NY12 Coronavirus Update 5/26

May 26, 2020

Dear Friend, 


Today, I am hosting 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), on resource challenges hospitals have faced during the coronavirus crisis and the Trump Administration's response.  


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 1,662,768 cases with 98,223 deaths.


New York State:

- New York State is reporting 362,764 cases. According to Johns Hopkins, the State has seen 29,229 deaths.


New York City:  
- According to NYS, New York City has 198,731 cases. According to NYC Health, the city has seen 21,259 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.


Today, I am hosting 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). The briefing will address the HHS IG’s April 6, 2020, report on the resource challenges hospitals have been facing during the crisis, including shortages of testing supplies, PPE, and other critical medical supplies. The report warned that “severe shortages of testing supplies and extended waits for test results limited hospitals’ ability to monitor the health of patients and staff” and “hampered hospitals’ efforts to reduce community spread, protect staff, and care for patients.” The briefing also will address the HHS IG’s planned work to review and report on other aspects of the Administration’s coronavirus response, including testing, the Strategic National Stockpile, the health and safety of HHS employees, and the Department’s emergency preparedness throughout the pandemic. You can watch live, beginning at 11am, 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. 


- Governor Cuomo announced that state and local governments will provide death benefits for frontline workers who died from COVID-19 during this emergency. 


- The Mid-Hudson Valley is on track to meet all seven metrics required to begin phase one of the state's regional phased reopening plan starting today, Tuesday, May 26th, joining the Capital Region, Western New York, Central New York, North Country, Finger Lakes, Southern Tier and Mohawk Valley Regions.

  • The Mid-Hudson Valley has now identified enough contact tracers to meet the state's guidelines, and the tracers are being trained in preparation for the Mid-Hudson Valley 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. 
  • On Long Island, the number of deaths is continuing to drop and contract tracing is coming online, and if this trend continues Long Island could be ready to open by Wednesday, May 27th   


- The state is partnering with Advantage Care Physicians to establish 15 new testing sites at medical centers downstate, including testing centers in low-income and minority communities. New York State now has more than 760 testing sites across the state. Eligible New Yorkers can visit coronavirus.health.ny.gov to find a nearby testing site and get tested.  



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 Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) released a letter template in multiple languages that people can use to respond to aggressive debt collectors during the state of emergency, which can be found here. For more information about scams and other consumer issues, visit nyc.gov/consumers


- Applicants approved for Cash Assistance & SNAP benefits will receive an EBT card in the mail. Call EBT Customer Service at 888-328-6399 for account information or to request a replacement card to be received by mail.  


#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 49.7% and is climbing by the day, but it is still far too low. We are still below the New York State rate of 55% and the nationwide rate of 60%. 


- 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