NY12 Coronavirus Update 3/27
Our home, New York, is again an epicenter for a national disaster. Today, our City is on the frontline of the war against the spread of the coronavirus. New Yorkers are facing this crisis with strength and optimism and we, as we have so often, are providing a model for other cities and state that will confront similar challenges in the days and weeks to come.
If you need help with a federal agency and navigating the 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
- According to Johns Hopkins, there are now 91,029 positive cases across the United States with 1,358 deaths.
New York State:
- Our state has confirmed 44,635 positive cases with 519 total deaths. We remain the most impacted state in the nation.
New York City:
- The City has confirmed 25,398 cases with 365 deaths.
The Third Coronavirus Relief Package, H.R. 748: The CARES Act
Today, the House is voting on a third coronavirus disaster relief bill. You, the constituents of NY-12, always come first. If I thought that I could help our city at this time by breaking every bit of expert medical guidance on containing the coronavirus, then I would be at the Capitol today. But, with the outcome assured, I feel that I can best serve you and our city by following best practices and staying here as we all face this crisis with the strength for which New York is justly known.
Had I been present, I would have voted to pass this emergency relief legislation to get immedate help to our hospitals, individuals, and small businesses. This bill is far from perfect, but it is essential that we act now.
Let me be clear; this is disaster relief to address the immediate crisis in front us and there is still much more Congress needs to do to help restart the economy. We will begin those efforts once this relief package is signed into law.
You can read my full statement, as submitted to the Congressional Record, and more about this bill, here.
Included in H.R. 748, the CARES Act, are direct payments for the American people. The amount of these rebates depend on income and family size. The payment is $1,200 for each adult ($2,400 for joint filers) and $500 per qualifying child under age 17. This rebate is reduced by $5 for every $100 of income that the taxpayer's income exceeds $150,000 for joint filers, $112,500 for heads of household, and $75,000 for all other filers, incuding single filers.
New York State
- The State is scouting additional new sites for temporary hospitals, with a goal of having a 1,000-plus patient overflow facility in each NYC borough and Westchester, Rockland, Nassau, and Suffolk counties. The State is also preparing college dormitories and hotels for emergency beds.
- A US Navy hospital ship, the USNS Comfort, arrives in New York on Monday, March 30. This will provide 1,000 beds, 1,200 medical professionals, and 12 operating rooms, laboratories, and pharmacies.
- Overnight, an additional 10,000 healthcare workers, including retirees and students, have signed up as volunteers to work as part of the state's surge healthcare taskforce and we expect more to sign up in the coming days and weeks. This brings the total number of volunteers to 62,447. THANK YOU to all who have volunteered.
New York City
- Supermarkets across the City are continuing to implement social distancing inside and outside of stores. If you see overcrowding, please call 311 to get support from City officials.
- The City's Workforce1 Career Center launched a virtual center to help New Yorkers prepare for and connect to jobs across New York City. Current employment opportunities include Stop & Shop, Fresh Direct, and PBM Guardian Industry Services.
- The Brooklyn Navy Yard is now producing face shields and other personal protective equipment (PPE). Fifty thousand face shields will be shipped by today, Friday March 27, to the Department of Health and 120,000 will be produced by next Tuesday, March 31.
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, transit workers, childcare workers, mail carriers, take-out cooks, teachers and sanitation workers in your lives.
Carolyn B. Maloney
Member of Congress