Today at City Hall, the Mayor announced two new centers to get tested for COVID-19 in Manhattan and Brooklyn. As we expand testing capacity, we ask that you help us spread the word about testing to keep our loved ones safe and stop the spread.
You should seek testing for COVID-19 if you:
· Have COVID-19 symptoms (cough, fever, shortness of breath, loss of appetite or smell), regardless of age, chronic conditions, or occupation
· Come in close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 patient, regardless of symptoms
· Work in a congregate residential setting (nursing home, shelter, or adult care facility), regardless of symptoms
· Visit nyc.gov/covidtest to find a testing site near you
Please share this and other announcements below!
SHARE ANNOUNCEMENTS AND RESOURCES
· BREAKING: Two more community testing sites are now OPEN.
o Please spread the word with these sample tweets:
Two more community testing sites are now OPEN.
In Manhattan: Highbridge Recreation Center in Washington Heights
In Brooklyn: 1223 Coney Island Avenue in Midwood.
Go to nyc.gov/covidtest to learn more and find a testing site near you.
· Support Long Term Care Givers:
o New Op-ed from Deputy Mayor Thompson and the New York Academy of Medicine: Thousands of health care workers aren’t in our hospitals. They’re in people’s homes, working hard every single day. Thank you to ALL the health care heroes in this city — we see you, we appreciate you and we’ll fight for you.
o Share this important message by retweeting or sharing a sample tweet
§ Retweet: https://twitter.com/nycmayorsoffice/status/1262370249661349889?s=21
COVID-19 is forcing our country to rethink and reform how we approach health care — and how we honor the caregivers who do the work. https://www.gothamgazette.com/opinion/9397-thank-all-caregivers-not-just-most-visible-coronavirus-new-york-city Sample 2
Long-Term caregiving is a stressful job under ANY circumstances — and it’s especially challenging under COVID-19. I’m proud of my city standing with these vital workers. https://www.gothamgazette.com/opinion/9397-thank-all-caregivers-not-just-most-visible-coronavirus-new-york-city
· ATTENTION NEW YORKERS: There is a blood shortage right now. Please donate if you can — it’s safe and will save lives. o Go to https://nybc.org/donate-blood/ o Spread the word: https://twitter.com/NYCMayorsOffice/status/1262148389740916739
· The heat can be dangerous, so we’re keeping the most vulnerable New Yorkers safe. We will distribute 70,000 FREE air conditioners to seniors and NYCHA residents, so staying home is safe and comfortable. o Share Widely https://twitter.com/NYCMayorsOffice/status/1262117183510835202
· Help us beat back COVID-19! If you go out, wear a face covering outside and practice social distancing.
o We're handing out 7.5 million free face coverings across the five boroughs, in places like Flushing Meadows Park. To learn more visit http://nyc.gov/facecoverings o Share Widely: https://twitter.com/NYCMayorsOffice/status/1261789380798283779
MADE IN NYC: TEST KITS
First NYC-made test kits now in use at Community Testing Sites
Timeline Weekly Test Kits Assembled
Week of 5/11 28,000
Week of 5/18 33,000
Week of 5/25 50,000
Week of 6/1 60,000+
Developed with local partners Print Parts, Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Collab
2 NEW COMMUNITY TESTING SITES NOW OPEN
Highbridge Recreation Center, Washington Heights
1223 Coney Island Avenue, Midwood
Visit nyc.gov/covidtest to find a testing site near you
· Today: Antibody Testing Begins for 140,000+ Healthcare Workers and First Responders
o Offered at hospitals, firehouses, police stations and corrections facilities
· Testing identifies likely past infection to COVID-19
o Partnership with US Dept of Health and Human Services and CDC
· Sign Up: FirstSeroSurveyNYC.com or Text “TestNYC” to 78378
MULTI-SYSTEM INFLAMMATORY SYNDROME IN CHILDREN
· CDC released new case definition for what is now called Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C)
· The CDC has now confirmed there is a link to COVID-19
· DOHMH reviewing cases reported in NYC under the CDC’s new definition
· Important precautionary measures to keep children safe: continue good hygiene, face coverings, social distancing
· If your child has symptoms contact your doctor immediately. Call 311 if you need a doctor.
· Common symptoms include
o Persistent fever
o Irritability or sluggishness
o Abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting
o Conjunctivitis (red or pink eyes)
o Enlarged lymph node “gland” on one side of the neck
o Red cracked lips or red tongue
o Swollen hands and feet
· As of today – the city has had 145 reports using the initial PMIS case definition released on May 4th
o 67 tested positive for COVID-19 or antibodies
o 1 fatality
· City will have an updated number of cases under the MIS-C definition later this week
ALTERNATE SIDE PARKING BACK IN EFFECT
· ASP Resumes Today
o NYC resuming Alternate Side Parking (ASP) for the week of May 18-23 for a “clean sweep” citywide (excluding May 21 for Ascension Day)
· ASP Suspended Beginning May 24
· ASP will be suspended again May 24 through June 7, during which DSNY will reassess cleanliness
TRACKING PROGRESS- 3 INDICATORS
· People admitted to hospitals for suspected COVID-19
o 48 DOWN (77 as of May 15)
· People currently in H+H ICUs for suspected COVID-19
o 475 UP (469 as of May 15)
· Percentage of people tested who are positive for COVID-19
o Citywide: 11% = (11% as of May 15)
Data for Saturday May 16. Published at nyc.gov/coronavirus
· For New Yorkers with symptoms or questions about COVID-19, connect to a medical provider
o free of charge 9am to 9pm
· Fact Sheet: Pediatric Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/doh/downloads/pdf/imm/covid-19-pmis.pdf
· TLC Launches Resource Center
o Legal, Financial and other Services to Hard Hit Drivers https://portal.driverresourcecenter.tlc.nyc.gov
· NYC LGBTQ COVID guide.
o This mobile-accessible website contains nearly 100 listings of LGBTQ+ affirming services still available citywide, including food programs, legal services, health resources & more.
o Check it out:nyc.gov/lgbtqcovid
· Renters have rights in New York City and we will help you fight for those rights.
o Call 311 if you're having issues. We will provide free legal help regardless of income or immigration status.
o Spread the word in multiple languages: https://twitter.com/NYCImmigrants/status/1258467271548252161
· STOP THE SPREAD OF COVID-19! LEARN HOW TO TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF AND OTHERS AT HOME o English: https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/doh/downloads/pdf/imm/health-disparities-flyer o Español | Русский | 繁體中文 | 简体中文 | Kreyòl ayisyen | 한국어 | বাংলা | Italiano| Polski | العربية | Français | فارسى | اردو | "ײִדיש | ελληνικά | ગુજરાતી | עברית | हिन्दी | 日本語 | Português | ਪੰਜਾਬੀ(India) | ਪੰਜਾਬੀ(Pakistan) | Tagalog | ไทย | བོད་པ་
· NYC Health + Hospitals (H+H) is making hotel rooms available for New Yorkers who may need to self-isolate because they have COVID-19 or COVID-19 like symptoms, but their homes do not allow for them to stay six feet away from others, or they live with someone who is vulnerable. o Download and share the flyer: English | Español | Shqip | االعربية | বাংলা | Français | Kreyòl Ayisyen | हिंदी | 한국어 | Polski | Русский | 简体中文 | 繁體中文 | ردُواُ
· Get Tested in Your Community
o Find Community testing sites operated by NYC Health + Hospitals near you: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/coronavirus/resources/covid-testing.page
· New York City Department of Probation:One week of free groceries are available to all New Yorkers in five boroughs at the Neighborhood Opportunity Network (NeON) Nutrition Kitchens, in partnership with the Food Bank of NYC and the NYC Young Men’s Initiative (YMI)
o https://www1.nyc.gov/site/neon/programs/nutrition-kitchen.page · COVID-19 Jobs: https://fphnyc.org/about/careers/
· Translated COVID-19 Graphics available on our immigrant resource guide page at nyc.gov/immigrants/coronavirus
· Pet owner impact by COVID-19
o Call the Pet Hotline at 1-877-204-8821
o 8 a.m. to 8 p.m, 7 days a week
· Student Loan Debt Tips During COVID-19
· FAQ for Pandemic Unemployment Benefits
· Centralized COVID19 page for resources:
· Real-time COVID updates
o Text ‘COVID’ to 692692 (NYC-NYC) for real-time updates from NotifyNYC
o Text ‘COVIDESP’ for updates in Spanish. o Spread the word: https://twitter.com/NYCMayorsOffice/status/1246476120687398912
o English @notifynyc: https://twitter.com/NotifyNYC
· Confidentially self-report COVID19 status and symptoms
o Go to nyc.gov/cv19engagementportal
· 11,000 hotel rooms to help New Yorkers Quarantine
o If you’re a healthcare worker and need a hotel nycgov/covid19hotel
· Free meals are available to every New Yorker at over 400 locations
o text ‘NYC FOOD’ or ‘NYC COMIDA’ to 877-877 for more. o Learn more: http://schools.nyc.gov/freemeals o Share: https://twitter.com/NYCMayor/status/1247499166227533825
o View the full Twitter thread for translations in multiple languages: https://twitter.com/NYCImmigrants/status/1246096131680956417?s=20
· For DACA Recipients: For help renewing your application call ActionNYC at 1-800-354-0365 (we may even be able to help you out with the renewal fee. · Share this resource: https://twitter.com/NYCImmigrants/status/1247633689657454593
· Attention immigrant New Yorkers: Seek care without fear.
o Use of our health services related to #COVID19 will not be considered under the Public Charge rule and will not impact your ability to apply for a green card or citizenship.
o More info: http://bit.ly/2ic6qcV
o Spread the Word: https://twitter.com/NYCHealthSystem/status/1251595115677790209?s=20
· Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs Hotline
o If you have questions about immigration or how to access City services during the #COVID19 crisis
o Call our hotline at 212-788-7654 from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, o Email to AskMOIA@cityhall.nyc.gov
o Spread the word: https://twitter.com/NYCImmigrants/status/1251196907914960904?s=20
· Skip the Trip to Access HRA:
o To help stop the spread of COVID-19, many HRA locations are consolidating until further notice. We are asking New Yorkers to do everything they can through #AccessHRA or by calling 311. o Spread the Word: https://twitter.com/NYCDHS/status/1244720107365990401
· Volunteer, donate or partner with NYC: nyc.gov/helpnow
· Assistance for Organizations
o Including healthcare facilities, small businesses, non-profits and more o https://www1.nyc.gov/site/helpnownyc/get-help/organizations.page
· Services for Domestic and Gender-Based Violence Survivors
o You are not alone. We understand home is not always safe.
o For services visit nyc.gov/nychope
o Call NYC’s 24-hour hotline at 1800-621-HOPE or call 911 for emergencies o More Resources: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/ocdv/get-help/resources-for-survivors-during-covid-19.page
· Freelancers in NYC: If you're facing nonpayment issues, file a complaint:
o Learn more: https://on.nyc.gov/34hE22g
· It's ILLEGAL for stores to overcharge you.
o If you think a store excessively increased the price of items needed to prevent or limit the spread of or treat COVID19 you can:
§ file a complaint at http://on.nyc.gov/overcharge
§ call 311 and say “Overcharge.” § Learn more: http://on.nyc.gov/39D7Pnj
§ Share in multiple languages: https://twitter.com/NYCImmigrants/status/1247192425061326852?s=20
· New webpage full of resources for New Yorkers with Disabilities during COVID-19. For information on Food/Supply Delivery, Social Security/Medicaid Benefits, Home Healthcare Services and more o visit: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/mopd/resources/covid-19-resources-for-people-with-disabilities.page
· Donate money, medical supplies or Personal Protective Equipment for front line workers o https://www1.nyc.gov/site/helpnownyc/give-help/donate.page
· Affected by COVID19? Find out what benefits you may qualify for and more o English https://access.nyc.gov/coronavirus-covid-19-updates/ o More resources are here as well: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/helpnownyc/get-help/individuals.page
· Has your financial situation changed due to #COVID19?
o NYC Financial Empowerment Center counselors are available to support you over the phone with free financial counseling – it’s secure and confidential.
o Book an appointment at http://nyc.gov/TalkMoney
· Mental Health Support New Yorkers Can Access While Staying Home
o Resources and a 24/7 hotline at nyc.gov/nycwell
o A free resource guide for all New Yorkers as well as services tailored to the needs of aging New Yorkers, veterans, students and young people, and people harmed by violence, crime or abuse : https://thrivenyc.cityofnewyork.us/mental_health_support_while_home
· Stop the spread of misinformation about COVID19 and stand against stigma.
o If you have been harassed or discriminated against due to race, national origin, age, or disability, contact NYC Commission on Human Rights by calling 311.
o Call 911 if you are a victim of or witness a hate crime.
o Head to http://nyc.gov/stopcovidhate
o Spread the word: https://twitter.com/NYCCHR/status/1247559624951300097?s=20
· Many city services are available to all New Yorkers no matter what your immigration status is and regardless of your ability to pay.
o Visit the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs’ COVID-19 resource guide for immigrant communities during the COVID-19 pandemic
o Information is available in multiple languages: nyc.gov/immigrants/coronavirus
· To access SNAP online ordering o Go to https://www1.nyc.gov/site/hra/help/snap-online-shopping.page
· COVID-19 Resources for NYCHA residents o Go to http://on.nyc.gov/nycha-covid-19-resources
· If you believe an employer is violating either existing labor laws or recently issued executive orders:
o Contact 311 or the New York State Attorney General at (212) 416-8700 or Labor.Bureau@ag.ny.gov to report them. o Learn more: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/dca/workers/worker-rights.page
· Learn more about COVID-19, or coronavirus, in American Sign Language.
o Share this video to remind New Yorkers to make a plan, gather supplies, and stay informed with @NotifyNYC: https://twitter.com/nycemergencymgt/status/1245797559572062210?s=20
· NYC Food Delivery Driver Portal The City of New York is hiring licensed TLC drivers to deliver food to New Yorkers in need during the COVID-19 crisis.
o Learn more or Sign up: https://cv19engagementportal.cityofnewyork.us/#/display/5e7634997ad67502161607c2
· We've released a Work from Home Toolkit to help New Yorkers make the most of working from home. o Check it out https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/cto/#/toolkit/working-from-home o Spread the word: https://twitter.com/NYC_CTO/status/1251138741906915329
· DOE Graphics Library
o A collection of graphics on the DOE's recent announcements that can be shared with families and educators, in all 9 DOE languages. o https://infohub.nyced.org/in-our-schools/translations/graphics-library
· Remote Learning:
o You can request to have an internet-enabled device delivered to your home
o Fill out a device request form at coronavirus.schools.nyc/RemoteLearningDevices or call 311 for support
o For more information about remote learning, activities for students, and technical support go to schools.nyc.gov/LearnAtHome
o Take our remote learning survey: https://twitter.com/NYCSchools/status/1252597483575939074?s=20
· Housing Court
o is closed for most non-essential matters and that all pending proceedings are being administratively adjourned
o New York City Housing Court are now only open for essential cases permitted by the court, such as landlord lockouts, serious housing code violations, and requests for emergency repairs orders. Other Housing Court cases are on hold.
§ Know that since March 16, 2020, all eviction proceedings in New York City are suspended indefinitely. For more information, please visit the NYC Department of Investigation (DOI).
§ Anyone with knowledge of City marshals attempting to execute on warrants of eviction can report this activity by calling DOI's Bureau of City Marshals at 212-825-5953.
§ Call 311 or fill out the Mayor’s Office to Protect Tenants Contact Us form if you are being threatened with eviction, harassment or need emergency help.
· COVID-19 and Poison Prevention: Staying Safe While Staying Home
o You can find guidance with translations here: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/health/health-topics/poison-control.page