Coronavirus: Information and Resources

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I want to ensure you have the best available information to protect and care for yourself and your loved ones as we continue to learn more about the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The health and safety of Upstate New Yorkers is my top priority. We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates from the Centers for Disease Control

You can also call the NY Department of Health Novel Coronavirus Hotline at 1-888-364-3065.

According to the CDC, the symptoms of coronavirus are cough, fever, and shortness of breath. Watch their video to learn more about the easiest ways to prevent the spread of germs.

Our team is working hard to ensure you have all the resources and information you need to keep yourself, your families, your businesses, and your communities safe and healthy. It seems like there is no end to the information out there, so we put together resource guides to help point you in the right direction. If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call our Utica office at (315) 732-0713. We will do everything we can to help.

  • Click HERE for information for individuals and families
  • Click HERE for information for small business owners
  • Click HERE for information about enhanced unemployment insurance
  • Click HERE for information about SNAP benefits and addressing hunger

Below is a list of additional resources for Upstate New Yorkers to help us get through these unprecedented times.

For the most up to date information about coronavirus in New York State, click HERE.

  • Click HERE for resources for small business owners
  • Click HERE for resources for Veterans
  • Click HERE for resources for farmers
  • Click HERE for resources for at-risk groups
  • Click HERE for resources for Americans abroad
  • Click HERE for information on managing your mental health
  • Click HERE for resources for people experiencing domestic violence
  • Click HERE for unemployment insurance information
  • Click HERE for tax relief information
  • Click HERE for food assistance programs information
  • Click HERE for Social Security information

It’s all hands on deck for this fight, and if you think you can help our communities fight back, call our office at (315) 732-0713 or get involved HERE.

As of March 16, our offices will be serving constituents remotely and physical locations will temporarily close to most visitors in order to protect public health and prevent the potential spread of coronavirus. Keeping our communities safe and healthy is my top priority. As our community and communities across the country respond to the coronavirus pandemic, it is important that we work together, listen to the experts, and do our best to stay healthy. In the interest of public safety and based on guidance from public health experts and the House Sergeant at Arms, we are asking constituents to refrain from coming into our offices in Binghamton, Utica, and Washington.

My team and I will continue to:

  • Respond to phone calls. Please leave us a message. We will be checking voicemail on an ongoing basis and will respond individually to messages. If you need immediate medical assistance regarding coronavirus, dial the NY Department of Health Novel Coronavirus Hotline at 1-888-364-3065.
  • Provide casework assistance. If you need assistance with a federal agency, we may be able to help. More information can be found on our website.
  • Answer correspondence. The best way to contact my office for assistance is by submitting an email through our website.
  • Schedule meetings. If you would like to request a meeting with me or my staff, you can submit a meeting request on our website or email staff directly. Please note, as long as our telecommuting policy is in place, we will conduct meetings over the telephone rather than in person.

 

Our team has been working hard, with Democrats and Republicans, to deliver relief for Upstate New Yorkers. Here are some of the steps we’ve taken to fight the coronavirus:

February 2020 - Anthony signed a letter by 35 freshmen representatives to congressional leadership asking for more funding to prepare state and local governments to address coronavirus.

March 3, 2020 – Anthony visited the White House to discuss the importance of a swift, bipartisan response to the growing threat of coronavirus. Anthony, joined by a small group of Democratic and Republican lawmakers, met with top White House officials, Vice President Mike Pence, and White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Ambassador Deborah Birx.

March 4, 2020 – Anthony helped pass an $8.3 billion emergency coronavirus response plan that included a  $2.2 billion investment in the CDC. The bipartisan legislation also passed in the Senate and was signed into law by President Trump. 

March 6, 2020 - Anthony held a coronavirus roundtable in Utica, joined by Upstate medical experts and local officials. The group outlined the federal and local preparedness plans and response to the disease.

March 12, 2020 - Anthony publicly called on members of both parties to work together to enact a comprehensive public health and economic response to the coronavirus pandemic.

March 14, 2020 – Anthony helped pass the Families First Coronavirus Response Act through the House, securing $6.7 billion for New York’s Medicaid program and $33.7 million for local counties. This legislation passed the Senate and was signed into law by President Trump on March 18, 2020.

March 16, 2020 - Anthony co-sponsored legislation to ensure Veterans can access their VA education benefits during emergency situations like the coronavirus outbreak. This bill passed the House and Senate and was signed into law by President Trump on March 21, 2020. 

March 16, 2020 – Anthony met with local officials in Broome and Oneida Counties to discuss the funding for NY-22 in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

March 17, 2020 - Anthony called for an extension to April 15 tax filing deadline to give Upstate New Yorkers flexibility during these uncertain times. Treasury Secretary Mnuchin announced the deadline would be postponed to July 15, and Governor Cuomo said the New York State deadline would move to July 15 as well.

March 18, 2020 - Anthony joined a bipartisan letter to Secretary Pompeo calling on the State Department to support the Ag industry by resuming H-2A visa applications, which have shut down because of coronavirus.

March 18, 2020 - Anthony and Rep. John Katko (NY-24)  led members of New York’s Congressional Delegation in urging the Administration to support a major disaster declaration requested earlier this week by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. President Trump approved the declaration for New York shortly afterwards.

March 19, 2020 - Anthony joined the Blue Dog Coalition to send a letter to President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence calling for the Administration to take immediate action to combat the surging level of COVID-19 disinformation on social media.

March 19, 2020 - Anthony and Rep. Katko called on the Department of Health and Human Services to prioritize sending supplies to Upstate and Central New York as the region races to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, and cases in New York continue to multiply.

March 19, 2020 – After passing two bipartisan coronavirus relief bills, Anthony submitted his priorities for the third stimulus bill to House leadership including: 

  • more masks, ventilators, and medical supplies for our health care workers
  • additional support for rural hospitals so they can afford to keep their doors open
  • financial relief for small businesses, those who are out of work, and seniors on a fixed income—grant money, loans, and tax cuts for members of our community
  • programs to strengthen the ag workforce and help dairy farmers make up for milk losses—expand the safety net and re-open USDA protections for our family dairy farmers, as well as waive restrictions that might limit their workforce

March 19, 2020 - Anthony hosted  a coronavirus telephone town hall to answer questions and address concerns from constituents across NY-22. He was joined by local health experts and a representative from the Small Business Administration to talk about steps Upstate New Yorkers can take to protect themselves and their families and keep their businesses afloat. Click HERE to listen to the entire discussion.

March 20, 2020 - Anthony joined a letter to President Trump supporting his decision to invoke the Defense Production Act and asking him to immediately use these authorities to mobilize necessary resources and expand the production of ventilators, PPE, and other essential medical resources

March 24, 2020 – Anthony joined Congresswoman Elise Stefanik to call on the Secretary of Defense to retrofit old hospitals and other sites in Upstate New York to serve coronavirus patients

March 26, 2020 – Anthony hosted a second coronavirus tele-town hall with health care experts and representatives from the United Way, the Small Business Administration, and the Rural Health Network. Click HERE to listen to the entire discussion. 

March 27, 2020 – Anthony supported the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), which passed through the House unanimously. During negotiations, Anthony advocated for Upstate New York priorities and delivered.  

March 31, 2020 - Anthony co-sponsored the Keeping Critical Connection Act to ensure Upstate New York cable and broadband providers can expand access to keep customers connected during this crisis.

April 2, 2020 - Anthony joined Rep. Antonio Delgado, Rep. Josh Harder, to lead a bipartisan letter of more than 85 members urging the Small Business Administration to ensure small farms can access immediate COVID-19 relief through the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program under the CARES Act. 

April 2, 2020 - Anthony hosted a third coronavirus tele-town hall with public health experts from SUNY Upstate Medical and Lourdes Ascension Hospital. Click HERE to listen to the entire discussion.

April 3, 2020 - Anthony helped introduce the Made in America Emergency Preparedness ActThis bipartisan legislation would require critical pandemic supplies to be made in America and would establish a National Commission on U.S. Preparedness for National Emergencies to ensure our country is ready for future crises.