COVID-19 Resource Hub

We developed this page to be a resource for the people of New York's 17th Congressional District in this time of crisis. In addition to detailing Evelyn's policy perspective, this page contains critical local, state, and federal health resources, and information to help people utilize and support the non-profits on the front lines providing care for the people in our community.

We hope to make this page as useful as possible, and will continue updating it with local resources and information as they become available. If you have a suggestion, please email us at campaign@evelynforny.com

EVELYN'S PERSPECTIVE

Our society is facing an infectious threat unlike anything we have experienced in living memory. COVID-19 threatens the health and economic security of every American, and make no mistake, there are major challenges ahead. We at at war against this silent, invisible enemy. 

Yet our history shows when our nation comes together, there is nothing we cannot overcome. While we all need to change our routines and limit direct social contact, we are not on our own during this crisis. Together, we will get through this.

In times of crisis, we rely on our leaders to keep us safe, united, and hopeful. Today, we need our leaders to urgently reform our healthcare system, get medical supplies to those who need it, and support every American financially through this crisis—however long it may last. Unfortunately, this virus shows just how unprepared we were to respond to a large-scale novel infectious disease. 

Thankfully, defense against an infectious pandemic has been studied by the federal government for decades—when I was Executive Director of the Congressional Commission on WMD Prevention and Terrorism, we identified an infectious epidemic as one of the top threats facing our nation and recommended policy reforms to protect America. 

Mass infection remains one of our greatest vulnerabilities. Going forward, we must urgently improve pandemic coordination across our nation, forward deploy CDC expertise abroad to gain better insight into emerging infectious threats, and invest in our domestic health systems—and our citizens—to make us more resilient should an outbreak occur. Our healthcare system cannot be appropriately prepared for massive spikes in need while so many millions of Americans lack health care coverage (including mental health) and paid sick leave.

Almost inexplicably, this administration went in the opposite direction. President Trump abolished the National Security Council Directorate for Global Health Security and Biodefense and proposed drastic funding cuts for critical health infrastructure. The President’s 2021 budget request includes a 15 percent cut to CDC funding and a shocking $35 million decrease in funding for the Infectious Diseases Rapid Response Reserve Fund. 

These decisions threaten our national security and the health, safety and emotional welfare of all Americans. We are bearing witness to their most extreme consequences.

We must act with the utmost urgency to reform our social, economic, and political system to protect Americans from COVID-19. We need an emergency response package that supports people, not corporations—and ensures the safety of the courageous healthcare workers on the front lines. We need every American to have access to paid sick leave, we need free and widely accessible testing, and we need food assistance and elderly assistance programs that can scale to support vulnerable populations during a pandemic threat. We must leverage the immense logistical and industrial capabilities that the United States Department of Defense can bring to bear to transport and procure critical materials and build hospital facilities.

Every American will have a role to help us address this crisis, and our political leaders must act to support the American people through the long struggle ahead. 

IN CONGRESS WE MUST:

  • Provide immediate financial assistance to Americans who need it. The government must provide direct payments so people can cover the costs of healthcare, housing, and food—our fundamental basic needs—for the duration of this crisis. Though there are many proposals as to the best way to do this, any solution must heed the lessons of 2008 and support people, not corporations, with massive direct financial assistance.

  • Surge funding for CDC resources, personal protective equipment, and ventilators. It is an unacceptable shame that healthcare workers are going into battle unprotected and that people across our nation may face shortages of life-saving equipment. 

  • Immediately reform and massively expand our unemployment insurance system to ensure that everyone, working or not, will have indefinite access to the funds they need to support themselves and their families in times of crisis, whether due to a virus or an extreme weather event.

  • Mandate that every American worker has access to paid sick leave. This is the right thing to do ethically and economically, and it's our only option if we intend to save as many lives as we can. Without this step, all of our healthcare is at great risk. 

  • Create an extended biodefense perimeter abroad with a streamlined system for infectious outbreak identification and global response, developed in concert with the State Department, the Department of Health and Human Services, the US intelligence community, and the World Health Organization. COVID-19 shows that national efforts are insufficient, and that no nation should be able to hide or distort data that impacts global health for domestic political purposes. Walls will not protect us—the only way to keep Americans safe is with consistent and committed global engagement. 

  • Establish publicly audited healthcare stress tests, similar to those we use for our financial system, to assess our healthcare system's ability to respond to a mass outbreak and propose reforms to maintain mass preparedness, such as pre-designating certain locations to house overflow medical care facilities. 

  • Create a trust fund, to be activated should a state or the federal government identify an emerging pandemic, with predetermined plans to supply food assistance, senior care, and surge hospital capacity so that everyone can support themselves and their families if business-as-usual is disrupted again in the future.

RESOURCES FOR NY-17 

LOCAL, STATE, AND FEDERAL RESOURCES

While the federal government and Governor Cuomo and his team are providing us with critical guidance and support, your doctor and local health departments are the best first resource for COVID-19 concerns. 

 

Rockland County: 

Rockland Department of Health COVID-19 Web Resources

Rockland County hotline for those who would like to get tested - (888) 364-3065

General COVID-19 Information Requests - 211

 

Westchester County:

Westchester Department of Health COVID-19 Web Resources

Department of Community Mental Health Resource Page

People under self-quarantine or exposed to a known case - (866) 588-0195

General COVID-19 Information Requests - 211

 

New York State Resources:

New York State Department of Health - What You Need to Know 

New York State Department of Health COVID-19 Question Hotline - (888) 364-3065 

New York State Office of Mental Health Free Emotional Support Line - (844) 863-9314

Report Suspected Price Gouging - (800) 697-1220

New York State Domestic Violence 24 Hour Hotline - (800) 942-6906 or 711 for Deaf or Hard of Hearing

 

National Resources: 

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) - How to Protect Yourself

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) - If You Think You Are Sick

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) - COVID-19 Symptoms

American Psychological Association - Psychology Help Center 

 

Disinformation and Fraud: 

NY Attorney General: Coronavirus Resources and Warnings about Consumer Scams

Newsguard: Coronavirus Misinformation Tracking Center

FBI: Internet Crime Complaint Center

Assess whether a twitter account is likely a bot using Botometer

National Center for Disaster Fraud Hotline - (866) 720-5721

 

SUPPORT FOR OUR COMMUNITY: DONATE, VOLUNTEER, AND LEARN!

Whether you have the time or resources to support others, or need support yourself, there is only one way for us to get through this crisis: together. There are so many great organizations across Rockland and Westchester that are doing heroic work to support our community. 

If you need help, or if you can give help yourself, these organizations are on the frontlines providing support to our community. 

 

People for People Rockland’s food pantry will remain open throughout this crisis, and needs all the help we can give!

 

Child Care Council of Westchester needs our help—with the cancellation of school programs, the critical work of the Child Care Council is more important than ever.

 

Feeding Westchester is a critical lifeline for so many in our community, providing meals and so much more to those in need.

 

The Nyack Center is coordinating allocation of critical items to people in need, from ziploc bags to pasta—volunteer or contribute!

 

Volunteer New York is a phenomenal resource to see opportunities to give back to organizations across our community.

 

914 Cares helps provide food, clothing, shelter, medical care, and education to those in need in our community—during this crisis, they are helping to coordinate support for those struggling with the disruptions from COVID-19. 

 

My Sister’s Place provides free and confidential education, legal, and supportive services to women experiencing domestic violence or human trafficking

24-Hour Hotline - 1-800-298-7233. 

 

United Way is running the 211 helpline that has been designated by county officials as the point of information on the virus—in addition to the other important work they do providing people in need with supportive resources. 

 

Family Services of Westchester does everything from providing mental health services to daycare for the children of healthcare workers and coordinating food and medication drop-offs for those unable to leave their homes—donate or volunteer 

 

The Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus.

 

Support Local Initiative was created by USA Today to help small businesses during this period of distress—sign up a favorite local business you know, or look for businesses to support in the area.

 

LEARN

The New York Times Coronavirus Update is a free service that includes the latest coverage, answers to frequently asked questions, and charts with live updates as information becomes available.

 

Johns Hopkins has created a great interactive map detailing the spread of the coronavirus and updated with the latest information and statistics.

 

Serious Eats has created a very informative FAQ page, answering any questions you might have about food safety during this pandemic. 

 

We will continue updating this page with local resources. If there is an organization or resource you would like to see us post, email information to campaign@evelynforny.com, and we will upload it! 

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