Senator John E. Brooks




 

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COVID- 19 TESTING INFORMATION 2

TESTING SITES 3

SANITARY RECOMMENDATIONS 4

NEW YORK CLUSTER ZONE INITIATIVE 5

District 8 Cluster Zones: 6

INFORMATION FOR SENIORS 8

LOCAL FOOD PANTRIES 9

Food Distribution Centers: 9

CONSUMER PROTECTION 11

SMALL BUSINESS RESOURCES 12

MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES & SUPPORT 14 

New York Project Hope Hotline 14

RESOURCES FOR STUDENTS 15
 

COVID- 19 TESTING INFORMATION 

If you have questions about symptoms that you are experiencing or about getting tested for the coronavirus, call your primary care provider or urgent care center to discuss your situation. If you don't have a primary care provider, call the 24-hour State Hotline at 1-888-364-3065 to make an appointment at Jones Beach for free testing or additional assistance.

● Do not go to your primary care provider's office, urgent care center, or emergency room without calling to make an appointment at one of the testing locations, unless you have a medical emergency. This is important to protect the safety of healthcare providers and other patients.

● By Executive Order from Governor Cuomo,  all New York insurers will waive cost-sharing for COVID-19 testing. If you have questions or concerns about health insurance costs related to COVID-19 testing or care, call the Office of the Attorney General's health care hotline: 1-800-428-9071.

● On March 16, 2020, the New York State Department of Financial Services announced a special health care enrollment period for uninsured New Yorkers. Read more HERE. For more information on the New York State Health Marketplace, visit HERE or call Customer Service at 1-855-355-5777.

  • Additionally, LI Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) and HRHCare offer testing for the coronavirus. Everyone is welcome regardless of their immigration status or health insurance.  

 

TO FIND A TESTING SITE NEAR YOU, CLICK HERE 

8Long Island FQHC

For more information or to schedule an appointment:

  • Phone Number: 516-296-3742
  • Website: www.lifqhc.com/request-an-appointment/

HRHCare

For more information or to schedule an appointment:

  • Phone Number: 1-845-553-8030
  • Website: www.lifqhc.com/request-an-appointment/

American Family Care Urgent Care

For more information or to schedule an appointment:

  • Phone Number: 1-845-553-8030
  • Website: www.clockwisemd.com/hospitals/4548/visits/new

Prohealth Urgent Care

  • Wantagh: 1167 Wantagh Ave Wantagh, NY 11793
    • Phone Number: 1-516-900-1201
    • Hours: Monday-Friday 8 AM-10 PM
  • Long Beach: 257 W. Park Avenue Long Beach, NY 11561
    • Phone Number: 1-516-493-9975
    • Hours: Monday-Friday 8 AM-8 PM

                       Saturday & Sunday 8 AM-5 PM

  • Massapequa Park: 4954 Merrick Rd Massapequa Park, NY 11762
    • Phone Number: 1-516-493-9975
    • Hours: Everyday 7 AM-11 PM
  • Freeport: 129 W Sunrise Highway Freeport, NY 11520
    • Phone Number: 1-516-442-7090
    • Hours: Everyday 9 AM-9 PM
  • Amityville: 148 Merrick Road Amityville, NY 11701
    • Phone Number: 1-631-841-4102
    • Hours: Monday-Friday 9 AM-9 PM 

                       Saturday & Sunday 9 AM-4 PM

 

The CDC recommends that we practice good hygiene and sanitary procedures:

  • Wash your hands with soap for 20 seconds
  • Use hand sanitizer
  • Cover your mouth when you sneeze or cough
  • Stay home (and away from those with compromised immune systems) when you are feeling sick.

For more information and resources from the Center for Disease Control, visit HERE

  • On April 17th, 2020, Governor Cuomo issued an Executive Order requiring all people in New York State to wear a mask or face covering to cover their mouth and nose when in public or in situations where social distancing cannot be maintained.
  • Additionally, on April 14th, Governor Cuomo issued an Executive Order directing essential businesses to procure, manufacture, or otherwise obtain facial coats and provide masks to employees who directly interact with the public. For more information visit HERE.

 

NEW YORK CLUSTER ZONE INITIATIVE 

For detailed information, click HERE

The Micro-Cluster Strategy: 

  • Identifies clusters and the areas around them.
  • Categorizes them into one or more color-coded zones with corresponding levels of restrictions based on severity.
  • New rules and restrictions directly target areas with the highest transmission of COVID-19 cases & surrounding communities.

Cluster Zones:

  • Focus areas are designated based on geographic case prevalence and restrictions are implemented accordingly based on the severity of spread.
  • Buffer zones with fewer restrictions are implemented in the areas outside the most impacted areas to help prevent further spread. 
  • After 14 days, data will be reviewed to determine whether a focus area has successfully reduced viral spread to the level where restrictions can be eased.    

District 8 Cluster Zones:

YELLOW ZONE:

  • Massapequa Park with a 3.9% positive rate.

Check if you area is a micro-cluster zone, by clicking HERE 

INFORMATION FOR SENIORS

Governor Cuomo established the Matilda Act that contains additional precautions for New Yorkers over the age of 70 and those with a compromised immune system.

These populations are advised to:

  • Stay home and limit visiting immediate family members or close friends.
  • If it is necessary to visit such individuals, the individual(s) should be pre-screened by taking their temperature and see if the person has experienced any flu-like symptoms. 
  • Wear a mask during the duration of the visit. 
  • Stay 6 feet away from others. 
  • Avoid using public transportation unless urgent and absolutely necessary. 

The Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA) remains open to help families affected by Alzheimer's disease and dementia-related illnesses.

  • The AFA's free hotline provides assistance with various topics/questions and is fully equipped with licensed social workers who are trained in dementia care.
    • Hotline: 866-232-8484
    • Webchat: www.alzfdn.org/es/
      • Click on the blue and white chat icon in the lower right corner of the page.
      • Available in over 90 languages. 
    • Send a text message to: 646-586-5283
      • Available in over 90 languages. 

Nassau County Department of Senior Affairs Helpline 

  • Monday-Friday | 9:00 AM-5:00 PM. 
  • Helpline number: (516) 227-8900

Suffolk County Office for the Aging 

  • Monday-Friday |  8:30 PM-4:30 PM 
  • Helpline number: (631) 853-8200

Long Island Crisis Center partnership with the Town of Hempstead 

providing a 24/7 helpline to assist Seniors with short-term counseling, support, and resources. 

RSVP Suffolk Senior Reassurance Line: 631-979-9490

 

Island Harvest is currently working closely with state and local authorities, member agencies, commercial food donors / providers, local school officials, and others to provide supplemental food support to people affected by the coronavirus.

  • For those who need food assistance, please call 631-873-4775.

Long Island Cares offers several mobile outreach programs that deliver emergency food to seniors, veterans, children, and the homeless. A list of mobile events can be found on their Facebook page. If you can't get to any of these places and need immediate help or know someone, call them at 631-582-FOOD (3663) ext. 109 or email emergencyresponse@licares.org 

 

CONSUMER PROTECTION

Watch out for scammers who sell fake medical treatments and learn the facts about coronavirus:

  • Report incidents of price increases by sending an email to pricegouging@nassaucountyny.gov and completing a Price Increase Complaint Form with the Office of the Attorney General HERE.
  • Be careful when making charitable donations. You should never feel rushed or pressured to donate, and never make donations by cash, gift card, or bank transfer.
  • Beware of Coronavirus related investment scams. The US Securities and Exchange Commission. USA recently warned investors of coronavirus investment fraud. If investors are aware of or suspect securities fraud or irregularities, they can contact the OAG Office of Investor Protection. Complete a price increase complaint form HERE

 


The US Small Business Administration is offering up to $ 2 million in disaster assistance loans to small businesses negatively affected by the coronavirus. For more information, click HERE .

  • For more information, call 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or SEND AN EMAIL
  • For information about the Economic Injury Disaster Loan, click HERE 

CDC Resuming Business Toolkit

  • For information, click HERE

New York Cluster Action Initiative

  • For information for businesses operating in COVID-19 hotspots, click HERE  

New York Forward

  • Guidelines from New York State for the phases of reopening, visit HERE

Suffolk County: Business Industry Sector Operating and Reopening Best Practices

  • Information on local and national resources to assist businesses, visit by clicking HERE

New York State Small Business Development Center

  • Resources guide for businesses during COVID-19, click HERE or call 1-800-732-SBDC

Farmingdale Small Business Development Center

  • Visit their website by clicking HERE or calling 934-420-2765 

The Main Street Lending Program

  • The Federal Reserve established the Main Street Lending Program (Program) to support lending to small and medium-sized for profit businesses and nonprofit organizations that were in sound financial condition before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • For more information, please visit HERE

La Fuerza Unida Community Development Corp 

  • Provides economic growth opportunities to low-income, minority- and women-owned enterprises

Long Island Development Corp.

  • Provides low-cost loans and technical assistance to small businesses
    • For more information, please visit HERE or call 516-433-5000

Nassau County Bar Association 

  • Residents and small businesses of Nassau County can email legal questions related to the COVID-19 pandemic to covidhelp@nassaubar.org and a volunteer NCBA attorney will assist with a consultation


 

MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES & SUPPORT 

Isolation is a major trigger for those struggling with substance use disorders. Aside from substance abuse, other mental health problems can be difficult to manage during these times. There are many local resources available that continue to provide community services.

  • Call the Nassau County Helpline at 516-227-8255 to learn about available resources in the community.
  • There are sober support meetings online, for more information visit HERE y HERE.
  • Central Nassau Guidance Mobile Recovery Unit provides access to medication-assisted treatment, support, counseling and health screenings.
    • Contact them at: 516-396-277
  • Nassau County Opioid Addiction Program, call 516-572-5801 or 516-572-6305
  • For more information and resources, visit HERE

New York Project Hope Hotline 

Provides free crisis counseling 7 days a week from 8AM to 10 PM for New Yorkers:

  • Call 1-844-863-9314 or visit HERE for more information 

Support is also available for frontline workers 24/7:

  • Receive 24/7 support by texting FRONTLINE to 741741

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration - Disaster Distress Hotline:  

  • Provide support 24/7, to speak with someone call 1-800-985-5990 or text GOT5 to 741741

For help for children and adolescents dealing with emotional stress and anxiety due to coronavirus: 

  • For guidance call the Nassau County Helpline at 516-227-8255.
  • To help your child it is important to: listen, offer safety, keep them active, create a schedule, and limit exposure to the media. For more information visit HERE 

 

RESOURCES FOR STUDENTS

Optimum is offering free Wi-Fi for homes that have K-12 students (Kindergarten and grades 1-12) and /or college students displaced due to school closings and who do not have Internet access in their homes. 

  • For more information, click HERE

The New York State Department of Education also offers various services and resources for students. 

For more information, click  HERE

 

 

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