NY12 Coronavirus Update 3/30
New York's hospital capacity increases by 2,000 beds today with the opening of the Javits Center temporary hospital and the arrival of the USNS Comfort, a naval medical ship. This is a necessary step as our city and state contend with an influx of patients due to COVID-19. The NYS on PAUSE executive order has been extended through April 15 to help mitigate the spread of coronavirus.
As the CARES Act is implemented across the country, my office is here to help you navigate these new resources that are available from the federal government. If you need help with a federal agency and navigating the changes brought on by coronavirus 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 143,055 positive cases across the United States with 2,513 deaths.
New York State:
- Our state has confirmed 60,679 positive cases with 966 total deaths. We remain the most impacted state in the nation.
New York City:
- The City has confirmed 33,768 cases with 776 deaths.
- The White House Coronavirus Task Force has extended social distancing guidelines through April 30, under the recommendations of Dr. Fauci and Dr. Birx.
- The President and the CDC have ordered a travel advisory for New York, New Jersey. and Connecticut. This is not a lockdown; it is a travel advisory to be implemented by the states and is consistent with what New York State has already been doing. Non-essential workers should continue to stay home.
New York State
- The State opens 2,000 new hospital beds today with the opening of the Javits Center and the arrival of the USNS Comfort. These centers will be used for patients who do not have COVID-19, but instead will take on patients from NYC-area hospitals to free up beds and ICU units for those with COVID-19.
- NYS on PAUSE is extended through April 15. All non-essential workers must continue to work from home. The State will reevaluate every two weeks.
- The Governor has issued an executive order to allow schools to host daycare free of charge.
- After speaking with the state's major pharmacy chains, the Governor announced that pharmcies have agreed to offer free home delivery to help reduce long lines for prescriptions at their facilities.
New York City
- Mayor de Blasio anounced that fines of $250-500 would begin for people found congregating in public spaces who fail to disperse when ordered, or return after officers have told them to disperse.
- Mount Sinai Hospital and the relief organization Samaritan's Purse are erecting a field hospital in Central Park to cope with the influx of COVID-19 patients.
- The Staten Island ferry will cut service to one boat per hour. The ferry's ridership has dropped 86%.
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