Coronavirus Resources

Table of Contents

Important Guidance

My Office

Symptoms

Prevention

Contact Tracing

Protect Your Health During Flu Season

Congressional Action

Travel

Help for Veterans

Help for Small Businesses

Resources for Parents and Students

Caring for Animals

Coronavirus in Queens

Health Questions


*Updated November 6, 2020*

Considering the outbreak and spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), it is important that we are aware of what we can do to protect ourselves and our loved ones. 

Please see my guide to important resources for my constituents during this time. You can also see the guide in Spanish and Chinese

Please see information on testing sites in our district here. 

 testing sites

For questions on access to cash payments, please see my fact sheet here

For info on Unemployment Insurance, please see my fact sheet here

The CDC has published the following fact sheets in various languages.
30 Days to Slow the Spread: English, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Vietnamese, Korean
What You Need to Know: EnglishSimplified ChineseSpanish
What to do if you are sick: EnglishSimplified ChineseSpanishArabic, Russian, Vietnamese, Nepali, Haitian Creole
Stop the Spread of Germs: EnglishSimplified ChineseSpanishArabic, Russian, Vietnamese, Korean, Nepali, Haitian Creole

The New York State Department of health has published the following:
Protect Yourself from COVID-19: EnglishSpanishBengaliChineseHaitianKoreanRussian (PDF)

Discrimination against anyone in our community should not be tolerated. The New York State Division of Human Rights has published the following on coronavirus discrimination: here in the following languages: English中文版 (Chinese)한국어 (Korean)عربى (Arabic)বাঙালি (Bengali)Español (Spanish)Français (French)Русская версия (Russian).

You can access up to date information from the CDC at: coronavirus.gov


Important Guidance

Governor Cuomo has announced the new Cluster Action Initiative to address the spread of COVID-19 in hotspots across the state. You can learn more about the cluster initiative here. Maps indicating locations of hotpots covered under this initiative for Queens can be found here.

Governor Cuomo has also issued an executive order requiring all New Yorkers to wear face masks and coverings in public. Please find more information here. There will be additional testing spots added to high-risk areas who are predominantly low income and minority communities. For up-to-date guidance and information, please visit https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/home.

You can also visit the NY Forward Business Reopening Lookup tool to help determine whether and where your business or practice is able to reopen. You can also review the public health and safety standards with which your business or practice must comply.

Detailed information on the most up-to-date guidance from the CDC can be found here. Additional steps to keep Americans safe from Coronavirus can be found here.

My Office

Federal, state, and local officials have strongly advised social distancing as a necessary and critical community strategy to combat the spread of COVID-19. As such, the Congresswoman’s staff will be working remotely. NY-6 residents will still be able to receive assistance by calling the District Office or the D.C. office or by sending an email message through https://meng.house.gov/contact/email-me. Constituents needing help with a federal agency will be connected to a casework staffer during normal business hours through the District Office number at 718-358-6364. If you need help with a federal agency, please see further instructions here.

Symptoms

For confirmed COVID-19 cases, reported symptoms have ranged from mild to severe, including fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, shaking from chills, new loss of taste or smell, muscle pain, headache, or sore throat. The CDC believes at this time that symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure.

Call your healthcare professional if you feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19, or if you live in or have recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19.

The CDC also has a tool, the self-checker, to guide you in making decisions about seeking appropriate care.

Prevention

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. The CDC recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Inside your home: Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
      • If possible, maintain 6 feet between the person who is sick and other household members.
    • Outside your home: Put 6 feet of distance between yourself and people who don’t live in your household
      • Remember that some people without symptoms may be able to spread the virus.
      • Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people.
      • Keeping distance from others is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
      • This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
  • Wash your hands.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; after changing a diaper; after handling a face mask; after caring for someone sick; after touching animals or pets; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others
    • You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.
    • Everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities.
    • Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
    • The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
    • Do NOT use a facemask meant for a healthcare worker. Currently, surgical masks and N95 respirators are critical supplies that should be reserved for healthcare workers and other first responders.
    • Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze.
    • If you are in a private setting and do not have on your cloth face covering, remember to always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
    • Throw used tissues in the trash.
    • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Clean and disinfect.
    • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
    • This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
    • If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
    • Then, use a household disinfectant. Most common EPA-registered household disinfectants will work.

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Contact Tracing

New York State has created the NYS Contact Tracing Program to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and make it safer to begin to return to normal again. Contact Tracers work with those who have tested positive for COVID-19 to identify people they have had contact with and let them know they may have been exposed to the disease. 

If you get a call from “NYS Contact Tracing” (518-387-9993), PLEASE answer the phone. Answering the phone will keep your loved ones and community safe.

A contact tracer will NEVER ask for your Social Security number, ask for any private financial information, ask for credit card information or send you a link without proper authentication procedures. For more information, please see NY State Resources here.

Protect Your Health This Flu Season

It’s likely that flu viruses and the virus that causes COVID-19 will both spread this fall and winter. Healthcare systems could be overwhelmed treating both patients with flu and patients with COVID-19. This means getting a flu vaccine during 2020-2021 is more important than ever.

While getting a flu vaccine will not protect against COVID-19 there are many important benefits, such as:

  1. Flu vaccines have been shown to reduce the risk of flu illness, hospitalization, and death. 
  2. Getting a flu vaccine can also save healthcare resources for the care of patients with COVID-19.

Congressional Action

In Congress, we have now passed four relief packages to help families and workers: I first voted for The Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Act, a strong, bipartisan $8.3 billion emergency funding package. This helped health agencies to prepare for and prevent the spread of the coronavirus, and included a provision from my bill – the Small Business Relief From Communicable Disease Induced Economic Hardship Act of 2020, H.R.6040 to bring disaster relief loans for small businesses that have been impacted by COVID-19. 

We then passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which included money I secured to provide small businesses loans. Then the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed on March 27th. This included important language to provide for cash assistance for Americans and expands Unemployment Insurance eligibilityWe also passed the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, an interim funding package to replenish funds for small business loans and for hospitals and coronavirus testing. Most recently, the House of Representatives passed the Heroes Act, a historic package to provide immediate relief to families – through additional cash assistance to families, unemployment benefits, and a national coronavirus testing strategy. The Heroes Act is awaiting action in the Senate.

Travel

Travel Advisories related to COVID-19 vary by country. Full details from the State Department can be found here.  If you are traveling, I encourage you to sign up for alerts through the State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program so you are easier to locate in case of an emergency.

Governor Cuomo announced individuals traveling to New York from designated states, all of which have significant community spread, must quarantine for 14 days. Please see further information here

Help for Veterans

If you are a veteran and need assistance accessing Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical facilities, please visit www.va.gov/coronavirus for the most up to date information. Guidance for your facility’s operating status can be found through the facility locator here: https://www.va.gov/find-locations. If you are experiencing symptoms, please call medical facility or call MyVA311 (844-698-2311, press #3 to be connected). For more details, see my Veterans’ Resources page.

Help for Small Businesses

Congresswoman Meng secured a provision in the first coronavirus relief package that enables small businesses to access the Small Business Administration’s disaster relief loans. Find more information on how to apply here and my SBA loans guide here

Resources for Parents and Students

Government agencies are partnering with local school and health officials to maintain best practices and address concerns due to changes in response to COVID-19 precautions. Please visit the New York City Department of Education's resource page,  U.S. Department of Education’s resource page, the CDC Guidance page, and Student Financial Aid for more information.

Caring for Animals

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has stated there is no evidence at this time that animals are a significant factor in spreading the COVID-19 virus. Please reach out to local shelters and animal service agencies to find out what support is available or if you have any questions regarding the safety of your animal and visit the CDC website for additional information.

Coronavirus in Queens

The New York State Department of Health has published comprehensive data on the rates of testing, which you can view here.

Health Resources

I know that many of you are concerned about your health. For specific questions regarding public health concerns, the New York State can answer your questions here or at 1-888-364-3065.

Health care workers can text NYFRONTLINE to 741-741 to access 24/7 emotional support services. New Yorkers can also call the COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline at 1-844-863-9314 for mental health counseling.

For regular updates from the CDC, please check their website here.
For regular updates from the New York City Department of Health, please check their website here.
For regular updates from the New York State Department of Health, please check their website here.