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COVID-19 Resources

Dear Neighbor,

With the rapidly spreading coronavirus (COVID-19) forcing all of us to make significant changes to the ways in which we work, live, and interact with one another, it can be difficult to know which information to trust and how to keep yourself and your family safe. That’s why my office has put together this page—so that you can find useful information and resources about COVID-19, learn more about how to protect yourself from the virus, and follow the work that we are doing at the city, state and national level to combat the coronavirus pandemic and help people stay healthy, safe, and financially secure through this crisis.

As we confront this virus together, please follow the guidance of medical professionals and do not hesitate to reach out to us for help. My office is available via phone should you require any additional information or support. To reach my Manhattan office, please call: 212-367-7350. To reach my Brooklyn office, please call: 718-373-3198.

Also, New York City has a 24-hour coronavirus hotline that can be reached at 1-888-364-3065. If you have experienced price gouging in New York City, please call the City’s price gouging hotline at 800-697-1220.

Sincerely,


Jerrold Nadler


What You Need to Know
 

The Facts

Protecting Yourself

National, State, Local Resources

Updates

Useful Links


The Facts of COVID-19

What is it?
Coronavirus, or COVID-19, is a respiratory illness which was first identified in Wuhan, China in December 2019. COVID-19 is transmitted from person-to-person and is highly contagious. Older adults and people with chronic health conditions like heart disease, lung disease, and diabetes are at higher risk of getting seriously ill with COVID-19. As of March 18, 2020, there are over 7,000 COVID-19 cases in the United States and nearly 200,000 globally.


What are the symptoms?
While symptoms vary from person to person, confirmed COVID-19 patients have reported the following symptoms: fever, cough, and shortness of breath. If you experience any of the emergency warning signs of COVID-19—which include difficulty breathing, a persistent pain/pressure in the chest, bluish lips or face—seek medical attention immediately. It is also possible to be infected with COVID-19 and not show any symptoms—this is what the term ‘asymptomatic carrier’ means.


Is there a vaccine?
No, there is not yet a COVID-19 vaccine.

Protecting Yourself from COVID-19


There are straightforward steps we can all take to limit the transmission of COVID-19. Every health care expert agrees that the best way to protect yourself and your family is to follow simple guidelines:

  • Practice social distancing as much as possible
  • Wash your hands regularly following CDC handwashing guidelines
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze
  • Avoid close contact with others who are sick
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces, including your phone, with disinfecting cleaning spray or wipe
  • Stay home. Limit trips outdoors to only what is necessary: grocery shopping, dog-walking, physical exercise
  • If you must leave your home, maintain a distance of 6 feet between yourself an others


If you are experiencing symptoms or have been to an area where coronavirus is spreading, contact your health care provider who will work with the Department of Health to determine if you need screening.

National, State, and Local Resources


Federal:

Information for Travelers from DHS & Department of State

  • Americans who are currently abroad are encouraged enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program and to contact the closest consulate or embassy in the country they are visiting; the list of consulates and embassies can be found here.
  • Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs has set up a hotline for Overseas Citizens Services. Call 1-888-407-4747
  • Visit the websites for the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of State for updated travel advisories and alerts.

HUD

  • The president announced HUD is providing immediate relief to renters and homeowners by suspending all foreclosures and evictions until the end of April. Updates and information from HUD can be found here.

IRS

  • The Department of Treasury and IRS have moved the U.S Tax Filing Day from April 15th to July 15th. You now have until July 15th to file your taxes and paid any owed monies. More information and resources about tax relief can be found here.
  • IRS People First Initiative announced tax relief measures due to COVID-19 including suspending payments for taxpayers under an existing Installment Agreement due between April 1 and July 15, 2020 and the IRS will not forward new delinquent accounts to private collection agencies during this period.

SBA

  • Guidance and resources for small businesses to acquire capital loans can be found here.

VA

  • VA health care facilities are adding protocols to ensure the safety of its patients and visitors. If you’re a Veteran seeking medical care, call your VA health facility if you have symptoms of the virus. Updated information can be found here.


NYS:

As of March 22nd @ 8 PM, New York State will be on PAUSE (standing for Policies Assure Uniform Safety for Everyone)

  • 100 % of non-essential workers must stay home, and non-essential businesses must close. Any non-essential gatherings are prohibited. New Yorkers must remain 6-feet from one another when leaving the apartment for essentials like food and medicine. Sick New Yorkers should remain at home unless they need urgent medical attention. Matilda's Law is enacted for adults aged 70+.

NYS is calling for companies to be creating to supply the crucial gear our healthcare workers need. NY will pay a premium and offer funding.

  • If companies need funding, call 212-803-3100
  • If companies have unused supplies, call 646-522-8477 or email COVID19supplies@esd.ny.gov
Department of Health
  • New York State has set up a COVID-19 Hotline to answer questions at 1-888-364-3065 or 311.
  • Information about testing for COVID-19 can be found here. Testing is free for all eligible New Yorkers as ordered by a health care provider.
  • Visit the Department of Health’s website for regularly updated information
  • NYS has opened special enrollment period for ACA coverage for uninsured individuals through April 15. Enroll here.
Office of the Attorney General
  • New York State will temporarily halt the collection of medical and student debt owed to the State of New York for collection for at least a 30-day period. More information on this and other guidance and resources from the AG’s office can be found here.
  • You can report labor violations/ employers who are not abiding by NYS Executive Orders by calling 212-416-8700 or email labor.bureau.ag.ny.gov
  • The office has created new hate crime hotline to field reports of xenophobia and racism related to the global coronavirus pandemic. Incidents can be reported to civil.rights@ag.ny.gov or 1-800-771-7755

Department of Labor

  • NYS enacted emergency paid sick leave to guarantee workers job protection and provide financial compensation while they are on a mandatory or precautionary quarantine due to the Coronavirus. More information can be found here.
  • NYS is waiving the 7-Day waiting period for Unemployment Insurance benefits for people who are out of work due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) closures or quarantines. More up to date information can be found here.

NY Responds Hand Sanitizer

  • My office can help request NY Responds Hand Sanitizer for institutions and organizations within the 10th Congressional District. Please submit a request through our comment form, including the amount requested and an explanation of the need.

Department of Financial Services

  • The 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. Updated information can be found here.

Economic Development Corporation (NYSEDC)

  • NYSEDC has created a guide to COVID-19 business related questions found here. Additional questions can be submitted here.

State Parks

  • New York State is waiving all park fees in state, local, and county parks.

Department of Motor Vehicles

  • Department of Motor Vehicles offices are temporarily closed for in-office visits. Online transactions, including for license renewals, are still available. License and permit expirations will be extended.


NYC:

Department of Health
  • The most up to date information from the City’s health department can be found here.
  • Seeking or using medical treatment or preventive healthcare services related to COVID-19 will NOT be considered under the public charge rule, even if the services are Medicaid-funded.

Schools

  • NYC schools are closed through April 20th (although they may remain closed throughout the rest of the school year)
  • NYC schools are providing three free meals a day to all NYC children. Meals can be picked up Monday - Friday from 7:30 am-1:30 pm. Pick up locations can be found here.
  • Remote learning will begin on March 23rd. Laptops and internet access will be provided to all students who need. If you need to request a device for a student in your family, fill out this form and you will be contacted by DOE.
  • The latest information from the DOE can be found here.

Regional Enrichment Centers

  • Beginning March 23, the City will provide supervision to children of healthcare workers, first responders, and transit workers at Regional Enrichment Centers.  
  • More information and enrollment forms can be found here.

Senior Centers

  • Some senior Centers in Manhattan are providing grab and go meals. Click here for locations and pick up times.

HPD/NYCHA

  • NYCHA is halting residential evictions for as long as the City is under a state of emergency.  
  • HPD Section 8 participants experiencing a rent hardship due to a decrease in income may contact HPD here. Resources regarding rent hardship for NYCHA residents can be found here.
  • HPD will temporarily suspend non-emergency HQS inspections. If you have a life-threatening condition, please call 311.

NYC Tenants' Rights for Tenants with COVID-19 or Under Home Quarantine

  • Your landlord cannot discriminate against you, kick you out, or ask you to leave your apartment because of fears and stigma around COVID-19, including discrimination or harassment on the basis of actual or perceived race, national origin, disability, or other protected classes.
    • If you are facing discrimination and harassment by your landlord, please visit the NYC Commission on Human Rights and fill out the form to report discrimination.
  • If you have COVID-19, are home-quarantined and/or working from home and have concerns about construction in your building:
    • The Department of Buildings is monitoring this situation and providing updates and available guidance here.
  • You can connect with the Department of Buildings and share your concerns and questions. Please e-mail COVID-19@buildings.nyc.gov
  • More information can be found here.

HRA/DSS

  • HRA will offices remain open. However, if individuals unable or unwilling to go in person to an HRA office for scheduled appointments, no negative case actions will be taken. HRA Centers will assist clients no matter which center they report to, even if its not their assigned center. More information can be found here.
  • You can apply for SNAP benefits for the first time or submit recertification documents online at ACCESS HRA.

Landmarks Planning Commission

  • Starting Tuesday, March 17th LPC will be temporarily accepting emailing of all permit applications at applications@lpc.nyc.gov. Electronic applications will be given priority during the City’s COVID-19 Response. Read on here.

Small Business Services

  • NYC will provide relief for small businesses across the City seeing a reduction in revenue because of COVID-19. Assistance resources and guidance for small businesses can be found here.

Report Price Gouging on products that protect people from COVID-19

Price gouging can be reported to multiple agencies:

  • NYS Division of Consumer Protection: Email a complaint here or call 800-697-1220
  • NYS Attorney General: Fill out a complaint form here.
  • NYC Department of Consumer and Worker Protection: Fill out a complaint form here or call 311 and say "overcharge".

Mental Health

Pandemics and other times of uncertainty may be acutely stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.

The CDC has released a guide for managing stress and coping.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has created a guide with tips for social distancing, quarantine, and isolation during an infectious disease outbreak

SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline offers crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters. Call 1-800-985-5990 or text "TalkWithUs" to 66746.

New York State has set up a hotline to speak with mental health professionals who have volunteered to provide free services. Call 1-844-863-9314 to schedule an appointment.

NYC Well has free, confidential mental health support and substance use services. Speak to a counselor via phone, text, or chat in more than 200 languages, 24/7/365.


Stay Updated

It's crucial that New Yorkers stay informed with facts about COVID-19 that they can trust. Make sure that you are signed up to receive updates from my office on the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to sign-up. To see a list of the bills and letters I have supported since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, click here.


Useful Resources

  • General Information about COVID-19 from the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Regularly updated information about COVID-19 in New York State from the New York State Department of Health
  • Information and guidance from NYC Health about COVID-19 in New York City
  • A one-page factsheet from the CDC with useful information about COVID-19 (English, Spanish)
  • Information from the CDC about what steps to take if you suspect you might be sick with COVID-19 (English, Spanish)
  • The City is regularly updating a list of NYC services and resources available here
  • Information on the suspension or reduction of city agency services available here
  • Updates for participants of the WTC Health Program regarding COVID-19
  • For information about emergency paid sick leave in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and the CARES Act, click here
  • For IRS federal tax income return filing and payment relief guidance, click here
  • Information on small business disaster relief loans is available here
  • To learn more about the unemployment compensation provisions in the CARES Act, click here
  • To learn more about the CARES Act impact on Social Security, click here
  • To learn more about the rebates within the CARES Act, click here. To read about them in Spanish, click here

Information current as of 3/30/20.
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