Testing Update

Governor Cuomo聽has announced聽聽that New York State is now conducting an average of 30,000 diagnostic tests for COVID-19 per day. Last week, the Governor announced the state will work with the federal government to double New York’s testing capacity from 20,000 tests per day to 40,000 tests per day over several weeks.

On the City Level聽Mayor de Blasio聽announced聽that the city will offer antibody tests for over 150,000 healthcare workers and first responders聽at hospitals, police stations, firehouses and correctional facilities. Testing will begin next week and the city is planning on testing all first responders within one month.



Testing and Tracing

Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo聽has announced聽that New York’s聽contact tracing pilot program, with leadership聽from former聽Mayor Mike Bloomberg,聽will begin in the coming weeks. Contact tracing teams will work remotely with state-of-the-art software to develop a secure database of information on the spread of the infection. This nation-leading tracing program will focus on areas with the highest rates of infection and on regions where data shows could be the first to re-open. The program will operate through the next flu season, and it will be implemented in coordination with our tri-state neighbors New Jersey and Connecticut.

The program will include a baseline of 30 contact tracers for every 100,000 individuals and will utilize additional tracers based on the projected number of cases in each region. The program is expected to have 6,400 to 17,000 tracers statewide depending on the projected number of cases.



Trains to Shut Down Overnight

For the first time ever, the聽MTA has announced聽that beginning next Wednesday all NYC trains and stations will close from 1 am to 5 am daily in order to clean and disinfect them.聽The MTA will provide free alternative transportation options to essential workers during the cleaning hours that will include buses, dollar vans and for-hire vehicles as necessary.



Mortgage Assistance

The SBCO emergency mortgage hotline continues to be available for all your questions about mortgages and other bank loan matters. They have received hundreds of calls from 25 cities around the country, and they will continue to provide assistance until this financial crises ends. You can call the hotline at 718-435-1300, extension 120. Leave a clear message as prompted, and a聽SBCO聽Counselor will return your call as soon as possible.



Business Consulting

PCS is now offering free one-on-one business consulting for those who need direction, are struggling to stay afloat, or are curious about which COVID-19 initiatives they can benefit from right now. Contact聽smassry@nj.pcsjobs.org聽to set up an appointment.



Kosher Grab & Go Meals Sites to Open in Manhattan

Beginning May聽1, two new locations will begin providing kosher grab and meal sites in Manhattan.

Meals Hubs will operate for children and families from 7:30 am to 11:30 am, and for adults from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm and follow the guidelines below: No one will be turned away at any time

路聽聽聽聽聽All adults and children can pick up multiple meals at one time

路聽聽聽聽聽No dining space is available, so meals must be eaten off premises

路聽聽聽聽聽Parents and guardians may pick up meals for their children

路聽聽聽聽聽No registration or ID required


The new Manhattan locations are:


Lower East Side

路聽聽聽聽聽P.S. 134聽Henrietta Szold聽293 East Broadway,10002

Washington Heights

路聽聽聽聽聽P.S. 048 P.O. Michael J. Buczek聽4360-78 Broadway, 1003


This is in addition to the sites that are already open:





路聽聽聽聽聽PS 132 The Conselyea School聽320 Manhattan Avenue, 11211

路聽聽聽聽聽PS 257 John F Hylan聽60 Cook Street, 11206

路聽聽聽聽聽P.S./I.S. 157 The Benjamin Franklin Health & Science Academy聽300 Willoughby Avenue, 11205

Crown Heights

路聽聽聽聽聽P.S. 221聽791 Empire Blvd, 11213

路聽聽聽聽聽P.S. 289 George V. Brower聽聽900 St Marks Avenue, 11213

Boro Park

路聽聽聽聽聽P.S. 192 The Magnet School For Math And Science聽4715 18 Avenue,11204

路聽聽聽聽聽P.S. 160 William T. Sampson聽5105 Fort Hamilton Parkway,11219


路聽聽聽聽聽P.S.聽197 The Kings Highway Academy聽1599 East 22 Street,11210




Far Rockaway

路聽聽聽聽聽P.S. 197聽The Ocean School – 825 Hicksville Road,11691

路聽聽聽聽聽P.S. 253聽1307 Central Avenue,11691

Kew Gardens Hill

路聽聽聽聽聽P.S. 154聽75-02 162 Street,11366


路聽聽聽聽聽P.S. 164聽138-01 77 Avenue, 11367


Staten Island


路聽聽聽聽聽P.S. 54聽1060 Willowbrook Rd, Staten Island 10314