March 22, 2020
Hi North Prospect Heights neighbors,
We hope this finds you and your family healthy and in good spirits!
Starting tonight, Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order “NYS on Pause” mandating that 100% of the non-essential workforce must stay home becomes effective.
Times like these bring out the best in our neighbors. If you or one of your neighbors is in non-emergency need, follow the links below or reach out to us and we’ll try to help you identify the best way to address the problem.
We would like to encourage everyone to please support our local businesses! Order food or supplies for take-out or delivery. Our support is essential to help our neighborhood businesses and their employees weather this very difficult time. Some local businesses offer special incentives. For example order take-out directly from Alta Calidad and get a free margarita! Buy a 20% discounted gift card from Sweet Polly and all of the proceeds go to an aid fund for their furloughed employees.
As always, reach out to us with any concerns, issues or input. We’ll be in touch over the coming weeks with further updates.
With Very Best Wishes,
The North Prospect Heights Association Board
Governor Cuomo’s 10-point NYS on PAUSE plan is as follows:
- Effective at 8PM on Sunday, March 22, all non-essential businesses statewide will be closed;
- Non-essential gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason (e.g. parties, celebrations or other social events) are canceled or postponed at this time;
- Any concentration of individuals outside their home must be limited to workers providing essential services and social distancing should be practiced;
- When in public individuals must practice social distancing of at least six feet from others;
- Businesses and entities that provide other essential services must implement rules that help facilitate social distancing of at least six feet;
- Individuals should limit outdoor recreational activities to non-contact and avoid activities where they come in close contact with other people;
- Individuals should limit use of public transportation to when absolutely necessary and should limit potential exposure by spacing out at least six feet from other riders;
- Sick individuals should not leave their home unless to receive medical care and only after a telehealth visit to determine if leaving the home is in the best interest of their health;
- Young people should also practice social distancing and avoid contact with vulnerable populations; and
- Use precautionary sanitizer practices such as using isopropyl alcohol wipes
If you have symptoms, please first stay at home and call your health care provider. If you don’t have a health care provider, you can call the New York Presbyterian-Brooklyn Methodist hotline at 646-697-4000.
In the case of emergencies, call 911. For non-emergencies or any questions, please contact 311.
For NYC’s official source of information about emergency alerts and important city services enroll for free in Notify NYC.
For the latest information and best practice guidelines, we encourage you to visit DOHMH’s website at https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/health/health-topics/coronavirus.page
To enroll in NYS’s Coronavirus email updates.
Text COVID to 692-692 for coronavirus updates
Price Gouging hotline: 800-697-1220
24-Hour Coronavirus hotline: 1-888-364-3065
as provided by Assemblymember Carroll
MEALS ON WHEELS: This organization delivers meals to the elderly population. Many of its local programs are struggling with the additional costs of delivering meals during the outbreak. You can find ways to help a local program here or donate to the national organization here.
NYC ORGANIZATIONS: You can donate to several New York City-based food relief organizations that are working to ensure meals are delivered to the city’s elderly population or those who are too sick to cook or shop for food.
- Citymeals is taking donations to ensure “every one of our homebound elderly neighbors in need has nourishing meals during this dangerous outbreak”
- God’s Love We Deliver, a nonsectarian organization that prepares and delivers “nutritious and medically tailored meals” to people living with illnesses, is looking for both volunteers as well as donations to sponsor their emergency meal bags of “shelf-stable food” to their clients.
The American Red Cross: As the number of coronavirus cases increases in the US, the number of people eligible to give blood and platelets for patients in need could decrease further, the Red Cross said. The organization is urging all eligible, healthy donors to donate blood and platelets to help maintain a sufficient blood supply flow and avoid potential shortages. Check the American Association of Blood Banks locator
, visit the Red Cross website
, or call 1-800-Red-Cross. You can also find information through the America’s Blood Centers website
FREE GRAB-AND G0 MEALS AT LOCAL SCHOOLS
as provided by Majority Leader Laurie A. Cumbo:
Starting Monday, March 23, grab-an-go meals will be available a the following schools:
- M.S. 113 Ronald Edmonds Learning Center (300 Adelphi Street)
- P.S. 067 Charles A. Dorsey (51 St. Edwards Street)
- Acorn Community High School (561 Grand Avenue)
- IS 340 (Old PS 11) (249 Sterling Place)
- Medgar Evers College Preparatory School (1186 Carroll Street)
- P.S. 161 The Crown (330 Crown Street)
- P.S. 375 Jackie Robinson School (46 McKeever Place)
Dates, locations and menus are subject to change. Check www.schools.nyc.gov/freemeals for updates.
NPHA’s UPCOMING MEETING SCHEDULE
The following are our previously scheduled meeting dates. Please stay tuned for updates:
Monday, April 20th (tentative)
Monday, May 18th
Monday, June 15th
Monday, July 13th