There is widespread community transmission of COVID-19 in New York City, meaning the sources of new infections are unknown. Everyone in New York City should act as if they have been exposed to COVID-19. That means you should monitor your health closely and stay home. Only go out for essential supplies and services, such as groceries or urgent medical care.
Staying home will help slow the spread of COVID-19 and will protect others from becoming critically ill and dying. Staying home also protects essential workers, including health care providers and retail workers, who must continue to work. Essential workers need to stay healthy to continue to provide services, such as caring for the sick and keeping groceries and food available.
Common symptoms of Covid-19 are the following:
- Shortness of breath
- Sore throat
Seniors with multiple chronic health issues such as hypertension and diabetes are at high risk for Covid-19 complications.
How to Protect Myself and Others?
- Stay at home except for essential trips, such as grocery shopping or medical visits.
- Wash hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when sneezing and coughing. DO NOT USE YOUR HANDS WHEN COUGHING OR SNEEZING!
- Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Monitor your health more closely than usual for cold or flu symptoms.
- When in public, try maintain three to six feet of distance between you and other people.
What Should I Do If I Feel Sick?
- Stay home and call your doctor if you have cold or flu symptoms like fever, coughing, sore throat, or shortness of breath.
- If you need help getting medical care you can contact Grand Street Guild’s onsite community health workers at 212-471-2400 ext 1819 or 311
- NYC Health + Hospitals health care locations will provide care regardless of immigration status or ability to pay.
- Hospital staff will not ask about immigration status. Receiving health care is NOT a public benefit identified by the public charge test.
Grand Street Guild Response
As part of Grand Street Guild’s commitment to quality affordable housing, we will be taking the following steps to protect the health and safety of all residents.
- Increased cleaning of common areas.
- Installation of hand sanitizer dispensers.
- Residents can call the management office for a consultation if their income has been affected by Covid-19.
- Starting March 16th, 2020, recertifications and interims will be conducted remotely. Residents who need to recertify will be mailed their recertification package. Recertification specialists can provide remote assistance. Once the package is complete you can return the completed package to the office to be processed.
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