NY12 Coronavirus Update 4/22

Apr 22, 2020

Dear Friend, 


Today, I led 14 members of the New York delegation in requesting that the Small Business Administration (SBA) make updates to the Paycheck Program Program (PPP) so that nonprofits and cultural institutions, regardless of size, can access this program. These organizations are vital for our response and need our support. Please remember to fill out your 2020 Cenus if you have not done so already. You can submit the form online, by phone, or by mail. More on this and other updates from the 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 825,306 positive cases across the United States with 45,075 deaths.


New York State:  

- Our state has confirmed 258,589 positive cases. We have lost 19,118 New Yorkers to COVID-19. We remain the most impacted state in the nation.


New York City:  
- The City has confirmed 144,190 cases with 14,887 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 led 14 members of the New York delegation in requesting that the Small Business Administration (SBA) make updates to the Paycheck Program Program (PPP) so that nonprofits and cultural institutions, regardless of size, can access this program. As we say in our letter, "Nonprofits and cultural institutions are on the frontlines of dealing with the immediate and long-term consequences of this pandemic. Their employees are the backbone of the food banks, shelters, domestic violence services, houses of worship, early care and education centers, after-school facilities, and more that are being called on to feed, house, and care for people whose lives have been disrupted by closures, job loss, and sickness.[…]The Paycheck Protection Program will be critical for nonprofits and cultural institutions to continue to ensure that critical staff and programs can stay in place amid the pandemic and survive the economic crisis we’re facing.” You can read our full letter to SBA Administrator Carranza here.


- Tomorrow, the House will vote on the Senate-passed emergency coronavirus legislation. This legislation includes important provisions to put women and minority-owned small businesses first. Democrats fought to set aside billions of dollars of the new allocation for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to service these businesses. These funds will be channeled through lenders in underserved communities, like CDFIs, which are experts in reaching unbanked small business owners. This legislation also includes additional funding for emergency disaster loans for small business and funding for hospitals, health care workers, and testing. 



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


- Elective outpatient treatments can resume in counties and hospitals without signifcant risk of a COVID-19 surge in the near term. Restrictions on elective surgent will remain in place in Bronx, Queens, Rockland, Nassau, Clinton, Yates, Westchester, Albany, Richmond, Schuyler, Kings, Suffold, New York, Dutchess, Sullivan, Ulster, Erie, Orange, and Rensselaer Counties as the stae continues to monitor the rate of new COVID-19 infections in the region.


- The Governor announced the State will be following a regional approach to reopening the state. 


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 Mayor announced a City-convened effort to produce a new line of bridge ventilators to support local hospitals and health care workers. Local manufacturers will produce at least 3,000 FDA-approved devices, which will be deployed to hospitals. The ventilators produced by local manufacturers will also help the City shore up a New York City Strategic Reserve, a stockpile of medical devices for future crises.


- The City will give $5 million worth of free tablets and internet service to 10,000 seniors in public housing so that they can connect with loved ones.


- New York Life is partnering with Cigna to create a $100 million Brave of Heart Fund to provide financial and emotional support to the families of health care workers and volunteers nationwide sho lose their lives to COVID-19. The Fund honors the commitment of doctors, nurses, technicians, orderlies, cafeteria workers, custodians, and others across the country who are risking their lives to care for COVID-19 patients. The Fund is launching with an initial contribution of $25 million each from the New York Life Foundation Cigna Foundation The New York Life Foundation will also provide a dollar-for-dollar match for the first $25 million in individual donations received. More information is available at www.braveofheartfund.com


- The USPS has created new sites and email addresses to assist customers due to delays and concerns caused by the coronavirus. You can find all of this information on a dedicated page on my website


As of yesterday (Tuesday), five community-based test sites opened, which will perform 3,600 tests this week. Five more sites will be added next week in hard hit areas. These sites will complete up to 7,000+ tests per week.

- Gotham Health Center, East New York (Brooklyn)

- Gotham Health Center, Morissania (Bronx)

- Vanderbilt Health Center (Staten Island)

- Sydenham Family Health Center (Manhattan)

- Queens Hospital (Queens)


Census Update

- The response rate in our district, NY-12, is up to 41.2% and is climbing by the day! However, we are still below the New York State rate of 45.2% and the nationwide rate of 51.0%. 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