NY12 Coronavirus Update 3/28

Mar 28, 2020
Newsletter

Dear Friend, 

 

Today, Governor Cuomo announced that the New York State presidential primary has been moved to June 23, 2020.

 

Yesterday, the third coronavirus disaster relief package became law - which means billions of dollars in funding will be coming to our city for hospitals, into New Yorkers' pockets, and for small businesses. The State has also announced new and expanded financial productions for individuals and small businesses. 

 

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

United States:

- According to Johns Hopkins, there are now 104,860 positive cases across the United States with 1,711 deaths.

 

New York State:  

- Our state has confirmed 52,318 positive cases with 728 total deaths. We remain the most impacted state in the nation.

 

New York City:  
- The City has confirmed 29,766 cases with 450 deaths.

 

News Updates:

National

Yesterday, the House passed H.R. 748: the CARES Act. This disaster relief bill is far from perfect but it begins to address the immediate crisis in front us. In the days and weeks ahead, there is much more Congress needs to do to help our city, workers, families, and to restart the economy. You can read my full statement, as submitted to the Congressional Record, and more about this bill, here.

 

- General Motors (GM) has been tasked to produce ventilators under the Defense Production Act. I, and many of my colleagues, had called on the President to invoke this law much earlier, but I'm glad that this necessary step, while much delayed, is finally being taken. You can read the letter which we sent on March 13, here. GM has the capacity to produce 200,000 ventilators and they are scheduled to ship as soon as next month. GM will also begin manufacturing FDA-cleared Level 1 surgical masks next week. Within two weeks, production will ramp up to 50,000 maskers per day, with the potential to increase to 100,000 per day. 

 

New York State

- The first 1,000-bed temporary hospital is now complete at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center and will open this Monday, March 30.

 

- The State and Army Corps of Engineers have toured and identified four new sites for temporary hospitals for construction by the Army Corps of Engineers to add an additional 4,000 beds to the state's capacity. These new sites are the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal, the Aqueduct Racetrack facility in Queens, CUNY Staten Island, and the New York Expo Center in the Bronx. President Trump has approved these sites, and construction can begin immediately. 

 

- For a 90-day period, consumers experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19 may defer paying life insurance premiums. No late fees will be assessed and no negative data will be reported to credit bureaus during this time. Late payments will be payable over a one-year period. The Life Insurance Council of New York (LICONY), which represents more than 80% of the life insurance industry, has agreed to these measures.

 

- For a 60-day period, consumers and small businesses experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19 may defer paying premiums for property and casualty insurance, including auto, homeowners, renters, workers compensation, medical malpractice, livery and taxi insurance. No late fees will be assessed and no negative date will be reported to credit bureaus during this time and late payments will be payable over a one-year period.

 
- All non-essential construction must shut down. Emergency construction, including projects necessary to protect health and safety of occupants or to continue a project if it would be unsafe to allow it to remain undone. I was proud to join with other public officials in advocating for this change. You can read our letter to Governor Cuomo here.

 

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.

 

Sincerely, 

Carolyn B. Maloney

Member of Congress