The Coronavirus outbreak is causing a lot of stress and uncertainty across the nation with how fast it is spreading, especially in the tri-state area. Businesses, restaurants and other public services are starting to shut down and the number of confirmed cases of the virus is rapidly increasing.
TALKRADIO 77 WABC wants to help you out, so we’ve provided you with a list of local and government resources that could be of importance during this unprecedented time.
- Want the latest updates on COVID-19 in NYC? Text COVID to 692-692. If you’d like the updates in Spanish, text COVIDESP to the same number.
- Have questions about the virus? Call the New York State Department of Health hotline at 1-888-364-3065
- If you or someone you know needs food assistance, or wants to help out, see the blow resources:
- Citymeals – delivers meals to senior residents. Click here to see if you are eligible or to volunteer/donate
- God’s Love We Deliver – for those too sick to cook or shop, they provide medically tailored meals. Click here to find out information about volunteering or donating.
- Food Bank for New York City – ensures New Yorkers have meals during times of crisis. Click here to see how you can help.
- In need of child care with schools being closed? Check out these resources:
- Access the Child Care Resource and Referrals Agencies website. There are 34 available in NYS.
- Check your eligibility for Child Care Subsidy Program if you need assistance paying for child care services.
- For remote learning information, access the NYC Public Schools website.
- Grab-and-go breakfast & lunch will be available for students at schools between 7:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. beginning on March 16.
- Unemployment and financial assistance resources:
- The 7-day waiting period has been waived in New York State for those who are out of work due to COVID-19 quarantines and closures. Click here for more information on unemployment insurance benefits and how to file a claim.
- Small Businesses – if you’ve been impacted by the outbreak, see if you’re eligible for relief here.
- Click here for more information on the Coronavirus emergency relief fund set up by the Restaurant Worker’s Community Foundation. It is to provide zero-interest loans to businesses and workers who may be facing economic trouble or health issues due to the outbreak.
- Have questions on COVID-19 in NJ? Call 1-800-962-1253 or 1-800-222-1222 for the New Jersey State Department of Health hotline
- Visit the state website here to see if you are eligible for food or cash aid due to your financial situation. Note: the state has suspended usual work requirements to be eligible for these services due to the crisis.
- If you need food or are looking to volunteer, visit the CFBNJ (Community Food Bank of New Jersey) website
- In need of child care with schools closing? Click here to view the state’s list of licensed child care centers.
- Apply for Child Care Subsidy if you are a caretaker in need of financial assistance.
- Visit NJ.business.gov if you are a business owner with questions on the impact of COVID-19 on the economy and how the state is helping.
- Paramus – Bergen Community College
- Holmdel – PNC Bank Arts Center
- Union – Kean University
**THESE DRIVE THRU SITES ARE OPEN UNTIL THEY REACH DAILY TESTING CAPACITY**
- New York City
- South Beach Behavioral Health Center parking lot on Staten Island
- Long Island
- Stony Brook University
- Jones Beach State Park
- Glen Island Park in New Rochelle
*ALL BY APPOINTMENT ONLY – CALL 888-364-3065*
- Since many businesses and restaurants are now limited to only take-out and delivery, view this list to see the different stores and apps offering those services. This also goes for ordering groceries online if you cannot find products in-store.
- Elder hours have gone into effect at many supermarkets across New Jersey, allowing those over 60 or who are particularly vulnerable shop before crowds – click here for participating stores and their hours. This goes for many supermarkets and stores in New York as well.