Below you will find important updates and resources from the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs and the City of New York.
Pediatric Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome (PMIS) Update
NYC families: if your child has a persistent fever, rash, abdominal pain, vomiting or other symptoms, call your doctor immediately. If you don’t have a doctor, call 311. So far there have been 110 cases of multi-system inflammatory syndrome have been detected in children in NYC hospitals.
Antibody Testing Update
The City of New York will offer free antibody tests to 70,000 New Yorkers. 1,000 tests will be given at each site every day by appointment only. Five sites have been selected to perform these tests:
- Bronx:Morrisania- 4006 Third Avenue
- Brooklyn:East NY – 127 Pennsylvania Avenue
- Manhattan:Upper Manhattan – 21 Old Broadway
- Staten Island:Concord – St. John’s Villa 57 Cleveland Place
- Queens:Long Island City – 34-09 Queens Boulevard
You can make an appointment through nyc.bioreference.com/antibodysurvey. If you DO NOT have internet access, please call 888-279-0967.
Expanded COVID-19 Testing
New Yorkers will now be eligible to receive a COVID-19 test if they have:
- COVID-19 symptoms, regardless of age, chronic conditions or occupation
- Come in close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 patient, regardless of symptoms
- Work in a congregate residential setting (nursing home, shelter, or adult care facility), regardless of symptoms
Visit nyc.gov/covidtest to find a community testing site near you.
The City will double its testing capacity at NYC Health + Hospitals and will open 12 new testing sites by May 25. Beginning the week of May 18, 2 new COVID-19 testing sites will be open. Read the press release here.
All City MD sites to have tests 7 days a week
- 123 sites across all 5 boroughs
- Walk-ins welcome
- No cost for the uninsured
- Find locations at citymd.com
Job Opportunity: NYC Health + Hospitals is Hiring Contact Tracers
NYC Health + Hospitals is quickly hiring thousands of contact tracers to conduct telephone calls with people diagnosed with COVID-19 to complete case interviews, elicit and trace contacts exposed to COVID-19, and connect people to resources to help them recover and effectively isolate, whether that is at home or in a hotel.
It is crucial that these positions are filled by people who represent the communities most affected by COVID-19.
- Job information can be viewed at nychealthandhospitals.org/careers.
Urgent: Blood Donations Needed
There is a shortage of blood and blood donations are desperately needed. New Yorkers can help others during the COVID-19 crisis by donating blood.
- Make an appointment with New York Blood Center to donate your blood at nybc.org/donate-bloodor call 800-933-2566
Funeral Rites and Burial Assistance
In order to ensure that those we’ve lost are treated with the dignity and respect they deserve, the City signed an emergency rule to expand the number of low-income people who can receive burial assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic. The assistance is available to everyone, regardless of immigration status, with proof of low-income status. For more information, visit the Help Now NYC website, call 929-252-7731, or email BurialServices@hra.nyc.gov for application assistance.
The NYC Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) has published important information for New Yorkers who have lost loved ones.
On May 14, Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs Commissioner Bitta Mostofi, Department of Social Services Commissioner Steve Banks, Community Affairs Unit Commissioner Marco Carrión, and Office of the Chief Medical Examiner Executive held an Community and Ethnic Media virtual roundtable on funeral rites and burial assistance.
Emergency Food Assistance
All New Yorkers can access the food they need by picking up grab-and-go meals at NYC Schools, by visiting a food pantry, or by signing up for food delivery assistance.
Go to nyc.gov/getfoodto sign up or to find an emergency food location near you.
Visiting a food pantry, picking up a grab-and-go meal, or receiving food delivery assistance will not impact your ability to apply for a green card. If you have questions about how accessing certain public benefits may affect immigration status, call the free, confidential ActionNYC hotline at 1-800-354-0365 for information and connections to legal help.
The GetFood Delivery Assistance Program is seeking nonprofit providers for meal preparation with a focus on culturally sensitive meals and ethnic foods, to staff and serve as distribution sites, and to facilitate home meal delivery.
Go to nyc.gov/nonprofitsfor more information.
On May 11th, MOIA Commissioner Bitta Mostofi, COVID-19 Food Czar Commissioner Kathryn Garcia, and Human Resources Administration First Deputy Commissioner Gary Jenkins held a Community and Ethnic Media virtual roundtable on emergency food assistance.
NYC LGBTQ+ COVID-19 Guide
On May 12, the NYC Unity Project in the NYC Mayor’s Office, in partnership with representatives from 15 city agencies and over 200 LGBTQ+ community partners across NYC, launched the NYC LGBTQ+ COVID-19 Guide: nyc.gov/lgbtqcovid.
The guide includes LGBTQ+ affirming programs and services—both city and private/non-profit resources— still available during the COVID-19 pandemic include: mental health, physical health and wellness, and sexual health services; peer and community support; food assistance; legal services; housing and shelter; and financial/funding opportunities.
New Multilingual Poster from the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
New COVID-19 Resources by Neighborhood
The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has created a comprehensive resource guide. The guide includes resources currently available in specific communities, listed by zip code. Some resources are available for in-person services, while others offer remote and delivery options.
- Visit the DOHMH COVID-19 Community and Business webpageto view the guides available by borough, neighborhood, and by language. More translations will be available soon.
TLC Resource Center
On May 12, the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) launched its Driver Resource Center: portal.driverresourcecenter.tlc.nyc.gov
All TLC-licensed drivers and medallion owner-drivers can access legal services, financial counseling, health and mental health referrals, driver protection services, and public benefits application support.
NYC Pet Hotline for Animals of People Affected by COVID-19
The Pet Hotline, launched by the New York City Emergency Management Department and the Mayor’s Office of Animal Welfare, serves as an information, planning, referral and service coordination hub for NYC residents who need support for their pets during the COVID-19 pandemic, can call 877-204-8821, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
Free Tax Support
The tax filing deadline for 2019 tax returns is July 15, 2020.
- Eligible New Yorkers can use NYC Free Tax Prep services available at nyc.gov/taxprep.
DACA Renewal Assistance
If the Supreme Court ends DACA, it would put approximately 29,000 healthcare practitioners nationwide—who are also DACA recipients—at risk of deportation, when hospital systems need them most.
- Need to renew your DACA in NYC? Call ActionNYC at 1-800-354-0365 for help renewing your application.
- Share the resource on social media.
View the DOE’s collection of translated graphics on recent announcements that can be shared with families and educators, in all 9 DOE languages.