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Posted on: April 6, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Daily COVID-19 Update from RIOC

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Upper East Side Town Hall - Tonight - 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Councilmember Ben Kallos is hosting an Upper East Side Coronavirus (COVID-19) Video/Tele-Townhall with many elected officials from the Upper East Side. It will also have a Questions & Answers session with NYC Department of Health Dr. Jennifer Rosen, Director of Epidemiology & Surveillance Representatives for Mayor Bill de Blasio.

For information about how you can join the town hall and submit your questions, please visit:

Assemblywoman Seawright Town Hall – Tonight – 7:00 PM

The Office of Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright hosts a Tuesday Virtual Town Hall at 7:00pm on the COVID-19 response, supports and resources available to our community. The meeting will be hosted on zoom with an option to join by telephone for those who may not have computer access. You can join on your computer using the URL: OR call 646-558-8656 and enter Meeting ID: 131 837 787 followed by #, then press # to enter the call. The joining URL and number remain the same week to week for each town hall.

On Tuesday, April 7 at 7:00pm, the topic is seniors and homebound elders during the COVID-19 crisis with special guests Marissa Block, Deputy Chief Program Officer at Lenox Hill Neighborhood House and Robin Strashun, Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator at Search and Care.

Governor Cuomo’s Daily Updates

For anyone who would like to tune into Governor Cuomo’s daily updates, please visit his website:

Census 2020

If you haven’t received your invitation to complete the Census in the mail, you can still respond online. Visit and be sure to select the "If you do not have a Census ID, click here" link. #LetsGetCountedNY

Grab and Go Meals for All New Yorkers at PS/IS 217 on Roosevelt Island

This program is expanding to three (3) free meals to adults at all sites. No one will be turned away.

Hours (Monday – Friday):

  • 7:30am-11:30am for families and children
  • 11:30am-1:30pm for adults

Limited Grab and Go Meal Deliveries

The Roosevelt Island Disabled Association (RIDA) along with Mosaic Church and Carter Burden are delivering breakfast and lunch Grab and Go bags from the Board of Education Monday through Fridays.

Food Pantries

Please go to to find out food pantries, community kitchens and other food sources. If you know of a senior who is in need of attention of any kind, please contact the Public Safety Department immediately at 212-832-4545.

Pharmacies offer free home delivery to New Yorkers

After speaking with the state’s major pharmacy chains, pharmacies to offer free home delivery to help reduce long lines for prescriptions at their facilities.

Mental Health Hotline

We can’t underestimate the impact this pandemic is having on mental health. For free emotional support, consultation and referral to a provider, call 1-844-863-9314.

Transportation Updates

  • Red Buses will continue to run on a Weekend Schedule and the Trams will continue to operate as normal until further notice.
  • NYC Ferry - f – check for changes
  • MTA - – check for changes

What You Need to Know from NYS – Updated Daily

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