We are here to help you.

We are committed to serving you during this time of uncertainty surrounding the spread of the coronavirus, and will do all that we can to help you.

Here’s what you need to know about CIDNY:

  • We are continuing to work with our consumers, but via telephone only. You can reach our Manhattan office at 212-674-2300 and our Queens office at 646-442-1520. If we are unable to speak with you when you call, we will return all messages as soon as we are able.*** ASL-speaking consumers can call our Manhattan office VP line at 646-350-2681 or our Queens VP line at 347-905-5088. (Scroll down to see our video message below.)
  • All walk-in hours, in-person meetings, counseling sessions, and workshops are canceled until further notice. We will resume all of these as soon as we are able.
  • Future announcements will be posted on this page and will be shared via email on our mailing list. If you would like to receive our newsletters and announcements via email, sign up here.

You may have noticed that public spaces such as museums, libraries, and many nonprofits are closing or no longer offering face-to-face counseling, workshops, or other gatherings. If you can, we encourage you to avoid large gatherings and places where there are many people at higher risk, limit close contact with others, wash your hands frequently, and follow other precautions. As NYC and the surrounding area begins a phased opening it is important to maintain precautions such as social distancing and face coverings if possible.

Please reach out if you are having difficulty following preventive measures such as having enough food to remain at home. Please also let us know if you are having interruptions in medical care or community-based services and we will try and help.


Advice for People at Increased Risk

CIDNY has received guidance that we wanted to share with you from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene for people who may have an increased risk for contracting a severe form of the coronavirus disease.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) classifies people with disabilities as having an increased risk. You can learn more about their precaution recommendations at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/people-with-disabilities.html

Are you feeling okay?
If you are experiencing fever, cough or shortness of breath and traveled to an area where COVID-19 is spreading, or you have had close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, call your health care provider. Your provider will work with the Health Department to determine if you need testing. If you need help finding a health care provider, call 311.

Facts About 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

1. What are coronaviruses?
Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that are common throughout the world. They cause illnesses ranging from the common cold to more serious illnesses like pneumonia. A novel (new) coronavirus is a type of coronavirus that has not been previously seen in humans.

2. What is 2019 novel coronavirus?
2019 novel coronavirus is a new type of coronavirus identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness (which affects breathing) called COVID-19 that was first detected in Wuhan, China. It is reported in countries all across the globe, including the U.S.

The virus is not being spread by people of any particular race, ethnicity, national origin, or religion. It is important that people understand this and do not discriminate.

3. How serious is this virus and what are the range of symptoms?
Reported symptoms due to infection with the virus that causes COVID-19 have ranged from mild to severe. Symptoms can include fever, cough or shortness of breath.

4. Who is at higher risk for severe illness?
People who are older or may have underlying disabilities or medical conditions (such as diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular disease, immunosuppression, or cancer) or are over 60 years of age appear to have a higher risk of severe COVID-19. Children and young adults can be in the higher risk category if they have one of these conditions.

5. How does this virus spread?
Much is still unknown about how the virus that causes COVID-19 spreads. Person-to-person spread is thought to occur mainly via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, similar to how the flu and other respiratory illnesses spread.

6. How long before symptoms of the virus appear?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) believes at this time that symptoms of COVID-19 may appear between two and 14 days after exposure.

For more information on COVID-19, visit nyc.gov/health/coronavirus or cdc.gov/coronavirus.

7. How can I find a COVID-19 testing location?
To find a free testing location near you, text ‘COVID TEST’ to 855-48 or go to http://nyc.gov/covidtest.

8. How can I find out more about a COVID-19 vaccine?
For more information on COVID-19 vaccines go to https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/covid/covid-19-vaccines.page.

9. How can I find out if I’m eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine?
For more information about vaccination phases and to see if you are eligible go to https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/covid/covid-19-vaccine-eligibility.page. As of January 13, 2021, if you are 65 or older, or have a condition that places you at higher risk, then you can get the vaccine. You will need a reservation which you can make through the vaccine finder website. When you schedule a vaccination, you go through a lengthy questionnaire and will be asked about health conditions and medications. For a list of those at higher risk, see the NYC website: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/covid/covid-19-prevention-and-care.page.

10. How can I find out if I’m eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine?
To find a vaccination location go to https://vaccinefinder.nyc.gov/


COVID-19 Zone Map

You can visit http://nyc.gov/COVIDZone to find out if you in an area where COVID-19 cases are rising.


Frequently Asked Questions About Coronavirus/COVID-19

Below are a few questions and answers we hope can help you at this time. We will be updating these as we receive new information.

Are buses and subway service still running?
Yes, but there are still a few changes and people should practice social distancing.

*Masks are required for riding.
*Normal weekday subway service has resumed.
*Front-door boarding and fare collection has resumed on local buses.
*The MTA will no longer accept cash transactions at station booths.
*The subway will continue to close from 1 a.m.-5 a.m. each day for cleaning.

Please check the MTA website (https://new.mta.info/coronavirus) for the latest updates.

Is Access-A-Ride still running?
Access-A-Ride is still running. There are no shared rides. People who have been approved to travel with a personal care attendant (PCA) can continue to do so. For those who need to travel with a guest, you must share this information when booking your ride.

Participants in the on-demand pilot can continue to use the service for essential travel as usual. No new riders will be added.

Access-A-Ride fares are scheduled to return on 01/19/2021.

Can I still sign up/schedule an assessment for Access-A-Ride?
Access-A-Ride assessment centers are currently closed. New applicants with clearly demonstrated needs such as dialysis, chemotherapy or emergency surgeries may be given interim/temporary eligibility until an assessment can be scheduled. Eligibility for current customers whose eligibility is expiring soon will be extended. More information about Access-A-Ride and paratransit can be found here: https://new.mta.info/accessibility/paratransit

Can I shop for groceries online with my SNAP Benefits?
Yes, you can! You can now use your Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits to shop online for groceries. Use your EBT card to shop securely for fresh produce and groceries at these participating stores in the NYC area (links below are clickable):
Note: SNAP benefits cannot be used to pay delivery fees. Make sure an online store delivers to your home address. You should confirm that SNAP is accepted before placing an order. For the most up to date information on SNAP Benefits please visit: https://otda.ny.gov/SNAP-COVID-19/.

Where can I get information about schools and remote learning?
For the most recent information on school plans please visit: https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-year-20-21/return-to-school-2020.

All families can continue to go to any school building to pick up three free grab-and-go meals, between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. during weekdays. No identification or registration is necessary, and halal and kosher meals are available at some sites. For more information please visit: schools.nyc.gov/freemeals.

For up-to-date information from the NYC Department of Education please visit: https://www.schools.nyc.gov/coronavirus. For information on choosing remote learning for the Fall please visit: https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-year-20-21/return-to-school-2020/choosing-remote-instruction-for-fall.

What do I do if I can’t pay my rent and/or face eviction?
As of March 31, 2020, NYC residents are NOT exempt from paying rent. On August 12, 2020, the courts issued a new order extending the universal eviction moratorium until at least December 31, 2020.

Residential eviction proceeding pending on December 28, 2020, including eviction proceedings filed on or before March 7, 2020, and any residential eviction proceeding commenced on or before January 27, 2021, shall be stayed for sixty days Renters who have lost income, are unable to pay increased costs, or are unable to move without significant risk to their health or the health of a family member, can declare hardship and protect themselves against eviction until May 1, 2021. See the bill information here.

I have another question that isn’t answered here. Who do I talk to?
If you have a question or concern that isn’t addressed here, please contact us at info@cidny.org and we will do our best to put you in touch with someone who can help you.

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