Medical resources and calls for medical suppliers, professionals and volunteers

Friday, March 27, 2020

New York State Of Health Reopens Insurance Enrollment through April 15
Compare plans and enroll at Assistance is available by chat or in-person help.

Medicare Telehealth Insurance Coverage
Medicare telehealth services include office visits, psychotherapy, consultations, and certain other medical or health services that are provided by an eligible provider who isn't at your location using an interactive 2-way telecommunications system (like real-time audio and video).
Hotlines and websites
24-Hour Coronavirus hotline: 1-888-364-3065
New Yorkers can text COVID to 692692 for updates
Supplies: E-mail address for NYC OEM that health care providers (PCP's, FQHC's, others) can use for supplies:
Your local health department is your community contact for COVID19 concerns. 
3/25/2020 Free online mental health services. New Yorkers can call the state's hotline at 1-844-863-9314 to schedule a free appointment.
3/27/2020 Website offering public health information to New Yorkers during the novel coronavirus crisis, aimed at centralizing and aggregating info from a range of medical authorities, COVID19.NYC.
Supplies and support
3/23/2020 Economic Development Commission (EDC) just launched a new website for local businesses that want to support the COVID-19 emergency response effort:

3/23/2020 For medical supply business funding, call Eric Gertler, ESD: 212-803-3100 or email

3/23/2020 If you want to sell medical supplies to the State, contact Simonida Subotic, Executive Chamber: 646-522-8477 or email

3/23/2020 Companies that want to help with manufacturing and supplies in NYC should email:

3/23/2020 E-mail address for NYC OEM that health care providers (PCP's, FQHC's, others) can use for supplies:

3/25/2020 New York City's Office of Emergency Management has created a form (PDF) for hospitals, nursing homes, and EMS responders to use to request supplies:
Medical offices, assisted living facilities, independent living facilities, home health care organizations, etc. can also submit the form, but supplies are limited and unless it’s one of the prioritized categories it will likely go into a queue for fulfillment once supplies are more readily available.

To submit information regarding Personal Protective Equipment procurement, please complete this form:

For information on making a donation of goods, services, and space, please visit

For questions, contact their hotline at 646-522-8477 from 9 am - 5 pm EDT or email with the subject line "QUESTION RE:”


Testing is free to all eligible New Yorkers as ordered by a health care provider or by calling the NYS COVID-19 hotline at 1-888-364-3065.

Eight of the ten acute care "assessment and testing” centers at NYC Health + Hospitals are now open on an appointment-only basis, including H+H/Bellevue. New Yorkers who have high priority because of age, pre-existing conditions and symptoms, call 1-844-NYC-4NYC for more information. New Yorkers can continue to call 311 to be assessed for risk for COVID.
Blood drive

The New York Blood Center is experiencing critically low blood and platelet appointments-- making it difficult to meet patient needs and hospital demand. If you’re able to donate blood, please visit for information on scheduling an appointment. The New York Blood Center has three locations open for donors, one is in our neighborhood: Grand Central Donor Center, 200 Park Avenue, Lobby Level.

Employment and volunteer opportunities

The NYC Medical Reserve Corp is is looking for about 9,000 licensed/retired medical professionals
who can respond if increased capacity is needed in our health care system. Over 1,500 medical providers have already signed up. You can sign up by completing a survey at

NY State is reaching out to qualified former doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals to supplement the personnel at hospitals. Healthcare professionals who wish to sign up can contact the State Department of Health at

Health care workers and volunteers are needed
State Senator Liz Krueger reports that the state is in need of volunteers who have medical skills to staff COVID-19 testing sites. If you are interested in volunteering, and have not already signed up, please follow this link to complete a web form: The information you provide in this form will exclusively be shared with the Governor's office. It will NOT be shared with any other elected officials or businesses.


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