NY12 Coronavirus Update 5/14
This morning, I joined with my collegaues and union leaders to announce the introduction of the Pandemic Heroes Compensation Act. Modeled after the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF), this new fund would provide compensation for injuries to any individual, or their families, who are deemed an essential worker and required to leave their home to perform services and who have become ill or died as a result of COVID-19.
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
- According to Johns Hopkins, the United States has confirmed 1,391,238 cases with 84,144 deaths.
New York State:
- New York State is reporting 340,661 cases. According to Johns Hopkins, the State has seen 27,477 deaths.
New York City:
- According to NYS, New York City has 187,250 cases. According to NYC Health, the city has seen 20,316 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. 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 joined with Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Congressman Peter King (R-NY), and Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) to introduction of our bipartisan Pandemic Heroes Compensation Act. We were joined in a virtual event this morning by the Uniformed Fire Officers Association (UFOA), Uniformed Firefighters Association (UFA), National Rural Letter Carriers Association (NRLCA), and SMART, the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers; to discuss the legislation and its importance to essential workers in all industries. Modeled after the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF), this new fund would provide compensation for injuries to any individual, or their families, who are deemed an essential worker and required to leave their home to perform services and who have become ill or died as a result of COVID-19. You can read more about this bill here.
- Yesterday, the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis held a briefing with a bipartisan group of experts on the requirements for safely reopening our nation during the coronavirus pandemic. The briefing made clear that a coordinated and comprehensive testing, tracing, and supported isolation plan is needed to reopen the country—and that the Trump Administration needs to do more to lead the way. You can read more about our takeaways from the briefing 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.
- The North Country has met all seven metrics required to begin phase one of the state's regional phased reopening plan when NYS on PAUSE orders expire tomorrow, May 15, joining the Finger Lakes, Southern Tier and Mohawk Valley Regions. If the trend continues, these four regions can begin opening businesses for phase one, which includes construction; manufacturing and wholesale supply chain; retail for curbside pickup and drop-off or in-store pickup; and agriculture, forestry and fishing. The Central New York region has met six of the seven metrics and could potentially be ready at the end of the week.
- The results of the state's antibody testing survey of 2,750 New York State Police show 3.1% of the force have COVID-19 antibodies. Results of the state's antibody testing survey of approximately 3,000 members of the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision show 7.5% of members have COVID-19 antibodies. These results are compared to 12.3% of the general population in Upstate New York that tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies.
- 12 more counties are now eligible to resume elective surgeries, meaning a total of 47 counties can now resume elective surgeries. Ambulatory surgical centers in these 47 counties will also be able to resume elective surgeries. The State Department of Health clarified that these centers may continue providing certain diagnostic or screening procedures such as for cancer. The Empire State Development Corporation also clarified that doctors' visits continue to be permitted and remain open as essential businesses.
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 has 82 cases of multisystem inflammatory syndrome detected, with 53 who tested positive for COVID-19 or for antibodies. Sadly, we have seen one fatality. If your child has symptoms including persistent fever, rash, abdominal pain, vomiting- call your doctor immediately! The City is trying to learn what makes children susceptible, how long it takes to manifest, and the likelihood of developing it, knowing that treatment is effective if diagnosed early. The City is launching a multilingual PSA campaign today, Thursday, March 14, targeted to educate parents.
- The City will be opening 12 miles of streets today, Thursday, March 14, including 1.3 miles with local partners, 7.6 miles with local precincts, and 2.8 miles adjacent to parks, in addition to 9.2 miles of Protected Bike Lanes to be opened throughout May. You can find all Open Street locations here.
- The Mayor announced that Pre-K offers are now out to 61,790 students and their families. A record 77% of families received an offer to their top choice, while a record 90% of families received an offer to one of their top three choices. Seats are still available – if you have a child born in 2016, visit myschools.nyc or call 718-935-2009.
Thank you to the following organizations for your contributions to help our city fight COVID-19.
- Americares: 550,000 KN95 masks, 13,150 surgical masks, 960 packages of disinfectant wipes
- China General Chamber of Commerce: 100,000 surgical masks
- Ford and Troy Design Manufacturer: 30,000 non-surgical face shields
- Century 21 Stores: Over 20,000 sq ft of warehouse space for PPE storage and delivery support
- Anheuser-Busch: 23,000 bottles of hand sanitizer
- The Urban Assembly Maker Academy: 24,000 non-surgical masks
- Tivuna: 14,000 coveralls
- American Chinese United Care (ACUC) Alliance: 20,000 disposable masks, 3,000 gloves, 500 KN95 masks
- Public Health Solutions: $14,000 in PPE procurement support services
- 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 48.1% and is climbing by the day, but it is still far too low. We are still below the New York State rate of 53.5% and the nationwide rate of 59%. 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