COVID-19 Updates

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HEALTH & SAFETY 

NYC, Mid-Hudson and Long Island are in Phase 2. All other regions are in Phase 3 of reopening.

Up-To-Date Information on COVID-19 Cases

  • For real-time stats on COVID-19 cases and demographics, click here.

Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C):

  • If your child has symptoms including persistent fever, rash, abdominal pain, vomiting, conjunctivitis (red or pink eyes), enlarged lymph node “gland” on one side of the neck, red cracked lips or red tongue and swollen hands and feet call your doctor immediately! The CDC recently released a new definition for what is now called Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) and has now confirmed a link to COVID-19.

  • Important precautionary measures to keep children safe include continuing to practice good hygiene, using face coverings, and social distancing

 

Senior Health

  • As the days get warmer, Margaret is concerned about how we can keep seniors cool from extreme temperatures, especially those who depend on senior centers and libraries as public cooling centers. Click on this link to determine if you are eligible for a Cooling Assistance benefit: https://access.nyc.gov/programs/cooling-assistance-benefit/ 

  • While congregate programming is suspended at senior centers, seniors can still access core services by calling Aging Connect at 212-244-6469. 

  • Access-A-Ride shared trips are suspended, but service will be available to riders with an approved guest or personal attendant. 

  • If you are a senior with limited income, and have a broken front door lock, clogged kitchen sink or toilet - Met Council’s SenioRepair is here to help! Call 929-292-9261 to talk to a Met Council representative.

 

Healthcare

  • Find out more about Telehealth services here

  • Health Insurance Special Enrollment Period for uninsured New Yorkers extended through 6/15, Get Covered or call 311 for special enrollment assistance.

    • Fact Sheets on Insurance Options and Changes During the Coronavirus Emergency can be found here.

  • Paid Sick Leave: Visit DOHMH FAQ Frequently Asked Questions for information on how to obtain the necessary medical documentation. The City has a call center to facilitate claiming paid sick leave: 855-491-2667 or 311.

  • Community Healthcare Network (CHN) offers primary care, behavioral health, women's health, sexual health, pediatric, nutrition, wellness, care coordination, and podiatry services to patients through telehealth technology. Reach them here: (866) 246-8259 

Face Covering Distribution

  • New York City will continue distributing face coverings in parks, DOE Grab & Go meal sites, NYCHA buildings, some Mitchell-Lama buildings, and grocery stores. Click for more information about Face Coverings.

GET TESTED IN YOUR COMMUNITY

There are two main types of tests:

Virus tests: swab or saliva tests used to identify whether someone currently has COVID-19 (i.e., whether they are currently sick).

Antibody tests (also called serology tests): blood tests used to identify whether someone had COVID-19 at some point in the past. Antibody tests cannot be used to tell if someone has a current infection with the virus that causes COVID-19.

 

EDUCATION

Summer Learning

  • DOE  will provide academic support with remote summer learning. Schools will begin to notify families in June if their student is being recommended or required to participate.

Return to School 2020 Survey

  • The City has created a short, anonymous survey to help understand what is most important to families when we return to school in the fall. All parents/guardians of students in grades 3-K - 12, and students in grades 6-12 are invited to take the survey: schools.nyc.gov/returntoschool2020 or call 311. The survey is available in Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, English, French, Haitian Creole, Korean, Russian, Spanish, and Urdu.

Reopening Playgrounds

  • Playgrounds are opening Monday 6/22! Social distancing ambassadors will monitor crowding, distribute face coverings, and encourage hygiene. Team sports (basketball, football, softball and soccer) will not be permitted during Phase 2.

HOUSING

Housing Stability

  • NY State has halted eviction proceedings and any pending eviction orders in housing court until further notice.

  • Eviction Moratorium: The State announced an extension of the eviction moratorium for residential and commercial tenants facing COVID-related hardship through 8/20. 

  • The City will automatically extend any Section 8 voucher set to expire. Voucher holders do not need to reach out to the City for an extension. 

  • All subsidy terminations that are in process are suspended until further notice. 

  • Any HPD Section 8 voucher holders facing rent hardships due to decreases in income should contact HPD.  

  • Mortgage relief: The State Department of Financial Services has issued a new directive to New York State mortgage servicers to provide 90-day mortgage relief to mortgage borrowers impacted by the novel coronavirus.

  • The Rent Guidelines Board passed a Rent Freeze - 0% increase on one year leases, for two year leases, 0% increase the first year, 1% increase the second year.

 

NYCHA

  • NYCHA has issued a moratorium on residential evictions and adjourned all current cases.

  • NYCHA encourages households experiencing a loss of income to visit the NYCHA Self-Service Portal NYCHA’s rent hardship program provides assistance to residents who require rent reductions due to income losses. A household may qualify for a rent reduction based on rent hardship if all the following conditions are met:

 

EMPLOYMENT & SMALL BUSINESSES

Open Restaurants

  • During Phase 2, the city will streamline the process for restaurants to have safe outdoor dining. The application to self-certify is now live on the City website. Additional details here.

Financial Assistance for Small Businesses

  • The New York Forward Loan Fund is a $100 million economic recovery loan program aimed at supporting NY state small businesses, nonprofits and small landlords as they reopen after the COVID-19 outbreak. The NYFLF targets the state’s small businesses with 20 or fewer full-time equivalent (FTE) employees (90% of all businesses), nonprofits and small landlords that have seen a loss of rental income. Visit the website for details.

  • The U.S. Small Business Administration posted a revised, user-friendly Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness application. Learn more here.

    • Click here to view the EZ Forgiveness Application. 

    • Click here to view the Full Forgiveness Application.

  • The city has created a Small Business Reopen Hotline at 888-727-4692 (888-SBS-NYC). Callers will be prompted to choose from the following options:

    • Press 1 for guidelines to reopen your business including licensing, permits and inspections.

    • Press 2 for accessing PPE hand sanitizer or other supplies for your business.

    • Press 3 for information for financial assistance including resource from federal, state and city

    • Press 4 for legal assistance including help on reviewing commercial lease

    • Press 5 for Assistance for recruiting employees

    • Press 6 for other assistance

  • Assistance & guidance for Businesses Impacted due to COVID-19 can be found here: Assistance & Guidance for Businesses

  • Emergency Grants are available for small businesses who experienced material damage to their storefronts over the last few weeks. More information available here: NYC Small Business Emergency Grant Program.

 

Job Opportunities

  • Taxi Drivers: Cab drivers, NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission is recruiting drivers to deliver food to our seniors through DeliveryTLC, and help replace lost trips. The City will pay drivers $15 an hr and reimburse for gas, tolls and mileage. Sign up here: NYC Food Delivery Driver

    • The TLC Driver Resource Center offers services including legal services, financial counseling, health and mental health referrals, and public benefits application support.

  • NYC Health + Hospitals is hiring for several positions. Apply here: http://nyc.gov/getwork.

 

Delivery Workers

  • With delivery workers taking on an important new responsibility to feed New Yorkers, help keep businesses afloat, and deliver essential goods, Council Member Chin has renewed her call to end the e-bike crackdown that has historically targeted immigrant delivery workers and urged City Hall to release confiscated e-bikes to their owners and provide protective gear to prevent the spread of the virus. 

  • If you are ordering in, encourage no-contact methods, practice empathy and manage your expectations for your delivery arrival time, and – always –  tip generously!  

 

Support Chinatown Restaurants

OPEN STREETS

 

In order for New Yorkers to have more outdoor space while still socially distancing, the following streets are now open for pedestrians and cyclists to use: 

    • (Partner/Neighborhood/Park, Borough, Street, From, To)

    • Village Alliance, Manhattan, University Place from 13th Street to 14th Street (8:30am-1:30pm Sunday)

    • Village Alliance, Manhattan, MacDougal Street from 4th Street to 8th Street (8:30am-1:30pm Sunday)

    • Hudson Sq. BID, Manhattan, Greenwich Street from Canal Street to Spring Street

    • Alliance for Downtown NY, Manhattan, Pearl Street from State Street to Cedar Street (11am-3pm all days)

    • Chinatown District, Manhattan, Doyers Street from Pell Street to Bowery (10am-4pm all days)

    • Seaport, Manhattan, Front Street from Beekman Street to Peck Slip

    • Financial District, Manhattan, on Broadway from Barclay St. to Morris St. (0.5 miles), includes bike lane

    • Flatiron Partnership,  Manhattan,  Broadway from 21st Street to 23rd Street AND from 24th Street to 28th Street (10am-6pm, all days)

    • Garment District, Manhattan,  Broadway from 36th Street to 41st Street (8am-4pm weekdays and 9am-5pm weekends)

    • LES BID, Manhattan, Orchard Street from Delancey Street to Houston Street, Ludlow Street from Delancey Street to Houston Street, Stanton Street from Allen Street to Essex Street, AND Rivington Street from Allen Street to Essex Street (8am-12pm, all days)

  • Under Open Streets, no through traffic will be permitted, with remaining vehicle traffic limited to local deliveries, pick-ups/drop-offs, necessary city service vehicles, and emergency vehicles only.  Such drivers are alerted to be hyper-vigilant and to drive at 5 MPH along these routes.

  • Please submit suggestions of streets in your community that could safely be closed with staffing of community partners here. Submitting an application does not guarantee acceptance. Please submit separate applications for each corridor you are proposing.

MEDICAL RESOURCES

Medicaid

  • In New York City, all active cases will be extended. No Medicaid case will be closed for failure to renew or failure to provide documentation. Any case that is closed for failure to renew or failure to provide documentation that had Medicaid coverage on or after March 18, 2020 will be reopened with coverage restored to ensure no gap in coverage. Renewals will be extended for 12 months.

  • Information regarding COVID facts for Medicaid Consumers, can be found here.

    • Guidance for Medicaid Consumers Enrolled Through their Local Department of Social Services can be found at this link.

  • For Medicaid inquiries, contact the Medicaid Helpline at 888-692-6116

Mental Health and Wellness Resources

FOOD ASSISTANCE

For an updated list of schools and pantries, visit: GetFoodNYC

If you cannot go out to get food, no one can bring you food, and you are not able to use private delivery options, New York City will deliver emergency meals to you in the coming days. You can check your eligibility and sign up for: NYC Food Delivery Assistance.

Seniors can receive meal delivery support by:

  • connecting with their local senior center

  • calling DFTA's Aging Connect at 212-AGING-NYC (212-244-6469)

  • or call 311

God's Love We Deliver delivers healthy meals to New Yorkers living with chronic or life-altering illnesses.

SNAP and Cash Assistance Updates

  • Clients with a SNAP or Cash Assistance case expiring in March to June have been granted a 6-month extension on recertification.

  • Families with children in the public school system will receive $420 per child to buy food. Applicants approved for Cash Assistance & SNAP benefits will receive an EBT card in the mail. Call EBT Customer Service at 888-328-6399 for account information or to request a replacement card to be received by mail.

  • Are you concerned about when you are obligated to report changes to your income? Find important information about the rules for changes which must be reported 10 days after the end of the month in which the change happened on SNAP FAQ.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Census

  • It’s not too late to fill out the 2020 Census! Not only does the census determine funding for our schools and affordable housing, but it also impacts funding for hospitals, emergency services, and critical healthcare programs. It only takes a few minutes and you can do it from home: visit my2020census.gov or call 844-330-2020. Learn more about why the census matters more than ever!

 

Volunteer with us

  • Council Member Chin's office is currently partnering with local organizations to organize food pantry deliveries door-to-door to vulnerable families in hard-to-access buildings. We need additional people power to aid us in our efforts! Volunteering with the Community First food pantry includes: loading, unloading, packaging, and distributing food within buildings in our district. Deliveries occur on Mondays and Thursdays, between 12:30 and 4 PM, with food packing based in the Lower East Side. Face masks and gloves will be provided. Click here to sign up via google form.

More Volunteer Opportunities 

Everyday New Yorkers are stepping up in big ways to provide assistance to neighbors in need. If you have a few hours or resources to spare, here are some ways you can help:

  • Volunteer for Visiting Neighbors, a group of compassionate New Yorkers offering their time to help homebound and isolated seniors with groceries and feel connected. Visit this form: http://visitingneighbors.org/Activities-for-Seniors-New-York-City-NY.html 

  • Donate goods to Bowery Mission at donategoods@bowery.org

  • Donate PPE: NYC Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Donation Portal

  • New York Blood Center needs blood. Please consider donating blood. New Yorkers can make an appointment by visiting nybc.org or by calling 800-933-2566. 

  • How to Help: Help Now NYC

  • The Henry Street//Vision Urban Food Pantry are looking for individuals who can volunteer ONSITE at the food pantry located at 888 East 6th Street to deliver food to local families in the neighborhood. Volunteers will be given a list of addresses to deliver food too along with a cart to deliver the meals in. Volunteer shifts will be every Tuesday from 9:00am-1:30pm (approx.). Volunteers who are interested must be able to come in on a weekly basis.

  • Henry Street Senior Services Pop-up Pantry: Henry Street Senior Services staff have identified high risk seniors that live in the Vladeck Housing area to receive emergency meal kits that are provided to Henry Street through our partnership with City Meals. They need volunteers to come in on either Wednesdays or Fridays (or both days)  from 10:00am-2:00pm to help deliver these meals to seniors in need. Volunteers will meet at 334 Madison Street.

 
 
 
 
 

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