NY12 Coronavirus Update 5/19

May 19, 2020

Dear Friend, 


As we continue to contend with the effects of COVID-19, I want to thank essential workers for the work they are doing and the sacrifices they are making. That is why I am continuing to build support for my Student Loan Forgiveness for Frontline Health Workers Act and Pandemic Heroes Compensation Act.


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 1,590,202 cases with 90,373 deaths.


New York State:

- New York State is reporting 351,371 cases. According to Johns Hopkins, the State has seen 28,339 deaths.


New York City:  
- According to NYS, New York City has 193,230 cases. According to NYC Health, the city has seen 20,806 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.


- As we all continue to thank essential workers for the work they are doing and the sacrifices they are making, I believe we need to back up those words with action. That is why I am continuing to build support for my Student Loan Forgiveness for Frontline Health Workers Act and Pandemic Heroes Compensation Act. We owe all of these heroes more than just applause at 7pm. You can read more about the Student Loan Forgiveness for Frontline Health Workers Act here and more about the Pandemic Heroes Compensation Act 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.


- New York State has doubled testing capacity to reach 40,000 diagnostic tests per day. The state's diagnostic testing criteria now includes all individuals who would return to the workplace in phase one of the state's reopening plan. New Yorkers eligible for diagnostic testing now include:

  • Any individual who has COVID-19 symptoms;
  • Any individual who has had contact with a person known to be positive with COVID-19;
  • Any individual who is subject to a precautionary or mandatory quarantine; 
  • Any individual who is employed as a health care worker, nursing home worker or first responder; 
  • Any essential worker who directly interacts with the public while working; and 
  • Any individual who would return to the workplace in phase one of the state's reopening plan. 


- New Yorkers can visit this website to enter their address to view a list and a map view of the nearest testing sites. The State has also partnered with Google Maps to display testing site results; New Yorkers can search "COVID testing near me" on Google Maps to find the nearest testing sites. New York State is partnering with CVS to bring testing to more than 60 CVS pharmacies across the state. Each site will be able to conduct 50 or more tests per day. 


- New Yorkers in need of emotional support can call the New York State Emotional Support Hotline at 1-844-863-9314 to schedule a free appointment with a mental health professional. Additional mental health resources are available here


- Western New York has met all seven metrics required to begin phase one of the state's regional phased reopening plan starting today, Tuesday, May 19,  oining the Central New York, North Country, Finger Lakes, Southern Tier and Mohawk Valley Regions. Western New York has now identified enough contact tracers to meet the State's guidelines, and the tracers are being trained today in preparation for Western New York entering 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 State is connecting nursing home facilities with labs to get more tests to these facilities. So far, the labs have reserved at least 35,000 tests per day. The state is also sending 320,000 test kits to nursing homes statewide this week. This is in an effort to help facilities meet new guidelines mandating that all nursing home and adult care facilities test all personnel for COVID-19 two times per week.  


- The State is bringing in international experts to help advise the state's reopening plan.Dr. Michael T. Osterholm, Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota and Dr. Samir Bhatt, Senior Lecturer at Imperial College London will work with the state to provide technical advice and analyze data/metrics throughout the state's reopening process and help track the state's progress.


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 partnered with CityMD, with the capacity for 6,000 PCR tests daily, 7 days per week. Walk-ins are welcome and there is no cost for the uninsured, available at all locations. With this partnership, daily citywide testing capacity has reached 20,000. You can find a CityMD location here or search for a testing site near you here

- Two additional NYC Health + Hospital sites open tomorrow: 


- The City is on track to employ 1,000 Contact Tracers by the end of the month. The first class of 500 prospective tracers have completed the required training from Johns Hopkins and another 1,000 tracers are in the pipeline. The first field training on more than 100 potential case types will take place the week of May 24. One hundred tracers start next week.


- The Test & Trace Corps will deploy Resource Navigators in every community by June 1. Resource Navigators will connect anyone isolating at home with food, medication, phone, toiletries, and mental health resources. By June 1, the City will hire 200-300 Resource Navigators. They will be overseen by local organizations in each borough. 


 - The City now has 140,000 antibody tests available for New Yorkers free of charge. To make an appointment, please visit nyc.gov/antibodysurvey or call 888-279-0967. Hours of operation are Monday-Friday, noon to 8pm. Saturday & Sunday: 8am to noon. These are the locations:


- New York Blood Center is down to a 2-day supply. Please consider donating blood. You can make an appointment by visiting nybc.org or calling 800-933-2566


- NYC beaches will NOT be open for Memorial Day for swimming or recreational use. Only walking or jogging on the beach is permitted. The City will add fencing to limit entry points, along with general social distancing enforcement. If swimming or crowding proves an issue, access will be further restricted. Opening later in the summer is contingent on further reduction of COVID-19 and resumption of non-essential activity and travel. 


- Mayor de Blasio, NYCHA, and Con Edison have committed $16.5 million towards purchasing and installing AC units for NYCHA seniors in approximately 22,000 households.


- The first NYC-made test kits are now in use at Community Testing Sites. Working with local partners NY-12's own Print Parts, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and Collab, 33,000 tests kits will be assembled this week, 50,000 next week, and more than 60,000 the week of June 1.


- Today, in partnership with US Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), antibody testing began for 140,000+ healthcare workers and first responders to help identify likely past infection to COVID-19. Testing will be offered at hospitals, firehouses, police stations and corrections facilities. To sign up, visit FirstSeroSurveyNYC.com or Text “TestNYC” to 78378.


- The City has detected 145 cases of Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) and 67 tested positive for COVID-19 or for antibodies. We've had one fatality. If your child has symptoms including persistent fever, rash, abdominal pain, vomiting, conjunctivitis (red or pink eyes), enlarged lymphnode "gland" on one side of the neck, red cracked lips or red tongue and swollen hands and feet, call your doctor immediately! Important precautionary measures to keep children safe including continuing to practice good hygiene, using face coverings, and social distancing. The CDC released a new definiton for what is now called Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) and has now confirmed a link to COVID-19. New York City's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is reviewing cases reported in NYC under the CDC's new definition.


- Alternate Side Parking (ASP) resumed today and will run for the week of May 18-23for a citywide "clean sweep" excluding May 21 for Ascension Day. ASP will be suspended again May 24 - June 7, during with the Department of Sanitation will reassess cleanliness. 


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 48.8% and is climbing by the day, but it is still far too low. 
  • We are still below the New York State rate of 54.3% and the nationwide rate of 59.6%. 


- 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 at212-860-0606. 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