City Hall COVID-19 Announcements and Updates – 5/2020
Today, Mayor de Blasio announced the distribution of face coverings, CitiBike expansion for essential workers, more PPE for health care workers and expanded community testing.
Please take a few minutes to share these and other announcements/ resources
below. As always, feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns.
See more updates from the Mayor about the city’s response to the COVID-19 crisis. Here’s what you’ll find:
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PPE for Health Care Workers
Community Testing Sites
More Testing in More Places
Promoting Face Coverings in Public Spaces
Social Distancing Enforcement and Education
Citi Bike is Expanding
Thank Yous for Donations (
Facebook has a new NYC Small Business grant. Apply at facebook.com/grantsforbusiness)
Tracking Progress – 3 Indicators
New Call Line for Paid Sick Leave
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Announcement: Station Closings for Deep Cleaning
Spread the word with this Sample Tweet
The @MTA has agreed to @NYCMayor plan to close stations nightly for deep cleaning. This will help keep essential workers safe and allow us to better help homeless individuals into shelter. Thank you @NYGovCuomo for your partnership!
Announcement: NYC to Distribute 100,000 Free Face Coverings
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You can get FREE face coverings from the City! Thank you @NYCMayor for breaking down barriers to proper protection during the COVID-19 crisis. Find out where you can get yours at nyc.gov/facecoverings
.@NYCMayor has made it easier for New Yorkers to protect themselves. The city will now pass out free face coverings in parks and hard-hit communities. THIS is how to stop the spread. Find out when and where to get yours: nyc.gov/facecoverings
Announcement: CitiBike Expansion for Essential Workers
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Essential workers can now get a free one year membership to @CitiBikeNYC thanks to @NYCMayor, @NYC_DOT and @Lyft! This is a safer way for front line workers to get to their jobs while decreasing their exposure risk.
Citi Bike will have stations near Lincoln and Harlem Hospitals AND is offering a free yearlong membership to essential workers. Thank you to @CitiBikeNYC, @NYCMayor and @NYC_DOT for getting this done!
The Mayor, First Lady, and Department of Defense are ensuring first responders and health care workers get the mental health care support they need during this crisis.
We gave 250,000 students the iPads they need to learn from home, and hundreds of volunteers stepped up to provide tech support!
“I have seen countless examples of incredible innovative and enriching activities that our teacher are putting forward for our students.” — says DOE Cancellor Carranza
Asian New Yorkers: You have the right to be free from harassment and discrimination under the New York City Human Rights Law.
Many services are available to ALL regardless of immigration status:
500,000 New Yorkers on the frontlines of the COVID19 pandemic are immigrants. Our delivery workers, drivers, health care staff, and others are essential to our city—and always have been.
Renters have rights in New York City and we will help you fight for those rights.
Call 311 if you're having issues. We will provide free legal help regardless of income or immigration status.
NEW YORK CITY BUSINESS OWNERS: We will help you get the financial support you deserve.
The federal government has $310 billion for small businesses, but they deemed it first come, first serve.
Apply at http://sba.gov
call 311 for help filling out your application.
Fashion is an integral part of this city and some local designers have an important message about the protective outfits worn by our healthcare professionals!
Thank you Tory Burch, Brandon Maxwell, DKNY, Proenza Schouler and CFDA
Cupid is coming to New York City!
Project Cupid will allow couples to get married online by the end of next week.
Go to http://nyc.gov/cupid for more
The census is for everyone, no matter your age, language, housing situation or immigration status. And there is NO citizenship question!
Fill out the census today: http://my2020census.gov
Make all of your virtual meetings inclusive for people with disabilities with MOPD's Accessible Virtual Meetings Guide.
Let’s take care of each other as we confront this pandemic!
For FREE, anyone who needs extra support can call 1-888-NYC-WELL to speak to trained counselors at any time.
PPE FOR HEALTH CARE WORKERS
New Supply of Surgical Gowns Secured
1M gowns arrived in US and are in transit to NYC from factory in Vietnam
900K more gowns being loaded onto planes in Vietnam bound for NYC
City has purchased 3M more gowns, now in production
City coordinated air freight
Coordinated by EDC and leading NYC firm BCI Brands
With incoming deliveries and local production, NYC will be sufficient in gowns at crisis standard until mid-May
COMMUNITY TESTING SITES
3 NYCHA Testing Sites Now Open
Brooklyn: Jonathan Williams Houses, Williamsburg
Queens: Woodside Houses, Woodside
Manhattan: St. Nicholas Houses, Harlem
2 New H+H Community Testing Sites Open This Weekend
Brooklyn: Ida G Israel Clinic, Coney Island
Manhattan: Dyckman-Clinica de Las Americas, Inwood
Next Week: All 11 H+H Hospitals Will Open For Community Testing
MORE TESTING IN MORE PLACES
NYC is Tripling Testing Capacity at Community Sites
Week of April 27: 14,000 tests per week
Week of May 4: 35,000 tests per week
Week of May 18: 43,000 tests per week
H+H Community Testing Sites
Week of April 27: 11 sites
Week of May 18: 30 sites
PROMOTING FACE COVERINGS IN PUBLIC SPACES
City Distributing Face Coverings in Parks
Free of charge
100,000 face coverings distributed starting this week
Focus on hard-hit communities and high-traffic parks
Visit NYC.GOV/FACECOVERINGS For Locations and Times
SOCIAL DISTANCING ENFORCEMENT AND EDUCATION
Assigning City Workers to Patrol Parks and Public Spaces
Over 1000 full-time staff dedicated to proactive social distance enforcement and education
Parks, Office of Special Enforcement, Sheriff, FDNY, DEP, DSNY
Instruct groups to disperse and educate New Yorkers
Distribute 275,000 face coverings across NYC starting this week
Complement NYPD patrols and response to 311 reports
CITI BIKE IS EXPANDING
Citi Bike Expansion in the Bronx and Upper Manhattan
100+ new stations, including those serving essential workers at Lincoln Hospital and Harlem Hospital
Critical Workforce Membership Program
Citi and Mastercard extending free one year membership for essential workers
$1 million commitment, 5,500+ workers enrolled this month
THANK YOU FOR DONATIONS
American Eagle donated
175,000 surgical masks
35,000 masks (1500 N95s, 30,000 surgical masks)
Consulate General of Egypt donated
200,000 masks, 5,000 protective suits and gowns
$100,000 to the Food for Heroes Initiative
Fresh Cosmetics donated
$200,000+ worth of soaps, moisturizers and cleansers for H+H and DHS
$6.5 Million grant program for NYC Small Businesses
If a small business owner wants to apply go to facebook.com/grantsforbusiness
People admitted to hospitals for suspected COVID-19
(136 as of April 27)
People currently in H+H ICUs for suspected COVID-19
(734 as of April 27)
Percentage of people tested who are positive for COVID-19
(23% as of April 27)
Public Health Lab: 36%
(29% as of April 27)
Data for Tuesday, April 28. Published at nyc.gov/coronavirus
NEW YORKERS CAN CALL 311 or 855-491-2667 TO FACILITATE CLAIMING PAID SICK LEAVE
New Yorkers who have had to miss work because they were sick because of COVID-19 can claim paid sick leave and use the City’s Call Center to obtain the necessary medical documentation.
Last week, Health Commissioner Dr. Oxiris Barbot issued a Commissioner’s Order (PDF)detailing the process for New Yorkers who missed work because they tested positive for COVID-19 or were sick with COVID-19 to claim paid sick leave from their employer under New York State’s COVID-19 paid sick leave law.
The order applies to health care workers, essential employees, and nonessential employees.
New Yorkers can check if they are qualified to claim paid sick leave and obtain the documentation they need by calling the Health Department at 855-491-2667. Visit paidfamilyleave.ny.gov/covid19 for more information about the State law.
For New Yorkers who need a health care provider, NYC Health + Hospitals provides care to all, regardless of immigration status, insurance status or ability to pay. Call 844-NYC-4NYC (844-692-4692) or 311.
Translated COVID-19 Graphics available on our immigrant resource guide page at nyc.gov/immigrants/coronavirus
Pet owner impact by COVID-19
Call the Pet Hotline at 1-877-204-8821
8 a.m. to 8 p.m, 7 days a week
- Testing Sites Citywide for people most at risk
- Open to 1199 workers, health care workers, and residents over 65
- Call 1-888-OneMED1 or go to onemedical.com and use the code NYCCARE30
- Student Loan Debt Tips During COVID-19
- FAQ for Pandemic Unemployment Benefits
- Centralized COVID19 page for resources:
- Real-time COVID updates
- Text ‘COVID’ to 692692 (NYC-NYC) for real-time updates from NotifyNYC
- Text ‘COVIDESP’ for updates in Spanish.
- Spread the word: https://twitter.com/NYCMayorsOffice/status/1246476120687398912
- English @notifynyc: https://twitter.com/NotifyNYC
- Chinese @nnycchinese: https://twitter.com/NNYCChinese
- Spanish @nnycspanish: https://twitter.com/NNYCSpanish
- Confidentially self-report COVID19 status and symptoms
- Go to nyc.gov/cv19engagementportal
- 11,000 hotel rooms to help New Yorkers Quarantine
- If you’re a healthcare worker and need a hotel nycgov/covid19hotel
- Free meals are available to every New Yorker at over 400 locations
- text ‘NYC FOOD’ or ‘NYC COMIDA’ to 877-877 for more.
- Learn more: http://schools.nyc.gov/freemeals
- Share: https://twitter.com/NYCMayor/status/1247499166227533825
- 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.
- 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.
- More info: http://bit.ly/2ic6qcV
- Spread the Word: https://twitter.com/NYCHealthSystem/status/1251595115677790209?s=20
- Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs Hotline
- If you have questions about immigration or how to access City services during the #COVID19 crisis
- Call our hotline at 212-788-7654 from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday,
- Email to AskMOIA@cityhall.nyc.gov
- Spread the word: https://twitter.com/NYCImmigrants/status/1251196907914960904?s=20
- Skip the Trip to Access HRA:
- 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.
- Spread the Word: https://twitter.com/NYCDHS/status/1244720107365990401
- Volunteer, donate or partner with NYC: nyc.gov/helpnow
- Assistance for Organizations
- Including healthcare facilities, small businesses, non-profits and more
- Services for Domestic and Gender-Based Violence Survivors
- You are not alone. We understand home is not always safe.
- For services visit nyc.gov/nychope
- Call NYC’s 24-hour hotline at 1800-621-4673 or call 911 for emergencies
- 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:
- Learn more: https://on.nyc.gov/34hE22g
- It's ILLEGAL for stores to overcharge you.
- 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
- 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
- Affected by COVID19? Find out what benefits you may qualify for and more
- English https://access.nyc.gov/coronavirus-covid-19-updates/
- More resources are here as well: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/helpnownyc/get-help/individuals.page
- Has your financial situation changed due to #COVID19?
NYC Financial Empowerment Center counselors are available to support you over the phone with free financial counseling – it’s secure and confidential.
- Book an appointment at http://nyc.gov/TalkMoney
- Mental Health Support New Yorkers Can Access While Staying Home
- Resources and a 24/7 hotline at nyc.gov/nycwell
- 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.
- 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.
- Call 911 if you are a victim of or witness a hate crime.
- Head to http://nyc.gov/stopcovidhate
- 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.
- Visit the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs’ COVID-19 resource guide for immigrant communities during the COVID-19 pandemic
- Information is available in multiple languages: nyc.gov/immigrants/coronavirus
- To access SNAP online ordering
- Go to https://www1.nyc.gov/site/hra/help/snap-online-shopping.page
- COVID-19 Resources for NYCHA residents
- 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:
- Contact 311 or the New York State Attorney General at (212) 416-8700 or Labor.Bureau@ag.ny.gov to report them.
- Learn more: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/dca/workers/worker-rights.page
- Learn more about COVID-19, or coronavirus, in American Sign Language.
- 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.
- Learn more or Sign up:
- We've released a Work from Home Toolkit to help New Yorkers make the most of working from home.
- Check it out https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/cto/#/toolkit/working-from-home
- Spread the word: https://twitter.com/NYC_CTO/status/1251138741906915329
- DOE Graphics Library
- A collection of graphics on the DOE's recent announcements that can be shared with families and educators, in all 9 DOE languages.
- Remote Learning:
- You can request to have an internet-enabled device delivered to your home
- Fill out a device request form at coronavirus.schools.nyc/RemoteLearningDevices or call 311 for support
- For more information about remote learning, activities for students, and technical support go to schools.nyc.gov/LearnAtHome
- Take our remote learning survey: https://twitter.com/NYCSchools/status/1252597483575939074?s=20
- Housing Court
- is closed for most non-essential matters and that all pending proceedings are being administratively adjourned
- 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
- You can find guidance with translations here: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/health/health-topics/poison-control.page