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- On Thursday, infections in the U.S. were at 216,548, as the country continues to shatter national and global records, highlighting the virus shows no signs of slowing down. On average, 180,327 people have been infected each day this week.
- As of Friday, more than 14,217,100 have been infected with the coronavirus nationwide and at least 276,773 have died.
- Despite the fact a vaccine is well on its way, expected to be approved this month, scientists and public health experts said this week this winter will be one of the hardest and most catastrophic in the country’s public health history.
- There are more than 100,000 hospitalized across the country as ICUs and hospital wards buckle under the strain of the virus, according to the Covid Tracking Project, something that is only expected to get worse.
- Over the past week, deaths have climbed to almost 3,000 per day reaching heights not seen since May and expected to surpass earlier records.
- Pfizer and Moderna have applied for emergency use authorization from the FDA for their vaccines that have both been reported having an effectiveness of more than 90%.
- Pandemic induced state and city budgets cuts are severely affecting communities across the country, as many leaders call on the federal government for aid. Republican Senator Mitch McConnell and Democratic Senator Nancy Pelosi are reportedly working on a second coronavirus relief package to distribute to American citizens before President Trump’s term is over
- Large scale food and housing insecurity has taken hold across much of the country. There is a national eviction moratorium in place until December 31, to protect people nationwide from homelessness. But there are still a number of reports of evictions taking place across the country, despite their illegality.
NYC:As of Friday December 4, there have been 321,053 confirmed COVID-19 cases in New York City, and 24,305 deaths.
We’ve been in a brutal battle with #COVID19, but this month the cavalry is coming. We're expecting vaccine shipments as early as December 15. Over time we'll have enough for every New Yorker, but our first wave will prioritize health care workers and nursing home residents.— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) December 3, 2020
- All New Yorkers should continue to follow the Core 4: wear a face covering, practice proper hand hygiene, maintain safe physical distance from others, and stay home if you are sick.
- Get tested! All New Yorkers should get tested whether or not they have symptoms. Tests are free. Find a testing site near you.
- Worship safely: Avoid large gatherings, especially indoors. If your house of worship has reopened, wear a face covering, don’t share chalices or utensils and avoid close contact with others including hand shaking and hugging — wave instead. If you’re singing, you must stay at least 12 feet apart from others.
- As we begin a return to activities like dining outand shopping, it is essential that we continue to take steps to prevent transmission of COVID-19.
Governor’s Update:On Thursday, Governor Andrew Cuomo said hospitalizations due to COVID continued to increase throughout the state. The total number of hospital beds in New York is about 53,000 and currently 35,000 of those beds were occupied by patients, about 4,000 of whom are COVID patients, he said. For context, at the height of the pandemic in the spring, we had about 19,000 people hospitalized with COVID.
Today's update on the numbers:— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) December 3, 2020
Of the 203,440 tests reported yesterday, 9,855 were positive (4.84% of total).
Total hospitalizations are at 4,063.
Sadly, there were 61 COVID fatalities yesterday. pic.twitter.com/2ZQp2fcZ88
The federal government must pass a COVID stimulus bill. NOW.— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) December 3, 2020
A proposal is on the table that will help struggling Americans and provide some state aid.
Something is better than nothing.
I urge Congress to pass it.
Here are our #COVID19 indicators at the end of the week:— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) December 4, 2020
• 134 new hospitalizations
• 2,041 new cases
• 5.43% positivity rate (7-day avg.)
If you’re a senior or have a pre-existing medical condition, stay home as much as possible this weekend. This is a serious situation.
- NYC BOC Absentee Ballot: To access an absentee ballot application click here.
- Job Opportunities: To access NYC Health and Hospitals job postings click here.
- Project Cupid: For more information on virtual Marriage License programs, click here.
Outlook in Brooklyn:
- Three Brooklyn Nonprofits Serving the Community Through COVID-19 Get $150,000 in Grants
- COVID-19 Vaccines Were Developed in Record Time – But Are These Game-Changers Safe?
- NYC Braces for Possibility of More COVID-19 Restrictions as FDA Approves New Treatments
- Mobile Coronavirus Testing Available At Bed-Stuy’s Marcy Houses
- How to Host a Safe Holiday Meal During Coronavirus – an Epidemiologist Explains Her Personal Plans
- Coronavirus Worsens Existing Problems for Low-Income Brooklynites: Study
- New York City’s Volunteer Ambulance Crews Struggling When They’re Needed Most
- Brooklyn Arts Writers Awarded with Andy Warhol Foundation Grants
Brooklyn Borough President COVID-19: A Rundown and ReviewBrooklyn BP Eric Adams is asking all Brooklynites to remain vigilant in fighting the virus with, “determination, common purpose, and love — for our families, friends, communities, and our city.” His office has composed a list of resources for those in Brooklyn seeking help and assistance through the pandemic. Updates And Important Information: EDUCATION
- From November 2nd through November 15th families can fill out a form to indicate if they are interested in and planning on returning to a blended model for their child/children. The first in-person day for these students will be during the weeks of November 30th and December 7th. For more information click here.
- Learning Bridges offers no-cost preschool and school age child care options for children from 3-K through eighth grade on days when they are scheduled for remote learning. Click here to learn more.
- Brooklyn Museum’s “Youth Tours: Art at Two” offers virtual programming for children ages five through 10. Click here for more information.
- “Let’s Learn NYC!” is an educational public television program produced by the WNET Group in partnership with the New York City Department of Education (DOE), features lessons for children in 3K through second grade that will supplement remote learning. More information can be found here.
- NYC, which is powered by the New York City Economic Development Corporation (EDC), released a downloadable guide for free and low-cost tech courses in New York City.
- Governor Cuomo released details on the metrics regarding COVID-19 micro-clusters.
- Red Zone — Micro-Cluster: A “Red Zone” focus area is put in place to contain spread from a specific, defined geographic area.
- Orange Zone — Warning/Buffer: An Orange Zone area either is put in place primarily in densely populated urban areas as a tight buffer zone around a Red Zone micro-cluster (“Orange Buffer Zone”) area OR is implemented independently as a focus area based on the below metrics (“Orange Warning Zone”). The purpose of an Orange Buffer Zone is to 1) restrict activity to prevent further spread from Red Zone area; 2) provide a defined geographic area where metrics can be monitored daily to ensure COVID is not spreading beyond the Red Zone.
- Yellow Zone — Precautionary/Buffer: A “Yellow Zone” area either is put in place as a broader buffer area to ensure COVID outbreak is not spreading into the broader community (“Yellow Buffer Zone”) OR is implemented independently based on the below metrics (“Yellow Precautionary Zone”). The purpose of a Yellow Buffer Zone is to 1) restrict some activity to help prevent further spread from Red and/or Orange Warning Zone area; 2) provide a larger defined geographic area where metrics can be monitored daily to ensure COVID is not spreading beyond the Red Zone or Orange Warning Zone.
- For more details click here.
- The Mayor’s Office released an interactive map of closure zones in parts of Brooklyn and Queens due to a spike in COVID-19 cases. The map allows businesses and residents to look up what zone they’re in and what closures impact them. To view the map, click here.
- Free tele-support group services are available with Lighthouse Guild Family Service Network. For young adults with vision loss, click here. For adults with vision loss, click here. For all questions, call (212) 769-7833.
- COVID-19 testing has been made available to all New Yorkers. COVID-19 testing sites are available in your area with new ones being added on an ongoing basis. To find the one nearest you, visit the state website [New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) website], the City’s website [New York City’s COVID-19 Information Portal], or type “COVID testing near me” in Google Maps.
- Crisis Text Line has support resources and counselors available for free 24/7 for frontline and essential workers. Text NYFRONTLINE to 741-741 to be connected, or visit crisistextline.org.
- Mayor de Blasio announced an emergency financial relief program for survivors of domestic and gender-based violence to provide funding for immediate safety, economic, and housing needs currently exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Helpful resources that are currently available include the agency website, the “NYC HOPE” resource directory, and the Resources for Survivors During COVID-19
- Worried about having to self-isolate in a dangerous home situation? Co-quarantined with an abuser? Please reach out and contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline. Call 1 (800) 799-7233, TTY 1 (800) 787-3224, or chat online at org.
- If you need mental health support, the New York Emotional Support Hotline is (844) 863-9314.
- The New York Peace Institute has online resourcesto mitigate stress with tools such as meditation.
- Use telemedicine services BEFORE going to the doctor’s office, urgent care, or the ER. Call (800) 633-4227 or your doctor for more information if you are on Medicaid. Whether you utilize Medicaid, private insurance, or are a self-payer, options are offered across many specialty areas. Urgent care telemedicine is available with New York-Presbyterian, Mount Sinai, or NYU Langone. Mental health telemedicine is available with Columbia Doctors. Diabetes telemedicine help is available with NYC Health + Hospitals. If you know other services, email email@example.com.
- The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) extendedits deadline to register for an Economic Impact Payment (EIP) to November 21, 2020. This new date will provide an additional five weeks beyond the original deadline. This extension is solely for those who have not received their EIP and do not normally file a tax return.
- Mayor de Blasio announced the free “MEND NYC” program to provide mediation to New Yorkers and hospitality businesses across the city who are in disputes over quality-of-life issues. Mayor de Blasio recently expanded eligibility to neighbor disputes and landlord/commercial tenant disputes.
- New York State is offering an additional 20 weeks of unemployment benefits. Visit ny.govto see if you qualify.
- Distribution sites for small businesses looking to obtain face coverings, are open. Visit gov/businessfor more information across the boroughs.
- The New York City Department of Small Business Services (SBS) has published plain language industry guides as a tool for small businesses to adhere to the latest mandatory guidance and to share best practices. Visit gov/businessfor more information on the guides.
- Unemployed New Yorkers can access support at the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA)’s new website, org/legalhelp, which was set up to provide resources for filing an unemployment claim. If needed, NYSBA will match people with a pro bono attorney.
- The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce has launched the Bring Back Brooklyn Fund to support small businesses that have been shut out of other COVID-19-related loan programs, with 65 percent earmarked for minority and/or women-owned business enterprises (MWBE). The Bring Back Brooklyn Fund will offer no-interest recovery loans between $500 and $30,000. You can contribute to the effort here.
- The New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) launched the NY COVID-19 Legal Resource Hotline to help New York City residents impacted by COVID-19 get answers to their legal questions on issues including unemployment benefits, employee rights, housing, public benefits, consumer debt, advance planning, stimulus payments, and special education issues. Call (929) 356-9582 Monday-Friday 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM to leave a message with your name and contact information or visit org/hotlinefor more information.
- DCWP’s Office of Financial Empowerment has transitioned all financial counseling and coaching programs to offer services remotely. Book an appointment here.
- The New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) released indoor dining guidelines that can be found by clicking here.
- The Mayor’s Office released guidance to heat outdoor dining spaces for restaurants participating in the Open Restaurants program.
- Electric radiant heaters will be allowed for sidewalk and roadway seating setups. For full guidance from the New York City Department of Buildings (DOB), click here.
- Natural gas radiant heaters will be allowed on the sidewalk only. For full guidance from DOB, click here. Natural gas radiant heaters must also comply with the Fire Code.
- Portable heaters fueled by propane will also only be allowed on the sidewalk. Propane heating will be regulated by the New York City Fire Department (FDNY), with requirements for safe handling, use and storage. For full guidance from the FDNY, click here.
- All students who would have received a free or reduced-price meal at school are now eligible for additional food assistance through Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT). This includes undocumented students, students whose private schools participate in the National School Lunch Program, and students in districts that implement the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP). New York City families will receive an additional $5.70 for every day school has been closed to purchase foods available through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
- School sites are open for grab-and-go meals from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, outside of main entrances of every school building. The program is now open to anyone who wants food, no questions asked. Go to nyc.gov, or text “FOOD” or “COMIDA” to 877-877 for lists of where meals are being served. Breakfast and lunch will be distributed from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM in select schools at over 200 locations as the program moves toward an after-school schedule.
- New Yorkers can use their SNAP benefits to order online.
- The City has streamlined the home delivery of meals to seniors and is working to support our food pantries, which are critical partners in these efforts. In the interim, you can find a list of key resources at gov/GetFoodor by calling 311 and saying “Get Food.”
- Hunter College New York City Food Policy Center has partnered with Share Meals, Hunger Free America, BetaNYC, and Plentiful to compile a listing and guide on food resources available to New Yorkers.
- The Civic Engagement Commission officially launched its poll interpretation website, which details their poll site interpretation program, lists all voting sites where CEC interpreters will be assisting voters, and has a “Know Your Rights” section. Visit the site by going to gov/wearevoters.
- NYC Parks has resumed permitting its athletic fields across the city for outdoor youth sports. Supportive of children’s physical and mental health, lower- and moderate-risk youth play on permitted fields has also resumed. They will continue to allow sports activity of low-to-moderate-risk on courts and fields across the city on a first-come, first-served basis, in accordance with the State’s reopening guidelines for sports and recreation.
- Mayor de Blasio announced COVID-19 traveler registration checkpoints into New York City to ensure compliance with New York State quarantine requirements. Travelers who have visited 41 designated states or territories with high COVID-19 transmission rates are required to complete the New York State Department of Health traveler formand quarantine for a period of 14 days upon entering New York City.
- The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will only offer services in person by reservation for limited transactions that cannot be done online or by mail or drop box. You can make reservations at ny.gov/reservation.
- Visit NYCfor information on groups and individuals working on mutual aid in their communities, as well as if you need help or can help.
- Free and low-cost childcare options during the COVID-19 crisis are available through Workers Need Childcare, for parents and caregivers in New York City’s essential workforce.
- For veterans and their families, the NYC Veterans Alliance has a list of resources on their website.
- Twenty-two branches of the New York Public Library, Brooklyn Public Library, and Queens Public library are open with Grab-and-Go services.
- Utilities have been ordered to not shut off service for gas, water, or electricity. Internet services will not be cut off during this time.
- For New Yorkers requiring quarantine or isolation, NYC Health + Hospitals is offering free hotel rooms for up to 14 days if there is a need for a place to isolate. Call (844) NYC-4NYC (844-692-4692) and press “0”.
- National Grid customers should be aware of a phone scam demanding immediate bill payment and threatening service disconnection. Learn ways to protect yourself and your family here.
- The MTA launched a new interactive beta digital map to allow riders to plan their trips and see real time alerts. To view the map click here.
- There is currently no subway service from 1:00 AM to 5:00 AM to allow for cleaning and disinfecting of trains and stations. The “MTA Overnight” pageprovides details on the service changes.