NEW YORK COVID-19 NEWS
LAST UPDATED: APRIL 11, 2020 AT 5:30PMWhat You Need to Know
- Governor Cuomo directed schools and nonessential businesses to stay closed for an additional two weeks through April 29th.
- Governor Cuomo has sent a letter to the US Treasury to ensure that New Yorker’s stimulus check does not end up frozen or seized by creditors when they arrive.
- Regional mass testing partnership between New York, Connecticut and New Jersey is forming as a critical piece to reopening the economy.
- $200 million will go towards an Emergency Food Assistance program for low-income families enrolled in SNAP.
- Governor Cuomo is working towards a COVID-19 Heroes Compensation Fund for essential workers and their families.
- Video of ‘New York Tough’ was released showing how New Yorkers are saving lives by spending their time at home.
- 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 to help address the lack of adherence to social distancing protocols.
- 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.
Police see rise in domestic violence calls amid coronavirus lockdown.
Isolation and financial stress can contribute to domestic violence. “The financial stress alone creates a ticking time bomb for some families with a history of domestic violence, ”Unfortunately many of these domestic violence cases occur in front of children and often the children become victims of abuse and assault, as well.”
The rise in reports of domestic violence incidents comes as shelters for abuse victims scramble to find ways to stay open. Many regularly operate near capacity and sometimes turn to local hotels to house families when they run out of space, which gets expensive quickly. Several nonprofit shelters said they’ve canceled or postponed fundraisers because of stay-at-home orders, making it difficult to help all that seek assistance. As Nyc domestic violence gear up for a potential increase in abuse victims seeking help money has become an issue. your support is needed.
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