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NYC Mayor’s COVID Update

(NYC MAYOR”S OFFICE) Jayson Littman, June 17, 2020

Our community celebrated a historic victory earlier this week with the US Supreme Court ruling that existing federal law forbids job discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. This landmark ruling closes the gap in protections for LGBTQ workers living in places where local anti-discrimination protections did not exist.  We hope these achievements continue to progress forward. Please see the joint statement issued by the NYC Unity Project and Commission on Human RightHERE

·         City Hall welcomes the addition of our community flags in honor of Pride month. See HERE

·         Please continue to practice social distancing and wear masks when out in public (this includes City parks and when venturing out to your local Phase 1 establishment for to-go refreshments).

What the Mayor announced yesterday morning:

Yesterday, the Mayor provided updates on police reform and our testing and tracing program. He also provided the latest on our COVID-19 indicators.

Body-Worn Camera Policy:

Mayor announced a new body camera footage release policy to promote transparency and accountability. 24,000 cameras are currently deployed to officers, which is the largest deployment in the nation. All video and audio footage must be released within 30 days when an officer discharges a firearm that hits or could hit someone; when an officer discharges a taser in a way that results in death or substantial bodily harm; or an officer’s use of force results in death or great bodily harm. This new policy is effective immediately, and all footage will be publicly available online. Civilians involved or family will have a chance to view the footage before release.

Disbanding of Anti-Crime Unit:

Effective immediately, the 600 officers of the Anti-Crime Units (plainclothes cops) are being transferred to other units – neighborhood policing units and others.

Test and Trace Corps Update:

We are conducting over 20,000 tests per day and will have the capacity to reach 50,000 per day in July. We are actively monitoring 4,300 cases and contacts over the past 14 days. And we are projected to monitor over 250,000 New Yorkers this summer. The hotline (844-NYC-4NYC) has received over 100,000 calls to speak with a clinician.

Of the 5,347 new positive cases since the Corps’ launch on June 1st, over 85% supplied phone numbers. Of those cases with a phone number, 94% were reached, and over 1,800 of those cases were able to share contacts. To reach as many positive cases as possible, the Corps has deployed information gatherers who will be doing database research and will be directly reaching out to doctors’ offices to track down cases and contacts without phone numbers. The City will also use community-based organizations to broaden their outreach to contacts who may be unresponsive to phone calls through a four million dollar “Hit Accept” campaign.

Total cases (new and presume positive)5,347
Cases without an accurate phone number (information gathering team pursuing)818
Total cases with phone numbers (% of total)4,529 (85%)
Total number of with cases reached4,251 (94%)
Cases that gave contacts1,866
Total contacts generated4,421
Contacts w/o accurate phone # – information gathering team pursuing1,593 (36%)
Total contacts with phone numbers2,828 (64%)
Total number of contacts reached2,299 (81%)
Symptomatic contacts becoming cases331
Cases or Contacts actively monitoring or previously monitored4,265 (65%)
Resource Navigator referrals1,057
Arrived at hotel40

Daily Indicators:

The Mayor announced the City’s goal is to remain below the threshold for three public health milestones for 10-14 days in a row.

●        Daily number of people admitted to hospitals for suspected COVID-19

○        Threshold: Under 200 patients admitted per day

○        Yesterday’s report: 52 patients admitted

●        Daily number of people in H+H ICUs

○        Threshold: Under 375 patients in H&H ICUs

○        Yesterday’s report: 334 in H+H ICUs

●        Percent of people tested Citywide who are positive for COVID-19

○        Threshold: Under 15% positive

○        Yesterday’s report: 2% tested positive

Other Recent Announcements:

●        As of 1PM yesterday the number of positive cases in NYC is 207,373. We have lost 17,455 New Yorkers due to COVID-19, with another 4,690 deaths likely due to the disease. Additional DOHMH data available here: COVID-19 Data

●        NYC Housing Connect : HPD has launched a streamlined NYC Housing Connect portal, New Yorkers central resource for finding and applying for affordable housing. The new system streamlines the application process, provides New Yorkers with a clear picture of the opportunities they can apply for and includes more types of housing than ever before.

●        College Bridge Program : Mayor and Chancellor announced the expansion of the College Bridge Program, a collaboration between CUNY and the NYC DOE to provide support to graduating NYC DOE high school seniors as they transition to college and career pathways at CUNY and beyond. The program will reach every 2020 graduating senior, as a result of a $877,000 grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies, and a $250,000 contribution from The Carroll and Milton Petrie Foundation.

●        Return to School 2020 Survey: We’ve created a short, anonymous survey to help us understand what is most important to families when we return to school in the fall. All parents/guardians of students in grades 3-K – 12, and students in grades 6-12 are invited to take the survey: schools.nyc.gov/returntoschool2020 or call 311. The survey is available in Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, English, French, Haitian Creole, Korean, Russian, Spanish, and Urdu. 

●        Get Cool NYC: The program targets vulnerable New Yorkers who have been forced to stay inside their homes this summer to avoid risk for indoor heat exposure. The City has installed 4,500 air conditioners so far, including over 1,900 in NYCHA buildings, and is ramping up to install as many as 74,000 air conditioners for low-income seniors this summer.The New York State Public Service Commission has also approved the City’s request to provide financial assistance to vulnerable New Yorkers with their summer utility bills. The $70 million in aid will provide much needed relief for approximately 440,000 families in New York City, providing up to $140 from June to October. 

●        Youth Programming: The NYC Young Men’s Initiative in partnership with the Department of Probation’s Neighborhood Opportunity Network (NeON) has initiated three programs for the summer. More information available here: NeONSummer. The deadline for applications in the 27 hard-hit zip codes has been extended to Friday, 6/19.

●        Restaurant Revitalization Program: The City’s Restaurant Revitalization Program will support unemployed and underemployed restaurant workers using $3 million from NYC Opportunity, Mayor’s Fund to Advance NYC and One Fair Wage, and it will focus on the 27 communities hardest hit by COVID-19.  

●        Expanding Cure Violence : The City is expanding Cure Violence programs across the City by $250,000, and adding programs in five additional precincts.

●        More Testing for Hard-Hit Communities: Two Mobile Testing Trucks began operating this week. The City is offering testing kits to all hospitals and hospital systems including 3,000 Made in NYC test kits to Staten Island hospitals.

Community provider sites opening soon at the following locations:

●        Mariner’s Harbor Library, 206 South Avenue, Staten Island – opening 6/17

●        Windsor Park Library, 79-50 Bell Boulevard, Queens – opening 6/18

●        Senior Center, 400 Hart Street, Brooklyn – opening 6/19

●        Parks and Rec Center, 501 Brielle Avenue, Staten Island – opening 6/19

Mobile Testing Van:

●        Bronx Unit:

○        6/16 – 6/17: Clinton Playground, Crotona Park South at Clinton Avenue

○        6/18 – 6/19: Governeur Playground basketball courts, 3720 Third Avenue between East 170 Street & St. Paul’s

●        Staten Island Unit:

○        6/16 – 6/19: Stop n Shop parking lot, 1441 Richmond Avenue

●        Guidance for Businesses Part of Phase 1 Restart: An estimated 200,000 – 400,000 workers are returning to work as construction, manufacturing, wholesale supply, and non-essential retail (curbside and in-store pickup) get up and running again.

○        SBS guidance: nyc.gov/covid19biz and Reopening Guide

○        A helpful palm card: NYC Means Business: Reopen & Stay Safe at Work.

○        Employer and worker guides are available at nyc.gov/coronavirus.

○        A dedicated Business Restart Hotline: 888-SBS-4NYC or 888-727-4692.

●        Small Business Emergency Grant Program : Signature Bank is donating $750,000 in funds to the Small Business Emergency Grant Program to further support small businesses who experienced material damage to their storefronts over the last two weeks. More information available here: NYC Small Business Emergency Grant Program.

●        Worker Hotline: Workers who call 311 will be connected to the Department of Consumer and Worker Protection for immediate assistance. Worker rights and guidance is also available: nyc.gov/coronavirus.

●        PPE for Small Businesses: NYC SBS coordinating with 70+ BIDs and Chambers of Commerce to provide 2 million pieces of PPE to small businesses citywide. Find a distribution partner near you at: Free Face Coverings for Small Businesses & Their Employees.

●        Busways and Bus Lanes: The City will implement 20 miles of new busways and bus lanes that will serve nearly 750,000 daily riders. This will enable faster travel, and more frequent buses will help to increase social distance. Five new busways have been planned, using 14th Street as the model, and the 14th Street Busway itself will be made permanent. More information available here.

●        NYC Open Streets: Find open streets locations here. Please submit suggestions of streets in your community that could safely be closed with staffing of community partners here. Submitting an application does not guarantee acceptance. Please submit separate applications for each corridor you are proposing to pedestrianize in your community. Emailopenstreets@dot.nyc.gov if you have any questions.

●        COVID-19 Centers of Excellence: This Fall, three new Gotham Health Centers will open in communities of color that have been hardest-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. Located in Bushwick, Jackson Heights, and Tremont, the new Centers will provide comprehensive outpatient services for recovering COVID-19 patients. Specifically providing pulmonary care, radiologic and diagnostic services, as well as mental health services to help address anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and psychological distress. 

Important Information to Share with Your Friends and Neighbors:

●        Daily Live Concerts: Now through July 4, MOME’s Music for the Soul program in partnership with NYC Health + Hospitals and AFM Local 802 continues with live performances by local NYC musicians. Check out the livestreams every day at noon on the NYC Health + Hospital’s Facebook page.

●        Alternate Side Parking: Will be suspended through Sunday, June 21. Parking meters and all other parking rules remain in effect. The City may extend the suspension based on street cleanliness and workforce availability.

●        Find a Testing Site: Get Tested in Your Community. If you have been part of the crowds in recent protests we urge you to get tested for COVID-19. Be careful not to have close contact with anyone in the highest risk groups for 14 days.

●        Take Care Hotels: We know many can’t safely separate at home. Any doctor, nurse, physician’s assistant across the entire City can email: CommCareCP@nychhc.org to refer patients to hotels.

●        Census : Please help spread the word that anyone can fill out the census online at 2020 census.gov . Select “If you do not have a Census ID, click here.” and enter your address. It takes less than 10 minutes and has never been more important!

●        DOHMH COVID-19 Data Page: Updated COVID-19 data page detailing additional demographic information about how the outbreak is affecting New York City.

Resources:

For Everyone:

●       Text ‘COVID’ to 692-692 for COVID-19 updates or ‘COVIDESP’ for updates in Spanish

●       NYC Coronavirus Website : nyc.gov/coronavirus

●       NYC COVID-19 Self-reporting Portal: Link here or call 311

●       DOHMH FAQ: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

●       Face Covering Distribution: Face Coverings Face Coverings

●       Face Covering Tips: helpful videos

●       DACA Renewal Assistance: Call ActionNYC at 1-800-354-0365

●       Ferry Schedules: Staten Island Ferry / NYC Ferry

●       H+H Visitor Policy: Policy to Reduce the Spread of Coronavirus

●       Mental Health Hotline: 1-888-NYC-WELL or text “WELL” to 65173. NYC Well

●       Mental Health Online: Support New Yorkers Can Access While Staying Home

●       OATH: Hearing Online

●       Online English Classes :,or for information: click here

●       Online Marriage Licenses : nyc.gov/Cupid or cityclerk.nyc.gov

●       Animal Welfare FAQ: COVID-19 and Animals FAQ 

●       COVID-19 Pet Owner Hotline : 1-877-204-8821

●       Pet Planning: Get Prepared – Pets & Service Animals

●       Map of Essential Construction: Essential Active Construction Sites Map / FAQ

●       Report Price Gouging: DCA – COVID-19 Complaint

●        Resource Guide for Immigrants: Resources for Immigrant Communities

●       Virtual Friendly Visiting Program for Seniors: Call 212-AGING-NYC

●       NYC HOPE directory, including Micro-grants for Domestic Violence survivors; Resources for Survivors During COVID-19

●       Template Response to Debt Collectors

How to Help:

●       How to Help: Help Now NYC

●       Companies with Supplies on Hand to Donate or SellNYC Suppliers Page

●       Companies Ready to Begin Producing Supplies: COVID-19 Emergency Supply Sourcing & Manufacturing .

●       Donate PPE: NYC Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Donation Portal

●       Donate Plasma: New York Blood Center 

●       Food and Non-medical Donations: DonateNYC, or call 833-NYC-0040

For Those in Need:

●       Benefits Available for New Yorkers: AccessNYC

●       Services for Folks in Need: Assistance for Individuals

●       Domestic Violence: NYCHope

●       EBT Cards Customer Service: 888-328-6399 

●       Family Justice Centers: Family Justice Centers, 24-hour DV Hotline: 800-621-4673

●       Financial Empowerment Guidance: DCA – Free Financial Counseling

●       Food Finder: Food Bank NYC

●       Grab & Go Meals for All: Location: Free Meal Sites , or text “NYCFOOD” or “COMIDA” to 877-877

●       Emergency Food Program : The Emergency Food Program delivers over 1 million meals per day

●       Hotel Isolation Referral Program: nyc.gov/covid19hotel

●       Peer-Peer Wellness Check for Veterans: Mission: VetCheck

●       People with Disabilities: @NYCDisabilities, 311 or visit http://nyc.gov/disability or via video phone: 646-396-5830

●       SNAP: SNAP Benefits

●       Student Loan Debt Tips During COVID-19: NYC Consumer Affairs 

●       Unemployment Benefits: NYS Department of Labor + NYC FAQ

●       LGBTQ COVID Guidenyc.gov/lgbtqcovid

Businesses & Nonprofits:

●       Business Restart Hotline: 888-SBS-4NYC (888-727-4692)

●       Facebook Grants for Small Businesses: facebook.com/grantsforbusiness

●       Guidance for Employers & Employees: Update about Workplace Laws

●       Non-Profit Providers: FAQ for Nonprofit Businesses 

●        Phase One Industries: New York Forward

●        Small Businesses: Assistance & Guidance for Businesses

●        Stop the Spread: Stop the Spread of Coronavirus Flyer

●        Webinars for Small Businesses: Register here

Workers:

●       Citibike Free Year Membership for First Responders Critical Workforce Membership

●       DCWP COVID-19 Hub : DCWP Alerts 

●       Freelancers in NYC: File Workplace Complaint

●       Hotels for Healthcare Workers: NYC & Company   

●       Labor Issues: Call 311, or AG’s office: (212) 416-8700 or Labor.Bureau@ag.ny.gov

●       Paid Sick Leave: DOHMH Frequently Asked Questions / or call: 855-491-2667 or 311

●       State List of Essential Business/Services: Governor Cuomo Guidance Under New York State on PAUSE

●       SBS: Virtual Workforce One Center or call 718-960-2458

●       TLC Driver Jobs: NYC Food Delivery Driver Portal

●       TLC Driver Resource Center: legal services, financial counseling, and other referrals

Buildings & Residents:

●        NYCHA Residents: NYCHA’s journal + Hardship Rent Reductions + NYCHA COVID-19 FAQ + City Harvest Mobile Markets + Mayor de Blasio Announces New Plan to Combat COVID-19 at NYCHA

●        Property Tax issues : Department of Finance Benefits

●        Tenants/Landlords: COVID-19: FAQ for Residential and Commercial Buildings