NY12 Coronavirus Update 5/17

May 17, 2020

Dear Friend, 


The coronavirus crisis has presented unique challenges to the 2020 Census and as Chair of the Oversight Committee, I am working with the Census Bureau to make sure that we get a full, fair and accurate count. That is why the Heroes Act includes provisions to implement key reporting delays for the Bureau so that Census enumerators have the time needed to conduct in-person follow-ups once it is safe to do so. Coupled with these delays are oversight provisions requiring the Bureau to provide monthly detailed operational reports to the Oversight Committee, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and the Appropriations Committees of the House and Senate. Accurate census 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 1,470,199 cases with 88,811 deaths.


New York State:

- New York State is reporting 348,232 cases. According to Johns Hopkins, the State has seen 28,049 deaths.


New York City:  
- According to NYS, New York City has 191,600 cases. According to NYC Health, the city has seen 20,756 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.


- The Heroes Act would implement a request from the Administration to address necessary delays to the 2020 Census due to COVID-19 and stay at home orders. The bill delays the publication of apportionment and state redistricting data by 120 days and couples this extension with a requirement for the Census Bureau to provide monthly detailed operational reports to the Oversight Committee, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and the Appropriations Committees of the House and Senate. These delays are supported by community groups across the country and former Census Bureau directors as they are needed to ensure Census employees have enough time to conduct in-person followups, once it is safe to do so, to ensure a full, fair, and accurate count. The COVID-19 crisis has presented many unique difficulties for the 2020 Census and the Oversight Committee will continue to make sure the bureau is working to mitigate the impact of the coronavirus outbreak and encourage everyone to fill out their Census form.


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.**


- Horse racing tracks across the state and Watkins Glen International Racetrack will be allowed to open without fans as of June 1, 2020. Westchester and Suffold Counties are now eligible to resume elective surgeries and ambulatory care. As a reminder, the State will allow elective outpatient treatments to resume in counties and hospitals without significant risk of a COVID-19 surge inthe near term. A total of 49 countries can now resume elective surgeries. 


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


- Reminder: You can use this map to find a location near your home distributing meals for free. If you cannot access food, visit this site for information on NYC food delivery assistance. 



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 48.6% and is climbing by the day, but it is still far too low.
  • We are still below the New York State rate of 54.1% and the nationwide rate of 59.4%. 


- 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