NY12 Coronavirus Update 5/13

May 13, 2020

Dear Friend, 


Today, the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis holds our first briefing with a bipartisan group of key experts on the requirements for safely reopening our nation during the coronavirus pandemic. I am very proud that so many priorities of the Committee on Oversight and Reform were included in the Heroes Act introduced by House Democrats yesterday, including funding for the Postal Service, reforms and oversight provisions for the 2020 Census, and provisions to protect the independence of Inspectors General. I will be joining with my New York Delegation colleagues to introduce Governor Cuomo's proposed Americans First Law to help prevent coporate bailouts following the COVID-19 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 1,371,395 cases with 82,461 deaths.


New York State:

- New York State is reporting 338,485 cases. According to Johns Hopkins, the State has seen 27,284 deaths.


New York City:  
- According to NYS, New York City has 186,123 cases. According to NYC Health, the city has seen 20,237 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. 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, the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis holds our first briefing. We will hear 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.


- I am very proud that so many priorities of the Committee on Oversight and Reform were included in the Heroes Act introduced by House Democrats yesterday. The Postal Service needs immediate emergency assistance, and this bill would provide funding to ensure that it can continue serving the American people through this crisis. In addition, recognizing that Congress has a constitutional responsibility to help ensure a fair and accurate Census, this bill extends key deadlines as a result of the coronavirus crisis while enhancing congressional oversight of Census operations. Finally, in response to the Administration fighting oversight tooth and nail, this bill includes protections to promote the independence of Inspectors General and help them hold agencies accountable. You can read more about the Oversight provisions incuded in the Heroes Act here


- Yesterday, I announced with my New York Delegation colleagues that we will propose the Americans First Law to help prevent coporate bailouts following the COVID-19 pandemic. Initially proposed by Governor Cuomo, this proposed legislation states that a corporation cannot be eligible to receive government funding if it doesn't maintain the same number of employees that the corporation had before the COVID-19 pandemic. I am joining with Representatives Nydia Velázquez, Thomas Suozzi, Hakeem Jeffries, Gregory Meeks, Grace Meng, Eliot Engel, Paul Tonko, José Serrano, Joe Morelle, Adriano Espaillat, and Yvette Clarke to introduce the legislation. 



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.


- Governor Cuomo directed hospitals statewide to prioritize COVID-19 testing for children displaying symptoms similar to an atypical Kawasaki disease and toxic shock-like syndrome. NYS is currently investigating approximately 100 reported cases of children experiencing these symptoms possibly due to COVID-19.

  • The City has 52 cases of multisystem inflammatory syndrome detected, with 25 who tested positive for COVID-19, 22 who tested positive for antibodies, and 10 cases pending test results. 
  • The illness has taken the lives of three young New Yorkers, including a 5-year old in New York City, a 7-year old in Westchester County, and a teenager in Suffolk County. 
  • At the request of the CDC, NYS is helping to develop the national criteria for identifying and responding to COVID-related illness. 
  • The State Department of Health is partnering with the NY Genome Center and Rockefeller University to conduct a genome and RNA sequencing study to better understand COVID-related illnesses in children and the possible genetic basis of this syndrome. 
  • New York State is notifying 49 other states across the country of emerging cases of COVID-related illness in children. 
  • If your child has symptoms including persistent fever, rash, abdominal pain, and vomiting call your doctor immediately! 
  • More information available here



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 that by next week, two new sites with daily testing capacity of 6,300 will open in Washington Heights and Midwood. 10 new sites with total daily testing capacity of 10,700 will open at the following locations:

  • Staten Island: Prince’s Bay, Concord, Port Richmond 
  • Queens: Woodside 
  • Manhattan: East Harlem 
  • Brooklyn: Sunset Park, Bay Ridge, Canarsie 
  • Bronx: Fordham Manor, Melrose  



- The Mayor named Dr. Neil Vora as Director of Tracing and Dr. Amanda Johnson as Director of Isolation to lead test and trace efforts. The City has received 7,000 applications and 535 Contact Tracers are already undergoing training. The goal is to have 2,500 Contact Tracers by June. You can read more about available jobs and apply here.   


- The Mayor announced that Grace Bonilla will serve as Executive Director of the Racial Equity and Inclusion Task Force. She has served as Administrator of the Human Resources Administration since 2017.


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 47.9% and is climbing by the day, but it is still far too low. We are still below the New York State rate of 53.2% and the nationwide rate of 58.7%. 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