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COVID-19 Resources for Residents

New Yorkers working together can slow the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in New York City. 

Last Updated 5/29/20. Updated at least weekly.

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The following is a list of resources for NYC residents. Overall, New York City is recommending that New Yorkers stay home. Healthy or sick, all New Yorkers need to stay home as much as possible. 

The Governor released the NY Forward Reopening Plan , a clear and complete guide to reopening, offers a detailed look at the path forward. As of now, New York City meets 5 of the 7 public health benchmarks necessary to begin the re-opening process. To begin reopening, NYC must further reduce new COVID-related hospital admissions, and must increase its percentage of available regular hospital beds and ICU beds. On May 29, the Governor announced that NYC is currently on track to enter Phase 1 of reopening on June 8.

Visit NYC Department of Health for the latest info in NYC for businesses, schools, public buildings closures and court closures – this site will be updated daily: NYC Department of Health Coronavirus Guidance and Cases

Read the facts that you need to know about from NYC Department of Health: COVID-19 FACT SHEET HERE

Information directly to your mobile: TEXT COVID to 692-692 for real time updates or visit NYC/Conravirus

Resources from Community Board 2: Our Community Board is compiling a list of resources here

Face covering: New York State now requires face coverings to be worn when social distance cannot be maintained

Self-monitoring: NYC Health has put together Home Self-Monitoring information sheet for Coronavirus Disease: Guidance for People to Home Self Monitor

Information for Health Care Providers: Clinician Guidance and Daily Syndromic and Case Data Update

Unemployment: NY State Department of Labor is waiving the 7-Day waiting period for Unemployment Insurance benefits for people who are out of work due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) closures or quarantines. Learn More HERE

Testing Sites in NYC: Testing is free to all eligible New Yorkers as ordered by a health care provider or by calling the NYS COVID-19 hotline at 1-888-364-3065. Your local health department is your community contact for COVID19 concerns. Please do not seek a test if you don’t have any symptoms. The most common symptoms are a fever, a dry cough and shortness of breath. 

Resource Guide for New Yorkers Receiving Public Benefits: This Resource Guide provides information about NYC and NYS Courts, Social Security benefits, Food Stamps, School Lunches, Medicare, Section 8, NYCHA and more.  The fact is that no one will have benefits terminated during this epidemic. Your case will not be closed for missing a deadline since offices are closed. If you are now out of work and need to apply for Unemployment Insurance, you can do that here If you are out of work or your income has been reduced, you can apply for Food Stamps (known as SNAP) here

Information for Residential Tenants: NYS has enacted a 90-day moratorium on residential and commercial evictions. Con Edison has suspended all utility shut off notices in NYC. All Housing Court actions have been postponed. Legal Services of New York has a hotline that will remain staffed for tenants who need guidance in emergency situations: 917-661-4500. Met Council also has a tenant rights hotline: 212-979-0611. 

School Meal Distribution: Grab-and-go meals are now available at every school building. Starting Monday, March 23, meals are distributed at 400 select sites throughout the city. You can use the DOE’s search tool to find your nearest distribution location. Students can collect three meals at one time, and no registration, ID, or documentation is required.

New Yorkers without health insurance can apply through NY State of Health through June 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.

Mental Health: New Yorkers can call the COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline at 1-844-863-9314 for counseling.

Scams: Guide to COVID-19 Scams and Safety Tips.


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