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Source: United States House of Representatives – Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (12th District of New York)

Yesterday, Speaker Pelosi named me to the House Select Committee on the Coronavirus Crisis. I am honored to join Chairman Clyburn and my esteemed colleagues on this panel. More on this and other updates from Congress, New York State, and New York City below. 

As we continue to contend with the coronavirus crisis, we must make sure that all New Yorkers and that every single person living in this country is counted in the 2020 Census, even with the difficulties created by the pandemic. Accurate data is incredibly important to make sure our city and state receive the federal funds we need and deserve to support things like health care, including our hospitals, Medicare, and Medicaid. Please remember to fill out your 2020 Census if you have not done so already. You can submit the form online, by phone, or by mail. 

As the CARES Act is implemented across the country, my office is here to help you navigate these new resources that are available from the federal government. If you need help with a federal agency and navigating the changes brought on by coronavirus mitigation efforts, please reach out to my office at 212-860-0606.

You can continue to expect these updates from me as verified and pertinent information becomes available.

Facts and Figures

United States:

– According to Johns Hopkins, there are now 1,040,608 positive cases across the United States with 58,471 deaths.

New York State:  

– Our state has confirmed 299,691 positive cases. We have lost 23,477 New Yorkers to COVID-19. We remain the most impacted state in the nation.

New York City:  
– The City has confirmed 164,841 cases with 18,076 deaths.

News Updates:

National

The IRS has opened a new, online portal and launched a new, free app for economic impact payment tracking. This portal will allow taxpayers to find out the status of their payment. If a payment hasn’t yet been issued, individuals can provide their banking information for direct deposit. Individuals who were not required to file 2018 or 2019 taxes can enter their information here so that they will receive economic impact payments.

– On Wednesday, I was appointed to the House Select Committee on the Coronavirus Crisis by Speaker Nancy Pelosi. I am honored to join Chairman Clyburn and my esteemed colleagues on this panel dedicated to protecting the health and safety of all Americans by conducting rigorous oversight to ensure that trillions of dollars in taxpayer funds are used effectively, efficiently, equitably, and transparently. I encourage our Republican colleagues to join us in a bipartisan effort to ensure that our health care workers, first responders, and Governors receive the resources they need to fight this pandemic and save lives. You can read more about the panel and its other memberes on the Speaker’s website here.

– I am very concerned by a report published on Wednesday stating that the Trump Administration may be planning to end the role of FEMA’s National Response Coordination Center in managing the federal response to the coronavirus crisis. President Trump seems to be declaring ‘Mission Accomplished’ while hundreds of Americans are dying every day, communities across the country are facing critical shortages of test kits and life-saving medical equipment, and millions of Americans are out of work and need assistance. The Administration has not briefed Congress on this move and has not identified a clear, unified command structure for the continued federal response.

New York State

NYS is extending the open enrollment period for New Yorkers without health insurance to May 15. Please get covered if you are not already. Enroll here

– Thirty-five counties have been approved to resume elective outpatient treatments. Governor Cuomo previously announced that the state would allow elective outpatient treatments to resume in counties and hospitals without signifcant risk of a COVID-19 surge in the near term. The counties now eligible are; Allegany, Broome, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Chenango, Delaware, Dutchess, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Genesee, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Livingston, Madison, Monroe, Niagara, Oneida, Onondaga, Ontario, Orleans, Oswego, Putnam, Saratoga, Schoharie, Schuyler, St. Lawrence, Steuben, Sullivan, Tompkins, Ulster, Wayne, Wyoming and Yates. 

– Preliminary results of the State’s FDNY and NYPD antibody testing survey that tested 1,000 FDNY officers and 1,000 NYPD officers from all five boroughs show that 17.1% of FDNY officiers and EMTs have COVID-19 antibodies and 10.5% of NYPD officers have antibodies. The State will be conducting further antibody analysis and surveys by race and gender in the future. 

– The State is testing 1,000 transit workers for antibodies to further determine the spread of infection among frontline workers. The State is working with BioReference to provide antibody tests to first responders and other essential workers from the MTA, State Police, Department Of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS), and others. 

– Secretary to the Governor Melissa DeRosa issued a report to Governor Cuomo outlining the COVID-19 Maternity Task Force’s inital recommendations, which the Governor accepted in full. The recommendations include measures to diversify birthing site options and suport patient choice, extend the period of time a health support person can accompany a mother post-delivery, mandate testing of all pregnant New Yorkers, ensure equity in birthing options, create an educational campaign, and review the impact of COVID-19 on pregnancy and newborns wth special emphasis on reducing racial disparities in maternal mortality. The full report is available here.

New York City

If you are a recovered COVID-19 patient, the NY Blood Center is asking for your plasma. If you had a positive COVID-19 test and have been symptom free for 14 days, please consider donating. You can sign up here.

– The NYC Health + Hospitals (H+H) Helping Healers Heal Program will provide a 24/7 behavioral health helpline for H+H staff; one-on-one, peer, and group support; and wellness rounds at all facilities. 

– New Yorkers can take advantage of THRIVE NYC mental health support by calling 888-NYC-WELL.

– The Department of Defense will be provided mental health support for NYC health care workers by employing expertise in combat stress management and a curriculum based on providing mental health support to soldiers in a combat environment. They will integrate tools for coping with trauma from military combat into existing programs for NYC frontline workers, including H+H, Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA), and FDNY and EMS. Military trauma specialists will assess the entire hospital system to implement new programs and tailor their tools to individual hospitals. More than 1,000 NYC H+H health personnel as well as private hospital staff will be trained in combat stress management. The City will assess frontline personnel individually and connect them to programs and support.  

– The City will offer antibody test to more than 150,000 health care workers and first responders at hosptials, firehouses, police stations, and corrections facilities. The City aims to begin testing by next week, and plans to test all health care workers and first responders within one month in partnership with the US Department of Health and Human Servies and the CDC. **A positive antibody test does not necessarily mean full protection.** 

– The Department of Homeless Services (DHS) will be moving 1,000 more people from shelters into commercial hotels, prioritizing large shelters this week. The City’s goal is to increase client move-outs by 1,000 each week while moving towards wide-scale testing. H+H and DHS are now working to provide medical oversight at all DHS sites. Testing will launch this week at DHS shelters and will expand across the system by mid-May and identify and isolate all clients who are COVID-positive. 

– In partnerhsip with the City Council, the Mayor announced that by the end of the first week of May, New Yorkers will be able to obtain marriage licenses fully online from the City Clerk. The site will be available in 11 languages and Language Line will be available to provide on-demand translation services. More information coming soon: nyc.gov/Cupid or cityclerk.nyc.gov. 

– There are currently 11 community testing sites across NYC. These sites are now able to collect self-administered nasal swab and saliva samples. The allows more tests to be completed while using fewer PPE and protecting health care workers. H+H began providing walk-in community testing at Jonathan Williams Houses in Williamsburg, Woodside Houses in Woodside, and St. Nicholas Houses in Harlem. Priority will be given to NYCHA residents and individuals 65-years-old and over with underlying conditions 9am-3:30pm Monday – Friday. 

– On Monday, May 2 the City will begin distributing 100,000 free face coverings in parks across NYC. For a list of locations visit nyc.gov/facecoverings.  

Census Update

– As a reminder, census data informs the distribution of more than $1.5 TRILLION in federal funding for things like schools, hospital beds, safe roads and bridges, and essential first responder programs. It also determines voting districts at every level of government for the next decade. If you are not counted, you are not respresented. Make sure you are heard, make sure you are counted.

– The response rate in our district, NY-12, is up to 44.1% and is climbing by the day! However, we are still below the New York State rate of 48.5% and the nationwide rate of 54.3%. Please fill out your census today if you have not already done so.

– As a reminder, it is illegal for the Census Bureau to share your information with law enforcement. You answers cannot be used to impact your eligibility for government benefits. Your answers are ONLY used to create statistics about our community, city, state, and country. 

– The Census is available online, by phone, and by mail. Paper questionnaires are being mailed out with a reminder letter to households that have not yet responded to the 2020 Census. If you were not able to answer via online or by phone, please fill out this paper form.

As always, if you need assistance with any federal matters, please call my office at212-860-0606. Please forward this information to any of your friends, families, or coworkers and let them know that they can sign up for regular updates from me here.

Please, wash your hands, stay home, and thank the medical workers, first responders, grocery store employees, delivery workers, transit workers, childcare workers, mail carriers, take-out cooks, teachers and sanitation workers in your lives.

Sincerely, 

Carolyn B. Maloney

Member of Congress

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