NY12 Coronavirus Update 5/16

May 16, 2020

Dear Friend, 


On Friday, I spoke on the House floor in support of the Heroes Act, urgently-needed legislation to protect the lives and livelihoods of the American people and pillars of our democracy. 


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 1,445,867 cases with 87,643 deaths.


New York State:

- New York State is reporting 345,813 cases. According to Johns Hopkins, the State has seen 27,878 deaths.


New York City:  
- According to NYS, New York City has 190,357 cases. According to NYC Health, the city has seen 20,496 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 Friday, I spoke on the House floor in support of the Heroes Act, urgently-needed legislation to protect the lives and livelihoods of the American people and pillars of our democracy. The Heroes Act includes crucial provisions I fought for to help New York, our nation, and our democracy weather this storm. It provides $100 billion for New York State, with $17 billion for New York City. It includes critical support for renters by creating a $100 billion rental assistance program. As the Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, I have fought for the Postal Service's survival and this bill includes $25 billion in desperately needed funding so that it can keep serving the Americna people during this pandemic. This bill also addresses the Trump Administration's request for 2020 Census delays by enacting these needed delays while also strengthening Congressional oversight, recognizing Congress’s Constitutional responsibility to ensure a fair and accurate Census. You watch and read my full floor speech 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.


- Five regions have begun reopening: the Central New York, North Country, 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. NYS on PAUSE will be extended until May 28 for all other regions; Western New York, the Capital Region, the Mid-Hudson Valley, New York City and Long Island.

  • When a region meets all seven metrics required for reopening, that region may immediately enter phase one of reopening.
  • New York City Regional Re-Opening Status: 4 of 7 metrical goals met to date.Read more here
  • The NY Forward Reopening plan is available here.
  • Business guidance for Phase One of the State's reopening plan is available here**NYC is not yet in Phase One.**


- Governor Cuomo, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont, and Delaware Governor John Carney announced a multi-state agreement to reopen public and private beaches with certain restrictions effective this upcoming Friday, May 22. You can read more about the agreement and these restrictions 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.


- NYC has a blood shortage: donate now to save a life. You can learn more here.


- The City is buying 74,000 air conditioners for low income seniors, and giving them out for FREE. Installations start next week so they can be put in place before the heat hits.

  • Rethinking cooling centers: the City will identify larger locations for seniors and vulnerable New Yorkers in high-risk, hard-hit communities and will provide PPE and ensure social distancing is possible.
  • Parks will have more misting oases and spray showers 
  • FDNY will partner to utilize classic NY cool down method, fire hydrants, in a safe way.
  • Generators: the City has 60 portable generators for deployment with 22 more on the way, which will be pre-set around the city in case of power outage.  



Census Update

- We need to #GetOutTheCount in our district! Please fill out your census and encourage your friends and family to do so, as well.

  • The response rate in NY-12, is up to 48.4% and is climbing by the day, but it is still far too low. 
  • We are still below the New York State rate of 53.9% and the nationwide rate of 59.3%. 


- 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. 


- 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