NY12 Coronavirus Update 6/18
Yesterday, I joined with my colleagues in demanding that the Small Business Administration (SBA) comply with requests from the independent and nonpartisan Government Accountability Office (GAO) for interviews, documents, and data related to actions of the SBA in addressing economic disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Today, the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis will be examining the unemployment crisis caused by the COVID-19 crisis and what is needed to achieve a sustainable economic recovery.
This update, as always, will continue to focus on news updates and important information related to the COVID-19 crisis, but I would be remiss to not address the movement for Black lives that is currently sweeping our nation. As a Member of Congress, I know that we must put actions behind our words; this page on my website has a growing list of the various legislative proposals I am supporting to do just that.
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
- According to Johns Hopkins, the United States has confirmed 2,163,290 cases with 117,717 deaths.
New York State:
- New York State is reporting 385,142 cases. According to Johns Hopkins, the State has seen 30,939 deaths.
New York City:
- According to NYS, New York City has 210,941 cases. According to NYC Health, the city has seen 22,171 deaths.
REMINDER: 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.
- Yesterday, I joined with my colleagues in demanding that the Small Business Administration (SBA) comply with requests from the independent and nonpartisan Government Accountability Office (GAO) for interviews, documents, and data related to actions of the SBA in addressing economic disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic. You can see the full letter from me, Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis Chairman James E. Clyburn, Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita M. Lowey, Small Business Committee Chairwoman Nydia Velázquez, and Appropriations Committee Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government Chairman Mike Quigley here.
- Today at noon, the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis will be examining the unemployment crisis caused by the COVID-19 crisis and what is needed to achieve a sustainable economic recovery. You can watch live, beginning at noon, here.
New York State
NYS is extending the open enrollment period for New Yorkers without health insurance to July 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.
- New York City is on track to enter Phase 2 of reopening on Monday, June 22. The Mid-Hudson Valley is on track to enter Phase 3 of reopening on June 23 and Long Island is on track to enter Phase 3 of reopening on June 24, based on current data. Business guidance for Phase 2 of the state's reopening plan is available here and guidance for Phase 3 is available here.
- The U.S. Open will be held in Queens without fans from August 31 to September 13.
- Hospitals and group homes will be allowed to accept visitors at their discretion.
- Any facility that chooses to allow visitors must follow state guidelines, including time-limited visits and requiring visitors to wear PPE and be subject to symptom and temperature checks.
- The hospital visitation program expands on a pilot program that was launched in May, which demonstrated that hospitals could provide safe visitation for patients and families.
- Hospitals statewide will now be able to provide visitation. Group homes certified by the NYS Office for People with Developmental Disabilities will be allowed to accept visitors beginning Friday provided they adhere to state guidance and certify compliance to OPWDD prior to commencing visitation. The prohibition on nursing home visitors remains in place as the state Department of Health continues to review.
- The Governor has directed the State Department of Health to allow midwife-led birthing centers in New York for the first time.
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.
- Two Mobile Testing Trucks began operating this week. The City is offering testing kits to all hospitals and hospital systems including 3,000 Made in NYC test kits to Staten Island hospitals. Find a testing site here.
- Community provider sites opening soon at the following locations:
- Mariner’s Harbor Library, 206 South Avenue, Staten Island
- Rain Boston Road Senior Center, 2424 Boston Road, Bronx
- Windsor Park Library, 79-50 Bell Boulevard, Queens -- opening 6/18
- Maria Lawton Senior Center, 400 Hart Street, Brooklyn -- opening 6/19
- Greenbelt Recreational Center, 501 Brielle Avenue, Staten Island -- opening 6/19
- Mobile Testing Van (open from 10am to 3pm):
- Bronx Unit: 6/18 - 6/19: Governeur Playground basketball courts, 3720 Third Avenue between East 170 Street & St. Paul’s
- Staten Island Unit: 6/16 - 6/19: Stop & Shop parking lot, 1441 Richmond Avenue
- The Test & Trace Corps is leading the fight against COVID-19. If you see a call fro 212-540-xxxx or 212-242-xxxx PLEASE pick up to help stop the spread! Visit TestandTrace.NYC for more information.
- The City is conducting over 20,000 tests per day and will have the capacity to reach 50,000 per day in July. The City is monitoring 4,300 cases and contacts over the past 14 days, and is projected to monitor over 250,000 New Yorkers this summer. The hotline (844-NYC-4NYC) has received over 100,000 calls to speak with a clinician.
- Of the 5,347 new positive cases since the Corps’ launch on June 1st, over 85% supplied phone numbers. Of those cases with a phone number, 94% were reached, and over 1,800 of those cases were able to share contacts. To reach as many positive cases as possible, the Corps has deployed information gatherers who will be doing database research and will be directly reaching out to doctors’ offices to track down cases and contacts without phone numbers. The City will also use community-based organizations to broaden their outreach to contacts who may be unresponsive to phone calls through a four million dollar “Hit Accept” campaign.
- REMINDER: Get vaccinated!
- Childhood vaccination rates are down 63%. The City is offering free vaccines at more than 1,000 NYC facilities and at all Health + Hospitals community health clinics. I encourage you to make an appointment by calling your child’s healthcare provider or 844-NYC-4NYC. The last thing we need is for preventable diseases to put a further strain on our health care system.
#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.
- 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