We are all concerned about the ongoing coronavirus outbreak in New York and across our country. Staying informed, prepared, and continuing to heed the advice of public health experts will help us come out of this safe and healthy.
This page serves as a one-stop resource to keep our community informed, prepared, and safe. It will be continuously updated so, please check back often and share the link with family, friends, and neighbors. Together we will get through this.
My staff and I are working remotely and, with the exception of in-person meetings and flag requests, we are taking the necessary steps to continue providing the same services we have always provided to the residents of NY-03. If you need assistance with a federal agency, please phone our office at (631) 923-4100 or (202) 225-3335. You can also send an email through this website or to firstname.lastname@example.org. Emails to this address will immediately be forwarded to the appropriate caseworker or staffer.
If you have any questions on the coronavirus in general, please call the following hotlines:
- Queens - 311
- Nassau County - (516) 227-9639
- Suffolk County - (631) 854-0000
WEAR A MASK. STOP THE SPREAD. SAVE LIVES
Breaking News (updated January 12, 2021)
In order to combat the coronavirus and get back to some semblance of normalcy, we need to get as many Americans vaccinated as expeditiously as possible. This page will be updated ss New York State continues to expand the list of those who qualify for vaccinations and add more vaccination sites.
On Monday, January 11th, New York State expanded the eligibility pool of people who now qualify to receive COVID-19 vaccines. Phases 1A and 1B now include doctors, nurses and health care workers, people age 65 and over, first responders, teachers, public transit workers, grocery store workers, and public safety workers.
Are you eligible?
Click on the New York State eligibility app and fill in the information to determine your eligibility. This page will be updated as NYS continues to expand the list of those who qualify for vaccinations, including people who are immunocompromised.
Where to get a vaccination and how to make an appointment:
To cope with the intense demand, the State is opening mass vaccination sites, including one at Jones Beach (Field 3), which started scheduling appointments on Monday and will start administering shots on Thursday. The Jones Beach center will be open 7 days a week for the foreseeable future.
A drive-in vaccination center at SUNY Stony Brook is set to open up next week. Additionally, Suffolk County has a vaccine distribution site at the Suffolk County Community College campus in Brentwood, which also houses the Police Academy. Law enforcement can get the vaccine at the academy starting this week.
Northwell Health has partnered with officials in Nassau and Suffolk to set up nine locations: Northwell Health Center for Advanced Medicine in Lake Success; Northwell Health Physician Partners in Syosset; Belmont Park in Elmont; Nassau Community College in Garden City; Town of North Hempstead — Yes We Can Community Center in Westbury; Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood; South Oaks Hospital in Amityville; Peconic Bay Medical Center — Entenmann Campus in Riverhead; and Fairfield Properties Ball Park in Central Islip.
NOTE: Appointments are required to get the vaccine at all locations, and it is only available to the current priority groups. To find out if you are eligible and to book an online appointment, you must sign up via the New York State eligibility app.
New York State has aggressively expanded COVID-19 diagnostic testing capacity. Beginning July 1st, testing is available to all New Yorkers statewide.
Interested in being tested for COVID-19? The state has set up a screening tool to share your symptoms and pre-register for testing.
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.
If you go to a test site run by New York State, there is never any charge for your test.
If you go to a test site operated by local governments, private companies including pharmacies and medical practices, or not-for-profit organizations, you are advised to check with the testing site and your insurer in advance of being tested to confirm you will not be responsible for any fees associated with your test.
As of January 12, 2021, there have been 1,155,370 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the state of New York. Of that number, there are 489,451 in NYC, 105,497 in Nassau, and 117,156 in Suffolk.
*New Yorkers who have recovered from COVID-19 are encouraged to donate blood. Here’s information on how to donate.
*Alarmed by the increase in domestic violence incidents, the State wants people to know that they are not trapped due to coronavirus. Call 1-800-942-6906 if you need help and the State will help you find safe shelter.
*Governor Cuomo announced the formation of a mental health hotline to help those with pandemic anxiety and stress. The hotline will be staffed by more than 6,000 volunteer mental healthcare professionals. New Yorkers can call the COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline at 1-844-863-9314 to schedule a time to talk with a mental health professional at no charge.
What is the Coronavirus?
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is an infectious respiratory disease. It is transmitted from person to person and was officially declared a global pandemic by the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom on Mach 11, 2020.
As of January 12, 2021, coronavirus has infected 91,298,760 people across the globe, including 22,708,056 in the US. (per Johns Hopkins University's Coronavirus Resource Center)
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends implementing the following preventative measures in our daily lives:
- People age 2 and older should wear masks in public settings and when around people who don’t live in their household.
- When you wear a mask, you protect others as well as yourself. Masks work best when everyone wears one.
- A mask is NOT a substitute for social distancing. Masks should still be worn in addition to staying at least 6 feet apart, especially when indoors around people who don’t live in your household.
- Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol after touching or removing your mask.
- Masks may not be necessary when you are outside by yourself away from others, or with other people who live in your household. However, some localities may have mask mandates while out in public, please check for the rules in your locality.
- CDC continues to study the effectiveness of different types of masks and update our recommendations as new scientific evidence becomes available. The most recent scientific brief is available here: Scientific Brief: Community Use of Cloth Masks to Control the Spread of SARS-CoV-2 | CDC
The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to reconsider travel at this time due to the global impact of COVID-19. Many areas throughout the world are now experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks and taking action that may limit traveler mobility, including quarantines and border restrictions. Even countries, jurisdictions, or areas where cases have not been reported may restrict travel without notice. More information is available on the Department of State website.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and its medical facilities are taking steps to protect and care for veterans during the outbreak. Veterans should refer to the VA’s website for the most current information: www.va.gov/coronavirus. Guidance from local VA medical facilities about their current operating status is available on each facility’s website, which can be found through VA’s facility locator tool: https://www.va.gov/find-locations.
Veterans experiencing coronavirus symptoms are encouraged to call their VA medical facility or call MyVA311 (844-698-2311, press #3 to be connected).
- Nassau County Department of Health Coronavirus Updates
- Suffolk County Department of Health Coronavirus Updates
- New York City Department of Health Coronavirus Updates
- New York State Department of Health Coronavirus Updates
- CDC: How to protect yourself
- CDC: If you think you are sick
- World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Q&A
- World Health Organization’s Myth Buster FAQ
- State Department List of Travel Advisories
- House Committee on Small Business SBA Q&A
- House Committee on Education and Labor Additional information for students, workers, and families regarding the Families First Coronavirus Act
- Families First Coronavirus Response Act Information on Emergency Paid Sick Leave
- SBA Disaster Assistance in Response to the Coronavirus
- IRS Operations During COVID-19
- CARES Act guide and toolkit
- Small Business Association Guidance and Loan Resources
- Economic Impact Payments What you need to know
- A Guide to Home-Proofing your Home for Coronavirus and other Illnesses
- IRS "Get My Payment" tool to track the status of stimulus payments and to enter direct deposit information.
- Economic Impact Payment Information: what you need to know