NY12 Coronavirus Update 6/4

Jun 4, 2020
Newsletter

Dear Friend,

 

On Tuesday, I sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex M. Azar requesting the agency’s coronavirus research contracts with the private sector seeking information to determine if these contracts include provisions to ensure affordability and prevent profiteering. Today, the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis is holding a video briefing with doctors and public health experts to examine the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on existing racial health disparities and the unequal burden of this public health crisis on communities of color.

 

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 1,852,561 cases with 107,191 deaths.

 

New York State:

- New York State is reporting 374,085 cases. According to Johns Hopkins, the State has seen 30,019 deaths.

 

New York City:  
- According to NYS, New York City has 204,872 cases. According to NYC Health, the city has seen 21,748 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.

 

- Today, the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis is holding a video briefing with doctors and public health experts to examine the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on existing racial health disparities and the unequal burden of this public health crisis on communities of color. You can watch it live, starting at 12pm, here

 

- On Tuesday, I sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex M. Azar requesting the agency’s coronavirus research contracts with the private sector. During the ongoing coronavirus crisis, Americans are counting on the Department of Health and Human Services to responsibly partner with the private sector to develop effective and affordable vaccines and therapeutics. Congressman Jim Clyburn, Chair of the Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis, and I want to know if these contracts include provisions to ensure affordability and prevent profiteering. You can read our letter to Secretary Azar here.

 

- The Senate unanimously approved the House-passed Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility that would reform the Paycheck Protection Program to allow businesses 24 weeks to spend these relief loans that were set to lapse in the coming days. 

 

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. 

 

- Outdoor dining will be permitted in Phase Two of reopening. Guidance here.

 

- Summer day camps statewide can open on June 29. The state will make a decision on sleep-away camps in the coming weeks. 

 

- Governor Cuomo issued an Executive Order allowing low-risk, outdoor recreational activities and businesses providing such activities to open in regions that have met the public health and safety metrics required for Phase One. Read more here

 

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.

 

- COVID-19 testing is available to ALL New Yorkers. Find a testing near you here.

 

- REMINDER: If you get a phone call with “NYC Test + Trace” as the Caller ID, please pick up! It’s one of the City’s NYC Test and Trace Corps contact tracers ready to help you and your loved one stay safe from COVID19. Learn more here.  

 

- Mayor Bill de Blasio announced he has sent Governor Andrew Cuomo and MTA Chairman Pat Foye a 7-point plan of recommendations to help the MTA meet increased demand as New York City begins Phase One of its reopening process on June 8.

  • The recommendations include:
    • Increase frequency of rush hour service
    • Capacity limits on buses/trains
    • Limit station/train overcrowding – monitor platform crowding and temporarily close stations when needed during peak hours
    • Social distancing signage/markers
    • Hand sanitizing stations
    • Require face coverings for all individuals using subways, buses and trains and provide face coverings throughout the system to ensure that all riders have them
    • Identify personnel to help promote and enforce social distancing. 

 

- 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. 

 

- Additional community testing sites offering diagnostic testing 9am-7pm seven days week have recently or will be opening soon:
 
Facility Address Opening Date
Midwood 1223 Coney Island Avenue, Brooklyn Open Now
Highbridge Pool 2301 Amsterdam Avenue, New York Open Now
Brooklyn Army Terminal 140 58th Street, Brooklyn Open Now
Former St. John Villa HS 57 Cleveland Place, Staten Island Open Now
PS X017 778 Forest Avenue, Bronx Open Now
East 111th 141 East 111th Street, New York Open Now
PS 21 Margaret Emery-Elm Park 168 Hooker Place, Staten Island Open Now
Bay Ridge 5th Ave 8511 & 8515 5th Avenue, Brooklyn Open Now
51-30 Northern Boulevard 51-30 Northern Boulevard, Woodside Open Now
St. James Rec Center 2530 Jerome Avenue, Bronx Open Now
South Shore HS 6565 Flatlands Avenue, Brooklyn Open Now
Tottenville High School 100 Luten Avenue, Staten Island Open Now
Sorrentino Rec Center 18-48 Cornaga Avenue, Queens Open Now
Beach 39th 39-20 Rockaway BeachBlvd, Queens Opening Today (6/4)
Edward Grant 1302 Edward L. Grant Hwy, Bronx Opening Today (6/4)
Brookwood Preparatory Academy 921 East 228th Street, Bronx Opening Tomorrow (6/5)
Leavitt Field Parking Lot 34-41 137th Street, Flushing Opening Tomorrow (6/5)
1716 Bleecker 1716 Bleecker Street, Queens Opening Tomorrow, (6/5)

 

 
 
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 50.7% and is climbing by the day, but it is still far too low. We are still below the New York State rate of 55.7% and the nationwide rate of 60.6%. 

 

- 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. 

 

- 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