Bay Ridge Center
Coronavirus Information Page
May 2020: It looks like New York City will have stay-at-home restrictions for some weeks to come. For seniors it make take longer to feel safe and be able to return to some of our favorite activities. Group programs at Bay Ridge Center remain suspended until the state and city issue guidelines allowing us to reopen, but please stay in touch with others by phone or internet visits, get into your projects, and join our Online Events by telephone or internet. Here's a good article about helping older family members and friends get online and reduce their isolation: "Teaching Technology to Older Adults During the Coronavirus Pandemic." Contact us if you need help joining a program. Along with the resources below, see our Food Programs page if you need to find free meal options.
IF YOU GO OUT, WEAR A FACE MASK
Residents of New York are required to wear a face covering when out in public to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams shows how to make a simple face mask with no sewing. All you need are some paper napkins, 2 rubber bands, and a stapler!
NYC is giving out free masks at parks around the city. They have had distribution times in Owls Head Park and Fort Hamilton. Check here for a full list and times: https://maps.nyc.gov/face-coverings/
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has information on "How to Wear a Cloth Face Covering." That page includes instructions on making a mask — Sew and No Sew — from cotton fabric (an old tea towel is a good choice), tee shirts, or even coffee filters; and when and how to clean face masks.
Virus Information, and for adults 60+
Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website, "If You Are at Higher Risk".
CDC page on Symptoms and Testing - very clear information on what to do if you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 or if you feel sick; testing is ordered through your doctor.
National Council on Aging, COVID-19 Resources for Older Adults & Caregivers
New York State Department of Health with the latest from the governor's office on steps everyone must take to control the spread of the virus. (Translates to multiple languages from a button click.)
For the latest New York City information you can call 311, or see the NYC Department of Health website. The page is available in multiple languages:
Contact Information for Local Officials
City Council Member Justin Brannan 718-748-5200
State Senator Andrew Gounardes (718) 238-6044
Assembly Member Nicole Mallotakis 718-987-0197
Assembly Member Mathylde Frontus 718-266-0267
Assembly Member Felix Ortiz 718-492-6334
State Senator Diane Savino (718) 727-9406
Legal Documents & Planning Ahead
Volunteers of Legal Services remind us that it is now more important than ever to tend to matters that protect one's legal rights and health care decisions. VOLS offers pro bono services to low income adults age 60+. See the information about their services for seniors on this webpage, or download their informational flyer.
Bay Ridge Cares Volunteers
To get through this difficult time, Bay Ridge Cares takes calls from area residents in need of assistance, along with partners at the offices of Councilman Justin Brannan, Assemblymember Mathylde Frontus, and State Senator Andrew Gounardes. They arrange for volunteers, who travel all over South Brooklyn, to help with food shopping, necessary errands, care package of food (if you are in need), pet walking, wellness check or friendly phone call.
Medicare coverage and the Conronavirus - information about coverage for testing, new telehealth services, and more
Health insurance options for everyone lists a whole range of options for finding health care, whether for seniors, children, families; help with Medicaid or Medicare; pharmacy plans, and more. The NY State Health Marketplace has extended the enrollment deadline to April 15. Visit nyc.gov/GetCoveredNYC or call 311 for assistance.
VA Video Connect connects Veterans with their health care team from anywhere
Video information from Veterans Health Administration Executive in Charge Dr. Richard Stone: VA is here for Veterans during COVID-19
Call your doctor's office if you have a health concern and feel you need an appointment. Many doctors will be doing video or telephone "visits." If you have doctors with NYU Langone Health video visits.
Coping with stress
NYC Well offers free, confidential mental health support. Speak to a counselor via phone, text, or chat and get access to mental health and substance use services, in more than 200 languages, anytime, any day.
"Coping With Stress and Social Distancing During the Coronavirus(COVID-19)Outbreak" (NYC Health), - English
Cómo hacerle frente al estrés durante los brotes de enfermedades infecciosas
HRA Benefits Applications Online
All in-person appointments to apply for SNAP, Cash Assistance, Medicaid, Fair Fare NYC have been cancelled. You can do everything through Access HRA online.
Fraud Alert and Scams Related to the Virus
New York Attorney General Letitia James Warnings about Consumer Scams and how to file complaints.
"Watch Out! Scammers Are Using the Coronavirus to Steal Your Information," a helps Reader's Digest article.
If you are having trouble paying bills, utilities have been ordered to not shut off service for gas, water, or electricity during this time, and internet services will not be cut off either. ConEd is also warning about scams: Beware of anyone visiting, emailing, or calling about outstanding bills or disconnecting service. You are not going to lose your power even if you can’t pay your bill now. See the website for more info.
Brooklyn Community Pride Center
With the Center closed and the need to stay home, BCPC is offering virtual services/programs every day to support the LGBTQ+ community. See the online calendar for the most up-to-date offerings.
Online Webinars & Video Information to help you through this time
PSS webinar: "COVID-19 (Coronavirus): What Caregivers & Older Adults Need to Know" A 48-minute program covering topics from what makes this virus different, through its symptoms, mode of spreading, incubation, diagnosis, treatment and prevention.
For more events like this and others, visit us online at https://pssusa.org/events.
COVID-19: What older adults need to know
Jay Butler, Deputy Director for Infectious Diseases at CDC, describes preventative measures to help protect older adults from COVID-19.
Online Activities and Entertainment for Fun, Enjoyment, Learning
See our page of ideas resources. We'll keep adding ideas and links.