NY12 Coronavirus Update 5/30

May 30, 2020
Newsletter

Dear Friend, 

 

On Thursday, inspired by my work with the NYC fashion industry to produce personal protective equipment (PPE) for front line workers, I announced two new initiatives to promote American manufacturing, save jobs here at home, and save lives. First, a Government Accountability Office (GAO) study on how to stabilize the supply chain of PPE, and second, my plan to introduce legislation requiring a percentage of the strategic national stockpile of PPE be made in the United States. 

 

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 new federal programs in response to the coronavirus crisis are implemented across the country, my office is here to help you navigate these new resources. 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 1,748,705 cases with 102,856 deaths.

 

New York State:

- New York State is reporting 368,284 cases. According to Johns Hopkins, the State has seen 29,646 deaths.

 

New York City:  
- According to NYS, New York City has 201,999 cases. According to NYC Health, the city has seen 21,477 deaths.

 

News Updates:

National

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. 

Also, you do not have to file or pay your 2019 federal income taxes or tax returns until July 15, 2020. For more information, please click here.

 

- On Thursday, I announced two new initiatives to promote American manufacturing, save jobs here at home, and save lives. First, I am requesting a Government Accountability Office (GAO) study on how to stabilize the supply chain of personal protective equipment (PPE), including harnessing American manufacturing capabilities. Secondly, I will introduce legislation, the Made in America: Preparation for a Pandemic Act, to require a percentage of the strategic national stockpile of PPE be made in the United States to ensure we are prepared for future crises. These initiatives were inspired by my work with Fashion for the Frontlines, Fashion Girls for Humanity, Care+Wear, and the Manufacturers Coalition to produce more than one million non-surgical PPE isolation gowns to distribute to hospitals and governments in New York City and across the nation. 

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, I had established a roundtable discussion group of New York City designers, manufacturers, and industry leaders to support New York City’s garment industry and understand the nexus between technology and fashion. When the pandemic delayed our coalition’s plan to meet in person and the dire need for PPE became apparent, we pivoted our focus and formed a task force to see how the fashion industry could manufacture desperately needed PPE for front line workers. I admire and applaud all the grassroots efforts across the country to produce and distribute vital PPE during the COVID-19 crisis, but in preparation for future pandemics we must ensure that the United States has a sufficient national stockpile and a strong operation to produce our own PPE. Read more here.

 

- On Friday, the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis held a briefing with mayors across the country where they stressed the need for additional federal funding such as the Heroes Act and a comprehensive national strategy to safely reopen local communities. As the country marked 100,000 lives lost, the Mayors stressed the urgent need for federal funding to address looming budget shortfalls, for federal support to procure personal protective equipment and testing supplies, and for a comprehensive federal strategy to prevent a second outbreak. You can read more about the hearing here.

 

- On Thursday, I co-led a letter of more than 160 Members of Congress to the Trump Administration denouncing reports of ideological attacks on Planned Parenthood health centers that participated in the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). I joined with my colleagues House Small Business Committee Chairwoman Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY); Small Business Subcommittee on Investigations, Oversight and Regulations Chairwoman Judy Chu (D-CA); and Reps. Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Diana DeGette (D-CO), Co-Chairs of the Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus in this effort. According to recent news reports, the Small Business Administration (SBA) sent letters to participating Planned Parenthood health centers incorrectly alleging they were ineligible for PPP loans. However, Planned Parenthood centers that operate as independent 501(c)(3) organizations and have fewer than 500 employees, are not barred from participating in PPP, consistent with SBA’s affiliation status and size rules. You can read our full letter 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 issued an Executive Order authorizing businesses to deny entry to individuals who are not wearing masks or face-coverings. 

 

- New York City will enter Phase 1 of reopening on June 8 and five other regions—Central New York, Finger Lakes, Mohawk Valley, North Country and Southern Tier—can enter Phase 2 of reopening today.

  • Phase 2 allows office-based workers, real estate services, in-store retail shopping and some barbershop services to resume.
  • Each industry is subject to specific state guidelines to maximize safety and social distancing.
  • Business guidance for phase two of the state's reopening plan is available here.

 

- Governor Cuomo announced a partnership with Rosie Perez and Chris Rock, who will help New York State build commuication and education on the importance of wearing a mask and social distancing and the availability of testing and healthcare in the state. 

 

- New York State will distribute 1 million masks to NYC's hardest-hit neighborhoods. The State has distributed more than 8 million masks across New York City to date, including to NYCHA developments, food banks, churches and homeless shelters. New York's extensive testing at more than 225 sites in NYC allows the government to pinpoint the state's hardest-hit neighborhoods for additional supplies and other aid.  

 

- Governor Cuomo announced the implementation of a new early warning dashboard that aggregates the state's expansive data collection efforts for New Yorkers, government officials and experts to monitor and review how the virus is being contained on an ongoing basis.

  • It tracks new infections and their severity, hospital capacity by region, and other metrics.
  • The early warning system dashboard was developed in consultation with internationally-known experts who have been advising New York State.
  • The early warning dashboard can be found here.

 

- The MTA will pilot the use of proven UV light technology to kill COVID-19 in subway cars and crew facilities. The MTA currently cleans and disinfects trains every day.

 

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.

 

- With the Test and Trace Corps set to launch June 1, and the number of positive cases, hospitalizations, and cases in the ICU in continuous decline, New York City is moving closer to the beginning of reopening.

  • Industries eligible for reopening during Phase 1 include:
    • construction (residential, nonresidential, roads and bridges, land subdivision, utilities)
    • manufacturing (apparel, electronics, machinery, textiles, printing)
    • wholesale suppliers (apparel, chemical products, household appliances, electronics, metals)
    • non-essential retail (clothing, electronics, appliances, furniture, office supplies, sporting goods)

 

- NYC anticipates 200,000-400,000 workers to return in the first phase of reopening. To ensure this is done safely, all businesses will need to adhere to specific hygiene, distancing, and health protocols.

  • Basic rules for all sectors:
    • Social Distancing
      • Require 6 feet of distance unless safety or core function of the work activity requires less
      • Reduce occupancy to under 50%, limit confined spaces to 1 person (elevators, behind cash registers, etc)
      • Limit all in-person gatherings and meetings, and only hold them in large, well-ventilated areas with social distancing
    • Personal Protective Equipment: Provide employees with free face coverings or, if warranted, face shields or other proper protective equipment. Require face coverings if employees cannot keep 6 feet of distance due to safety or core work function
    • Hygiene: Ensure frequent cleaning and disinfecting of any shared surfaces
    • Health Screenings: Implement mandatory health screenings for employees, including questionnaires, temperature checks
    • Communication: Create distance markers, post signage throughout the workplace reminding personnel to adhere to phase 1 guidance and rules 
  • The Department of Buildings, Department of Consumer and Worker Protection and Small Business Services will educate, conduct outreach and provide support to businesses.
    • The City is training small business advocates and compliance advisors.
    • The City will publish plain language industry guides and launch a dedicated Business Restart Hotline. In addition, Sector Advisory Councils will be available to troubleshoot additional necessary guidance or rule changes to help businesses succeed.
    • To help enforce these guidelines, DCWP, FDNY and DSNY will conduct random visits to reopening sites to ensure compliance. Summonses will be issued only in egregious circumstances or repeat violations. Response to complaints will be coordinated by the Office of Special Enforcement with NYPD, Sheriff and other relevant agencies.
    • People can call 311 to report a business that is violating guidelines.
    • The Department of Consumer and Worker Protections, Small Business Services, and Department of Citywide Administrative Services will also coordinate pick-up and delivery of 2 million face coverings for businesses and workers, with more to come. In addition, the City will provide resources to keep workers and customers safe including FAQs, signage with employee rights, online trainings, and a worker protection hotline launching next week. 

 

- NYC will make voluntary, weekly COVID-19 testing available for up to nearly 31,000 non-profit staff starting June 1. Up to 4,000 tests per day will be available. Starting June 1, non-profit staff will be able to access testing at any city-affiliated testing site. Starting June 15, up to 15 mobile teams will bring testing sites to non-profit worksites once a week. In July, the City will provide test kits and PPE for providers to administer tests on-site. 

 

- Currently, Cure Violence sites have 150 “violence interrupters” and outreach workers engaged citywide as “Social Distance Enhancers.” The City will expand this by 375 staff and each site will increase by 10-15 people for social distancing and COVID-19 outreach from June to September. 

 

- The Mayor announced that 10,000 Internet-enabled tablets have been shipped to disconnected NYCHA seniors in 100 developments in every borough. 

 

 
Message for NY-12 Constituents Living Abroad:
You are eligible for economic impact payments (i.e. stimulus checks). If you have an American bank account and were able to submit your direct deposit information to the IRS by May 13, you should receive your stimulus payment by the end of May. Otherwise, the IRS will mail your check to your residential address that they have on file - this is generally the address on your most recent tax return or as updated through the United States Postal Service (USPS). Additionally, you do not have to file or pay your 2019 federal income taxes or tax returns until July 15, 2020. For more information, 
please click 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 50.2% and is climbing by the day, but it is still far too low. We are still below the New York State rate of 55.4% and the nationwide rate of 60.3%. 

 

- 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. 

 

- 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.

 

Sincerely, 

Carolyn B. Maloney

Member of Congress