Updated September 8, 2021
CDC: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Information
CDC: Información Sobre la Enfermedad por Coronavirus 2019 (COVID‑19)
Message from Rep. Kathleen Rice:
During this pandemic, it’s more important than ever 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 March 2020, 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 through this link for immediate assistance. If you have any questions on COVID-19 in general, please call the New York State COVID-19 Hotline at 1-888-364-3065 or visit the NYSDOH website.
I will continue to fight in Congress to ensure we are providing the resources needed to crush the virus and build back our economy. Because we’re all in this together. And together, we will get through it.
NOTE: As of April 6, all residents aged 16 and over are eligible for the vaccine.
I am thrilled that Nassau County continues to make progress in vaccinating our residents against COVID-19. Below are different providers that you can contact to make a vaccine appointment.
New York State
- All state mass vaccination sites now accept walk-in patients, with some sites now only accepting walk-ins.
- However, you can still make an appointment if you would like. Click here to access the “Am I Eligible” app and book online or call 1-833-697-4829 to book by phone.
- You can visit the Northwell Health website or call 1-844-919-8222 to make an appointment with this provider.
- CVS: You can use the CVS mobile app, website or hotline at 1-800-746-7287 to book an appointment. CVS may also be accepting walk-in patients. Make sure to check beforehand whether a location accepts walk-ins.
- Walgreens: You can use this link here or call 1-800-925-4733 to make your appointment.
- Rite Aid: Appointments can be made on Rite Aid’s website here.
- Local Pharmacies: Check in with your local pharmacy to see if they are able to provide COVID-19 vaccinations. You can also view the CDC’s website here to see a full list of pharmacies participating in Federal Retail Pharmacy Program.
- Walmart/Sam’s Club: Eligible residents will need to create an account and book an appointment using their website here.
- King Kullen: Eligible residents can make appointments through ZocDoc.com.
- Stop & Shop: You can use their website here to check for availability and book an appointment. Note that Stop & Shop now accepts same-day appointments.
VA Health Facilities
- Veterans, spouses, and their caregivers can receive COVID vaccinations at certain VA locations. Click here to access the VA website for more information.
- It is worth visiting the state’s website frequently to see if any other pop-up sites are planned for your area.
- The CDC has rolled out a website to help people find vaccines in their areas. Use this link here to search for vaccines near you.
American Rescue Plan
I was proud to vote for the American Rescue Plan Act, which was signed into law by President Biden on March 11, 2021. This $1.9 trillion comprehensive package provides desperately needed support to help lift up millions of Americans, reopen our schools, build back our economy, and crush this virus. Click here to see the provisions included in the bill.
New York State continues to increase testing capacity for COVID-19 on a daily basis. Click here to find a test site near you. If you have questions regarding testing, you may call the New York State COVID-19 Hotline at 1-888-364-3065 or visit the NYSDOH website.
Below are some COVID-19 testing locations on Long Island by appointment only:
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.
Students and Educators
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 State, the Reimagine Education Advisory Council and the Department of Health released finalized guidance and guiding principles for reopening schools, which are available here.
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.
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.
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.
for Economic Impact Payment FAQs.
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). Visit the SBA website
for more information and to apply.
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.
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
. Click here
to learn more about COVID-19 and available mental health resources in New York.
The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to reconsider international 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.
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).