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Title: The coronavirus thread
Post by: Shelby2 on March 09, 2020, 12:23:14 PM
I started this thread so people could discuss how the coronavirus threat is impacting them, or just discuss fears/worries.

I am more afraid of getting it and passing it along to someone with a more vulnerable health condition. I am hopeful that if I were to get it, I would just be sick and recover after a few weeks without having to go to the hospital (fingers crossed).

I have to admit all the constant news about it is making me somewhat paranoid.
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: JH3525 on March 09, 2020, 01:31:36 PM
Will the corona virus die out as the weather warms?  I've read several articles that says its possible.  The articles that I read did mention that countries with very warm and humid climates don't have the problem. 
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: JHMNY on March 09, 2020, 02:40:37 PM
Apart from the PSAs put out by the CDC and other health organizations in efforts to contain the virus, I'm interested in knowing what, if any, additional steps folks may be taking to prepare in the event they do become ill. I went on my usual grocery run this past weekend and found myself purchasing a bottle of Tylenol for its fever reducing properties... just in case.  And while at the store, I figured I'd pick up some Purell, but that was sold out, of course. On that note, I just heard that NY will be producing its own hand sanitizer, so I guess that's something people will be looking into.
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: wlirfan on March 10, 2020, 04:16:14 PM
[Will the corona virus die out as the weather warms?  I've read several articles that says its possible.  The articles that I read did mention that countries with very warm and humid climates don't have the problem.]

That's not how it works.  Many poor countries simply have not tested, so no one knows the spread.  Having said that, there are cases in every continent, except Antartica, so summer is clearly not killing it.  New Zealand and Australia have cases, and it's summer there.

Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: abcdefghijk on March 10, 2020, 05:14:05 PM
[Will the corona virus die out as the weather warms?  I've read several articles that says its possible.  The articles that I read did mention that countries with very warm and humid climates don't have the problem.]

That's not how it works.  Many poor countries simply have not tested, so no one knows the spread.  Having said that, there are cases in every continent, except Antartica, so summer is clearly not killing it.  New Zealand and Australia have cases, and it's summer there.

I have also read that when the temp gets over around 80 degrees and the humidity rises the virus dies.

In the warmer places, the virus has been caught by those traveling in affected cooler areas and returning.

For example, in Hawaii those with the corona virus caught it when traveling elsewhere and returning.  And only a tourist has had it in Puerto Rico...



Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: itsit on March 10, 2020, 07:31:36 PM
 Lot's of colleges have closed for the week now and students appear concerned about that. They worry that this late into the semester, it will impact grades and opportunities for them among many other things but not so much about the health issues as they are often say in the news reports that healthy young people are not at significant risk. But they can spread to the rest of us which is a concern.

  We have friends in New Rochelle who are not happy at all and are in high risk with age and a family member in a local nursing home as well as college age kids. Scary for them and we all hope to see a healthier time soon.
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: ljr on March 10, 2020, 07:59:01 PM
I don't think there is any proof that healthy young people are not at risk. The first case in NJ was a 32-year-old physician who had attended a training session in a hotel in Manhattan. The doctor who first sounded the alarm in China was in his 30s--and he died. It's wishful thinking that this only seriously affects the elderly--though the fatality rate seems to increase with age, I don't see any evidence that young people have nothing to worry about. I've been reading Twitter feeds from Italy, and that situation is beyond alarming. The hospitals are overwhelmed with serious cases. The US is behind on the infection rate, but may well catch up rapidly. That's why colleges and companies here are starting to have everyone work or study from home. Which may be the best way to mitigate, as they say, the situation with rapid spread of the virus. Some people seem to be not paying much attention to what is really going on--in denial, most likely. The messages from Italy are urging us to start paying serious attention now--not when it reaches catastrophic proportions. And to not pursue life as usual. I've decided to work from home starting tomorrow (fortunately, I can) and basically stay home except for trips to buy food or pharmaceuticals, etc. No movies, theater, exercise classes, and probably no restaurants. It's just not worth it at this point. I can only hope I'm overreacting, but I think this makes sense, at least for awhile until we see what develops.
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: jeanette on March 11, 2020, 06:06:07 AM
We actually know quite a bit about SARS. We have dealt with SARS coronaviruses before -- in 2003 SARS-CoV and MERS in 2012 prior to SARS-CoV-2 (the disease is COVID-19).

https://www.nature.com/articles/424121a

The above article from 2003 is general public information, but if you prefer a more scientific read, the works cited are research articles.

SARS(2002-2004) did in fact wane drastically as seasons changed. China is currently reporting fewer and fewer new infections.

Children especially babies are either not infected or experience little to no distress from COVID-19. I think the link to plumbing/aerosol-suspension of virus (see Nature article) should be further explored, as Italy has extensive use of bidet toilets and is infected widely, well beyond the aged. Babies and young children don't use the bidet toilet fixture. That's my take (I get a lot of flack on this forum for thinking outside the box). Beyond that, we know respiratory droplets is key to transmission of the pathogen, but COVID-19, the disease, was spread through travel: planes and ships took COVID around the world.

The BIG question is immunity going forward. Will COVID act like flu and mutate enough each season so as to reinfect people yearly.
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: wlirfan on March 11, 2020, 11:43:28 AM
Here's Time Magazine's take on this issue:

https://time.com/5790880/coronavirus-warm-weather-summer/
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: abcdefghijk on March 11, 2020, 12:02:50 PM
It will take over a year for a vaccine to be developed.
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: Hagop on March 11, 2020, 01:13:29 PM
[Will the corona virus die out as the weather warms?  I've read several articles that says its possible.  The articles that I read did mention that countries with very warm and humid climates don't have the problem.]

That's not how it works.  Many poor countries simply have not tested, so no one knows the spread.  Having said that, there are cases in every continent, except Antartica, so summer is clearly not killing it.  New Zealand and Australia have cases, and it's summer there.

I have also read that when the temp gets over around 80 degrees and the humidity rises the virus dies.

In the warmer places, the virus has been caught by those traveling in affected cooler areas and returning.

For example, in Hawaii those with the corona virus caught it when traveling elsewhere and returning.  And only a tourist has had it in Puerto Rico...

Wherever you are reading this, I would consider not using that as a source of quality information in the future. There are plenty of warm weather places that have positive infections not due to travel. It is warm in Whuan province and that was a huge epicenter. Italy is getting ravaged and its not exactly cold there.
Hot weather does not kill viruses.
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: Chingwa on March 11, 2020, 01:37:49 PM
It likely has less to do with warmer weather (though that may help?) and more to do with improved Immune response in the general population, due to more sunlight and Vitamin D generation.  This is the same with the flu... the virus doesn't go away in the summer, but people are better equipped to fight it off.

Everyone should ensure they are getting adequate Vitamin D levels all year round, but especially during the fall/winter months.
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: Lilybell on March 11, 2020, 03:44:33 PM
Agreed on the Vitamin D! People love to think Vitamin C helps, but it's really Vitamin D. It's best to use the type that comes with Vitamin K2. And it has a long half-life, so there's usually no need to take it more than once or twice a week.

My sister is the #2 at a federal agency in DC, and she closed their NY office yesterday. She told me she thinks NYC's response is underwhelming and that city employees should be working from home by now. De Blasio is really downplaying the risk behind the scenes; we had a ridiculous meeting last night and it was full of BS platitudes about how the public is overreacting and this really isn't a big deal and how we should all be honored to serve the city and should not ask to work from home; "just be sure to wash your hands and you'll be fine".
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: Shelby2 on March 11, 2020, 04:19:30 PM
Agreed on the Vitamin D! People love to think Vitamin C helps, but it's really Vitamin D. It's best to use the type that comes with Vitamin K2. And it has a long half-life, so there's usually no need to take it more than once or twice a week.

My sister is the #2 at a federal agency in DC, and she closed their NY office yesterday. She told me she thinks NYC's response is underwhelming and that city employees should be working from home by now. De Blasio is really downplaying the risk behind the scenes; we had a ridiculous meeting last night and it was full of BS platitudes about how the public is overreacting and this really isn't a big deal and how we should all be honored to serve the city and should not ask to work from home; "just be sure to wash your hands and you'll be fine".

I think he will realize how wrong he is to downplay it like that. I suspect the realization will come within a matter of days.
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: dssjh on March 11, 2020, 04:55:26 PM
nah. he's making bank on the ups and downs of the stock market. that's all that matters.
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: Shelby2 on March 12, 2020, 11:02:31 AM
Something to consider: (copied from another forum)

If you have a job that will continue to pay you while you telework or stay home during the COVID-19 outbreak....AND you employ/hire people who do not have such benefits - i.e. a person who walks your dog, cleans your home or tends your yard, provides regular therapeutic massage, has a home hairdressing/braiding business that you patronize regularly - please consider reaching out to these persons and make it clear you will continue to pay them if they are sick or simply want to protect themselves by not coming to your home or their workplace.

If we all do this it will: a) be kind and respectful to other workers who do not enjoy the benefits we all should have: and b) help prevent the spread of COVID-19. A 2012 study of people affected by the 2009-10 H1N1 pandemic in the U.S. estimated that lack of sick leave (and people then going to work because they had to) was responsible for  5 million additional influenza like illnesses in the U.S. population. (Kumar et al., AJPH 102:1, https://ajph.aphapublications.org/doi/abs/10.2105/AJPH.2011.300307).
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: abcdefghijk on March 12, 2020, 12:20:53 PM
My pals in the medical sciences tell me that there is a vaccine in the works for corona virus and that we should know by the end of April whether it is effective or not.

And then it will probably take till the end of the year for it to be ok'ed safe for the general public.
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: itsit on March 12, 2020, 01:04:42 PM
  The storyline where they close the schools and then all of the parents who are health care professionals have to stay home with kids or leave them with older grandparents is a very real worse case scenario. Am trying to mitigate what I can here but our supermarkets are in a state of panic right at this hour. We can't all work from home but are taking the precautions we can. Has anyone heard about using bacitracin on a q-tip around your nostrils as protection? Just heard that one...
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: JH3525 on March 12, 2020, 01:09:29 PM
abcdefghijk:  A few days ago, I read in the NY Post that a Chinese Official said that a vaccine could be available as soon as next month (April).   I have to believe that Chinese Scientist are working non stop to develop this vaccine.   

Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: abcdefghijk on March 12, 2020, 01:15:01 PM
abcdefghijk:  A few days ago, I read in the NY Post that a Chinese Official said that a vaccine could be available as soon as next month (April).   I have to believe that Chinese Scientist are working non stop to develop this vaccine.   

1. er...New York Post.

2. I suppose the scientific checks are less stringent in China than in the West and so it might be released quicker there.

Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: abcdefghijk on March 12, 2020, 01:19:38 PM
  The storyline where they close the schools and then all of the parents who are health care professionals have to stay home with kids or leave them with older grandparents is a very real worse case scenario. Am trying to mitigate what I can here but our supermarkets are in a state of panic right at this hour. We can't all work from home but are taking the precautions we can. Has anyone heard about using bacitracin on a q-tip around your nostrils as protection? Just heard that one...

Bacitracin is anti bacterial. Corona is a virus.

Follow the logic.

Also, the supermarket seemed pretty normal just now...

Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: JH3525 on March 12, 2020, 01:43:07 PM
abcdefghi:  I read about it in the NY Post but it was in many other publications.  I agree that China will not wait for 8 months of testing before its released. 
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: itsit on March 12, 2020, 02:05:10 PM
  The storyline where they close the schools and then all of the parents who are health care professionals have to stay home with kids or leave them with older grandparents is a very real worse case scenario. Am trying to mitigate what I can here but our supermarkets are in a state of panic right at this hour. We can't all work from home but are taking the precautions we can. Has anyone heard about using bacitracin on a q-tip around your nostrils as protection? Just heard that one...

Bacitracin is anti bacterial. Corona is a virus. Thanks for this correction!

Follow the logic.

Also, the supermarket seemed pretty normal just now... but Costco in LIC, the old Pathmark store on Northern and the Best in Astoria were all v. busy a couple of hours ago. Parking lots at capacity.
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: Shelby2 on March 12, 2020, 02:17:16 PM
Restrictions and closures are starting to be announced. No gatherings of 500 or more, and some institutions are closing like Met Museum, Met Opera, NY Philharmonic, etc.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/12/arts/design/met-museum-opera-carnegie-hall-close-coronavirus.html
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: dssjh on March 12, 2020, 03:54:00 PM
and large restaurants -- i'm not sure we have many here in the neighborhood -- are being told to limit capacity. i believe the cap is 100 seats. not a shutdown, but a limited seating.
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: nroman on March 13, 2020, 02:00:39 PM
I am 33, healthy, and 4 months pregnant. I am EXTREMELY concerned. I am also Italian, and what is going in Italy right now should have everyone feeling alarmed.

My family and friends are fine, but the health care system is not. My cousin is a doctor whose hospital is so overrun with the sick from COVID, they have to use their "moral judgment" and choose who to use their resources on, based on who is most likely to survive. I cannot fathom having to make such a decision, nor be in this situation. Also, the information that this disease does not effect younger people is false, as his youngest effected patient is 19. Granted, Italy was not prepared, but then, neither are we. I hope the US takes a lesson from whats going on in Italy, because this is where we will be in a matter of weeks. I sincerely pray that is not the case, but since testing is barely available, the numbers of infected and deaths are completely incorrect. Its much worse than they are reporting. I don't even want to think about the real numbers we have in NYC..

I am not able to work from home just yet (although technically all I need is an internet connection :-\) but since I am pregnant, I may ask for some kind of leave, or leeway. Right now I am taking an uber to work in the morning, and the train back home, since my office is in Astoria, but am wondering if I should just uber both ways?

I'd also like to keep supporting my favorite local businesses (letys bakery, farine, samudra, etc.) without physically going. Any suggestions, besides delivery?

Take care of yourselves out there, and please, stop stockpiling toilet paper. It literally makes 0 sense to hoard 100 rolls of toilet paper!!
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: Shelby2 on March 13, 2020, 02:44:42 PM
I am 33, healthy, and 4 months pregnant. I am EXTREMELY concerned. I am also Italian, and what is going in Italy right now should have everyone feeling alarmed.

My family and friends are fine, but the health care system is not. My cousin is a doctor whose hospital is so overrun with the sick from COVID, they have to use their "moral judgment" and choose who to use their resources on, based on who is most likely to survive. I cannot fathom having to make such a decision, nor be in this situation. Also, the information that this disease does not effect younger people is false, as his youngest effected patient is 19. Granted, Italy was not prepared, but then, neither are we. I hope the US takes a lesson from whats going on in Italy, because this is where we will be in a matter of weeks. I sincerely pray that is not the case, but since testing is barely available, the numbers of infected and deaths are completely incorrect. Its much worse than they are reporting. I don't even want to think about the real numbers we have in NYC..

I am not able to work from home just yet (although technically all I need is an internet connection :-\) but since I am pregnant, I may ask for some kind of leave, or leeway. Right now I am taking an uber to work in the morning, and the train back home, since my office is in Astoria, but am wondering if I should just uber both ways?

I'd also like to keep supporting my favorite local businesses (letys bakery, farine, samudra, etc.) without physically going. Any suggestions, besides delivery?

Take care of yourselves out there, and please, stop stockpiling toilet paper. It literally makes 0 sense to hoard 100 rolls of toilet paper!!

One suggestion I heard for helping local businesses is to buy a bunch of gift cards from them now and use later when things are back to normal.
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: 34AD on March 16, 2020, 03:49:58 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/rebCgzi.png)

Here are the Latest Updates Regarding the City and State’s Response to COVID 19:

-New York State now has 950 confirmed COVID-19 cases; 463 confirmed cases in New York City.

-Until further notice, we will be canceling all of our scheduled community events, such as paper shredding events, community book tables, and electronic recycling events. Specifically, we will be canceling this weekend's paper shredding event scheduled at Gorman Playground and our biweekly legal night will be postponed until further notice. Additionally, our office will not be admitting any constituents for face-to-face meetings, but will still be operating and answering telephone calls. Please take the proper precautions to protect yourself and your family, and if you have any questions or concerns, please call our office at (718) 457-0384 or email at dendekkerm@nyassembly.gov.

-New York City has Closed All Public School Buildings and will transition to Remote Learning; they are currently scheduled to reopen April 20th.

-Grab-and-Go breakfast and lunch will be available at the entrance of every school building from 7:30 am-1:30 pm. Any student can pick up breakfast and lunch at any school building beginning March 17 and until further notice.

-By order of Governor Cuomo, beginning at 8 p.m. Monday, March 16th restaurants and bars in New York will close for on premise service and move to take-out services only. Additionally, theaters, gyms and casinos will be temporarily closed beginning March 16th at 8 p.m. 

-All Queens Public Library locations are temporarily closing to the public beginning on Monday, March 15 until further notice.

-The MTA is continuing their enhanced sanitizing procedures across the system.
National Grid has temporarily suspended collections-related activities, including service disconnections, to lessen any financial hardship the COVID-19 pandemic may cause.

-As of Monday, March 16, Queens Community House will begin scaling back and/or temporarily suspending several of its programs, including the Beacon program at P.S. 149.

-On Monday, March 23, NYC will be opening several dozen Regional Enrichment Centers across the City, to serve the children of our City’s first responders, healthcare workers, transit workers, and our most vulnerable populations.

The Federal government has declared a national state of emergency and will release up to $50 billion in aid to states hit worst-hit by COVID-19.

-New York State will waive the 7-day waiting period for unemployment benefits for those laid off due to the virus.

-New York State’s chief administrative judge has indefinitely suspended eviction proceedings in housing court throughout the state amid the novel coronavirus outbreak. The measure takes effect March 16 at 5 p.m.

-Starting March 16th at 8 p.m. crowd capacity for social and recreational gatherings will be limited to 50 people in New York State.

-SUNY and CUNY campuses will move to distance-based learning with all in-person classes cancelled beginning on Wednesday, March 19th. Students facing hardship(s) will be allowed to remain in dormitories through contacting their individual university/college campus administration.

-Primary care providers and practices should call (518) 447-4580 to request a test from the NYSDOH - New York State Health Department.

-Visitation to Nursing Homes AND Senior Assisted Living Facilities is prohibited, excluding necessary medical personnel and individual visitors who dress in full, protective-garb. Please check with your individual facility if you have any questions.

-Next week, the state Legislature will vote on a Paid Sick Leave proposal for most private-sector employees in New York State. The state will guarantee two full weeks of paid leave for all state workers who are subject to a mandatory or precautionary order of quarantine as a result of the novel coronavirus. Stay home if you are sick.

-New Yorkers can text COVID to 692-692 to get regular updates on the latest developments regarding COVID-19; Text COVIDESP to 692-692 for updates in Spanish

-Are you experiencing all symptoms of COVID19? Call ahead to your doctor to discuss your symptoms, let them guide you in the right direction, and/or call NYS DOH at 1-888-364-3065.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Preparedness and Information
-Center for Disease Control (CDC) COVID-19 website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/ (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/)
NYS Department of Health (NYSDOH) COVID-19 website: https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/coronavirus/ (https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/coronavirus/)
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the NYSDOH recommends that individuals should follow these guidelines to prevent the spread of the virus:
1. Wash your hands regularly, 2. cover your cough or sneeze, 3. avoid touching your face, 4. avoid close contact with others and large public gatherings if possible, and 5. stay home if you are sick. Individuals who are experiencing symptoms and may have traveled to areas of concern or have been in contact with somebody who has traveled to these areas should call ahead to their health care provider before seeking treatment in person. Even if you have not been in contact with an infected person or an affected area, but are experiencing all symptoms of COVID-19, you should call NYSDOH at 1-888-364-3065 to receive guidance on what to do and how to self-quarantine.

(https://i.imgur.com/jxpokGM.png)
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: Shelby2 on March 16, 2020, 06:28:11 PM
Amazon is opening up 100,000 new jobs, I think mostly in fulfillment centers, in order to keep up with the demand in online ordering. https://blog.aboutamazon.com/operations/amazon-opening-100000-new-roles?tag=bisafetynet2-20
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: jeanette on March 16, 2020, 08:52:52 PM
Thanks for posting this. Very thorough. I received it in email form, but couldn't capture it to post here.
I guess early voting is off due to library closures.
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: jeanette on March 16, 2020, 08:54:41 PM
Reprinted from another thread.

Here are the Latest Updates Regarding the City and State’s Response to COVID 19:

-New York State now has 950 confirmed COVID-19 cases; 463 confirmed cases in New York City.

-Until further notice, we will be canceling all of our scheduled community events, such as paper shredding events, community book tables, and electronic recycling events. Specifically, we will be canceling this weekend's paper shredding event scheduled at Gorman Playground and our biweekly legal night will be postponed until further notice. Additionally, our office will not be admitting any constituents for face-to-face meetings, but will still be operating and answering telephone calls. Please take the proper precautions to protect yourself and your family, and if you have any questions or concerns, please call our office at (718) 457-0384 or email at dendekkerm@nyassembly.gov.

-New York City has Closed All Public School Buildings and will transition to Remote Learning; they are currently scheduled to reopen April 20th.

-Grab-and-Go breakfast and lunch will be available at the entrance of every school building from 7:30 am-1:30 pm. Any student can pick up breakfast and lunch at any school building beginning March 17 and until further notice.

-By order of Governor Cuomo, beginning at 8 p.m. Monday, March 16th restaurants and bars in New York will close for on premise service and move to take-out services only. Additionally, theaters, gyms and casinos will be temporarily closed beginning March 16th at 8 p.m.

-All Queens Public Library locations are temporarily closing to the public beginning on Monday, March 15 until further notice.

-The MTA is continuing their enhanced sanitizing procedures across the system.
National Grid has temporarily suspended collections-related activities, including service disconnections, to lessen any financial hardship the COVID-19 pandemic may cause.

-As of Monday, March 16, Queens Community House will begin scaling back and/or temporarily suspending several of its programs, including the Beacon program at P.S. 149.

-On Monday, March 23, NYC will be opening several dozen Regional Enrichment Centers across the City, to serve the children of our City’s first responders, healthcare workers, transit workers, and our most vulnerable populations.

The Federal government has declared a national state of emergency and will release up to $50 billion in aid to states hit worst-hit by COVID-19.

-New York State will waive the 7-day waiting period for unemployment benefits for those laid off due to the virus.

-New York State’s chief administrative judge has indefinitely suspended eviction proceedings in housing court throughout the state amid the novel coronavirus outbreak. The measure takes effect March 16 at 5 p.m.

-Starting March 16th at 8 p.m. crowd capacity for social and recreational gatherings will be limited to 50 people in New York State.

-SUNY and CUNY campuses will move to distance-based learning with all in-person classes cancelled beginning on Wednesday, March 19th. Students facing hardship(s) will be allowed to remain in dormitories through contacting their individual university/college campus administration.

-Primary care providers and practices should call (518) 447-4580 to request a test from the NYSDOH - New York State Health Department.

-Visitation to Nursing Homes AND Senior Assisted Living Facilities is prohibited, excluding necessary medical personnel and individual visitors who dress in full, protective-garb. Please check with your individual facility if you have any questions.

-Next week, the state Legislature will vote on a Paid Sick Leave proposal for most private-sector employees in New York State. The state will guarantee two full weeks of paid leave for all state workers who are subject to a mandatory or precautionary order of quarantine as a result of the novel coronavirus. Stay home if you are sick.

-New Yorkers can text COVID to 692-692 to get regular updates on the latest developments regarding COVID-19; Text COVIDESP to 692-692 for updates in Spanish

-Are you experiencing all symptoms of COVID19? Call ahead to your doctor to discuss your symptoms, let them guide you in the right direction, and/or call NYS DOH at 1-888-364-3065.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Preparedness and Information
-Center for Disease Control (CDC) COVID-19 website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/
NYS Department of Health (NYSDOH) COVID-19 website: https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/coronavirus/
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the NYSDOH recommends that individuals should follow these guidelines to prevent the spread of the virus:
1. Wash your hands regularly, 2. cover your cough or sneeze, 3. avoid touching your face, 4. avoid close contact with others and large public gatherings if possible, and 5. stay home if you are sick. Individuals who are experiencing symptoms and may have traveled to areas of concern or have been in contact with somebody who has traveled to these areas should call ahead to their health care provider before seeking treatment in person. Even if you have not been in contact with an infected person or an affected area, but are experiencing all symptoms of COVID-19, you should call NYSDOH at 1-888-364-3065 to receive guidance on what to do and how to self-quarantine.
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: jeanette on March 16, 2020, 08:57:17 PM
Saw tp today in two stores (dollar and Rx) on 37th in the upper 80s.
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: jeanette on March 17, 2020, 05:01:49 AM
I am 33, healthy, and 4 months pregnant. I am EXTREMELY concerned.

I'm sure you scour the internet for information, but yesterday Dr. Birx (https://www.state.gov/biographies/deborah-l-birx-md/) delivered the official update:
"There’s very little data in pregnant women.  I think, about a week ago, I said that reports that came in from China, from the Chinese CDC, of the nine women who were documented to be pregnant and have coronavirus in their last tri-semester, delivered healthy children and they themselves were healthy and recovered.  That is our total sample size, and we will be getting more data from countries."
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: carrefour_ny on March 17, 2020, 09:28:09 AM
Here is a webinar recording and written summary from the New York Academy of Sciences on COVID. It summarizes what scientists know and don't know about the virus, including transmission, whether it is likely to abate in warmer weather, and the status of vaccines, among other topics.

https://bit.ly/2TUrxWN

Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: jeanette on March 17, 2020, 01:24:25 PM
Here is a webinar recording and written summary from the New York Academy of Sciences on COVID. It summarizes what scientists know and don't know about the virus, including transmission, whether it is likely to abate in warmer weather, and the status of vaccines, among other topics.

https://bit.ly/2TUrxWN

Thanks for posting, but I'm having trouble reading this transcript. Maybe it's a consequence of information being delivered as a "talk".

Let me just say that seasonal does not equate to high temperatures. I know that Dr. Osterholm did not use the term seasonal, but that is the takeaway.
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: carrefour_ny on March 17, 2020, 03:54:28 PM
You could also watch a recording of the webinar.

Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: Suzaan on March 18, 2020, 02:34:42 PM
Any idea how many virus infections have been recorded for in own JH neighborhood?
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: badperson on March 18, 2020, 08:24:20 PM
Any idea how many virus infections have been recorded for in own JH neighborhood?

was wondering the same thing. Brief google turned this up,
https://jacksonheightspost.com/17-cases-of-coronavirus-confirmed-in-queens-95-citywide-as-mayor-declares-state-of-emergency (https://jacksonheightspost.com/17-cases-of-coronavirus-confirmed-in-queens-95-citywide-as-mayor-declares-state-of-emergency)

but it's almost a week old. Figure multiply by 10 at least...my sense is they are just starting to get their arms around the numbers as they haven't scaled up the testing, and can't yet do 1000 tests per day.
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: jeanette on March 18, 2020, 09:04:11 PM
Any idea how many virus infections have been recorded for in own JH neighborhood?

was wondering the same thing. Brief google turned this up,
https://jacksonheightspost.com/17-cases-of-coronavirus-confirmed-in-queens-95-citywide-as-mayor-declares-state-of-emergency (https://jacksonheightspost.com/17-cases-of-coronavirus-confirmed-in-queens-95-citywide-as-mayor-declares-state-of-emergency)

but it's almost a week old. Figure multiply by 10 at least...my sense is they are just starting to get their arms around the numbers as they haven't scaled up the testing, and can't yet do 1000 tests per day.

Not sure how to read that. I remember the New Rochelle/Westchester Cty attorney was hospitalized in Manhattan and at the time was counted as a NYC case. Perhaps that methodology has changed. There are hundreds of cases--last time I read it, it was ~200, from Westchester and Rockland Counties. Some are in NYC hospitals.
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: jeanette on March 19, 2020, 10:31:20 AM
I want to share this with you all. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-51235105

It gives instant and up-to-date numbers of what COVID-19 is doing around the world. Just refresh it daily and it will be accurate given our knowledge and presumed cooperation.

It would be great to have data by U.S. city (and in our case--borough), but I don't know of anything like that in existence. Please post if you do.

Here's what the CDC offers, but bear in mind that when you wake up in the morning, CDC data is already 20 hours old and on weekends, FAI. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-updates/cases-in-us.html scroll down and open box "States".

It's interesting that if you click on Illinois you get an option to see some details, including a map. I can't find anything like that under "New York".

Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: jeanette on March 19, 2020, 11:32:17 AM
I searched *NYC COVID data* and found this: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/health/health-topics/coronavirus.page

COVID-19 Daily Case Data Summary (PDF)

The last bar at the bottom of the page indicates that yesterday (the 18th) we had doubled our total number of cases that are "under investigation" but are "positive" (huh??).

Note: NYC/borough data aligns with what I suspected: "Includes cases in NYC residents and foreign residents treated in NYC facilities."
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: KGDHP on March 19, 2020, 12:00:12 PM
Very sad. One Jackson Heights man has died today:
https://nypost.com/2020/03/19/queens-man-dies-from-coronavirus-after-doctors-sent-him-home/

Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: badperson on March 19, 2020, 06:00:22 PM
I have seen this dashboard online a lot, and have been checking it every day.
https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html (https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html)

+1 on wishing there was more borough specific info.
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: jeanette on March 19, 2020, 07:27:22 PM
I have seen this dashboard online a lot, and have been checking it every day.
https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html (https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html)

Thanks. Same source as the BBC article: Johns Hopkins.

I couldn't see this on my outdated phone with limited data plan, had to go to my PC.  :D
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: badperson on March 19, 2020, 10:28:07 PM
this was just posted in a FB group. Over 1000 Queens cases
https://jacksonheightspost.com/elmhurst-hospital-opens-coronavirus-test-site-as-number-of-borough-cases-approaches-1000?fbclid=IwAR09cPOPur-ERA3sQ7L0ZAlR8ktmGHMvk5FhcTBjkDVnixGsHraJw_yh8gI (https://jacksonheightspost.com/elmhurst-hospital-opens-coronavirus-test-site-as-number-of-borough-cases-approaches-1000?fbclid=IwAR09cPOPur-ERA3sQ7L0ZAlR8ktmGHMvk5FhcTBjkDVnixGsHraJw_yh8gI)
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: 34AD on March 20, 2020, 01:54:50 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/rebCgzi.png)

Here are some more updates regarding the City and State’s response to COVID-19:

-New York State now has 4,152 confirmed COVID-19 cases; 2,469 confirmed cases in New York City.

-Until further notice, we will be canceling all of our scheduled community events, such as paper shredding events, community book tables, and electronic recycling events. Specifically, we will be canceling this weekend's paper shredding event scheduled at Gorman Playground and our biweekly legal night will be postponed until further notice. Additionally, our office will not be admitting any constituents for face-to-face meetings, but will still be working remotely and answering telephone calls. Please take the proper precautions to protect yourself and your family. If you have any questions or concerns, please call our office at (718) 457-0384 or email at dendekkerm@nyassembly.gov.

-Legislation was signed by the Governor that provides sick leave and other benefits to all New York employees who are subject to a mandatory or precautionary quarantine or isolation due to COVID-19.

-New York has prohibited all non-essential employers from having workers come to the office for work. Residents are ordered to stay home as much as possible starting Sunday.

-As mandated by Governor Cuomo, all personal care businesses including barbershops, hair salons, tattoo or piercing parlors, nail salons will be closed to members of the public beginning Saturday, March 21 at 8PM, as these services cannot be provided while maintaining the recommended social distance.

-NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst is providing Coronavirus testing by appointment only. Call 1-844-692-4692 if you are exhibiting symptoms and would like to be tested.

-New York City has Closed All Public School Buildings and will transition to Remote Learning www1.nyc.gov/office-of-the-mayor/news/151-20/new-york-city-close-all-school-buildings-transition-remote-learning (http://www1.nyc.gov/office-of-the-mayor/news/151-20/new-york-city-close-all-school-buildings-transition-remote-learning); they are currently scheduled to reopen April 20th.

-The New York City Department of Education wants every student who needs a device for remote learning to have one, even if the student does not have internet access at home. Simply call 718-935-5100 and choose Option 5 on the menu. Someone will help you get a device with internet connection.

-Grab-and-Go breakfast and lunch will be available at the entrance of every school building from 7:30 am-1:30 pm. Any student can pick up breakfast and lunch at any school building until further notice.

-The IRS has announced a 90-day postponement of paying taxes. The original deadline was April 15; all must still file tax returns by April 15.

-State collection of student and medical debt owed to the state has been frozen for at least 30 days.

-New York State will waive mortgage payments for the next 90 days if someone is unemployed or underemployed.

-All Queens Public Library locations are temporarily closing to the public until further notice. The Library has many free digital resources available online: www.queenslibrary.org/about-us/news-media/blog/2041?utm_source=oracle&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=digitalresources2020_BLG (http://www.queenslibrary.org/about-us/news-media/blog/2041?utm_source=oracle&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=digitalresources2020_BLG)

-Spectrum is offering free internet for 60 days to college students and households with K-12 students that currently do not have internet. In addition, people behind on their Spectrum bill can get their internet service restored. Call (833) 267-6094 for more details.

-National Grid has temporarily suspended collections-related activities, including service disconnections, to lessen any financial hardship the COVID-19 pandemic may cause.

-Queens Community House has temporarily suspended several of its programs, including the Beacon program at P.S. 149.

-On Monday, March 23, NYC will be opening several dozen Regional Enrichment Centers across the City, to serve the children of our City’s first responders, healthcare workers, transit workers, and our most vulnerable populations.

-New York City Public Schools' Pre-K registration deadline has been extended to Sunday, March 29th. Apply online here.

-New York State will waive the 7-day waiting period for unemployment benefits for those laid off due to the virus.

-New York State’s chief administrative judge has indefinitely suspended eviction proceedings in housing court throughout the state amid the novel coronavirus outbreak.

-The NYC Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings is accommodating all requests to reschedule cases, and is transitioning to providing the option of telephonic hearings for all cases. Also, beginning March 19th, OATH is staying defaults and will reschedule hearings for individuals who did not appear for scheduled hearings. All trials that were scheduled between March 18, 2020 and April 17, 2020, with the exception of Krimstock Vehicle Seizure/Forfeitures, TLC Summary Suspensions, and TLC Drug Cases are adjourned to a later date.

-The Social Security Administration is still paying out benefits, but be aware of scammers.

-New York City’s Department of Finance announced today it will waive penalties for DOF-administered business and excise taxes due this spring.

-Commonpoint Queens is offering free virtual mental health counseling and other services to help Queens residents cope with the coronavirus crisis. www.commonpointqueens.org/covid19/ (http://www.commonpointqueens.org/covid19/)

-The Queens Economic Development Corporation is offering grants and no-interest loans to small business help cover costs of the Coronavirus! Apply today! www1.nyc.gov/nycbusiness/article/nyc-employee-retention-grant-program (http://www1.nyc.gov/nycbusiness/article/nyc-employee-retention-grant-program)

-The Small Business Administration is also offering the opportunity to apply for disaster loans. disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/Account/Login?ReturnUrl=%2Fela%2FLoanApplication%2FStartApplication (http://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/Account/Login?ReturnUrl=%2Fela%2FLoanApplication%2FStartApplication)

-Primary care providers and practices should call (518) 447-4580 to request a test from the NYSDOH - New York State Health Department.

-Visitation to Nursing Homes AND Senior Assisted Living Facilities is prohibited, excluding necessary medical personnel and individual visitors who dress in full, protective-garb. Please check with your individual facility if you have any questions.

-New Yorkers can text COVID to 692-692 to get regular updates on the latest developments regarding COVID-19; Text COVIDESP to 692-692 for updates in Spanish

-Are you experiencing all symptoms of COVID19? Call ahead to your doctor to discuss your symptoms, let them guide you in the right direction, and/or call NYS DOH at 1-888-364-3065.
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: 34AD on March 20, 2020, 02:45:02 PM
IMPORTANT NOTE: The numbers of cases are incorrect in the previous post: New York State now has 7,845 confirmed COVID-19 cases; 5,151 confirmed cases in New York City.
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: Shelby2 on March 21, 2020, 11:06:02 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/V4DeWdj.jpg)

NY Times article about eerie streetscapes features the 7 train in Woodside.
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: JHResident on March 22, 2020, 04:02:05 AM
An update to the prior post regarding school meals for children under 18:
https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-life/food/free-meals (https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-life/food/free-meals)
Beginning Monday, Grab and Go meals will be distributed at fewer sites. In the 11372 zip code, PS 69 and PS 149 will be feeder sites. There is a lookup tool at the link for available feeding sites.
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: jeanette on March 22, 2020, 11:36:42 AM
The stats listed here paint a clear picture of where we need to step up our game.

https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/doh/downloads/pdf/imm/covid-19-daily-data-summary.pdf
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: jeanette on March 22, 2020, 11:42:38 AM
(https://i.imgur.com/V4DeWdj.jpg)
NY Times article about eerie streetscapes features the 7 train in Woodside.

To be honest, this stretch of queens blvd. on an early morning weekend is never bustling. Leave it to the NYT, though.
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: hagsrus on March 22, 2020, 06:06:26 PM
Interesting - tends to happen with colds, I think, but nasal congestion doesn't seem to be a major symptom. Just tasted some asparagus with great enjoyment, but avoiding complacency!

https://nypost.com/2020/03/22/loss-of-taste-and-smell-could-be-crucial-symptoms-of-coronavirus/


The New York Daily News reports:

    The loss of taste and smell could be crucial warning signs in “hidden carriers” of the novel coronavirus, experts have revealed. The British Association of Otorhinolaryngology — which represents ear, nose and throat specialists — says the loss of senses often appears in patients who show none of the earlier known symptoms.

    “In young patients, they do not have any significant symptoms such as the cough and fever, but they may have just the loss of sense of smell and taste,” the association’s president, professor Nirmal Kumar, told Sky News.

    The association said in a statement that anosmia or hyposmia — the medical terms for the loss of smell — have particularly been noted in COVID-19 hotspots around the globe.

Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: JHALUM on March 22, 2020, 11:26:55 PM
Why are there so many people walking in parks, by the water and in Central Park?  So selfish!  They should close off these areas.  We all have cabin fever  but we have technology to read books, watch movies and communicate with family members so we have it much easier than previous generations.  I'm not even getting takeout, all food is being prepared in my home.  Let's be smart!
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: toddg on March 25, 2020, 08:41:00 AM
NYT: Roosevelt Avenue Goes Dark (https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/25/nyregion/coronavirus-nyc-queens.html)

(https://static01.nyt.com/images/2020/04/20/nyregion/00nyvirus-photo-woodside2/00nyvirus-photo-woodside2-superJumbo.jpg)
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: Ernie on March 25, 2020, 04:12:14 PM
https://thecity.nyc/2020/03/queens-elmhurst-hospital-hit-with-coronavirus-patient-crush.html
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: jh35 on March 25, 2020, 05:16:14 PM
https://gothamist.com/news/coronavirus-hospitals-nurses-nyc-patients-flood-wards?mc_cid=92acf89838&mc_eid=61e4a2d6f2 (https://gothamist.com/news/coronavirus-hospitals-nurses-nyc-patients-flood-wards?mc_cid=92acf89838&mc_eid=61e4a2d6f2)

http://bestofhealthindia.com/best-hospitals/list-of-closed-hospitals-in-new-york-city (http://bestofhealthindia.com/best-hospitals/list-of-closed-hospitals-in-new-york-city)
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: jeanette on March 25, 2020, 08:04:02 PM
BIG dip in new COVID patients today. https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/covid/covid-19-main.page

Daily Syndromic and Case Data Update
The following documents provide information about people confirmed to have COVID-19 in NYC. Check back for possible updates twice daily — at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Data updates will appear later today.

COVID-19 Daily Data Summary: Total Cases (PDF, as of March 25, 5:30 p.m.)*
COVID-19 Daily Data Summary: Deaths (PDF, as of March 25, 5:30 p.m.)*
COVID-19 Daily Data Summary: Hospitalizations (PDF, as of March 25, 5:30 p.m.)**
NYC Emergency Department Surveillance Data (PDF, through March 24)

* time discrepancy noted
** date discrepancy noted
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: abcdefghijk on March 25, 2020, 08:20:40 PM
BIG dip in new COVID patients today. https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/covid/covid-19-main.page

Daily Syndromic and Case Data Update
The following documents provide information about people confirmed to have COVID-19 in NYC. Check back for possible updates twice daily — at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Data updates will appear later today.

COVID-19 Daily Data Summary: Total Cases (PDF, as of March 25, 5:30 p.m.)*
COVID-19 Daily Data Summary: Deaths (PDF, as of March 25, 5:30 p.m.)*
COVID-19 Daily Data Summary: Hospitalizations (PDF, as of March 25, 5:30 p.m.)**
NYC Emergency Department Surveillance Data (PDF, through March 24)

* time discrepancy noted
** date discrepancy noted

Thanks.

Once we have flattened the curve, we can exit our isolation...is that right?  Because the hospitals will then be able to cope with Covid-19 patients... yes?  Because I see that flattening the curve...elongates the timeline. And so, even though Covid-19 will be in the community (at lower, non over-whelming numbers) normal life will continue, right? That's the plan?

So older folks or those with underlying conditions... will have to be careful for many months to come...even when life resumes to normality for others...

(Interestingly the graphs always show the shape of the curve, flattened etc... but the exact timeline is never specified on the "x" axis)

Judging from info from China, lock down was 2 months.  :-[

Is my thinking correct on this?

Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: dssjh on March 25, 2020, 08:53:15 PM
two months sounds about right. just please, "leaders," don't try to speed the "rebirth" and kill thousands more.
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: passthekimchi on March 25, 2020, 09:49:57 PM
I was shown this video tonight about Elmhurst hospital. Very sad and glimpse into what our healthcare professionals are facing right now:

https://www.nytimes.com/video/nyregion/100000007052136/coronavirus-elmhurst-hospital-queens.html
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: jeanette on March 25, 2020, 11:29:29 PM
BIG dip in new COVID patients today. https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/covid/covid-19-main.page
Have to correct my post. Sometime between 8 and 11pm the NYC DOH uploaded new PDFs, and the numbers are UP. We nearly doubled confirmed cases from yesterday. Now I understand why they wrote "Data updates will appear later today" and why the dates and times were wrong.

COVID-19 Daily Data Summary: Total Cases (PDF, as of March 25, 5:30 p.m.) https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/doh/downloads/pdf/imm/covid-19-daily-data-summary.pdf
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: abcdefghijk on March 26, 2020, 08:13:34 AM
 :-\
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: Shelby2 on March 26, 2020, 08:21:08 AM
JH Uber driver dies of coronavirus after transporting sick passenger https://nypost.com/2020/03/25/uber-driver-who-stopped-working-to-avoid-coronavirus-dies-from-disease/
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: abcdefghijk on March 26, 2020, 08:48:50 AM
Mayor Bill de Blasio has picked one street to be converted to pedestrian-only corridors in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx, for a pilot running from Friday, March 27, to Monday, March 30.

Each of the following streets will be closed to cars from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. for the four-day test.

The closures in total make up roughly 1.6 miles of the city’s 6,000 miles of roads:

Manhattan: Park Avenue, between 28th Street and 34th Street
Brooklyn: Bushwick Avenue, between Johnson Avenue and Flushing Avenue
Queens: 34th Avenue, 73rd Street to 80th Street
The Bronx: Grand Concourse, between East Burnside Avenue and 184th Street
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: passthekimchi on March 26, 2020, 09:02:04 AM
https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/26/health/elmhurst-hospital-new-york-13-deaths/index.html

I think the neighborhood of Corona is being impacted severely by the virus. Is there anything we can do to help our communities? This is heartbreaking
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: Jeffsayyes on March 26, 2020, 10:18:47 AM
I wonder if Corona is the epicenter now. That's damn ironic
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: Shelby2 on March 26, 2020, 10:46:06 AM
Re: Corona, where are the numbers for different neighborhoods? I only see articles about Elmhurst Hospital, which serves the entire area. Also you can get numbers borough by borough. But I haven't seen anything about just Corona.
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: dssjh on March 26, 2020, 11:34:41 AM
Re: Corona, where are the numbers for different neighborhoods? I only see articles about Elmhurst Hospital, which serves the entire area. Also you can get numbers borough by borough. But I haven't seen anything about just Corona.

that might be hard to do, because protocol dictates that medical professionals don't release information about patients -- even if it's very general information. we can find out how many people were treated at an institution, but there's really no way to find out which of the Elmhurst sick or deceased came from Jackson Heights, Middle Village or whatever.
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: passthekimchi on March 26, 2020, 11:50:54 AM
I believe the city has data on certain conditions/diseases at the below link/database.
Although not explicitly listed as coronavirus, there's a way to look at "Influenza-Like Illness" (ILI) in this database by zip code. This would almost certainly be Coronavirus cases even though they may not be officially tested and confirmed as such.
I think you can look at the data updated through a day or so ago, so seems it is updated timely.
I'll have to play around with it later today when I have some time, but I saw someone was able to show "ILI" by zip code across the city. Corona, Queens was a big outlier compared to all other zip codes

https://a816-health.nyc.gov/hdi/epiquery/disease-reporting
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: passthekimchi on March 26, 2020, 01:36:52 PM
Does anyone know good community charities or organizations that can help those in need during this time? Organizations that can help provide food, medical care or monetary aid to those in Corona or even Jackson Heights that need it during this pandemic that we can make a donation to?
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: Davey on March 26, 2020, 01:47:04 PM
World Central Kitchen is enlisting volunteer chefs to donate meals at Catalina Cruz's offices in Corona and an increasing number of locations in the five boroughs and nationally.  This group, started by Chef Jose Andres, has set up to serve victims of hurricanes, earthquakes and wildfires -- and now a pandemic.

https://wck.org/chefsforamerica

https://donate.wck.org/give/236738/#!/donation/checkout




Does anyone know good community charities or organizations that can help those in need during this time? Organizations that can help provide food, medical care or monetary aid to those in Corona or even Jackson Heights that need it during this pandemic that we can make a donation to?
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: badperson on March 26, 2020, 03:55:08 PM
quick technical question,

I have been following the reports that others have linked to here:
https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/doh/downloads/pdf/imm/covid-19-daily-data-summary.pdf
 (https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/doh/downloads/pdf/imm/covid-19-daily-data-summary.pdf)


but was wondering if that same data exists in csv format somewhere. I searched around and couldn't find it
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: passthekimchi on March 26, 2020, 05:05:11 PM
Is the helicopter(s) flying over Jackson Heights this afternoon a medical helicopter transporting patients out of Elmhurst Hospital to other facilities? Appears to be circling back over towards Elmhurst Hospital. Thankfully Elmhurst Hospital appears to be getting much needed support/assistance

https://nypost.com/2020/03/26/staff-brought-in-coronavirus-patients-moved-out-at-hardest-hit-nyc-hospital/
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: ljr on March 26, 2020, 05:28:12 PM
Someone said they could be news channel helicopters.
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: FreyaG on March 26, 2020, 09:11:30 PM
I believe the city has data on certain conditions/diseases at the below link/database.
Although not explicitly listed as coronavirus, there's a way to look at "Influenza-Like Illness" (ILI) in this database by zip code. This would almost certainly be Coronavirus cases even though they may not be officially tested and confirmed as such.
I think you can look at the data updated through a day or so ago, so seems it is updated timely.
I'll have to play around with it later today when I have some time, but I saw someone was able to show "ILI" by zip code across the city. Corona, Queens was a big outlier compared to all other zip codes

https://a816-health.nyc.gov/hdi/epiquery/disease-reporting

Thanks for sharing this. The difference in numbers is substantial to say the least.
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: FreyaG on March 26, 2020, 09:18:01 PM
I believe the city has data on certain conditions/diseases at the below link/database.
Although not explicitly listed as coronavirus, there's a way to look at "Influenza-Like Illness" (ILI) in this database by zip code. This would almost certainly be Coronavirus cases even though they may not be officially tested and confirmed as such.
I think you can look at the data updated through a day or so ago, so seems it is updated timely.
I'll have to play around with it later today when I have some time, but I saw someone was able to show "ILI" by zip code across the city. Corona, Queens was a big outlier compared to all other zip codes

https://a816-health.nyc.gov/hdi/epiquery/disease-reporting

Thanks for sharing this. The difference in numbers is substantial to say the least.

Actually, I played a bit more with this site, and it appears to be a consistent pattern. I randomly changed the dates to various time points e.g. in 2019, and the pattern is identical: Corona is a big outlier, followed by Elmhurst, and to a lesser extent JH, Sunnyside/Woodside. So there is probably some underlying/preexisting issue, but not necessarily coronavirus. That's not to downplay it though.
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: passthekimchi on March 26, 2020, 10:10:57 PM
Quote
Actually, I played a bit more with this site, and it appears to be a consistent pattern. I randomly changed the dates to various time points e.g. in 2019, and the pattern is identical: Corona is a big outlier, followed by Elmhurst, and to a lesser extent JH, Sunnyside/Woodside. So there is probably some underlying/preexisting issue, but not necessarily coronavirus. That's not to downplay it though.

Interesting - thanks for looking into it further. I wonder what causes Corona to consistently be an outlier.
That's a big relief if they're not experiencing the magnitude of cases I initially thought from first glance. Tough time for our communities, hoping Elmhurst Hospital and their medical personnel are receiving the support they need.
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: 80JHer on March 27, 2020, 09:21:14 AM
Anybody else noticing the neighborhood is getting very dirty.   37th ave is starting to look like diversity plaza.   
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: KGDHP on March 27, 2020, 10:58:09 AM
Well, it seems like alarmingly, according to this article, Elmhurst (the neighborhood) seems to be the Queens epicenter. Stay on the north side of Roosevelt guys!!

https://jacksonheightspost.com/doctor-elmhurst-residents-are-contracting-covid-19-at-an-alarming-rate
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: dssjh on March 27, 2020, 12:11:33 PM
At today's briefing, Governor Cuomo pledged to build four more hospitals in the mold of the Javits Center outfitting -- one in each borough.

The Queens one will be at Aqueduct Race Track.
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: Matt on March 27, 2020, 02:05:26 PM
Anybody else noticing the neighborhood is getting very dirty.   37th ave is starting to look like diversity plaza.   

I have not noticed 37th Avenue being any dirtier. I don't think Diversity Plaza is dirty in general - it's used by a lot of people, which is great. Trash does come with heavy use, unfortunately, but I don't find it dirtier than any other heavily used plaza in the city.

If 37th Avenue is dirtier, perhaps it has to do with so many shops being closed. I'd imagine that most play a part in keeping the sidewalks clean.
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: jeanette on March 27, 2020, 02:33:00 PM
Well, it seems like alarmingly, according to this article, Elmhurst (the neighborhood) seems to be the Queens epicenter. Stay on the north side of Roosevelt guys!!
https://jacksonheightspost.com/doctor-elmhurst-residents-are-contracting-covid-19-at-an-alarming-rate

This just up today. We are "West Queens".
https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/doh/downloads/pdf/imm/covid-19-data-map.pdf
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: jeanette on March 31, 2020, 10:50:24 PM
Here's an NIH study on the topic of SARS-CoV-2 viability published NEJM on March 9, 2020  https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.03.09.20033217v1.full.pdf
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: jeanette on April 01, 2020, 11:43:43 AM
Well, it seems like alarmingly, according to this article, Elmhurst (the neighborhood) seems to be the Queens epicenter. Stay on the north side of Roosevelt guys!!
https://jacksonheightspost.com/doctor-elmhurst-residents-are-contracting-covid-19-at-an-alarming-rate
This just up today. We are "West Queens".
https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/doh/downloads/pdf/imm/covid-19-data-map.pdf
Pos patients by zip code. 89% zip code unknown means what?... patients addresses, test site locations, or cartographer (lack of) knowledge?
https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/doh/downloads/pdf/imm/covid-19-data-map.pdf
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: jeanette on April 01, 2020, 11:53:25 AM
I have been following the reports that others have linked to here:
https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/doh/downloads/pdf/imm/covid-19-daily-data-summary.pdf
 (https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/doh/downloads/pdf/imm/covid-19-daily-data-summary.pdf) but was wondering if that same data exists in csv format somewhere. I searched around and couldn't find it

Is this what you are looking for?

https://github.com/nychealth/coronavirus-data

https://github.com/nychealth/coronavirus-data/blob/master/case-hosp-death.csv
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: Shelby2 on April 01, 2020, 03:09:06 PM
I have been following the reports that others have linked to here:
https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/doh/downloads/pdf/imm/covid-19-daily-data-summary.pdf
 (https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/doh/downloads/pdf/imm/covid-19-daily-data-summary.pdf) but was wondering if that same data exists in csv format somewhere. I searched around and couldn't find it

Is this what you are looking for?

https://github.com/nychealth/coronavirus-data

https://github.com/nychealth/coronavirus-data/blob/master/case-hosp-death.csv

Corona does seem really high, higher than JH and Elmhurst.
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: JHResident on April 02, 2020, 07:15:49 AM
Article about the grim realities of COVID-19 from a doctor at Elmhurst Hospital:
https://www.vox.com/2020/4/1/21203372/coronavirus-deaths-new-york-queens-elmhurst-hospital-doctors-advice (https://www.vox.com/2020/4/1/21203372/coronavirus-deaths-new-york-queens-elmhurst-hospital-doctors-advice)
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: JHResident on April 02, 2020, 05:40:06 PM
The DOE will now provide free meals to anyone, not just children. The search url is still the same:
https://www.opt-osfns.org/schoolfoodny/meals/default.aspx
The 11372 sites are still PS 69 and PS 149. Bag breakfasts and lunches, but if you're hungry, this could help.
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: Minimal4me on April 02, 2020, 06:43:26 PM
This video by a doctor on the front lines explains exactly how NOT to get the virus. I found it very reassuring:

https://youtu.be/7Wr9Z_enNQ4
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: jeanette on April 02, 2020, 08:19:43 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MmNqXaGuo2k

I'm hoping this isn't real. Very disturbing if it is.

"Authorities remove close to one million N95 respirator masks, gloves, gowns and other medical supplies after a Brooklyn man was caught allegedly hoarding the equipment. He faces charges for lying to investigators and coughing on FBI agents who confronted him."

(I do find it odd that they are carrying one box at a time.)
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: Shelby2 on April 02, 2020, 08:55:08 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MmNqXaGuo2k

I'm hoping this isn't real. Very disturbing if it is.

"Authorities remove close to one million N95 respirator masks, gloves, gowns and other medical supplies after a Brooklyn man was caught allegedly hoarding the equipment. He faces charges for lying to investigators and coughing on FBI agents who confronted him."

(I do find it odd that they are carrying one box at a time.)

It's real. It was covered by the major news outlets. Today they said they were able to distribute his hoard to local hospitals so the results were good. https://nypost.com/2020/04/02/feds-distribute-200k-n95-masks-seized-from-coronavirus-hoarder/
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: jeanette on April 02, 2020, 09:01:30 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MmNqXaGuo2k
https://nypost.com/2020/04/02/feds-distribute-200k-n95-masks-seized-from-coronavirus-hoarder/

The article states that the feds have more/other leads and intend to confiscate more PPE.
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: Matt on April 02, 2020, 10:56:18 PM
If anyone has excess personal protective equipment, please donate it to: https://ppetonyc.wixsite.com/nycppe/ (https://ppetonyc.wixsite.com/nycppe/)

Our hospitals need these supplies!
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: toddg on April 09, 2020, 09:38:43 AM
Another depressing NY Times article featuring our neighborhood...

'A Tragedy is Unfolding': Inside New York's Virus Epicenter (https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/09/nyregion/coronavirus-queens-corona-jackson-heights-elmhurst.html)
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: jh35 on April 09, 2020, 10:10:15 AM
Another NY Times article featuring our neighborhood...

'A Tragedy is Unfolding': Inside New York's Virus Epicenter (https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/09/nyregion/coronavirus-queens-corona-jackson-heights-elmhurst.html)

This is what happens when you celebrate, allowing and encouraging poor, uneducated people to come here to be taken advantage of by greedy people. They are totally unprepared for living and working in a (supposedly) advanced, expensive city.


from the article:
"Yet health care workers and community leaders say it is indisputable that the pandemic has disproportionately affected the Hispanic day laborers, restaurant workers and cleaners who make up the largest share of the population in an area often celebrated as one of the most diverse places on earth. Latinos comprise 34 percent of the deaths in New York City, the largest share for any racial or ethnic group, according to data released by state officials on Wednesday."

You have the other thread where someone complains about the lack of social distancing.

I have complained about continued dust from construction in Washington Plaza.  That poor man they have working in the basement, skin coating and dry sanding; making clouds or dust. How healthy is that for him?

AOC encouraged non-citizen poorest people to live here illegally. Her stance against affordable housing because the poorest can not afford it shows her lack of understanding about what NYC is. Where has her loud voice been lately?

People -- co-op owners, realtors, politicians, construction companies, etc. -- who have been taking advantage of these people, have created the situation at Elmhurst hospital. 

And, let us not forget greedy doctors who consolidated hospitals into mega health care providers. Keeping costs down by not stockpiling equipment and meds in case there is an emergency.  They got rid of beds so there is not contingency plan for any emergency. All allowed by NYS and NYC politicians.

People encouraged this by their greed.

Rant over.
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: dssjh on April 09, 2020, 10:45:19 AM
you need to take your argument to the Statue of Liberty. she's the one who encouraged the poor and huddled masses to come here in the first place.
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: carrefour_ny on April 09, 2020, 10:50:32 AM
You're right about the exploitation of the poor. And yes, when greed is a value, that's what happens. It's really terrible.

But you can't blame the victims for being exploited. That just ain't right.
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: Chingwa on April 09, 2020, 12:26:10 PM
There are a lot of contributing factors here.  "Exploitation" isn't the base answer for everything.
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: jh35 on April 09, 2020, 12:44:59 PM
You're right about the exploitation of the poor. And yes, when greed is a value, that's what happens. It's really terrible.

But you can't blame the victims for being exploited. That just ain't right.

I am not at all blaming the victims for being exploited. I am blaming the greedy and the connected for encouraging the poor to move here to be further exploited.
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: abcdefghijk on April 09, 2020, 01:37:31 PM
Another depressing NY Times article featuring our neighborhood...

'A Tragedy is Unfolding': Inside New York's Virus Epicenter (https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/09/nyregion/coronavirus-queens-corona-jackson-heights-elmhurst.html)

The dangers of overcrowding (density) are being magnified exponentially due to this pandemic.

But can overcrowding in this neighborhood be remedied?

I can't see how.

Though, after this pandemic, it will be mighty tough times in NYC. (For those with nostalgia for their youth in 1980's NYC...surprise, I guess they'll be back!)... And so perhaps folks will leave.
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: dssjh on April 09, 2020, 02:27:39 PM
i think the upper middle class will leave. the poor can't afford to, the wealthy can make sure they're safe. what's left of the middle-middle, that's the question.
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: abcdefghijk on April 09, 2020, 03:12:49 PM
i think the upper middle class will leave. the poor can't afford to, the wealthy can make sure they're safe. what's left of the middle-middle, that's the question.

Well, it's a dream come true for those folks who lamented the loss of  1970's/1980's New York!
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: ljr on April 09, 2020, 03:30:22 PM
Gee, I don't think immigrants come here solely "to be exploited" at the behest of the wealthy. They come because they want to come--because of violence, poverty, lack of opportunity, etc, in their home countries. The same as our ancestors.
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: JHResident on April 09, 2020, 07:34:14 PM

And, let us not forget greedy doctors who consolidated hospitals into mega health care providers.

So you think hospitals are owned by doctors?
Everything you are complaining about is caused by unregulated capitalism. Not AOC, not doctors.
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: Beech Court on April 09, 2020, 07:44:40 PM
If anyone is having trouble registering for unemployment it was announced today that the system was being shut down for 2 hours to make improvements. You should be able to do all on line without the dreaded phone call. Also they say they beefing up the amount of people able to get on the site at the same time. If there are problems with your application they will call you (imagine that) within 72 hours rather than you wearing out your batteries with redial.
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: jh35 on April 09, 2020, 08:32:44 PM

And, let us not forget greedy doctors who consolidated hospitals into mega health care providers.

So you think hospitals are owned by doctors?
Everything you are complaining about is caused by unregulated capitalism. Not AOC, not doctors.

Doctors run hospitals and insurance companies. They do not "own" hospitals.

Doctors, the AMA specifically, has been against giving people decent and readily available medical insurance for decades. 

https://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/11/us/politics/11health.html?searchResultPosition=5
 (https://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/11/us/politics/11health.html?searchResultPosition=5)

AOC is against regulations. She wants the poorest people to move to NYC. What jobs do you think they will have? Where do they live? In overcrowded apartments that cause disease to spread. She is against NYC affordable housing because people who live in overcrowded conditions can not afford it. She has something in common with Trump. Her mouth speaks before her brain knows what she said. She does not care if NYC goes back to pre Jacob Riis.

People on both sides, sociopaths on the right and left do not have forethought. They do not think or care how their actions affect people.

We do not have unregulated capitalism. We have government sponsored capitalism.  Is is unregulated to give trillions of dollars to corporations?

How unregulated is it if the AMA spends 20 million on lobbyists?

https://www.opensecrets.org/orgs//summary?id=D000000068
 (https://www.opensecrets.org/orgs//summary?id=D000000068)
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: jeanette on April 09, 2020, 10:33:36 PM
Quote from: hfm on April 07, 2020, 07:55:08 PM
"There is another report that just came out stating that unlinke SARS or MERS where the viral load is at peak much later in the symptomatic process ...."

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-020-2196-x_reference.pdf

Not sure if this is the study to which you refer. I like this one a lot, also because it discusses the GI tract, but especially because it mentions the cleavage site on the spike protein, a topic of another paper that remains unresolved. Fascinating.
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: jh_foodie on April 10, 2020, 11:30:09 AM

And, let us not forget greedy doctors who consolidated hospitals into mega health care providers.

So you think hospitals are owned by doctors?
Everything you are complaining about is caused by unregulated capitalism. Not AOC, not doctors.

Doctors run hospitals and insurance companies. They do not "own" hospitals.

Doctors, the AMA specifically, has been against giving people decent and readily available medical insurance for decades. 

https://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/11/us/politics/11health.html?searchResultPosition=5
 (https://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/11/us/politics/11health.html?searchResultPosition=5)

AOC is against regulations. She wants the poorest people to move to NYC. What jobs do you think they will have? Where do they live? In overcrowded apartments that cause disease to spread. She is against NYC affordable housing because people who live in overcrowded conditions can not afford it. She has something in common with Trump. Her mouth speaks before her brain knows what she said. She does not care if NYC goes back to pre Jacob Riis.

People on both sides, sociopaths on the right and left do not have forethought. They do not think or care how their actions affect people.

We do not have unregulated capitalism. We have government sponsored capitalism.  Is is unregulated to give trillions of dollars to corporations?

How unregulated is it if the AMA spends 20 million on lobbyists?

https://www.opensecrets.org/orgs//summary?id=D000000068
 (https://www.opensecrets.org/orgs//summary?id=D000000068)

Too much logic in this post.

Also politicians on both side are to blame for NY being so bad. Trump was massively unprepared. But we all know he's incompetent. But it seems like nobody has the guts to call out Cuomo for rejecting DeBlasio's idea to shut things down earlier. And not a single politician at any level has the guts to wear a mask during a news conference to set an example.

Also I find the idea of no limit on immigration to be incompatible  with healthcare for all. Back when Bernie was still a man of principle he recognized this. I see nothing wrong with either idea but you can't hold both at the same time.

Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: BOT on April 10, 2020, 12:12:36 PM
if anyone has not read the article:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/09/nyregion/coronavirus-queens-corona-jackson-heights-elmhurst.html
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: jh_foodie on April 10, 2020, 12:17:27 PM
if anyone has not read the article:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/09/nyregion/coronavirus-queens-corona-jackson-heights-elmhurst.html

I now completely get why people move to the Suburbs. Envy people who moved to Virginia or the Carolinas.
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: dssjh on April 10, 2020, 12:20:25 PM
if anyone has not read the article:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/09/nyregion/coronavirus-queens-corona-jackson-heights-elmhurst.html

I now completely get why people move to the Suburbs. Envy people who moved to Virginia or the Carolinas.

other than the hurricanes and the confederate flag-wavers, sure. NC beaches are beautiful.
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: jh_foodie on April 10, 2020, 12:26:14 PM
if anyone has not read the article:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/09/nyregion/coronavirus-queens-corona-jackson-heights-elmhurst.html

I now completely get why people move to the Suburbs. Envy people who moved to Virginia or the Carolinas.

other than the hurricanes and the confederate flag-wavers, sure. NC beaches are beautiful.

Makes you wonder especially if this is the new normal.

I would imagine most major cities are liberal though. And the "right" type of liberal ie focused on building a strong safety net, building infrastructure, protecting the environment and not just identity politics.
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: 34AD on April 10, 2020, 03:30:07 PM
Here are the Latest Updates Regarding the City and State’s Response to COVID-19:

-New York State now has 161,807 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 7,844 deaths; 93,414 confirmed cases in New York City and 5,065 deaths.

-Until further notice, we will be canceling all of our scheduled community events, such as paper shredding events, community book tables, and electronic recycling events. Our biweekly legal night will also be postponed until further notice. Additionally, our office will not be admitting any constituents for face-to-face meetings, but will still be working remotely and answering telephone calls. Please take the proper precautions to protect yourself and your family. If you have any questions or concerns, please call our office at (718) 457-0384 or email at dendekkerm@nyassembly.gov.

-New York State on PAUSE is extended through 4/29. Non-essential workforce is directed to continue to work from home until at least 4/29.

-The Unemployment Insurance process has been overhauled, so that applicants do NOT have to call and can apply online. Any applicants that need a follow-up will be called by the NYS Department of Labor within 72 hours. Every evening, this online system closes from 7:00 PM to 7:30 AM to allow the DOL's database to process applications.

-All New Yorkers will now be able to vote by mail in the June 23rd elections.

-If you know a business is price gouging, call the Price Gouging hotline at 800-697-1220 or report online at the NYS Attorney General's website: https://ag.ny.gov/price-gouging-complaint-form?fbclid=IwAR3P_QPsW7lcZx84WcdZFN3cycKm_pa37SJgdpfFFYJ19cFNJJgeLKs92LI

-NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst is no longer testing individuals for COVID-19 if they do not require hospitalization. If you are sick with fever, cough, shortness of breath, or sore throat, you must stay inside and isolate yourself from others. Isolate yourself for at least 7 days from when your symptoms started. You must also be without fever during the last 3 days of your isolation. Only go to the Emergency Room if you are severely ill.

-New York State has a critical need for medical supplies and is willing to buy at a premium. If your business or company has or can make Personal Protective Equipment such as gowns, gloves, or masks, please email covid19supplies@esd.ny.gov.

-Supermarkets: We need you and all of our neighbors to help reinforce the importance of social distancing – inside & outside stores, including the number of people they let in at any time

-If you see overcrowding at any public place, including parks (if people are too close together or playing team sports), call 311 and call our office.

-If you live in New York City and you have DACA, call ActionNYC at 1-800-354-0365 for help renewing your application. They may even be able to help you out with the renewal fee.

-A drive-through mobile testing facility opened at the Club House at Aqueduct Race Track Parking Lot, 110-00 Rockaway Blvd, in Queens on Monday April 6th

-Governor Cuomo is asking all New Yorkers who have recovered from COVID-19 to contact the state and donate blood. Individuals who have recovered from the virus may have convalescent plasma in their blood, which has antibodies against the virus and could help with the development of a treatment for the virus. More information about how to donate is available here: https://nybc.org/donate-blood/convalescent-plasma-covid-19-donor-request-form/

Food Needs

-All Farmers Markets will remain open.

-The Department of Education is now offering additional meals for adults at the 440 sites they are currently serving students free meals throughout the day. Folks can pick up 3 meals at a time from 7:30am - 1:30pm; from 7:30 AM to 11:30 AM, children/families will be served, and from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM, adults will be served. Locations can found on the DOE website or texting NYC Food or NYC comida to 877-877 to answer any questions you may have.

-Here is a map of all Grab and Go meal locations and food pantries in the city: http://morr.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=27fd1b2d94234c0ea45e928215d306cd Hover your cursor for the dots for additional details

-For homebound seniors, you can apply to have meals delivered for you here: https://cv19engagementportal.cityofnewyork.us/#/display/5e7555117ad6750216160409

-New Yorkers can use their SNAP benefits to order online. For more info head to: www1.nyc.gov/site/hra/help/snap-online-shopping.page

School/Child Care

-NYC has opened several dozen Regional Enrichment Centers across the City, to serve the children of our City’s first responders, healthcare workers, transit workers, and our most vulnerable populations. Here is a list of centers in our area:
PS/IS 128 - 69-10 65th Drive 11379
P.S. 19 - QUEENS - 98-02 ROOSEVELT AVENUE 11368
ELMHURST EDUCATIONAL CAMPUS - Q 45-10 94TH STREET 11373
Mosaic Pre-K Center at 44-15 Judge Street 44-15 Judge Street 11373
LONG ISLAND CITY HS(NEW)-Q 14-30 BROADWAY 11106
P.S. 11 - QUEENS 54-25 SKILLMAN AVENUE 11377
District 30 Pre-K Center at 3252 37th Street

-The Regional Enrichment Centers also serve grocery and pharmacy workers.

-The New York City Department of Education wants every student who needs a device for remote learning to have one, even if the student does not have internet access at home. Simply call 718-935-5100 and choose Option 5 on the menu. Someone will help you get a device with internet connection. You can also fill out this form: https://coronavirus.schools.nyc/RemoteLearningDevices

-All Queens Public Library locations may be closed, but many free digital resources are available online: https://www.queenslibrary.org/about-us/news-media/blog/2041?utm_source=oracle&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=digitalresources2020_BLG

-Please don't forget to fill out the Census at https://2020census.gov

Jobs/Small Business

-For guidance in applying for the Paycheck Protection Program, call the New York Small Business Development Center at LaGuardia College at (718) 482-5303.

-The Taxi and Limousine Commission is recruiting for TLC-licensed drivers to help with important work related to COVID-19, such as delivering food to older adults who can’t leave their homes. This work will be paid $15/hour plus reimbursement for gas and tolls. Drivers will be selected on a first-come, first-serve basis: cv19engagementportal.cityofnewyork.us/#/display/5e7634997ad67502161607c2

-The Small Business Administration is offering the opportunity to apply for disaster loans: disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/Account/Login?ReturnUrl=%2Fela%2FLoanApplication%2FStartApplication

-Due to COVID-19, all Council for Airport Opportunity Career Centers are closed until further notice. CAO will be temporarily accepting online registration from our NY & NJ community. All in-person orientations and pre-screenings are now conducted over the phone. Participants, who are interested in our services are invited to register using one of the following methods. 1.) You may register at www.caonynj.com 2.) By applying on CAO Ziprecruiter postings. 3.) Or submit your resume at career@caony.com. Please include the position title and airport preference in the subject field. Our Account Managers will contact you using the information you provided and complete your registration.

-NYC's Workforce One website is operational for job seekers: https://access.nyc.gov/programs/workforce-1/

-Staples has compiled a list of resources for small businesses: https://www.staplesconnect.com/articles/business-boosts/covid-19-resources-small-business-grants.html?utm_medium=email&utm_source=Opti-14097&utm_campaign=sbs&utm_term=roundup&utm_content=cta

Advisories from State/Local/Federal Agencies/Utilities

-Here is the Department of Finance's new FAQ page re SCRIE/DRIE during the pandemic: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/rentfreeze/help/covid-19-frequently-asked-questions.page

-The Parks Department closed all our playgrounds and is also removing all nets and hoops.

-The MTA has announced that Rear-Door Boarding has gone into effect on local & Select Bus Service. Customers will board and exit all local and Select Bus Service (SBS) buses using the rear doors. Express bus customers will board as normal, but will not be permitted to sit in the first three rows of the bus to ensure customers are a safe social distance from bus operators. ADA customers will still be permitted to board at the front of all local and SBS buses, and board as usual on express buses. Regular fare policy remains in effect wherever on-board payment boxes or SBS off-board ticket machines continue to be accessible.

-US Citizenship and Immigration Services has clarified that seeking or using medical treatment or preventive healthcare services related to COVID-19 will NOT be considered under the Public Charge rule, even if the services are Medicaid-funded. Seek care without fear.
USCIS also announced that it is adopting measures to minimize the immigration consequences associated with responding to requests for evidence (RFEs) and notices of intent to deny (NOIDs) dated between March 1 and May 1, 2020
Requests for Evidence and Notices of Intent to Deny: For applicants and petitioners who receive an RFE or NOID dated between March 1 and May 1, 2020, any responses submitted within 60 calendar days after the response deadline set forth in the RFE or NOID will be considered by USCIS before any action is taken.
USCIS will provide further updates as the situation develops and will continue to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidance. Please visit uscis.gov/coronavirus for the latest facts and other USCIS updates.
Spectrum is offering free internet for 60 days to college students and households with K-12 students that currently do not have internet. In addition, people behind on their Spectrum bill can get their internet service restored. Call (833) 267-6094 for more details.

-National Grid has temporarily suspended collections-related activities, including service disconnections, to lessen any financial hardship the COVID-19 pandemic may cause.

-The Social Security Administration is still paying out benefits, but be aware of scammers.

-New York City’s Department of Finance announced it will waive penalties for DOF-administered business and excise taxes due this spring.

-DOF strongly encourages people submitting renewals and additional documents for SCRIE and DRIE to send such items to its New Jersey address, where docs get scanned by DOF’s vendor there, and the agency can access the docs remotely to process them. The New Jersey address for renewal applications and submitting addition documents is as follows: New York City Department of Finance Rent Freeze Program P.O. Box 3130, Union, NJ 07083 Initial applications cannot go to the New Jersey address and must be mailed to the 59 Maiden Lane address. As of last week, DOF discontinued all auto-revocation processes for failure to renew and failure to submit documents – in essence, holding the applications open until the time the agency has processed all applications and additional documents. DOF is also reviewing additional steps in order to make it easier and be more lenient on documentation requirements such as counter-signed leases. (They should not be asking for counter-signed leases, period, but that’s a perennial fight, for another day.) DOF says it “certainly does not want to add any unnecessary steps to burden the applicants.” DOF emphasizes that its good-cause policy to reinstate applications up to 12 months past benefit expiration will be honored due to Covid-19. Beyond 12 months can be covered in its general extension to file process through EEO; DOF says the EEO team is still able to receive and process extension-to-file requests.

-The DOF will postpone the annual tax lien sale until late summer.

More Miscellaneous Health Info

-The City has announced a free new digital platform to provide safe, fun, and entertaining virtual activities for New York City’s teens and young adults. This first-of-its-kind campaign combines city and community resources to engage teens who are at home during the COVID-19 crisis, and also provides tips to cope with the public and mental health challenges that may arise during this difficult time. Fun at Home can be accessed at nyc.gov/funathome or texting “Fun” to 97743 to receive the latest updates on resources and activities.

-To ensure that people experiencing homelessness have access to facilities to maintain basic hygiene, the City will temporarily place toilets in 12 locations citywide. Locations were chosen based on input from outreach teams identifying specific spots where they were most needed. Hand sanitizer will be available until hand washing stations are installed.

-Commonpoint Queens is offering free virtual mental health counseling and other services to help Queens residents cope with the coronavirus crisis: https://www.commonpointqueens.org/covid19/

-Primary care providers and practices should call (518) 447-4580 to request a test from the NYSDOH - New York State Health Department.

-New Yorkers can text COVID to 692-692 to get regular updates on the latest developments regarding COVID-19; Text COVIDESP to 692-692 for updates in Spanish

-Are you experiencing all symptoms of COVID19? Call ahead to your doctor to discuss your symptoms, let them guide you in the right direction, and/or call NYS DOH at 1-888-364-3065.
New Yorkers can call the state's mental health hotline at 1-844-863-9314 to schedule a free appointment.

-If you are a healthcare professional that would like to volunteer, you have medical supplies you would like to donate, or you require any sort of COVID-19-related assistance, please go to the HelpNYC website: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/helpnownyc/index.page.

-People who do not show symptoms may still be able to spread COVID-19. A face covering can help prevent you from spreading COVID-19 to other people, so you should wear one whenever you leave the home. A face covering will not protect you from infection, but it can help others. A face covering can include anything that covers your nose and mouth, including dust masks, scarves and bandanas. Do not use health care worker masks, as those must be preserved for people in the health care system. Even if you have a face covering, continue to stay home as much as possible and avoid close contact with other people. There’s a helpful FAQ here: https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/doh/downloads/pdf/imm/covid-19-face-covering-faq.pdf

-The NY State of Health Department recently announced a Special Enrollment Period in response to Coronavirus through 4/15. Visit their website: http://nystateofhealth.ny.gov or call 1-855-355-5777 to check eligibility.
I’ve been affected by Coronavirus (COVID-19). What are some of the benefits I may be eligible for? https://access.nyc.gov/coronavirus-covid-19-updates/#section-2
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Preparedness and Information

Center for Disease Control (CDC) COVID-19 website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/

NYS Department of Health (NYSDOH) COVID-19 website: https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/coronavirus/
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: Formosa on April 16, 2020, 07:21:03 AM
Amidst the fears, recriminations and sorrow, I hope the following will bring some cheers, however fleeting and superficial:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZLAaCZVV2g

Be kind to and take care of each other.  Namaste.
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: FreyaG on April 17, 2020, 05:56:03 AM
In contrast to diagnosed cases, no excess of at-home deaths in Corona, JH and vicinity:

https://gothamist.com/news/map-home-deaths-shows-dramatic-variation-between-zip-codes-during-pandemic
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: toddg on April 17, 2020, 01:26:21 PM
Some useful updates from Daniel Dromm (https://mailchi.mp/council/9r37scoyl6-76284?e=c716e39281)
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: petegart on April 19, 2020, 08:30:32 AM
Hi neighbors, we spent the winter away, and planned to return to JH on April 1st.  But with all the news, we decided to visit and stay with my sister in N.C.  it is much less dense here, and there is plenty of space.
It seems to me that following distancing protocol is going to be the new normal (for the foreseeable future)+ wearing masks, and common sense.
We are considering returning to NY.  We are basically treading water here, and I feel we can accomplish the same in JH.
My question for you is, is there anything I should bring back with us that’s been difficult to find locally?  THANKS
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: Shelby2 on April 19, 2020, 06:13:17 PM
Hi neighbors, we spent the winter away, and planned to return to JH on April 1st.  But with all the news, we decided to visit and stay with my sister in N.C.  it is much less dense here, and there is plenty of space.
It seems to me that following distancing protocol is going to be the new normal (for the foreseeable future)+ wearing masks, and common sense.
We are considering returning to NY.  We are basically treading water here, and I feel we can accomplish the same in JH.
My question for you is, is there anything I should bring back with us that’s been difficult to find locally?  THANKS

I don't think anything is out of stock here that is also not out of stock elsewhere in the country. I could be wrong. I do think toilet paper and paper towels are a lot easier to get than they were. Rubbing alcohol 70% and above can still be difficult to get, as well as hand sanitizer and some other cleaners. I heard hair clippers are starting to be difficult to find.  Also sometimes flour is out of stock, and yeast for baking can be elusive.
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: theplanesland on April 20, 2020, 07:36:49 AM
Hi neighbors, we spent the winter away, and planned to return to JH on April 1st.  But with all the news, we decided to visit and stay with my sister in N.C.  it is much less dense here, and there is plenty of space.
It seems to me that following distancing protocol is going to be the new normal (for the foreseeable future)+ wearing masks, and common sense.
We are considering returning to NY.  We are basically treading water here, and I feel we can accomplish the same in JH.
My question for you is, is there anything I should bring back with us that’s been difficult to find locally?  THANKS

I'd say stay in NC. The big problem here is that social distancing is still extremely difficult out on the streets. There are just too many people, and even with people only going out every once in a while when they get cabin fever, the sidewalks are too narrow for people to pass each other at the recommended distance. It's very difficult here.
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: CaptainFlannel on April 20, 2020, 11:02:15 AM
I'd stay in NC too. This remains the epicenter as far as I can tell (I have limited my news consumption). There is wide-spread transmission in a dense neighborhood.

I am filled with rage when I think about how the grocery stores and pharmacies in the neighborhood did nothing to implement social distancing protocols about 5 weeks ago. I am filled with rage that the first messaging we got about masks and face coverings was that unless you were sick, there wasn't a reason to wear them.
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: 34AD on April 21, 2020, 10:23:46 AM
Here are the Latest Updates Regarding the City and State’s Response to COVID-19 from the Office of Assembly Member Mike DenDekker as of 4/21/2020:

-As of 10 PM last night, New York State now has 247,512 confirmed COVID-19 cases; 136,806 confirmed cases in New York City.

-New York State on PAUSE is extended through 5/15.
All non-essential events, such as parades, concerts, and rallies, are cancelled through the end of June in New York City.

-The IRS launched a new web tool allowing quick registration for Economic Impact Payments for those who don’t normally file a tax return. The non-filer tool provides a free and easy option designed for people who don’t have a return filing obligation, including those with too little income to file. The feature is available only on IRS.gov, and users should look for Non-filers: Enter Payment Info Here to take them directly to the tool, or go to http://www.irs.gov/nonfilereip

-The New York State Department of Labor announced the launch of a new application for New Yorkers to apply for traditional Unemployment Insurance or the new COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Assistance. This one-stop-shop for unemployment benefits will connect New Yorkers with the benefits they deserve faster, without requiring them to call the Department of Labor: https://my.ny.gov/LoginV4/login.xhtml

-If you need assistance with your unemployment application, please contact our office and we will be happy to assist.

-All New Yorkers will now be able to vote by mail in the June 23rd elections.

-An urgent care center on Northern Boulevard between 80th Street and 81st Street is administering COVID-19 tests BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. To schedule a test, go to https://www.statcarewalkin.com/covid-19-testing-near-me-jackson-heights-11372-ny-coronavirus-cost-test-available/

-If you see overcrowding at any public place, including parks (if people are too close together or playing team sports) or supermarkets, call 311 and call our office. You can also take a photo of the people not practicing safe social distancing and text the photo to 311-692.

-If you live in New York City and you have DACA, call ActionNYC at 1-800-354-0365 for help renewing your application. They may even be able to help you out with the renewal fee.

-The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene issued guidance stating that N95 masks and other kinds of PPE equipment should be reserved for use in a health care setting. Anyone not in a health care setting should use a regular face covering.

-If you are not calling 311 to be connected to a COVID-19 related resource, or with an urgent request, please submit a service request online by visiting NYC.gov/311 or by using the 311 app. Or, if you cannot submit a request online, consider calling after 7PM or during weekend hours.

Food Issues

-All Farmers Markets will remain open.

-The Department of Education is now offering additional meals for adults at the 440 sites they are currently serving students free meals throughout the day. Folks can pick up 3 meals at a time from 7:30am - 1:30pm; from 7:30 AM to 11:30 AM, children/families will be served, and from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM, adults will be served. Locations can found on the DOE website or texting NYC Food or NYC comida to 877-877 to answer any questions you may have.

-Here is a map of all Grab and Go meal locations and food pantries in the city: https://dsny.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=35901167a9d84fb0a2e0672d344f176f Hover your cursor for the dots for additional details

-For homebound seniors, you can apply to have meals delivered for you by calling 311 or going to https://cv19engagementportal.cityofnewyork.us/#/display/5e7555117ad6750216160409
-New York City is going to be doubling capacity to enroll more seniors in the program starting next week and again using senior centers to help distribute food

-New Yorkers can use their SNAP benefits to order online. For more info head to: www1.nyc.gov/site/hra/help/snap-online-shopping.page

School/Child Care

-NYC Kids Rising is having a draw to select parents of kindergarten, 1st Grade, and 2nd Grade parents in Community Education Council District 30  to win $150 gift cards to cover emergency expenses. More info here: https://nyckidsrise.org/emergency-relief-giftcards-faq/

-WNET/WLIW-21 is providing a host of classroom resources for teachers. For more info go to https://ny.pbslearningmedia.org

-NYC has opened several dozen Regional Enrichment Centers across the City, to serve the children of our City’s first responders, healthcare workers, transit workers, and our most vulnerable populations. Here is a list of centers in our area:
PS/IS 128 - 69-10 65th Drive 11379
P.S. 19 - QUEENS - 98-02 ROOSEVELT AVENUE 11368
ELMHURST EDUCATIONAL CAMPUS - Q 45-10 94TH STREET 11373
Mosaic Pre-K Center at 44-15 Judge Street 44-15 Judge Street 11373
LONG ISLAND CITY HS(NEW)-Q 14-30 BROADWAY 11106
P.S. 11 - QUEENS 54-25 SKILLMAN AVENUE 11377
District 30 Pre-K Center at 3252 37th Street

-The Regional Enrichment Centers also serve grocery and pharmacy workers.

-The New York City Department of Education wants every student who needs a device for remote learning to have one, even if the student does not have internet access at home. Simply call 718-935-5100 and choose Option 5 on the menu. Someone will help you get a device with internet connection. You can also fill out this form: https://coronavirus.schools.nyc/RemoteLearningDevices

-All Queens Public Library locations may be closed, but many free digital resources are available online at https://www.queenslibrary.org/about-us/news-media/blog/2041?utm_source=oracle&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=digitalresources2020_BLG

-Please don't forget to fill out the Census at https://2020census.gov

Jobs/Small Business

-If your business needs help with a lease, free legal assistance can be obtained from the Commercial Lease Assistance Program. Go to this website for more details: https://www1.nyc.gov/nycbusiness/article/commercial-lease-assistance-program

-The City Bar Justice Center is providing pro bono legal consultations for businesses trying to access federal, state, and local business assistance programs. Go to https://www.citybarjusticecenter.org/covid-19-small-business-remote-legal-clinic/ for more info.

-The federal government has announced that the Paycheck Protection Program has run out of money. Our office is trying to get more information on resources. In the interim, call the New York Small Business Development Center at LaGuardia College at (718) 482-5303.

-CAMBA, a human services organization that provides services to the homeless, is hiring for positions to support their shelter programs, including Maintenance Workers, all locations and shifts;Security Guards, all locations and shifts; Shift Supervisors (including per diem opportunities), all locations and shifts; Residential Aides, all locations and shifts; and Social Workers (LMSW and LCSW), all locations and shifts. Prospective employees should email their resume to submitresumes@camba.org.

-The Taxi and Limousine Commission is recruiting for TLC-licensed drivers to help with important work related to COVID-19, such as delivering food to older adults who can’t leave their homes. This work will be paid $15/hour plus reimbursement for gas and tolls. Drivers will be selected on a first-come, first-serve basis: cv19engagementportal.cityofnewyork.us/#/display/5e7634997ad67502161607c2

-The Small Business Administration is offering the opportunity to apply for disaster loans: disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/Account/Login?ReturnUrl=%2Fela%2FLoanApplication%2FStartApplication

-Due to COVID-19, all Council for Airport Opportunity Career Centers are closed until further notice. CAO will be temporarily accepting online registration from our NY & NJ community. All in-person orientations and pre-screenings are now conducted over the phone. Participants, who are interested in our services are invited to register using one of the following methods. 1.) You may register at www.caonynj.com 2.) By applying on CAO Ziprecruiter postings. 3.) Or submit your resume at career@caony.com. Please include the position title and airport preference in the subject field. Our Account Managers will contact you using the information you provided and complete your registration.

-NYC's Workforce One website is operational for job seekers: https://access.nyc.gov/programs/workforce-1/

-In response to the COVID-19 state of emergency in NYC, the NYC Department of Consumer and Worker Protection’s Office of Financial Empowerment has transitioned all of our financial counseling and coaching programs to offer services remotely: http://nyc.gov/talkmoney

Advisories from State/Local/Federal Agencies/Utilities

-The organization Sanctuary for Families is still providing assistance to survivors of domestic violence; they can still secure orders of protection. You can call their legal helpline at (212) 349-6009 or visit http://sanctuaryforfamilies.org/get-help

-Housing Court will not have any new HP filings except those that are considered emergencies. Emergencies consist of no running water, a non-functioning toilet; no gas is under consideration for being thought of as an emergency.

-The City is providing assistance for burials: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/hra/help/burial-assistance.page

-The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has issued guidance on applying for the $75 million it was allocated in the CARES Act. If a nonprofit cultural organization has received NEA support in the last four fiscal years, they are eligible to apply for a direct grant. Apply by April 22! https://www.arts.gov/grants/apply-grant/grants-organizations

-Here is the Department of Finance's new FAQ page re SCRIE/DRIE during the pandemic: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/rentfreeze/help/covid-19-frequently-asked-questions.page

-The Parks Department closed all our playgrounds and is also removing all nets and hoops.

-The MTA has announced that Rear-Door Boarding has gone into effect on local & Select Bus Service. Customers will board and exit all local and Select Bus Service (SBS) buses using the rear doors. Express bus customers will board as normal, but will not be permitted to sit in the first three rows of the bus to ensure customers are a safe social distance from bus operators. ADA customers will still be permitted to board at the front of all local and SBS buses, and board as usual on express buses. Regular fare policy remains in effect wherever on-board payment boxes or SBS off-board ticket machines continue to be accessible.

-US Citizenship and Immigration Services has clarified that seeking or using medical treatment or preventive healthcare services related to COVID-19 will NOT be considered under the Public Charge rule, even if the services are Medicaid-funded. Seek care without fear.

-USCIS also announced that it is adopting measures to minimize the immigration consequences associated with responding to requests for evidence (RFEs) and notices of intent to deny (NOIDs) dated between March 1 and May 1, 2020

-Requests for Evidence and Notices of Intent to Deny: For applicants and petitioners who receive an RFE or NOID dated between March 1 and May 1, 2020, any responses submitted within 60 calendar days after the response deadline set forth in the RFE or NOID will be considered by USCIS before any action is taken.
USCIS will provide further updates as the situation develops and will continue to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidance. Please visit uscis.gov/coronavirus for the latest facts and other USCIS updates.

-Spectrum is offering free internet for 60 days to college students and households with K-12 students that currently do not have internet. In addition, people behind on their Spectrum bill can get their internet service restored. Call (833) 267-6094 for more details.

-National Grid has temporarily suspended collections-related activities, including service disconnections, to lessen any financial hardship the COVID-19 pandemic may cause. For customers struggling to make payments, there is a financial assistance program to ease the burden; speak to customer service. Currently all late fees are being waived.

-New York City’s Department of Finance announced it will waive penalties for DOF-administered business and excise taxes due this spring.

More Miscellaneous Health Info

-In order to fight the spread of COVID-19 within households that are in particularly high-risk communities, New York City is offering 11,000 free hotel rooms for people who need to quarantine. Hotel rooms will be offered based on referrals from NYC Health + Hospitals and community health providers, beginning on Wednesday.  These will be targeted in particular to people in overcrowded homes, health care workers regardless of symptoms, and New Yorkers experiencing homelessness.

-Here is a COVID-19 resource guide for people with disabilities: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/mopd/resources/covid-19-resources-for-people-with-disabilities.page

-The City has announced a free new digital platform to provide safe, fun, and entertaining virtual activities for New York City’s teens and young adults. This first-of-its-kind campaign combines city and community resources to engage teens who are at home during the COVID-19 crisis, and also provides tips to cope with the public and mental health challenges that may arise during this difficult time. Fun at Home can be accessed at nyc.gov/funathome or texting “Fun” to 97743 to receive the latest updates on resources and activities.

-Commonpoint Queens is offering free virtual mental health counseling and other services to help Queens residents cope with the coronavirus crisis: https://www.commonpointqueens.org/covid19/

-New Yorkers can call the state's mental health hotline at 1-844-863-9314 to schedule a free appointment.

-If you are a healthcare professional that would like to volunteer, you have medical supplies you would like to donate, or you require any sort of COVID-19-related assistance, please go to the HelpNYC website: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/helpnownyc/index.page.

-Governor Cuomo is asking all New Yorkers who have recovered from COVID-19 to contact the state and donate blood. Individuals who have recovered from the virus may have convalescent plasma in their blood, which has antibodies against the virus and could help with the development of a treatment for the virus. More information about how to donate is available here: https://nybc.org/donate-blood/convalescent-plasma-covid-19-donor-request-form/

-I’ve been affected by Coronavirus (COVID-19). What are some of the benefits I may be eligible for? https://access.nyc.gov/coronavirus-covid-19-updates/#section-2
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: JHResident on April 26, 2020, 01:28:18 PM
I just read an article in The New Yorker that discusses many of the reasons Seattle has only 700 deaths as opposed to New York City's total, despite having their first fatality a week earlier. Pretty much an indictment of New York's early leadership during this crisis.
https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2020/05/04/seattles-leaders-let-scientists-take-the-lead-new-yorks-did-not (https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2020/05/04/seattles-leaders-let-scientists-take-the-lead-new-yorks-did-not)
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: jeanette on April 28, 2020, 05:48:27 AM
Is the helicopter(s) flying over Jackson Heights this afternoon a medical helicopter transporting patients out of Elmhurst Hospital to other facilities? Appears to be circling back over towards Elmhurst Hospital. Thankfully Elmhurst Hospital appears to be getting much needed support/assistance/

The transfer of patients out of hospitals and into nursing homes explains the helicopter mystery. The state guideline to do so was issued on March 25th.
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/coronavirus-spreads-new-york-nursing-home-forced-take-recovering-patients-n1191811

Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: jeanette on April 28, 2020, 06:10:08 AM
I want to post a 2007 Journal of Virology article which supports yesterday's Newsweek report, but my PC is SO SLOW due to my own research that I may have to make more than one post.

Also, I've hesitated posting the bio archive preprint from 3 months ago because of certain persons on this forum that like to label me a conspiracy theorist, but I might post that as well later now that Newsweek has published a general interest article on the topic.

Here's the Newsweek article:
https://www.newsweek.com/controversial-wuhan-lab-experiments-that-may-have-started-coronavirus-pandemic-1500503

Newsweek also put out an article talking about the scrubbing of studies in China. I haven't at this time any animal studies... hard evidence.
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: jeanette on April 28, 2020, 06:36:25 AM
I want to post a 2007 Journal of Virology article which supports yesterday's Newsweek report, but my PC is SO SLOW due to my own research that I may have to make more than one post.
Here's the Newsweek article:
https://www.newsweek.com/controversial-wuhan-lab-experiments-that-may-have-started-coronavirus-pandemic-1500503

correction: The study report is dated 2007, the JVI article is from 2008.
https://jvi.asm.org/content/jvi/82/4/1899.full.pdf

postscript. Shi Zhengli = Zhengli Shi
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: itsit on April 28, 2020, 11:56:29 AM
 A question about the epicenter. Now that we are further away from the peak, was Elmhurst hospital
really the epicenter of Covid-19 in New York City? It seemed like lots of hospitals were over capacity
and in dire straits. Just curious.
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: Miss Chatelaine on April 28, 2020, 12:23:47 PM
Here’s a chart that lists the number of cases in each zip code if you want to try to extrapolate the number that could’ve ended up going through Elmhurst Hospital https://github.com/nychealth/coronavirus-data/blob/master/tests-by-zcta.csv
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: r on April 28, 2020, 04:06:42 PM
Here’s a chart that lists the number of cases in each zip code if you want to try to extrapolate the number that could’ve ended up going through Elmhurst Hospital https://github.com/nychealth/coronavirus-data/blob/master/tests-by-zcta.csv
In particular...

Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: abcdefghijk on April 28, 2020, 05:02:57 PM
Wait. So we are third most COVID-19 cases in NY?

Almost 2/3 of folks have been exposed to COVID-19?

That is SHOCKING.

I think it's the language barrier.  While the English speaking press was going beserk about the issue... I recall hearing a Spanish radio station interviewing a little girl who had been sent home when schools closed for COVID-19. And the DJ was pretty much completely oblivious as to what was happening as he spoke to her. The little girl had to explain it to the DJ. (In Spanish)

Meanwhile, further up the dial,  NPR was in panic mode.

 
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: r on April 28, 2020, 05:12:53 PM
Those are not antibody tests - I think those are just tests for people who felt sick and went to a hospital to get tested to see if they had coronavirus that day. For a while Elmhurst Hospital was testing anyone who lined up.

So... in our area, about 2/3 of people who felt sick, actually had coronavirus. It doesn't mean that 2/3 of all people in Jackson Heights have had coronavirus though. You would need to do antibody testing on a large sample (or everyone) to figure that out.
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: Neighbor8 on April 28, 2020, 05:31:10 PM
It would be good to know, of those numbers, how many died and how many have survived.
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: Shelby2 on April 28, 2020, 06:04:14 PM
A question about the epicenter. Now that we are further away from the peak, was Elmhurst hospital
really the epicenter of Covid-19 in New York City? It seemed like lots of hospitals were over capacity
and in dire straits. Just curious.

I don't have the info about specific hospitals, but there were more Covid deaths in Brooklyn than in Queens as of 5 days ago. So it seems unlikely that Elmhurst remained the epicenter.

https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/coronavirus/brooklyn-may-now-be-deadliest-county-in-u-s-for-covid-19-overtaking-queens/2388142/
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: temujin on April 29, 2020, 03:55:49 PM
There are a lot of gloves just thrown beside the parked car on the street now.
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: JHResident on April 30, 2020, 09:56:29 AM
The LIC post is reporting that Queens is still leading the way: https://licpost.com/queens-approaching-50000-cases-of-covid-19 (https://licpost.com/queens-approaching-50000-cases-of-covid-19)
Quote
The neighborhoods of Corona, Elmhurst and Jackson Heights remain at the epicenter of the virus.

There have been 3,441 residents of Corona (zip code 11368) who have tested positive– more than any other neighborhood by zip code. There were 2,622 cases in Elmhurst and 2,023 in Jackson Heights.
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: jeanette on April 30, 2020, 06:52:50 PM
I don't have the info about specific hospitals, but there were more Covid deaths in Brooklyn than in Queens as of 5 days ago. So it seems unlikely that Elmhurst remained the epicenter.

https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/coronavirus/brooklyn-may-now-be-deadliest-county-in-u-s-for-covid-19-overtaking-queens/2388142/

Linked here are NYC's numbers for deaths and total cases as of yesterday*.

Deaths by borough (Qns and Brkln are close but Queens remains a bit higher): https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/doh/downloads/pdf/imm/covid-19-daily-data-summary-deaths-04302020-1.pdf

Total cases including borough breakdown (Qns reporting at 31% of all cases): https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/doh/downloads/pdf/imm/covid-19-daily-data-summary-04302020-1.pdf

*date discrepancy btw pdf and DOH data page.
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: FreyaG on April 30, 2020, 07:57:15 PM

Total cases including borough breakdown (Qns reporting at 31% of all cases): https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/doh/downloads/pdf/imm/covid-19-daily-data-summary-04302020-1.pdf

*date discrepancy btw pdf and DOH data page.

It's an easier comparison when metrics are corrected for population.
Scrolling down to "Rates by Borough" in https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/covid/covid-19-data.page, Queens is third after the Bronx and Staten Island. Of course, there may also exist differences in testing.
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: 34AD on May 01, 2020, 02:44:41 PM
Here are more updates Regarding the City and State’s Response to COVID-19:

-If you need help with any issue, such as applying for unemployment, please don't hesitate to contact Assembly Member DenDekker's office by calling (718) 457-0384 or emailing at dendekkerm@nyassembly.gov

-New York State now has 308,314 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 23,587 deaths; 169,690 confirmed cases in New York City and 18,069 deaths. Source: https://gisanddata.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bda7594740fd40299423467b48e9ecf6 (https://gisanddata.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bda7594740fd40299423467b48e9ecf6).

-New York State on PAUSE is extended through 5/15.

-Starting May 6, the MTA will close the Subway system from 1 AM to 5 AM for deep cleaning.

-The Department of Education has issued a new grading policy that will not factor in attendance in grades and will not fail any students. More info here: https://www.schools.nyc.gov/learn-at-home/chancellor-s-message-for-families (https://www.schools.nyc.gov/learn-at-home/chancellor-s-message-for-families)

-All non-essential events, such as parades, concerts, and rallies, are cancelled through the end of June in New York City.

-The IRS launched a new web tool allowing quick registration for Economic Impact Payments for those who don’t normally file a tax return. The non-filer tool provides a free and easy option designed for people who don’t have a return filing obligation, including those with too little income to file. The feature is available only on IRS.gov, and users should look for Non-filers: Enter Payment Info Here to take them directly to the tool, or go to http://www.irs.gov/nonfilereip (http://www.irs.gov/nonfilereip)
-If you get SSI, have not filed a tax return, and have an eligible child, YOU MUST go to the nonfile website to get $500 per child in addition to $1,200 BY MAY 5.

-The Paycheck Protection Program has restarted acceptance of applications from small businesses. For help with applying, call the New York Small Business Development Center at LaGuardia College at (718) 482-5303.

-The New York State Department of Labor announced the launch of a new application for New Yorkers to apply for traditional Unemployment Insurance or the new COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Assistance. This one-stop-shop for unemployment benefits will connect New Yorkers with the benefits they deserve faster, without requiring them to call the Department of Labor: https://my.ny.gov/LoginV4/login.xhtml (https://my.ny.gov/LoginV4/login.xhtml)

-If you need assistance with your unemployment application, please contact our office and we will be happy to assist.

-All New Yorkers will now be able to vote by mail in the June 23rd elections. All voters will automatically be mailed an absentee ballot application to request a mail-in ballot.

-Please don't forget to fill out the Census at https://2020census.gov

-By completing the Census 2020, Commonpoint Queens will enter your name into a raffle and add you as a complete!  Enter to win a $100 Gift Card from CPQ here: https://www.commonpointqueens.org/program/2020-census-outreach/ (https://www.commonpointqueens.org/program/2020-census-outreach/) or text 917-757-1021.

-The Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs has created a resource page for immigrant communities during the pandemic that is translated into ten languages, including Spanish, Bengali, and Chinese: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/immigrants/help/city-services/resources-for-immigrant-communities-during-covid-19-pandemic.page (https://www1.nyc.gov/site/immigrants/help/city-services/resources-for-immigrant-communities-during-covid-19-pandemic.page)

-If you see overcrowding at any public place, including parks (if people are too close together or playing team sports) or supermarkets, call 311 and call our office. You can also take a photo of the people not practicing safe social distancing and text the photo to 311-692.

-If you live in New York City and you have DACA, call ActionNYC at 1-800-354-0365 for help renewing your application. They may even be able to help you out with the renewal fee.

-The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene issued guidance stating that N95 masks and other kinds of PPE equipment should be reserved for use in a health care setting. Anyone not in a health care setting should use a regular face covering.

-If you are not calling 311 to be connected to a COVID-19 related resource, or with an urgent request, please submit a service request online by visiting NYC.gov/311 (http://NYC.gov/311) or by using the 311 app. Or, if you cannot submit a request online, consider calling after 7PM or during weekend hours.

-Alternate Side Parking: Alternate Side Parking Regulations will be suspended through Tuesday, May 12. Parking meters and all other parking rules remain in effect. The City may extend the suspension based on street cleanliness and workforce availability.

Food Issues

-NYC is increasing capacity of halal meals at all of their Grab-and-Go sites, especially at PS 69 77-02 37th Ave, so that members of the Muslim community have access to meals while observing Ramadan.

-All Farmers Markets will remain open.

-The Department of Education is now offering additional meals for adults at the 440 sites they are currently serving students free meals throughout the day. Folks can pick up 3 meals at a time from 7:30am - 1:30pm; from 7:30 AM to 11:30 AM, children/families will be served, and from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM, adults will be served. Locations can found on the DOE website or texting NYC Food or NYC comida to 877-877 to answer any questions you may have.

-Here is a map of all Grab and Go meal locations and food pantries in the city: https://dsny.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=35901167a9d84fb0a2e0672d344f176f (https://dsny.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=35901167a9d84fb0a2e0672d344f176f) Hover your cursor for the dots for additional details

-For homebound seniors and those with disabilities, you can apply to have meals delivered for you by calling 311 or going to https://cv19engagementportal.cityofnewyork.us/#/display/5e7555117ad6750216160409 (https://cv19engagementportal.cityofnewyork.us/#/display/5e7555117ad6750216160409)

-New York City is going to be doubling capacity to enroll more seniors in the program starting next week and again using senior centers to help distribute food

-New Yorkers can use their SNAP benefits to order online. For more info head to: www1.nyc.gov/site/hra/help/snap-online-shopping.page

School/Child Care

-AP students can still take this year’s exam, even though schools are closed. The College Board is offering at-home digital testing and free, online review courses @ www.youtube.com/advancedplacement. The exam content will focus on what most schools were able to complete by early March. Students will be able to take their exams on any device they have access to—computer, tablet, or smartphone. They’ll also have the option to write their responses by hand and submit a photo. Exams will be given from May 11-22. Make-up test dates will be available for each subject from June 1-5. In addition, the College Board is working to help students with connectivity issues get access to the tools they need to use the practice resources and take the test. More information is available at www.cb.org/coronavirusAPstudents (http://www.cb.org/coronavirusAPstudents)

-NYC has opened several dozen Regional Enrichment Centers across the City, to serve the children of our City’s first responders, healthcare workers, transit workers, and our most vulnerable populations. Here is a list of centers in our area:
PS/IS 128 - 69-10 65th Drive 11379
P.S. 19 - QUEENS - 98-02 ROOSEVELT AVENUE 11368
ELMHURST EDUCATIONAL CAMPUS - Q 45-10 94TH STREET 11373
Mosaic Pre-K Center at 44-15 Judge Street 44-15 Judge Street 11373
LONG ISLAND CITY HS(NEW)-Q 14-30 BROADWAY 11106
P.S. 11 - QUEENS 54-25 SKILLMAN AVENUE 11377
District 30 Pre-K Center at 3252 37th Street
-The Regional Enrichment Centers also serve grocery and pharmacy workers.

-The New York City Department of Education wants every student who needs a device for remote learning to have one, even if the student does not have internet access at home. Simply call 718-935-5100 and choose Option 5 on the menu. Someone will help you get a device with internet connection. You can also fill out this form: https://coronavirus.schools.nyc/RemoteLearningDevices (https://coronavirus.schools.nyc/RemoteLearningDevices)

-All Queens Public Library locations may be closed, but many free digital resources are available online at https://www.queenslibrary.org/about-us/news-media/blog/2041?utm_source=oracle&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=digitalresources2020_BLG (https://www.queenslibrary.org/about-us/news-media/blog/2041?utm_source=oracle&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=digitalresources2020_BLG)

Jobs/Small Business

-The Queens Public Library has created a Job and Business Academy, which will provide assistance with creating a resumé. For assistance, email jobsearchhelp@queenslibrary.org with questions.

-Facebook has launched a $6.5 million grant program for NYC small businesses. Our small businesses deserve this help. You can apply at facebook.com/grantsforbusiness (http://facebook.com/grantsforbusiness).

-The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is offering a series of business webinars:

-Payment Protection Program webinar, May 1, 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM. Register here: https://panynj1.webex.com/mw3300/mywebex/default.do?nomenu=true&siteurl=panynj1&service=6&rnd=0.059844555211427286&main_url=https%3A%2F%2Fpanynj1.webex.com%2Fec3300%2Feventcenter%2Fevent%2FeventAction.do%3FtheAction%3Ddetail%26%26%26EMK%3D4832534b00000004da7c06d5ee6877368d0c1e4c3c578ecd55313a0d141fa37b17566a262494a554%26siteurl%3Dpanynj1%26confViewID%3D159880595541872922%26encryptTicket%3DSDJTSwAAAARJMg9kHsc3CkwxuChUxsWNQau1koAY_3oHnijplhb93A2%26 (https://panynj1.webex.com/mw3300/mywebex/default.do?nomenu=true&siteurl=panynj1&service=6&rnd=0.059844555211427286&main_url=https%3A%2F%2Fpanynj1.webex.com%2Fec3300%2Feventcenter%2Fevent%2FeventAction.do%3FtheAction%3Ddetail%26%26%26EMK%3D4832534b00000004da7c06d5ee6877368d0c1e4c3c578ecd55313a0d141fa37b17566a262494a554%26siteurl%3Dpanynj1%26confViewID%3D159880595541872922%26encryptTicket%3DSDJTSwAAAARJMg9kHsc3CkwxuChUxsWNQau1koAY_3oHnijplhb93A2%26)

-MWBE certification webinar on May 6 from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM. Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-port-authority-of-ny-nj-mwbe-certification-101-tickets-103136271364 (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-port-authority-of-ny-nj-mwbe-certification-101-tickets-103136271364)

-Business procurement webinar: May 7, 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM. Register here: https://lagptac.ecenterdirect.com/events/4637 (https://lagptac.ecenterdirect.com/events/4637)

-Google business internet webinars: May 5, 12, and 19, 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM. Register here: https://events.withgoogle.com/google-digital-coaches-program-new-york/registrations/new/?utm_source=website (https://events.withgoogle.com/google-digital-coaches-program-new-york/registrations/new/?utm_source=website)

-If your business needs help with a lease, free legal assistance can be obtained from the Commercial Lease Assistance Program. Go to this website for more details: https://www1.nyc.gov/nycbusiness/article/commercial-lease-assistance-program (https://www1.nyc.gov/nycbusiness/article/commercial-lease-assistance-program)

-The City Bar Justice Center is providing pro bono legal consultations for businesses trying to access federal, state, and local business assistance programs. Go to https://www.citybarjusticecenter.org/covid-19-small-business-remote-legal-clinic/ (https://www.citybarjusticecenter.org/covid-19-small-business-remote-legal-clinic/) for more info.

-CAMBA, a human services organization that provides services to the homeless, is hiring for positions to support their shelter programs, including Maintenance Workers, all locations and shifts;Security Guards, all locations and shifts; Shift Supervisors (including per diem opportunities), all locations and shifts; Residential Aides, all locations and shifts; and Social Workers (LMSW and LCSW), all locations and shifts. Prospective employees should email their resumé to submitresumes@camba.org.

-The Taxi and Limousine Commission is recruiting for TLC-licensed drivers to help with important work related to COVID-19, such as delivering food to older adults who can’t leave their homes. This work will be paid $15/hour plus reimbursement for gas and tolls. Drivers will be selected on a first-come, first-serve basis: cv19engagementportal.cityofnewyork.us/#/display/5e7634997ad67502161607c2 (http://cv19engagementportal.cityofnewyork.us/#/display/5e7634997ad67502161607c2)

-The Small Business Administration is offering the opportunity to apply for disaster loans: disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/Account/Login?ReturnUrl=%2Fela%2FLoanApplication%2FStartApplication (http://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/Account/Login?ReturnUrl=%2Fela%2FLoanApplication%2FStartApplication)

-Due to COVID-19, all Council for Airport Opportunity Career Centers are closed until further notice. CAO will be temporarily accepting online registration from our NY & NJ community. All in-person orientations and pre-screenings are now conducted over the phone. Participants, who are interested in our services are invited to register using one of the following methods. 1.) You may register at www.caonynj.com (http://www.caonynj.com) 2.) By applying on CAO Ziprecruiter postings. 3.) Or submit your resume at career@caony.com. Please include the position title and airport preference in the subject field. Our Account Managers will contact you using the information you provided and complete your registration.

-NYC's Workforce One website is operational for job seekers: https://access.nyc.gov/programs/workforce-1/ (https://access.nyc.gov/programs/workforce-1/)

-In response to the COVID-19 state of emergency in NYC, the NYC Department of Consumer and Worker Protection’s Office of Financial Empowerment has transitioned all of our financial counseling and coaching programs to offer services remotely: http://nyc.gov/talkmoney (http://nyc.gov/talkmoney)

Advisories from State/Local/Federal Agencies/Utilities

-The organization Sanctuary for Families is still providing assistance to survivors of domestic violence; they can still secure orders of protection. You can call their legal helpline at (212) 349-6009 or visit http://sanctuaryforfamilies.org/get-help (http://sanctuaryforfamilies.org/get-help)

-Housing Court will not have any new HP filings except those that are considered emergencies. Emergencies consist of no running water, a non-functioning toilet; no gas is under consideration for being thought of as an emergency.
The NYC Department of Transportation (DOT) announced a new effort to discourage cash payments at the City’s parking meters and encourage contactless parking payment by smartphone. The Pay-By-Cell option protects the safety of both DOT’s workforce and the public by reducing physical interactions with the City’s 14,000 meters.
ParkNYC: Launched in December 2016 and available for free download in the Apple Store or Google Play, ParkNYC allows account holders to pay for parking at any metered parking space on a new pay-as-you-go basis with no additional fees after loading an initial $25 wallet balance. The popular app was used for more than 22 million parking transactions last year.
ParkMobile: To enhance the Pay-by-Cell program and encourage contactless transactions, DOT is now temporarily offering the option to use the nationwide ParkMobile app for single transactions, for a 15-cent per transaction fee. While meters will continue to accept coins and credit cards, we encourage all customers to consider their own safety and the safety of our workers — and opt for mobile payments. The app accepts Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover.

-The City is providing assistance for burials: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/hra/help/burial-assistance.page (https://www1.nyc.gov/site/hra/help/burial-assistance.page)

-The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has issued guidance on applying for the $75 million it was allocated in the CARES Act. If a nonprofit cultural organization has received NEA support in the last four fiscal years, they are eligible to apply for a direct grant. Apply by April 22! https://www.arts.gov/grants/apply-grant/grants-organizations (https://www.arts.gov/grants/apply-grant/grants-organizations)

-Here is the Department of Finance's new FAQ page re SCRIE/DRIE during the pandemic: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/rentfreeze/help/covid-19-frequently-asked-questions.page (https://www1.nyc.gov/site/rentfreeze/help/covid-19-frequently-asked-questions.page)

-US Citizenship and Immigration Services has clarified that seeking or using medical treatment or preventive healthcare services related to COVID-19 will NOT be considered under the Public Charge rule, even if the services are Medicaid-funded. Seek care without fear.
-USCIS also announced that it is adopting measures to minimize the immigration consequences associated with responding to requests for evidence (RFEs) and notices of intent to deny (NOIDs) dated between March 1 and May 1, 2020
Requests for Evidence and Notices of Intent to Deny: For applicants and petitioners who receive an RFE or NOID dated between March 1 and May 1, 2020, any responses submitted within 60 calendar days after the response deadline set forth in the RFE or NOID will be considered by USCIS before any action is taken.
USCIS will provide further updates as the situation develops and will continue to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidance. Please visit uscis.gov/coronavirus (http://uscis.gov/coronavirus) for the latest facts and other USCIS updates.

-Spectrum is offering free internet for 60 days to college students and households with K-12 students that currently do not have internet. In addition, people behind on their Spectrum bill can get their internet service restored. Call (833) 267-6094 for more details.

-National Grid has temporarily suspended collections-related activities, including service disconnections, to lessen any financial hardship the COVID-19 pandemic may cause. For customers struggling to make payments, there is a financial assistance program to ease the burden; speak to customer service. Currently all late fees are being waived.

-New York City’s Department of Finance announced it will waive penalties for DOF-administered business and excise taxes due this spring.

More Miscellaneous Health Info

-Through May 15th, 2020, health insurance enrollment is open for uninsured New Yorkers as part of a Special Enrollment Period: Get Covered

-The Community Service Society of New York is offering assistance with student loans. The Education Debt Consumer Assistance Program (EDCAP) continues to provide essential servicers amid this crisis to ensure. EDCAP is providing updates on what is happened at the federal and state level: Visit edcapny.org (http://edcapny.org). One-on-One Assistance: To speak to a Financial Counselor or schedule an appointment, call 888-614-5004.

-In order to fight the spread of COVID-19 within households that are in particularly high-risk communities, New York City is offering 11,000 free hotel rooms for people who need to quarantine. Hotel rooms will be offered based on referrals from NYC Health + Hospitals and community health providers, beginning on Wednesday.  These will be targeted in particular to people in overcrowded homes, health care workers regardless of symptoms, and New Yorkers experiencing homelessness. Clients must be COVID positive or COVID-symptomatic and unable to isolate where they live. These are individuals who do not require medical care and can self-isolate with basic services, including: onsite medical and social services, meals, laundry, phone, internet, daily check-in calls by medical staff, and transportation to and from the hotel as needed. To learn more about the program, visit nyc.gov/covid19hotel (http://nyc.gov/covid19hotel).

-Here is a COVID-19 resource guide for people with disabilities: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/mopd/resources/covid-19-resources-for-people-with-disabilities.page (https://www1.nyc.gov/site/mopd/resources/covid-19-resources-for-people-with-disabilities.page)

-Here is an FAQ on New York State's new paid sick leave law on COVID-19: https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/doh/downloads/pdf/imm/covid-19-paid-sick-leave-order-faq.pdf (https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/doh/downloads/pdf/imm/covid-19-paid-sick-leave-order-faq.pdf)

-The City has announced a free new digital platform to provide safe, fun, and entertaining virtual activities for New York City’s teens and young adults. This first-of-its-kind campaign combines city and community resources to engage teens who are at home during the COVID-19 crisis, and also provides tips to cope with the public and mental health challenges that may arise during this difficult time. Fun at Home can be accessed at nyc.gov/funathome (http://nyc.gov/funathome) or texting “Fun” to 97743 to receive the latest updates on resources and activities.

-Commonpoint Queens is offering free virtual mental health counseling and other services to help Queens residents cope with the coronavirus crisis: https://www.commonpointqueens.org/covid19/ (https://www.commonpointqueens.org/covid19/)

-New Yorkers can call the state's mental health hotline at 1-844-863-9314 to schedule a free appointment.

-If you are a healthcare professional that would like to volunteer, you have medical supplies you would like to donate, or you require any sort of COVID-19-related assistance, please go to the HelpNYC website: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/helpnownyc/index.page (https://www1.nyc.gov/site/helpnownyc/index.page).

-I’ve been affected by Coronavirus (COVID-19). What are some of the benefits I may be eligible for? https://access.nyc.gov/coronavirus-covid-19-updates/#section-2 (https://access.nyc.gov/coronavirus-covid-19-updates/#section-2)
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: abcdefghijk on May 03, 2020, 09:48:47 AM
I suppose that since we won't be able to properly patronize restaurants for up to maybe 2 years...until a vaccine is commonplace and the majority of the population is (and feels) safe... all restaurants will have to convert to take out establishments. And that'll be the new normal.

What that means is that restaurants will only need to be kitchens, really. They will become kind of glorified food carts.

And will need far, far less space. And overheads (no table servers ).

Commercial store rents will definitely tank. 

The new normal is certainly going to be tough...for landlords, restaurant owners and employees.

Jackson Heights, known for its high commercial store rents prior the CORONA CRISIS will change completely.

And may become known for LOW commercial rents from now on...with spaces subdivided into smaller areas...









Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: abcdefghijk on May 03, 2020, 11:24:06 AM
Actually, all of NYC's commercial rents will tank. (Not just Jackson Heights.)
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: dssjh on May 03, 2020, 11:58:19 AM
Actually, all of NYC's commercial rents will tank. (Not just Jackson Heights.)

absolutely.

we're on the precipice of a depression, not a recession. and in this situation, i don't think landlords will be able to leave things vacant for two or three years at a stretch. those rents will definitely come down, but i wonder how long they'll stay down? will commercial tenants be able to lock in five year leases? or be forced into one year deals?

we live in interesting times.
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: abcdefghijk on May 03, 2020, 01:20:41 PM
It'll last 2 years. And then snap back.
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: abcdefghijk on May 03, 2020, 05:45:56 PM
I suppose the smart restaurant establishments will sublet their unused seating space to other retail businesses...bookstores/clothing/pop ups etc...whenever those businesses can re-open...
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: dssjh on May 03, 2020, 06:27:08 PM
that would be a great use of space, but almost all retail leases ban it - and people have been evicted for doing it.
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: abcdefghijk on May 03, 2020, 06:45:48 PM
that would be a great use of space, but almost all retail leases ban it - and people have been evicted for doing it.

This mindset is from pre-Corona. It will change post-Corona.

Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: dssjh on May 03, 2020, 09:28:34 PM
that would be a great use of space, but almost all retail leases ban it - and people have been evicted for doing it.

This mindset is from pre-Corona. It will change post-Corona.

i hope your optimism about the ruling class is justified. truly.
thus far, they seem as vampiric as ever. hopefully, they'll get used to a starvation diet.
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: lalochezia on May 04, 2020, 12:24:03 AM
from earlier in this very thread


My pals in the medical sciences tell me that there is a vaccine in the works for corona virus and that we should know by the end of April whether it is effective or not.

abcdefghijk, a poster whose posts are always a reliable source of info - reliably  and demonstrably wrong.
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: abcdefghijk on May 04, 2020, 08:21:48 AM
from earlier in this very thread


My pals in the medical sciences tell me that there is a vaccine in the works for corona virus and that we should know by the end of April whether it is effective or not.

abcdefghijk, a poster whose posts are always a reliable source of info - reliably  and demonstrably wrong.

We did find out in April. That vaccine wasn't effective.  I see that smoked salmon Socialists seem to love to deflect.
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: lalochezia on May 04, 2020, 09:45:34 AM
from earlier in this very thread


My pals in the medical sciences tell me that there is a vaccine in the works for corona virus and that we should know by the end of April whether it is effective or not.

abcdefghijk, a poster whose posts are always a reliable source of info - reliably  and demonstrably wrong.

We did find out in April. That vaccine wasn't effective.  I see that smoked salmon Socialists seem to love to deflect.

Which vaccine was tested "in april"?
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: CaptainFlannel on May 04, 2020, 10:00:18 AM
^^you really think it likely the approach that's being taken to find a vaccine is one at a time rather than multiple efforts simultaneously?
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: abcdefghijk on May 04, 2020, 10:23:34 AM
^^you really think it likely the approach that's being taken to find a vaccine is one at a time rather than multiple efforts simultaneously?

Individual drug laboratories are working separately to create this vaccine. (Or trying to work on a drug therapy) Many, many over the world. Most will fail. The rewards of being the one to make this vaccine (or drug therapy) are astronomical. Medical labs are a business like anything else.
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: lalochezia on May 04, 2020, 10:40:18 AM
^^you really think it likely the approach that's being taken to find a vaccine is one at a time rather than multiple efforts simultaneously?

Individual drug laboratories are working separately to create this vaccine. (Or trying to work on a drug therapy) Many, many over the world. Most will fail. The rewards of being the one to make this vaccine (or drug therapy) are astronomical. Medical labs are a business like anything else.


Which vaccine was tested "in april"?
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: abcdefghijk on May 04, 2020, 12:26:30 PM
Against my better judgement I will reply to L. And disregard all past experience with L.

My pal works in a pharmaceutical lab. The results were looking promising. They were developing a Corona-type (Sars or something) vaccine even before the pandemic. (That's what he told me). And then the results weren't promising. The vaccine FAILED its test. Most of the vaccines being developed by the many, many drug labs will FAIL. THEY SIMPLY WON'T WORK.

Hopefully, one (or more) vaccines from the many, many other pharmaceutical labs will succeed... Each lab approaches the problem via their own different pathway. The labs definitely DON'T share info. Their specific approach is their intellectual property and patent that lasts for  20 years...during which time they recoup $$$$'s.  (x 1 billion in this Corona case)

 
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: lalochezia on May 04, 2020, 01:28:33 PM
Against my better judgement I will reply to L. And disregard all past experience with L.

My pal works in a pharmaceutical lab. The results were looking promising. They were developing a Corona-type (Sars or something) vaccine even before the pandemic. (That's what he told me).

I'm fully aware of the (completely justifiable)  failure rates of vaccine and drug discovery and testing and clinical trial programs. Discovering drugs and developing vaccines are amongst the harder things we do as a species.
 
So let's get this straight. Your friend who works in a "pharmaceutical lab" was developing a "corona-type" vaccine before the coronavirus was widely known and expected to "test" it by the end of april so we'd know what was up but "it failed".
 
Knowledge of "success" for a vaccine for SARS-CoV-2  - the coronavirus that causes COVID19 - would have been impossible that point. . It is impossible to develop a viral vaccine (modified mRNA, vector delivered DNA, inactive virus, or adjuvant-boosted protein) without access to the pathogen and/or the DNA/RNA sequence, and then the hard work begins. Development of vaccines normally takes 5-10 years and even with the telescoping underway and tens of billions that are thrown at it as we speak, we're looking at late this year, early next at best.... (and this is VERY optimistic).

An "answer" by the end of april would have been meaningless, if the question had been asked at all.

tl;dr. Most charitable reading: I think you misunderstood what your friend said.  But that's cool.

Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: abcdefghijk on May 04, 2020, 01:40:33 PM
Against my better judgement I will reply to L. And disregard all past experience with L.

My pal works in a pharmaceutical lab. The results were looking promising. They were developing a Corona-type (Sars or something) vaccine even before the pandemic. (That's what he told me).

I'm fully aware of the (completely justifiable)  failure rates of vaccine and drug discovery and testing and clinical trial programs. Discovering drugs and developing vaccines are amongst the harder things we do as a species.
 
So let's get this straight. Your friend who works in a "pharmaceutical lab" was developing a "corona-type" vaccine before the coronavirus was widely known and expected to "test" it by the end of april so we'd know what was up but "it failed".
 
Knowledge of "success" for a vaccine for SARS-CoV-2  - the coronavirus that causes COVID19 - would have been impossible that point. . It is impossible to develop a viral vaccine (modified mRNA, vector delivered DNA, inactive virus, or adjuvant-boosted protein) without access to the pathogen and/or the DNA/RNA sequence, and then the hard work begins. Development of vaccines normally takes 5-10 years and even with the telescoping underway and tens of billions that are thrown at it as we speak, we're looking at late this year, early next at best.... (and this is VERY optimistic).

An "answer" by the end of april would have been meaningless, if the question had been asked at all.

tl;dr. Most charitable reading: I think you misunderstood what your friend said.  But that's cool.

The answer obviously was that whatever they were trying wasn't going to work. Proteins. RNA. Whatever pathway they were considering. Sars is a Corona family virus and has been around since 2003. That's what they were experimenting with. I suppose they were trying to see if what they were trying with SARS could be very similar and effective with COVID-19. It wasn't. 



 

Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: toddg on May 06, 2020, 07:46:09 PM
I missed this in the news a few days ago...  Great work by Sen. Ramos...

Hundreds line up in East Elmhurst for free fresh food from upstate farms (https://queenseagle.com/all/hundreds-line-up-in-east-elmhurst-for-free-fresh-food-from-upstate-farms) (Queens Daily Eagle, May 1, 2020)

Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: 34AD on May 08, 2020, 04:26:31 PM
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I would like to extend some early Mother's Day wishes to everybody! Here are the Latest Updates Regarding the City and State’s Response to COVID-19:

-As of 3 PM, New York State now has 330,407 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 26,121 deaths; 181,783 confirmed cases in New York City and 19,561 deaths. Source: https://gisanddata.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bda7594740fd40299423467b48e9ecf6 (https://gisanddata.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bda7594740fd40299423467b48e9ecf6).

-New York State on PAUSE is extended through 5/15.

-The MTA will close the Subway system every morning from 1 AM to 5 AM for deep cleaning.

-The Department of Education has issued a new grading policy that will not factor in attendance in grades and will not fail any students. More info here: https://www.schools.nyc.gov/learn-at-home/chancellor-s-message-for-families (https://www.schools.nyc.gov/learn-at-home/chancellor-s-message-for-families)

-All non-essential events, such as parades, concerts, and rallies, are cancelled through the end of June in New York City.

-New York State has launched a new initiative to call every person diagnosed with COVID-19, establish all contacts of this person, and proceed to call and maintain ongoing communication with every contact.
New York State plans to hire a team of 6,400 to 17,000 staff statewide, depending on the projected number of COVID-19 cases, to support the NYS Department of Health (NYSDOH) and Local Health Departments (LHDs) to perform contact tracing in communities across NYS. If you or someone you know in New York State is interested in applying to be a part of the Contact Tracing team, go to the NYS Department of Health website at  https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/get-involved-how-you-can-help (https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/get-involved-how-you-can-help).

-Antibody tests will be conducted at 34-09 Queens Boulevard in Long Island City. Testing will be done by appointment only, and NYC will set up a hotline to set up appointments.

-COVID-19 tests are being conducted at the Woodside Houses. Priority for NYCHA residents, those over 65, those with pre-existing conditions. Walk-ins are welcome and there is no cost. Bring ID and insurance card, no insurance — still welcome.

-The IRS launched a new web tool allowing quick registration for Economic Impact Payments for those who don’t normally file a tax return. The non-filer tool provides a free and easy option designed for people who don’t have a return filing obligation, including those with too little income to file. The feature is available only on IRS.gov, and users should look for Non-filers: Enter Payment Info Here to take them directly to the tool, or go to http://www.irs.gov/nonfilereip (http://www.irs.gov/nonfilereip)

-The Paycheck Protection Program has restarted acceptance of applications from small businesses. For help with applying, call the New York Small Business Development Center at LaGuardia College at (718) 482-5303.

-The New York State Department of Labor announced the launch of a new application for New Yorkers to apply for traditional Unemployment Insurance or the new COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Assistance. This one-stop-shop for unemployment benefits will connect New Yorkers with the benefits they deserve faster, without requiring them to call the Department of Labor: https://my.ny.gov/LoginV4/login.xhtml (https://my.ny.gov/LoginV4/login.xhtml)

-If you need assistance with your unemployment application, please contact our office and we will be happy to assist.

-All New Yorkers will now be able to vote by mail in the June 23rd elections. All voters will automatically be mailed an absentee ballot application to request a mail-in ballot.

-Please don't forget to fill out the Census at https://2020census.gov (https://2020census.gov)

-By completing the Census 2020, Commonpoint Queens will enter your name into a raffle and add you as a complete!  Enter to win a $100 Gift Card from CPQ here: https://www.commonpointqueens.org/program/2020-census-outreach/ or text 917-757-1021. (https://www.commonpointqueens.org/program/2020-census-outreach/ or text 917-757-1021.)

-The Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs has created a resource page for immigrant communities during the pandemic that is translated into ten languages, including Spanish, Bengali, and Chinese: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/immigrants/help/city-services/resources-for-immigrant-communities-during-covid-19-pandemic.page (https://www1.nyc.gov/site/immigrants/help/city-services/resources-for-immigrant-communities-during-covid-19-pandemic.page)

-If you live in New York City and you have DACA, call ActionNYC at 1-800-354-0365 for help renewing your application. They may even be able to help you out with the renewal fee.

-National Grid is warning customers to beware of a new phone scam where impostors are demanding immediate bill payment and threatening service disconnection. This latest scam, which is targeting customers already facing hardships due to COVID-19, involves callers who pretend to be National Grid representatives. They tell customers that unless payment is made within 30 minutes, their power will be shut off. The customer is then directed to call “the direct billing department to make a payment and avoid power disconnection.”
      The scammers use sophisticated phone systems that display National Grid on the customer’s caller ID. Additionally, the phone number customers are instructed to call closely resembles the company’s recorded messaging and phone prompt directions. These elements make it difficult to differentiate an actual National Grid call from an impostor’s call. When in doubt, customers should hang up and call the National Grid customer service number on their bill.

-Alternate Side Parking: Alternate Side Parking Regulations will be suspended through Tuesday, May 12. Parking meters and all other parking rules remain in effect. The City may extend the suspension based on street cleanliness and workforce availability.

-There will be a virtual town hall on domestic violence resources during COVID-19 next Thursday, May 14th from 11 AM to 12:30 PM. Go to http://queensbp.org/rsvp (http://queensbp.org/rsvp) to register.

Food Issues

-NYC is increasing capacity of halal meals at all of their Grab-and-Go sites so that members of the Muslim community have access to meals while observing Ramadan.

-All Farmers Markets will remain open.

-The Department of Education is now offering additional meals for adults at the 440 sites they are currently serving students free meals throughout the day. Folks can pick up 3 meals at a time from 7:30am - 1:30pm; from 7:30 AM to 11:30 AM, children/families will be served, and from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM, adults will be served. Locations can found on the DOE website or texting NYC Food or NYC comida to 877-877 to answer any questions you may have.

-Here is a map of all Grab and Go meal locations and food pantries in the city: https://dsny.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=35901167a9d84fb0a2e0672d344f176f (https://dsny.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=35901167a9d84fb0a2e0672d344f176f) Hover your cursor for the dots for additional details

-For homebound seniors and those with disabilities, you can apply to have meals delivered for you by calling 311 or going to https://cv19engagementportal.cityofnewyork.us/#/display/5e7555117ad6750216160409 (https://cv19engagementportal.cityofnewyork.us/#/display/5e7555117ad6750216160409)

-New Yorkers can use their SNAP benefits to order online. For more info head to: www1.nyc.gov/site/hra/help/snap-online-shopping.page (http://www1.nyc.gov/site/hra/help/snap-online-shopping.page)

School/Child Care

-AP students can still take this year’s exam, even though schools are closed. The College Board is offering at-home digital testing and free, online review courses @ www.youtube.com/advancedplacement (http://www.youtube.com/advancedplacement). The exam content will focus on what most schools were able to complete by early March. Students will be able to take their exams on any device they have access to—computer, tablet, or smartphone. They’ll also have the option to write their responses by hand and submit a photo. Exams will be given from May 11-22. Make-up test dates will be available for each subject from June 1-5. In addition, the College Board is working to help students with connectivity issues get access to the tools they need to use the practice resources and take the test. More information is available at www.cb.org/coronavirusAPstudents (http://www.cb.org/coronavirusAPstudents)

-NYC has opened several dozen Regional Enrichment Centers across the City, to serve the children of our City’s first responders, healthcare workers, transit workers, and our most vulnerable populations. Here is a list of centers in our area: PS/IS 128 - 69-10 65th Drive 11379
P.S. 19 - QUEENS - 98-02 ROOSEVELT AVENUE 11368
ELMHURST EDUCATIONAL CAMPUS - Q 45-10 94TH STREET 11373
Mosaic Pre-K Center at 44-15 Judge Street 44-15 Judge Street 11373
LONG ISLAND CITY HS(NEW)-Q 14-30 BROADWAY 11106
P.S. 11 - QUEENS 54-25 SKILLMAN AVENUE 11377
District 30 Pre-K Center at 3252 37th Street

-The Regional Enrichment Centers also serve grocery and pharmacy workers.

-The New York City Department of Education wants every student who needs a device for remote learning to have one, even if the student does not have internet access at home. Simply call 718-935-5100 and choose Option 5 on the menu. Someone will help you get a device with internet connection. You can also fill out this form: https://coronavirus.schools.nyc/RemoteLearningDevices (https://coronavirus.schools.nyc/RemoteLearningDevices)

-All Queens Public Library locations may be closed, but many free digital resources are available online at https://www.queenslibrary.org/about-us/news-media/blog/2041?utm_source=oracle&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=digitalresources2020_BLG (https://www.queenslibrary.org/about-us/news-media/blog/2041?utm_source=oracle&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=digitalresources2020_BLG)

Jobs/Small Business

-The Queens Public Library has created a Job and Business Academy, which will provide assistance with creating a resumé. For assistance, email jobsearchhelp@queenslibrary.org with questions.

-The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is offering a series of Google business internet webinars on May 12 and 19 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM. Register here: https://events.withgoogle.com/google-digital-coaches-program-new-york/registrations/new/?utm_source=website (https://events.withgoogle.com/google-digital-coaches-program-new-york/registrations/new/?utm_source=website)

-If your business needs help with a lease, free legal assistance can be obtained from the Commercial Lease Assistance Program. Go to this website for more details: https://www1.nyc.gov/nycbusiness/article/commercial-lease-assistance-program (https://www1.nyc.gov/nycbusiness/article/commercial-lease-assistance-program)

-The City Bar Justice Center is providing pro bono legal consultations for businesses trying to access federal, state, and local business assistance programs. Go to https://www.citybarjusticecenter.org/covid-19-small-business-remote-legal-clinic/ (https://www.citybarjusticecenter.org/covid-19-small-business-remote-legal-clinic/) for more info.

-CAMBA, a human services organization that provides services to the homeless, is hiring for positions to support their shelter programs, including Maintenance Workers, all locations and shifts;Security Guards, all locations and shifts; Shift Supervisors (including per diem opportunities), all locations and shifts; Residential Aides, all locations and shifts; and Social Workers (LMSW and LCSW), all locations and shifts. Prospective employees should email their resume to submitresumes@camba.org.

-The Taxi and Limousine Commission is recruiting for TLC-licensed drivers to help with important work related to COVID-19, such as delivering food to older adults who can’t leave their homes. This work will be paid $15/hour plus reimbursement for gas and tolls. Drivers will be selected on a first-come, first-serve basis: cv19engagementportal.cityofnewyork.us/#/display/5e7634997ad67502161607c2 (http://cv19engagementportal.cityofnewyork.us/#/display/5e7634997ad67502161607c2)

-The Small Business Administration is offering the opportunity to apply for disaster loans: disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/Account/Login?ReturnUrl=%2Fela%2FLoanApplication%2FStartApplication (http://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/Account/Login?ReturnUrl=%2Fela%2FLoanApplication%2FStartApplication)

-Due to COVID-19, all Council for Airport Opportunity Career Centers are closed until further notice. CAO will be temporarily accepting online registration from our NY & NJ community. All in-person orientations and pre-screenings are now conducted over the phone. Participants, who are interested in our services are invited to register using one of the following methods. 1.) You may register at www.caonynj.com (http://www.caonynj.com) 2.) By applying on CAO Ziprecruiter postings. 3.) Or submit your resume at career@caony.com. Please include the position title and airport preference in the subject field. Our Account Managers will contact you using the information you provided and complete your registration.

-NYC's Workforce One website is operational for job seekers: https://access.nyc.gov/programs/workforce-1/ (https://access.nyc.gov/programs/workforce-1/)

-In response to the COVID-19 state of emergency in NYC, the NYC Department of Consumer and Worker Protection’s Office of Financial Empowerment has transitioned all of our financial counseling and coaching programs to offer services remotely: http://nyc.gov/talkmoney (http://nyc.gov/talkmoney)

Advisories from State/Local/Federal Agencies/Utilities

-The NYC Department of Environmental Protection will be holding a public meeting May 21st to present their Draft MS4 Annual Report. For more info and registration, go to https://nyc.us4.list-manage.com/track/click?u=c91edca784e38ddfde992dd03&id=22f2a96807&e=8d73eb25aa
 (https://nyc.us4.list-manage.com/track/click?u=c91edca784e38ddfde992dd03&id=22f2a96807&e=8d73eb25aa)
-The organization Sanctuary for Families is still providing assistance to survivors of domestic violence; they can still secure orders of protection. You can call their legal helpline at (212) 349-6009 or visit http://sanctuaryforfamilies.org/get-help
 (http://sanctuaryforfamilies.org/get-help)
-Housing Court will not have any new HP filings except those that are considered emergencies. Emergencies consist of no running water, a non-functioning toilet; no gas is under consideration for being thought of as an emergency.

-The NYC Department of Transportation (DOT) announced a new effort to discourage cash payments at the City’s parking meters and encourage contactless parking payment by smartphone. The Pay-By-Cell option protects the safety of both DOT’s workforce and the public by reducing physical interactions with the City’s 14,000 meters. ParkNYC: Launched in December 2016 and available for free download in the Apple Store or Google Play, ParkNYC allows account holders to pay for parking at any metered parking space on a new pay-as-you-go basis with no additional fees after loading an initial $25 wallet balance. The popular app was used for more than 22 million parking transactions last year.
ParkMobile: To enhance the Pay-by-Cell program and encourage contactless transactions, DOT is now temporarily offering the option to use the nationwide ParkMobile app for single transactions, for a 15-cent per transaction fee. While meters will continue to accept coins and credit cards, we encourage all customers to consider their own safety and the safety of our workers — and opt for mobile payments. The app accepts Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover.

-The City is providing assistance for burials: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/hra/help/burial-assistance.page (https://www1.nyc.gov/site/hra/help/burial-assistance.page)

-The City has increased the maximum payment for burials from $900 to $1700.

-The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has issued guidance on applying for the $75 million it was allocated in the CARES Act. If a nonprofit cultural organization has received NEA support in the last four fiscal years, they are eligible to apply for a direct grant. Apply by April 22! https://www.arts.gov/grants/apply-grant/grants-organizations (https://www.arts.gov/grants/apply-grant/grants-organizations)

-Here is the Department of Finance's new FAQ page re SCRIE/DRIE during the pandemic: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/rentfreeze/help/covid-19-frequently-asked-questions.page (https://www1.nyc.gov/site/rentfreeze/help/covid-19-frequently-asked-questions.page)

-US Citizenship and Immigration Services has clarified that seeking or using medical treatment or preventive healthcare services related to COVID-19 will NOT be considered under the Public Charge rule, even if the services are Medicaid-funded. Seek care without fear.

-USCIS also announced that it is adopting measures to minimize the immigration consequences associated with responding to requests for evidence (RFEs) and notices of intent to deny (NOIDs) dated between March 1 and May 1, 2020Requests for Evidence and Notices of Intent to Deny: For applicants and petitioners who receive an RFE or NOID dated between March 1 and May 1, 2020, any responses submitted within 60 calendar days after the response deadline set forth in the RFE or NOID will be considered by USCIS before any action is taken.
USCIS will provide further updates as the situation develops and will continue to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidance. Please visit uscis.gov/coronavirus (http://uscis.gov/coronavirus) for the latest facts and other USCIS updates.

-Spectrum is offering free internet for 60 days to college students and households with K-12 students that currently do not have internet. In addition, people behind on their Spectrum bill can get their internet service restored. Call (833) 267-6094 for more details.

-National Grid has temporarily suspended collections-related activities, including service disconnections, to lessen any financial hardship the COVID-19 pandemic may cause. For customers struggling to make payments, there is a financial assistance program to ease the burden; speak to customer service. Currently all late fees are being waived.

-New York City’s Department of Finance announced it will waive penalties for DOF-administered business and excise taxes due this spring.

More Miscellaneous Health Info

-Through May 15th, 2020, health insurance enrollment is open for uninsured New Yorkers as part of a Special Enrollment Period: Get Covered

-The Community Service Society of New York is offering assistance with student loans. The Education Debt Consumer Assistance Program (EDCAP) continues to provide essential servicers amid this crisis to ensure. EDCAP is providing updates on what is happened at the federal and state level: Visit edcapny.org (http://edcapny.org). One-on-One Assistance: To speak to a Financial Counselor or schedule an appointment, call 888-614-5004.

-In order to fight the spread of COVID-19 within households that are in particularly high-risk communities, New York City is offering 11,000 free hotel rooms for people who need to quarantine. Hotel rooms will be offered based on referrals from NYC Health + Hospitals and community health providers, beginning on Wednesday.  These will be targeted in particular to people in overcrowded homes, health care workers regardless of symptoms, and New Yorkers experiencing homelessness. Clients must be COVID positive or COVID-symptomatic and unable to isolate where they live. These are individuals who do not require medical care and can self-isolate with basic services, including: onsite medical and social services, meals, laundry, phone, internet, daily check-in calls by medical staff, and transportation to and from the hotel as needed. To learn more about the program, visit nyc.gov/covid19hotel (http://nyc.gov/covid19hotel).

-Here is a COVID-19 resource guide for people with disabilities: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/mopd/resources/covid-19-resources-for-people-with-disabilities.page (https://www1.nyc.gov/site/mopd/resources/covid-19-resources-for-people-with-disabilities.page)

-Here is an FAQ on New York State's new paid sick leave law on COVID-19: https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/doh/downloads/pdf/imm/covid-19-paid-sick-leave-order-faq.pdf (https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/doh/downloads/pdf/imm/covid-19-paid-sick-leave-order-faq.pdf)

-The City has announced a free new digital platform to provide safe, fun, and entertaining virtual activities for New York City’s teens and young adults. This first-of-its-kind campaign combines city and community resources to engage teens who are at home during the COVID-19 crisis, and also provides tips to cope with the public and mental health challenges that may arise during this difficult time. Fun at Home can be accessed at nyc.gov/funathome (http://nyc.gov/funathome) or texting “Fun” to 97743 to receive the latest updates on resources and activities.

-Commonpoint Queens is offering free virtual mental health counseling and other services to help Queens residents cope with the coronavirus crisis: https://www.commonpointqueens.org/covid19/ (https://www.commonpointqueens.org/covid19/)
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: abcdefghijk on May 11, 2020, 01:15:37 PM
After the flurry of hopeful vaccines and drug therapy...I am hearing medics are now also factoring in the situation whereby COVID-19 may become endemic. In other words, no vaccine or treatment for many years.

This means...I suppose...we will have to learn to live with folks dying of it.  Like in the bad ol' days pre-antibiotics and pre-vaccines...like cholera and typhoid etc...pre-1940's.

Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: dssjh on May 11, 2020, 02:45:15 PM
that scenario has been bandied about a lot lately, and it could very well come to pass. that's why it's important to be extremely vigilant these nexxt 18-24 months. we still don't have a foolproof cholera vaccine (just a workable one), but fortunately this country is relatively protected against the root causes of that disease.
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: Shelby2 on May 22, 2020, 07:05:30 PM
Some posts in this thread veered into "political commentary" so that's where they were moved. Please see the Political Commentary thread to continue that discussion.
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread - Price Gouger in Jack Hts (Trump Pharmacy)
Post by: Davey on May 23, 2020, 05:46:05 PM
https://nypost.com/2020/05/23/city-slaps-retailers-with-7600-covid-19-price-gouging-violations/

Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: dssjh on May 23, 2020, 05:59:09 PM
i've called to report egregious violations -- a $20 can of lysol at a pharmacy in the 80s for instance. i was told that reports were being investigated.
Title: Re: The coronavirus thread
Post by: Matt on June 15, 2020, 10:47:06 PM
The second half of this program focuses on some of the impacts COVID-19 has had on Jackson Heights and surrounding neighborhoods:

https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/anxiety/episodes/community-is-a-verb (https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/anxiety/episodes/community-is-a-verb)

The journalist, Anjali Kamat, moved to JH a few months before the pandemic arrived. I think her personal experience reflects many of our own.