Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates April 19th

APRIL 19th RESOURCES AND UPDATES:

 

COVID hospitalizations rose to 3,783. Of the 147,583 tests reported yesterday, 4,339, or 2.94 percent, were positive. The 7-day average positivity rate was 2.85 percent. There were 836 patients in ICU yesterday, down 13 from the previous day. Of them, 521 are intubated. Sadly, we lost 44 New Yorkers to the virus.

As of 11am this morning, 41.7 percent of New Yorkers have completed at least one vaccine dose. Over the past 24 hours, 131,589 total doses have been administered. To date, New York has administered 13,428,920 total doses with 28.4 percent of New Yorkers completing their vaccine series. See data by region and county on the State's Vaccine Tracker: ny.gov/vaccinetracker.

Capacity at arenas and large events will increase on May 19. Spectator capacity will increase to 25 percent at large-scale arenas and event venues, including professional and collegiate sports, and major performances. Social distancing, masks, health screenings and all other health and safety protocols remain in effect.

Effective Monday, April 19, the curfew for bars and restaurants will be extended. The current curfew will be extended from 11pm to midnight. The curfew for catered events will also move from midnight to 1am.

Walk-Up Vaccine Sites for New Yorkers Age 50+ Get Vaccinated without an Appointment. Even though the City and State have paused administering Johnson & Johnson vaccinations, the City is able to continue operating the walk-up vaccine sites where older adults can go to get vaccinated without an appointment, using the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. And now, the age has been extended to New Yorkers 50+. View the Mayor's press release on walk-in vaccine sites for more information on the walk-in vaccine program.

Restaurant workers 18+ can get vaccinated this Wednesday-Saturday (4/21-24) at 158 Worth St. in the City’s mobile vaccine bus. Register here (and note that your second dose will be 28 days later at the same location).

The CDC and the FDA issued a statement recommending a pause in the use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine out of an abundance of caution. New York State will follow the CDC and FDA recommendation and pause the use of the J&J vaccine statewide while the federal government evaluates next steps. As the CDC and FDA stated, these adverse events "appear to be extremely rare." Six people who have received the J&J vaccine in the U.S. developed blood clots, and the reason for the pause is to make sure all health care providers can identify the symptoms and treat patients with the correct medical protocol. But the context—six people reported with a problem out of 6.8 million who received the vaccine—is important to remember. While health care providers are notified and the federal government reviews the situation fully, New York State will continue to administer the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, which are completely unaffected by this pause and which make up the vast majority of our supply. The State Department of Health is in constant contact with the federal government and will provide updates.

The City is reaching out to everyone scheduled for a J&J appointment to ensure they get a Pfizer or Moderna appointment within the next week. This doesn’t include homebound vaccinations, which have been paused indefinitely. (Other municipalities like Yonkers are successfully doing in-home vaccinations with the Moderna vaccine)

J&J appointments at State-run mass vaccination sites (like the Javits Center) will automatically be switched to Pfizer, so don’t cancel your appointment. (I’m told that Javits has tons of available appointments.)

Vaccinations for Homebound New Yorkers. The NYC Homebound Vaccination Program has been temporarily halted due to the pause on administering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. I will provide an update once more information is made available.

Virtual Town Hall, “New York City: What Can We Do After Getting a COVID-19 Vaccination?” If You Were Unable to Attend, the Recording Is Now Available to Watch. Senator Liz Krueger hosted Dr. Celine Gounder this past Thursday, April 15 to discuss the COVID-19 vaccines, the protection they provide, and what is safe to do once we are fully vaccinated. This was a very informative discussion. If you were unable to attend, the recording is now available to watch here.

Beginning Friday (4/23), there will be a vaccine site at the American Museum of Natural History (200 Central Park West). It will operate Fridays-Tuesdays, 8 am – 6 pm and offer the Moderna vaccine (so 18+ only). Make an appointment here, or if you’re 50+ you can just walk in with a companion and both get vaccinated on the spot (no appointment necessary).

New York launched a new targeted initiative to bring the vaccine to farmers and food producers. Our farm workers produce the food that ends up on our tables, and it's critical they have access to the COVID-19 vaccines. Because they often live in rural areas, getting the vaccine can be more challenging. Today we launched a new effort to bring pop-up vaccination sites directly to farms and food production facilities. Learn more.

New York City has now administered over 5 million doses, staying on track to fully vaccinate 5 million New Yorkers by June. More than half of New York's adults have received at least one dose.

Veterans, their spouses, and their caregivers can now get vaccinated through the Veterans Affairs New York Harbor Health System. Call 877-877-9267 to schedule an appointment.

Community-based organizations can get assistance scheduling vaccine appointments for their constituents through NYC Test and Trace. CBOs can fill out this form, and Test and Trace will call the listed constituents to schedule their vaccine appointment.

New Yorkers suffering from prolonged effects of COVID can now contact AfterCare, a City program that connects “Long COVID” patients with physical health, mental health, community support, and financial support resources.

"To-go" alcoholic beverages have been extended through May 6. Throughout the pandemic the State has permitted to-go alcoholic beverages with the purchase of food to help support bars and restaurants. Remember to drink responsibly.

Become a New York State Citizen Public Health Leader. To continue the fight against COVID and prepare for the next public health emergency, the State launched the free, online Citizen Public Health Training course for New Yorkers, in partnership with Cornell University and supported by the State University of New York. This program will prepare and equip New Yorkers to become Citizen Public Health Leaders and build an informed network across the state. Enroll for free today.

On April 26, movie theater capacity will increase to 33 percent. Low-risk indoor and outdoor arts and entertainment—including museums, aquariums, zoos and botanical gardens—will increase to 50 percent capacity also beginning April 26.

An additional $50 million in funding will go to Nourish NY through the FY 2022 Enacted Budget. Since last year, the Nourish NY initiative has purchased 21 million pounds of surplus agricultural products from New York farmers and delivered to more than 1.3 million households in need across New York State.

Governor Cuomo signed legislation that will ensure low-income families have access to high-speed internet. The legislation requires that internet service providers offer high-speed internet plans to low-income customers for $15 per month. The pandemic reshaped many norms with remote learning, remote working and telemedicine and we must shape New York to adapt to these new conditions and ensure high-speed internet is available and affordable to every New Yorker.

As of Wednesday, April 14, The Actors Fund started to help schedule COVID-19 vaccine appointments at The Broadway Vaccination Site (ATC Vaccination Times Square, located at 47th Street & 7th Avenue), for members of the performing arts & entertainment community who are either working, living, or attending school in New York City. To schedule an appointment, please call 917-281-5937 or email [email protected] to speak with someone who can help you. When you get your vaccine, let us know using #BwayVax #NYCVaccineForAll and #IGotTheShotNYC.

NYC Primary Elections, June 22: How to Get an Absentee Ballot. NYC Primary Elections will be held on June 22, and as before, we encourage you to request an absentee ballot at your earliest convenience, even if you are not sure how you will cast your ballot. Please do not wait too long, as this may delay getting your absentee ballot in time. Please see the following article in The City for helpful information and deadlines: How to Get an Absentee Ballot for New York City’s June 22 Primary.

Education/Parenting

New York City's Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) is the largest youth employment program in the United States for people ages 14-24. Applications are now open for kids and young adults who want to be in the program, as well as employers who want to be worksites for the program. The deadline for kids and young adults to apply for the program is April 23rd; visit this application page to learn more and apply. The deadline for employers to apply for being a work site is May 16th; visit this application page to learn more and apply to be a worksite.

Both indoor and outdoor graduation ceremonies will be allowed this spring, according to the Governor. Unless attendees present proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID test, the rules allow 100 people indoors or 200 people outdoors. Guidance for larger events can be found here. Schools can request outdoor graduation space though the Parks Dept. here

For K-8 students, applications open next Monday (4/26) for Summer Risingthe City’s new, free academic and enrichment summer program that creates a bridge back to school. Summer Rising combines academic classes, field trips, arts activities, and outdoor recreation. Programs will be run by local school leaders and trusted community-based organizations, and will offer breakfast, lunch, and a snack. The application can be found here starting next Monday (4/26).

There’s no application date yet for high schoolers’ Summer Rising program, where they can make up previously failed courses, complete courses in progress, and participate in the paid Summer Youth Employment Program.

Wednesday (4/21) at 5:30 pm, K-12 social studies teachers are invited to a “Virtual Educator Open House,” which highlights digital programming, activities, and resources from Henry Street Settlement, the Tenement Museum, the Museum of Chinese in AmericaMuseum at Eldridge Street, and the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration. Register here.

Thursday (4/22) at 2 pm, Statistics in Schools” teaches users how to explore the U.S. Census Bureau’s Statistics in Schools website, which includes K-12 technological literacy lessons. This virtual event is part of the Bureau’s 2021 Data Summit Series. Click the title to register.

Thursday (4/22) at 5 pm, “Supporting Families in Fostering Independence during Remote Learning” is the topic of the weekly virtual “Parent Guide to Remote Learning” series from Rep. Adriano Espaillat and the NYC Dept. of Education. Register here.

Thursday (4/22) at 6:30 pm, online discussion “Students With Physical Disabilities Talk About NYC Public High Schools” is hosted by Parents for Inclusive Education and Advocates for Children of New York. Click the title to register.

Schools can get free U.S. maps from the Census Bureau. Contact Joli Golden at [email protected] or 862-336-2911 to order.

Entertainment/Distractions

Spectators will be allowed at horse and auto races at 20 percent capacity beginning Thursday, April 22. Spectators will be subjected to the State's strict guidance, which is currently in effect for other professional sports competitions with fans. Attendees must show proof of a recent negative test or completed vaccination series prior to entry and are subjected to the State's health and safety protocols on face coverings, social distancing and health screening.

Tickets for the 2021 Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach went on sale Monday, April 19 at 9am. Event Parking Passes will be required for all three shows beginning with Friday's practice show on May 28 and culminating with the final show on Sunday, May 30. The $10 per vehicle Event Parking Passes can be obtained from the State Parks' website. Additionally, 1,800 passes will be distributed to Long Island's three health care networks to be provided to their frontline health care workers involved in the pandemic response.

Lincoln Center will soon have a brand-new front lawn—of sorts. "The GREEN," designed by noted set designer Mimi Lien, will transform Lincoln Center's concrete plaza into an expansive artificial lawn as part of an initiative to revive the arts. The installation, which runs from May 10 through September, will host pop-up performances, and will also offer books to borrow from the New York Public Library. Safety protocols in place to ensure all visitors can enjoy "The GREEN" safely.

A Roslyn, NY high school student is connecting companies to charities to help people in need. Throughout the pandemic, the demand for new clothes spiked as charities stopped accepting used items. The Mia Exchange, started by 17-year-old Mia Sara, donates new clothes from store warehouses to women's shelters, churches, the Salvation Army and other organizations that provide these new clothes to those in need. We applaud Mia for exemplifying the best of New York's values.

Stream a recording of “The Royale,” the 2016 award-winning play about Black boxer Jay “The Sport” Jackson and what it means to be an outsider in America. The recording is available until Sunday, 5/16 through Lincoln Center Theater’s “Private Reels” archives.

The Battery Park City Authority hosts a week of Earth Day events. Click here for details.

Tuesday (4/20) at 10 am, investigative reporter and author Michael Moss discusses his new book “Hooked” about how food companies manipulate what we eat. Click here to register for the Zoom, sponsored by the Hunter College NYC Food Policy Center.

Tuesday (4/20) at 11 am, a virtual panel of art journalists reflects on covering art during the pandemic, political turmoil, and protests. Register here for the Zoom, hosted by the Madison Square Park Conservancy.

Tuesday (4/20) at 4:30 pm, “The Importance of Being an Informed Consumer” explores how the digital era has influenced societal norms around consumption, hosted by Cornell Tech. Register for the Zoom here.

Tuesday (4/20) at 6 pm, Gale Brewer will be talking with former Council Member Dan Garodnick about his new book “Saving Stuyvesant Town,” which covers the tenant-led fight to preserve the complex’s affordable housing. Click the title to join this virtual New York Historical Society event.

If you can’t make that talk, join Manhattan Borough Historian Rob Snyder and Dan as they talk about the book Wednesday (4/21) at 6:30, hosted by the New York Public Library. Register for the Zoom here.

Tuesday (4/20) at 6:30 pm, the Mayor’s office hosts a town hall on anti-Asian hate crimes and bias, discussing ways to combat the discrimination and violence, and resources. Translation will be available in Mandarin, Korean, and Tagalog. Join the Zoom here.

Wednesday (4/21) at 6 pm, “Solarization! A Look At Solar Energy Across Urban Settings” discusses the barriers and solutions to solar adoption in cities, hosted by Solar One. Click the title to register for the Zoom.

Wednesday (4/21) at 7 pm, virtual open mic Neighborhood Stories: Voices of the City” invites audience members to share their NYC-inspired work, hosted by the NYC Dept. of Records and Information Services’ Nuyorican Poets Cafe. Click the title to register.

Thursday (4/22) at 7 pm, artist Felipe Galindo “Feggo” discusses his “Taking Liberties” series of Statue of Liberty illustrations with the Morris-Jumel Mansion. Register for the Zoom here.

Thursday (4/22) at 7 pm, musician Michelle Zauner discusses her new memoir about the importance of family and food, “Crying in H Mart,” hosted by the Asian American Writers’ Workshop (AAWW). Click the title to register or watch on YouTube.

Next Monday (4/26) at 7 pm, the AAWW hosts the next installment of its virtual series “Radical Thinkers,” which discusses pressing issues facing Asian and Asian-diasporic communities. Stream on YouTube

Friday (4/23) at 5 pm, the Frick Collection continues its virtual “Cocktails with a Curator” series, highlighting James Abbott McNeill Whistler’s “Lady Meux” painting and drinking “The Mummy.” Watch on YouTube.

Friday (4/23) from 5-8 pm is the opening of painting and photography exhibit Good and Bad Government” at the Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural & Educational Center (107 Suffolk St.). Click the title to register. The exhibit will be on view through Saturday, 5/22.

FINANCIAL AND LOCAL BUSINESSES UPDATES

The City and State are both hiring for vaccine-related positions. The City’s Vaccine for All Corps is looking to hire people particularly from hard-hit communities and industries. No health care experience is necessary for roles in vaccine site management, operations, and client services; the corps is also hiring for clinical roles. Click the link above to apply through the Dept. of Small Business Services.

The State is hiring for clinical and non-clinical roles at vaccine sites. See openings here.

You can start preparing your documents now to get $800 toward an air conditioner or fan, known as the Home Energy Assistance Program Cooling Assistance Benefit. This link explains eligibility and necessary documents for when applications open Saturday, 5/3 for the first-come-first-served benefit.

Free tax prep services are available for New Yorkers who made less than $68,000 in 2020. The City is also looking for volunteer tax preparers. Tax Day is Monday, 5/17.

Apply by Friday, 5/7 for the full-time, paid Lincoln Center Workforce Development Program, which trains workers to do construction on the Center’s David Geffen Hall. Participants will get five weeks of paid training, a paid apprenticeship to work on the renovation, and future career opportunities. Apply here.

Essential workers can apply for grants of up to $1,000 to reimburse childcare, transportation, lodging, PPE, burials, or medical costs incurred because of your work responding to the pandemic. Apply by Tuesday, 6/15 for these grants from the State’s Empire Pandemic Response Reimbursement Fund.

Contemporary visual art writers can apply for grants of up to $50,000 from the Andy Warhol Foundation through Wednesday, 5/19. Apply here.

Tuesday (4/20) at 5 pm, job searching webinar “Beating the Applicant Tracking System” uncovers why human eyes may never see the resumes you submit online and outlines tips to optimize your resume. Click the title to register for the online event, hosted by the New York Public Library’s Thomas Yoseloff Business Center.

The Department of Financial Services will extend the emergency regulation requiring all regulated health insurers to waive co-pays for the COVID-19 vaccine until April 30. The extension of this regulation and guidance will help to ensure there are no barriers to New Yorkers accessing the vaccine as the State continues to implement its vaccine administration plan and get every New Yorker vaccinated. The vaccine will come at no cost to any New Yorker.

City Cleanup Corps is Hiring: The City Cleanup Corps (NYC CCC) will employ 10,000 New Yorkers for beautification across our city. NYC CCC workers will wipe away graffiti, powerwash sidewalks, create community murals, tend to community gardens, beautify public spaces, and work with community organizations to clean their neighborhoods. Check out available job opportunities.

Claiming Recovery Rebates: Information and assistance are available for individuals who are eligible for a recovery rebate credit but have no income or are not required to file an income tax return. In order to receive a rebate credit, all individuals are required to file an income tax return. The IRS Free File is available for those who are only filing a tax return to claim the Recovery Rebate Credit. See the special section on IRS.gov about claiming the Recovery Rebate Credit if you aren’t required to file a tax return.

Applications for the NYC Open Streets program are now open. Administered by the NYC Department of Transportation, the program allows communities to dedicate roadway space to pedestrians and cyclists. Interested businesses and community partners can learn more and apply now at: nyc.gov/openstreets.

Open Culture program - Artists can apply for outdoor performance permits on these streets through Sunday, 10/31 and can charge admission.

Tech kits for performing artists are now available through New York Public Library grab-and-go locations. Click here to learn about the kits (which include audio- and video-recording equipment) and how to borrow one.

Applications close Saturday, 5/1 for Women’s Film Preservation Fund grants up to $10,000 from New York Women in Film & Television. Apply here.

The NYC Parks Dept. is hiring camp counselors, wildlife monitors, playground associates, security guards, and more this summer. See openings here.

East Side and Roosevelt Island low-income tenants can get free housing legal advice from the Tenant Advice Helpline through Lenox Hill Neighborhood House. Leave a message at 212-218-0330, and the legal team will return your call within a week.

Applications close Friday, 4/23 for the National Academy of Design’s Abbey Mural Prize. Click the link for eligibility and application guidelines.

The Biden administration has extended the pause on most federal student loans -- due to expire Sunday (1/31)-- through 9/30, which means payments are suspended, collections on defaulted loans are stopped, and the interest rate is 0% through September. The Federal Student Aid Office’s website has a detailed FAQ about eligibility.

NYC created "What to Expect When You’re Inspected: NYC Indoor and Outdoor Dining Checklist for Participating Establishments." Check it out here. 

The Mayor extended the City’s Open Storefronts program through 9/30/21, allowing storefront retail businesses to continue operating directly outside their store. Plan now for warmer weather; read the FAQ for eligibility and operating guidelines, and apply here.

The City’s Department of Small Business Services has shared their new “Find a Job” page, which lists open employment listings from across NYC. Learn more and search the listings.

WAYS YOU CAN HELP

Donate to a Ramadan food drive organized by Muslim Volunteers for New York. Donations will be accepted through Sunday (4/25).

The White House’s new COVID-19 Community Corps is looking for local voices and trusted community leaders to encourage people to get vaccinated. Corps members get resources to help build vaccine confidence in their community, like vaccine fact sheets and information on how to talk to your networks about the importance of getting vaccinated. Health professionals, community organizations, faith leaders, businesses, civil rights organizations, sports leagues, and Americans from all walks of life are encouraged to join the corps.

Donate personal care items to fill the 700 gift bags Community Board 10 is presenting to seniors in Central Harlem next month. Click here to see the list of needed items.

Become a New York State Citizen Public Health Leader. To continue the fight against COVID and prepare for the next public health emergency, the State launched a free, online Citizen Public Health Training course for New Yorkers, in partnership with Cornell University and supported by the State University of New York. This program will prepare and equip New Yorkers to become Citizen Public Health Leaders and build an informed network of community health leaders across the state. Enroll today.

Ryan Health is looking for qualified volunteers -- physicians, registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, dentists, and other licensed medical providers-- to administer the COVID vaccine at centers across Manhattan. Email [email protected] to volunteer.

Invisible Hands is a nonprofit that helps neighbors challenged by COVID-19 by performing essential delivery of food, medicine and other necessities throughout NYC, Long Island, Westchester, New Jersey and Philadelphia. Volunteers can either perform deliveries in their neighborhood or work remotely in the call center or delivery center. Volunteers needed in all areas of NYC to perform deliveries in their local neighborhood or by car. Remote volunteers take orders from clients, field inquiries and also troubleshoot existing orders. You should be comfortable using Slack, internet telephone, and Zoom. Visit https://invisiblehandsdeliver.org/ for more information.

New York State is encouraging eligible New Yorkers to train to become vaccinators. If you are a licensed practical nurse, a dentist, an EMT, a medical nursing student with at least a year of clinical experience, and more—then you may be eligible to take training to become a vaccinator and help New York administer COVID vaccines over the coming months. See how you can get involved.

Animal Care Centers of NYC is seeking donations of large crates, no-pull harnesses, toys, and pet food.

Helpers for COVID-19 is an organization that delivers essential goods to the immunocompromised. To volunteer, click here. To request deliveries, click here or call (862)-621-9614‬. Assistance is available in English, Hindi, Russian, Mandarin, Spanish, and Hebrew.

The NYC Civic Corps is seeking nonprofit organizations to host 2021-2022 AmeriCorps members, who help develop host organizations’ volunteer programs. Learn more and apply here.

Order directly from restaurants, not from delivery apps. See why the New York Times.

Businesses and organizations can donate extra food and supplies to local organizations that can then redistribute them. Details about eligible donors and recipients can be found online: For food donations visit nyc.gov/donatefood; for non-food donations, visit nyc.gov/donate.

Borrow free equipment for community clean-ups from the Dept. of Sanitation by calling 311, emailing [email protected] or submitting this form.

If you are experiencing COVID symptoms or believe you may have been exposed to someone who is positive, get tested. Find a testing site near you. You can also call 1-888-364-3065 to schedule a free appointment at a New York State-run testing location.

If you get a call from NYS Contact Tracing, pick up. Contact tracers are working around the clock to trace clusters and inform people who have been in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID. How can you help? Simply by picking up the phone. If your caller ID says "NYS Contact Tracing," pick up and help New York stop the spread. (Tracers will never ask for your Social Security Number or financial information; if someone does, they are not an official tracer and you should hang up.)

Give your friends a call. Check in with your family. Ask them how everything is going and how they are feeling. Let's show each other some love because mental health is just as important as physical health. New Yorkers can also call the State's mental health hotline at 1-844-863-9314 for free emotional support, consultations & referrals to a provider.

The pandemic has caused declines in organ donations. With so many people awaiting lifesaving organ transplants, Governor Cuomo urges New Yorkers to become organ donors and join the NYS Donate Life Registry.

Apply to become a member of the NYC Community Emergency Response Teamwhich assists first responders with community preparedness and disaster support. Apply here.

THE CITY is asking folks who know any New York City residents who have died of COVID-19 to fill out a simple form to tell them about the lives of those we’ve lost. Their goal is to put as many names, faces and details to the numbers as possible. You’ll find more here — including the form.

Donate blood. The New York Blood Center says that levels of blood are dangerously low. To make an appointment to donate, visit nybc.org or call 1.800.933.2566. Appointments are strongly recommended.

Support local businesses by buying gift cards. We have posted links to sites selling gift cards. Another site selling gift cards to restaurants, barber shops, and events like ghost hunts, and museums, see SupportLocal at https://supportlocal.usatoday.com/cities/

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? Shifts: Meal Plating from 7:00am-9:00am; Meal Delivery from 9:45am-1:00pm; Cold Packing from 10:00am-1:00pm. Contact [email protected]org

LOCAL ELECTED OFFICIALS' TELE-TOWN HALLS

Senator Krueger's Roundtable for Boomers and Seniors
Being Mortal: Thinking about End of Life Decision Making
Session IV - Living Well: What Do We Value Most?
Thursday, April 22nd 10 am – 11:15 am

This year's Roundtable series will bring together experts to offer concrete tools to assist with end of life planning, and provide a forum to ignite our imagination about what we value and how we want to live as we age.

Session IV - Living Well: What Do We Value Most?
Thursday, April 22nd 10 am – 11:15 am

Thinking about our own mortality can make many of us uncomfortable and afraid, particularly as we age. Ironically, it is our mortality that makes life valuable. Join us in a life-affirming Roundtable discussion that will spur us to acknowledge that death is a part of life, and will help us to understand that life’s finite nature is what ultimately gives our lives meaning and brings us joy.

Speakers:
- Rabbi Angela Warnick Buchdahl, Senior Rabbi, Central Synagogue
- Jeannie Blaustein, PhD, D. Ministry, Founding Board Chair, Reimagine End of Life, Adjunct Faculty, Pace University, Psychology

You will have the option of joining the event online through Zoom, a webinar hosting service.

You will also have the option to view the event online through Facebook. Please note that you do not need a Facebook account or profile to view the event through Facebook.

If you do not have access to a computer, tablet, or other electronic device, you can listen in by telephone.

**Once you register for the event, you will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom and Facebook links, and the call-in information.**

The event will feature a question and answer session with Rabbi Buchdahl and Jeannie Blaustein. If you have questions for them, please RSVP for the roundtable event. Attendees will be able to submit questions through Zoom and Facebook during the event but are strongly encouraged to submit them in advance.

Please let us know you plan to attend the April 22nd Roundtable by registering at https://tinyurl.com/seniorroundtable4-22.

Senator Krueger's Roundtable for Boomers and Seniors
Being Mortal: Thinking about End of Life Decision Making
Session V - Advanced Care Planning Part 2: For Yourself and Your Finances
Thursday, April 29th 10:00 am – 11:30 am

This year's Roundtable series will bring together experts to offer concrete tools to assist with end of life planning, and provide a forum to ignite our imagination about what we value and how we want to live as we age.

Session V - Advanced Care Planning Part 2: For Yourself and Your Finances
Thursday, April 29th 10 am- 11:30 am

Learn about advanced care planning tools for yourself, including medical needs, Medicaid considerations, guardianship, and making funeral arrangements; and for your finances, including Powers of Attorney, trusts, and last wills and testaments. The discussion will emphasize that it is never too late to start planning, and will help you understand the basic procedures and documents you should consider when engaging in advanced care planning.

Speakers:

- Wendy Handler, LMSW, Director, Onsite and Special Programs, DOROT
- Tina Janssen-Spinosa, Esq. Senior Staff Attorney, Total Life Choices Program Coordinator, NYLAG

You will have the option of joining the event online through Zoom, a webinar hosting service.

You will also have the option to view the event online through Facebook. Please note that you do not need a Facebook account or profile to view the event through Facebook.

If you do not have access to a computer, tablet, or other electronic device, you can listen in by telephone.

**Once you register for the event, you will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom and Facebook links, and the call-in information.**

The event will feature a question and answer session with Tina Janssen-Spinosa, and Wendy Handler. If you have questions about advanced care planning, RSVP for the roundtable event.  Attendees will be able to submit questions through Zoom and Facebook during the event but are strongly encouraged to submit them in advance.

Please let us know you plan to attend the April 29th Boomer Senior Roundtable by registering at https://tinyurl.com/seniorroundtable4-29.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) FAQs & Resources

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 can answer questions about COVID-19. This hotline is a public service to provide information only and not to diagnose, treat, or render a medical opinion. Their Coronavirus Frequently Asked Questions document is available on the NYP Coronavirus website.

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:

 Download the app on your iPhone here.  Download the app on your Android device here.

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