5/22 COVID-19 Updates and Information

May 22, 2020
E-newsletter

COVID-19 Updates and Information

For the most up-to-date resources and information on COVID-19, visit my website here.

Wishing NY-21 a Safe Memorial Day

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Memorial Day looks different this year. Rather than walking in parades, attending events to commemorate those who have made the ultimate sacrifice to our country, and spending time with family and friends, many are alone this weekend. I encourage everyone to reach out those who have lost loved ones who were serving our country. THANK YOU to those families, and God bless our military. 

BUSINESS OWNERS: SBA and Treasury
have released the Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness Application and instructions for the application. The form and instructions are for borrowers to apply for forgiveness of their PPP loans, and are available here.

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FARMERS: Visit USDA’s website here to learn more about applying for CFAP funding.

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Securing Over $21 Million for Glens Falls Hospital Amid COVID-19

This week, I successfully secured $21 million from the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services for Glens Falls Hospital. The hospital applied for this funding from the Medicare Advance Payment over a month ago. Their application was put on pause, and my office was able to work directly to resume their application process. I led calls with HHS Deputy Secretary Hargan and district hospitals and extensively advocated for the unique challenges faced by Glens Falls Hospital. I raised this issue directly with President Trump and the White House Chief of Staff over the weekend at Camp David and worked hard to deliver this significant result. Glens Falls Hospital will be receiving this $21M payment in five days. I raised the importance of financial support for Glens Falls Hospital with President Trump and the White House Chief of Staff. In addition, I worked directly with HHS and Glens Falls Hospital to resolve the issue and ensure their funding of $21 million will be delivered in under a week. I will continue to work directly with hospitals, health departments, and struggling families to deliver much-need relief and results for my constituents. Read more here.

Setting the Record Straight on CDC Guidance and Gov. Cuomo’s Failure on Nursing Homes

Families who are grieving the loss of loved ones in nursing homes have reached out to me to share their heartbreaking stories and have asked for answers. These families deserve answers, transparency, and accountability. Governor Cuomo continues to claim “politics” and avoid accountability for the New York State Department of Health’s failure to protect our most vulnerable in nursing homes. 

Here are the facts:

Governor Cuomo’s decision to mandate nursing homes accept COVID-19 patients completely disregards the case-by-case approach recommended by CDC. 

CDC guidance was clear that decisions about discharging COVID-19 patients should be based on the ability of the accepting facility to meet the recommended infection control practices. This includes the ability to place residents in a designated COVID-19 care unit that is equipped with the resources and PPE to safely prevent the spread of infections. Additionally, CMS guidance states that if nursing homes are unable to follow the CDC guidance for COVID-19 patients under Transmission-Based Precautions, they must wait until these patients are no longer a transmission risk before accepting them. Governor Cuomo’s mandate requires acceptance regardless of a nursing homes capacity to safely accept COVID-19 positive cases. 

Watch my interview with WNYT on my call for an investigation into Governor Cuomo’s nursing home policy here. 

Volunteering at Warren County Drive-thru Food Pantry

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Today, I had the opportunity to join hundreds of volunteers and the Warren County Board of Supervisors at the Warren County Drive-thru Food Pantry in Warrensburg, hosted by the Salvation Army. The North Country region is working together to address to critical needs of our communities during COVID-19. I wore a mask and gloves and handed out much-need food items to those that drove through in their cars. Due to supply chain issues, our food banks are in demand now more than ever, and they need support. It was an honor to do my part today to serve our community. 

Holding NY-21 Working Group Conference Calls

This week, I held a series of successful working group phone calls with our small business owners, manufacturers, school districts, local elected officials, and community leaders to hear their concerns and strategies for a path forward. It is very important for me to stay in contact with stakeholders like these in order to ensure I am meeting their needs at the federal level. I will continue to hold these working group calls next week.

Launching the North Country Heroes Initiative

Our North Country region has displayed incredible leadership, courage, and resilience during this difficult and unprecedented time as we work together to combat and beat COVID-19.  From our doctors, nurses, physician assistants, healthcare providers, hospital personnel, EMS, and first responders who are on the front lines of our public health needs, to our truck drivers, manufacturers, grocers, workers, and farmers who are keeping our shelves stocked, to our county personnel and local elected officials who are working daily to ensure we have the capacity to meet the public’s needs to the best of our ability, to our teachers, caregivers, volunteers, and parents who are meeting the challenge, to our local media informing the public, our entire community is grateful for your tremendous service. As a community working together, we will overcome this. I want to take this time to highlight “North Country Heroes” across our district. If you know of someone going above and beyond during the COVID-19 crisis, please fill out the form on my website here with their permission, so my office can highlight their tremendous service to our community!

Writing a Bipartisan Op-Ed Urging Investment in Science and Tech Amid COVID-19

Along with Congressman Jim Langevin, I wrote a bipartisan op-ed in The Hill on the need for Congress to work to bring further federal support for science and technology. This is especially important during a public health crisis. I am the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Intelligence and Emerging Threats and Capabilities, and Langevin is the Chairman. Read our op-ed here

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County Public Health Resources
Clinton County: (518) 565-4840
Essex County: (518) 873-3514
Franklin County: (518) 481-1709
Fulton County: (518) 736-5720
Hamilton County: (518) 648-6497
Herkimer County: (315) 867-1176
Jefferson County: (315) 785-3000
Lewis County: (315) 376-5453
Saratoga County: (518) 584-7460
St. Lawrence County: (315) 386-2325
Warren County: (518) 761-6580
Washington County: (518) 746-2500

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Protect Yourself from Scams

Congress recently passed the CARES Act for COVID-19 relief to help individuals and businesses. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have raised concerns about scammers and fraudsters that impersonate federal employees and ask you to verify personal account information in order to receive a payment. Here are some helpful security facts:

  • The U.S. Government will not contact you about these payments - period. 
  • The U.S. Government will not ask you to verify payment information of any kind.
  • The U.S. Government will not ask you to pay any fee or charge to receive payment.
  • The U.S. Government will not offer to expedite your payment for a fee.

To protect your personal information:

  • Hang up if you receive a telephone call from someone who claims to be from a government agency asking for verification of personal information.
  • Ignore or delete it if you get a pop-up message, email or text that directs you to call a certain number or visit a website to verify personal information.
  • Never reply to a phone number or use a website that is part of a suspicious call, pop-up or text message to verify personal information.
  • Phishing emails are near-replica websites of a trusted or well-known institution such as your financial institution or a government agency.
  • When in doubt, you should initiate contact through a known telephone number or website

Be diligent and ask yourself: Why would your financial institution or the government need to contact you for personal information to make or receive a payment—they already have it! Please do not hesitate to reach out to any one of my offices if you have questions or concerns.

In Case You Missed It - Weekly Media Round-up

Press Republican: Reps in Action: May 20, 2020

myChamplainValley.com: Stefanik, upstate New York representatives discuss COVID-19 stimulus at virtual town hall

WRGB Albany: Stefanik secures over $21 million in funding for Glens Falls Hospital during pandemic

Fox News: Rep. Stefanik calls for probe of Cuomo’s nursing home order: There was ‘zero transparency’

New York PostChina is ‘significant emerging threat’ to US: Rep. Stefanik

Sun Community News: Small businesses voice concerns moving forward

WNYT: Stefanik calling for investigation into DOH

THANK YOU

On behalf of our entire district, I want to thank the incredible leadership, courage, and resilience of so many at this difficult, unprecedented time as we work together to combat and beat COVID-19. 

From our doctors, nurses, physician assistants, healthcare providers, hospital personnel, EMS, and first reponders who are on the front lines of our public healthy needs, to our truck drivers, manufacturers, grocers, workers, and farmers who are keeping our shelves stocked, to our county personnel and local elected officials who are working daily to ensure we have the capacity to meet the public’s needs to the best of our ability, to our teachers, caregivers, volunteers, and parents who are meeting the challenge, to our local media informing the public, our entire community is grateful for your tremendous service. 

As a community working together, we will overcome this. My office is here to serve each and every constituent. No issue is too small and we will continue to work around the clock to serve the families and small businesses of our district.

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