NY12 Coronavirus Update 5/15

May 15, 2020

Dear Friend, 


Today, I am in Washington, DC to vote on the Heroes Act and new procedures to make remote voting and hearings possible in the House. Yesterday, pressed the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) yet again for information on the Administration’s inability to prevent the now deadly spread of coronavirus in detention centers housing detainees. Despite the Oversight Committee's repeated attempts to secure information, ICE has failed to fully respond to our requests.


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 1,419,863 cases with 85,964 deaths.


New York State:

- New York State is reporting 343,051 cases. According to Johns Hopkins, the State has seen 27,641 deaths.


New York City:  
- According to NYS, New York City has 188,545 cases. According to NYC Health, the city has seen 20,406 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.


- On Thursday, I sent a letter to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) regarding the Administration’s inability to prevent the now deadly spread of coronavirus in detention centers housing detainees. Despite the Oversight Committee's repeated attempts to secure information, ICE has failed to fully respond to our requests, casting serious doubt on its preparedness for this crisis. ICE has failed to take this crisis seriously, and three people—that Congress and the American people know about—have now died. At each step of the way, the agency has waited rather than acted, prioritizing continued detention of thousands of non-violent detainees regardless of the life-and-death consequences for immigrants, employees, contractors, or their families. You can read the full letter that I sent with Rep. Jamie Raskin, the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, here


- The IRS's Get My Payment tool was recently update to correct difficulties that users had experience with foreign addresses. Users who had this problem last week should now try the tool again. You can access Get My Payment 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.


- Central New York has met all seven metrics required to begin phase one of the state's regional phased reopening plan when NYS on PAUSE orders expire today, Friday, May 15, joining the North Country, Finger Lakes, Southern Tier and Mohawk Valley Regions. If the trend continues, these five 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. For the rest of the state, PAUSE has been extended to May 28.

  • Business guidance for phase one of the state's reopening plan is available here.
  • A guide to the state's "NY Forward Reopening" Plan is available here.
  • The state's regional monitoring dashboard is available here.  


- An initial $3 million in grants are available to businesses to manufacture medical supplies and equipment. Companies interested in growing or starting a medical supply businesses can learn more here


- At the request of Governor Cuomo, President Trump has expedited $3.9 billion in funding for the MTA. 


- New York has issued first-in-the-nation criteria to healthcare professionals establishing an interim case definition for COVID-related inflammatory illness in children. The criteria establishes a new name for the syndrome - pediatric multi-system inflammatory syndrome - and a definition of what symptoms healthcare providers should look for, which helps standardize tracking and reporting. The State is currently investigating 110 reported cases in New York where children are experiencing these symptoms possibly due to COVID-19. 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.


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 expanding COVID testing criteria and now you may seek a test if you:

  • Have COVID-19 symptoms, regardless of age, chronic conditions or occupation
  • Come in close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 patient, regardless of symptoms 
  • Work in a congregate residential setting (nursing home, shelter, or adult care facility), regardless of symptoms  


- Next week, the city is opening two new community testing sites. One in Manhattan at the Highbridge Recreation Center in Washington Heights and one in Brooklyn at 1223 Coney Island Avenue. This bring the city's total testing capacity to 6,300 per day.


- During the week of May 25, ten new sites will open with a total capacity of 10,700.


- The City has detected 100 cases of Pediatric Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome (PMIS), with 55 cases testing positive for COVID-19 or antibodies. Sadly, we have seen one fatality. If you child has symptoms including persistent fever, rash, abdominal pain, and vomiting, call your doctor immediately!


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 48.3% and is climbing by the day, but it is still far too low. We are still below the New York State rate of 53.7% and the nationwide rate of 59.1%. 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