City Hall COVID-19 Updates 5/26/2020
Today at City Hall, Mayor de Blasio announced the opening of new testing sites and the hiring of 1,700 contact tracers ( surpassing our goal of 1,000) by June 1st, speaking 40 languages and over 400 are hired from the neighborhoods hardest hit by COVID.
Help us spread the word about expanded COVID-19 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 WIDELY: o Retweet: https://twitter.com/NYCImmigrants/status/1263196967829680130
o Share a sample tweet:
New York City is opening up more FREE COVID-19 testing sites. By making testing widely available and hiring more contact tracers, @NYCMayor has made sure New York City can come back safely and stronger than ever. Find a testing site near nyc.gov/covidtest
 New York City has found the path forward by prioritizing testing and tracing on a LARGE scale. THIS is how you set yourself up for a safe restart. First step is testing. Find where you can get tested for free at nyc.gov/covidtest
See below for additional updates from City Hall.
Here’s what you’ll find:
· Share Announcements and Resources
· Updates to Test and Trace Corps
· New Community Testing Sites
· Tracing: Reading to Launch
· Alternate Side Parking
· Getting to Restart
· Tracking Progress – 3 Indicators
· Additional Resources
SHARE ANNOUNCEMENTS AND RESOURCES
· NYC’s First Lady Chirlane McCray is hosting a virtual discussion to talk about the effect of COVID-19 on mental health in our communities and strategies to help keep hope alive. o Wednesday, May 27 at 1PM: http://facebook.com/nycfirstlady o Share: https://twitter.com/NYCFirstLady/status/1264266038373429253
· There is an urgent need for blood in New York City!
o If you’re eligible, find a donation site and make an appointment. This is essential and will help New Yorkers in need. http://Nybc.org o Share Widely: https://twitter.com/NYCMayorsOffice/status/1264600077022253059
· Do you need help getting food? We’ve now delivered 32 MILLION meals, and there’s more where that came from. o Sign up for deliveries or find somewhere to pick up groceries at http://nyc.gov/getfood or call 311.
o Share the resource: https://twitter.com/NYCMayorsOffice/status/1264569958064947207
· TODAY at 6pm: Join Commissioner Bitt Mostofi for a Virtual Immigration Town Hall to learn more about resources for immigrant communities in Central Brooklyn.
o Live interpretation in Haitian-Creole will be available: https://facebook.com/events/229805554919410/ o Share: https://twitter.com/NYCImmigrants/status/1265281708628328448
· Beware of fake COVID-19 treatment and testing.
o Do NOT act on online offers for vaccinations and home test kits for COVID-19.
o Learn how to spot COVID-19-related scams and get safety tips at http://on.nyc.gov/3cN9CIC o Share Widely: https://twitter.com/NYCImmigrants/status/1264944328780189697
UPDATES TO TEST & TRACE CORPS
· $10-million initial media and outreach campaign
o TV, Radio, Digital, Community, Newspapers, Billboards, and Bus Shelters ,Handbills and Posters
o Grassroots outreach
· Annabel Palma, Chief Equity Officer, Test & Trace Corps
NEW COMMUNITY TESTING SITES
· This Week
o Queens Sorrentino Recreation Center
· Week of June 1:
§ Beach 39th
§ Street Leavitt Field (Parking Lot)
§ 1716 Bleecker Street
§ 1302 Edward L Grant Highway
§ 921 East 228th Street
· Week of June 8
§ 4002 Fort Hamilton Parkway
§ 6315 14th Avenue
· Week of June 15
o Staten Island
§ Greenbelt Recreation Center
· Week of June 22
§ Jacob Riis Settlement House
· Week of June 29
§ Manhattanville Health Center
§ 4006 3rd Avenue
· NEW Partnership between City of New York and AdvantageCare Physicians
o 16 sites across open June 1
o No cost for the uninsured
o Appointments encouraged Call 866-749-2660
o 16 AdvantageCare Physicians Testing Sites open June 1
§ Manhattan: 3
§ Brooklyn 5
§ Queens: 5
§ Bronx: 1
§ Staten Island: 2
TRACING: READY TO LAUNCH
· Over 1,700 tracers on team
o 938 Case Investigators (tracers that call people who have a positive COVID-19 result)
§ 410 hired from neighborhoods hardest-hit by COVID (44%)
§ 40 languages spoken
o 770 Monitors (call people every day to make sure diagnosed are safe)
§ 331 hired from neighborhoods hardest-hit by COVID (43%)
§ 40% speak Spanish 100
· additional Case Investigators conducting case interviews this week, covering patients testing positive in target zip codes
ALTERNATE SIDE PARKING
· Alternate Side Parking (ASP) Suspended for Two Weeks through June 7
GETTING TO RESTART
· NYC is preparing for the first phase of reopening
· Assessing the needs of each industry
o Necessary enforcement, support and regulations for establishments which may be able to reopen
· Studying transit patterns
o City studying transit patterns to ensure safety once people begin returning to work
TRACKING PROGRESS – 3 INDICATORS
· Daily number of people admitted to hospitals for suspected COVID-19
o Threshold: Under 200 patients admitted per day
o Today’s report:63 patients
· Daily number of people in H&H ICUs
o Threshold: Under 375 patients in H&H ICUs
o Today’s report:423 patients
· Percent of people tested Citywide who are positive for COVID-19
o Threshold:Under 15% positive
o Today’s report:7% positive
· 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
o Chinese @nnycchinese: https://twitter.com/NNYCChinese o Spanish @nnycspanish: https://twitter.com/NNYCSpanish
· 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
· 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