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Coronavirus Information and Resources

COVID-19

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)

COVID-19 is caused by a coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2. Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness.


HOW IT SPREADS

It is thought to spread mainly from person to person, mainly through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Spread is more likely when people are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet). It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes. This is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads, but we are still learning more about this virus.

The virus that causes COVID-19 is spreading very easily and sustainably between people. Information from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic suggests that this virus is spreading more efficiently than influenza, but not as efficiently as measles, which is highly contagious.

Learn more on cdc.gov

For informational purposes only. Consult your local medical authority for advice.


QPTV Presents COVID-19 - Episode 1: Understanding the Virus
Tune in as QPTV’s Roslyn Nieves hosts a Zoom meeting with Dr. Elaine Leinung, DNP,FNP-C,RN,CNE; to discuss the basics of the virus. Dr. Elaine Leinung is a Certified Family Nurse Practitioner with over 35 years of nursing experience. Formerly President of the Brooklyn/Queens Chapter of the New York State Nurse Practitioners Association. She currently serves as Program Coordinator for the local Board of Directors NP Association.  Dr. Leinung began her practice as an RN prior to becoming a Nurse Practitioner. In addition to her hospital experience, Dr. Leinung has worked as an NP in a SUNY College Health Clinic, and most recently in a family medical care practice. As a Certified Nurse Educator, Dr. Leinung recently retired from teaching as an Assistant Professor of Nursing in CUNY, where she prepared many nurses to enter the work force. Dr. Leinung has been dedicated to meeting the health care needs of the community.  Watch this program on QPTV.org as Dr. Leining talks about resources and everyone's part in flattening the curve.


Resources

Stay Safe and Up to Date

• NYC Face Coverings Distribution Map

https://maps.nyc.gov/face-coverings/

 

MTA Essential Service During the Coronavirus Pandemic

https://new.mta.info/precautions-against-coronavirus

 

Overnight Resources for Essential Workers

https://new.mta.info/coronavirus/overnight

 

• New York State Coronavirus Updates
Get email updates on the evolving COVID-19 situation from New York State.

https://now.ny.gov/page/s/coronavirus-updates

 

• NYC.org's NYC311 website has information and resources to stay healthy and informed during the pandemic:

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and City Life

 

• NYC.gov’s Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Portal

https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/covid/covid-19-main.page
 

• New York State’s Coronavirus Web Portal

https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/home

 

• New York State Coronavirus Updates

Get email updates on the evolving COVID-19 situation from New York State.

https://now.ny.gov/page/s/coronavirus-updates

 

• Queens Chamber Business Coronavirus Updates

https://www.queenschamber.org/queens-chamber-business-coronavirus-updates

 

• District 25 NYC Council Member Daniel Dromm's Newsletter with Additional COVID-19 Resources for Queens Residents

https://mailchi.mp/council/9r37scoyl6-76256?e=7ca106447e

 

• CDC’s Guide for Cloth Face Coverings

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html

 

• Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates from ACCESS NYC

ACCESS NYC provides a mobile-friendly front door for New Yorkers to screen for benefit and program eligibility, learn how to apply, gather required documents, and find local help.

https://access.nyc.gov/coronavirus-covid-19-updates/

 

• Help Now NYC

I want to help: Find out how you can help New Yorkers affected by COVID-19.

I need help: Find out how you or your organization can receive COVID-19-related assistance.

https://www1.nyc.gov/site/helpnownyc/index.page

 

Help During Coronavirus | Con Edison
https://www.coned.com/en/about-us/media-center/news/coronavirus/updates


COVID-19 Update from Queensboro Council for Social Welfare (QCSW)

Renters 
  
Eviction Moratorium: While all rents are still legally owed, you cannot be evicted in New York State until at least until June 20, 2020 except for severe health and safety issues. This also applies to eviction orders that were issued but not carried out prior to the eviction moratorium commencement on March 16, 2020. DO NOT ATTEND HOUSING COURT FOR AN EVICTION CASE. YOU WILL NOT BE PENALIZED FOR FAILING TO APPEAR!  But do check with an attorney or housing support group if you wish to make sure. 

Emergency Repair Cases:  While eviction proceedings are halted, New York City Housing Courts are still hearing serious issues related to heat and hot water, landlords locking tenants out of apartments, lead, and other serious housing code violations. Tenants can still initiate those actions, and legal services groups are representing tenants in these categories if they are at or below 200% of poverty ($43,440 for a family of 3).
 
Lease Expirations:  If your lease is expiring on April 1st or anytime during the COVID-19 pandemic and you want to renew, you should try to work with your landlord to extend the current lease or proceed with a month-to-month extension. The resulting correspondence and agreement should be done over e-mail so that there is a paper record of the precise terms agreed upon. 
  
NYCHA: If you live in a NYCHA development and have lost 5 percent or more in income for two months or more, and your rent exceeds 30 percent of household income, you may be eligible for a rent reduction. NYCHA residents who meet those qualifications should 
request an income recertification through the NYCHA Self-Service Portal or through their local management office. 
 
Homeowners 
 
Mortgage Payments: All state regulated mortgage lenders are being urged -- but not required -- to defer mortgage payments for 90 days, meaning those payments will be added to the end of your mortgage term. You should check with your lender to confirm specific bank policies. (
Source

If your loan is owned by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac, you may be eligible to delay making your monthly mortgage payments and receive other relief for 3 months. To find out if your loan applies, you can use “loan lookup” tools:
·       Fannie Mae: 
https://www.knowyouroptions.com/loanlookup 
·       Freddie Mac: https://ww3.freddiemac.com/loanlookup/
 
Credit Scores and Fees: The Governor’s Executive Order also directs state-regulated banks to hold off on reporting late payments to credit agencies, offer a grace period to complete loan modifications, waive late payment fees, and postpone foreclosures. (
Source
  
Stimulus Payments and Assisted Housing: Stimulus payments (individual checks) recently approved by the federal government are not counted towards annual income for those receiving Section 8 or living in NYCHA units (24 CFR 5.609-c). 

NYC Lien Sales: If you received a 90-day or 60-day lien sale warning, the City has extended the deadline for selling the lien on your property. The 2020 sale of New York City liens was scheduled for May 15, 2020 but is now postponed. (
Source) However, if possible, you should pay what you owe or enter into a payment agreement plan.
 
Additional Resources 

If a City Marshal tries to evict you: Call NYC Department of Investigation (DOI) Bureau of City Marshals at (212) 825-5953. 
For information regarding emergency repair or other housing related legal actions: Visit 
www.nycourts.gov or call (833) 503-0447 (toll-free) 
Housing Court Questions: Housing Court Answers, call 212-962-4795 or 718-557-1379 
For general questions regarding housing rights and protections: Call the Legal Aid Society at (212) 577-3300.
 

Food

Meals for School-Aged Children
The New York City Department of Education is committed to making three free meals available daily for all NYC children and is also making meals available for adults.

Three meals a day, including breakfast, will be available to all NYC children Monday through Friday from 7:30 am to 1:30 pm at more than 400 sites across the city. Find the nearest pick-up location to you HERE.

SNAP Benefits
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program will continue to provide nutrition benefits to families who need help purchasing healthy food. To apply for SNAP benefits online, please visit 
nyc.gov/accesshra or call 718-557-1399 to have an application mailed to you.

Food Pantries
Most food pantries will continue to distribute food throughout the city. 
Find a full list of pantries and information about services during the COIVD-19 outbreak HERE.

A drive-thru facility at Aqueduct Racetrack is now accepting appointments for COVID-19 testing. You must make an appointment to get a test by calling the New York State COVID-19 hotline at (888) 364-3065. More information is available from the State Department of Health

DV Survivors

ENDGBV Resources Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence. Find out more at www.nyc.gov/ENDGBV

 

Resources for Survivors During COVID-19

Family Justice Center Telephonic Services Update


• CDC’s Guide to Keeping Hands Clean

https://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/hygiene/hand/handwashing.html

 

CovidActNow.org was created by a team of data scientists, engineers, and designers in partnership with epidemiologists, public health officials, and political leaders to help understand how the COVID-19 pandemic will affect their region. This tool is built to enable political leaders to quickly make decisions in their Coronavirus response informed by best available data and modeling.

 

• Centers for Disease Control Coronavirus Website

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

 

• Coronavirus.gov - Information and Resources on Coronavirus from the White House, CDC and FEMA

https://www.coronavirus.gov/

 

The United States Social Security Administration
https://www.ssa.gov/

 

• COVID-19 Screening Tool

This tool can help you understand what to do next about COVID-19.

https://www.apple.com/covid19


• UN COVID-19 Testing in the New York Area

https://www.un.org/en/coronavirus/covid-19-testing

 

• FEMA Coronavirus Rumor Control

A web page from FEMA to help the public distinguish between rumors and facts regarding the response to coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

https://www.fema.gov/Coronavirus-Rumor-Control
 

• World Health Organization’s Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Advice for the Public

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public


Stories

More Than 120 COVID-19 Patients Successfully Treated and Discharged at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital

WHITESTONE GROCERS ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH PRICE GOUGING - Queens District Attorney