NY12 Coronavirus Update 4/18

Apr 18, 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, 


On Friday, I hosted a briefing for members of the Committee on Oversight and Reform with officials from Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on the department's plan to address coronavirus risks in immigrant detention facilites during this crisis. More on this and other updates from New York City and State below.


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 706,856 positive cases across the United States with 37,087 deaths.


New York State:  

- Our state has confirmed 235,395 positive cases. We have lost 17,131 New Yorkers to COVID-19. We remain the most impacted state in the nation.


New York City:  
- The City has confirmed 131,661 cases with 13,202 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.


- On Friday, I hosted a briefing for members of the Committee on Oversight and Reform with officials from Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on the department's plan to address coronavirus risks in immigrant detention facilites during this crisis. The Trump Administration faces a stark choice: save lives by releasing asylum seekers and other nonviolent immigrants who never should have been detained in the first place, or aggravate the spread of coronavirus in detention centers. Administration officials told our Committee they have chosen to continue detaining thousands of immigrants who came to our country to escape persecution or torture, have no criminal records, and are not flight risks. You can read more about the briefing and key takeaways 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 will issue an Executive Order directing all public and private labs in New York to coordinate with the State Department of Health to prioritize coronavirus diagnostic testing. This is part of the State's efforts to ramp up testing, which the Governor sees as a key component of the blueprint to un-PAUSE New York. This Executive Order will help ensure the 301 laboratories and hospitals in the state that are licensed to perform virology are operating in a coordinated fashion.
- The Governor launched an awareness campaign encouraging low-income New Yorkers to claim their CARES Act economic impayment payments. To support the campaign, the Department of Taxation and Finance launched an Economic Impact Payment information: what you need to know webpage. The Department will also conduct direct outreach to taxpayers who may not automatically receive the payment they're owed. The Department is also partnering with the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, NYS Division of Veterans' Services, the Department of Labor, and local community organizations to raise awareness and sensure actions it talken by those who need the benefit most.
- New York State Attorney General Leticia James has taken action to ensure that New York banks, creditors, and debt collectors cannot garnish CARES Act economic impact payments. She has stated that "any institution that violates this order will face swift legal action from my office."
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 is opening testing sites is all five boroughs, prioritizing those most at risk. This includes essential workers and those over 65-years-old with pre-existing conditions. Ten new sites across the city will help test an additional 6,000 people each week. Walk-in community testing site in Harlem, Morrisania, Jamaica, Clifton, and East New York will all be up and running by Monday, April 20. Testing is available via appointment only. Call 1-888-ONEMED1 or go to onemedical.com and use code NYCCARE30 to make an appointment.


Census Update

- The response rate in our district, NY-12, is up to 39.6%. However, we are still below the New York State rate of 43.8% and the nationwide rate of 49.8%. 


- 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