Coronavirus Resources

COVID-19 Questions and Assistance:

Find more information regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s website here.

Please call the NY State Coronavirus Hotline with any concerns: 1-888-364-3065.

You may also call the Westchester COVID-19 Hotline: 1-866-588-0195.

Should NYC residents need help finding a health care provider, call: 311.

Text 'COVID' to 692-692 to get important COVID-19 related updates sent straight to your phone. You can text 'COVIDESP' to get updates in Spanish.

Mental Health

New Yorkers looking for free mental health services, including emotional support, consultation, and referral to a provider, call 1-844-863-9314.

Westchester residents in need of mental health resources, call the Westchester mental health phone number: 914-995-1900.

NYC residents in need of mental health services, text “Well” to 65173* or call 1-888-NYC-Well.

Health Care Providers Assistance

Westchester medical providers needing medical supplies like masks and gloves should email: WCEOC@westchestergov.com

Day Care

Day care is available for all health care workers throughout the state of New York.

In NYC, 93 regional centers have opened to serve children of health care workers and first responders. These centers are also available for the children of workers of “essential” businesses, such as transit workers, grocery stores and pharmacy workers.

In Westchester County, all school districts are providing day care services for health care workers and first responders. Please contact school districts directly for more information.

 

What Congressman Engel is doing to address COVID-19:

Congressman Engel is working hard to address the coronavirus (COVID-19) and has taken the following steps to address the growing outbreak in NY-16:

  • Helped pass the Senate’s phase 3 coronavirus package that became law on March 27, which:
    • Provides economic relief to American families in the form of direct payments
    • Provides billions of dollars in support to hospitals, nursing homes, health clinics, small businesses, and people receiving unemployment
    • Protects the Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) program, which is a lifeline for nearly 200 New York safety-net hospital, by delaying disastrous cuts to the program
    • Increases reporting requirements on the pharmaceutical supply chain and gives federal officials new tools to help prevent shortages of drugs important to addressing this public health emergency
    • Offers billions of dollars for an Education Stabilization Fund for states, school districts, and institutions of higher education for costs related to coronavirus
    • Eliminated income tax on student loan repayment assistance by an employer
    • Defers student loan payments, principal and interest for 6 months
  • Voted and helped pass the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, a bipartisan coronavirus aid package that became law on March 18. This legislation:
    • Provides free coronavirus testing for everyone who needs it, including those without insurance
    • Builds off Paid Sick Days for Public Health Emergencies and Personal Family Care Act, which I helped introduced, by providing 14 days of paid sick leave and up to 3 months of paid family and medical leavefor certain workers
    • Sets aside more than a $1 billion to help provide meals to low-income pregnant women and mothers with young children, help local food banks, low-income seniors, and students who depend on schools and child care.
    • Increases Medicaid funding to help states provide health care services during the outbreak
    • Enhances unemployment insurance to protect workers
  • Voted and helped pass an emergency coronavirus funding package on March 4 through the House, which was later signed into law on March 6 that provides a total of $8.3 billion to address this public health emergency including:
    • $3 billion for thedevelopment of treatments and a vaccine
    • $2.2 billion in public health funding for prevention, preparedness and response with a $1 billion set aside for states and municipalities struggling with the crisis
  • Authored and introduced the Preventing the Drug Shortages Act, bipartisan legislation that would mitigate shortages of medicines essential to high-quality care, including potential drug shortages stemming from the outbreak of COVID-19.Provisions from this legislation were included the CARES Act, which was signed into law on March 27.
  • Authored and introduced the Emergency Response Coordinator Act, which directs the Department of Health and Human Services to appoint a full-time health official to coordinate the federal government’s response to this crisis.
  • Helped introduce Paid Sick Days for Public Health Emergencies and Personal Family Care Act that would require all employers to provide an additional 14 days of paid sick leave, available immediately at the beginning of a public health emergency, including the current coronavirus outbreak.
  • Co-authored the Safeguarding Therapeutics Act to combat imported counterfeit and unapproved medical devices, including those purporting to be treatments for coronavirus.
  • Signed onto a letter encouraging the President to leverage the nation’s significant military assets to help combat the coronavirus. This includes sending the Army Corp of Engineers to affected states like New York to help expeditiously build hospital capacity.
  • Cosponsored the COVID-19 Worker Protection Act, which would require the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to issue an Emergency Temporary Standard to ensure health care facilities implement comprehensive infectious disease exposure control plans to keep front line health care workers such as nurses safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Joined the New York Delegation in a letter to Secretary Mnuchin and the President asking for the tax filing deadline to be extended due to coronavirus crisis. This will ease concerns about filing taxes and enable Americans to focus on their health during this crisis.
    • The Treasury Department and IRS announced on March 21 that the federal income tax filing due date is extended to July 15, 2020. The IRS urges taxpayers filing for tax refunds to do so electronically and as soon as possible, as most refunds are still being issued within 21 days.
  • Signed onto a letter to Secretary DeVos making sure students aren’t adversely financially impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Specifically, the letter asks for clarification on the Administration’s student debt relief, as well as tuition and housing reimbursements for students if their housing and semesters were cut short.
  • Signed onto a letter to Governor Cuomo, Speaker Carl Heastie and Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins urging a 90-day moratorium that would prevent landowners from evicting commercial tenants such as restaurants and bars because of the state-ordered closures.
    • Governor Cuomo announced on March 20 that all residential and commercial evictions will be halted for a 90-day period.
  • Signed onto a letter to the country’s major mortgage lenders urging them to stop foreclosure proceedings during the pandemic.
  • Signed onto a letter to the three major credit reporting agencies requesting they cease reporting adverse credit incidents during the pandemic.
  • Signed onto a letter to the President urging him to issue a mandate to allow federal employees to telework during COVID-19 crisis. I have already closed my offices in Washington and NY-16 and have asked my staff to telework from home.
  • Signed onto a letter to Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) and the Veterans Administration (VA) urging them to suspend foreclosure and eviction proceedings for the duration of the coronavirus crisis. On March 18:
    • The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced that it has directed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to suspend foreclosures and evictions for a period of at least 60 days
    • The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that all initiation and completion of foreclosures for single-family homeowners with FHA-insured mortgages would be suspended for 60 days
    • The VA issued an announcement that strongly encouraged servicers to suspend foreclosure for borrowers affected by COVID-19

State-wide ‘PAUSE’:

Governor Cuomo has instated a state-wide PAUSE, which started on March 22 at 8PM and remains in effect until April 29.

What that means:

All non-essential businesses statewide must close in-office personnel functions. That means a 100% closure of non-essential businesses statewide. A full list of the businesses that are deemed essential can be viewed here.

These actions by the state are being taken to "flatten the curve" or slow the virus spread in order avoid stressing the state's health care system. The best way to reduce the spread of the coronavirus is to practice social distancing, limit close contacts and interactions with people, avoid large gatherings and stay home.

 

Drive-thru testing Available:

New Rochelle

On March 13, the Governor opened a new drive-thru testing operation in Glen Island Park that prioritizes those who are under quarantine, the elderly, people with respiratory ailments, and other highly vulnerable individuals. You will need a doctor’s order to be tested at this facility. If you have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for coronavirus and feel symptomatic, please contact your primary health care provider about getting tested. You may also call the New York State coronavirus hotline at 1-888-364-3065 and inquire about testing.

Co-op City

On March 30, the Governor opened a new drive-thru testing operation in the parking lot of the Bay Plaza AMC Theater, located at 2210 Bartow Avenue. The testing site will prioritize high-risk individuals. You must make an appointment to be tested by calling 888-364-3065. There will be no walk-ins allowed and all patients must be in a vehicle. Testing hours are Monday-Sunday 8AM-6PM.

How can I get my COVID-19 test results?

If you were tested at a drive-thru testing site, the New York State Department of Health will notify you of your results. If you would like to access your results directly, you may create a patient portal account through BioReference Laboratories. You can find instructions on how to create an account here. You may also contact BioReference Laboratories at 833-469-5227.

If you were tested through a private health care provider, check to see if they or the laboratory the tests were sent to have a patient portal or phone number you can call to access your results.

 

Schools:

On March 27, Governor Cuomo announced that all school closures in New York state are extended to April 15.

On March 15, Mayor de Blasio announced that NYC schools will be closed till April 20, but has stated that schools might close for the rest of the school year depending on the developments of COVID-19.

Remote Learning Resources

NYC students needing electronic devices for remote learning, should fill out this form: https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-life/health-and-wellness/coronavirus-update

The City School District of New Rochelle is providing computers to students. To request a Chromebook please email Chromebook@nredlearn.org

School Meal Information

All NYC schools provide 3 free meals every Monday through Friday from 7:30am to 1:30pm. You do not need to register, provide ID to be able to pick up free meals for your children. Please go here for further information.

Westchester County is providing a meal plan for students made in consultation with its school districts. Find more information on what your school district provides here.

 

International Travel:

As of March 20, the State Department is advising Americans to avoid all international travel. Those seeking to return home should make immediate arrangements to do so, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period of time. The State Department may be limited in its abilities to provide consular services for Americans abroad during this time. For more information on the State Department’s worldwide “Level 4” travel advisory, please see here.

Many countries affected by COVID-19 are implementing travel restrictions and mandatory quarantines, closing borders, and prohibiting non-citizens from entry with little advance notice. A number of countries have suspended all international air travel, and more could follow suit. I am engaging the State Department to ensure it explores every feasible option for assisting Americans in those countries to return home safely.

Travelers are also urged to enroll in the State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)to receive alerts and make it easier to locate them in an emergency.

Additional Materials

CDC Materials for Incoming Travelers from High-Risk Countries

State Department Capabilities in a Crisis

Country-Specific Information/Health Alerts

Embassy-Specific COVID-19 Information

STATE DEPARTMENT CONSULAR AFFAIRS 24/7 EMERGENCY HOTLINE

  • Callers located in U.S. and Canada: 1-888-407-4747
  • Callers located overseas: 1-202-501-4444

 

Looking to help?

Vendors looking to sell medical supplies to New York State should fill out this procurement form here: https://www.governor.ny.gov/content/procurement-formor email covid19supplies@esd.ny.gov and include “COVID19 BUSINESS TRANSITION” in the subject line.

Individuals who wish to donate medical supplies to Westchester County can email: icanhelp@westchestergov.com

Organizations looking to donate materials or volunteer time to help fight COVID-19, should fill out this form here: https://apps.health.ny.gov/pubpal/builder/survey/nys-covid19-tracking-offers

Health care professionals looking to help New York State fight the outbreak should fill out this form: https://apps.health.ny.gov/pubpal/builder/survey/retired-health-professional

Health professional schools such as medical schools and nursing schools looking to get involved can fill out this form: https://apps.health.ny.gov/pubpal/builder/survey/assistance-of-medical-prof

NYC is recruiting TLC-licensed drivers to help with deliveries such as meals to seniors. Drivers will be paid at $15/hour plus reimbursement for gas and tolls. Applicants can fill out a form here: https://cv19engagementportal.cityofnewyork.us/#/display/5e7634997ad67502161607c2

NYC residents looking to donate space for hospital capacity should fill out this form: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/em/ready/share-your-space-survey.page

Non-practicing health care professionals looking to join the City’s medical corp, can sign up here: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/helpnownyc/resources/covid-19-relief.page

NYC residents looking to donate blood call 800-933-2566 to make an appointment.