NY12 Coronavirus Update 5/12

May 12, 2020

Dear Friend, 


The Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis will hold our first briefing tomorrow, Wednesday, May 13 with a bipartisan group of key experts on the requirements for safely reopening our nation during the coronavirus pandemic.


As we continue to contend with the coronavirus crisis, we must make sure that all New Yorkers and that every single person living in this country is counted in the 2020 Census, even with the difficulties created by the pandemic. Accurate data is incredibly important to make sure our city and state receive the federal funds we need and deserve to support things like health care, including our hospitals, Medicare, and Medicaid. Please remember to fill out your 2020 Census if you have not done so already. You can submit the form online, by phone, or by mail. 


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, the United States has confirmed 1,347,936 cases with 80,684 deaths.


New York State:

- New York State is reporting 337,055 cases. According to Johns Hopkins, the State has seen 26,998 deaths.


New York City:  
- According to NYS, New York City has 185,357 cases. According to NYC Health, the city has seen 20,056 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 by noon on Tuesday, May 13. Individuals who were not required to file 2018 or 2019 taxes can enter their information here so that they will receive economic impact payments.


- Individuals who are eligible for a stimulus payment and who have not yet received direct deposit and who have not provided banking information by the IRS's noon deadline on May 13 will receive a paper check. The IRS anticipates that checks to these individuals will begin arriving in late May and run through June.


- On Monday, MiMedx Group, Inc. returned $10 million in taxpayer funds appropriated by Congress to help small businesses combating the coronavirus crisis following the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis's outreach to them last week. You can read the response from MiMedx Group, Inc. to our subcommittee here.


- This morning, the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis announced that our first briefing will be tomorrow, Wednesday, May 13. We will be hearing from a bipartisan group of key experts on the requirements for safely reopening our nation during the coronavirus pandemic. The panelists participating in Wednesday’s briefing have put forward plans to guide federal and state efforts to safely reopen the country, including the AEI Plan, the Hopkins Plan, the Harvard Plan, and the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy PlanYou can read more about the panelists and these plans here


Through no fault of their own, New Yorkers and Americans across the country are struggling to pay rent during the COVID-19 crisis. Our nation must implement bold solutions that do not leave tenants behind and provide tangible rent relief. That is why I am a cosponsor of the recently introduced Emergency Rental Assistance and Rental Market Stabilization Act of 2020. This bill would create a $100 billion emergency rental assistance fund to help struggling renters across the country. Nobody should lose sleep worrying about how they will keep a roof over their head during a pandemic, and I will continue to fight for all provisions that can deliver meaningful housing relief to New Yorkers. You can read more about this bill and the other rent relief policies I am supporting here.


New York State

NYS is extending the open enrollment period for New Yorkers without health insurance to June 15. Please get covered if you are not already. Enroll here.


- As of yesterday, the Finger Lakes, Southern Tier, and Mohawk Valley Regions have met all seven metrics required to begin Phase One of the State's regional phased reopening plan when NYS on PAUSE orders expire this Friday, May 15. If the trend continues, starting on May 15, these three regions can begin operating businesses for Phase One, which include construction; manufacturing and wholesale supply chain; retail for curbside pickup and drop-off or in-store pickup; and agriculture, forestry, and fishing. The North Country and Central NY regions have met six of the seven metrics and could be ready by the end of next week. A guide to the State's NY Forward Reopening plan is available here. The Governor also launched the State's regional monitoring dashboard, available here.


- Certain low-risk businesses and recreational activities will be ready to reopen statewide on Friday, May 15, including landscaping and gardening; outdoor, low-risk recreational activities such as tennis; and drive-in movie theaters.


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 will supply more than 1,000 Community Health Providers serving NYC’s hardest-hit neighborhoods with 120,000 surgical masks and 115,000 gloves per week, offer access to hundreds of volunteers through the Medical Reserve Corps to help providers serve high-risk patients, and expand tele-health services at 150 Community Providers. The City is partnering with Community Health Providers to expand and implement Test & Trace and help refer patients to isolation hotels. The City will also help providers to access federal COVID funding and maximize reimbursements through 1-on-1 and small group assistance from Small Business Services. 

  • These efforts will focus on the hardest hit communities in New York City:
    • Brooklyn: Flatbush, East Flatbush, Brownsville, Brighton Beach, Flatlands, Canarsie, East New York and Starrett City, Sunset Park, Bushwick, Bed-Stuy
    • Bronx: Crotona, Tremont, Highbridge, Mott Haven, Morrisania, Bronx Park, Van Cortlandt Park, Fordham, Northeast Bronx, Pelham, Throgs Neck, Kingsbridge, Riverdale, Soundview, Longwood, Hunts Point
    • Manhattan: Morningside Heights, Inwood, Washington Heights, Hamilton Heights, East Harlem, Central Harlem, Lower East Side and Chinatown
    • Queens: Corona, East Elmhurst, Elmhurst, Briarwood, Jamaica, Rockaway, Far Rockaway, Queensbridge
    • Staten Island: Stapleton, St. George, Willowbrook  


- Gregg Bishop has been named Senior Advisor for Small Business on the COVID-19 Recovery Task Force and Jonnel Doris has been appointed as the new Commissioner of Small Business Services.


- Alternate Side Parking (ASP) is suspended through Sunday, May 17. The City will resume ASP for the week of May 18-24 for a citywide "clean sweep." ASP will be suspended again for the next two weeks from May 25 - June 7, during which Department of Sanitation will reassess cleanliness. 


Census Update

- A 1% undercount in the 2020 Census means that our community, NY-12, could lose hundreds of thousands of dollars. A report from the Oversight Committee showed that an undercount of just 1% in NY-12 could lead to a loss of $430,000 in federal funding just for our schools! On top of that, the Census also determines funding for things like Medicare and Medicaid, transportation, and support services like SNAP. 


- We need to #GetOutTheCount in our district. The response rate in NY-12, is up to 47.7% and is climbing by the day, but it is still far too low. We are still below the New York State rate of 53% and the nationwide rate of 58.6%. Please fill out your census and encourage your friends and family to do so, as well.


- 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. Paper questionnaires are being 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