NY12 Coronavirus Update 4/20

Apr 20, 2020

Dear Friend, 


Thank you to the 12,000+ of you who joined my telephone townhall last night. It was great to hear from you. I want to also thank experts Dr. Michael Niederman, a pulmonologist at Weill Cornell, and Nicole Salk, a senior staff attorney at Legal Services NYC who is an expert on filing for benefits, for sharing their expertise with us. If you missed last night's townhall and the great information from Dr. Neiderman and Ms. Salk, you can listen to a recording here


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 759,786 positive cases across the United States with 40,683 deaths.


New York State:  

- Our state has confirmed 248,417 positive cases. We have lost 18,298 New Yorkers to COVID-19. We remain the most impacted state in the nation.


New York City:  
- The City has confirmed 138,700 cases with 14,451 deaths.


News Updates:


The IRS has opened a 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 am hosting a briefing for members of the Committee on Oversight and Reform with Census Bureau Director Steve Dillingham. This briefing will help us further examine the Administration’s request for Congress to delay Census deadlines. We must also ensure that the Bureau has a clear and robust plan to ensure that every person in America will be counted, including those in hard-to-reach communities.


Important Information: Economic Impact Payments aka Stimulus Checks

- The IRS began sending out direct deposits on April 15.


- If you didn't yet receive your direct deposit, it is possible that the IRS doesn't have your direct deposit information. You can check on the status of your payment and enter your information if needed through the Get My Payment feature on the IRS website, or wait for a paper check in the mail. 


- If the Get My Payment tool indicates that the payment has been deposited, but it isn't yet showing on your statement, please give your bank a few days to process the payment. If the payment does not process, wait for a letter from the IRS. The agency is required to mail a letter to your last known address within 15 days of sending the payment. This letter will include the method by which the payment was made, the amount, and a phone number to contact the IRS to report that you have not received the payment. 


- If you receive a "Payment Not Available" notice on the Get My Payment site, it might be because

1. Your adjusted gross income is too high to qualify for a payment;

2. You didn't file a tax return for 2018 or 2019;

3. Your recently filed return hasn't been fully processed; or

4. You receive social security, disability, or railroad retirement. 


- If you didnt file a tax return for 2018 or 2019, make sure to use the Non-Filers tool to share your information in order to receive this payment. If you already submitted, the IRS may still be processing your information. 


- If you receive social security, disability, or railroad retirement; the IRS will use Form 1099 and your payment will be sent automatically. 


Additional FAQ from the IRS is available 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

- The State Department of Health will begin conducting a statewide antibody testing survey today. It will sample 3,000 people for a popilation of 19.5 million people. For context, Germany performed a 3,000 person sample for a population of 83 million. Large-scale antibody testing will help determine the percentage of the population that is now immune to the virus and allow more individuals to safely return to work. 
- The state will continue to work with the federal government to assist with the supply chain and coordinate with private labs to ramp up diagnostic testing, another key component of getting people back to work and restarting the economy.
- The Governor will sign an Executive Order allowing any authorized officiant to perform marriage ceremonies using online video technology. Over the weekend, the Governor issued an Executive Order allowing New Yorkers to obtains a marriage license remotely and allowing clerks to perform ceremonies via video conference, a practice that is banned under curent law. This new order will expand who is able to perform these ceremonies. 
- The State will be delivering 500,000 cloth masks - at least one for every resident - and 10,000 gallons of hand sanitizer to public housing communities. 
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.


- New York City has cancelled event permits for all non-essential events scheduled in June. 


- The City has connected more than 1,400 volunteers with more than 40 hospitals and more than 40 nursing homes to date. The next push will be to send medical personnel to independent hospitals. The City estimates that these hospitals need at least 600 medical personnel across 11 independent facilities. The City prioritized placement of Medical Reserve Corps volunteers and now will deploy contracted health care personnel to fill any remaining need. 


- The City has sent 535 military nurses, respiratory therapists, physicians assistants, nurse practicioners, and pharmacists to different Health + Hospitals facilities. 


- Health care workers can request hotel rooms at www.nycgo.com/gnyha. 


Census Update

- The response rate in our district, NY-12, is up to 40.4% and is climbing by the day! However, we are still below the New York State rate of 44.5% and the nationwide rate of 50.5%. 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. This week, paper questionnaires were mailed out with a reminder letter to households that have not yet responded to the 2020 Census. If you were not able to answer via online or by phone, please fill out this paper form.


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