For those lacking health insurance in the time of COVID-19:
Being Pregnant During the Coronavirus Pandemic:
Giving Birth During the Coronavirus Pandemic
Tips on Staying Calm:
New York State Community Hotline:
Westchester Medical Center Health Network Drive-Thru Testing:
914-202-4530 / Website
COVID -19 Community Resources in New York State
COVID -19 arrived with a vengeance, killing populations and destroying communities. All aspects of our lives have been impacted. People are struggling to find the information and the resources to begin to piece together their daily lives. Below is a compilation of resources that may be useful , as we move forward.
Anyone who is low-income can get free COVID-19 testing, evaluation, and treatment in New York State, regardless of immigration status.
City MD – a free standing medical site will do Antibody testing with or without insurance – no monies are exchanged upfront
Special enrollment for uninsured New Yorkers is now available. Individuals can enroll through New York State of Health or directly through insurers from now until June 15. Call New York State of Health at 855-355-5777.
Over 400 NYC school locations will be serving Grab and Go meals for ANYONE, Monday to Friday from 7:30 a.m. through 1:30 p.m. No registration, ID, or documentation is required to pick up these meals. Three meals a day will be available per person, and may be picked up at the same time. None will be turned away! No dining space is available, so meals must be eaten off premises. To find the closest location serving meals here.
The Food Banks are as follows:
Bedford Stuyvesant Food Bank ... (732) 771-9663
Crown Heights Food Bank ........... (917) 341-7675
Flatbush Food Bank ..................... (718) 732-7196
You have to call the Food Bank in the Borough and Area that you live.
You call and leave your Name, Address, Cross Streets and Phone Number.
They will call you back to get your moderate list of essential groceries that you need and let you know when they will be delivering them. (Have your (MODERATE) grocery list prepared ahead of time.
*Food Bank For New York City- Main Number
CALL: (212) 566-7855 To find a Food Bank in your area.
Eviction proceedings and pending eviction orders will be suspended statewide, until further notice starting March 16 at 5:00 p.m. Essential functions that will continue include proceedings on landlord lockouts, serious housing code violations and repair orders.
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.otlin
NYS Domestic ana Sexual Violence Hotline 1-800-942-6906
Families with technological needs should fill out this device request form, which is now 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 technology survey.
The Department of Education has 57 “Regional Enrichment Centers” and childcare sites open across the city for children of healthcare, emergency services, and transit workers, as well as grocery store, pharmacy, and food workers, including restaurant, takeout and delivery workers, REC & feeding staff, residential and commercial building staff, and other front-line workers, regardless of whether they go to public or private school. They will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. for children in 3-K up to 12th grade.
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance
If you are unemployed or furloughed without pay and a U.S. citizen, or a noncitizen with work authorization, you can file a claim for UI through the NYS Dept of Labor website to see if you qualify. Find more information here.
NYC small business owners can receive information on loan/financial support program by completing this survey (English): https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/N336ZYB
Stimulus checks for non tax filers and people with disabilities - https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/non-filers-enter-payment-info-here
You must call your credit card companies and utility vendors individually to negotiate payment terms . Credit card and utility companies are not advertising how they will help people. DO NOT stop paying your bills without speaking to the vendors- it will devastate your credit score
Student loans can be placed in forbearance for a minimum of 3 months – call your lender to formalize the process- DO NOT stop paying your student loans without speaking to the company
Spectrum is offering free internet for 60 days to college students and households with K-12 students that currently do not have internet. In addition, people behind on their Spectrum bill can get their internet service restored. Call (833) 267-6094 for more details.
Charter cable will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a subscription, and installation fees will be waived for new student households (call 1-844-488-8395.)
AT&T is also offering 60 days of free public service. Call and ask about it.
All programs run by the Department for the Aging are closing and cancelling all congregate meals, recreational, and educational services and activities, effective immediately. Senior centers will operate strictly to deliver food to seniors. Call your local senior center or 212-244-6469 with questions.
Pandemic Unemployment Insurance
Emergency Medicaid /Free COVID-19 testing/ Treatment/ Antibody testing
– a free standing medical site will do Antibody testing with or without insurance
– no monies are exchanged upfront
BLACK LIVES MATTER
(Rest In Peace, George Floyd)
We, the Westchester Bronx Society of Black Physicians,
denounce the injustice that plague our country.
In a year already marked with unprecedented challenges we now find ourselves confronted by the deep pain caused by a prevailing systemic disease, the disease of racism in the United States.
The spate of senseless killings of unarmed black men by policemen across the nation has always been unacceptable. It has now reached crisis proportions that deserves condemnation.
As healthcare providers,
We condemn the murders of George Floyd and others.
We condemn the impunity of the law enforcement officers involved in each unfortunate event.
We condemn the lingering racial disparities, inequities and injustices across all areas of life in all nations
Racism in any form is unacceptable.
BLACK LIVES MATTER.
It is not enough to wish things were better. Each of us must take personal action to drive change. We must respect and promote the equal value of all human beings at all time.