Medical resources and calls for medical suppliers, professionals and volunteers
Wednesday, May 27, 2020
New York State Of Health Reopens Insurance Enrollment through May 15
Compare plans and enroll at nystateofhealth.ny.gov. Assistance is available by chat or in-person help. Press release. Complete the GetCoveredNYC form if you need assistance: www1.nyc.gov/nyc-resources/get-covered.page or text CoveredNYC to 877877 or call 311.
If you have symptoms of coronavirus, get tested! Sites run by New York State are free. Check with the others and with your doctor to find out if there will be charges. coronavirus.health.ny.gov/find-test-site-near-you. New Yorkers who have symptoms or questions about Coronavirus (COVID-19) can call 1-844-NYC-4NYC to connect to a medical provider free of charge seven days a week from 9am - 9pm.
Hotlines and websites
4/10/2020 U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) guidance about sterilizing PPE at fda.gov/emergency-preparedness-and-response/counterterrorism-and-emerging-threats/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19
4/11/2020 The Community Service Society has established the Managed Care Consumer Assistance Program (MCCAP), a free health coverage helpline assisting people with how to manage the health care bureaucracy, including applying for hospital financial assistance, resolving billing issues, or appealing coverage denials. Reach MCCAP at 888-614-5400, Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm.
Planned Parenthood of Greater New York (PPGNY) plannedparenthood.org/planned-parenthood-greater-new-york is offering virtual appointments where individuals can video-conference and chat with clinicians. PPGNY is offering a range of sexual and reproductive health care services. Additionally, PPGNY’s centers remain open in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens for essential abortion care, IUD implants and removals, and STI testing and treatment. You can view all of PPGNY’s services or book an appointment online or by calling 1-800-230-PLAN.
Supplies and support
5/8/2020 Physician Support Line is a national, free and confidential support hotline staffed by 600+ volunteer psychiatrists providing peer support for physicians on the front line of the epidemic. Their hours are 8 am - 3 am. Call 888-409-0141.
5/3/2020 COVID-19 Test kit manufacture is now being done in NYC
Source: De Blasio's press conference of 5/3/2020
Three physical parts are needed for test collection: swaps, transport medium, containers. Swabs are now being manufactured using 3D printers. The medium can be made here, but needs to be validated. NYC has the containers. There is also the step of the actual testing, which is done in labs. NYC needs federal help to increase lab capacity.
[NOTE: Pharmacies have been given authorization do do test collection.]
3/23/2020 For medical supply and COVID-19 testing business funding, New York State is investing in private companies. Businesses interested in working with the state should contact Empire State Development. Call Eric Gertler, ESD: 212-803-3100 or email COVID19supplies@esd.ny.gov.
3/23/2020 If you want to sell medical supplies to the State, contact Simonida Subotic, Executive Chamber: 646-522-8477 or email COVID19supplies@esd.ny.gov
4/2/2020 If you are a supplier or distributor with access to a stock of ready-made supplies to sell, please complete this form: nyc.gov/covidsuppliers.
3/23/2020 Companies that want to help with manufacturing and supplies in NYC should email: sourcingCOVID19@edc.nyc
4/2/2020 If you are a manufacturer and able to create new products from scratch, please complete this form: nycedc.formstack.com/forms/covid19_support
3/23/2020 E-mail address for NYC OEM that health care providers (PCP's, FQHC's, others) can use for supplies: Supplyrequest@oem.nyc.gov
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: manhattanbp.nyc.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/NYC-COVID-19_Resource-Request-Form_General.pdf
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: governor.ny.gov/content/procurement-form
For information on making a donation of goods, services, and space, please visit apps.health.ny.gov/pubpal/builder/survey/nys-covid19-tracking-offers
Donate PPE (personal protective equipment) for healthcare workers. nyc.gov/ppedonations.
4/6/2020 There's a high need to distribute PPE to the home care workforce that provides care for people with disabilities and older New Yorkers. The Mayor's Office of People With Disabilities has created a survey to assess those needs. If you're a home care service provider for that community, please complete the survey here so adequate amounts of equipment can be procured for those workers: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/W2F9H39
For questions, contact 646-522-8477 from 9am-5pm EDT or email COVID19Supplies@exec.ny.gov with the subject line "QUESTION RE:”
Hotels for healthcare workers - GHNY is working with NYC & Company to help provide employees of member hospitals and nursing homes with places to stay during the COVID response. Accommodations are available for individuals or groups. Listing of participating hotels: business.nycgo.com/gnyha
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. coronavirus.health.ny.gov/know-your-rights#testing
Blood drive, including people who have recovered from COVID-19
4/11/2020 To help develop an antibody test, Gov. Cuomo is asking all New Yorkers who have recovered from COVID-19 to contact the state and donate blood. Individuals who tested positive and then recovered from the virus may have convalescent plasma in their blood, which has antibodies against the virus and could help with the development of a treatment for the virus. More information about how to donate nybc.org/donate-blood/convalescent-plasma-covid-19-donor-request-form.
Related article: World Health Organization (WHO) says there's 'no evidence' recovered coronavirus patients won't get reinfected
April 25, 2020, thehill.com, by Morgan G Stalter
[Editor's note: This is just to remind us that we should still wear a mask and practice social distancing, even if we have had coronavirus and recovered.]
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 www.nybloodcenter.org 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
4/4/2020 Gov. Cuomo is signing an executive order to allow medical students who were slated to graduate this spring to begin practicing medicine now.
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. You can sign up by completing a survey at nyc.gov/helpnownyc.
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.ny.gov/assistance.
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: https://tinyurl.com/Krueger-COVID-Volunteer. 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.
4/17/2020 The New York State Dental Association is putting together a database of dentists who can help with dental emergencies nysdental.org/news-details/2020/04/16/we-can-help-with-patient-emergencies What is a dental emergency? success.ada.org/~/media/CPS/Files/Open%20Files/ADA_COVID19_Dental_Emergency_DDS.pdf
5/25/2020 CDC guidance: People Who Are at Higher Risk for Severe Illness
5/25/2020 CDC guidance: When You Can be Around Others After You Had or Likely Had COVID-19
5/26/2020 CDC guidance: Interim Guidelines for COVID-19 Antibody Testing.
4/17/2020 Guidance for Hospitals Regarding Visitations opwdd.ny.gov/system/files/documents/2020/04/doh_covid19_hospitalvisitation_4.10.20.pdf
4/4/2020 Over the past week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a several new rules and waivers of federal requirements to ensure that local hospitals and health systems have the capacity to treat COVID-19 patients. cms.gov/newsroom/fact-sheets/additional-backgroundsweeping-regulatory-changes-help-us-healthcare-system-address-covid-19-patient
Guidance from the CDC: The CDC has released several helpful documents to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and explain what to do if you contract the disease. These documents are addressed to numerous stakeholders and include:
CDC COVID-19 FAQ cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html
4/25/2020 CDC Guidance on how to trace and monitor contacts of infected people cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/open-america/contact-tracing.html
4/25/2020 CDC Guidance on travel cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/travel-in-the-us.html
CDC advice on Stress and Coping cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/managing-stress-anxiety.html.
How to clean and disinfect your home cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/disinfecting-your-home.html
Strategies to optimize personal protective equipment cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/ppe-strategy/index.html
COVID-19 and pregnant women cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/pregnant-women-faq.html
Guidance for health care professionals who have potential for direct or indirect exposure to patients or infectious materials
CDC decision tools for camps (cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/Camps-Decision-Tree.pdf) considering (re)opening during the COVID-19 pandemic.
What health care personnel should know about caring for patients with confirmed or possible COVID-19 infection
Guidance for administrators of U.S. K-12 schools and child care programs
What law enforcement personnel need to know about COVID-19
COVID-related illnesses in children. The NY State Department of Health has issued an advisory about this serious inflammatory disease, called "Pediatric Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome Associated with COVID-19," to inform healthcare providers of the condition health.ny.gov/press/releases/2020/docs/2020-05-06_covid19_pediatric_inflammatory_syndrome.pdf.
Scientists have turned the structure of the coronavirus into music
April 3, 2020, sciencemag.org, by Vineeth Venugopal
It's long, but you can fast-forward to spots that look interesting.
Alarmed as COVID Patients' Blood Thickened, New York Doctors Try New Treatments
April 22, 2020, By Reuters
5/11/2020 New treatment shortens recovery time. The Department of Health and Human Services is distributing a promising treatment called Remdesivir that has been shown to help patients infected with COVID-19 recover more quickly.