Please note the following summary of COVID-19 updates as of May 8, 2020.
Included in this summary are:
• Important Messages from Mayor de Blasio and Commissioner Bitta Mostofi
• Updates from the NYC Department of Education
• Additional Resources and Multilingual Materials
Temporary Hotel Rooms for COVID-19 Patients and Family
- 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.
- Hotel rooms are also available for New Yorkers without COVID-19, but who live with someone who has COVID-19 and are unable to effectively self-isolate.
- Call 1-844-892-4892 between the hours of 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. to speak with a clinician who can refer you to get a hotel room for up to 14 days, free of charge.
- Clients do not need to be patients of NYC H+H to qualify.
- This service is FREE and will not affect health insurance or other benefits currently received.
- Transportation to and from the hotel will be provided. At the hotel, New Yorkers will receive food, wellness checks and assistance with social services.
- View more information.
New Health Alert
- 15 cases of multi-system inflammatory syndrome have been detected in children in NYC hospitals.
- 4 patients positive for COVID-19, 6 others had antibodies
- No fatalities reported
- DOHMH instructed all NYC providers to immediately report patients under 21 with these symptoms.
- Cases are uncommon, however, if your child has symptoms including persistent fever, rash, abdominal pain, or vomiting call your doctor immediately.
Telemedicine for Vulnerable New Yorkers
- New York City has set up a free Phone-A-Clinician and Tele-Visits to ensure the hardest hit communities have more options when it comes to health care.
- Call 844-NYC-4NYC for COVID-19 related medical concerns.
NYC Civic Impact Fund: Applications Due Monday, May 11
- NYC Service is providing one-time funding of up to $10,000 to support nonprofits for efforts in engaging volunteers to deliver essential services, particularly meals and food, to residents throughout the COVID-19 crisis.
Nonprofit Providers Needed for GetFood Delivery Assistance Program
- The City is seeking information from nonprofit providers that would be able to provide:
- Staffing distribution sites: up to 300 nonprofit provider staff to manage distribution sites
- Meal Prep: commercial kitchen capacity to prepare and package meals, with a specific focus on culturally sensitive meals and ethnic foods, and ability to provide a minimum of 1,000 meals per week
- Drivers: TLC-licensed drivers responsible for delivering food from distribution sites to customer homesVisit nyc.gov/nonprofits for more information.
- Zone Model: ability to source meals to support a specific geographic area or population in the City by ensuring meal quality, serve as a distribution site, and facilitate home meal delivery.
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Food Supply Match
- There is a mismatch between food supply and demand. To address this, the City of New York has developed a web portal to match surplus food supplies (both product and services) with unmet demand.
- Farmers, food producers, food processors, food distributors or food retailers with excess supply, or those with demand for certain food items they cannot meet, should fill out this form here.
MTA Stopped Service Daily from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. to Disinfect Trains
- During this time, MTA will provide expanded bus service and allow MetroCards to be used on commuter rails.
- Essential workers will be provided one free for-hire-vehicle trip each night.
- Staten Island Railway, Metro-North Railroad, and Long Island Railroad will operate on regular schedules with routine cleaning.
- For more information, go to mta.info/overnight
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Update on Open Streets
- This week the Mayor announced two more miles of streets will be opened to pedestrians and cyclists, adding to the seven miles of car-free streets opened ahead of schedule last weekend.
- Over 1.5 miles of streets in three boroughs will be managed by Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) as part of the Open Streets initiative designed to provide greater social distancing among New Yorkers.
- Open Streets will also return to 34th Avenue in Jackson Heights, Queens, which had been part of a pilot last month.
City Distributing Free Face Coverings
Domestic and Gender Based Violence Taskforce and Hotline
- New York City will augment its approach to prevent Gender-Based Violence during COVID-19 crisis
- The Mayor’s Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence (ENDGBV) is convening a COVID-19 Response Work Group to engage a diverse group of up to 20 citywide service providers, including shelter, legal services, counseling and mental health
- A 24/7 Domestic and Gender Based Violence Hotline is available: 1-800-621-4673
Mayor Appoints Members to Sector Advisory Councils
- The Mayor has appointed members to the City’s Sector Advisory Councils, which will serve as critical links to disseminate information about re-opening and provide guidance to shape the City’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Read the May 6 press release about the members appointed to the councils on Labor and Workforce; Large Business; Small Business; and Arts, Culture, and Entertainment. Sector Advisory Councils will inform the Administration's efforts to restart the economy and city life.
- Read the May 8 press release about the members appointed to the councils on Non-Profit and Social Services, Public Health and Healthcare, Faith-based, Construction and Real Estate, Education, and Surface Transportation.
Updates from the NYC Department of Education (DOE)
Advanced Placement Exam Fees
- In response to COVID-19, the DOE is extending coverage of AP exam fees for spring 2020 (including the late-testing window in June) to include all students.
- In prior years, the DOE has only covered the cost of AP exams for economically disadvantaged students.
- This year, the DOE will cover all base AP exam fees, which is the basic cost of the exam, and late order fees, while the College Board will waive all other fees, including canceled, unused, and late-testing fees.
- On March 20 the College Board announced it would be shifting all paper-based AP exams to online testing, which students may complete at home.
- A small number of AP courses will not have final online exams and will instead have a written paper or portfolio requirement that will be used to determine an exam score.
- A full list of exam offerings, testing schedule, and submission deadlines is available on the AP Coronavirus Updates page.
Remote Learning: iPad Technical Support
- If you have received an internet-enabled iPad from the DOE and are experiencing technical issues with the device, please put in a ticket here.
- Families can still request an iPad by calling 311.
- Families (or someone on their behalf) can submit requests for technical support for a broad range of issues, including application support, lost, stolen, or broken iPads, and delivery status, through the Technical Support for Families page.
- Note that when families select a topic and issue in the ticket submission form, the form will automatically list common resolutions to technical support problems. If the suggested resolutions do not resolve the family’s issue, they can continue to submit a tech support ticket by completing the form.
Face-to-Face Letters and Guidance for Sharing Records with Families
- During this time, when schools are not physically in session, the Human Resources Administration will no longer require or ask for “face-to-face” letters as evidence of family composition letters from families who are applying for Cash Assistance or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
- For more information about accessing records during remote learning, please visit here.
Let’s Learn NYC! On WNET/PBS
- Let’s Learn NYC! is a new educational public television program produced by the WNET Group in partnership with the DOE featuring lessons for children in 3-K through second grade that will supplement remote learning.
- Programming will offer age-appropriate content that is aligned to standards and lessons for early childhood education and includes foundational reading skills, literacy, math, social studies, and science.
- COVID-19 Testing: Last week, Commissioner Mostofi, Department of Health Commissioner Oxiris Barbot, and NYC Health and Hospitals Ambulatory Care Chief Medical Officer Dr. Andrew Wallach discussed COVID-19 testing updates. Watch and download the full playback recording (Password: vJj9ydiu)
- If you need bupe or methadone during the COVID-19 outbreak, New Yorkers can get treatment:
- For bupe, you can schedule a telehealth appointment to start or continue treatment.
- For methadone, you can receive a supply from an Opioid Treatment Center.
- Visit on.nyc.gov/treatment for more information.
New York City Bar Association: Legal Resources for New Yorkers
- New Yorkers looking for legal advice and guidance on a wide range of issues can access a series of resources and legal services through the New York City Bar Association, and the work of its City Bar Justice Center CBJC and Legal Referral Service, during the coronavirus pandemic. Visit the New York City Bar Association’s COVID-19 Legal Services Resources page for more information.
- Election Day is June 23 for State & Federal Primaries.
- Early Voting Period is June 13 to June 21.
- You can vote even if you cannot get to the polling place on Election Day. All registered, eligible voters may apply to vote by Absentee ballot.
- You can apply to vote by absentee ballot for the election online, by phone, mail, or fax. View more details at vote.nyc/page/absentee-voting or call 1-866-VOTE-NYC (1-866-868-3692).
- Voters affected by COVID-19, including the risk of contracting the virus, should check the box "Temporary Illness" as the reason for requesting an Absentee Ballot.
Special Insurance Enrollment
Health Care Coverage for Older New Yorkers
One Week of Free Groceries
One week of free groceries are available to all New Yorkers in five boroughs at the Neighborhood Opportunity Network Nutrition Kitchens, in partnership with the Food Bank of NYC and the NYC Young Men’s Initiative
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