Governor Cuomo has partnered with New Jersey Governor Murphy and Connecticut Governor Lamont to create a joint travel advisory for individuals traveling from states with significant community spread of COVID-19, requiring a quarantine for 14 days when visiting their states.
Based on each region’s infection rate, schools across New York State are permitted to open this fall but each school district must have a testing and tracing plan and will decide if an in-person v. hybrid model works best for them while following strict Department of Health Guidance.
Beginning September 21, lower-risk school sports may begin statewide; with travel for practice or play prohibited outside of the school’s region or contiguous regions until October 19.
The State Police and State Liquor Authority are leading a task force to investigate and shut down establishments not complying with the safety standards of the state.
To report violations of health and safety restrictions and requirements for businesses, gatherings and individuals, please choose the appropriate link below:
Go to forward.ny.gov to find out: Which phase of reopening your region is in; the industry guidance for each phase; regional dashboards for monitoring how the virus is being contained; and information on loans for small businesses.
New Yorkers without health insurance can apply through NY State of Health through September 15, 2020; must apply within 60 days of losing coverage.
Health care workers can text NYFRONTLINE to 741-741 to access 24/7 emotional support services. Any New Yorker can call the COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline at 1-844-863-9314 for mental health counseling.
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.
Where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. The CDC’s Do-It-Yourself Mask Making Instructions contain helpful instructions for effective techniques for creating masks at home.
If you have had a documented positive SARS-CoV2 PCR nasal swab and/or experienced the symptoms of COVID-19 and are now fully recovered,you may be able to help by donating plasma. Your immune system may now be producing antibodies to protect you from becoming infected again with coronavirus. Donated plasma could be used right now, for compassionate treatment, even before we have scientific trials, or as part of a trial to determine definitively if this treatment works.
When a home isn’t safe, domestic violence survivors can find services 24/7 at nyc.gov/NYCHOPE
NYC’s 24-hour Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-621-4673. Click here for more information.
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.
Services from the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA)
Many city services are available to all New Yorkers no matter what your immigration status is and regardless of your ability to pay.
1-888-NYC-WELL (1-888-692-9355) or text WELL to 65173 for general assistance on emotional wellness & mental health in NYC.
New York State
New York State Office of Mental Health COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline: 1-844-863-9314 formental health counseling.
New York State’s domestic violence texting hotline: (800) 942-6905 or chat online at www.opdv.ny.gov; both are confidential and serviced by professional domestic violence/sexual abuse advocates at all times.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990 for immediate crisis counseling.
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
Islamic Leadership Council of New York created a way to get regular updates for the Muslim community: Text CV19 to 56525
Muslim Community Network has launched a COVID-19 Response Hotline for those in need of assistance or have questions: Call (888) 409-0036
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 worship services 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.
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 Shivas should be held in person. Shiva calls should be made virtually.
COVID-19 House of Worship Reopening Requirements & Guidelines
This series of House of Worship Reopen Requirements and Guidelines was created to guide congregation leaders through the New York State Governor’s Executive Orders, including practical guidance to comply with the requirements.
NYDIS provides free, weekly training for congregation decision-makers. Click here to register and learn more about our current training sessions:
Public Health Emergency Plan Writing COOP for Congregations 2.5 hours – COOP and CERC writing workshop for congregation decision-makers tasked with writing emergency plans.
COVID-19 Pandemic: Crisis Spiritual Care for Congregations 2 hours – An overview of crisis spiritual care best practices – including, general crisis spiritual care principles and interventions, disaster mental health & caregiver self-care.
NYC Pandemic Virtual Exercise: Testing Your Plans 2 hours – Organizations can discuss, troubleshoot, and find solutions for the unique obstacles facing congregations and organizations during a pandemic.
NYC Human Resources Administration (HRA): Provides financial assistance to individuals in need of assistance to meet funeral expenses. Low-income New York City residents may be eligible for up to $1,700 in financial assistance to meet funeral expenses for a deceased low-income New York City resident family member or friend. Learn more about the requirements and fill out the application here.
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 Shivas should be held in person. Shiva calls should be made virtually.
NYDIS’ COVID-19 Unmet Needs Roundtable (UNR) Emergency vouchers for food and prescription medication costs. Eligibility Criteria: Must live in NYC, provide proof of address, provide proof of food stamps and unemployment applications. Call (347) 694-7904, assistance available in both English and Spanish
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) 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. The 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.
New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG):NY COVID-19 Legal Resource Hotline (929) 356-9582 Monday-Friday from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Help New Yorkers impacted by COVID-19 get answers to essential legal questions. When leaving a message, include your name, the best number to call you back at, and a description of the legal question or issue.
NYS 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:
Eligible citizens who are currently unhoused or didn’t file taxes with an address in 2018 can access this portal to update their name, SSN, and address OR banking account information to receive their stimulus check.
Mayor De Blasio, Commissioner Garcia, and Chancellor Carranza announce that Meal Hub service will continue this summer from 7:30AM – 1:30PM, Monday through Friday at 400 sites. Click here for full press release.
All NYC residents can get free meals at one of the city’s 400 grab-and-go food locations at schools. To find a school in your area, call 311, check NYC.gov or text the word FOOD or COMIDA to 877-877.
Food delivery assistance for individuals or households that meet the following criteria:
No members of the household can go out and get food because they are at increased medical risk or homebound
No neighbors or family members can go out and get food for you
Do not receive meal assistance from other providers (incl. Meals on Wheels or God’s Love We Deliver); and
You are unable to afford meal delivery or grocery delivery
If you don’t meet all of the eligibility criteria above you can still get help. To find food options in your area now you can visit the link below to see the local food pantry, soup kitchen, senior center, or SNAP enrollment sites near you. NYC.gov/getFood
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 the 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.