LAST UPDATED: APRIL 13, 2020 AT 11:40AM
What You Need to Know
- Governor Cuomo directed schools and nonessential businesses to stay closed for an additional two weeks through April 29th.
- An Executive Order will direct employers to provide essential workers with masks free of charge to wear when interacting with the public.
- A bipartisan effort is being made with Maryland Governor Hogan to call for $500 billion in state aid.
- Governor Cuomo sent a letter to the US Treasury to ensure that New Yorkers’ stimulus checks do not get frozen or seized by creditors.
- An additional $200M in emergency food assistance will be available for low-income households enrolled in SNAP.
- New COVID-19 testing facilities are opening downstate, primarily in minority communities. Find testing site locations and hours or operation.
- $600 in additional weekly unemployment benefits will be made available to all New Yorkers; and the period covered by unemployment benefits is being extended for another 13 weeks, for total of 39 weeks.
- New Yorkers who have recovered from COVID-19 are encouraged to donate blood. Here’s information on how to donate.
- NYS is increasing the maximum fine for violations of the state’s social distancing protocol from $500 to $1,000.
- New Yorkers without health insurance can apply through NY State of Health through May 15, 2020; must apply within 60 days of losing coverage.
- New Yorkers can call the COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline at 1-844-863-9314 for mental health counseling.
- Testing is free for all eligible New Yorkers as ordered by a health care provider.
- Your local health department is your community contact for COVID-19 concerns.
Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
"Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)". Department Of Health, 2020, https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/home. Accessed 13 Apr 2020.