NY12 Coronavirus Update 4/17

Apr 17, 2020

Invitation to COVID-19 Telephone Town Hall

You're Invited: This Sunday evening, April 19, from 6-7pm, I will be hosting a telephone town hall on COVID-19 with special guests Dr. Michael Niederman, a pulmonologist at Weill Cornell, and Nicole Salk, senior staff attorney at Legal Services NYC. You can pre-register for the call at bit.ly/COVID19NY12townhall. I hope you will join us.



Dear Friend, 


Today, I joined with my colleagues to call on Congress to provide additional voter protections and funding to ensure safe and orderly elections in the wake of dangerous conditions during last week’s primary election in Wisconsin, and on the Trump Administration to immediately reverse the Administration's fetal tissue restrictions for any current or future federally supported COVID-19-related research. You can read more about both these efforts below, along with other updates from New York State and City.


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

United States:

- According to Johns Hopkins, there are now 671,425 positive cases across the United States with 33,286 deaths.


New York State:  

- Our state has confirmed 223,691 positive cases. We have lost 14,832 New Yorkers to COVID-19. We remain the most impacted state in the nation.


New York City:  
- The City has confirmed 123,146 cases with 11,477 deaths.


News Updates:


The IRS has opened new, online portal and launched a new, free app for economic impact payment tracking. This portal will allow taxpayers to find out the status of their payment. If a payment hasn't yet been issued, individuals can provide their banking information for direct deposit. Individuals who were not required to file 2018 or 2019 taxes can enter their information here so that they will receive economic impact payments.


- Today, I joined with top House Democrats to call for additional voter protections and funding to ensure safe and orderly elections in the wake of dangerous conditions during last week’s primary election in Wisconsin. It is now clear that the right to vote for all Americans in the November general election may be in jeopardy without swift and substantial investments in our nation’s election infrastructure. Vote-by-mail and early voting options are commonsense and tested solutions that will both protect public health and the fundamental American right to vote. Congress needs to come together to ensure that all Americans have the opportunity to cast their ballots without fear and to work constructively to make sure states have the resources and guidance they need to ensure free, fair, and safe elections. You can read the full statement from me, Committee on House Administration Chairperson Zoe Lofgren, Committee on House Administration Subcommittee on Elections Chairperson Marcia L. Fudge, Committee on Oversight and Reform Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Chairman Jamie Raskin, and Committee on Oversight and Reform Subcommittee on National Security Chairman Stephen F. Lynch here.


- Today, I joined with top Democrats from the House and Senate to urge Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Azar to immediately reverse the Administration's fetal tissue restrictions for any current or future federally supported COVID-19-related research. While we remain opposed to any restrictions on fetal tissue research based in ideology, it is particularly important that therapeutic research related to COVID-19 proceed without any unnecessary barriers to scientific advancement. We fear that the Administration’s restrictions on the use of fetal tissue in federally funded research places ideology over science and may threaten American lives. You can read the full letter signed by me, House Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr., Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Ranking Member Patty Murray, to Sec. Azar here.


New York State

NYS is extending the open enrollment period for New Yorkers without health insurance to May 15. Please get covered if you are not already. Enroll here

- Governor Cuomo announced yesterday, that in coordination with other states, NY Pause will be extended to May 15.
- Governor Cuomo's Executive Order mandating that all people in New York wear a mask or face covering when in public and in situations during which social distancing cannot be maintained will go into effect tonight, Friday, April 17, at 8pm. All New Yorkers must wear a mask when on public transportation systems or in private transportation carriers and for-hire vehicles such as taxis. All operators of public systems, private carriers, and for-hire vehicles must wear a mask at all times. 
New York City

If you are a recovered COVID-19 patient, the NY Blood Center is asking for your plasma. If you had a positive COVID-19 test and have been symptom free for 14 days, please consider donating. You can sign up here.


- The City with provide 11,000 free hotel rooms for people who need to isolate but can't because of current living conditions. These hotel rooms will be offered based on referrals from NYC Health & Hospitals and community health providers beginning on Wednesday, April 22. These will be targeted in particular to people in overcrowded homes, especially multigenerational households; to health care workers regardless of symptoms, and to New Yorkers experiencing homelessness. 


- The City is launching the New York City COVID-19 Immigrant Emergency Relief program. This $20 million fund will reach 20,000 immigrant workers and their families with direct, one-time emergency relief. Our citywide network of community-based organizations and work centers will disseminate one-time emergency relief payments to eligible New Yorkers; $400 for individuals, $800 for couples or singles parents with children, and $1,000 for families with multiple adults and children.


Census Update

- The response rate in our district, NY-12, is up to 39.2%. However, we are still below the New York State rate of 43.3% and the nationwide rate of 49.4%.


- As a reminder, it is illegal for the Census Bureau to share your information with law enforcement. You answers cannot be used to impact your eligibility for government benefits. Your answers are ONLY used to create statistics about our community, city, state, and country.


- The Census is available online, by phone, and by mail. 


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