Community Announcements / Events

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates February 1st

February 1st, 2021

FEBRUARY 1st RESOURCES AND UPDATES:
Gov. Cuomo issued a State of Emergency for 44 counties and urges New Yorkers to stay off the roads and avoid all unnecessary travel.

Above-ground subway service will have been suspended by the time you’re reading this; all other trains are running local only, so they can store trains on the express tracks.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates January 25th

January 25th, 2021

JANUARY 25th RESOURCES AND UPDATES:
 

Monday, January 18th, marked the one-year anniversary of the first COVID-19 case being identified in the United States. And on Wednesday, January 20th, we passed another grim milestone - more Americans are confirmed to have died from COVID-19 in the past year than were killed in the entire course of the Second World War.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates January 19th

January 19th, 2021

JANUARY 19th RESOURCES AND UPDATES:
 

Last week, we started with a thorough explainer of Vaccines, with at h/t to Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer for making a concise and easy to understand explainer detailing who can receive the vaccine and how to get it.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates January 11th

January 11th, 2021

JANUARY 11th RESOURCES AND UPDATES:
 

First, some news about COVID vaccines to start off the week. H/t to MBP Brewer for these great tips.

1. Figure out if you’re eligible here (NYC Dept. of Health site) or here (NYS site-- if it doesn’t work in one browser, try another). The Governor expanded eligibility to several groups (Phase 1b) starting today (1/11). They are:

People age 75+
Public-facing grocery store workers
First responders and support staff
Correctional facility staff
P-12 schools, college, and child care staff (including school bus drivers)
Public transit employees (including airport and airline staff)
People living, working, or volunteering in congregate homeless shelters

The groups already eligible (phase 1a) are:

Health care workers and public health professionals who see patients in person
Home health aides
Nursing home residents and staff
Staff and residents in facilities run by various NYS health agencies (Offices for People With Developmental Disabilities, Mental Health, and Addiction Services)
Medical examiners, coroners, and many funeral home workers
Lab staff working with COVID-19 specimens or those administering vaccines

2. If you are eligible, make an appointment:

Ask your primary care provider if they are administering vaccines,
Use the NYC COVID vaccine finder,
Call the NYC vaccine hotline (877-VAX-4NYC or 877-829-4692), 8 am - 9 pm, for a NYC Health + Hospital vaccine clinic (phone wait times may be long, so be patient), or
Contact providers listed in the NYS eligibility survey.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates January 4th

January 4th, 2021

JANUARY 4th RESOURCES AND UPDATES:
 

Last Saturday, the day after Christmas, the United States reached a grim milestone: 1 in 1,000 Americans have died from COVID-19. (The Census Bureau estimates the U.S. population at around 330,750,000. Saturday afternoon, deaths from COVID-19 reached 331,116, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates December 21st

December 21st, 2020

DECEMBER 21st RESOURCES AND UPDATES:
 

Hospitalizations could approximately double in one month if the current rate of growth continues. The fall and winter surge could lead to 11,000 people hospitalized with COVID and 3,500 additional fatalities in a month if the current rate continues.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates December 14th

December 14th, 2020

DECEMBER 14th RESOURCES AND UPDATES:
 

Sandra Lindsay, a frontline ICU nurse and New Yorker, became the first American to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in a non-trial setting. Sandra received the vaccination at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in Queens.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates December 7th

December 7th, 2020

DECEMBER 7th RESOURCES AND UPDATES:
 

Amid a rapid increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, the City advised older adults and at-risk New Yorkers to limit non-essential activities. Older adults and people with underlying health conditions who are at an increased risk of severe COVID-related illness should limit activities outside of the home to essential tasks such as commuting to work or school, medical care, groceries, and pharmacy necessities.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates November 30th

November 30th, 2020

NOVEMBER 30th RESOURCES AND UPDATES:
 

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced yesterday (11/29) that K-5 schools and 3-K and pre-K programs will reopen next Monday, 12/7. All District 75 special education grades will reopen Thursday, 12/10. (The Mayor said today that middle and high school students are unlikely to return before January.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates November 23rd

November 23rd, 2020

NOVEMBER 23rd RESOURCES AND UPDATES:
 

The State launched a new web application to help New Yorkers find state services and benefits. The "Find Services" web application was developed in partnership with Google.org, to assist New Yorkers in locating appropriate services with one streamlined web application.