Updated October 14, 2020
CDC: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Information
CDC: Información Sobre la Enfermedad por Coronavirus 2019 (COVID‑19)
Message from Rep. Kathleen Rice:
The ongoing coronavirus outbreak in New York and across the country is deeply concerning to all of us. During times like these, it’s important to stay informed and be prepared. That’s why I put together this webpage so you can stay up to date with the latest information and my work to keep our communities safe.
As of Friday, March 13th, my offices in Garden City, NY and Washington, DC have been operating under mandatory telework. We have taken the necessary steps to continue providing the same services we have always provided to the residents of NY-04, with the exception of in-person meetings. Please call our office at 516-739-3008 or 202-225-5516 or send an email on this website kathleenrice.house.gov for immediate assistance.
As a public health precaution, the following sites have temporarily suspended public access and cancelled all previously scheduled tours:
· U.S. Capitol Building - indefinitely
· The White House - indefinitely
· Bureau of Engraving and Printing - indefinitely
· U.S. Supreme Court - indefinitely
· Library of Congress - indefinitely
· National Archives - indefinitely
· FBI - indefinitely
· State Department - indefinitely
· Treasury Building - indefinitely
· The Pentagon - indefinitely
· Kennedy Center - indefinitely
· Arlington Cemetery - indefinitely
· Smithsonian Museum - indefinitely
· Ford’s Theatre - indefinitely
· U.S. Botanical Garden - indefinitely
· Constitution Hall - indefinitely
Additionally, all flag requests will be delayed until we are able to resume normal operations. If you have any questions, please contact Gavin.Wolf@mail.house.gov.
If you have any questions on any of the information below, or the coronavirus in general, please call the Nassau County Coronavirus Hotline at (516) 227-9639.
I will continue to fight in Congress to make sure we are providing the American people with the resources needed to get through this difficult time. Because we’re all in this together. And together, we will get through it.
As of October 1, there have been 46,857 people infected with coronavirus in Nassau County.
Testing locations to diagnose COVID-19:
Below are the current testing COVID-19 locations in our region. Please note that all testing is by appointment only. Further information on coronavirus testing in New York State can be found here
South Ocean Care Health Center:
Open 7 days a week from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call (516) 396-7500 to inquire about an appointment. Tests are performed regardless of insurance or immigration status. 101 South Bergen, Freeport, NY 11520
Hempstead Health Center
: Open 7 days a week from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call (516) 396-7500 to inquire about an appointment. Tests are performed regardless of insurance or immigration status. 135 Main St., Hempstead, NY 11550
Elmont Health Center:
Open 7 days a week from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call (516) 396-7500 to inquire about an appointment. Tests are performed regardless of insurance or immigration status. 161 Hempstead Tpke., Elmont, NY 11003
Westbury Family Health Center:
Open Monday and Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call (516) 571-9500 to inquire about an appointment. Tests are performed regardless of insurance or immigration status. 682 Union Ave. Westbury, NY11590.
Long Beach - Mount Sinai South Nassau Center for Primary Care:
Open Tuesdays and Thursdays only 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call 516-544-2351 for an appointment. Tests are performed regardless of insurance or immigration status. 761 Franklin Blvd. Long Beach, NY 11561.
Antibody blood tests check your blood by looking for antibodies, which show if you had a previous infection with the virus. The CDC is using antibody testing to learn more about how the body’s immune system responds to the virus and to explore how the virus spreads among people exposed to it. Below are the current antibody testing sites in Nassau County.
- 2459 Merrick Road, Bellmore, NY 11710 (516) 826-2273
- 235 Glen Cove Road, Carle Place, NY 11514, (516) 877-2273
- 1919 Hempstead Turnpike, East Meadow, NY 11554, (516) 227-2273
- 30 Franklin Avenue, Franklin Square, NY 11010, (516) 352-0253
- 415 Northern Blvd., Great Neck, NY 11021, (516) 829-2273
- 3276 Hempstead Turnpike, Levittown, NY 11756, (516) 796-2273
- 904 W. Beech Street, Long Beach, NY 11561, (516) 272-4353
- 1989 Merrick Road, Merrick, NY 11566, (516) 584-4448 292
- Herricks Road, Mineola, NY 11501, (516) 746-2273 560
- Merrick Road, Rockville Centre, NY 11570, (516) 858-2373
Quest Diagnostics locations:
- 165 North Village Avenue, Suite 103, Rockville Centre, NY 11570, (516) 677-7715
- 520 Franklin Avenue, Suite 104, Garden City, NY 11530, (516) 677-7706
- 265 Jericho Turnpike, Floral Park, NY 11001, (516) 677-7704
- 222 Rockaway Turnpike, Suite 6, Cedarhurst, NY 11516, (516) 677-7703
- 2001 Marcus Avenue, Suite 98W Lobby Level, Lake Success, NY 11042, (516 )677-7710
- 4276 Hempstead Turnpike, Bethpage, NY 11714, (516) 677-7701
- 146A Manetto Hill Road, Suite 101, Plainview, NY 11803, (516) 677-7713
Mount Sinai Doctors:
- Five Towns Practice 1436 Broadway, Hewlett, NY 11557. Call 516-360-2962 to make an appointment. Visit covidserum.com/hewlett%2C-ny for more information.
Nassau County has met the requirements for Phase Four
of reopening as of July 8. Governor Cuomo has tasked County Executive Laura Curran to continue monitoring the data on the virus to consider whether the reopening phase is going smoothly. Information on the reopening requirements can be found here in the New York Forward plan
New York Reopening Phases:
In regions where the above requirements are met, businesses will be allowed to reopen in four phases, prioritizing industries that pose the lowest risk of infection for employees and customers.
will allow construction, manufacturing, wholesale supply chain businesses to reopen, as well as many retailers for curbside pickup, in-store pickup, or drop off. Phase One retail categories
include clothing and shoes, electronics and appliances, web and mail-order, florists, jewelry, luggage, and sporting goods, among others. Many nonessential retail businesses throughout the state were already been offering curbside pickup ahead of the reopening, but not all. Agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting businesses can also resume, as can landscaping and gardening businesses, drive-in movie theaters, and low-risk recreational activities like socially distant sports such as tennis. After two weeks, state and regional officials will evaluate the outcomes of the reopening and decide whether or not the region can move onto the next phase.
Phase Two will allow a wider range of businesses to reopen, including storefront retailers and businesses in the professional services, finance and insurance, administrative support, and real-estate and rental-leasing industries. Under the current guidelines, no region will eligible to begin Phase Two until at least May 30.
Phase Three will focus on the hospitality industry, allowing restaurants and other food-service businesses to reopen for dine-in service, as well as hotels — which are already considered essential businesses and are allowed to serve overnight guests, but this phase will likely mean they will be able to reopen their dine-in restaurants, spas, and gyms.
Phase Four, the final phase, will allow schools, arts, entertainment, and recreational businesses to reopen. This includes theaters, and other entertainment venues, such as museums and other artistic institutions.
Students and Educators
On July 13, Governor Cuomo announced data-driven guidance for reopening schools in New York State. Schools in a region can reopen if that region is in Phase Four and if its daily infection rate remains below 5 percent, using a 14-day average, since PAUSE was lifted. Schools will close if the regional infection rate rises above 9 percent, using a 7-day average, after August 1.
New York State, the Reimagine Education Advisory Council and the Department of Health released finalized guidance and guiding principles for reopening schools today, which are available here.
“Grab n’ Go” meals are available for students during the school closures. Parents should contact their home district to confirm pick time and locations.
The New York Times Company and Verizon partnered to offer all students and teachers in high schools within the U.S. free digital access to NYTimes.com. Click here
to learn more and get access.
The New York Department of Education and New York's Public Television Station's have partnered to provide "Learn-at-Home" programming to students pre-K-12 in response to school closings. More information can be found here.
There is a wide range of educational material available via the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian Institution. You can find descriptions and links to Smithsonian Institution resources here
, and Library of Congress resources here
. The material includes resources for students of all ages from two of our nation’s top educational institutions. In addition, the National Gallery of Art has excellent resources available, you can find those by clicking here
. The National Archives is also providing some very cool virtual programs and you can find those by clicking here
File for Unemployment
If you need to file for unemployment, click here for a step-by-step guide
. For further information, refer to the guidance below from the New York State Department of Labor.
Per, NYS Department of Labor:
NYS is waiving the 7-Day waiting period for Unemployment Insurance benefits for people who are out of work due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) closures or quarantines.
If you are filing a new unemployment insurance claim, the day you should file is based on the first letter of your last name. If your last name starts with A - F, file your claim on Monday. For last names starting with G - N, file your claim on Tuesday. For last names starting with O - Z, file your claim on Wednesday. If you missed your filing day, file your claim on Thursday, Friday or Saturday. Filing later in the week will not delay your payments or affect the date of your claim, since all claims are effective on the Monday of the week in which they are filed.
We are extending telephone filing hours as follows:
Monday through Thursday, 8 am to 7:30 pm.
Friday, 8:00 am to 6:00 pm.
Saturday, 7:30 am to 8:00 pm.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will continue to monitor issues related to the COVID-19 virus, and will post updated information on the IRS coronavirus page
Direct payments to Americans:
If you’re still waiting to receive your stimulus check, you can check the status of your payment using the IRS’s Get My Payment app. You can also contact the IRS at 1-800-919-9835 to speak with a live representative about your stimulus check.
Click here for Economic Impact Payment FAQs.
Click here for Get My Payment FAQs.
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering low-interest federal Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). View our EIDL fact sheet for more information or visit the SBA website to apply.
The SBA is also offering to small businesses and other entities zero-fee loans to retain employees and their salaries during the COVID-19 outbreak. Loans provided through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) are 100 percent federally guaranteed, and they’re available until June 30, 2020. View our PPP Loan fact sheet for more information or visit the SBA website to learn more.
New York has new paid leave protections to support families affected by the coronavirus outbreak. Call the Paid Family Leave Helpline at (844) 337-6303 or visit PaidFamilyLeave.ny.gov/COVID19 for more information.
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is an infectious respiratory disease. It spreads person-to-person and it was officially declared a global pandemic by World Health Organization (WHO) Director General Tedros Adhanom on March 11, 2020.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends implementing following preventative measures in our daily lives:
Avoiding close contact with people who are sick
Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
Staying home when you are sick
Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then disposing of the tissue
Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe
Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
Mental Health Resources
If you are you experiencing anxiety due to the coronavirus emergency, you are not alone. You can receive help immediately by calling the NYS Emotional Support Line: 1-844-863-9314.
The Support Line is staffed by trained volunteers and mental health professionals with experience in crisis counseling.
Helpful tips on managing stress and anxiety during this crisis can be found here.
Thanks to a new partnership between New York State and Headspace, New Yorkers now have access to free guided meditations, mindfulness workouts and sleep aids. Information on these programs can be found here
to learn more about COVID-19 and available mental health resources in New York.
The Fund for Public Health in New York City (FPHNYC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of the health and well-being of New Yorkers. They are seeking to fill positions, including 1,000 contact tracers, during the COVID-19 outbreak. Click here
for further information on these job opportunities.
New York State will is also hiring and training a team of staff working remotely to support the NYS Department of Health (NYSDOH) and Local Health Departments (LHDs) to perform COVID-19 contact tracing in communities across NYS. Click here
for further information on these job opportunities.
The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to reconsider travel at this time due to the global impact of COVID-19. Many areas throughout the world are now experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks and taking action that may limit traveler mobility, including quarantines and border restrictions. Even countries, jurisdictions, or areas where cases have not been reported may restrict travel without notice. More information is available on the Department of State website.
At this time, my office can provide support to constituents looking to apply for or renew their passports. While the State Department handles all expedition requests on a case-by-case basis, my staff is ready to assist you by liaising with the National Passport Information Center.
Please review the State Department’s latest updates on Passport Services here. If you have any questions, please contact Riley.Lopez@mail.house.gov.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and its medical facilities are taking steps to protect and care for veterans during the outbreak. Veterans should refer to the VA’s website for the most current information: www.va.gov/coronavirus. Guidance from local VA medical facilities about their current operating status is available on each facility’s website, which can be found through VA’s facility locator tool: https://www.va.gov/find-locations.
Veterans experiencing coronavirus symptoms are encouraged to call their VA medical facility or call MyVA311 (844-698-2311, press #3 to be connected).