COVID19 Update Plan for City Nursing Homes

Friday 22 May 2020

Dear New Yorker,

Estimado Neoyorquino,




The City is currently responding to the novel coronavirus, and we want to make sure that you are provided with the most up-to-date information.

Cómo ya sabe, la Ciudad de Nueva York está respondiendo al brote del coronavirus, y queremos asegurarnos que reciba información actualizada.







All 169 nursing homes will have access to on-site COVID-19 tests, personnel support, and outbreak response teams to aid in infection control


NEW YORK—Mayor de Blasio announced a comprehensive four-part plan today to support nursing homes citywide amid the COVID-19 crisis. Beginning next week, the City will offer on-site COVID-19 testing to patients and staff at all 169 nursing homes across the city. The City will also surge personnel to support existing nursing home staff, and deploy Outbreak Control Teams from the Health Department to help control and prevent outbreaks in congregate settings before they occur. To minimize the risk of future outbreaks, the City will also help elder New Yorkers shift to a model of home-based care, allowing them to receive the same quality, supportive services under the care of their families and loved ones.


“These past few months have been painful for families across the city—and nowhere has this fear been more acute than among our city’s most vulnerable residents,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “Seniors are especially at risk for COVID-19, which is why we are marshaling every resource to our nursing homes to help them save lives and prevent future outbreaks.”


On-Site testing

Beginning next week, the City will offer on-site COVID-19 testing to all 169 nursing homes citywide. The City will subsidize the cost of tests for residents and work with a lab partner to ensure timely processing. Over the next two weeks, deliveries will be made to every nursing home who request support with the goal of getting as many people tested as possible, and eventually reduced to regular, weekly tests as requested as appropriate to control transmission.  With this added support, nursing homes will be able to test up to 3,000 people per day in addition to any of their existing testing capacity and that provided by New York State. Under guidance from the CDC during an outbreak, nursing home residents should be tested once a week. Staff members are required by New York State to be tested twice per week. Additionally, the City will work with the State, who oversees nursing homes, to implement these measures and ensure to ensure proper outbreak management and infectious control procedures.


More Staff and Support

The City will continue to surge personnel to nursing homes to aid existing staff. With widespread testing of nursing staff homes now in effect, this added support will help nursing homes avoid potential staffing shortages. To meet urgent staffing needs, the City has already placed 240 additional personnel in nursing homes citywide, and will continue to surge personnel to meet the goal of 600 personnel total. By end of next week, every nursing home will have staffing they’ve requested.


Outbreak Response Teams and More Home Based Care

To prevent further outbreaks, the City has created 10 Outbreak Response Teams in partnership with the Department of Health. Teams will be deployed to nursing homes and other congregate settings to rapidly respond and control outbreaks, including proper adherence to infectious disease protocol, use of Personal Protective Equipment, and additional retesting protocol as needed after the outbreak has ended. Each team will be led by an epidemiologist, with mental health and infection control specialists able to assist as needed. The City is also exploring how it can help support home-based care for more senior New Yorkers. By reducing the number of people in congregate settings, the shift would reduce the possibility of future widespread outbreaks and allow seniors to receive supportive services in the comfort and familiarity of their own homes and with more connection to their families.


90-Day PPE Stockpile
To create a 90-day reserve of PPE, the City will gradually add materials to a stockpile reserve consisting of N95s, face shields, goggle, gloves, gowns, face masks, and over 4,000 ventilators. The City will continue to furnish the immediate PPE needs of healthcare facilities, DOC, FDNY, EMS, NYPD, nursing homes, and funeral homes, with the City in possession of enough PPE to last the City through the month of May at its current crisis standard.


Keeping Kids Vaccinated

Citywide pediatric vaccination rates have fallen during the COVID-19 crisis. When compared to the period of March 23 to May 9 this year and last year, there was a 42 percent drop in children 2 years old or younger and a 91 percent drop of children older than the age of two. To ensure children continue to receive vaccinations, the City is offering free vaccinations at over 1,000 New York City facilities through its Vaccines for Children program. Families can call 844-NYC-4NYC to make an appointment at the Center closest to them.






Resources and Updates you may find useful:

Recursos y Actualizaciones que les pueden ser útiles:





New York State on PAUSE is extended through May 28th. Non-essential workforce is directed to continue to work from home until at least that day.

El Estado de NY en PAUSA se extiende hasta el 28 de Mayo. Todo personal no esencial debe continuar trabajando en casa al menos hasta ese día.

纽约州暂停时间延长至528日。 非必要的劳动力至少在那天之前要继续在家工作。





Due to COVID-19, there is a shortage of blood and blood donations are desperately needed. New York State is working with blood banks to ensure safe social distancing protocols are being followed. Learn how and where you can donate at


Por COVID-19, hay escasez de sangre y donaciones de sangre son urgentemente necesitados. El Estado de Nueva York está trabajando con bancos de sangre para asegurar que los protocolos de distanciamiento social sean seguidos. Aprenda cómo y dónde puede donar al


由于新冠病毒导致血液短缺,我们迫切需要大家献血 纽约州正在与血库合作,以确保在献血时遵守安全的社会隔离规则。 想了解如何以及在何处可以捐血,请到





Pediatric Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome Fact Sheet (PDF, May 11)
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Por favor rellene el formulario del censo para asegurarnos que nuestras comunidades reciban los fondos para los servicios que necesita








New York City is Expanding Community Testing. Get tested if you

·         Have COVID-19 symptoms, regardless of age, chronic conditions or occupation,

·         Come in close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 patient, regardless of symptoms, or

·         Work in a congregate residential setting (nursing home, shelter, or adult care facility), regardless of symptoms

Go to to find your nearest testing site


La Ciudad de Nueva York está expandiendo el número de pruebas de COVID-19. Hágase la prueba si usted:

·         Tiene síntomas de COVID-19, sin importar su edad, condición crónica, o profesión

·         Ha estado en contacto cercano con un paciente positivo de COVID-19, sin importar si usted tiene síntomas, o

·         Trabaja en un entorno residencial (residencia de ancianos, alberge para indigentes, o centros de asistencia).

Visite para encontrar los sitios de pruebas comunitarias más cercanos a usted.


纽约市正在扩展社区病毒测试。 如果您有以下情况,可以去测试

·         COVID-19症状,不论年龄,慢性病或职业

·         与确诊的COVID-19患者密切接触,无论症状如何,或者

·         在聚集的住宅环境中(护理院,庇护所或成人护理设施)工作,无论症状如何 

您可以去 网站上寻找您最近的测试地点。






Pre-K seats are still available. To apply, go to: or call 718-935-2009

Escuelas de Pre-K todavía tienen capacidad. Para solicitar una entrada, visite: o llame al 718-935-2009

学前班还有很多座位。要申请,可以去 或打电话到718-935-2009




Summer School 2020

Escuela durante el verano 2020






If you are a pet owner affected by COVID-19 and need assistance, call the NYC COVID-19 Pet Hotline 1-877-204-8821, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., 7 days a week.

Si es dueño de un animal y se ha visto afectado por el COVID-19 y necesita ayuda, llame a la línea de ayuda de COVID-19 de animales al 1-877-204-8821, de 8 a.m. a 8 p.m., 7 días a la semana.

如果您是受到COVID-19影响的宠物主人,并且需要帮助,您可以致电NYC COVID-19宠物热线1-877-204-8821,每周7天从上午8点至晚上8点。






COVID-19 Data/ Datos de COVID-19/新冠病毒数据:

The data reflects the most recent information collected about people who have tested positive for COVID-19 in NYC. It is updated daily:

Los datos presentados a continuación reflejan la información más reciente recopilada sobre las personas que dieron positivo para COVID-19 en Nueva York:

数据显示了目前收集的有关纽约市新冠病毒检测呈阳性的人的最新信息。 每天更新: 





Public health milestones:

Hitos de salud pública


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