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Test, Trace, Take Care
Any New Yorker, regardless of status, can access FREE, confidential COVID-19 and antibody testing. Across the city, more than 200 testing sites are now open. Download our multilingual one pager for more information about testing, contact tracing, and receiving care.
How COVID Affects New York
New Yorkers looking for up-to-date information about how COVID-19 affects immigration, education, and healthcare can find comprehensive information below (Last update made 10/05/20):
The State Department of Health announced the inclusion of COVID-19 testing, evaluation, and treatment as services covered by Emergency Medicaid. Download our one pager for more information.
- Any New Yorker can get COVID-19 testing by calling 311 in New York City (or www.nyc.gov/covidtest) or 888-362-3065 anywhere else in New York State telephone. If you need help getting medical care in NYC, call 311 or call NYC Health + Hospitals directly at 844-692-4692. If you need help getting care anywhere else in New York State, call the New York State COVID-19 hotline at 888-364-3065. Anyone who is low-income can get free COVID-19 testing, evaluation, and treatment in New York State, regardless of immigration status.
- If you are in New York City and feeling anxious, stressed or overwhelmed, connect with trained counselors at NYC Well. You can also text "WELL" to 65173 or chat online at https://nycwell.cityofnewyork.us/es/. If you are feeling anxious, stressed or overwhelmed and you are outside New York City, you can call the New York State Department of Health Coronavirus Emotional Support Hotline at 1-844-863-9314.
- Special enrollment period for uninsured New Yorkers is now available. Individuals can enroll through New York State of Health or directly through insurers. Call New York State of Health at 855-355-5777.
- Receiving treatment or testing for coronavirus will NOT be used in any future public charge analysis.
- Incidents of anti-Asian or anti-immigrant discrimination can be reported to 311 or the New York State Hate Crimes Task Force hotline at 1-888-392-3644.
- On July 8th, Mayor de Blasio announced that public schools would not fully reopen in September, and students would instead be in the classroom one to three days a week to curb the COVID-19 outbreak. Schools should be reaching out to families to communicate which plans they will adopt for the coming school year.
- In an effort to give more time for teachers and students to prepare for the upcoming school year amid the pandemic, NYC has delayed and staggered the in-person reopening of schools to Monday, Sept. 21—pushing it back from the initial Sept. 10 start date.
- NYC will phase in “in-person” students but all students still start learning on Sept 21st: The DOE has ONLY staggered the re-opening for “in- person learning”, as remote learning will start as planned on the 21st.
- Monday, September 21st: 3k, PreK and D75 (all grades) students will be expected to participate in person - if they are in the cohort scheduled to attend that day (which will depend on your school model and schedule). Contact your school or go to your NYC Student Account to find out about which days your child is expected to participate in person and busing information.
- Monday, September 21st: All other students that do not fit in the description above will be expected to participate remotely.
- Tuesday, September 29th: K-5 and K-8 blended school students start participating in person - if they are in the cohort scheduled to attend that day (which will depend on your school model and schedule).
- Thursday, October 1: Middle and high school, blended-learning students will be expected to participate in person - if they are in the cohort scheduled to attend that day (which will depend on your school model and schedule).
- Families should contact their schools and/or visit their NYC School Account to learn about their child’s schedule (including the days students will be expected to join in-person) and busing information.
- This DOE COVID map shows all known cases of COVID-19 at New York City public, including classroom closures, building closures, or positive tests across the school system.
- Families without computers, WiFi, or with other technological needs should fill out this Remote Learning Device Request, which is offered in 9 languages. Please contact 718-935-5100 option 5 or your school’s principal if you have not received and/or filled out the Remote Learning Device Request. The school system has resources in English for students in grades Pre-K through 12 at https://www.schools.nyc.gov/learn-at-home.
- Starting Sept. 21st, in-person students will receive grab and go meals in school and will eat them in the classrooms 6 feet apart. Lunches will be instructional to ensure safety.
- Remote instruction students will have meal access at their nearest schools. Takeout sites will be setup at an exit door. Students can pick up meals between 9am-12pm.
- Adult meals will be available in up to 200 locations between 3-5 pm; locations not yet designated.
- New Yorkers can find the closest location serving meals here.
- The City's Learning Bridges program will provide free child care options for children from 3-K through 8th grade on days when they are scheduled for remote learning (see letter).If you are interested in the Learning Bridges program complete the application.
- The City has begun notifying families about Learning Bridges placement offers. If you have applied for a Learning Bridges seat and would like information about the status of your application, email email@example.com.
- Immigration Courts:
- NYC: All non-detained hearings are canceled (until at least October 23rd). Federal Plaza is open for detained hearings and filings only. Broadway is open for filings only. Varick is open for detained hearings and filings.
- Upstate: Buffalo is open for non-detained hearings and filings, Batavia is open for detained hearings and filings. Check EOIR website for updates.
- USCIS: Oath ceremonies have resumed across the state, with some delays. Appointments are taking place, including fingerprint and asylum interviews. Social distancing requirements may lead to delays as some offices are not open at full capacity.
- ICE check-ins: ICE check-ins in New York City can be rescheduled by contacting the office at either NYCEROAttorneyInquiries@ice.dhs.gov or (212) 264-4213. Requests may take several days to receive a response.
- Immigration enforcement in the communities continues.
- TPS Updates:
- The Ninth Circuit Court upheld the Trump Administration’s decision to terminate TPS for El Salvador, Sudan, Nicaragua, Haiti, Honduras and Nepal.
- This decision does not impact people’s status this year. This year, TPS holders cannot face deportation, can still get drivers’ licenses and work authorizations are still valid. DHS will issue a federal registrars notice automatically extending TPS recipients’ work permits.
- The absolute earliest the terminations could go into effect is March 5, 2021 for TPS holders from Sudan, Nicaragua, and Haiti and November 2021 for TPS holders from El Salvador.
- The State moratorium on COVID19 related residential evictions will be extended until January 1, 2021
- P-EBT is a program for families to buy food while students are learning from home. In NYC, every single public school student regardless of income or immigration status will receive $420. Students in charter and parochial schools will receive P-EBT if their school participates in the federal school lunch program. There is no application or documentation required and it does not affect eligibility for other benefits or public charge status.
- Senior centers will remain open to provide food to seniors, only through delivery services. Call your local senior center or 212-244-6469 with questions.
- If you cannot leave your home to get food, do not have anyone who can bring you food, and you are not able to use private delivery options, you may be eligible to get meals delivered directly to your home. Go to NYC.gov/GetFood or call 311 and say “Get Food” for information.
- State benefit applications for food and utilities, as well as other forms of emergency assistance, are now available online, with no in-person appointment needed to qualify.
- The General Election is Tuesday November 3, 2020. Early voting will begin Saturday October 24 and run through Sunday November 1. Find your early voting and Election Day poll site HERE.
- NYIC strongly encourages voters to use absentee ballots. The deadline to request an absentee ballot is October 27, 2020. Completed ballots must be postmarked or delivered in person no later than November 3, 2020 (Election Day). Completed ballots can also be dropped off at your county/borough board of elections or ANY poll site.
- If you are registered to vote in New York City, you can request an absentee ballot online (https://nycabsentee.com/), via email (Apply4Absentee@boe.nyc) or fax (212-487-5349), by either mailing or visiting your local borough office in person, or calling 1-866-VOTE-NYC (1-866-868-3692)
- If you are registered to vote outside New York City, you can request an absentee ballot online (https://absenteeballot.elections.ny.gov/) or email, fax, mail, apply in person, or call your county board of elections.
- Don't wait to request your ballot! Once you do receive your ballot, fill it out and mail it back ASAP to make sure it is received in time and your vote is counted.
- If you're not sure whether you're registered to vote, or at which address, check HERE. The deadline to register or make changes is October 9, 2020.
- The deadline for filling out the Census is September 30, 2020. Census forms can be completed online: https://my2020census.gov/ or by phone 844-330-2020. For language support completing the census: https://2020census.gov/en/languages.html