Coronavirus Information
for Older Adults in New York

Be festive while protecting your loved ones and preventing the spread of COVID-19. Avoid indoor activities and stay away from big groups by sticking to a core group of friends and family — your pandemic "social bubble." See this helpful flyer: "Tips for a Safer Holiday Season" and be sure to read New York's Rules for Travel if you or family are traveling this weekend.

Here's a handy Covid Zone map for NYC. Enter your address and see if there are any special warnings and guidelines for your area.

Follow these basic guidelines:

Stay home if sick: Only leave for essential medical care and testing or other essential errands.
Keep physical distance: Keep a 6 ft. social distance except with your trusted family and cohabitants.
Keep your hands clean: Wash your hands often with soap and water. Use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
Wear a face covering: You can be contagious without symptoms. Protect those around you by wearing a face covering when in public.

​In-person 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.

COVID-19 Testing

The city has a webpage with information about Covid-19 testing sites and Antibody testing if you want to know if you have had Covid-19. Below is a list of Bay Ridge area testing locations, or visit this web page to find a site near you and for more information on testing and all locations.

Brooklyn Army Terminal,140 58th Street,Brooklyn, NY 11220
Monday – Sunday, 9 am. – 7 pm

Bay Ridge, 8511 & 8515 5th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11209
Monday – Sunday, 9 am – 7 pm

Bensonhurst, 6315 14th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11219
Monday – Sunday, 9 am – 7 pm


Don't Forget: Get Your FLU SHOT

And don't forget pneumonia vaccines too. In the current climate of COVID-19 it is more important than ever to ensure the protection of older adults and those with underlying chronic conditions against vaccine preventable diseases, such as influenza and pneumococcal pneumonia.

Contact your doctor for a vaccine or visit a nearby pharmacy. Medicare covers the cost of these vaccines.


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:

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If You Go Out, or Are Around Stranger, Wear a Face Covering

Residents of New York are required to wear a face covering when out in public to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

DIY Face MaskHow to Make a Face Mask. Simple instructions on the Happy DIY Home website

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.

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, food pantry, pet walking, wellness check or friendly phone call.

See the Bay Ridge Cares website  or Bay Ridge residents can call their office at 718-635-0219, Monday – Saturday, 9 am – 5 pm. They also post updates on their Facebook page.

Health Insurance

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 or call 311 for assistance.

Veterans Administration

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

Doctor's Visits

Call your doctor's office if you have a health concern and feel you need an appointment. Don't put off check-ups for ongoing health concerns.

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

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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 Activities and Entertainment for Fun, Enjoyment, Learning
See our page of ideas resources. We'll keep adding ideas and links.