New Yorkers looking for the most updated information can text COVID to 692-692 or call the New York State Department of Health’s coronavirus hotline at 1-888-364-3065, visit the Department of Health’s website, or download the NYC Notify app.
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How COVID Affects New York
New Yorkers looking for up-to-date information about how COVID-19 affects healthcare and social services can find comprehensive information below:
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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.
- 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.