NY12 Coronavirus Update 4/24
On Thursday, the House voted to create the Special Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis within the Committee on Oversight and Reform. We also voted to pass the interim emergency stimulus package. While this package is not perfect, and leaves us with much more work to do to provide for the American people, it was a needed, emergency measure to provide additional funding for small businesses and hospitals and health care workers. 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 869,172 positive cases across the United States with 49,963 deaths.
New York State:
- Our state has confirmed 263,460 positive cases. We have lost 20,982 New Yorkers to COVID-19. We remain the most impacted state in the nation.
New York City:
- The City has confirmed 145,855 cases with 16,388 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.
- On Thursday, the House voted to establish the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis within the Committee on Oversight and Reform. This subcommittee, modeled after the Truman Committee which saved lives and billions of taxpayer dollars, will be chaired by House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn. I look forward to working with him on this very important effort. You can watch and read my full floor speech in support of the subcommittee here.
- Also on Thursday, the House approved an interim emergency stimulus package. While this package is certainly not perfect and we still have a lot of work to do to make the American people whole, this necessary emergency measure provided much-needed funding for the Paycheck Protection Program and other small business support. I’m glad that $60 billion is being set aside for community banks, credit unions, minority banks, and CDFIs, and as the Chairwoman of the Oversight Committee, I promise that I will watch this $60 billion like a hawk to make sure that it goes to the lenders — and the communities — that we intended. As we move forward, I will continue to fight for the funding that the Postal Service needs to keep its doors open as it provides an essential service to Americans all across the country. I am also working with my colleagues to implement monthly payments to Americans, in addition to the one-time payment established in the CARES Act. Additionally, we clearly need more funding for New York City and State in future coronavirus response bills. This national crisis cannot be allowed to bankrupt our city and state.
New York State
- Preliminary results of phase one of the State's antibody testing survey show that 13.9% statewide and 21% of the population in NYC have COVID-19 antibodies and are now immune to the virus. Please note that these are preliminary results and we must continue our social distancing practices to keep ourselves and our neighbors safe.
- The Governor announced a new initiative to ramp up testing in African-American and Latino communities by using churches and places of worship in those communities as a network or possible testing sites.
- The Governor announced that expanded COVID-19 diagnostic testing for residents of public housing in New York City began on Thursday. This is part of the previously announced new partnership with Ready Responders.
- New York State will provide child care scholarship to essential workers. Under this program, essential workers include first responders such as health care providers, pharmaceutical staff, law enforcement, firefighters, food delivery workers, grocery store employees, and others who are needed to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- CARES Act funding will also be used to purchase supplies for child care providers statewide who remain open, inlcuding masks, gloves, diapers, baby wipes, and baby formula and food. Child care resource and referral agencies will recieve grants totaling approximately $600 per provider.
Nursing Home Updates
- The State Department of Health is partnering with Attorney General Letitia James to investigate nursing homes who violate Executive Orders requiring these facilities to communicate COVID-19 test results and deaths to residents' families.
- New York State will increase staffing through the New York State professional staffing portal and expand training and technical assistance for nursing homes to use the professional staffing portal.
- The State will continue to provide PPE to these facilities on an emergency basis.
- The Governor announced a new directive requiring nursing homes to immediately report to the Department of Health (DOH) the actions they have taken to comply with all DOC and CDC laws, regulations, directives and guidance, including separation and isolation policies, staffing policies, and inadequate personal protective equipment. DOH will inspect facilities that have not supplied this information, and if DOH determines that the facilities have failed to comply, it will immediately require the facility to submit an action plan. Facilities could be fined $10,000 per violation or lose their operating license.
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 increasing clincial personnel in nursing homes and increasing PPE shipments this week. To date, the City has sent nearly ten million pieces of PPE in weekly distributions to all 169 nursing homes including N95s, surgical masks, gowns, eye protections, and gloves. To meet urgent staffing needs, the City has sent 210 clinical staff volunteers to 40 nursing homes citywide and will double this amount, bringing the total number of added personnel to more than 420.
- The City has provided nursing homes with up-to-date guidance on isolation and testing procedures and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has continued to work with providers to implement these policies. A new task force will work with approximately half of all nursing homes to collect data on staffing, PPE, decedent managment, and any other needs.
- To ensure that members of the Muslim community have access to meals during Ramadan, the City is prepared to serve more than half a million meals via Department of Education (DOE) grab-and-go sites and partnerships with community based organizations. Halal meals are available at all 400+ grab-and-go sites and the City is adding 25% capacity at 32 DOE sites in neighborhoods with high need during the month of Ramadan.
- The response rate in our district, NY-12, is up to 42% and is climbing by the day! However, we are still below the New York State rate of 46% and the nationwide rate of 51.8%. 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 at212-860-0606. 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