NY12 Coronavirus Update 6/9

Jun 9, 2020
Newsletter

Dear Friend,

 

Yesterday, out of an abundance of caution and after consultation with medical professionals, I was tested for COVID-19 I am self-quarantining as I await the results. Thank you for all the well wishes and to everyone who is practicing social distancing and wearing masks as the City reopens and we march for justice. Testing is available to all New Yorkers, and I encourage anyone experiencing symptoms to get tested. More information on testing is available on my website here.
 

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

United States

- According to Johns Hopkins, the United States has confirmed 1,963,828 cases with 111,139 deaths.

 

New York State:

- New York State is reporting 378,799 cases. According to Johns Hopkins, the State has seen 30,417 deaths.

 

New York City:  
- According to NYS, New York City has 207,353 cases. According to NYC Health, the city has seen 21,877 deaths.

 

News Updates:

National

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.

 

- Tomorrow, Wednesday, June 10, I am convening Committee on Oversight and Reform remote hearing to examine the health and economic burdens shouldered by essential workers and their loved ones during the coronavirus pandemic. I introduced H.R. 6909, the Pandemic Heroes Compensation Act of 2020, in May to create a compensation fund modeled after the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) for all essential workers and their families who have suffered the effects of the coronavirus. At a time when Americans are protesting the systemic racial inequities of this country, the coronavirus crisis continues to have a disparate impact on communities of color. About 38% of African American workers are employed in essential industries, but only about 27% of white workers are employed in essential industries. Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms recently stated that “more than 80% of those hospitalized by COVID-19 in Georgia were African American.” You can watch the hearing live on Wednesday at noon here.

 

- If you received you Economic Impact Payment/stimulus check (EIP) as a card, call 1-800-240-8100 to activate. 

  • During activation, you will be asked to input your Card Number, last 6-digits of your social security number and the 3-digit security code from the back of your Card. 
  • You could be asked to further validate your identity by providing, at minimum, your name and address or answer identity verification questions.
  • In a few instances, the first name of one payee is linked to the last name of a second payee on the Card. For mismatched names, the payee with the first name on the first line must activate the Card and/or validate identity to continue activation. 
  • You will also be asked to create a 4-digit PIN required for ATM transactions and automated assistance and to hear your balance. 
  • For your Account security, do not use personal information as your PIN. 
  • For Cards with more than one name, only the primary Cardholder (listed first on the Card) may activate the Card.
  • More information available 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. 

 

- The state is opening 14 new temporary testing sites at churches located in communities particularly impacted by COVID-19, in partnership with Northwell Health and SOMOS Community Care. The state is continuing to focus efforts on reducing the infection rate of COVID-19 in New York City hotspot neighborhoods that have been impacted the most by the virus.  

 

- The MTA is accelerating construction on $2 billion in capital projects during this period of reduced ridership caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The projects include

  • Launching the rehabilitation of the F Train's Rutgers Tube with the contract awarded in July - four years ahead of the original schedule;
  • Accelerating 11 ADA stations, including adding 24 new elevators;
  • Rehabilitating the 138th Street Grand Concourse Station, which will be completed one month early in October 2020; and 
  • Accelerating repairs of steel and concrete defects and leaks within the 2/3, 4/5 Train's Eastern Parkways Line in Brooklyn and shaving 10 months off the project by increasing work up to 25 percent during overnight closures.  

 

- Governor Cuomo announced the launch of the 'It's Up to Us, New York' Campaign on MTA buses and trains and billboards across the region as well as on billboards throughout the state and through an integrated social media campaign to remind New Yorkers to do their part to continue fighting the COVID-19 virus. 

 

- Places of worship are permitted to reopen with 25 percent occupancy with all social distancing protocols in place during Phase Two of reopening. Places of worship in the seven regions that have already entered Phase Two - the Capital Region, Central New York, the Finger Lakes, the Mohawk Valley, the North Country, the Southern Tier and Western New York – began reopening on June 7.   

 

-The Governor announced he will issue an Executive Order allowing commercial buildings to conduct temperature checks for anyone entering the building as office workers begin to return to the workplace.

 

- Governor Cuomo signed legislation (S.8189-Hoylman/A.10270-Rozic) banning price gouging of personal protective equipment.

 

- Outdoor, socially distanced graduations of up to 150 people will be allowed beginning June 26th, subject to any outbreaks or significant changes in the metrics. 

 

- Governor Cuomo signed legislation (S.8130-D/A.10516-A) extending the deadline to submit absentee ballots until the day of the election. To be counted, primary ballots must be postmarked by June 23. The Governor previously issued Executive Orders allowing all New Yorkers to vote absentee in the June 23 primary elections and ensuring every New Yorker registered to vote receives a postage-paid absentee ballot application in the mail. You can request your absentee ballot here.

 

- REMINDER: Masks are mandatory when riding public transportation systems! Follow all guidelines and protocols when riding, including maintaining social distancing to the extent possible, using hand sanitizer and observing decal guidance.
 

- In collaboration with the Greater New York Hospital Association and the Healthcare Association of New York State, New York State will implement a two-week hospital visitation pilot program in 21 hospitals across the state to allow increased visitations for family members and loved ones. I was proud to join Congressman Max Rose in calling for this type of program and grateful that the State is implementing one. You can learn more about the pilot program here.

 

Testing sites prioritized for protesters (by appointment only)

Appointment Phone Numbers: 

 

PARTNER ORGANIZATION ADDRESS BOROUGH
ACPNY Harlem ACPNY 215 West 125th St. Manhattan
ACPNY Upper East Side ACPNY 215 East 95th St. Manhattan
ACPNY Richmond Ave. ACPNY 2654 Richmond Ave. Staten Island
ACPNY Bedford Williamsburg ACPNY 233 Nostrand Ave. Brooklyn
ACPNY East New York ACPNY 101 Pennsylvania Ave. Brooklyn
ACPNY Flatbush ACPNY 1000 Church Ave. Brooklyn
ACPNY Bay Ridge ACPNY 740 64th Street Brooklyn
ACPNY Forest Hills ACPNY 96-10 Metropolitan Ave. Queens
ACPNY Rockaway ACPNY 29-15 Far Rockaway Blvd. Queens
ACPNY Hunts Point ACPNY 932 Southern Boulevard Bronx
ACPNY Crown Heights ACPNY 546 Eastern Parkway Brooklyn
ACPNY Elmhurst ACPNY 86-15 Queens Blvd. Queens
SOMOS Iglesia De Dios Pentecostal 1241 White Plains Road Bronx
SOMOS Casa de la Fe 1819 Randall Avenue Bronx
ACPNY Clove Road ACPNY 1050 Clove Road Staten Island

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.

 

- Phase One of restart began yesterday, June 8. Under Phase One, construction, manufacturing, wholesalers, and nonessential retail (with curbside or in-store pickup) can reopen.

 

- The City is launching mobile COVID-19 testing. Two testing trucks will hit the streets this week: Soundview on June 9 and 10 and Kew Gardens on June 11. The City will ramp up to 10 trucks in July. They will accept walk-ins only, and have a capacity of 80 per truck, per day. 

 

- 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. 

 

- Alternate Side Parking Regulations will be suspended through Sunday, June 21.Parking meters and all other parking rules remain in effect. The City may extend the suspension based on street cleanliness and workforce availability.
 
Transit Access and Improvements
- Busways and Bus Lanes:
  • The City will implement 20 miles of new busways and bus lanes that will serve nearly 750,000 daily riders. This will enable faster travel, and more frequent buses will help to increase social distance. Five new busways have been planned, using 14th Street as the model, and the 14th Street Busway itself will be made permanent.
  • The City will establish 3.5 miles of new busways with a capacity for 596,000 daily rides, at the following locations:
    • June: Main Street, Queens
    • July: Jamaica Avenue, Queens and 5th Avenue, Manhattan
    • August: Jay Street, Brooklyn
    • October: 181st Street, Manhattan
  • The City will establish 16.5 miles of new bus lanes, adding a total of 148,000 daily rides, at the following locations:
    • June: East 14th Street, Manhattan and 149th Street, Bronx
    • July: Hylan Boulevard, Staten Island
    • August: Merrick Boulevard, Queens
  • Staten Island Ferry
    • The Ferry will have increased service for Phase 1:
      • 20-minute service: Weekdays: 6:00AM – 9:00AM & 3:30PM – 6:30PM
      • 30-minute service: Weekdays: 5:30AM – 6:00AM & 6:30PM – 7:30PM/ Weekends: 7:00AM – 7:00PM
    • Ferries will have social distancing markers, demarcated seats, and hand sanitizer and face coverings widely available.  
 

#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 51% and is climbing by the day, but it is still far too low. We are still below the New York State rate of 56% and the nationwide rate of 60.7%. 
 
 
-The NYC Census team has been hearing from New Yorkers that one thing that’s holding them back from completing their forms is confusion about the census mailer and whether they need the unique census code to get started. ANYONE can fill out the census online by going to my2020census.gov and selecting “If you do not have a Census ID, click here.” and then enter your address. It takes less than 10 minutes and has never been easier or more important!
 

- 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