Last Updated: June 24th, 2020
I’m sure you’re hearing a lot of rumors swirling around right now about the coronavirus, and it can be tough to separate fact from fiction. I put together this resource guide to make sure you stay connected with the latest updates on the virus and my efforts to make sure you and your family are safe.
Now is not the time for politics and partisanship, but for all levels of government to work together to address this head on and ensure those on the front lines are fully supported and properly equipped.
Please, for everyone’s sake, use common sense. New York City is asking everyone to act as if they have been exposed to the virus, meaning those who can should just stay home.
The safety of you and your loved ones is incredibly important. If you have any questions or concerns please call the NY Department of Health Novel Coronavirus Hotline at 1-888-364-3065.
- Max Rose
Symptoms of COVID-19 primarily include:
· Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
· Fever or chills
· Muscle pain
· Sore throat
· New loss of taste or smell
· These symptoms appear 2 to 14 days after exposure to the disease.
· If you develop any of these symptoms, seek medical by first calling your healthcare provider in advance. Do not go to your doctor’s office without contacting them first.
There have been reports of a Kawasaki Disease-like syndrome in children that is believe to be linked to COVID-19. While these reports are understandably frightening, it can be treated effectively if caught early. If your child is experiencing the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately:
· Persistent fever (3-5+ days)
· Rapid heartbeat
· Abdominal pain
We've massively ramped up testing throughout Staten Island and South Brooklyn for both the virus and for antibodies, not to mention the testing capacity at our hospitals and doctors’ offices.
Our work is far from over, and more sites are on the way as we continue to build the kind of widespread testing infrastructure that is going to be key to opening our economy.
Right now, testing is available for healthcare and other essential workers, those with symptoms, and in some cases even for asymptomatic individuals, but please call ahead to make an appointment.
Resources for Reopening:
I know that all of the talk of phases and benchmarks, and the sometimes vague or different guidelines for different industries can be a bit confusing, so we've compiled some helpful info all in one place:
Help for Small Businesses:
My office hosted a Small Business and Nonprofit Webinar with local experts to help walk business owners and nonprofits through the process for receiving some of the more than $40 billion in relief for New Yorkers through the Paycheck Protection Program and Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Emergency Advances provided in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
Watch a recording of the full webinar HERE.
You can also check out our Small Business and Nonprofit Webinar Guide, and the Staten Island Small Business Development Center’s (SI SBDC) presentation.
How You Can Help
New Yorkers looking to get involved with the coronavirus response can sign up to volunteer through both the city and the state’s websites:
The following is a list of coronavirus resources in various languages from the Centers for Disease Control and New York City Health Department:
Information Current as of 6/24/20