NY12 Coronavirus Update 4/19

Apr 19, 2020


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, 


Tonight, I will be hosting a COVID-19 telephone townhall from 6-7pm. I hope you will join us. You can pre-register at bit.ly/COVID19NY12townhall


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 735,366 positive cases across the United States with 39,095 deaths.


New York State:  

- Our state has confirmed 242,570 positive cases. We have lost 17,627 New Yorkers to COVID-19. We remain the most impacted state in the nation.


New York City:  
- The City has confirmed 135,527 cases with 13,157 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.


TONIGHT, Sunday 4/19, from 6 - 7pm, I am hosting a telephone townhall with experts Dr. Michael Niederman, a pulmonologist at Weill Cornell, and Nicole Salk, senior staff attorney at Legal Services NYC on COVID-19. You can pre-register at bit.ly/COVID19NY12townhall. I hope you'll join us. 


- Congress and the White House are continuing to work on the next bipartisan relief package. House Democrats continue to prioritize help for small businesses, hospitals and health care workers, and for the American people. 


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 is issuing an executive order allowing New Yorkers to obtain a marriage license remotely and allowing clerks to perform ceremonies via video conference, a practice that is banned under current law. Many marriage bureaus have temporarily closed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, preventing New Yorkers from getting a marriage license due to the ciris. This Executive Order will temporarily suspend a provision in the law that requires in-person visits. 
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.


- Thank you to the more than 1,400 volunteer medical staff from New York and around the country who are providing some much needed relief to frontline workers in our city's hospitals and nursing homes. Mayor de Blasio said that these volunteers will be paid for the critical work they are providing.


Census Update

- The response rate in our district, NY-12, is up to 40.1% and is climbing by the day! However, we are still below the New York State rate of 44.3% and the nationwide rate of 50.2%. Please fill out your census today if you have not already done so.


- 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