NY12 Coronavirus Update 5/23

May 23, 2020

Dear Friend, 


On Thursday, the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis heard directly from essential workers and their loved ones during a briefing on the crisis's effect on frontline heroes. Yesterday, I joined with other House Committees to ask the President about recent reports that the Administration is providing critical, life-saving ventilators to Russia when they are urgently needed here in the United States to combat the coronavirus crisis and save American lives.


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 1,602,148 cases with 96,013 deaths.


New York State:

- New York State is reporting 358,154 cases. According to Johns Hopkins, the State has seen 28,853 deaths.


New York City:  
- According to NYS, New York City has 196,484 cases. According to NYC Health, the city has seen 21,086 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.


- At Thursday's Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis briefing with essential workers, we heard about the health risks, financial hardships, and emotional impacts that the pandemic is having on these heroes and their families. They made clear that the need personal protective equipment, fair pay, and paid leave. During the briefing, I asked emergency physician and researcher Dr. Megan Ranney whether our nation has reliable enough testing to safely reopen. She replied, "“No.  No they do not.”  She said that fast and accurate testing would make a huge difference in protecting frontline health workers and preventing hospitals from being overwhelmed. You can watch the briefing here.


- On Friday, I joined with other House Committees to ask the President about recent reports that the Administration is providing critical, life-saving ventilators to Russia when they are urgently needed here in the United States to combat the coronavirus crisis and save American lives. The United States has had more coronavirus cases and more deaths as a result of the virus than any nation on Earth. In fact, the United States has had more coronavirus deaths than the next several highest countries combined. The United States currently has a maximum of approximately 160,000 ventilators available for use, and according to a recent article in the New England Journal of Medicine, “No matter which estimate we use, there are not enough ventilators for patients with Covid-19 in the upcoming months.” Yet, it appears the Administration may be providing or selling ventilators to other countries as gifts or favors to serve the President's own political or personal interests without any meaningful strategic justification, thorough interagency process, or policy rationale for doing so. You can read the full letter signed by me, Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot E. Engel, Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey, Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis Chairman James E. Clyburn, and Oversight and Reform National Security Subcommittee Chairman Stephen F. Lynch here.


- On Tuesday, I will hold a briefing for members of the Committee on Oversight and Reform with Christi Grimm, the Principal Deputy Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS IG). You can read more about the upcoming 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.

New Yorkers should call the Coronavirus Hotline at 1-888-364-3065 if you believe your employer is not following PPE, hygiene or social distancing guidelines as more businesses begin to reopen. 


- Summer school across the state will be conducted through distance learning this year to help reduce the risk of spread of COVID-19. Meal programs and child care services for essential employees will continue. 

  • School districts must also develop a plan for students with disabilities who participate in extended summer school year programs over the summer to ensure they receive instruction. 
  • The State will make a determination on the fall semester and issue guidelines in June so schools and colleges can start to plan for a number of scenarios. 
  • K-12 schools and colleges will submit plans for approval to the state in July.


- The State is extending sales tax interest and penalty relief through June 22, 2020. (The state previously provided relief through May 19th for returns due March 20th.) This extension could provide interest and penalty relief for up to 89,000 vendors who had returns due in March. These small businesses file their taxes quarterly and annually, and have taxable receipts of less than $300,000 in the previous quarter.  


- Reminder: New Yorkers should look out for calls from "NYS Contact Tracing" and answer those calls as the state begins to implement its contact tracing program. If you have a smart phone, the caller ID will display "NYS Contact Tracing".


- Governor Cuomo announced the launch of the $100 million New York Forward Loan Fund to provide flexible and affordable loans to help small businesses, focusing on minority and women owned small businesses, that did not receive federal COVID-19 assistance. The state will focus on businesses with 20 or fewer employees and less than $3 million in gross revenues. Businesses interested in receiving a loan should visit this website.


- The Long Island and Mid-Hudson Valley Regions will be permitted to begin construction staging in anticipation of phase one of reopening. If the number of deaths continues to decrease and the tracing is online, both regions could reopen next week.  


- The Governor announced the launch of a new pilot program with 52 independent pharmacies to conduct 7,000 tests per week. New York State now has more than 750 testing sites across the state. Visit coronavirus.health.ny.gov to find a nearby testing site and get tested.  


-  The State is making its contact tracing training curriculum available at no cost to all states through the National Governors Association to speed the process of creating contact tracing programs. Contact tracing is currently underway in seven regions of the state - the Capital Region, Central New York, Finger Lakes, the Mohawk Valley, the North Country, the Southern Tier and Western New York. 


- New Yorkers can cast their vote for the winning Wear A Mask New York Ad Contest until Monday May 25 here. The winning ad will be announced on Tuesday, May 26 and that ad will be used as a public service announcement. 


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.


- By next week, the Emergency Food Program will be delivering over 1 millions meals per day, on top of the City’s grab-and-go program, which already serves over 500,000 meals per day at 500+ schools across the City.

  • To date, the City has already served over 32 million meals across all programs since the COVID-19 crisis began.
  • The City is currently working with approximately 30 food providers, but is still looking for more partnerships. If you have a non-profit or for-profit, particularly ones with an expertise in culturally competent meals, and are interested in partnering with the City’s food program, see the Request for Information here, or visit NYC.gov/nonprofits for information. Submissions are due by May 29th.
  • If you are facing food insecurity, please visit nyc.gov/GetFoodHelp or call 311.  


- In partnership with Sanctuary for Families, the City is launching a new program to provide funding for immediate safety, economic, and housing needs currently exacerbated by the pandemic. The Mayor’s Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence (ENDGBV), Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City’s COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund, and Sanctuary for Families will work with a network of service providers to distribute micro-grants directly to survivors based on need. If you need these or other resources, please visit the NYC HOPE resources directory and the Resources for Survivors During COVID-19 pages online. 


- The Staten Island Ferry returned to 30-minute service frequency during the morning (5:00am - 9:00am) and evening (3:30pm - 7:30pm) rush hours. Ridership has increased in recent weeks, with about 600 passengers at peak and averaging about 8,000 passengers per day. Please remember that the ferry is not for recreational or sightseeing purposes at this time -- it is for essential travel only.  


- 13 more miles of Open Streets are coming this Memorial Day Weekend, bringing us to a total of 43 miles of car-free streets for New Yorkers to safely enjoy. More information available here.


#GetOutTheCount in NYC! 

Please fill out your census and encourage your friends and family to do so, as well.

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.

- Our city and district is in danger of losing hundreds of thousands of federal dollars and representation in all levels of government if we do not make sure that each and every person is counted.
- The response rate in NY-12, is up to 49.4% and is climbing by the day, but it is still far too low. We are still below the New York State rate of 54.8% and the nationwide rate of 59.9%. 


- 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. 


- 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