NY12 Coronavirus Update 4/1
Today, I have asked my colleagues to join me in calling on the Trump Administration to immediately suspend import tariffs on medical equipment and personal protective equipment (PPE). This policy that should have been put in place weeks ago. The State and the City continue to work to expand our hospitals' capabilities to contend with the coronavirus pandemic.
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 Governor Cuomo, there are now 195,929 positive cases across the United States with 4,310 deaths.
New York State:
- Our state has confirmed 83,712 positive cases with 12,226 hospitalizations and 3,022 ICU patients. We have lost 1,941 New Yorkers to COVID-19. 6,142 coronavirus patients have been discharged. We remain the most impacted state in the nation.
New York City:
- The City has confirmed 47,439 cases with 1,096 deaths.
- Today, I asked my House colleagues to join me in urging the Trump Administration to immediately suspend all tariffs on medical supplies and personal protective equipment (PPE) during the coronavirus epidemic. We will be sending this request to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, U.S. Ambassador to China Terry E. Branstad; and Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Japan, Korea, and APEC Dr. Michael L. Beeman. This is a life and death issue, and the costs to our cities and states are too great. These tariffs should have been dropped weeks ago.
New York State
- The State is launching an online portal that will help connect hospitals and healthcare facilities across the state with the nearly 80,000 helathcare workers who have volunteered to work on a temporary basis during the COVID-19 pandemic. The portal will prioritze deployment of workers to hospitals with the greatest need. Volunteers are expected to be deployed as early as this Thursday. Again, THANK YOU to all those who have volunteered to help our state during this crisis.
- The NYS Labor Department is working to process the recent influx of unemployment claims. Once individuals are signed up, benefits will be applied retroactively to the date that they lost their job.
New York City
- The Department of Information Technology has developed a portal as a new tool to help guide the City's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The portal is available in 11 languages and allows New Yorkers to self-report COVID-19 information and will help the City better communicate with affected people and indentify areas that may need enhanced response. Inputs are confidential. People without internet access or who need help can call 311.
- Older New Yorkers who are feeling isolated can connect with friendly volunteers to talk with over the phone through the Friendly Visiting Program by calling 212-AGING-NYC (212-244-6469). For other mental health resources, including for veterans and caregivers, visit this website.
- Alternate Side Parking is suspended for another two weeks, until April 14.
- Starting next week, the Billie Jean King Center will become a temporary hospital with the goal of taking pressure off of Elmhurst Hospital. There will be 350 new, fully staffed hospital beds for non-ICU COVID-19 patients starting next Tuesday, April 7.
- All NYC playgrounds will be closed to enforce social distancing guidelines. Other open spaces remain available, but please practice social distancing. Law enforcement is continuing to enforce these guidelines and will impose fines to those who are not compliant.
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