As the coronavirus outbreak continues to accelerate in New York City, there is an increasing likelihood that you or someone close to you will start to show the tell-tale symptoms: fever, dry cough, and in some cases shortness of breath.
What should you do when that happens? The good news is that in most cases you will get better by simply resting at home, hydrating, and taking over-the-counter medication for your fever.
I should know...because I’ve just been through it. And thankfully after several days of fever and cough, I am now improving rapidly. I am fortunate-- I did not need medical care, and most of you won’t either.
How will you know when it’s time to seek medical assistance? Except for those with underlying health complications, you do not need to reach out to a doctor unless you are still showing no improvement after 3-4 days, or if any point your situation worsens (for example you have difficulty breathing).
At a moment when our hospitals are straining under the weight of a rapidly rising number of acutely ill COVID-19 patients, it is critical that the rest of us only access medical care when we absolutely need it. That’s why people with mild coronavirus symptoms should stay home and heal if they can.
If you do need to consult a doctor, and don’t have a normal primary care provider, you can simply call 311. Operators will patch you through to our public hospital helpline, staffed around the clock by doctors ready to answer questions on your coronavirus symptoms or other conditions you might face.
The weeks and months ahead are going to be a period of enormous challenge for our city. Every one of us has a role in ensuring that those with the greatest need receive the medical support they deserve.
I know we will come through this together. My team and I will be here supporting you every step of the way. They can be reached during business hours at (212) 928-6814 or anytime at [email protected].
Joining Together to Support West Side Campaign Against Hunger
For the past several years my office has been working with West Side Campaign Against Hunger (WSCAH), one of New York City's largest Emergency Food Providers, to bring mobile food pantries to our district.
During this challenging time when food resources are so vital, our office is starting a donation drive to get WSCAH the extra financial support they need to adjust their food and social services distribution model to be safe and to increase their mobile pantries in our community.
Please consider supporting WSCAH's efforts in District 7 during this time by clicking here to donate or text “WSCAH” to 56512.
For Social Services call 212-362-3662 ext 126 or email [email protected].
They can also help you find senior meals, food pantries and soup kitchens in your community
Food Assistance During COVID-19 Outbreak
During this time of crisis, with the closure of many businesses, the amount of New Yorkers who need access to healthy food and supportive services will increase exponentially over the coming weeks. We are working hard to connect people who need it most to the resources that are available to make sure no one in District 7 faces a shortage of food during this crisis.
Below we have compiled information on food resources and assistance available to residents in District 7. Most providers are now operating on a "grab and go" system or have changed their delivery model. You should call prior to going in to get site-specific information.
For city-wide information, an interactive map and general information on food assistance and resourses please visit the Food Bank of New York’s website.
If you have any questions or need assistance accessing food assistance please call (212) 928-6814 or email us at [email protected].
Grab-and-Go Meals for School-Aged Children
The New York City Department of Education is committed to making three free meals available daily for all NYC children.
Beginning March 23rd, meals will be distributed at more than 400 sites across the city.
Three meals a day, including breakfast, will be available to all NYC children Monday through Friday 7:30 am to 1:30 pm at locations across the city. Please visit this link to find a pick-up location nearest you.
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program will continue to provide nutrition benefits for families who need help purchasing healthy food. To apply for SNAP benefits online, visit nyc.gov/accesshra or call 718-557-1399 to have an application mailed to you.
Many food pantries are continuing to distribute food throughout the city. For a full list of pantries and information about services during the COIVD-19 outbreak please click HERE. Please find a list of food pantries in our area bellow:
Westside Campaign Against Hunger - 263 West 86th Street
212-362-3662 (Mobile Market at different sites must pre-register at sites. Call WSCAH
86th Street Pantry 263 (between Broadway and West End Avenue)
Monday, 2:30-6:30pm and Tuesday- Friday: 9am-1pm
Holy Name Food Pantry - 207 West 96th Street
Morningside Farmer’s Market - Broadway & West 110th Street
Community Kitchen and Pantry in Harlem - 252 West 116th Street
Food Pantry: Tues, Wed, Thursday, Saturday
Registration: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 3:30pm – 5:00pm, Wednesday: 11:00am – 1:00pm
Pantry Shopping: Tuesday, Thursday: 11:00am – 3:30pm, Wednesday: 1:00pm – 8:00pm, & Saturday: 11:00am – 2:00pm
The Riverside Church Food Pantry - 91 Claremont Ave.
Tuesday-Friday 9:30 am-1:00pm
St. Joseph of the Holy Family - 405 West 125th Street
St.Mary’s Episcopal Church - 521 West 126th Street
Convent Avenue Baptist Church - 425 West 144th Street
Community League of the Heights - 508 West 159th Street
212-795-4779 or 646-299-1086
Wednesday & Saturday: 9am-11:00 am
International Pentecostal Church - 619 West 179th Street
Soup Kitchens/“Grab-n-Go” Meals
Cathedral Community Cares: 1047 Amsterdam Avenue
Community Kitchen and Food - 252 West 116th Street
212-566-7855 ex. 6104
Broadway Community Inc. - 601 West 114th Street
Monday, Wednesday & Friday: 12:30-2pm, Saturday: 1pm
Heritage Health and Housing Inc - 1649 Amsterdam Avenue
Mt. Zion AME Church - 1765 Madison Avenue
National Council of Jewish Women - 241 West 72 Street
Wednesday: 4:30pm-5:30pm, Sunday:11:30am-12:30pm
Senior Centers Food Pick and Deliveries
To prevent the spread of COVID-19, senior centers are currently closed for congregate programming. City agencies are working together to ensure meals continue for seniors who can no longer attend senior center programming. Please click here for Senior Center locations and contact information.
All senior centers are currently “Grab-and-Go” sites for seniors to pick up food with typical service hours are from 11am-2pm, however, hours may vary. Please call your local senior center in advance of picking up food or the Aging Connect at 212.244.6469. Senior Centers in District 7:
Jackie Robinson Senior Center - 1301 Amsterdam Avenue
Pick up/Grab-and- Meals
Mon-Fri: Breakfast 9am, Lunch:12pm-1:30pm
Goddard Riverside Senior Center
Central Harlem Kennedy Senior Center
Monday-Friday:12pm-1:30pm (note new start time)
Project FIND Hamilton Center
YM/YWHA Washington Heights
Washington Heights Star Neighborhood Senior Center
ARC XVI Central Harlem Senior Center
District 7 Supermarkets & Senior Shopping Hours
Supermarkets, pharmacies, local grocers and bodegas are considered essential business during PAUSE and will be allowed to remain open. It is vital that while you are shopping that you observe ‘social distancing” recommendations and avoid any location that is too crowded.
Also, in an effort to protect seniors many locations are offering special hours for seniors to shop without coming in contact with other shoppers.
See below for some of the Supermarkets and local grocers open in District 7:
Key Food Supermarkets - 755 Amsterdam Avenue
Open 24 Hours
Morton Williams - 2941 Broadway
Open 24 Hours
Westside Market -2840 Broadway
Open 24 Hours
Gristedes - 2704 Broadway & West 103rd Street
8am - 12am
Senior Hours: Tuesdays and Wednesdays: 8-9 am
Central Markets - 300 West 110th Street
Los Vecinos Meat Market & Supermarket - 987 Amsterdam Avenue
H Mart - 2828 Broadway
Garden of Eden Marketplace - 2780 Broadway
Appletree Market - 1225 Amsterdam Avenue
Open 24 Hours
C-Town Fresh Market - 560 West 125th Street
5% discount for seniors on Tuesdays
Fairway Market 125th Street- 2328 12th Avenue
Foodtown of Morningside Heights - 1316 Amsterdam Avenue
Senior Hours: 7:30-8:30am
Key Food Harlem - 421 West 125th St.
Whole Foods - 808 Columbus Avenue
Senior Hours: 7-8 am
Whole Foods - 100 West 125th St.
Senior Hours: 7-8 am
Food Universe Marketplace - 543 West 138th Street
Senior Hours: After 10am seniors are prioritized on the express lane
Pioneer - 289 Columbus Ave and West 74th Street
Senior Hours: 8am-8:30 am.
Recommendations from the NYC Department of Health
New York City’s healthcare system is at serious risk of becoming overwhelmed and we need to reserve our limited resources for the very sick and vulnerable. Not everyone who is sick needs to get tested or receive medical treatment. We need to make sure people with severe illnesses will be able to stay in a hospital or intensive care unit if they need to.
The NYC Health Department Health Commissioner Barbot issued new guidelines that will help prevent unnecessary visits to New York Hospitals.
Even if you are not sick, stay home as much as you can: work from home, study from home and avoid all unnecessary interactions and events.
For the latest guidelines and information please regularly check the NYC Health Coronavirus page and you can text "COVID" to 692-692 to get text updates.
- TLC Driver Recruitment: The TLC is recruiting drivers through the new DeliveryTLC program to help to deliver food to older adults. This work will be paid $15/hour plus reimbursement for gas and tolls. Drivers will be selected on a first-come, first-serve basis. The initial need for drivers will be small, but we expect it to increase as we expand our programs.
- A Call to all NYC Health Care Workers - WE NEED YOU: New York City is activating the 9,000 members of the Medical Reserve Corps and calling on anyone with medical training to join us. You can help us save lives and protect this city. Follow this link to join this fight.
- Mental Health and Addiction Services During the Outbreak: The Coronavirus outbreak we are experiencing can make us feel overwhelmed, sad, anxious and afraid. If you need help coping, call 888-NYC-WELL or Text “WELL” to 65173 to reach a confidential 24/7 helpline, staffed by trained counselors. You can also contact them online at on.nyc.gov/2UXSlU4.
- For those in need of support groups for addiction, resources are still out there during this period. Please call (212-647-1680) 9 a.m. to 2 a.m to speak to an addiction specialist or visit nyintergroup.org for a list of AA conference call meetings, Zoom video groups, and Google Hangouts.
Public School Remote Learning: To help students stay connected during emergencies, the DOE is lending internet-enabled iPads to support remote learning for students.
- It is critical that all parents sign up for a New York City schools account for their children to access these remote learning programs. You can sign up for your account HERE.
- If you would like to request a device for a NYC student in your family, please fill out the request form HERE. The DOE will use the contact information you provide to get in touch with you to discuss when and where you can pick up a device. Priority will be given to students most in need.
- Support for NYC Small Businesses: The City will provide relief for small businesses seeing a reduction in revenue because of COVID-19. Businesses with fewer than 100 employees who have seen sales decreases of 25% or more will be eligible for zero-interest loans of up to $75,000 to help mitigate losses in profit. The City is also offering small businesses with fewer than 5 employees a grant to cover 40% of payroll costs for two months to help retain employees. Eligible owners who would like to learn more about these programs should fill out an interest form HERE.
If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact our office at (212) 928-6814 or [email protected].
Council Member Mark Levine