Information and Resources on COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Information and Resources on COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Prevention

What to Do if You Think You Have COVID-19

What Congress is Doing

Other Economic Relief

Mental Health Care & Companionship

For Seniors

For Immigrant Communities

Schools, Remote Learning & Playgrounds

How You Can Help

Reject the Stigma

Travel Warnings

Resources in Other Languages

Additional Information

 

Prevention

It is critical that all NY-14 take prevention efforts seriously.  Currently, the Governor has ordered that 100% of the workforce must stay home, excluding essential services. All non-essential gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason are temporarily banned. Everyone is required to maintain a 6ft distance from one another in public.

Constituents  should also….

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often and vigorously with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.

The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is advising all New Yorkers to cover their noses and mouths using a scarf, bandana, or piece of clothing when in public to reduce the risk of transmission. This recommendation is modeled off a new study from the CDC published April 1st, which outlines the possibility of pre-symptomatic COVID-19 transmission in Singapore.

New Yorkers should not use surgical or N95 masks as face covers. Masks must be preserved for health care workers and first responders.

It is currently flu season, so please get your flu vaccine if you haven't already.  There is currently no vaccine for COVID-19.

 

What to Do if You Think You Have COVID-19

Do not call 911 or go to the ER unless it is a medical emergency. Our emergency responders and hospitals are already strained. If your symptoms are mild or you’re asymptomatic, start by calling your healthcare provider. If you do not have a healthcare provider,  call 311 or 1-844-NYC-4NYC. You will be connected with a health care provider regardless of immigration status, insurance status or ability to pay.

Do not go to a health care center without first calling. If you suspect you may have COVID-19, you should also not arrive at any health care center without first calling ahead. When you ultimately do go, put on a facemask before you enter the healthcare facility. These steps will help the healthcare provider’s office to keep other people in the office or waiting room from getting infected or exposed.

How do I get a test? There are limited tests available. To see if you can schedule a test, call the State hotline at 1-888-364-3065. Vulnerable New Yorkers who have symptoms can also call the City at 1-844-NYC-4NYC to connect with services and schedule testing from Health and Hospitals. Do not show up to an ER or a drive-thru testing site without an appointment.

Need a healthcare provider? Call 844-692-4692 or 311, regardless of immigration status, insurance status or ability to pay.

Fill out NYC COVID-19 Engagement Portal: This City website is intended for individuals, or those authorized to report on behalf of individuals, who have recently met any of the following criteria:

  • Experienced symptoms of COVID-19
  • Tested positive for COVID-19
  • Have come into contact with someone who may have COVID-19
  • Currently in quarantine

This website is designed to provide you with information about COVID-19 and help the City track the status of infections across the City. You can enter your information here.

 

What Congress is Doing

So far, Congress has passed three bills to address COVID-19.

The first bill, Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2020, was an $8.3 billion dollar emergency response package for federal agencies, mostly to fund treatment, testing, and research.

Then, the House passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which made testing free and created a limited paid sick and family leave program. If you work for a private company with fewer than 500 people, then your employer should provide you with paid sick or family leave if you have to miss work due to COVID-19., starting April 1. More information is available here.

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act also allocated $1 billion to addressing food insecurity for seniors, children, low-income families, and provided state funding for Medicaid and  unemployment benefits.  If you are already using these benefits, you should see this increase in funding right away.  If you have recently lost your job, you may now qualify for Medicaid and nutrition assistance through WIC and SNAP. For more information on Medicaid, see here, for more information on food assistance see here.

The third bill - the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act or CARES Act - provides cash relief for those individuals who reported earning $99,000 or less on their last tax filing. For more information see here.

The CARES Act also creates a new pandemic unemployment insurance program. Americans laid off due to COVID-19 can now receive up to $600/week for up to four months, on top of New York’s regular unemployment payment. For more information see here.

CARES also creates additional resources to keep small businesses afloat, including disaster loans available through the Small Business Administration. For more information go here.

The Congresswoman believes strongly that Congress must do more for working families. She is pushing for a fourth relief package that includes full paid sick leave; a mortgage and rent moratorium; a debt moratorium; additional support for New York state’s emergency response;  free health care for those infected by the virus;  and real relief for all immigrant families.

In addition to this legislative action - the Congresswoman is also working with federal, state and local officials and agencies to respond to the virus, sending the following letters:

  • The Congresswoman joined colleagues from New York in urging the President to distribute 20,000 ventilators from the national stockpile to New York hospitals.
  • The Congresswoman joined her colleagues from New York and New Jersey in pressuring HHS to prioritize the distribution of federal funding to area hospitals.
  • The Congresswoman wrote to President Trump urging the direction of additional supplies to Elmhurst Hospital.
  • The Congresswoman joined leaders in New York and called on the CDC to make sure NYC and communities across the country have the number of testing kits they need.
  • The Congresswoman asked the New York City Department of Corrections for their emergency response plan for Rikers Correctional Center.
  • The Congresswoman asked the Federal Bureau of Prisons for their emergency response plan for correctional facilities.
  • The Congresswoman asked Vice President Pence to delay the implementation of the “public charge” rule as a matter of public health and national security.
  • The Congresswoman wrote to President Trump urging the use of presidential powers authorized by the Defense Production Act to direct the domestic production of equipment currently in short supply.
  • The Congresswoman wrote to the Census Director urging an extension of enumeration by three months.
  • The Congresswoman wrote to Secretary of Health and Human Services Azar asking him to enact an ACA Special Enrollment Period during COVID-19.

 

FAQ: Cash Assistance

 

Who qualifies for cash assistance, under the new federal law?

U.S. adults with Social Security numbers will receive a $1,200 check if they had an adjusted gross income of $75,000 or less on their last tax filing. For most Americans, their ‘Adjusted Gross Income’ (AGI) is equivalent to their yearly salary.  If you have not yet filed your taxes this year - the government will refer to your 2018 filing.

Married couples with no children earning $150,000 or less would receive $2,400. Individuals or married couples who fall in these income brackets with children age 16 or under, will receive an additional $500 per child.

For families or individuals who earn more, the payment decreases gradually - with a $5 reduction for every $100 in income above $75,000. In other words, if your AGI is $80,000, your check would be reduced by $250 — the total payout would be about $950.

You will not receive any cash assistance if you are an individual earning $99,000 or more, or if you are a married couple with no children and earn $198,000 or more . A family with two children would no longer be eligible for any payments if its income surpassed $218,000.

 

Do I have to apply for the money?

No, you don't. If you've included your bank account number in your recent tax return, you'll receive a direct transfer. If you haven't included your bank account number for purposes of direct deposit, the IRS will send you a check by mail.

The IRS expects to create a portal by the end of April/early May that will allow taxpayers, once they have been authenticated, to (1) find out the status of their rebate payment and (2) update direct deposit information.

 

What if I don’t file a tax return, but my income falls within the requirements?

If you are on Social Security, you will not have to file a tax return to receive cash assistance. Recipients will receive cash assistance as a direct deposit or by paper check just as they would normally receive their benefits.

For other taxpayers who do not file returns, the IRS expects to release a “simple tax return” soon.  The IRS expects it will contain only a few questions, including name, SSNs, dependents, and deposit information.

 

When will I get the check?

The IRS will make about 60 million payments to Americans through direct deposit in mid-April (likely, the week of April 13th). The IRS has direct deposit information for these individuals from their 2018 or 2019 tax returns.

About 3 weeks after those deposits are made (the week of May 4th), the IRS will begin issuing paper checks to individuals.

The paper checks will be issued at a rate of about 5 million per week, which could take up to 20 weeks to get all the checks out.

The checks will be issued in reverse “adjusted gross income” order—starting with people with the lowest income first.

The IRS expects to create a portal by the end of April/early May that will allow taxpayers, once they have been authenticated, to (1) find out the status of their rebate payment and (2) update direct deposit information.

 

What if the payment doesn’t arrive soon - what should I do?

According to the CARES Act, you will get a paper notice in the mail no later than fifteen (15) days after your payment has been disbursed. That notice will be mailed to your Last Known Address on file with the IRS and will contain information about where the payment ended up and in what form it was made. If you can not locate the payment after receiving the paper notice, you need to contact the IRS. using the phone number provided on the paper notice.

 

What if I’ve moved to a new address since the last time I filed taxes. What should I do to update my information?

If you think you may fall in this category, the best way to update your Last Known Address is to file your 2019 taxes. If you already filed your 2019 and have since moved to a new address, you should contact the IRS, www.irs.gov/help.

 

I am over the age of 16, but a guardian listed me as a dependent on their taxes. Can I receive a stimulus payment?

No, no one listed as a dependent will receive a stimulus check. If you’ve yet to file your 2019 taxes, talk to your family about changing your status as a dependent. 

 

Is the stimulus payment taxed?

No. The direct payment individuals receive will not be taxed. The money is yours.

HOWEVER, the direct stimulus payment is legally treated as an advance on your tax filing for the year 2020.  Therefore, if you file your 2020 taxes next year and your Adjusted Gross Income is above the threshold established in the CARES Act, the IRS will request that you repay some or all of the direct payment.

If I’m retired, will I get a stimulus payment? What about people receiving disability payments and veterans, will they receive a stimulus payment?

Yes, as long as their gross adjusted income meets the requirements.

 

FAQ: Pandemic Unemployment Insurance

 

Who qualifies?

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) includes far more workers than are usually eligible for unemployment benefits, including self-employed people and part-time workers (i.e. gig workers, freelancers, and independent contractors). If you are unemployed, are partly unemployed or cannot work for a wide variety of coronavirus-related reasons, you will likely be approved to receive an extra $600 per week on top of the weekly benefits offered by your state, through the end of July. In New York, that amounts to a total of $1,104.

More specifically, you qualify for PUA if you cannot work because you or a member of your household has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or is experiencing systems;  you are caring for a member of your household who has COVID-19;  you have become a major support because the head of household died due to COVID-19;  you are a primary child caregiver to a child who cannot attend school due to COVID-19; you cannot go to work because of a quarantine imposed by COVID-19; your job is closed due to COVID-19, or you had to quit your job as a direct result of COVID-19. 

The CARES Act expressly excludes the following people from qualifying for unemployment benefits: an individual who has the ability to telework with pay; or an individual who is receiving paid sick leave or other paid leave benefits from their employer.

 

How do I apply?

If you already receive unemployment, you don’t need to do anything. Your benefits will increase automatically.

If you need to file a new claim, you can apply online or call 1-888-209-8124.  Due to larger than normal call volume, the NYS Department of Labor is strongly encouraging individuals who wish to file a claim to first visit the website, if possible.

The State asks that If you are filing a new Unemployment Insurance claim, the day you should apply is based on the first letter of your last name.

  • A - F file on Monday
  • G - N file on Tuesday
  • O - Z file on Wednesday
  • Missed your day? File on Thurs-Fri-Sat

Any claim you file will be backdated to the date you became unemployed. If you are eligible, you will be paid for all benefits due.

Due to tremendous demand, you should anticipate that it may take several hours to file a new claim. The state is working quickly to try to shorten the wait time.

How long will enhanced unemployment insurance benefits last?

If you file an unemployment claim due to COVID-19 between Jan. 27, 2020 - Dec. 31, 2020, you are eligible for 39 weeks of unemployment in New York - 13 more weeks than you would normally be eligible.   The additional $600 will only be available through July 31. After that, you will receive the normal state payment of $504.

 

Small Business Resources

The recently-passed CARES Act tasks the Small Business Administration with distributing financial relief to small businesses through two major programs: the Paycheck Protection Program and EIDL Grants.

The Paycheck Protection Program is a new program for small businesses aimed at helping them maintain their employees. The maximum size of the loan is 250% of an employer’s average monthly payroll cost during the period Feb. 15, 2019 to June 30, 2019, capped at $10 million. The loan can be used for employee compensation; vacation, parental, family, medical, or sick leave; providing group health care benefits; payment of retirement benefits; payroll taxes; and payment of interest on mortgage obligations, rent, utilities, and interest on pre-existing debt obligations.  If employers maintain payroll, the loans will be forgiven. Sole properties, the self-employed and gig workers are also eligible. Apply and learn more here.

An Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) is a low-interest, fixed-rate loan aimed at providing small businesses with quick, much-needed capital. Eligible applicants who apply for an EIDL may request up to $10,000 to be immediately disbursed. This amount need not be repaid, regardless of the loan decision. Businesses can receive up to $2 million in assistance if their loan is approved.  EIDL borrowers may also apply for the Paycheck Protection Program, but when determining loan forgiveness, the advance EIDL grant is taken into consideration. Apply and learn more here.

The CARES Act also provides additional relief options and funding for SBA’s Resource Partners, who provide advice and training to help small businesses. Small Business Development Centers, Women’s Business Centers, and Minority Business Development Centers near you can be found here.

 

Other Resources from the City:

Workplace Regulations: Monitor nyc.gov/workers for ongoing updates about workplace laws as NYC seeks to stop the spread of COVID-19

The Small Business Continuity Fund:  This loan gives up to $75,000 to businesses with up to 99 employees. Businesses can use this loan to supplement their payroll costs, for working capital, inventory, and other investments. Eligible owners who would like to learn more about the loan program should call 311 or visit nyc.gov/covid19biz. The fund will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis.

 

Other Economic Relief

Help Finding a Job: Call the Workforce Career Center at 718-960-2458 to prepare for, and connect to jobs across New York City's five boroughs and in every sector of the economy. Current employment opportunities include Stop & Shop, Fresh Direct & PBM Guardian Industry Services. The City of New York is also hiring licensed TLC drivers to deliver food to New Yorkers in need during the COVID-19 crisis.

Additionally, NYCHA is currently hiring temporary workers to assist with maintenance at our properties throughout the city. The job will last as needed throughout the spring season at a rate of $15/hour. For more info and to apply, your constituents who are NYCHA residents can contact their local NYCHA Property Management Office. Click here for more details.

Eviction and Mortgage Moratorium: There is a temporary moratorium on evictions in New York City. Even if you cannot pay rent, you cannot be removed from your home. Please call 311 for more information.  The Governor has also urged a moratorium on collection for mortgages in New York State. For more information please call the state’s  24-Hour Coronavirus hotline: 1-888-364-3065.

Paid Sick and Family Leave:  Under New York City law, all private-sector workplaces with 5 or more employees must provide up to 40 hours of paid sick leave per calendar year. All full-time and part-time workers are covered. Immigration status is irrelevant. If you are not receiving paid sick leave from your employer, call 311 or go here.

Health Insurance: The special enrollment period to get a healthcare plan on the state's health exchange is extended to May 15. New Yorkers who are without health insurance should apply now through the state’s health insurance exchange. If you lost employer coverage, you must apply within 60 days of losing that coverage. Because of a loss of income, New Yorkers may also be eligible for Medicaid, the Essential Plan or Child Health Plus.

The Governor also announced that, through June 1, 2020, consumers and businesses experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19 may defer paying premiums under individual and small group health insurance policies. During this period, health plans will be required to continue to pay claims and to work with individuals to help them transition to new coverage, if appropriate.

To find a health care provider, call 844-692-4692 or 311, regardless of immigration status, insurance status or ability to pay.

Unsafe Working Conditions: If you believe an employer violates of either existing labor laws or recently issued executive orders you can contact the NYS Attorney General’s Office at (212) 416-8700 or Labor.Bureau@ag.ny.gov

Utility Payments: The Governor directed the New York State Department of Public Service to suspend public utilities from cutting off service - including power and heat - to customers affected by COVID-19.  For more information, please call the state’s  24-Hour Coronavirus hotline: 1-888-364-3065.

Debt Collection:   Governor Cuomo and Attorney General James temporarily suspended state debt collection in response to coronavirus. The state will temporarily halt the collection of medical and student debt owed to the State of New York and referred to the Office of the Attorney General for collection, for at least a 30-day period. For more information, go here.

Tax Payment:  The Internal Revenue Service has extended its payment period for 90 days. You now have until July 15, 2020, to pay federal, state and city taxes.  The City will also postpone its annual tax lien sale until August, in consideration for property owners who may be coping with the COVID-19 outbreak

Price Gouging: You can report concerns about price gouging to the state here or the City here or by calling 311. You can also report price gouging to the state at 800-697-1220.

Food/Grocery Assistance:  Free meals are now available to anyone in New York. The city has 435 sites spread out around the five boroughs where people can get breakfast, lunch, and dinner all to go, free of charge. Children and families with children can pick up food between 7:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. while adults with no kids can pick up food until 1:30 p.m. each day.  To find a location near you click here or text "NYC FOOD" to 877-877.

You can also apply for food assistance benefits and view a map of food pantries and community kitchens here.

The Department of Education is also providing grab & go breakfast and lunch to all those under 18 at its schools. For pick up, sites see here

NYCHA: NYCHA residents may qualify for a rent reduction based on rent hardship if all the following conditions are met: There is at least a 5% reduction to gross income; Current rent is more than 30% of the net household income; Reduction in income has lasted at least two months. For more information, go here.

Additional Help: The City of New York has also developed a list of resources for those who may be unemployed due to COVID-19 or are seeking additional assistance.

 

Mental Health Care

If you’re feeling anxious, stressed or overwhelmed, you can also connect with the NYC WELL's confidential helpline: Call 888-692-9355, text "WELL" to 65173 or chat online at nyc.gov/nycwell.  NYS Mental Health Hotline: 1-844-863-9314 (to schedule a free appointment).

 

For Seniors

The City is connecting older New Yorkers who are feeling isolated with friendly volunteers to talk with over the phone. Call 212-AGING-NYC (212-244-6469).

Grab and go meals are no longer available at senior centers - instead, meal delivery is now available in all five boroughs. Seniors should call their local senior center for more information if they haven’t already received meals. They can also call DFTA's Aging Connect at 212-AGING-NYC (212-244-6469) or 311.

 

For Immigrant Communities

As many are now aware, only U.S. adults with Social Security Numbers are eligible for cash assistance. There is uncertainty in how the IRS will manage the situation of households where neither of the parents has a SSN, but their child/children do. We understand this will depend on the Administration’s implementation of the provision and/or IRS guidance.

There is also uncertainty on whether DACA/TPS recipients or certain immigrants with work authorization will be eligible for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance. We understand this will rely on implementation and/or Department of Labor guidance on whether state eligibility criteria will apply or if this program will trigger criteria restrictions under the “federal public benefits.”

All of this is unacceptable - but there are some other federal resources for which the undocumented community qualifies.

Testing: The Families First Coronavirus Response Act made coronavirus tests free, including for the uninsured/undocumented. In New York, there are limited tests available. To see if you can schedule a test, call the state hotline at 1-888-364-3065.  Do not show up to an ER or a drive-thru testing site without an appointment.

Health Care: The City will provide medical care no matter what your immigration status is and whether you can pay for it or not. Seeking or using healthcare services related to COVID-19 will NOT impact your ability to apply for a green card or citizenship. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has stated that medical care related to COVID-19 – including preventive care, testing, and treatment – will not be held against you in a “public charge” test. The Federal Government has also issued a directive temporarily stopping immigration enforcement at or near health care facilities, including hospitals, clinics, urgent care, and doctors’ offices.

Healthcare workers should also not ask you about your immigration status. However, if they do, you can refuse to provide this information and you can tell them you have a right to be treated.

Everyone has a right to an interpreter at no-cost when seeking medical care. You may request language interpretation directly from healthcare staff.

If you need help finding a doctor or getting medical care, call 311.

Mental Health: COVID-19 is stressful for all of us. Make sure you’re taking care of yourself mentally and physically. If you’re anxious, stressed, or depressed about what is happening and find it difficult to function well, help is available from NYC Well. Call 1-888-NYC-WELL to speak to trained counselors for FREE. You can also text “WELL” to 61573 or chat online at http://nyc.gov/nycwell.

Reporting Bias Incidents and Hate Crimes: If you have been harassed or discriminated against due to race, national origin, age, or disability, contact the New York City Commission on Human Rights by calling 311 or filing a complaint online. Call 911 if you are a victim of or witness a hate crime.

Working Conditions:  Under federal law, all workers - even those who are undocumented - have a right to a healthy and safe workplace; a right to information; a right to training by the employer about how to safely perform the work; and a right to report unsafe working conditions. Finally, federal law protects workers against retaliation for asserting their rights. If you feel your workplace is putting you at risk for contracting COVID-19 or otherwise violating labor laws, you can call the New York State Attorney General’s Office at (212) 416-8700 or Labor.Bureau@ag.ny.gov.

Nutrition Assistance:  The Families First Coronavirus Response Act also allocated $1 billion to addressing food insecurity via SNAP, WIC, and food banks. To find food assistance near you, call the USDA National Hunger Hotline 1-866-3-HUNGRY/1- 877-8-HAMBRE.  Undocumented immigrants are also eligible for WIC - a program for pregnant women, children under 5 and their mothers. You can call 311 and ask for WIC assistance or call  844-540-3031.

Legal Assistance: Immigrants and refugees can continue to access free legal assistance and other services through ONA’s statewide network of providers, even remotely. Call the confidential, multilingual NYS New Americans Hotline at 1-800-566-7636 to be connected to a provider.

New Yorkers who have concerns or questions about public benefits and immigration can also call the ActionNYC hotline at 1-800-354-0365, or 311 and say ‘ActionNYC,’ Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm for free, safe immigration legal help.

 

Additional Information:

For more information and to what other state programs you may be eligible for, please go to the state’s webpage on Coronavirus here.  You can also send the state a question online here.  Or call the state’s 24-Hour Coronavirus hotline: 1-888-364-3065.

To see which city programs you may be eligible for, please call 311 or go to the City’s Coronavirus webpage here.

 

Schools, Remote Learning & Playgrounds

New York City schools are currently closed until Spring Recess on Monday, April 20, 2020.  However, students should still participate in remote learning every day. For more information, please go here.

NYC Schools is lending digital learning devices to enable all K-12 students to learn at home.  More information here.

Playgrounds are now closed to encourage social distancing, however, most parks remain open. Please, when using the parks, maintain a 6ft distance.

 

How You Can Help

Please visit the City’s website for all the ways NYers can get and offer help with all issues related to COVID-19.  The State has provided a list of other ways everyone can help here.  For donations, please call 1-833-NYC-0040.

Because many private blood drives have been canceled, there is a need for blood. To donate, call 800-933-2566 or go to www.nybc.org.

To donate food and other non-medical resources, go here

New York specifically needs more ventilators. If you know any oral surgeon, plastic surgeon, or veterinarian please ask them to consider donating ventilators by going to nyc.gov/HelpNow.

If you are a retired health care professional and you are willing to re-enter the workforce to help the City with the response, please sign up here.

The Governor is also encouraging any company with the proper equipment or personnel to begin to manufacture PPE products if possible. The state is willing to provide funding to any company to obtain the proper equipment and personnel. Businesses interested in receiving state funding to manufacture PPE products should call 212-803-3100 or email COVID19supplies@esd.ny.gov.

New Yorkers who have recovered from COVID-19 and had a positive test before March 7th should visit http://www.mountsinai.org to help save another New Yorker by donating plasma. This plasma will then be transfused into very sick COVID-19 patients in New York hospitals. It may also help the State Health Department understand how many people have already recovered from COVID-19 and how individuals form immunity to the virus.

 

Reject the Stigma

There is no excuse for racism. There is no ethnic group at an inherently greater risk of contracting or spreading the virus.

If you are the victim of a hate crime or witness what you believe to be a hate crime, please call 911 or visit your nearest police precinct. NYPD officers will not ask about the immigration status of anyone seeking assistance or help to report a crime.

If you experience any discrimination, dial 311 and ask for the Commission on Human Rights. To file a complaint with the state, go here.

 

Travel Warnings

The State Department has issued a Level 4 Global Health Advisory. The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19. In countries where commercial departure options remain available, U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for an immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.

If international travel is unavoidable, or travelers are already overseas, you are urged to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency. You should also take the additional steps outlined here.

Constituents should also avoid non-essential domestic travel and travelers should be prepared for the possibility of travel restrictions with little or no advance notice.

 

Resources in Other Languages

You can call 311 with any questions and assistance will be available to you in many languages.

To get regular updates on the latest developments regarding COVID-19; Text COVIDESP to 692-692 for updates in Spanish.

The City has multilingual flyers with information about how to stop the spread of COVID-19  here

 

Additional Information

The Congresswoman sends out a weekly newsletter with the latest updates on COVID-19. Sign up here.

Text COVID to 692-692 to get real-time updates from the City. Sign up here to get real-time email updates from the State.

The New York City Health Department has a Coronavirus webpage here.  The New York State Health Department has a webpage on Coronavirus here.

You can send the state a question online here.

The state also has a 24-Hour Coronavirus hotline: 1-888-364-3065.

If you are experiencing domestic abuse or otherwise in an unsafe living situation, there is help.  The NYC Domestic Violence Hotline is 1-800-621-4673 (HOPE). You can also visit any NYC Family Justice Center to get free and confidential assistance. If you are in an emergency, call 911.

During this crisis, New Yorkers with disabilities can reach out on Twitter to @NYCDisabilities, 311 or visit http://nyc.gov/disability for more information. Deaf New Yorkers can also connect via video phone at 646-396-5830.

Plan ahead for your pets in the event of a medical emergency. See here for more information.

The CDC and WHO provide regular updates on the virus and safety information for the public and healthcare professionals. You can sign up for the CDC's email updates here. You can sign up for the WHO's email updates here.