NYC Offers Updates Via Texts, Emails on Latest Developments Regarding COVID-19

Covid-19 in NY

Victory State Bank in Staten Island, N.Y., is urging everyone to take the proper steps in protecting themselves and others from the coronavirus (COVID-19). Of particular importance, is acquiring information from reliable sources, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Office of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and the Office of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, as well as the Small Business Administration (SBA) for information regarding Disaster Assistance Loans for Small Businesses Impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Mayor de Blasio’s office has advised that New Yorkers text COVID to 692-692 to get regular updates on the latest developments regarding COVID-19; Text COVIDESP to 692-692 for updates in Spanish.

Yesterday (March 22, 2020), Mayor de Blasio updated New Yorkers on the City’s response to COVID-19. Effective March 22, at 8 p.m., the City began enforcing the closure of all non-essential businesses in New York City, pursuant to State regulations. 

As of 10 a.m. yesterday, citywide, there were 9,654 positive cases of COVID-19 and 63 fatalities; there were 2,715 cases in Queens 2,072 in Manhattan, 2,857 in Brooklyn, 1,411 in the Bronx, and 593 in Staten Island. There were 63 confirmed COVID-related fatalities. 

“I need every New Yorker to understand how serious the situation is right now. We have to change the way we live if we’re going to bend the curve of this epidemic. Do your part: stay home. That is the single most important thing someone can do right now. Protect yourself and save lives: Only go out for the essentials,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio


New Restrictions

Effective March 22, at 8 p.m., all non-essential businesses in New York City were to be closed. Only businesses with essential functions will be permitted to operate. Examples include grocery stores, pharmacies, internet providers, food delivery, banks, financial institutions and mass transit. Businesses that provide essential services must implement rules that help facilitate social distancing. The NYPD will be out in neighborhoods across the City to ensure compliance with these policies. 

The City is also enforcing the following rules for non-vulnerable individuals with fines and mandatory closures:

  • No non-essential gatherings; any concentration of people outside their home must be limited to workers providing essential services
  • Practice social distancing in public (6 feet or more)
  • Limit use of public transportation to only when absolutely necessary.
  • Sick individuals should not leave home except to receive medical care.


Stay Informed

Over 700,000 New Yorkers have signed up for the City’s COVID text notification system to get regular updates on the latest developments with coronavirus in New York City text COVID to 692-692.  New Yorkers can text COVIDESP to 692-692 for updates in Spanish. You will receive regular SMS texts with the latest news and developments. If you have any questions on finding medical care call 311.