Governor Cuomo has now extended New York State on PAUSE until 4/29.
New York State nonessential workforce should continue to work from home.
In-person workforce restrictions, which have been implemented through various executive orders are also extended.
Statewide school closures are extended.
The first 1,000-bed temporary hospital at the Javits Center is open and accepting patients.
Public and private hospitals will implement a new balanced approach to fighting COVID-19 where hospitals that are beginning to reach or exceed capacity can transfer patients to other hospitals that are not as full.
There is a new mobile testing site at the Bay Plaza AMC Theater at 2210 Bartow Ave in the Bronx. Monday – Sunday, 8am – 6pm. Appointment only.
Pharmacies have agreed to offer free home delivery to help reduce long lines for prescriptions at their facilities.
The presidential primary election will move from 4/28 to 6/23, aligning it with the congressional and legislative primaries in New York.
The NYS’s Wadsworth Lab has developed a new test for COVID-19, which is done through a saliva sample and a short nasal swab.
New Yorkers without Health Insurance can apply through NY State of Health within 60 days of losing coverage.
Department of Motor Vehicles offices are temporarily closed for in-office visits. Online transactions, including for license renewals, are still be available. License and permit expirations will be extended.
All non-essential gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason are temporarily banned.
Testing is free for all eligible New Yorkers as ordered by a health care provider.
The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene asks New Yorkers to maintain calm and practice social distancing:
Stay home. All New Yorkers – healthy or sick – must stay home. You should only leave your home for essential tasks, such as work (if you work for an essential entity), solitary exercise, getting groceries and supplies or essential medical care. Try to use delivery services when possible.
Keep at least 6 feet of distance between yourself and otherswhen you go out for essential tasks or solitary exercise.
Cover your nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing – do not use your hands.
For general assistance on emotional wellness & mental health in NYC: 1-888-NYC-WELL (1-888-692-9355) or text WELL to 65173 For mental health counseling, New Yorkers can also call the COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline: 1-844-863-9314 For immediate crisis counseling for those experiencing emotional distress related to disaster, please call the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990
NYDIS’ Social Media: The fastest source for updates on COVID-19 is on NYDIS’ Facebook or Twitter.
NYC HOWalert (NYC House of Worship Alert) system
HOWalert is a free emergency notification system for NYC clergy/religious leaders and communications “decision makers” from NYC congregations, religious bodies/networks and nonprofits. It will notify subscribers about life-threatening incidents or other hazards that may affect faith sector facilities. It also notifies subscribers with information that should be urgently shared with their congregants, clients, or staff. Communication can be two-way – by sending messages with live links to surveys that collect emerging needs or allowing religious leaders to request help during an unfolding public health emergency or disaster. Register Here: www.nydis.org/howalert
The Islamic Leadership Council of New York created a way to get regular updates for the Muslim community: Text CV19 to 56525
The Muslim Community Network is launching a COVID-19 Response Hotline starting April 10, 2020 for those in need of assistance or have questions: Call (888) 409-0036
NYDIS’ COOP & Emergency Communications Recommendations: Your plans should include provisions for your personnel to work remotely, including creating systems for computers,office equipment, and other technology necessary to have remote access.Consider plans to conduct remote or live-streamed worshipservices and alternatives to congregation rituals in the event that mass gatherings become inadvisable.Review and practice your Continuity of Operations Plans (COOP) and Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication (CERC) Plans in the context of a pandemic.Advise your staff, personnel, and congregants to review their family emergency plans.
NYDIS’ Public Health Emergency Plan Writing Webinars Need help with your plan or need help to make a plan? We are offering weekly free 2.5 hour COOP and CERC writing workshops for congregation decision-makers tasked with writing emergency plans. For more information see our upcoming trainings below.
NYDIS’ Funeral or Burial Recommendations: House of worship and funeral home funerals should be suspended, and the dead should be buried or interred during a graveside service of no more than 10 people who strictly adhere to social distancing protocols. Individuals traveling to the burial should only travel with members of their own household – if anyone is unwell, they must not attend. If desirable, the service may be live-streamed or recorded to share with others not able to attend.No Repast or Receptions should be held following burial or cremation.
For Jews, no Shiva should be held in person. Shiva calls should be made virtually.
COVID-19 Unmet Needs Roundtable Emergency vouchers for food and prescription medical costs. Eligibility Criteria: Must live in NYC, provide proof of address, provide proof of food stamps and unemployment applications Email email@example.com to apply
Coronavirus Financial Impact Loan Hebrew Free Loan Society is offering interest free loans up to $5,000 for low and moderate-income families throughout New York City, Long Island, and Westchester County.
Coronavirus Relief Fund currently closed for new applications, check back later for updates Emergency assistance for low-income New Yorkers with loss of income, funded by Islamic Center of NYU, Penny Appeal USA, Celebrate Mercy.
Zakat Fund of NYC Emergency assistance for low-income New Yorkers. Average grant is $800, depending on family size. Eligibility Criteria: Live in NYC. Demonstrate financial circumstances. Declare all income, assets and debts. Proof of ID.
Emergency Food Hotline: (866) 888-8777 or 311 You will be provided with hours of operation and directions to the nearest food pantries and community kitchens.
Grab and Go Meals for All New Yorkers Monday through Friday, for children and families from 7:30 am to 11:30 am, and for adults from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm All New York City residents can now get free meals at one of the city’s 435 grab-and-go food locations at schools. To find a school in your area distributing food, call 311, click here, or text the word FOOD or COMIDA to 877-877.
SNAP Benefits (Food Stamps) Supplementary Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) issues electronic benefits that can be used to purchase food. SNAP is for low-income working people, people receiving unemployment, senior citizens, the disabled and others that need to feed their families. Eligibility is based on income and family size. You can apply and submit income verification documents online.
NYC Unemployment Benefits New York State has waived the 7 day waiting period for Unemployment Insurance benefits for those out of work because of COVID-19 closures or quarantine. If you are filing a new unemployment insurance claim, the day you should file is based on the first letter of your last name:
Manufacturers able to create from scratch, please complete the info form and provide as much information as possible.
Suppliers or distributors with access to a stock of ready-made supplies to sell or donate (medical or otherwise): Please visit nyc.gov/covidsuppliers
Governor Cuomo has called on businesses to produce needed supplies related to COVID-19. New York State needs companies to help in addressing the need for medical supplies and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). New York State offers three options to assist in response.
Ready to Supply – Your company is able to immediately sell or produce approved COVID-19 related medical equipment and supplies (i.e. ventilators, N95 masks, surgical masks, etc.).
Can Re-Purpose Production – Your production company can be certified and retool in order to produce approved COVID-19 related medical equipment and supplies.
Volunteer or Donate – I would like to offer donated goods, services, or space for use in New York’s response to the COVID-19 public health emergency.
Techsoup has created a comprehensive list of technological resources that can be implemented relatively quickly, with little to no external IT support needed to do so and with a focus on remote communications and information sharing solutions. This resource can be found here: Nonprofit Resources for Remote Work During the COVID-19 Outbreak
RUMORS, MISINFORMATION AND BIGOTRY
NYC COVID-19 Stigma Incident Survey: share incidents of stigma that are occurring in your communities related to COVID-19 so that we can gain a better insight about stigma in our city.
Remember, concerns about COVID-19 should focus on public health and safety and NOT be used to target Asian-Americans, or other ethnic groups experiencing outbreaks, with bigotry, racism or xenophobia. Please speak out against this kind of hate and be a source of hope and healing. To file a discrimination complaint with the New York City Commission on Human Rights, please call (718) 722-3131 or 311 and say “Human Rights.”
Spread the word that the undocumented individuals should not avoid seeking medical care if they require help. NYC hospital staff will NOT ask about immigration status and medical care is NOT a “public benefit” under the public charge test.
To better prepare for the current public health threat facing congregations & faith-based nonprofits from COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus), NYDIS is offering this free 2.5 hour webinar on Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) writing. Only senior decision-makers tasked with writing an
During this time of extraordinary disruption and anxiety, NYDIS is hosting a free two-hour webinar that offers an overview of crisis spiritual care best practices – including, general crisis spiritual care principles and interventions, disaster mental health & caregiver self-care.
To better prepare for public health emergencies facing congregations & faith-based nonprofits, such as COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus), NYDIS is offering a series of online webinars described below. The trainings will focus on writing Continuity of Operations Plans (COOP) and Emergency