
- Ventilators: 400
- The City is setting up a recruitment site for TLC-licensed drivers -- DeliveryTLC -- to help with important work related to COVID-19, such as delivering food to older adults who can’t leave their homes.
- This work will be paid $15/hour plus reimbursement for gas and tolls.
- Drivers will be selected on a first-come, first-serve basis.
- The initial need for drivers will be small, but is expected to increase as programs expand.
Parking Permits for Healthcare Workers
- The City has given the first wave of 10,000 permits to hospitals to lower risk while commuting for their employees.
- MTA are now free to ride to keep drivers safe from COVID-19.
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