NY12 Coronavirus Update 4/23
Today, I am in Washington, DC to cast my vote to create a new Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis within the Committee of Oversight and Reform and to approve the interim stimulus bill that gives more funding to small businesses, hospitals and health care workers, and testing.
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
- According to Johns Hopkins, there are now 842,624 positive cases across the United States with 46,785 deaths.
New York State:
- Our state has confirmed 263,754 positive cases. We have lost 19,453 New Yorkers to COVID-19. We remain the most impacted state in the nation.
New York City:
- The City has confirmed 147,297 cases with 15,074 deaths.
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.
- This morning, I spoke on the House floor in favor of the resolution creating a new Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis within the Committee on Oversight and Reform. I look forward to working closely with my friend, the distinguished Majority Whip Jim Clyburn. As Speaker Pelosi explained, this new subcommittee is modeled after the Truman Committee which saved billions of taxpayer dollars during World War II and helped mobilize our nation, industries, and entire population for war. Truman explained that it was critical during that effort to conduct efforts to prevent the waste of taxpayer funds rather than waiting until after they were spent. Catching these problems early and acting to correct them immediately saved not only money, but lives. Today, our nation, economy, and the American people face a similar mobilization effort against the coronavirus. The establishment of this select subcommittee should be a bipartisan effort as we come together to protect the interests of American taxpayers and to promote the most efficient, effective, equitable, and transparent mobilization in history in response to this deadly virus. You can watch and read my full speech here.
- Yesterday, on Earth Day, I joined with Rep. Harley Rouda, the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Environment, to lead Oversight Committee Democrats in a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requesting a briefing and documents regarding its unprecedented decision to suspend enforcement of environmental laws during the coronavirus pandemic. As we said in our letter, “As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, our planet faces a rapidly changing climate that is a grave threat to all Americans and to people around the globe. Strong science-based leadership and environmental action by the federal government is needed now more than ever. However, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) appears to be abandoning this critical responsibility.” You can read our full letter here.
New York State
- Governor Cuomo and Mike Bloomberg on Wednesday announced a new nation-leading COVID-19 contact tracing program to control the infection rate of coronavirus. Mike Bloomberg and Bloomberg Philanthropies have committed organizational support and technical assistance to help build and execute this new initiative. This program will be coordinated with downstate New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. The Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University is developing an online training program for contact tracers and the New York State Department of Health will work with Bloomberg Philanthropies to recruit candidates and staff. This effort will include an advising partnership with Resolve to Save Lives from Vital Strategies which will help develop call center protocols, digital solutions to make work effective and efficient, and community outreach. Bloomberg Philanthropies, in addition to organizational support and technical assistance, has committed $10.5 million to this effort.
- Governor Cuomo announced that the New York State Department of Financial Services will direct health insurers to provide cash flow relief to, and ease administration burdens on, New York hospitals in response to COVID-19. This relief will include immediate payment of outstanding accounts receivables, suspension of preauthorization requirements for all hospital services, and prohibiton of retrospective review of claims.
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 program to provide two meals per day for one month to 1,250 health care workers at Elmhurst Hospital. The Mayor's Fund is fundraising to bring the program to additional sites where health care workers and essential staff are working or self-isolating.
- The Mayor announced a partnership with the White House, the New York City Economic Development Corporation, and health care logisitcs company Owens-Minor to provide one million square yards of American-made medical gown fabric. This supply will allow NYC manufacturers to produce up to 400,000 hospital gowns for frontline health care workers.
- Today, community health care providers began referring clients in need of a place to isolate to the new hotel isolation program. Clients must be COVID positive or symptomatic and unable to isolate where they live. These are individuals who do not require medical care and can isolate with basic services including onsite medical and social services, meals, laundry, phone, internet, daily check-in calls by medical staff, and transportation to and from the hotel as needed. Joining the program are the Morris Heights Health Center with physical locations in Melrose, Mott Haven, Highbridge, Morris Heights, Longwood, North Baychester, Co-op City, and Jerome Park; Hudson River Health Care serving the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, and Staten Island; and Damian Family Health center serving the Bronx and Queens. You can learn more about this program at nyc.gov/covid19hotel.
- The City has distributed more than 193,000 remote learning devices to families. The City is asking families to complete the Remoted Learning Device Request Form by 5pm TODAY, Thursday, April 23 to ensure students receive a device byThursday, April 30. Families can also call 718-935-5100 and choose option 5. Device distribution will continue in May for families who do not meet today's deadline. The survey is available in 9 languages here.
- The Department of Education has started serving kosher meals at 10 locations in Brooklyn and Queens, expanding its program providing free meals to all New Yorkers during the coronavirus pandemic.
Mayor de Blasio announced a 5-point plan to help NYCHA residents.
1. Testing: In addition to the five community-based testing sites already established, the City will be adding six new sites in the coming days. NYCHA residents will be given priority at these new sites. Three of the sites will be at NYCHA locations.
- H+H community testing sites opening Friday:
- Cumberland Health Center - Crown Heights, Brooklyn
- Belvis Health Center - Mott Haven, Bronx
- Gouverneur Health Center - Lower East Side, Manhattan
- NYCHA testing sites opening next week:
- Jonathan Williams Houses - Williamsburg, Brooklyn
- Woodside Houses - Woodside, Queens
- St. Nicholas Houses - Harlem, Manhattan
2. Supplies: The City will provide face coverings and gloves to all NYCHA residents and hand sanitzer to NYCHA seniors.
3. Food: As part of the larger GetFood program, the City will enroll all NYCHA senior buildings in a food delivery program.
4. Wellness: The City will make live calls to every NYCHA senior and vulnerable resident to check on their health and see if they need anything, including food, toiletries, and other supplies.
5. Combatting Isolation: In partnership with T-Mobile, the City will give free tablets with internet to 10,000 NYCHA seniors to combat isolation, starting in Brownsville, East New York, Mott Haven, Red Hook, Bushwick, and Coney Island.
- The response rate in our district, NY-12, is up to 41.8% and is climbing by the day! However, we are still below the New York State rate of 45.8% and the nationwide rate of 51.6%. 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