COVID-19 Resources

Here are some resources available to Long Islanders at this time:

This COVID-19 pandemic has been devastating for our loved ones and our livelihoods, and few communities have experienced the effects of this crisis more than ours here on Long Island. As we move forward as a community, we need a leader in Washington who will put Long Island families first to rebuild our economy and protect our health and safety above all else. As a Member of Congress, I will fight to ensure that relief goes to the small businesses and working families who need it most, not big corporations or the wealthy. I will work to expand career and technical training in sectors like biotech and manufacturing, to create quality jobs while building the medical supply chain we need to be prepared for the next pandemic. And I will always advocate to make healthcare and prescription drugs more affordable so no one has to worry about their pocketbook when they are sick. 

From day one of this crisis, my team and I have been committed to bringing our community the information that we need. As we continue to navigate this crisis together, below are some resources available to Long Islanders at this time:

Health Care

SYMPTOMS: If you are feeling sick or have questions about self-isolation or quarantine, you can access the CDC guide on COVID-19 here. Information about what to do after testing positive, what to do if you’ve been in contact with someone who is sick, and how to conduct self-isolation is included.  

COVID-19 TESTING: Testing sites are now available throughout NY-02, available by appointment only. To find a testing site near you and pre-register for an appointment, visit the New York Department of Health guide here

REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH. Planned Parenthood is offering telehealth services via phone and video. You can find out which services are available in your area by entering your zip code online or by calling 1-800-230-PLAN. 

FOR PREGNANT WOMEN. COVID-19 is a new disease and researchers are still learning about how it may impact pregnant women and their babies. You can read the latest information from the CDC here.

Mental Health

Half of Americans have reported that their mental health has been negatively impacted by this crisis, especially our frontline workers and health care professionals. Resources and free support are available:

  • Suffolk County Response Crisis Center: call (631) 751-7500 or chat with an online counselor 

  • New York State’s Emotional Support Hotline: 1-844-863-9314 

  • Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255 (Press 1). 

You can access additional tools and resources from the CDC here and at New York’s Office of Mental Health here

Domestic Violence

This crisis is especially difficult for victims of domestic abuse. If you are in immediate danger call 911. Operators and counselors at the numbers below can provide information, resources, and a listening ear 24/7:

  • The National Domestic Violence Hotline is still available at 1-800-799-7233 or by texting LOVEIS to 22522. 

  • L.I. Against Domestic Violence Hotline: 631-666-8833

  • New York State Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-942-6906

  • Brighter Tomorrows Inc.: 631-395-1800 Ext 110

Impacted Businesses

The Small Business Administration has guidance and loan resources here. New York’s Empire State Development has developed a Coronavirus FAQ for Businesses, available here. The NY Small Business Development Center has resources and advisors available for small business owners navigating loan and grant applications.

Unemployment Assistance

If you have recently lost your job, are on standby, or are furloughed, you can apply for unemployment insurance through the New York Department of Labor here

Note that many workers who would not traditionally be eligible for unemployment benefits including independent contractors are able to receive benefits as a result of Pandemic Unemployment Assistance. You can see if you qualify for assistance here.

Education

P-12 EDUCATION GUIDANCE: Governor Cuomo has announced that all New York State schools will be closed for through the end of the 2019-2020 academic school year. Click here for further information regarding P-12 schools.

ONLINE EDUCATION RESOURCES: Find resources to help with the transition here.

STUDENT LOANS: Congress has set the interest rate on all federal student loans to 0% and suspended loan payments through September 30, 2020. Please check with your loan service provider to ensure that your payments have been suspended. For further questions, please review the federal resources here.

Food Security

Long Island Cares is offering a number of food/supply pantries available to the public. Visit their website to find local food pantries and the nearly 350 agencies in Suffolk and Nassau Counties delivering food. For emergency aid, email emergencyresponse@licares.org or call (631) 582-3663. 

More Information

TRACKING CASES: For an interactive map detailing the location of confirmed cases across Long Island visit Newsday’s guide here

NEWSLETTER: New York State has launched a new email system to provide daily updates about COVID19. Sign up at https://now.ny.gov/page/s/coronavirus-updates.

NON-ENGLISH SPEAKERS: For those who need access to resources in languages other than English, please click here for The COVID-19 Health Literacy Project. Fact sheets are available in 30+ languages. 

 

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