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The Sikh Coalition News
April 16, 2020
  • New York-Specific COVID-19 Resources and Info

    April 16, 2020 (New York, NY) -- In response to the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis in New York, the Sikh Coalition is providing updated resources and information for Sikh community members living or working in New York City or across the state. New York, which to date has been the U.S. state hit hardest by this global pandemic, has reported approximately 11,000 deaths and 200,000 cases.

    New York’s Department of Health is providing information about COVID-19. You can also sign up for coronavirus updates here.

    Testing Sites

    Last week, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced five new testing facilities downstate, primarily in minority communities. A drive-through mobile testing facility is now open at the Sears Parking Lot at 2307 Beverly Road in Brooklyn, and a drive-through mobile testing facility is now open at the ClubHouse at Aqueduct RaceTrack Parking Lot, 110-00 Rockaway Blvd, in Queens. In addition, three new walk-in facilities opened this week at healthcare centers in the South Bronx; Jamaica, Queens; and Brownsville, Brooklyn. These walk-in facilities are by appointment only.

    As of the time of writing, New York has now opened nine testing facilities. The sites will continue to prioritize tests for individuals that are among the highest risk population. More information on New York testing can be found here. Residents who would like to be tested at these facilities must make an appointment by calling 888-364-3065.

    Free Meals Across New York City

    Anyone in New York City currently has access to three free meals a day, Monday through Friday, at one of the 400 Meal Hubs available in the city. The meal hubs require no registration, identification, or documentation, and nobody will be turned away. All three meals can be picked up at the same time, and children and families can pick up meals from 7:30 AM to 11:30 AM. Adults can pick up meals from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM. Vegetarian meals are available at all sites. To find an NYC Meal Hub location near you, go to schools.nyc.gov or use your phone and text “FOOD” to 877-877.

    If you or somebody you know in New York City cannot leave their home to get food, does not have anyone who can bring them food, and are not able to use private delivery options, then they may be eligible to get meals delivered directly to their home. For more information, please go to NYC.gov/GetFood or call 311 and say “Get Food” for information.

    New York Unemployment Benefits and Small Business Relief

    In addition to the federal relief that has been made available so far through the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, New York also has state benefit policies regarding unemployment, Medicaid, and welfare programs.

    Additional information can be found at the Governor’s Office, Department of Labor, NY State’s My Benefits website, Department of Financial Services, Medicaid in New York, and Paid Family Leave. The Department of Labor is providing specific information about the processing of unemployment claims. See here for more details. On March 21, 2020, Governor Cuomo issued an Executive Order requiring the Department of Financial Services to ensure that any licensed or regulated entities provide any New York resident facing financial hardship because of COVID-19 with the opportunity to obtain a forbearance on their mortgage.

    New York City Taxi Cab/Rideshare Resources

    There are emergency relief options for Taxi and vehicle for hire (VFH) drivers, like those who work for Uber or Lyft, in New York City. Please review and share this detailed information regarding relief options, including safety advice for drivers still working.

    Blood and Plasma Donations

    Governor Cuomo is also asking all New Yorkers who have recovered from COVID-19 to contact the state and donate blood or plasma. Individuals who have recovered from the sickness may have antibodies against the virus and could help with the development of a treatment called convalescent plasma therapy. More information about how to donate is available here.

    The Sikh Coalition recognizes that millions of American families are being impacted by COVID-19, including many Sikh American families. As a civil rights organization, we are continuing to shift some of our organizational priorities and work with partners to better meet the unique challenges that we are facing as a nation. Please expect more resources and information to emerge as we continue to mobilize support in response to COVID-19. To see the resources we have created to date, please click here.

    As always, the Sikh Coalition urges you to practice your faith fearlessly.
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