COVID-19 Facts and Updates

March 5th, 2020

 

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Tips to get through a coronavirus furlough. Bankrate.com outlines seven tips to help guide individuals dealing with financial difficulties due to furlough and provide insight on ways to stay afloat while not receiving normal pay. We also include proactive steps to take in order to plan ahead in the event of a furlough or lay-off in the near future.
Here’s the link:  https://www.bankrate.com/banking/savings/tips-to-get-through-coronavirus-furlough/

APRIL 24TH RESOURCES AND UPDATES:

On Friday afternoon, Governor Cuomo signed an executive order to send absentee ballots to all registered New Yorkers, a step toward ensuring that our democracy does not also fall victim to this deadly virus.

The City continues to expand the GetFoodNYC home delivery food program and will be transitioning the senior meal program to operate under its umbrella. During this transition, seniors in need of food assistance (who are not receiving deliveries from other food services) are still directed to register for GetFoodNYC via 311 or the online portal. We continue to push for automatic renewals for homebound New Yorkers participating in the GetFoodNYC program-- instead of having to submit a new request every other day before 11 am. If you don't have enough food on Monday, you almost definitely will need food on Wednesday... and Friday too. Al NYCHA senior buildings will be enrolled in the food delivery program over the coming weeks. The Borough President’s office wants to know if you are having difficulty accessing the GetFoodNYC program or received an unsatisfactory delivery. Please email [email protected] with “Senior NYCHA food” in the subject line.

The city plans to increase its distribution of halal meals during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. They mayor’s office said it plans to serve over 500,000 halal meals at its grab-and-go meal locations throughout the city through the help of various community-based organizations. Additionally, another 150,000 meals in multi-meal pantry boxes will be distributed to nine community-based organizations serving Muslim New Yorkers. These organizations will then arrange bulk pick-up or delivery for the communities they serve.

Governor Cuomo announced a new nation-leading COVID-19 contact tracing program to control the rate of infection of the virus. This program will help us control the infection rate of Coronavirus and will be executed in coordination with New Jersey and Connecticut.

The New York City Department of Sanitation announced the suspension of the curbside composting program to allow the City to maintain emergency services and its core municipal services during the Covid-19 pandemic. The suspension of curbside composting will begin on Monday, May 4, 2020 and is planned through June 30, 2021. During this suspension, any food scraps and yard waste set out for composting will be collected as trash. Residents are encouraged to make compost on their own if they have the space to do so. Residents can learn how to compost at home at nyc.gov/recyclingmaterials and click “Food Scraps + Yard Waste.”

Elective outpatient treatments can resume in hospitals and counties where there is no significant risk of COVID-19 surge in the near term. Beginning April 28, 2020, hospitals will be able to resume performing elective outpatient treatments if they meet certain conditions. Restrictions will remain in place in all New York City counties.

The nonprofit group Community Food Advocates has prepared a map of all 400+ Food Hubs in the five boroughs for meal pickups.

Downtown Community Television Center,  the media arts center located in Chinatown, has put all its public programs online. You can take filmmaking classes, get tech advice in their Online Filmmaking Workshops and Office Hours-- and they're also streaming new documentary films via their Virtual Cinema. Their Youth Media students are creating personal video diaries of their lives under quarantine. If you know a NYC student 14-21 years of age who might be interested in participating, please check out DCTV's Youth Media programs. Visit dctvny.org to learn more and take part.

 NYS is looking into alternative options for giving birth outside of a hospital. Secretary to the Governor Melissa DeRosa will chair a COVID-19 Maternity Task Force that will develop a plan to authorize additional birth centers to provide mothers a safe alternative to stressed hospitals. The Task Force will also research the effect of COVID-19 on pregnancy and will issue recommendations by the end of the week.

New York Chief Judge Janet DiFiore announced that more than 2,600 cases were settled or disposed of during the first week of expanded virtual court operations.

The NY National Guard Civil Support Team is helping test medical workers for COVID-19. The 22 Soldiers and Airmen on the team are trained to detect the presence of biological, chemical and radiological hazards using a sophisticated mobile laboratory. They have adapted technology used to detect biological, chemical and radiological hazards to to run COVID-19 tests, and are now testing on-site medical workers stationed at the Javits Center, which has been used as an overflow facility for COVID patients.

The State's antibody testing survey results developed a baseline infection rate by testing 3,000 people at grocery stores and other box stores over two days in 19 counties and 40 localities across the state. The preliminary results show 13.9% were positive for COVID-19 antibodies.

Mayor Bill de Blasio put out a “test and trace” plan to reduce COVID-19 infections citywide. The strategy is to set up sites in communities across the five boroughs so officials can test as many people as possible. The site will collect specimens and test them for the virus. These sites will operate outside of traditional clinic and hospital settings to minimize the burden on the health care system. Five locations were opened to walk-in community testing, To trace those who test positive, the city will work with each person to connect them to care and help them to isolate at home, a hotel or a hospital. The city says it will ensure close contacts of those who have tested positive will be rapidly traced, assessed and quarantined.

For NYCHA residents, the city outlined new ways it would be responding to how COVID-19 is affecting the 400,000 NYCHA residents throughout the five boroughs. The plan will provide access to free testing at six sites at or near NYCHA development, four of which will be opening this week. Additionally, the city will be distributing face coverings and gloves to all residents, and hand sanitizer to senior buildings. All senior housing buildings will be enrolled in the food delivery program in the coming weeks, which will bring food right to residents’ doors.

The city has launched an effort to produce a new line of bridge ventilators to support local hospitals and health care workers. The device — The Spiro Wave — received Emergency Use Authorization by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on April 17 and has been successfully demoed in a hospital setting. These machines will free up critical care and ICU ventilators needed for those who are seriously ill.

Our Town reports that according to the Mayor, the city’s jail population is at its lowest figure since 1946. Starting March 16, the city had been working with the Department of Correction to reduce the jail population in order to protect incarcerated people and officers from the spread of COVID-19. City officials said they worked with district attorneys, public defenders and state parole officials to balance public health needs and public safety concerned. The population is now below 4,000 inmates.

JustFix.nyc has announced Emergency HP Actiona new tool empowering tenants against landlords who are neglecting essential repairs or harassing tenants. Emergency HP Action allows tenants to sue landlords from any device that connects to the internet-- saving a trip to Housing Court. Learn more here.

Nursing homes are directed to immediately report the actions they have taken to comply with all state and federal directives and guidance to the Department of Health (DOH). The State Department of Health is partnering with Attorney General Letitia James to investigate nursing home violations.If you are concerned that a family member or friend isn’t getting proper care at a nursing home, file a complaint by calling 833-249-8499 or by visiting www.ag.ny.gov/nursinghomes

New York State will partner with places of worship to help ramp up testing in African-American and Latino communities.

The Lighthouse Guild, the nonprofit for those with vision loss, has modified these programs during the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • Their behavioral health specialists continue to offer crisis support and therapy at (212) 769-7820.

  • Their Adult Tele-Support Groups continue, meeting every week by dialing (212) 769-7820 or online.

  • Their Health Center at (212) 769-6313 is offering medical services via telemedicine to existing patients. Those in need of a low vision examination can call to discuss their history and needs, but examinations will not resume until further notice.

  • Vocational rehabilitation services are available at (646) 874-8545 for clients, including helping people of all ages apply to the New York State Commission for the Blind.

  • Their Family Support Network at (212) 769-6318 offers tele-support groups for the families of those with vision loss, in English and Spanish, as well as for teens with vision loss.

eLearning programs for healthcare professionals and others to guide effective care are available at. Learn more online or call (800) 539-4845.

The Veterans Administration VA is excited to partner with LinkedIn’s Military and Veterans Program to provide a one-year upgrade  for veterans, veteran caregivers and Fry Scholars to LinkedIn Premium at no charge, including free access to LinkedIn’s online library of more than 12,000 learning courses.

Seven more big cats at the Bronx Zoo have now tested positive for Coronavirus. Earlier this month, a four-year-old Malayan tiger named Nadia tested positive for the virus. Now three lions and five  tigers have tested positive. The cats are behaving and eating normally.

For suggestions on what to do when social distancing is not being followed, read this New York Times article.

The education consultancy Teq has made their OTIS series of classes and resources, which help guide teachers and schools in distance learning as well as online professional development, free to use; it’s equipped with a chat box to directly connect with Teq staff for advice. Learn more here.

Gothamist reported that the NYPD has found an ‘uptick’ in domestic violence murders during the COVID shutdown. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month; we cannot let this pandemic make us any less mindful of the danger many of our friends and neighbors could be in. That’s why this April, as I do every year, I am helping plan the annual Denim Day rally in support of survivors of sexual violence-- which will be held virtually this year. Join us from your home anytime on April 29th for the 10th Annual Denim Day NYC! We'll join together online as a community of survivors, advocates, and allies in order to work toward a future free of sexual violence and sexual assault. Show your solidarity with the movement by wearing denim on April 29th. Stand with us at denimday.nyc.

Read Northwell Health/ Lenox Hill Hospital's Weekly Update by clicking here.

Entertainment/Distractions

New York City Ballet (NYCB) launches their digital spring season, to coincide with the dates of the season they had already planned for the stage. Every Tuesday and Friday at 8:00 pm for the next six weeks, they will release new performances, each available free of charge for 72 hours. Stream them on YouTubeFacebook, or the NYCB site.

The Tenement Museum has expanded their online offerings, featuring a new digital exhibit on the importance of the Census to preserving immigrant stories, a #ZoomIntothePast series of Zoom backgrounds for download, and several virtual live eventsThis exhibit should remind everyone to complete their Census.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art offers Art for Solace. Click here to view the program.  

The Metropolitan Opera will be live-streaming its Gala, April 25. In its most ambitious effort yet to bring the joy and artistry of opera to audiences everywhere during the current health crisis, the Met will present a star-studded virtual gala Saturday, April 25, at 1PM, featuring more than 40 leading artists performing in a live stream from their homes all around the world. The event will be available for free on the Met’s website, and will be hosted by General Manager Peter Gelb and Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin from their homes in New York City and Montreal, respectively.  

 To help curb loneliness and isolation during the pandemic, three Cornell students developed an app to help make a "Quarantine Buddy" and connect people of all ages from around the world as we are all social distancing.

New Yorkers share their experience of living in studio apartments during this pandemic. Read New York Times journalist Penelope Green's article highlighting the resiliency of six New Yorkers stuck in studios — and their advice for keeping positive in cramped quarters.

Project Gutenberg, a library of thousands of literary titles, is offering free digital books. Most are older literary titles whose copyright has expired but which are still worth reading. For more information, click here.

The dance company for older adults Dances for a Variable Population have shifted to remote programming, with free access videos and Zoom-based classes (14 classes a week, 7 days a week), as well as remote telephone conference programs.

WAYS YOU CAN HELP

New York City Service is looking for volunteers to help those affected by COVID-19, click here.

New York State has provided a form for the donation of goods, services, or space. To access the form, click here.

The dedicated staff at the Stanley Isaacs Center, 415 E. 93 St., needs help supporting their older adult clients through meals and case management services. Interested in volunteering? Contact [email protected]

Donate blood. Blood is urgently needed. Please go to https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/node/1546 to make an appointment (walk-ins) are no longer allowed and for more information.

Complete the census. We need all the help and Congressional representatives we can get.

For suggestions on how to help, read this New York Times article.

FINANCIAL AND LOCAL BUSINESSES UPDATES

Today a $484 billion COVID-19 relief package aimed at helping small businesses stay afloat became law. This latest lifeline to businesses was a bipartisan measure that pumps $320 billion into the Paycheck Protection Program so that smaller companies can continue to pay their workers during the pandemic. More information on PPP including how to apply will available from the Small Business Administration

The massive relief package also has funds $100 billion for public health:

  • $75 billion to reimburse health care providers for health care related expenses or lost revenues that are attributable to the coronavirus outbreak; and

  • $25 billion for expenses to research, develop, validate, manufacture, purchase, administer, and expand capacity for COVID-19 tests to effectively monitor and suppress COVID-19.

You can read Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act at Congress.govAt least one additional larger and more comprehensive relief package is expected to be proposed in Congress over the next couple of weeks, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has said he will prioritize including funds for state and local economies.

The City's Workforce1 Career Center launched a Virtual Center(or call 718-960-2458) to help New Yorkers prepare for, and connect to, jobs across New York City's five boroughs and in every sector of the economy. Current employment opportunities include Stop & Shop, Fresh Direct & PBM Guardian Industry Services.

Jobs: Temporary opportunities are available by clicking here.

250 of the jobs for NYCHA residents listed on OpportunityNYCHA.org have yet to be filled. These positions are for temporary per diem workers to assist with general maintenance at NYCHA properties. Per diem income will not have an impact on your rent. Apply here.

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. If a payment hasn't yet been issued, individuals can provide their banking information for direct deposit. Individuals who were not required to file 2018 or 2019 taxes can enter their information here so that they will receive economic impact payments.

The New York State Department of Labor (DOL) has launched a new, streamlined application for New Yorkers to apply for COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Assistance without first needing to apply for Unemployment Insurance. Prior to today, New Yorkers were required to apply for regular Unemployment Insurance and be rejected before applying for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance. This new application, which aligns with updated federal policy, allows New Yorkers to simply fill out one form to get the correct benefits without requiring applicants to call the DOL. The agency has installed more than 3,100 representatives solely dedicated to answering unemployment benefit needs seven days a week. The DOL previously had 400 representatives in the call center. The DOL has paid out $2.2 billion in unemployment benefits to 1.1 million New Yorkers so far. The new form is available here.

There is a new grant program that will began accepting applications on Monday, April 20 at 3 PM. The Save Small Business Fund, an initiative of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, will be offering grants of $5,000 to small businesses in economically vulnerable communities. Eligible businesses employ between 3-20 employees (including owners) and have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information, and to access an application when it becomes available, click here.

NYCHA residents who’ve lost income should qualify for NYCHA’s rent hardship program and should apply now. Residents can self-certify without submitting any documents and will be given a credit as soon as the request is submitted and reviewed by NYCHA (Residents do not have to wait as they did in the past). Call (718) 707-7771 or learn more here.

Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts has made its webinar on Contracts and the Coronavirus available as an on-demand webinar. For more information and to access the course, click https://vlany.org/courses/on-demand-recording-contracts-and-the-coronavirus/

Citi Bike has opened applications for their Citi Bike Community Grants for July 2020 - July 2021. The $5,000 to $25,000 grants are for local nonprofits who can help increase access to bikeshare in low-income neighborhoods. There's a webinar tomorrow (4/22) from 5:30 - 6:30 pm for those interested in applying. Find application materials here and register for the webinar here.

New York State issued additional guidance on which businesses are essential. It also  allows NON-essential retail establishments (as defined by the Empire State Development Corporation) to fulfill delivery orders placed remotely via phone or online.

Governor Cuomo recently signed an Executive Order that waives the 15-day waiting period for families of public employees to access retirement benefits. This allows families who may lose a relative to Coronavirus to receive these benefits sooner. 

The New York State Department of Financial Services announced new measures to help hospitals. DFS will direct health insurers to provide financial and administrative relief to New York State hospitals in response to COVID-19. Health insurers will be required to immediately pay out claims to hospitals and to work with the neediest hospitals to provide additional financial assistance.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is working directly with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and U.S. Treasury Department to ensure delivery of ‘Economic Impact Payments’ to Veterans and survivors who receive Compensation and Pension (C&P) benefit payments from VA without additional paperwork or IRS filings.

 

APRIL 7TH RESOURCES AND UPDATES:
E Pluribus Unim is now part of New York State’s Great Seal. Out of many, one. As Governor Cuomo said, “the importance of that motto is especially clear and relevant today.”

Governor Cuomo has extended the NY PAUSE executive order until April 29. Schools and non-essential businesses will remain closed at least until that date.

NYS is extending the open enrollment period for New Yorkers without health insurance to May 15. Please get covered if you are not already. Enroll here.

The USNS Comfort will now be used to treat COVID-19 patients after Governor Cuomo's request to the President yesterday. This increases the number of coronavirus hospital beds by 500.

 Governor Gavin Newsom announced that California is loaning 500 state-owned ventilators to the Strategic National Stockpile to help New York and other COVID-19 hotspots.

The “surge and flex” system for moving necessary equipment to hospitals that need it has allowed 802 ventilators to be moved to New York City (505 ventilators) and the suburbs. They will be moved around the state as required.

The State is partnering with Headspace to provide free mindfulness, meditation and mental health resources. You can visit headspace.com/ny to utilize these services. New Yorkers can continue to call the New York State Emotional Support Headline at 1-844-863-9314.

The NYC Dept. of Health has compiled tips on dealing with the enormous stress of the Coronavirus outbreak, click here for that list.

The NYC Thrive website contains information and links to resources for all New Yorkers, including students and young people, and those harmed by crime, violence or abuse, people with disabilities, and City government employees. Click here to view.

Fines. Governor Cuomo has ordered an increase in New York State fines for violating social distancing requirements to $1000 from $500.

The City has ended the "Safe Streets" pilot program which closed certain streets to vehicular traffic to give New Yorkers more space to be outside while maintaining social distancing. NYPD personnel resources have been increasingly constrained over the last two weeks, and the City is no longer able to provide the staffing needed to keep up this program.

Home health care workers need personal protective equipment too. The Mayor's Office of People With Disabilities has created a survey to assess those needs. If you're a home care service provider for that community, please complete the survey here so adequate amounts of equipment can be procured for those workers:

On Thursday, April 9 at 6 pm, join the New York Urban League (NYUL) for a Virtual Town Hall about COVID-19. NYUL will be examining how the virus is affecting the black community, the features of the CARES Act, and how the legislation will affect and benefit New Yorkers. Panelists include Congresswoman Yvette Clarke, Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, and State Senator Kevin Parker with opening remarks from Marc Morial, National Urban League President and CEO and will be moderated by NYUL CEO Arva Rice. Register for the Town Hall by clicking here.

Please recycle your household paper, as you did before this crisis. With the surge in home deliveries from online orders in the past few weeks, it’s more important than ever to recycle your boxes— and in fact ALL "mixed paper." Pratt NYC, the company which owns paper recycling and corrugated plants on Staten Island, has donated thousands of boxes to GrowNYC (which runs the Greenmarkets) to help package food for the hungry. You help the environment too.

To help address the ventilator shortage, the Governor announced the State Department of Health has approved Northwell's protocol allowing BiPAP machines to be converted into ventilators.

NYC Parks Department has announced they will be closing dog runs due to Coronavirus safety concerns.

Governor Cuomo has authorized medical students graduating this spring to begin practicing immediately.

Reminder that masks are now recommended when going outside. However, New York State urges you not to wear N95 masks which should be reserved for health care and other frontline workers who truly need them. Instead,  use a scarf or bandana or a piece of clothing, or make your own -- and to continue to adhere to maintaining a social distance of 6 feet from other people.

The New York Times has a tutorial on making face masks by clicking here.

GHNY is working with NYC & Company to help provide employees of member hospitals and nursing homes with places to stay during the COVID response. Accommodations are available for individuals or groups. For information and lists of hotels, click here.

Lenox Hill Neighborhood House is providing art classes to help caregivers practice self-care and reduce stress on Thursdays from 10-11:30 through ZOOM. Please call Laura DiPaola at 929-251-4499 or by email at [email protected] for more information or to register.

Farmers Markets are open. Not only can you get healthy food, but you support the local farmers who need the green markets sales to stay in business. GrowNYC lists information about the Green Markets here and lists stands that allow online ordering with curbside pick-up and a description of what each farmstand sells here. Gift cards to some farmstands are also available.

The new DOB online tracker for essential construction can be found by clicking here. Complaints about active construction at sites not listed on the map may be made to  NYS PAUSE Enforcement hotline at (833) 789-0470 or through the website by clicking here.

Thank you to all health care workers who have come from out-of-state. Thank you to Governor Kate Brown of Oregon who will send 140 ventilators to New York. Thank you to  out-of-staters who are helping supply us with desperately-needed PPEs and medical gear.. As Governor Cuomo reports, the New England Patriots delivered 300,000 masks. There are many other examples. We are all grateful to everyone who has lent and is lending us their expertise, making donations, providing resources and working with us to help us get through this crisis. Thank you to China for sending over 1000 ventilators. Thank you to the Joseph and Clara Tsai Foundation (it donated the 1000 ventilators with the Chinese government and Consul General facilitating the donation) and the Jack Ma Foundation have donated one million surgical masks, one million KN95 masks and more than 100,000 pairs of goggles. The NBA, Brooklyn Nets (owned by Tsai) and Knicks are donating 1,000,000 surgical masks.

The New York Philharmonic videotaped a moving thank you to health care workers. The musicians play Maurice Ravel’s Bolero remotely, from their own homes. Click here.

The federal government is sending 1000 personnel, including doctors, nurses, respiratory technicians and therapists to help in this crisis.

For virus tracking by county and up-to-date figures, including gender and age breakdowns, click the NYS-COVID-19 Tracker here.

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has confirmed that residents who are undocumented will not be turned away from healthcare due to immigration status or inability to pay. Coronavirus will NOT be considered under the Public Charge rule, even if the services are Medicaid-funded.

There is a new New York City Engagement Portal. The City of New York is collecting information to better understand and communicate about the impacts of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Information you share will help in enabling the City to share information with you and members of the public about COVID-19, and to help inform the City’s response to areas affected by COVID-19. For information about who is eligible to enter information and to enter information, click here.

For information on using SNAP to order groceries online and a list of which online retailers you can order from, click here.

The Governor has authorized virtual notarization of documents. For more information, including requirements, click here.

The New York Public Library and WNYC — two indispensable New York institutions — are partnering to host a virtual book club to bring New Yorkers together and foster community during an unprecedented time of social separation.  Click here for the link to a press release with details about the partnership including how New Yorker's can participate

For COVI-19 resources for people with disabilities, click here

 

FOOD

Visit the Hunter College New York City Food Policy Center for information on ensuring the continued use and benefits of SNAP during the Coronavirus crisis at https://www.nycfoodpolicy.org/snap-during-covid-19/.

The free meal service at public schools is also provided for adults. No one will be turned away. Pickup times are as follows: 7:30 - 11:30 am for families, and 11:30 am - 1:30 pm for adults. You can find your school by texting "FOOD", or "COMIDA" to 877-877.

For a very serious article (you need to sign up to continue reading) on how this virus has led to a new normal for a very long time, see https://www.chronicle.com/article/Why-You-Should-Ignore-All-That/248366/, published by the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Saveur magazine has a list of small food producers whose business is no longer supported by the restaurants they had been selling to. If you are interested in cooking, or just supporting the cheesemongers, chocolatiers, butchers, spice importers and others, click here for a list of small food producers. The Fulton Fish Market and Dickson’s butcher in the Chelsea Market are on the list.
EDUCATION

The Department of Education is required to continue remote instruction during the days that were originally scheduled for Spring Recess, including those that are religious holidays. Based on discussions with the UFT, DC37, CSA, and school staff, the City is providing four additional personal days to staff, which can be used for religious observance if needed.

The City Dept. of Education has several updates starting April 6. 

  • Instead of having students pick up devices, DOE will prepare and DELIVER them to high school students, multilingual learners, students with disabilities, those who live in public housing. Everyone else who have requested a device will be eligible to receive them  after those deliveries have been made.
  • If you received an iPad from DOE,  for help getting started, click https://www.schools.nyc.gov/learn-at-home/ipad-distribution/getting-started-with-your-ipad.. If you need help, contact Apple Support at https://support.apple.com, or call 1-800-800-2775. If you have issues connecting the device to T-Mobile internet, click https://www.t-mobile.com/support or call 1-800-375-1126.
  • If you already HAVE a device and need technical support, call 718-935-5100.
  • The New York State Board of Regents is cancelling the High School Regents exams in June.
  • Students from early elementary through high school can receive one-on-one tutoring through the New York Public Library, daily from 2 – 11 pm, in English or Spanish, K-12. The website includes resources. Click https://www.nypl.org/about/remote-resources/kids-and-teens/homework-help-brainfuse. The tutoring includes test prep. A library card is required.  Families can apply for a free card through this website, https://www.nypl.org/books-music-movies/ebookcentral/simplye.
  • Families of students with IEPs will now have IEP meetings conducted over the phone. Email your principal or [email protected], or call 311.
For those celebrating Passover and looking for a virtual Seder, the following list was compiled by the Borough President’s office.

On the Upper East Side:

MORE WAYS YOU CAN HELP
New York City Service is looking for volunteers to help those affected by COVID-19. Click here.

New York State has provided a form for the donation of goods, services, or space. To access the form, click here.

Gift cards are recommended as a way to help small businesses and restaurants.

The New York City Nonprofits website has a lot of information to assist nonprofits. Click here for more. 

 

You can donate to New York City Health & Hospitals. More than $1.6 million has been donated. Click to donate https://nychhc.networkforgood.com

Donate blood through the New York Blood Center. Appointments are required. Clickhttps://donate.nybc.org/donor/schedules/zip?utm_source=nybc&utm_medium=donatebutton&utm_campaign=website_links to find a donation center and make an appointment for all donations. However, you must complete the form on the website if you have recovered from COVID-19 and would like to donate plasma.

The Hunter College New York City Food Policy Center lists many ways you can help provide food or support those that do during this crisis. You could have fun and learn too. There are online cooking and baking classes to raise money for Food Bank NYC.While the first two classes were held April 3 and April 4 (9 a.m.), check the link below for possible additional classes. For information on the classes and other donation and volunteer opportunities, click here.

Please note that most not-for-profits have links on their websites for donations.

Sign up as a volunteer for the Friendly Visiting Program at 212-244-6469. Please click here and complete the DFTA Volunteer Interest Form.

To help support our First Responders, New York created the First Responders Fund. The fund will assist COVID-19 health care workers and first responders with expenses and costs, including child care. The State Department of Health is accepting donations for the fund, and received an anchor $10 million contribution from Blackstone. Donations can be made electronically at www.healthresearch.org/donation-form or by check mailed to "Health Research, Inc., 150 Broadway, Suite 560, Menands, NY 12204." Donors should specify the donation is for "COVID-19 NYS Emergency Response."

Northstar Community Fund has compiled a long list of mutual aid opportunities which you can view here.

The New York Times Neediest Cases Fund has started a GoFundMe campaign with a $1,000,000 goal. The link to donate can be found by clicking here. Several not-for-profits are recipients of the Fund. You may email the Fund at [email protected].

Famiglia's Pizza (at Madison and 97th street) is doing a pizza matching program: if you pay for a pizza for the hospital workers at Mt. Sinai, they will match your number of donated pizzas. (Order one pizza to donate to the hospital and they will deliver 2.)  Give them a call at 212-996-9797

FINANCIAL AND LOCAL BUSINESSES UPDATES
As part of the Federal CARES Act, Paycheck Protection Program loan applications opened for small businesses who apply. There is $350 billion available to companies and non-profit organizations with fewer than 500 employees. NOTE: the Mayor describes this funding as first-come, first-serve!

The loans become grants if the funds are used for payroll. Effectively, this is a stimulus plan-- but banks are administering it, and so naturally there is an application process. Here's a sample Paycheck Protection Program application form that may be helpful in getting you started (PDF). The Borough President has taken the flow chart created by the U.S. House Small Business Committee (Chaired by New York’s own Nydia Velázquez) and created this web page for clarity on how under-500 organizations can apply.

The U.S. Small Business Administration confirmed that business owners who have already applied for its Economic Injury Disaster Loans MUST REAPPLY using a revamped website: covid19relief.sba.gov/#/.The Carnegie Corporation and Bloomberg Philanthropies have created the NYC COVID-19 Response and Impact Fund which provides a pool of $75 million to help small and mid-size arts organizations with interest-free loans. Organizations must be NYC-based, have an annual operating budget of under $20 million, be a 501C3 in good legal standing, and have a track record for robust service to the people of New York. For more on donating to, or receiving help from, the consortium fund go to NYCommunityTrust.Org. 

The IRS will start sending the rebate checks included in the CARES Act on April 9th.The Federal COVID-19 Recovery Check will be based upon 2018 or 2019 federal tax returns. Some who do not file tax returns, such as students, may have to file a simple tax return to receive a Recovery Check.

However, the Treasury Department and IRS will not require Social Security recipients to receive a check. The government will rely on the information in the Forms SSA-1099 and RRB 1099 if tax returns were not filed in 2018 or 2019 to generate the checks.

 

If your work schedule was reduced as a result of the coronavirus and you are unable to pay your rent, you can apply for a Cash Assistance special grant request to get benefits for emergencies. The ACCESS HRA website provides information or you can contact Council Member Ben Kallos at 212-860-1950 or by email at [email protected].

Don’t get scammed or defrauded. The Department of Justice is remaining vigilant in detecting, investigating, and prosecuting wrongdoing related to the crisis. Find out how you can protect yourself and helpful resources on DOJ’s Coronavirus Fraud Prevention website by clicking here.

The Federal Trade Commission has also established a website with helpful information to help consumers avoid coronavirus-related scams, including a list of ways scammers are taking advantage of this crisis.

The Manhattan Chamber is hosting weekly webinars to provide the latest Covid-related updates for small business owners. Experts will answer your questions on topics such as new government instructions or resources that are available. For the foreseeable future, these weekly webinars will take place every Tuesday at 2:00 pm.

 

Grants for women-identifying artists

The New York  Foundation for the Arts has partnered with Anonymous Was A Woman (AWAW) to launch an emergency relief grant program to support women-identifying visual artists over 40 who have been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. The program will distribute $250,000 in cash grants, up to $2,500 per-artist, to artists who have experienced financial hardship from loss of income or opportunity as a direct result of the crisis.

Who can apply:

  • Applicants must be visual artists identifying as women (who work in Digital/New Media, Drawing, Film/Video, Installation, Painting, Photography, Sculpture).
  • Applicants must be 40 years or older on or before April 8, 2020.
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate activity in their artistic discipline over the past five years.
  • Applicants must show documented losses of income for the period of February 1 - July 30, 2020. 
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents in any of the 50 states, District of Columbia, or U.S. territories.  

The fund will cover any documented lost income opportunities including, but not limited to: cancelled teaching, speaking, or consulting assignments; lost temp work; and layoffs or furloughs as a result of business closures, etc. Applicants should note that eligible income loss does not need to be specifically related to presenting or displaying their art.

 APPLICATION TIMELINE

  • Application Opens: Monday, April 6, 2020 at 10:00 AM EST
  • Application Closes: Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at 6:00 PM EST
  • Application Notification: By Thursday, April 30, 2020

Apply here.

The Red Backpack Fund for Female Entrepreneurs Application opened yesterday! Find out more by clicking here.

FDA Released Updated Social Distancing Guidance for Food Retail Establishments

The National Retail Federation (NRF) has alerted us that the FDA has provided updated recommendations to employers on maintaining social distancing among employees in food retail establishments and on whether employees should wear face coverings to prevent exposure to COVID-19. The information is found in the "Questions & Answers for Industry" section of the FDA's Food Safety & the Coronavirus Disease 2019 resource page (please click here).

The State Dept. of Labor is working to improve response times (and their infrastructure) for unemployment insurance and has hired 300 more operators, expanded service from six to seven days a week, and Google has been hired to enhance intake capability. Click Unemployment Insurance .Meanwhile, in an effort to manage the influx, applicants are now asked to call based on the first letter of their last names, as follows:

  • Monday, names starting with A - F.
  • Tuesday, names beginning G - N.
  • Wednesday, last names with initials O - Z.

If you miss your day, you can also file on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. Any claim filed will be back-dated to the date the filer became unemployed, NOT the date of filing. If you are eligible, you will be paid for all benefits due. If you are instructed to call to complete your claim, the ONLY valid number is 1-888-209-8124.

Filling out government forms can be tricky, complicated and frustrating. If you're a small business owner with less than five employees, Columbia Law Professor Tim Wu has been putting together a team of Columbia law students to help owners like you apply for the $349 billion in Paycheck Protection Program loans-- the employee retention loans created by the CARES Act passed by Congress. *IF* owners use these loans to pay workers rather than lay them off, the "loans" are forgiven. You may recall I mentioned Friday that applications have opened and that these loans are first-come, first serve. This is a terrific offer, and to keep them from being overwhelmed, please email me at [email protected] with "Columbia Law PPP" in the subject line

The Borough President’s office has reported that there are scams. Emails come from sba.com. That is not the correct website for the Small Business Administration. The SBA’s address is sba.gov. Be careful about opening emails.

Vox.com has an article with answers to nine questions about how to get stimulus funds. Click here for more information

For information on the Economic Injury Loan Emergency Advance, a program that provides up to $10,000 in temporary funds to businesses, click here

For information on bridge loans of up to $25,000 for those businesses that have a relationship with an SBA Express Lender, click here

For information on SBA debt relief for small businesses, click here

For those in the fashion industry, A Common Thread is a storytelling initiative spearheaded by Vogue and in collaboration with the CFDA, to raise both awareness and needed funds for those in the American fashion community who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Parameters of the fund are still being established, and applications will be available on the CFDA website beginning on Wednesday, April 8th. The fund is not limited to former Fashion Fund participants or members of the CFDA. See the website for more information on the fund and a link to donate. (Thank you to the Madison Avenue BID for the information)

IRS Announces that an Employee Retention Credit is now available for many businesses financially impacted by COVID-19. Click here for more information.

The Times reported on domestic airlines policies for refunds and rescheduling flights, with nearly all offering credits for future flights. Click here for more information.

 DOF Commissioner Jacques Jiha is exercising his authority under the Administrative Code of the City of New York to allow for a waiver of penalties for DOF-administered business and excise taxes due between March 16, 2020, and April 25, 2020. Taxpayers may request to have the penalties waived on a late-filed extension or return, or in a separate request. Click here for more information.

Brooklyn Council Member Brad Lander has prepared a page with information on relief for freelancers, artists, and gig-workers-- who lack many basic worker protections or access to a robust social safety net-- that many will find useful.

Eater published a list of Relief Funds for Restaurants, Bars and Food Service Workers.

The Nation published an article on the 12 Coronavirus funds to help the most vulnerable.

Dry cleaners are no longer considered essential businesses in the revised definition.

Thryv’s Foundation Small Business COVID-19 Grant Program is offering grants to small businesses. Click here for more information. Grants are first-come, first served. Applications are due April 30.

APRIL 3RD RESOURCES AND UPDATES:
New Guidance: Wear Homemade Masks in Public

As of yesterday, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is recommending that everyone wear a face covering when outside of their home to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Wearing a face covering will not make New Yorkers invincible! Health officials are adamant that we still need to stay home as much as possible. It is essential that people continue to practice social distancing and good hand hygiene even when wearing a face-covering — including keeping 6 feet of distance between themselves and others whenever possible. A face covering is one more precaution we can take that may help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Either paper or cloth face coverings are fine, as long as you are covering your nose and mouth. However, please do not hoard paper masks, especially medical-grade masks, such as N95 masks or surgical masks, which are in very short supply and which our health care providers need to stay healthy and to care for the most critically ill. Health care workers cannot keep a distance from others, avoid sick people, or avoid contact with others’ bodily fluids such as saliva, so it is essential that we reserve N95 masks for them.

Read New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene guidance for even more information on their new recommendations. Learn how to make your own facemask.

The Javits Center temporary healthcare facility, originally intended for non-coronavirus patients, is shifting to coronavirus treatment. This adds 2,500 beds to our city's capacity. Non-coronavirus patients currently in the Javits Center will be transported to the USNS Comfort hospital ship, which is still dedicated to non-coronavirus hospital use in order to alleviate the pressure for hospitals for hospitals citywide facing an influx of patients.

The Department of Buildings released on its website a Real-Time Map of Essential & Emergency Construction Projects. A press release announcing the map is pasted below. The map can be found by clicking the link here.

New York Presbyterian has Virtual Urgent Care, allowing you to speak with a physician or physician’s assistant for $49.00. Click for more information. https://www.nyp.org/ondemand/urgent-care. 

The free meal service at public schools have expanded service to adults at the 400+ Meal Hubs across the city, and no one will be turned away. The new pickup times are as follows: 7:30 - 11:30 am for families, and 11:30 am - 1:30 pm for adults. You can find your school by texting "FOOD", or "COMIDA" to 877-877.

Gov. Cuomo has issued several Executive Orders designed to reduce public density and slow the rate of transmission, together known as “New York State on PAUSE." The PAUSE Enforcement Assistance Task Force hotline has been set up, where individuals can file complaints regarding the operation of non-essential businesses or gatherings 24/7 through an online form or by calling 1-833-789-0470. These complaints are reviewed for completeness, accuracy, and applicability under the orders, and then referred to local authorities.

The MTA is suspending Times Square Shuttle subway service; the 7 train provides similar routing, although on a less-frequent schedule.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has created a social media campaign called #CongressSaveCulture to help all nonprofit cultural institutions get more aid from the federal government. For example, Congress could change the tax code so that whole donations could be tax deductible, which could improve cash flow by billions of dollars for institutions nationwide.

Support for Transgender New Yorkers The following are resources for transgender and non-binary people who live in the New York State: https://transgenderlegal.org/media/uploads/doc_802.pdfClick here for Spanish.

If you are a parent of a public school student who needs a WiFi-enabled tablet for remote instruction, visit this DOE website.

Charter/Spectrum cable (which has a large footprint in Manhattan) is expanding the eligibility for its 60-day free offer for internet and wifi to include educators (K-12 teachers and college/university professors) who do not already have a Spectrum account. Contact Spectrum at 1-844-488-8395 to sign up (but prepare for a wait!). A free self-installation kit will be provided to new student and educator households.
Weill Cornell Medicine’s Child Psychology Team has scheduled consecutive evening webinars including a Q&A to discuss practical skills aimed to support parents and help children thrive during this challenging time. These webinars are open to any parent looking to learn more about how to manage and cope with these stressful times. Please feel free to share this information with anyone you think could benefit from attending. Click here.

Keys to Literacy and Learning has a website providing resources to parents. Click here for information.

The Today Show visited Bloom's Tavern, 208 East 58th Street, and spoke to proprietor Noel Donovan about ways the industry was coping with the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to see the clip.

John Jay Park is open, although the playground is closed.

For those celebrating Passover and looking for a virtual Seder, the following list was compiled by the Borough President’s office.

On the Upper East Side:

Hospital Updates:

NewYork-Presbyterian Community Update Newsletter can be found online by clicking here.

Northwell’s Lenox Hill Hospital Weekly Community Update can be found online by clicking here. Most recent here. LHH Community Update_4.24.20

 

MORE WAYS YOU CAN HELP
New York City Service is looking for volunteers to help those affected by COVID-19. Click here.

New York State has provided a form for the donation of goods, services, or space. To access the form, click here.

New York State is establishing a volunteer SWAT Team of companies and individuals who will be deployed across high-impact and urgent coronavirus response activities to help develop and build technology solutions that will accelerate and amplify our response to COVID-19. We are looking for impactful solutions and skilled tech employees to help. If you are interested in joining the SWAT Team, click here.

Gift cards are recommended as a way to help small businesses and restaurants.

The Department of Education The Regional Enrichment Centers (RECs) provides childcare for healthcare workers and first responders who are critical to the COVID-19 Response effort.

If your child is an NYC resident and you would like to enroll in one of these centers, please complete the form here.

If you are on the staff at the Department of Education and would like to volunteer, please complete the survey here.

The New York City Nonprofits website has a lot of information to assist nonprofits. Click here for more. 

For information to assist those with disabilities, see the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities by clicking here

Blue Hill at Stone Barns and Blue Hill, NYC, have started a program allowing customers to purchase boxes of food, with proceeds going to employees and independent farms. Meals can be donated to health care workers. Click here for information and to place an order to be picked up or donated.

Famiglia's Pizza (at Madison and 97th street) is doing a pizza matching program: if you pay for a pizza for the hospital workers at Mt. Sinai, they will match your number of donated pizzas. (Order one pizza to donate to the hospital and they will deliver 2.)  Give them a call at 212-996-9797

FINANCIAL AND LOCAL BUSINESSES UPDATES
As part of the Federal CARES Act, Paycheck Protection Program loan applications open today (4/3) for small businesses who apply. There is $350 billion available to companies and non-profit organizations with fewer than 500 employees. NOTE: the Mayor describes this funding as first-come, first-serve!

The loans become grants if the funds are used for payroll. Effectively, this is a stimulus plan-- but banks are administering it, and so naturally there is an application process. Here's a sample Paycheck Protection Program application form that may be helpful in getting you started (PDF). And my staff has taken the flow chart created by the U.S. House Small Business Committee (Chaired by New York’s own Nydia Velázquez) and created this web page for clarity on how under-500 organizations can apply.

The U.S. Small Business Administration confirmed yesterday that business owners who have already applied for its Economic Injury Disaster Loans MUST REAPPLY using a revamped website: covid19relief.sba.gov/#/.The Carnegie Corporation and Bloomberg Philanthropies have created the NYC COVID-19 Response and Impact Fund which provides a pool of $75 million to help small and mid-size arts organizations with interest-free loans. Organizations must be NYC-based, have an annual operating budget of under $20 million, be a 501C3 in good legal standing, and have a track record for robust service to the people of New York. For more on donating to, or receiving help from, the consortium fund go to NYCommunityTrust.Org. 

The New York State Legislature has introduced legislation to require insurers to pay COVID-19 business interruption claims even if the policy contains a virus exclusion. For more information, click here.

Guidance for Human Services Nonprofit Organizations: Human services nonprofit organizations deliver vital services to our City's communities, including our most vulnerable populations during this COVID-19 crisis. Click here for guidance and answers to question about nonprofit operations, business continuity and programming during these critical days.

Tomorrow, April 4, is the deadline to apply for $10,000 grants to help small businesses fill urgent financial gaps, administered by the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) and funded by Verizon. (LISC is a non profit organization that's provided financing for thousands of affordable housing units and runs economic development programs in low and moderate income neighborhoods.) Applications must be submitted by Saturday, April 4, 2020, at midnight. Here's the link to the application:   https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LISCSBGrant You'll need your organization's tax ID to begin the application, and eligibility is based on accurate and complete submission (including uploading required documents).  Email [email protected] for questions or information.

Thryv’s Foundation Small Business COVID-19 Grant Program is offering grants to small businesses. Click here for more information. Grants are first-come, first served. Applications are due April 30.

The IRS will start sending the rebate checks included in the CARES Act on April 9

 

The State is launching an online portal that will help connect our hospitals and healthcare facilities with the nearly 80,000 healthcare workers who have volunteered to help. The portal will prioritize the deployment of NY-based workers to hospitals with the greatest need. Volunteers are expected to be deployed as early as this week.

The deadline to get a "Real ID" has been extended to October 1, 2021. For more information on whether the Real ID is right for you, visit the NY DMV webpage.

The Department of Information Technology has developed a portal as a new tool to help guide the City's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The portal is available in 11 languages and allows New Yorkers to self-report COVID-19 information and will help the City better communicate with affected people and identify areas that may need enhanced response. Inputs are confidential. People without internet access or who need help can call 311.

Older New Yorkers who are feeling isolated can connect with friendly volunteers to talk with over the phone through the Friendly Visiting Program by calling 212-AGING-NYC (212-244-6469). For other mental health resources, including for veterans and caregivers, visit this website.

All NYC playgrounds will be closed to enforce social distancing guidelines. Other open spaces remain available, but please practice social distancing. Law enforcement is continuing to enforce these guidelines and will impose fines to those who are not compliant.

NYS is extending the open enrollment period for New Yorkers without health insurance to May 15. Please get covered if you are not already. Enroll here.

Should you disinfect your groceries. Click here to read more.

For an article with information on the 90-day prohibition on evictions for failure to pay rent, click here.

Other ways in which payments or actions for non-payment are suspended:

  • Utilities:  Con Edison has temporarily suspended service shutoffs for customers having payment difficulties (those relating to safety concerns will still take place); National Grid has "suspended collections-related activities, including service disconnections," until the end of April.
  • Debt collection on medical and student loans:  The NYS Attorney General, Tish James, announced her office will suspend medical and student loan debt collection until at least April 16-- with a potential extension then.
  • Cable and internet for homes with school-age children:  Cable and internet providers like Verizon and Spectrum are providing free internet for, as well as, in Verizon's case, offering free access to learning tools and a few premium TV channels for 60 days.
  • NYCHA encourages households experiencing a partial loss of income to access their rent hardship program by completing an Interim Recertification via the NYCHA Self-Service Portal  (click https://selfserve.nycha.info/eservice_enu/start.swe?SWECmd=Start&SWEHo=selfserve.nycha.info#no-back-button0 or call their Property Management Office to request a paper form be mailed. If your household experiences a complete loss of income, you may qualify for NYCHA’s Zero Income Policy; call the property management office to set up the required eligibility interview.

This Friday, April 3, 2020, at 3 pm, Arts and Culture Committee of The Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce, the Harlem Arts Alliance, and the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance to convene a special teleconference for locally-based arts and culture organizations, independent artists, galleries, and venues to discuss managing the impact of Covid-19. The Friday teleconference will be held via ZOOM on Friday, April 3, 2020 at 3pm. Here is more detail on the call and call-in directions.

For those who access food themselves, the Get Food NYC Food Delivery Program may be able to help. Click here to find out if you are eligible. If you meet the substantial requirements, it will deliver food for 2 days at a time. The website also contains a link to help you find food pantries.

The Service Program for Older People, https://www.spop.org, offers comprehensive mental health care for older adults. During this time, SPOP staff are providing mental health treatment through telehealth.

If you need help finding a health care provider, call 311.

Borough President Gale Brewer urges grocery shoppers to avoid shopping over the next few days to enable those on SNAP and WIC to buy food, especially since their food supplies may have run out faster than usual with children at home. She also asks that shoppers avoid buying items tagged with WIC labels.

If you are interested in history and how this pandemic can be studied from a historian’s perspective, the recently named Borough Historian Rob Snyder will be offering a webinar on how historians can study, document and analyze the pandemic. " The Zoom meeting will be available by clicking here and the meeting ID is: 281 509 628 (use that for the participant ID as well).  Or you can dial in for audio only at (646) 876 9923 using those same IDs.

For pet owners, the ASPCA has established a pet food distribution center in New York City in partnership with the Petco Foundation, Blue Buffalo, and PetSmart Charities to provide dog and cat owners free access to crucial food and supplies, including kitty litter.  To keep in line with social distancing guidelines, food and supplies will be available by appointment only. Pet owners should call the ASPCA Pet Food Distribution Helpline at (800)738-9437 to request an appointment. This includes dog and cat supplies only, and distribution is subject to eligibility and availability. Open to residents of New York City; no same-day appointments; one-hour window for pick-up, don't come early and call if you're running late; bring a photo ID and be prepared to carry supplies!  (DON'T bring pets!)

New York City’s list of resources for those affected by COVID-19 may be found by clicking here.

The Low Income Energy Assistance Program may help with utility costs for New Yorkers who are income eligible. For more information, click here.

The NY Public Library has created a resource for How to Talk to Kids About COVID-19. Find resources and information on talking about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) with your children and teens from our partners and outside organizations. There are resources for each age group, along with multilingual resources. All grade levels. Click here to learn more.

Have questions about how COVID-19 affects housing? The State's Homes and Community Renewal Agency has set up a Frequently Asked Questions page with information about housing issues for tenants, landlords and homeowners.

The New York Academy (PDF) and Center for Urban Future have compiled ideas and resources on supporting older adults through the coronavirus.

MORE WAYS YOU CAN HELP
New York City Service is looking for volunteers to help those affected by COVID-19. Click here.

New York State has provided a form for the donation of goods, services, or space. To access the form, click here.

New York State is establishing a volunteer SWAT Team of companies and individuals who will be deployed across high-impact and urgent coronavirus response activities to help develop and build technology solutions that will accelerate and amplify our response to COVID-19. We are looking for impactful solutions and skilled tech employees to help. If you are interested in joining the SWAT Team, click here.

Gift cards are recommended as a way to help small businesses and restaurants.

The Department of Education The Regional Enrichment Centers (RECs) provides childcare for healthcare workers and first responders who are critical to the COVID-19 Response effort.

If your child is an NYC resident and you would like to enroll in one of these centers, please complete the form here.

If you are on the staff at the Department of Education and would like to volunteer, please complete the survey here.

The New York City Nonprofits website has a lot of information to assist nonprofits. Click here for more. 

For information to assist those with disabilities, see the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities by clicking here

Blue Hill at Stone Barns and Blue Hill, NYC, have started a program allowing customers to purchase boxes of food, with proceeds going to employees and independent farms. Meals can be donated to health care workers. Click here for information and to place an order to be picked up or donated.

Famiglia's Pizza (at Madison and 97th street) is doing a pizza matching program: if you pay for a pizza for the hospital workers at Mt. Sinai, they will match your number of donated pizzas. (Order one pizza to donate to the hospital and they will deliver 2.)  Give them a call at 212-996-9797

FINANCIAL AND LOCAL BUSINESSES UPDATES
The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service launched the Employee Retention Credit, designed to encourage businesses to keep employees on their payroll. The refundable tax credit is 50% of up to $10,000 in wages paid by an eligible employer whose business has been financially impacted by COVID-19.

The credit is available to all employers regardless of size, including tax-exempt organizations. The only exceptions are small businesses who take small business loans.  For IRS information, eligibility requirements and explanation, click here.

Verizon Small Business Recovery Fund​

LISC (Local Initiatives Support Corporation) will use Verizon funding to provide grants of up to $10,000 to businesses facing immediate financial pressure because of COVID-19—especially entrepreneurs of color, women-owned businesses and other enterprises in historically underserved communities who don’t have access to flexible, affordable capital. Click here to learn more.

Additionally, Verizon recently launched #PayItForwardLIVEa weekly livestream from big names to pay it forward for small businesses. Viewers can tune in every Tuesday and Thursday at 8PM ET/ 5PM PT on @Verizon’s Twitter, Yahoo, Twitch, and Fios Channel 501. As people support their favorite small businesses with #PayItForwardLIVE, Verizon will commit an additional $10 per use of the hashtag, up to $2.5 million, for a total of up to $5 million in support.

Suggestions on What Retailers Should Post Now on Social Media

This very helpful piece by the editor of JCK (the jewelry industry publication) offers guidance on the tone and content of fashion and jewelry social media postings in this challenging time. Please click here to read the article.

The Open for Business Hub lists free or low cost technology assistance for small businesses. For information, click https://openforbusiness.org

To read the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s coronavirus small business guide, click here

A Gift Card Primer from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Gift cards are being touted as an excellent way for retailers and restaurants to generate revenue now by giving clients a way to support these businesses while they are temporarily closed Please click here for a helpful primer on gift cards prepared by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Restaurants and workers may find resources compiled by the Restaurant Workers Community Foundation to help them during this time by clicking here

Resources for freelance artists may be found by clicking here

The Actors Fund, in partnership with industry organization, is  providing assistance for performing artists in many entertainment areas. For information on the financial assistance, including eligibility, click here. For the Actors Fund resource list, click here.

Undocumented food service workers may be eligible for small grants. For more information, click here. 

A law firm, Paul, Weiss, has set up a portal of resources, including federal state and city resources, the Coronavirus Relief Center. Click here to get to the portal.

For information and eligibility requirements for the Small Business Continuity Loan Program, click here. 

For a list of small business relief programs compiled by Forbes, click here.

For information about resources available for not-for-profits, click here. 

The National Council of Nonprofits has also compiled information and resources. Click here to view.

The NYC COVID-19 Response & Impact Fund was created to aid nonprofit service providers struggling with the health and economic effects of the coronavirus. It will give grants and loans to NYC-based nonprofits that are trying to meet the new and urgent needs that are hitting the city. Priority will be given to nonprofits addressing essential healthcare and food insecurity as well as arts and culture. For information, click here.

The Robin Hood Relief Fund will provide grants for emergency support to not-for-profits serving those affected by this crisis. For more information, click here.

The New York Times published FAQs on the federal Stimulus legislation. To read the article, click here.

The Governor announced the launch of a new PSA that provides information on how to apply for unemployment benefits. You can watch the English-language PSA here and one with Spanish subtitles here.

From City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, a chart to help explain Unemployment Insurance

 

New York State prepared information on unemployment insurance as a result of COVID-19, click here for more information.

If your employer does not provide benefits required by New York State for employees impacted by COVID-19, you may file a complaint. For more information, click here.

There’s Pandemic Insurance from New York State for those not eligible for unemployment insurance, such as independent contractors and self-employed, and others. Click here for more information.

The NYC Office of Nightlife has extended the deadline for its COVID-19 Impact Survey for nightlife businesses, workers and freelancers. If you work in NYC nightlife, please complete the survey by Friday April 3rd so that the Office of Nightlife can best represent you and your needs. Available in 10 languages. Survey link:  bit.ly/nycnightlifecovidsurvey

The NYS Department of Labor released a new PSA to help New Yorkers file unemployment claims. It urges applicants to file on a weekday that’s tied to your name. Click here to watch the video.

An updated DOL FAQ is available by clicking here.

Business interruption FAQ is available by clicking here.

Since, tomorrow marks the beginning of applications for that Paycheck Protection Program, at 12 noon the Jewish Federations of North America is sponsoring a Zoom conference on the process of applying for those new PPP loans which are available to nonprofit organizations in the CARES Act. There is $350 billion available to companies and non-profit organizations with fewer than 500 employees; the Mayor describes this funding as first-come, first-serve!  Register here for the 12 noon call and they will send a meeting/participant ID: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_etPgsvyWRBG2ce9zjL_MWw.

Here's a sample paycheck protection program application form that may be helpful (PDF)

The U.S. Small Business Administration confirmed yesterday that business owners who have already applied for its Economic Injury Disaster Loans MUST REAPPLY using a revamped website: covid19relief.sba.gov/#/.The City of New York is seeking businesses with the ability to quickly source and/or make medical supplies and other products needed to support the City’s coronavirus response. If you are a supplier or distributor with access to a stock of ready-made supplies to sell, please complete this form: http://www.nyc.gov/covidsuppliers

If you are a manufacturer and able to create new products from scratch, please complete this form: https://nycedc.formstack.com/forms/covid19_support

 

MARCH 31ST RESOURCES AND UPDATES:
Gov. Cuomo has delayed the New York Presidential Primary to June 23, to combine the Presidential delegate vote with Congressional, State Senate and State Assembly primaries. Check out Whosontheballot.org to find all kinds of information about upcoming debates, registration deadlines and absentee ballot request deadlines. You can even find out if you are eligible to vote.

Andrew Saul, Commissioner of Social Security, reminds the public that Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefit payments will continue to be paid on time during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The agency also reminds everyone to be aware of scammers who try to take advantage of the pandemic to trick people into providing personal information or payment via retail gift cards, wire transfers, internet currency, or by mailing cash, to maintain Social Security benefit payments or receive economic impact payments from the Department of the Treasury.

Tomorrow is April 1st, and many people and businesses have rent due. The NY Times published "What if I Can’t Pay My Rent Now?" and many may find it helpful. Bottom line? You can't be evicted for nonpayment of rent during the next 90 days.

NYC Health and Hospitals/Gotham Health is opening COVID-19 Assessment and Testing Centers outside two of their hospitals in Manhattan: One opened this past Friday at Gotham Health/Sydenham and Wednesday, April 1 will see one open at Gotham Health/Gouverneur.  Physicians will assess the patients after they are evaluated for symptoms, co-morbidities and other risk factors such as age. Patients with mild or no-symptoms will be assessed but generally not tested; patients determined to be high risk and having a likelihood for imminent hospitalization will be tested. Those who require hospitalization will be immediately transferred to their  nearest facility,

  • Sydenham, 264 W.118th St., M – F  9 – 5 pm 
  • Gouverneur, 227 Madison St., M – F  9 – 5 pm (opens Wednesday 1st April, 2020)  

Immigrants may receive COVID-19 health care WITHOUT having to answer questions about their immigration status or lack of insurance coverage-- and such care will NOT be used in a “public charge” test (even if those services are funded by Medicaid).  

If you feel sick, use telehealth services or call ahead first wherever you get your health care; telehealth services keep everyone safer. Gov. Cuomo is requiring insurance companies to waive co-pays for telehealth visits.

NewYork-Presbyterian has published several stories (below) about how to protect your health and wellbeing during the coronavirus outbreak.  They also are translated into Spanish and Chinese. You can find them and more at www.healthmatters.nyp.org.

  • For information on depression, click here. 
  • For information on the complications vaping can cause to those with COVID-19, click here.
  • For information on how to cope with and actually enjoy staying at home, click here.
  • For an explanation of why social distancing works to stop the spread of coronavirus, click here.
  • Call the NYS COVID-19 hotline at 1-888-364-3065 for information and answers on COVID-19. Assistance is available in over 100 languages. 

The NYC COVID Worker Care Network is up and running! They're a self-organizing network of more than 2000 volunteer mental health workers, spiritual care providers, circle-keepers, and community-builders supporting frontline COVID workers during this evolving crisis. They facilitate individual support encounters, support groups, stress-reduction training, and grief rituals via Zoom or telephone encounters. Any person working to support the fight against COVID-19 in New York is eligible; sign up at the link above or follow @NYCCOVIDCare on Facebook for updates or send an email to [email protected] with any questions.The Hunter College Food Policy Center has created a series of Coronavirus NYC Neighborhood Food Resource Guides. Each of the 59 editions includes listings of food pantries, soup kitchens, farmers' markets, grocery stores, meal distribution sites for children and seniors, and resources for immigrants and undocumented individuals.

Drivers license and auto registration and inspection expirations are suspended retroactively since March 1st, and for as long as the Governor's Executive Order for Coronavirus is in effect.

Alternate side of the street parking rules have been suspended for TWO weeks, until April 14. And the ULURP suspension has been extended for another five days. The Department of City Planning will let us know what the new deadlines will be when the ULURP clock resumes eventually.

The Governor announced a statewide public-private hospital plan to fight COVID-19. Hospitals across the state have agreed to implement a new balanced approach to fighting the virus where hospitals that are reaching or exceeding capacity can transfer patients to other hospitals that are not as full. Also under this plan, the hospital systems have agreed to share supplies, staff, and other resources as needed.

The field hospital tents in Central Park are opening today to start treating COVID-19 overflow patients. This increases hospital capacity by 68 beds and 10 ICU beds.

Mayor de Blasio says FEMA will be sending 250 ambulances to the city.

The publication THE CITY produced this article on how the City is working to stop the spread of COVID-19 among the homeless living on the streets.

The Governor issued an executive order to allow schools to host day care free of charge.

Put an End to Bias Incidents and Hate Stemming from #COVID19 Stigma: Call 311 to report any COVID-19 related discrimination to the New York City Commission on Human Rights. Call 911 if you are a victim of or witness a hate crime. Click here for more information.

For Survivors of Domestic and Gender-based Violence: New York City's Family Justice Centers are still available by phone to provide vital services for survivors of domestic and gender-based violence. NYC's 24 hour Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-621-4673. Click here for more information.

An update from Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, a resource of great value for vulnerable members of our community. The Women’s Mental Health Shelter at the Park Avenue Armory is one of our highest priority programs.  The shelter is temporary home to 80 homeless women age 45-80 living with mental illness. Almost all of these women have multiple underlying health challenges, including substance issues, hypertension, diabetes and asthma ‒ three of the clients are on oxygen.  This is an extremely challenging situation for all. We have brought in additional nursing to support clients, as well as additional cleaning staff. We are triaging constantly and looking to save this group of women. The situation is evolving rapidly and, unfortunately, the clouds are very dark.

We continue to make and deliver food to our Women’s Shelter and Casa Mutua, our supportive housing residence for 54 formerly homeless adults, and to provide “grab and go” meals to 100 older adults each day.  We’re also about to serve as a staging location for hundreds of meals to be delivered to the homes of members of our two senior centers. Electricians have just wired the back area near our auditorium as we moved two large refrigerators to this spot to use as a safe daily drop-off and pick-up point.

Our Geriatric Care Managers are calling to check in with our 1,200 homebound older clients.  Each day, staff are assessing needs and coming up with creative solutions to provide assistance.  We are using emergency funding to purchase grocery store gift cards, necessary medications from local pharmacies and needed medical devices (we just bought a hospital bed for a bedbound client).  We are the organization that turns on Meals on Wheels for all homebound clients ‒ and intake is ramping up by the day. These clients are often alone and now afraid; this work is vital and challenging. Even our Friendly Visiting Program is in action ‒ weekly in-person visits have switched to virtual ones.  Volunteers are now ‘visiting’ socially-isolated seniors one to three times each week over the phone or with FaceTime or Skype.

Teachers and Social Workers in our Early Childhood Center are in regular contact with the 138 children and families we serve, and we are sending online curriculum and additional supports to help these children continue to learn and stay engaged while at home, while also supporting families with information about staying safe and where to pick up food at local schools.  Our teachers are preparing videos and Read Alouds so that the children can continue to learn during this frightening time and are working with families of older children to help them prepare for the transition to kindergarten.

Our Legal Advocacy Department is working remotely to meet a huge surge in demand for assistance accessing healthcare and benefits and requests for emergency assistance, and our staff are working daily with hundreds of individuals and families in crisis.  Since we already had thousands of cases, we are working to handle these now that courts have closed and government benefits are needed.

Our Visual and Performing Arts team is working to mitigate the impact of social isolation for the thousands of members of our two senior center members by rolling out virtual programming, from Knitting Community to Acting Classes, Musical Theater Choreography, Ballet Barre and Drawing Techniques.

We’ve set up our gym and conference rooms as an emergency sleeping area for 50 ‒ we’re ready with cots, emergency supplies and more for both clients and staff as this worsens.

MORE WAYS YOU CAN HELP
New Yorkers who are recovered from COVID-19, Mount Sinai Health System is initiating a procedure known as plasmapheresis, a process in which the antibodies from patients who have recovered from COVID-19 will be transferred into critically ill patients with the disease, with the expectation that the antibodies will neutralize it. If you have recovered from COVID-19, please click here.

If you have ventilators or personal protective equipment to donate, please contact nyc.gov/helpnow.

Stanley Isaacs Center is looking for volunteers to help serve residents with Meals on Wheels. Those interested should email [email protected]

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office is looking to buy gear for hospitals and is happy to accept donated equipment. Jonah Bruno, a spokesperson of the state Department of Health, said the state is taking donations of “all sizes” — from corporate sources as well as individuals. Cuomo’s office provided the following contact information to connect donors to those who need equipment: Call 646-522-8477 or email [email protected].

More information for those offering donations is also available through the governor’s COVID-19 donation website.

NYC Health and Hospitals, which oversees all of the city’s public hospitals, is not accepting physical donations of personal protective equipment outside of federal agencies in order to ensure they meet medical grade standards, according to a spokesperson.

The public hospitals system is asking for monetary donations through its Network for Good site to help those fighting COVID-19. Funds will be used to help cover meals, groceries, hotel rooms, laundry service and scrubs for medical staff. To donate, click here.

NewYork-Presbyterian is accepting donations of masks and other personal protective equipment. They should be sent to the attention of David Chong, MD, Milstein Hospital Building, 177 Fort Washington Ave., 6th floor, Center 12, New York, N.Y., 10032. Dr. Chong is the medical director for all Critical Care Services NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center.

To donate to Bellevue Hospital, please send all inquiries about donations to [email protected] Include a detailed description of donation offers.

The group PPE2NYC, founded and run by medical students in New York, is connecting donors with protective equipment directly to young people working in hospitals. They have six drop-off sites in Manhattan and offer pick-up service. You can set up a donation through the PPE2NYC Instagram page or on their website.

FINANCIAL AND LOCAL BUSINESSES UPDATES
Congresswoman Maloney’s office is here to help you navigate the new resources that are available from the federal government related to the CARES Act. They have created this FAQ sheet for small businesses and nonprofits to help them navigate some of 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 her office at 212-860-0606.

Some credit card issuers are offering a break, offering opportunities to request deferred payments or rescinding late fees. To see information for your bank(s), Credit Karma offers a useful roundup of the measures taken by the largest firms.

The amounts of federal appropriations for New York City provided for in the new federal legislation.
CARES ACT/Coronavirus 3: $10.2 Billion

  • State Relief Fund: $5.1B
  • MTA: $3.8B
  • Education Stabilization Fund: $1.16B
  • Child Care Community Grants: $162.4M

Coronavirus 2 Families First Legislation: $5.2 billion

  • FMAP: $5.2B ($6.7B in aid shared with NYC/counties that pay a share of Medicaid)

FEMA Disaster Declaration: $426 million

  • New York State has obligated $426 million from the Disaster Relief Fund for COVID19. Congress just appropriated $45 billion in new dollars for the DRF which will ensure that New York State gets billions in FEMA reimbursement for COVID-19.

The New York State Tax Department has prepared a response to the Coronavirus, click here to view.More information is now available about various business funding programs created through the CARES Act, including a $10,000 grant (you do not have to pay it back) available via the ECONOMIC INJURY DISASTER LOAN (EIDL) GRANT program.

These grants provide an emergency advance of up to $10,000 to small businesses and private non-profits harmed by COVID-19 within three days of applying for an SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL). To access the advance, you first apply for an EIDL and then request the advance. The advance does not need to be repaid under any circumstance, and may be used to keep employees on payroll, to pay for sick leave, meet increased production costs due to supply chain disruptions, or pay business obligations, including debts, rent and mortgage payments.

Funding Opportunities

Trinity Church has created a rapid response fund to provide one-time grants of up to $25,000 for their current grantees who are working with communities that are disproportionately impacted by the pandemic.  

Asian American Impact Fund is announcing grants from $1000-2000 for nonprofits providing assistance to the API community in rapid response to COVID-19.

Center for Disaster Philanthropy has created a response fund dedicated to nonprofits in regions with a large number of people affected by COVID-19 who work with vulnerable populations, such as seniors, people with disabilities, immigrants and hourly workers.

No Kid Hungry: Community-based organizations and school districts can submit inquiries for emergency grants to support local nutrition programs. The New York Foundation for the Arts has compiled a list of organizations offering emergency grants to artists impacted by COVID-19. To read the list, click here.

 

MARCH 29TH RESOURCES AND UPDATES:

Yesterday, Governor Cuomo extended the "New York on PAUSE" policy until April 15th. That means non-essential businesses and schools will continue to stay closed. Gatherings of any size for any reason remain canceled and all New Yorkers continue to be directed to practice social distancing — by staying home and keeping six feet of space from others when in public. Stay Informed: Get nightly updates from New York State with the latest news on our response to the pandemic by signing up here.

Updates on Senior Meals: During the last week, for the health and well-being of older adults and senior center staff, DFTA has been phasing out “grab and go” meals and ramping up a centralized program of meals delivered directly to the homes of clients of congregate sites. The direct delivered meal system that began last week as a pilot will expand to serve all clients in all five boroughs starting today, Monday March 30, 2020.

DFTA's congregate meals clients will receive direct delivery, which includes a five-meal package delivered to each older adult every week. DFTA has contracted with several vendors to deliver to these senior center participants directly. Because of this, Grab-and-Go meals will no longer be offered starting tomorrow. 

  • The most direct path to access direct delivery meals is through the senior center. Older adults can do this by connecting with their local senior center. They can also call DFTA's Aging Connect at 212-AGING-NYC (212-244-6469) or call 311. 
  • Senior centers that have capacity to deliver existing frozen or shelf-stable food directly to the homes of their members are free to do so. However, senior centers will cease this service upon depletion of current stock and revert completely to the centralized meal delivery service.
  • Homebound older adults already receiving home-delivered meals through DFTA’s case management agencies will continue as usual. Those interested in signing up should call to see if they are eligible for home-delivered services by calling DFTA's Aging Connect at 212-AGING-NYC (212-244-6469) or calling 311.
  • InIn addition to helping ensure DFTA clients receive a daily meal, senior center providers are also making thousands of social engagement calls daily to ensure senior center members are not socially isolated during this crisis. Moreover, DFTA’s in-home services (including friendly visiting, case management, geriatric mental health, and others) have transitioned to a telephonic or virtual approach in an effort to combat social isolation.
  • The City continues to work on addressing larger food insecurity through a broader initiative, and we will keep you posted on upcoming efforts. 
  • For information about additional programs and resources, please visit https://www1.nyc.gov/site/em/index.page

Carter Burden Luncheon Club will be offering lunch from 12pm–2pm. If you have any questions, please call the main office at 212-879-7400.

Lenox Hill Neighborhood House has closed but is still delivering meals and helping clients via telephone. Anyone with questions can call them at 212-744-5020.

SEARCH AND CARE would like to assure you that they are fully operational. Their Social Workers and Care Managers are working at full capacity to help our older neighbors during this public health crisis, read more here.

All NYC schoolchildren under 18 are entitled to three meals, served weekdays, from 7:30-1:30 p.m. For sites where the meals may be picked up, click here. 

Free Zoom Video/Tele-Conference for Public Schools. Zoom will remove the 40-minute limit for free basic accounts for schools that request it. For more information, click here.

The New York Times and the Atlantic, along with other publications around the country, are offering their articles relating to COVID-19 free to non-subscribers. 

Pharmacies will now offer free home delivery to New Yorkers.

The Hospital for Special Surgery is suspending non-essential surgeries and procedures to open 200 hospital beds for New York Presbyterian pattens.It will also provide supplies and staff.

Mount Sinai Hospital and the relief organization Samaritan's Purse, with support from the City, will construct a 68-bed field hospital in Central Park’s East Meadow. The site will begin accepting patients on Tuesday, March 31st. This will not be a standalone walk-in facility – Mt. Sinai will manage admissions and transfers.   

NYC Health + Hospitals/ Roosevelt Island Medical Center on NYC Health+ Hospital/Coler Campus began accepting patients last week. The facility can hold a total of 350 non-COVID patients.

The State's Wadsworth Lab has developed a less intrusive COVID-19 test that will begin within a week. The new test is done through a saliva sample and a self-administered short nasal swab in the presence of a healthcare professional. The test will help conserve personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers, reduce potential exposure of the virus and allow the state to continue to test as many individuals as possible.

The Mayor's Office of Contract Services (MOCS) communicated that not-for-profit human services providers and staff will continue to be paid as long as they are working with their contracting agencies on a plan to continue, modify, or suspend services even if they are performing services beyond the scope of the original agreement. Any nonprofit provider needing help with any contract issues may email [email protected] for assistance.

GrowNYC's 50 open-air Greenmarkets are open for business and observing social distancing and other best practices during the outbreak. The Greenmarkets are crucial to the 250 regional farmers and producers who sell through them; 85% of these farms report that they wouldn't be in business if not for the ability to sell directly to New York City shoppers. Visit this link for locations and hours of operation.

Tomorrow, the Hunter College Food Policy Center is conducting a ZOOM panel on Hunger, Food and the Coronavirus in NYC tomorrow morning, Tuesday, March 31, from 9:30 to 10:30 am. Panelists include Joel Berg, CEO, Hunger Free America; Grace Bonilla, Commissioner, Human Resources Administration (tentative); Michael Hurwitz, Director, Greenmarket, GrowNYC; Kate MacKenzie, Director, Mayor's Office of Food Policy (tentative); Bryan Moran, Director, DevOps, City Harvest;  Karen Washington, Owner, Rise and Root Farmer

It will be moderated by Charles Platkin and Alexina Cather. This is a free event but you must register by clicking here.

MORE WAYS YOU CAN HELP
Stanley Isaacs Center is looking for volunteers to help serve residents with Meals on Wheels. Those interested should email [email protected]

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office is looking to buy gear for hospitals and is happy to accept donated equipment. Jonah Bruno, a spokesperson of the state Department of Health, said the state is taking donations of “all sizes” — from corporate sources as well as individuals. Cuomo’s office provided the following contact information to connect donors to those who need equipment: Call 646-522-8477 or email [email protected].

More information for those offering donations is also available through the governor’s COVID-19 donation website.

NYC Health and Hospitals, which oversees all of the city’s public hospitals, is not accepting physical donations of personal protective equipment outside of federal agencies in order to ensure they meet medical grade standards, according to a spokesperson.

The public hospitals system is asking for monetary donations through its Network for Good site to help those fighting COVID-19. Funds will be used to help cover meals, groceries, hotel rooms, laundry service and scrubs for medical staff. To donate, click here.

NewYork-Presbyterian is accepting donations of masks and other personal protective equipment. They should be sent to the attention of David Chong, MD, Milstein Hospital Building, 177 Fort Washington Ave., 6th floor, Center 12, New York, N.Y., 10032. Dr. Chong is the medical director for all Critical Care Services NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center.

To donate to Bellevue Hospital, please send all inquiries about donations to [email protected] Include a detailed description of donation offers.

The group PPE2NYC, founded and run by medical students in New York, is connecting donors with protective equipment directly to young people working in hospitals. They have six drop-off sites in Manhattan and offer pick-up service. You can set up a donation through the PPE2NYC Instagram page or on their website.

 

UPDATES FOR LOCAL BUSINESSES
The $2 trillion stimulus bill was signed into law on March 27. For more information, we encourage you to download and carefully review the The Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act, put together by the U.S. Senate's Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship..

Women Entrepreneurs of NYC (WE-NYC) is holding an online chat about obtaining financial assistance on Thursday, April 2, at 11 am. Experts from the NYC Dept. of Small Business Services and Ramona Cedeno, CEO of FiBrick Financial Services, will share information on emergency financial assistance. To register, click here.

The Small Business Administration has put together information on the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. To read it, click here.

The National Law Review published an article on the Paycheck Protection Program, read it here.

For State Liquor Authority information about the delivery of alcoholic beverages, click here.

The New York Foundation for the Arts has compiled a list of organizations offering emergency grants to artists impacted by COVID-19. To read the list, click here.

 

MARCH 29TH RESOURCES AND UPDATES:

All in-person HRA appointments have been canceled, and no negative actions will be taken on a client's case. For the safety of clients and staff, they are asking all New Yorkers who need services to do as much as they can through ACCESS HRA and by calling 311. You can download the ACCESS HRA mobile app or visit nyc.gov/accesshra or go to nyc.gov/hra and click on the ‘Locations’ tab for more information on the consolidated HRA office locations.

The first 1,000-bed temporary hospital is now complete at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center and will open this Monday, March 30. CB8 thanks FEMA, the Army Corps of Engineers, the National Guard, and the Javits Center staff.

The 1000-bed hospital ship the USNS Comfort is expected to arrive March 30. It will be used to treat non-Coronoa virus cases, freeing up hospitals to treat those infected with the virus..

All non-essential construction must shut down.
Emergency construction, including projects necessary to protect health and safety of occupants or to continue a project if it would be unsafe to allow it to remain undone. MBP Gale Brewer joined with other public officials in advocating for this change. You can read their letter to Governor Cuomo here.

The CDC issued a domestic travel advisory for NY, NJ, and CT:

“Due to extensive community transmission of COVID -19 in the area, CDC urges residents of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut to refrain from non-essential domestic travel for 14 days effective immediately.  This Domestic Travel Advisory does not apply to employees of critical infrastructure industries, including but not limited to trucking, public health professionals, financial services, and food supply. These employees of critical infrastructure, as defined by the Department of Homeland Security, have a special responsibility to maintain normal work schedules. The Governors of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut will have full discretion to implement this Domestic Travel Advisory.”

NYC DOE Childcare services now available to grocery, pharmacy and food workers!

Beginning March 27th 2020, the NYC Department of Education (DOE) Regional Enrichment Centers(RECs) will now also serve grocery, food and pharmacy workers.
For our community members who are serving in these vital roles and have no other means of childcare, the DOE is setting up Regional Enrichment Centers (RECs). RECs are open and operate from 7:30am to 6:00pm (Monday-Friday), and will ensure that students have access to remote learning as well as various art, music, and other activities.

If your child is a New York City resident and you would like to enroll in one of these centers, please complete this REC Enrollment Form. Please complete this form for each child you are seeking to enroll. You will then receive an email confirming your child’s center assignment.

The nonprofit expensify.org will reimburse SNAP participants $50 after they use their EBT card for approved purchases and submit a receipt. They are allocating these funds to help families in need purchase essential groceries during the COVID-19 outbreak. There's no "catch" and the money is directly deposited into the participant's bank account. Visit Expensify.org/hunger for more information.

The Right to Counsel NYC Coalition has created a FAQ that hopefully answers questions about the Eviction Moratorium. You can also find this online here.

Food Bank for NYC has created a website for information on their COVID-19 operations and how the public can help here.

Union Settlement's Meals on Wheels program still delivering 475 meals across our community. If you'd like to volunteer to deliver meals, please fill out the form here.

Verizon is matching Spectrum and other cable providers' offer for free internet for households with school-age children. They are also providing  other learning tools and some premium TV channels offered to customers at no additional cost. To read the release, clicking here.

Con Ed has halted all meter reading and installation of smart meters; stopped shutoffs of electric, natural gas or steam service due to non-payment resulting from the health crisis; waived new late-payment charges; and suspended the fee charged to a customer who is unable to grant access to their property. They WILL continue to shut off service when there is a safety issue. Residential customers can choose one of the alternate ways to pay their bill, including online at My Account, by mail with a check or money order, or by phone at 1-888-925-5016.

Aging Connect is the New York City's direct link to aging services. Call 212-AGING-NYC to speak with an Aging Specialist and learn about services and support available to older adults and their caregivers, as well as volunteer opportunities.

The TLC has established the NYC Food Delivery Driver Portal. This allows the City to pay hired-car drivers to deliver food to homebound New Yorkers. Requirements apply.

NYS COVID-19 Sick Leave Application

Dept of Labor Complaint Process Related to COVID-19, click here.

Reminder that retaliation and discrimination are illegal. Created by the NYC Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP), this publication includes a summary of City labor laws for employers and employees as you deal with the impact of COVID-19 on your workplace.

Recreation and Outdoor Space

Park Avenue between 28th and 34th Street is closed to vehicles between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m., March 27-30.

The NYC Parks tennis season for 2020 is delayed until further notice.

For all updates on park service changes and closures, go to: https://www.nycgovparks.org/about/health-and-safety-guide/coronavirus.

The FDNY begs us: Only call 911 in a TRUE emergency when you need help right away!

NYS has created an Emotional Support Hotline--844-863-9314

New Yorkers without health insurance can apply for a health plan. If you recently lost employer coverage, you must apply within 60 days of losing that coverage. Because of loss of income, New Yorkers may also be eligible for Medicaid, the Essential Plan or Child Health Plus. Read more, here.

ThriveNYC's new guide to mental health services New Yorkers can access while staying home (online or by phone) is now posted. 

For tips on running errands, click here.

How to Clean Your Home from the Virusread more here.

Because we all need hope and warmth, the New York Times is looking for videos showing acts of kindness. For more information https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/27/us/share-your-video-kindness-coronavirus-outbreak.html

MORE WAYS YOU CAN HELP
EDC launched a new website this weekend for local NYC businesses that want to support the COVID-19 emergency response effort. If you can help, fill out the form here.
Interested in volunteering? Isaacs Center needs volunteers in the kitchen and to help with meal delivery. Contact them at [email protected]THE NEW YORK ACADEMY OF MEDICINE has created a “What can I do?” page, click here.Our healthcare professionals are on the front lines of this crisis and we thank them for all that they do. In the event that the novel coronavirus crisis worsens, the State needs the help of qualified retired health professionals and related professionals to supplement our hospital capacity on a temporary basis to treat seriously ill coronavirus patients including those that may need to be intubated. The NYS Dept. of Health will recertify individuals for the purpose. You can apply here.New York State has offered to pay a premium for protective medical equipment like gloves, gowns, and masks. If you are a business that does not currently manufacture these types of products, but have the capacity, New York State wants to hear from you. Interested businesses can send an email to [email protected] COVID-19 has caused a public health emergency in New York City. You can view resources available to support those affected by this emergency in all five boroughs here.
Governor Cuomo is calling on health care professionals, schools of public health or medicine and personal protective equipment product providers and manufacturers to come forward to support the state’s response. Find out how you can help here.Other volunteer opportunitiesPositive ConnectionsOn Friday, March 27, at 7 p.m., New Yorkers applauded for two minutes to thank essential workers.

CB8 would again like to extend our deepest gratitude to health care workers and the essential businesses and workers who save lives and provide what we need to get through these days with hope and resilience.

New Yorkers have a reputation for strength in times of crisis and that resilience has been on display in the last few weeks. The Office of Assembly Member Seawright would like to hear your stories of goodwill and positivity in confronting the challenges of COVID-19. Please email your stories to [email protected]  They may be featured in her newsletter.

 

MARCH 25TH RESOURCES AND UPDATES:
The City has created the GetFoodNYC food delivery program to provide food for coronavirus (COVID-19)-vulnerable and food-insecure New Yorkers not currently served through existing food delivery programs. Sign up here or call 311.

The Dept. of Environmental Protection advises: don't flush those disposable disinfectant wipes down your toilet!   "Trash it, don't flush it!"

Citibike is offering a 30-day free promotion to first responders and medical frontline workers.


The Mayor is suspending Alternate Side Parking for another week, through Tuesday, March 31.

Jobs at BRC
BRC, which has provided Homeless Outreach Services to the East Midtown Partnership since 2002, is continuing their heavy district presence during the pandemic. This is especially important at a time when the vulnerable homeless population can no longer access indoor areas during cold weather.

And now, at a time when so many are out of work, they're hiring. They need cooks, drivers, porters, maintenance workers, as well as LPNs, CNAs, MSWs & more. Click here for more information, and share this with your network, which probably includes people looking for work.

The East Sixties Neighborhood Association has compiled this list of restaurants in their neighborhood that are still operating for takeout and delivery.

Carnegie Hill Neighbors has also compiled this list  of restaurants in their neighborhood that are still operating for takeout and delivery.

UPDATES FOR LOCAL BUSINESSES
NEW: Updates for Local Businesses

NYC Employee Retention Grant Program
To help small businesses deal with the impact of COVID-19, the City has launched the Employee Retention Grant Program to help retain employees as businesses face decreased revenue. This program is available to New York City businesses with one to four employees that can demonstrate at least a 25% decrease in revenue as a result of COVID-19. Eligible businesses will receive a grant covering up to 40% of their payroll for two months. Businesses can access up to $27,000.

Who Can Apply?
Businesses, including non-profits, must:

  • Be located within the five boroughs of New York City
  • Demonstrate that the COVID-19 outbreak caused at least a 25% decrease in revenue
  • Employ 1-4 employees in total across all locations
  • Have been in operation for at least 6 months
  • Have no outstanding tax liens or legal judgements

To learn more and apply, click here.

U.S Small Business Administration (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loans

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loans offer up to $2 million to help small businesses and private non-profit organizations overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing as a result of the Coronavirus. The loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact. The interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses without credit available elsewhere, and 2.75% for non-profits, with a maximum term of 30 years, depending on the ability to repay. Click here for more info.

Check out the NYSBDC application guide for an excellent step-by-step explanation of applying through the SBA’s disaster loan portal. To apply you will need to complete and upload the below forms:

Additionally, you should be prepared to provide:

  • Personal Federal income tax returns for each principal owning 20% or more of the applicant business
  • 2019 Business Tax Return (Filed) OR Your 2019 year-end Profit and Loss Statement and Balance Sheet & Most Recent (Filed) Business Tax Return
  • 2020 Year to Date Profit and Loss Statement.

You can also refer to the SBA process summary or contact the SBA directly at [email protected] or (800)-659‐2955.

New York State Sales Tax
The Governor announced: The authority of the Commissioner of Taxation and Finance to abate late filing and payment penalties pursuant to section 1145 of the Tax Law is hereby expanded to also authorize abatement of interest, for a period of 60 days for a taxpayers who are required to file returns and remit sales and use taxes by March 20, 2020, for the sales tax quarterly period that ended February 29, 2020.
NYC Business Tax Filing Extensions and the COVID-19 Outbreak

The New York City Department of Finance (DOF) recognizes that taxpayers and return preparers affected by the COVID-19 outbreak may be unable to meet certain New York City filing and payment deadlines. Therefore, DOF Commissioner Jacques Jiha is exercising his authority under the Administrative Code of the City of New York to allow for a waiver of penalties for DOF-administered business and excise taxes due between March 16, 2020, and April 25, 2020. Taxpayers may request to have the penalties waived on a late-filed extension or return, or in a separate request. To learn more, please click here.

Under new, but limited circumstances, businesses with State Liquor Authority Licenses may be able to return unused liquor to the wholesaler or manufacturer.  Please click here for the details.
Opinion: Five steps to save small business during the pandemic by Council Member Ben Kallos – Crain’s
https://www.crainsnewyork.com/op-ed/five-steps-save-small-business-during-pandemic

MARCH 24TH RESOURCES AND UPDATES:

What You Need to Know About COVID-19

The State's Coronavirus Hotline is open 24 hours if you have any questions or concerns: 1-888-364-3065. **If you need help getting medical care, you can also call 311. New York City will provide care regardless of immigration status or ability to pay.

The NYP COVID Hotline 646-697-4000 has been created to answer questions about COVID-19. This hotline is available as a public service to provide information only and not to diagnose, treat, or render a medical opinion.They have also developed the Coronavirus Frequently Asked Questions document linked to below, available in multiple languages, and the NYP Coronavirus webpagehttps://www.nyp.org/coronavirus-information

Governor Cuomo Announces All Nonessential Employees to Work from Home 

Governor Cuomo issued guidance on "Essential Services under the "PAUSE" Executive Order. View that information, here. This executive order went into effect at 8 pm tonight.

Here's an interactive map for finding soup kitchens, food pantries, senior centers, or SNAP enrollment sites. https://www.foodbanknyc.org/get-help/

The United Way has established a COVID-19 Community Economic Relief Fund; they will help with bills, rent and food. Call 1-866-211-9966 and give them your ZIP code. The Robin Hood Foundation has done something similar at robinhood.org.

Bloomberg Philanthropies and a number of foundations have created a $75 million NYC COVID-19 Response & Impact Fund to support New York City-based social services and cultural organizations that have been affected by the crisis. Interested organizations can get more information and apply here.

The Dept. of Education opened Regional Enrichment Centers (REC) for children of health care workers, police, fire, emergency management, and some transit workers. DOE has created this enrollment form for those first responders to complete this form.  RECs will be open Monday-Friday from 7:30am - 6:00pm. Students will be provided three hot meals a day and technology for remote learning, as well as art and PE classes. Each location will include a nurse and isolation rooms, in case anyone displays symptoms. There are 15 centers in Manhattan as of Friday.

Rear-door boarding officially went into effect on City buses. Operators have been explicitly instructed to accommodate anyone requesting to board through the front doors.

NYC Ferry will remain open but will operate on a modified schedule until further notice. Starting Monday, March 23, weekend schedules will remain the same, while weekday schedules will be operating with a reduced frequency to account for lower ridership. Riders are strongly encouraged to download the NYC Ferry mobile app and activate push notifications to receive the latest status of the system as well as to avoid using paper tickets to reduce contact points for crew. To view schedules for each route, please visit https://www.ferry.nyc/routes-and-schedules/.

DOE is committed to making three free meals available daily for all NYC children.  Families can learn the location of the nearest meal hub by texting FOOD or COMIDA to 877-877. Or going to "find a free meal location near you"

The DOE has set up https://parentcoordinatornyc.connectwithkids.com/ as a resource for Parent Coordinators.

Girls Who Code has launched #CodeFromHome, a series of free resources, available at girlswhocode.com/code-at-home/ and updated weekly.

NYC Dept. for the Aging (DFTA) is phasing in a direct meal delivery system that will gradually replace the current Grab and Go model of food distribution at senior centers. The first phase will begin this Wednesday, March 25. Grab and Go meals will continue at many centers and even overlap as the new system is implemented.  DFTA recommends contacting the centers directly before going to the center to confirm timing and availability. In New York City, senior services are considered essential and some centers may need assistance from volunteers in providing these critical meals to clients.

NYC Parks: While solo exercise is okay, team sports (such as basketball, football, softball, and soccer), are not permitted in our parks at this time. Our parks are essential, but visitors must practice social distancing and keep six feet between themselves and others. Parks Enforcement Patrol officers and NYPD will be out in the field to help enforce social distancing in the parks. We are relying on you to help keep New York safe.

Restaurant Resources: 
Here are two applications for emergency funds for restaurants and restaurant workers.
Please share.James Beard Foundation Relief Fund:Who it is for: "independent food and beverage businesses in need" JBF is asking folks to fill out this link to get more information on the fund criteria and application process. https://airtable.com/shr4d9x0OwCFCkCLnRWCF & Partners Crisis Relief Fund:Who it is for: "those employed by or own restaurants or bars or are employed by a restaurant or bar supplier that are faced unforeseen expenses that cannot or will not be covered by insurance." Link to: Application https://form.southernsmoke.org/smoke/application/
The New York State Department of Labor's Shared Work Program 
may provide an alternative to your business for laying off workers. Please watch the video which explains how it works. To learn more, please click here.
Steve Banks, Commissioner of the city's Human Resources Administration held a call recapping these details:  

  • No one should go to a Dept of Social Services office to get any benefit. Go to AccessHRA instead, or call 311. (Ignore the blurb that says their offices are "open"!)
  • All evictions and utility turn offs are suspended.
  • If a person is homeless and has symptoms or is ill, the Dept of Homeless Services has 500 isolation beds. 10 are occupied now. (DHS is looking for more drop-in space; they have one more building but they are looking for more.)
  • Homeless individuals are waived out of the income savings plan program at this time.
  • They are receiving more sanitary wipes but they are scarce. Soon DHS will give out thermometers to groups working with the homeless.
FreshDirect, in partnership with the five NYC Borough Presidents, is launching a daily delivery of 400 food boxes per day -- with about ten pounds of staples, fresh produce, and canned goods-- to each of the five boroughs. My office is coordinating dropoffs to a different NYCHA complex each day, in concert with the local tenant leaders, for distribution to households in need. Locations will include Dyckman, Taft, King, Johnson, Clinton, Carver, Lehman, Baruch, Baruch Addition, Vladeck, Riis, Wald, Smith, Grant, Rangel, Polo Grounds and nearby developments. Residents there should contact their tenant association leaders for pick up times and days.
Beginning Monday, the DOE's Office of Food and Nutrition Service will continue to provide free breakfast and lunch for everyone 18 years and younger, BUT the pickup locations will shift from every public school to a slightly more limited "hub" system.

A child can pick up meals for themselves as well as other children in the household; an adult can pick up meals for children in their household without the children needing to be present. Distribution of one breakfast and up to two lunches are available Monday-Friday from 7:30 am - 1:30 pm. There will be alternative items for children with nut and milk allergies; vegetarian and halal options will also be available. Families with disabled students with mobility limitations will have meals delivered through a special arrangement made between DOE and Door Dash.

🛒Upper East Side Grocery Store Special Hours for seniors, immune suppressed, & disabled:

  • D’Agostino’s (7:00 A.M. – 8:00 A.M. on Tuesday and Wednesday) – 1074 Lexington Avenue
  • D’Agostino’s (7:00 A.M. – 8:00 A.M. on Tuesday and Wednesday) – 1233 Lexington Avenue
  • Morton Williams (7:00 A.M. – 8:00 A.M.) – 1066 Third Avenue
  • Morton Williams (7:00 A.M. – 8:00 A.M.) – 1211 Madison Avenue
  • Walgreens/Duane Reade (8:00 A.M. – 9:00 A.M. on Tuesday) – 1091 Lexington Avenue
  • Walgreens/Duane Reade (8:00 A.M. – 9:00 A.M. on Tuesday) – 1111 3rd Avenue
  • Walgreens/Duane Reade (8:00 A.M. – 9:00 A.M. on Tuesday) – 1191 2nd Avenue
  • Walgreens/Duane Reade (8:00 A.M. – 9:00 A.M. on Tuesday) – 1231 Madison Avenue
  • Walgreens/Duane Reade (8:00 A.M. – 9:00 A.M. on Tuesday) – 1279 3rd Avenue
  • Walgreens/Duane Reade (8:00 A.M. – 9:00 A.M. on Tuesday) – 773 Lexington Avenue
  • Westside Market (7:00 A.M. – 8:00 A.M.) – 1407 Lexington Avenue
  • Whole Foods (7:00 A.M. – 8:00 A.M.) – 1551 Third Avenue
  • Gristedes: 7-8am (Tues./Wed.)
  • Ctown Markets: 8-9am
  • Key Food 1769 Second Ave: 6-7 am
  • Cosco: Tuesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m
  • Citarella (3d Ave/75th St): 8am-9am
  • Grace's Market (2d Ave/68): their website said if someone is senior/compromised and needed assistance, they could call and staff will assist.

*All at stores discretion, contact stores for specifics*

Financial Information:

Income Tax Filing Deadline:
Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin announced that the IRS will move the national income tax filing deadline to July 15th.

Tenants/Evictions:
The State has stopped all evictions of residential and commercial tenants for 90 days.

Mortgage Relief:
The Governor announced the Department of Financial Services has issued a new directive to provide 90-day mortgage relief to mortgage borrowers impacted by the novel coronavirus. This includes postponing or suspending foreclosures.

Financial Fees Waived:
The Governor has asked DFS to instruct state chartered banks to waive ATM fees, late fees, overdraft fees and fees for credits cards to help lessen the financial hardship of the COVID-19 pandemic on New Yorkers.

The Governor directed the New York State Department of Public Service to suspend public utilities from cutting off service - including power and heat - to customers affected by COVID-19. The State's major utilities will take immediate action to suspend service shutoffs to households during the COVID-19 outbreak and will continue to offer deferred payment plans for customers struggling financially due to the outbreak.

Unemployment insurance:

File for unemployment benefits even if you have not received paperwork from your employer to avoid denial of benefits. File without delay and submit with all requested information. Dept. of Labor website, click here.

Update for Artists

Musicians and performers are especially at risk with the cancellation/postponement of public performances. An elected officials staff member who is a musician researched these links for anyone who falls into that category and needs help-- or if you want to donate. The National Endowment for the Arts has posted this page for both artists and organizations.
Here are more specific links:

Some recommendations from ABNY:

  • Help Food Bank for New York City prepare for increased need;
  • Donate now to Citymeals on Wheels to help your elderly neighbors in need;
  • Support God’s Love We Deliver in providing emergency kits to all clients;
  • Share the mission of Invisible Hands to provide safe, free food deliveries for NYC’s most at-risk communities facing COVID-19; and
  • Sign up for alerts from New York Cares to learn more about what city agencies and community partners are doing to help those most impacted by COVID-19.
Ways  I Can Help:

NY Needs Health Professionals
Our healthcare professionals are on the front lines of this crisis and we thank them for all that they do. In the event that the novel coronavirus crisis worsens, the State needs the help of qualified retired health professionals and related professionals to supplement our hospital capacity on a temporary basis to treat seriously ill coronavirus patients including those that may need to be intubated. The NYS Dept. of Health will recertify individuals for the purpose. You can apply here.

NY Needs Protective Medical Equipment
New York State has offered to pay a premium for protective medical equipment like gloves, gowns, and masks. If you are a business that does not currently manufacture these types of products, but have the capacity, New York State wants to hear from you. Interested businesses can send an email to [email protected]. You can also contact our office at [email protected], and we will put you in touch with the appropriate contact.

Help for Seniors
Aging Connect is the New York City's direct link to aging services. Call 212-AGING-NYC to speak with an Aging Specialist and learn about services and support available to older adults and their caregivers, as well as volunteer opportunities.

Novel Coronavirus

  • Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that cause mild illnesses like a cold, to more serious illnesses like pneumonia.
  • Infections with this new virus have been reported in many countries, including the U.S. For an updated list of affected areas, visit cdc.gov/coronavirus.
  • The virus is likely to be spread from person to person, but it is currently unclear how easily it spreads.
  • Commonly reported symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
  • Most people (80%) with COVID-19 will feel like they have a bad cold or the flu. Some people will require hospitalization. People who are at most risk for severe illness are elderly or have other health conditions.

 

What should New Yorkers do?

New Yorkers should take certain precautions:

  • Get the flu shot—it’s not too late. Although the flu shot will not protect you from COVID-19, it will help prevent the flu which has similar symptoms to this coronavirus.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands).
  • Wash hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
    • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
    • Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • If you can, stay at home.
  • If you have fever, cough and/or shortness of breath, stay home and call your doctor.
    • If you need a connection to a health care provider, call 311.
    • Hospital staff will not ask about immigration status. Receiving health care is not a public benefit identified by the public charge test.

 It is important that we separate facts from fear and guard against stigma.

A lot of information circulating about coronavirus on social media and even in some news reporting is not based in the facts. Support your friends, neighbors and colleagues by proactively sharing this message and countering misinformation. Obtain information about COVID-19 from trusted sources like the NYC Health Department, the CDC, and the World Health Organization (WHO).

If you are being harassed due to your race, nation of origin or other identities, you can report discrimination or harassment to the NYC Commission on Human Rights by calling 311 and saying “human rights.”

If you are experiencing stress or feel anxious, contact NYC Well at 888-NYC-WELL (888-692- 9355) or text WELL to 65173. NYC Well is a confidential help line that is staffed 24/7 by trained counselors who can provide brief supportive therapy, crisis counseling, and connections to behavioral health treatment, in more than 200 languages.

The NYC Health Department may change recommendations as the situation evolves.

This is a rapidly changing situation. Please check nyc.gov/health/coronavirus for the latest updates.

CDC recommendations on large gatherings:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/mass-gatherings-ready-for-covid-19.html

NYC Hospital Updates:

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To get regular updates on the latest developments with coronavirus in New York City text COVID to 692-692. You will receive regular SMS texts with the latest news and developments. Please check nyc.gov/health/coronavirus for the latest updates

If you are experiencing stress or feel anxious, contact NYC Well at 888-NYC-WELL (888-692- 9355) or text WELL to 65173. NYC Well is a confidential help line that is staffed 24/7 by trained counselors who can provide brief supportive therapy, crisis counseling, and connections to behavioral health treatment, in more than 200 languages.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) FAQs & Resources

To get regular updates on the latest developments with coronavirus in New York City text COVID to 692-692. You will receive regular SMS texts with the latest news and developments. Please check nyc.gov/health/coronavirus for the latest updates

If you are experiencing stress or feel anxious, contact NYC Well at 888-NYC-WELL (888-692- 9355) or text WELL to 65173. NYC Well is a confidential help line that is staffed 24/7 by trained counselors who can provide brief supportive therapy, crisis counseling, and connections to behavioral health treatment, in more than 200 languages.

Additional resources:

CENSUS 2020
U.S. Census Bureau has made some necessary changes to help keep residents safe while still working to ensure a complete census count. This includes extending the national deadline for the count from July 31 to August 14 and postponing all door-to-door outreach campaigns until May. With the majority of our businesses and libraries closed across the state, this gives local communities more time to adjust their outreach plans and helps prevent our state from being put at an unfair disadvantage.

Fill out your Census at My2020Census.gov OR by phone in these languages: