Updates on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) is updating the community on the coronavirus.

For the latest information and updates, please visit the DOHMH’s dedicated page on the coronavirus.

Resources and Updates you may find useful:

Text COVID to 692-692 for updates

NYC Health and Hospitals

New Patient and Visitor Policy:

NYC Department for the Aging

For the health and well-being of older adults and senior center staff, DFTA has been phasing out “grab and go” meals and ramping up a centralized program of meals delivered directly to the homes of clients of congregate sites. The direct delivered meal system will expand to serve all clients in all five boroughs starting today, Monday March 30, 2020. 

DFTA’s congregate meals clients will receive direct delivery, which includes a five-meal package delivered to each older adult every week. DFTA has contracted with several vendors to deliver to these senior center participants directly. Because of this, Grab-and-Go meals will no longer be offered starting tomorrow.

  • The most direct path to access direct delivery meals is through the senior center. Older adults can do this by connecting with their local senior center. They can also call DFTA’s Aging Connect at 212-AGING-NYC (212-244-6469) or call 311.

NYC Small Business Services

The City remains open for business, and at this time, New Yorkers do not need to limit travel within the city, change where they purchase food or how they prepare it, or avoid public gatherings and public transportation. New Yorkers are reminded to stay home if they feel sick, and practice good hygiene.

For small businesses who wish to stay up to date on industry-specific information, please fill out this form; https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/N336ZYB

Updated guidance for small business owners from New York City’s Small Business Services: https://files.constantcontact.com/ef416ee8001/034b7539-fe5e-47a2-87e5-5f55ffa5a65c.pdf

Emergency planning checklist for small businesses: http://www.nyc.gov/html/nycbe/downloads/pdf/EM_SBSBCPWorksheetsMar2017.pdf

CDC Business Planning Checklist for Pandemics: https://files.constantcontact.com/ef416ee8001/eb47f014-79bd-4ba7-acd9-3119871943cc.pdf

Department of Social Services

Human Resources Administration

NYC Economic Development Corporation

EDC Launches Website for Businesses with Ability to Support the City’s COVID-19 Response Work — The support can include sourcing or production of medical supplies, production and distribution of food, and sharing connections to people.

NYC Housing Authority

Update from NYCHA:

NYC Department of City Planning

Effective March 15th, New York City’s land use decision making processes has been suspended. The suspension of the City’s official public review process, the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure. All City Planning Commission meetings, including public hearings and votes required as part of land use review processes, are suspended and the time periods for hearings and votes will not run. More here.

NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission

In response to the COVID-19 emergency declaration, the LPC will temporarily close its office at 1 Centre Street, but will continue to provide services by email and phone. Full notice here.

NYC Sanitation

Due to concerns over public gatherings, ALL Special Waste Drop-Off Sites are closed until further notice. Additionally, DSNY SAFE Disposal Events scheduled to take place in April have been cancelled and our Curbside E-Waste program has been suspended until further notice.

NYC Department of Education

The City will move towards a remote learning model for all school days until Spring Recess. Students will not report to school buildings for instruction until Monday April 20, 2020 or longer if necessary.

Mayor’s Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence

Has temporarily closed the NYC Family Justice Centers (FJC). FJCs will be able to serve survivors by phone. Victims and survivors can reach each FJC directly on Mondays to Fridays, 9 a.m. through 5 p.m.: Bronx at 718-508-1220; Brooklyn at 718-250-5113; Manhattan at 212-602-2800; Queens at 718-575-4545; and Staten Island at 718-697-4300. During evenings and weekends, victims and survivors can access help and resources by calling NYC’s 24-hour Domestic Violence Hotline (800-621-4673).

Social Security Administration

Offices are closed. Services are available online at www.socialsecurity.gov. Please visit their COVID-19 web page at www.socialsecurity.gov/coronavirus/ to find out what services are continuing and which ones are suspended, how to contact SSA, and important information about deadlines they are extending to ease the burden on you and medical providers during this pandemic. Read full notice here