NY12 Coronavirus Update 3/31
Yesterday, Inspector General Michael Horowitz took a strong first step toward implementing the oversight requirements included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act by quickly appointing a Chair for the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee (PRAC). This committee was created by one of the provisions I offered to the CARES Act as Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform.
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. We have created this FAQ sheet for small businesses and nonprofits to help you navigate some of these new resources. 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 172,196 positive cases across the United States with 3,399 deaths.
New York State:
- Our state has confirmed 75,795 positive cases with 10,929 total hospitalizations and 2,710 ICU patients. We have lost 1,550 New Yorkers to COVID-19. We remain the most impacted state in the nation, with more than 40% of all cases in the United States.
New York City:
- The City has confirmed 43,139 cases with 914 deaths.
- A new report released yesterday from the Department of Homeland Security Inspector General revealed that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) lacked a coherent strategy for using advanced contracts to procure goods and services critical to response and recovery efforts in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria. This independent report confirms what Democratic Members of the Committee on Oversight and Reform warned about more than two years ago—that the Trump Administration’s response to the hurricanes in Puerto Rico was a failure that put the health and safety of thousands of Americans at risk. FEMA failed to effectively utilize advance contracts to prepare for those disasters, and now the Trump Administration appears to be repeating these same mistakes in response to the coronavirus crisis, but on a much larger scale. Read more about this report here.
- In accordance with a provision I offered in the CARES Act to create the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee (PRAC), the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE) announced the appointment of Acting U.S. Department of Defense Inspector General Glenn Fine to serve as this new committee's Chair. Inspector General Glenn Fine has the experience needed to serve as a strong, independent leader for this important committee that will be responsible for investigating and coordinating oversight efforts to combat waste, fraud, and abuse in the federal government’s spending under the new law.
New York State
- The Governor announced a statewide public-private hospital plan to fight COVID-19. Hospitals across the state have agreed to implement a new balanced approach to fighting the virus where hospitals that are reaching or exceeding capacity can transfer patients to other hospitals that are not as full. Also under this plan, the hospital systems have agreed to share supplies, staff, and other resources as needed.
New York City
- The field hospital tents in Central Park are opening today to start treating COVID-19 overflow patients. This increases hospital capacity by 68 beds and 10 ICU beds.
- Mayor de Blasio says FEMA will be sending 250 ambulances to the city.
- An additional 500 EMTs and paramedics are coming to New York to help with a record number of medical calls.
- NYC Health + Hospitals is opening an COVID-19 assessment and testing center outside of Gouverneur (227 Madison Street) this Wednesday, April 1. The center will be open Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm. Physicians will assess patients after they are evaluated for symptoms and risk factors. Patients with mild or without symptoms will be assessed but generally not tested. Patients determined to be high risk and likely needing imminent hospitalization will be tested. Any individual requiring hospitalization will be immediately transferred to the nearest facility.
- The City is now offering meal delivery for seniors. Meals will no longer be available for pick-up at senior centers. This service is available across all five boroughs. Seniors can sign up by contacting the nearest senior center or calling 212-AGING-NYC or 311.
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