Dear New Yorker,
As we begin the New Year, we want to reaffirm our commitment to keeping you informed.
As New York City continues to respond to COVID-19, we want to ensure this newsletter continues to deliver information on critical resources and city updates. To this end, we have refreshed the look and organized it to find information easier.
As 2021 promises a new beginning, we are confident that we will overcome any challenges and rise together.
Acting Commissioner, Mayor's Community Affairs Unit
COVID-19 Testing Sites
Walk-in testing is available at no cost to you at these NYC Health + Hospitals locations.
Click to access: NYC.gov/COVIDTEST
● People ages 65 and older
● Teachers and education workers
● First responders
● Public safety workers
● Public transit workers
Click to access
General Information on COVID-19
There is increasing transmission of COVID-19 in New York City and widespread transmission across the United States and in many other countries. Read about:
New COVID-19 Variant
What we know - Viruses constantly change through mutation, and new variants of a virus are expected to occur over time. Sometimes new variants emerge and disappear. Other times, new variants emerge and persist. Multiple variants of the virus that causes COVID-19 have been documented in the United States and globally during this pandemic.
What we do not know - Scientists are working to learn more about these variants, and more studies are needed to understand:
● How widely these new variants have spread
● How the new variants differ
● How the disease caused by these new variants differs from the disease caused by other variants that are currently circulating
What it means- Public health officials are studying these variants quickly to learn more to control their spread. They want to understand whether the variants:
● Spread more easily from person to person
● Cause milder or more severe disease in people
● Are detected by currently available viral tests
● Respond to medicines currently being used to treat people for COVID-19
● Change the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines. There is no evidence that this is occurring, and most experts believe this is unlikely to occur because of the nature of the immune response to the virus.
Test and Trace Corps
The NYC Test & Trace Corps is a public health initiative to fight the threat of COVID-19.
Test – Get a COVID-19 Test and an Antibody test to know if you have been exposed to the virus. – The tests are FREE, confidential and safe. More than 200 testing sites now open. Learn more.
Trace – Answer the call of the Contact Tracers – they provide support to New Yorkers who test positive for COVID-19 and their close contacts. Learn more.
Take Care – Protect Yourself and Your Loved Ones – Safely isolate in a free, comfortable and convenient hotel room or at home. Learn more.
Seasonal Flu (Influenza)
As the flu and COVID-19 will likely circulate at the same time this season, getting a flu vaccine is more important than ever.
Call 1-888-NYC-WELL If you are thinking about suicide, or know someone who is, counselors are available to listen to and support you 24/7. Contact NYC Well by calling 888-NYC-WELL (888-692-9355), texting “WELL” to 65173 or chatting at nyc.gov/nycwell. If you or someone you know is at immediate risk of hurting themselves, or in immediate danger because of a health condition or other situation, call 911.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255
Hours: Available 24 hours.
Languages: English, Spanish.
As part of the largest municipal health care system in the world, NYC Health + Hospitals’ public hospitals and neighborhood health centers offer a wide variety of excellent mental health services to foster recovery from mental illness of all kinds. We help patients rediscover their strengths and abilities, as well as overcoming the stigma of mental illness. Click to learn more.
NYC 24-Hour Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-621-HOPE
Disposing of electrical appliances is bad for the environment and illegal. DSNY offers you a special collection of appliances. Click here for more information.
To coordinate appliance disposal events for the community, fill out this form: on.nyc.gov/eventrequest
Important Dates to Know:
● NYS Homes and Community Renewal Announces Expansion of Covid Rent Relief Program (February 1, 2021)
The New York State Legislature established the COVID Rent Relief Program to help households who are experiencing a loss of income during the COVID-19 crisis. This program will provide eligible households with a one-time rental subsidy that will be sent directly to the household’s landlord.
How to Apply: Applications for COVID Rent Relief Program Available Online at https://hcr.ny.gov/RRP The deadline to submit your COVID Rent Relief Program application is February 1, 2021.
For Help Applying: Residents who need help or have questions about their application can contact HCR’s COVID Rent Relief Program Call Center for assistance at 1-833-499-0318 or email@example.com. Call Center representatives are available Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. You can also call 311 and ask for the “Tenant Helpline” to be connected with tenant support specialists who can help you navigate the application process.
● NYC Civic Corps (March 1, 2021) recruits and places AmeriCorps members to serve full time at select community-based organizations for 10 months. Our vision is that community-based organizations will more effectively utilize volunteers and more efficiently carry out their mission to make our city a more equitable place for all New Yorkers. Application close date: March 1, 2021. The website link is: www.nyc.gov/hostciviccorps
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