COVID-19/Coronavirus Resources & Information for ARANY Members

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A Message from ARANY President, Eric Wilbert

I would like to take a moment to reach out to all of our ARANY membership and give a few words of advice.  In this time of concern and adversity, I would like to remind everyone to continue your part in preventing the spread of COVID-19.  We have all heard by now how to prevent this, but it is of utmost importance to continue to lead by example.  We are a strong, resilient and most of all stubborn family of automotive recyclers that will continue to shine during these trying times.  Enjoy and love your family and most importantly, stay healthy. 

Regards,

Eric Wilbert
Wilbert's U-Pull It
315-589-2222 x 301
[email protected]
www.Wilberts.com

COVID-19 Business Resources

To help keep up with the quickly changing response to the COVID-19 pandemic, below are some important resources related to the economic impacts for businesses and workers:

Important Information About Unemployment/Relief for Workers Under the CARES Act

Effective March 22, 2020, pursuant to Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order 202.8, 100% of the non-essential workforce must work remotely. Click here for the latest information on Essential Business or Entity Designation.  

REMINDERS

  • As an essential business, we are reminding all ARANY yards to please take all practical steps to reduce density by allowing remote working and implementing social distancing. 

From NY Empire State Development (ESD)

  • Click here for information on assistance and resources for businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • SBA has approved a statewide disaster declaration for New York. Eligible small businesses may now apply for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) online at: https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.
  • DOL is also reminding businesses of its Shared Work Program that can provide an alternative to laying off employees during business downturns by allowing workers to work a reduced work schedule and collect partial unemployment insurance benefits for up to 26 weeks. Instead of cutting staff, you able to reduce the number of hours of all employees or just a certain group:
    https://www.labor.ny.gov/ui/employerinfo/shared-work-program.shtm 

NYS DAILY UPDATES

4/2/2020 DAILY UPDATE
From Governor Cuomo's briefing in the Red Room of the NYS Capitol

  • Nassau County & Suffolk County have seen a large spike in new cases which is extremely concerning
  • NYS is a microcosm of the United States
  • The timing of the apex depends on what model you look at, 7-30 days
  • This wide-ranging window makes planning difficult
  • Current bed count:
    • 53,000 statewide
    • 36,000 downstate
  • Models have this flattening out and continuing throughout the summer
  • We have 180 hospitals in NYS we are focusing on
  • Hospitals with the most stress regularly will have the biggest struggle due to COVID019
  • Bed Capacity Increasing:
    • Adding Brooklyn Cruise Terminal: 750 beds, expected to open next week
    • Adding in State Island COVID only facility, expected to open next week
  • 21,000 volunteer healthcare workers from out of state to come to NYS to help fight COVID
  • 85,400 volunteers in total being deployed to the hospitals
  • Supplies are an ongoing challenge
  • NY is looking for supplies, Call: 212-803-3100 or email: [email protected] (NY cannot issue a Defense Production Act) NYS will purchase these products at a premium, NY will pay to convert facilities that can make these products; products are needed ASAP!
  • Released 400 ventilators to NYC H&H and 200 to Long Island and Westchester
  • We have 6 days at the current burn rate of ventilators until we run out of the stockpile 
  • Ending all elective surgeries in NYS
  • Using anesthesia machines and splitting ventilators, also converting BiPAP machines (do not have same force as ventilators)
  • Extending healthcare exchange enrollment until May 15, 2020
  • Governor is open to curfews if need be
  • Governor spoke to President Trump this morning, Governor does not think the Federal Government has enough to provide for the whole nation

TOTAL NY CASES: 92,381 / NEW: 8,669 / DEATHS: 2,373

4/1/2020 DAILY UPDATE
From Governor Cuomo's press briefing in the Red Room of the NYS Capitol

  • McKinsey Model: Apex is projected for the end of April
  • With minimal impact social distancing model:
    • 110,000 COVID beds
    • 34,000 ventilators
  • With high compliance social distancing model:
    • 75,000 COVID beds
    • 25,000 ventilators
  • Different models project higher or lower numbers
  • We are studying all models and coming up with a model for planning purposes
  • NYS does not have a chance to meet the capacity for higher model projections
  • Gates Foundation model projects 93,000 Americans will die, including 16,000 New Yorkers
  • To other states: "Look at us (NYS) today and see yourself tomorrow."
  • Gates model projects a high death rate through July
  • You can deal with the virus and get the economy up and running at the same time
  • Need a rapid testing procedure to determine who can go back to work
  • New testing available in NY - Regeneron created 500,000 tests at no charge, distributing across the state
  • Corning donated 100,000 tubes and provided 500,000 at a reduced cost
  • Closing NYC playgrounds; leaving open spaces available, including parks
  • All efforts now are focused on preparing for the apex
  • COVID patients were moved from NYC to Albany Medical Center
  • 110,000 COVID beds available and 30,000 non-COVID beds available in hospitals across the state

TOTAL NYS CASES; 83,712 / DEATHS: 1,941

3/31/20 DAILY UPDATE
From Governor Cuomo's press briefing in the Red Room of the NYS Capitol

  • Following projections of the experts
  • NYS is comparing 5 different COVID-19 models
  • We underestimated the virus
  • The main battle is at the apex of the curve
  • 7-21 days from today is the expected apex
  • We will function and plan as one hospital system, both public and private hospitals, plus the additional federal beds
  • The state is currently up to 75,000 hospital beds, all models say more are needed
  • Shifting patients, staff, and supplies between hospitals
  • New Rule to require inter-hospital data on supplies, staff, and space to be reported to DOH
  • Support staff in hospitals (the "frontline") need relief and are emotionally and physically exhausted
  • The state is sorting through 78,000 volunteers by region to link them with a hospital
  • A central coordinating team lead by DOH - includes Westchester, GNYHA, HANYS, NYC & Long Island
  • A portal will be launched today to aid in connecting the hospitals with the volunteers, Prioritizing in-state workers, downstate regional as first priority, then upstate, and then out-of-state volunteers. People could be in place as early as Thursday.
  • Governor Cuomo spoke with the President, Vice President, and Jared Kushner and they have been very helpful
  • This ends when we get a fast-track home test for COVID-19
  • Saliva, plasma, and antibody testing is in the works
  • Public responsibility: Stay At Home
  • Chris Cuomo (Governor Cuomo's brother) has coronavirus, found out this morning
  • Trying to bring upstate hospital staff to the downstate/metro area
  • NYS has ordered 17,000 ventilators from China at $25,000 each (we only have a firm expectation of 2,500) 
  • The states and FEMA are competing and bidding against each other which is driving up the price of ventilators
  • FEMA should have been the purchasing agent and then allocated to the states
  • According to NYS Budget Director Mujica, the Department of Labor regularly processes 50K unemployment filings a week, and there were over 7 million requests last week

TOTAL NYS CASES: 75,795 / NEW: 9,298 / DEATHS: 1,550

3/30/20 DAILY UPDATE 
From Governor Cuomo’s press conference at the Javits Center in NYC

  • Public Responsibility: stay home, no proximity, no density.
  • Javits Center hospital will become operational today.
  • NYC still has too many places with too much density.
  • Healthcare professionals are the “soldiers” in this battle.
  • Need to recruit more healthcare workers and share healthcare professionals in the state and across the country; NY will return the favor.
  • Nurses, doctors and attendants in hospitals need relief.
  • Nationwide competition for supplies—healthcare professionals need these supplies.
  • Met with entire statewide healthcare establishment to develop comprehensive cooperative plan between all hospitals within the state.
  • Hospitals will work as one “healthcare family,” sharing staff, supplies and equipment.
  • NY is planning forward to get ahead of the problem including stockpiling supplies and equipment, including PPE and ventilators.
  • Working as one unified hospital system, NY’s public and private hospitals will work with the state to create a command center around COVID-19 communication, response, purchasing and supply distribution.  

TOTAL NY CASES:  66,497 / NEW: 6,984 / DEATHS: 1,218 

Executive Order 202.13 was released by the Governor's Office.  

Highlights:

  • The special election in the City of New York to fill the vacancy in the Office of Borough President of Queens is rescheduled for June 23, 2020.
  • Circulation, filing, and collection of any designating  petitions, or independent  nominating  petitions for any office commencing  March 31, 2020 are postponed.
  • Any school board, library board, or village election  scheduled to take place in April or May of 2020 is hereby postponed until at least June 1, 2020, and subject to further directive as to the timing, location or manner of voting for such elections.
  • Any non-essential worker who is employed by the state of New York shall work from home or shall be able to stay home without charging their accruals until April 16, 2020.
  • Executive Order 202.6 is hereby modified to clarify that construction  which was an essential service not subject to the in-person  work restrictions is modified to provide only certain construction.
  • 100% of non-essential workforce must remain home until April 15, 2020.
  • The directive of Executive Order 202.12 requiring  a support person for a patient giving birth is modified insofar as to cover labor, delivery as well as the immediate postpartum  period.

3/29/20 Updates
From Governor Cuomo’s press briefing in the Red Room of the NYS Capitol  

  • Apex will occur at different times in different places across the country and across the state.
  • Current projections: NYC, Westchester and Long Island will apex at different times, upstate will also be impacted.
  • Hospitals must work together within public and private systems; the public/private barrier must be broken down.
  • Governor is meeting with Greater NY Hospital Association tomorrow.
  • Governor asking Mayor de Blasio and Comptroller Stringer to investigate modifying public hospital systems in NYC.
  • NYS’s role is getting those health systems to work together.
  • Extending NY PAUSE program (non-essential workers down to 0%) until April 15; this will be re-evaluated every two weeks.
  • NYSDOH developed less intrusive COVID-19 test requiring less resources and limiting exposure for healthcare workers.
  • State still working to purchase PPE to increase stockpile for eventual distribution.
  • When is this over? When we have an inexpensive and available COVID-19 home test. We need faster, easier testing. If you can test millions of people, you can send them to work sooner.
  • USNS Comfort will be here tomorrow, Monday, March 30 (not for COVID-19 patients).
  • 76,019 healthcare workers have volunteered to date in NY.
  • President/CDC ordered a travel advisory (NY, NJ & CT).
  • This is not a lock down, these federal actions support state actions to date.   

TOTAL NYS CASES: 59, 513 / NEW: 7,195 / DEATHS: 965 

Also: Executive Order 202.12 was released by the Governor's Office.   

Highlights include: 

  • New Presidential Primary Date: June 23, 2020.
  • Special elections are rescheduled to June 23, 2020.
  • Allows for one support person to be present during childbirth.

3/28/20 Updates
From Governor Cuomo’s press conference in the Red Room of the NYS Capitol

  • NYS Presidential Primary is delayed until June 23, 2020 (in conjunction with congressional and legislative primary).
  • Governor Cuomo commended the President for using the Defense Production Act to produce ventilators.
  • Bag-valve mask is an alternative to a ventilator.
  • NYS is procuring additional bag-valve masks (require 24-hour manual staffing).
  • NY is training the National Guard on use.
  • Ventilators cost $25k-$45k; NYS is purchasing more ventilators.
  • 4,000 ventilators from the federal government are in a stockpile, these will be leveraged for high demand.
  • NY is still buying PPE equipment to meet long-term needs.
  • NYS DOH Commissioner Zucker is reviewing the new CDC guidelines for healthcare providers. The state may tighten these guidelines.
  • Requesting local health systems to think more holistically, and to work together in order to spread out needs, share supplies, and send staff to areas needed - DOH mandating.
  • Governor Cuomo is asking pharmacies to offer free deliveries.
  • DOH monitoring density and activity in NYC Parks.  If non-compliance continues, the State will close playgrounds.
  • 1,100 tests being administered for Hydroxychloroquine and Zithromax currently.
  • Javits Center hospital will open on Monday. 
  • USNS Comfort scheduled will arrive on Monday. 

President Trump approved four new federal temporary hospitals (4k total additional beds):

  1. Brooklyn Cruise Terminal
  2. Aqueduct Racetrack
  3. CUNY Staten Island
  4. New York Expo Center 

NEW APPROACH: COVID-Only Hospitals (600 plus beds each):

  1. South Beach Psychiatric (Staten Island)
  2. SUNY Downstate
  3. Westchester Square 

ALSO: 

  • Cuomo will work with the states to organize procurement of medical devices.
  • FDA approved NYSDOH request for antibody testing.
  • Daily ICU admissions decreased between Thursday and Friday (374 to 172).
  • New hospitalizations also decreased across the same timeframe. 

TOTAL CASES IN NY: 52,318 / NEW: 7,681 / DEATHS: 728


3/27/20 DAILY UPDATE

From Governor Cuomo’s press conference at the Javits Center at 11:30 a.m.

  • Extending the school closures until April 15th, as well as the 180-day mandate waiver.
  • Continuation of distance learning.
  • Additional bed sites / requesting temporary hospital from FEMA, 4,000 more beds over 4 sites:
    • Bronx: NY Expo Center
    • Queens: Aqueduct
    • Brooklyn: Brooklyn Cruise Terminal
    • Staten Island: College of Staten Island
  • Looking at CUNY City College and CUNY Queens College as additional sites.
  • Looking at Marriott Brooklyn Bridge and Brooklyn Center Nursing Home as additional sites.

TOTAL CASES IN NY: 44,635 / NEW: 7,377 / DEATHS: 519

Other Updates

  • Non-essential businesses list grows, adding construction to the list:

Construction

  • All non-essential construction must shut down except emergency construction, (e.g. a project necessary to protect the health and safety of the occupants or to continue a project if it would be unsafe to allow to remain undone until it is safe to shut the site).
  • Essential construction may continue and includes roads, bridges, transit facilities, utilities, hospitals or health care facilities, affordable housing, and homeless shelters. At every site, if essential or emergency non-essential construction, this includes maintaining social distance, including for purposes of elevators/meals/entry and exit. Sites that cannot maintain distance and safety best practices must close and enforcement will be provided by the state in coordination with the city/local governments. This will include fines of up to $10,000 per violation.
  • For purposes of this section, construction work does not include a single worker, who is the sole employee/worker on a job site.

Travel

  • Massachusetts Governor Baker: starting today, March 27, all travelers arriving to [Massachusetts] are instructed to self-quarantine for 14 days.  They will be given information about this at major transportation hubs. Governor Baker clarified that self-quarantine requests target those coming into major airports and major transportation hubs.

3/26/20 DAILY UPDATE  

From Governor Cuomo’s press briefing in the Red Room at the NYS Capitol: 

  • Governor scouting additional sites for overflow, 1,000 plus overflow in each of the downstate counties, in addition to simultaneously increasing current facility capacity (Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx, Manhattan, Staten Island, Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, Rockland).
  • Approved splitting of ventilators so that one ventilator can service two people.
  • Converting anesthesia machines into ventilators.
  • Shifting load from downstate hospitals to upstate hospitals, and expanding upstate hospital capacity.
  • Lost revenue estimated between $10B and $15B. 

Federal Stimulus Bill  For a further update on the bill, click here.

  • Unemployment insurance, and small businesses addressed.
  • Does not help governmental losses, Governor described this portion as a failure, and irresponsible.
  • NYS gets $5B; earmarked only for COVID-19 expenses.
  • NYS Does not know how much revenues are down, do not know the forecast for economic activity, nor additional federal response.
  • State will adjust down revenue projections if needed.
  • Adjust the budget through the years to reflect the actual revenue, and adjust spending down accordingly to match the actual revenue. This will be on a yet-to-be determined schedule.  

TOTAL NYS CASES: 37,258 / NEW: 6,400 / DEATHS: 385

  • Spread across the State continues.
  • Medical staff volunteering increased from 40,000 to 12,000 today.
  • Mental Health professionals volunteering increased from 6,175 to 8,600 plus.

ADDITIONAL NEW YORK STATE RESOURCES

Effective March 22, 2020, pursuant to Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order 202.8, 100% of the non-essential workforce must work remotely. Click here for the latest information on Essential Business or Entity Designation. 

UPDATE: Guidance for “essential” businesses has been updated on the ESD website and includes additional exempt industries.  

REMINDERS

  • If your business is part of an exempt industry/function on the essential list then you do NOT have to submit an application.
  • Even if your business is deemed essential, please take all practical steps to reduce density by allowing remote working and implementing social distancing. 

From NY Empire State Development (ESD)

  • Click here for information on assistance and resources for businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • SBA has approved a statewide disaster declaration for New York. Eligible small businesses may now apply for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) online at: https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.
  • DOL is also reminding businesses of its Shared Work Program that can provide an alternative to laying off employees during business downturns by allowing workers to work a reduced work schedule and collect partial unemployment insurance benefits for up to 26 weeks. Instead of cutting staff, you able to reduce the number of hours of all employees or just a certain group:
    https://www.labor.ny.gov/ui/employerinfo/shared-work-program.shtm 

NYS is waiving mortgage payments for 90 days for financial hardships

  • No negative reporting to credit bureaus.
  • Grace period for loan modification.
  • No late payment fees or online fees.

NYS is asking all psychologists and therapists willing to volunteer to contact: www.health.ny.gov/assistance (Electronic Help Center) 


HELPFUL LINKS

Executive Orders Pertaining to the Pandemic & State Government Actions

Empire State Development - Offers a web portal and FAQ page for individuals and businesses with business-related COVID-19 issues and questions.

COVID-19 Community Contact - Your local health department is your community contact for COVID-19 concerns.   

E-Mail COVID-19 Updates from NYS - Sign-up by clicking here

New York State's Coronavirus Website 


Wednesday, March 25, 2020

From Governor Cuomo’s press briefing in the Red Room at the NYS Capitol at 11:15 a.m.

  • NYC currently implementing social distancing plan:
    • closing streets to traffic for pedestrian use
    • playground density reduction mandates
    • no close contact sports, such as basketball
    • if not followed, playgrounds will shut down
  • Evidence is showing that the density control plan is working.  The doubling of hospitalization rates is spreading out across more days than earlier in the week
  • As of today, PPE demand is satisfied for the next couple of weeks, but 3 weeks out there will again be a need
  • Federal Government committed 4,000 ventilators (yesterday, the number was 400)S
  • Still working with feds for more ventilators, and still looking into splitting ventilators.  Governor states that they have purchased everything that can be purchased
  • 40,000 responses from "Surge Healthcare Force", the reserve healthcare workforce
  • 6,175 mental health professionals signed up (hotline 1-844-863-9314) to provide services
  • Working with feds to find vendors and using Defense Production Act to maximize production
  • Working with feds on a rolling deployment plan (mentioned yesterday as a request) to meet needs of hot spots as they arise.  Redeployment of equipment and personnel as states needs decline
  • Governor described the $2 Tril. bill as "terrible" for NY. $3.8B for NYS, and $1.3B for NYC.  Told the House to modify the bill.
  • New Cases: 30,811 / NEW: 5,146
    • Westchester has dramatically slowed down
    • 28% of testing in the nation is being done in NY

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

From Governor Cuomo’s press conference at the Javits Center at 11:00 a.m.
Note that we are expecting another press conference later today from Albany

  • Numbers are going up far quicker than expected
  • Apex is forecasted for 5/1, but the curve is increasing, the new apex is forecasted for 14 to 21 days.
  • New projected needed beds are at 140k, with 40k ICU beds (beds with ventilators)
  • NYC expected to have a density reduction plan in place by noon today.
  • Experimental drug trials (Hydroxychloroquine and Zithromax) will start today.
  • DOH still pursuing Plasma Injection as well as Antibody test.
  • Cuomo is speaking with hotel owners to discuss the conversion of locations.  He will use SUNY and CUNY dorms, as well.
  • Experimenting with splitting ventilators in order to cover two people simultaneously.
  • Still pushing feds to use of federal Defense Production Act.  Not using power is inexplicable to Cuomo.
  • The Governor is urging HHS Secretary Azar to release 20,000 ventilators to the State.
  • FEMA is reportedly sending 400 ventilators, but the need is projected to be 30,000.
  • The Governor will take personal responsibility for transporting federal stockpile ventilators to the next region where needed, once state crests over apex. 
  • Governor discussing bringing lower risk people back into the workforce, and recovered people.
  • Ramp up the economy with available workers.  Reiterates that the crisis facing the state today is hospital capacity.
  • NY will be the first to reach the apex, then other states will follow what happened in NY

Monday, March 23, 2020

Governor Cuomo’s press briefing from the Red Room at the NYS Capitol:

Density Control

  • Greatest density control issue is now in NYC; focus on young people
  • Governor Cuomo is working with NYC officials on this, expecting to see a plan today
  • Cuomo will implement NYC density reduction actions in other neighboring counties
  • NY cannot handle a wave at its high point

Executive Orders

  • Today issuing E.O. directing hospitals to increase capacity by 50% at least
  • E.O. all nurses to voluntarily enlist
  • 30,000 responses from retired medical professionals to help

Medical Supplies

  • Continue to be a large concern, we are still competing with other states, driving up costs
  • Feds need to invoke Defense Production act

Hospital Capacity

  • Gov is traveling to NYC today to check status at the Javits center (1,000 beds with ventilators and staffing)

Drug Therapy

  • Tuesday starting hydroxychloroquine and Zithromax drug therapy

Tested

  • 25% of all testing nationwide is being produced in NY
  • March 13, State started testing, 16,000 people per day are being tested in NY
  • Total cases in NYS: 20,875 / NEW: 5,707 / 13% hospitalized / DEATHS: 157
  • Numbers will be higher on positive since NY is doing more tests

Moving Forward

  • We must implement NY FORWARD: how do we transition to a restart of the economy, taking into consideration public health policies? How can we account for the vulnerable while keeping healthy people working? NYS has a taskforce working on this separately. 

Sunday, March 22, 2020 - Weekend Updates

New York State Update - March 22, 2020

  • Fed has decided to leave quarantine decisions to the states
  • Feds need to nationalize medical supply acquisition
  • States cannot manage this; they’re competing with one another for this equipment
  • Federal Government needs to invoke Defense Production Act, mandating private companies to produce medical supplies (NYS does not have the power to do this)
  • order factories to manufacture masks, gowns, ventilators
  • Feds need to prioritize getting money into the hands of families who need to live
  • Feds need to get money to governments
  • Corporate subsidies (shouldn’t be a gift to corporations at taxpayers’ expense)
  • NYS has 15% more cases than any other state
  • NY received no funding from first COVID-19 bill even though NYS has the greatest need
  • Congress needs to stand up and fight for NY
  • Requesting that Army Corps erect temporary hospitals:
    • Stonybrook, Westbury, Westchester, Javits
    • these campuses have dorms where healthcare staff can stay
    • NYS has approved this measure, from State’s end we could start construction tomorrow
  • FEMA will erect 4 federal hospitals at the Javits center (250 capacity each)
  • FEMA hospitals come with staff and supplies
  • We are ready as soon as federal government is ready to go
  • President signed FEMA emergency declaration (75% federal government/25% state share)
  • NYS is requesting feds to waive the 25% (NY cannot pay this, no State can)
  • NYS has secured 70k hydroxychloroquine and 10k Zithromax and 750k chloroquine (trial tests to start on Tuesday)
  • Feds need to test blood to see if you have antibodies needed to fight the Coronavirus (serological testing)

STATE ROLE

  • expanding existing hospital capacity (GOAL: 100% expansion)
  • Waiving all NYS regulations to get this done
  • mandate a minimum 50% increase in capacity (DOH order to hospitals)
  • Elective non-critical surgeries are canceled effective Wednesday
  • taking over hotels and nursing homes and repurposing them
  • 18-49 year old’s represent 53% of cases in NY
  • older people and people with underlying illnesses can die from thisneed a plan from NYC leadership in next 24 hours to deal with ongoing density issues
  • Positive cases: 15,168 / New: 4,800 TOTAL /  DEATHS: 114
  • Cortland, Madison, St. Lawrence – NEW CASES
  • 40%-80% will end up getting Coronavirus
  • This is going to be 4,6,9 months (based off China’s experience)

New York State Update - March 21, 2020

Update from Governor Cuomo’s 11:00 a.m. press briefing in the Red Room at the NYS Capitol                     

NYS is now ending elective surgeries

Building new beds, below are possible (list to be given to Army Corps of Engineers):

- Javits

- SUNY Stony Brook

- SUNY Westbury

- Westchester Convention Center

- Governor viewing sites today

  • Ventilators being gathered; identified additional 6,000 ventilators that will be purchased.
  • FEMA assistance to NYS, in 75% payment of cost.  Governor is asking the federal government to waive the 25% state share.
  • State requesting four field hospitals at 250 capacity, Javits - in addition to being a new bed facility.
  • NYS is asking Congressional delegation to modify federal legislation to make eligible for $6 billion in aid.
  • Commissioner Zucker recommends Hydroxychloroquine and Zithromax trial
  • NYS is taking more tests per capita than China or South Korea and more than any other state
  • Rate of Hospitalization: 15% of the cases (down slightly from where it was)
  • Estimates of infection rate range: 40%-80% of population. Slow this rate so the hospitals can deal with it.

NYS is asking all psychologists and therapists willing to volunteer to contact: www.health.ny.gov/assistance(electronic help center)


Questions?

Contact: coronavirus.health.ny.gov  


                                                                                                                                       

Friday, March 20, 2020

March 20, 2020 - Regional Meeting Webinar - please view our webinar recording for Interim Guidance for Businesses to Plan & Respond to Coronavirus.  There is a Q&A section at the end of the recording. Interim Guidance for Businesses to Plan & Respond to Coronavirus


Dear ARANY Members:

At today's press conference, Governor Cuomo announced an Executive Order that all “non-essential” New Yorkers are being ordered to stay home starting Sunday evening as the state looks to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

The governor announced Friday he will issue the “New York State on PAUSE” executive order mandating that all residents remain home and indoors “to the greatest extent to protect physical and mental health.” The action will require 100 percent of the state’s “non-essential” workforce to work from home — up from the 75 percent ordered to remain home earlier this week — the latest escalation in the state's rapidly moving efforts to stem the spread of the virus. 

What does this mean for NYS automotive recyclers?

ARANY encourages our members to err on the side of caution and are providing the facts that we have at hand.  Please refer to the Empire State Development for a list of essential services pertaining to this specific Executive Order: https://esd.ny.gov/guidance-executive-order-2026

NYS auto recyclers are vendors supplying support to an essential business (auto repairs).  This is true for both full service and self-service operations as both are supporting the essential auto repair industry.  It is essential to keep our transportation continuing and for all of us to provide a quality recycled part.

We want to provide this information to you, as business owners so you can make the decisions that are suitable for your business.  Please continue to follow the CDC recommendations for social distancing and sanitization if you choose to remain open for business.

Thank you,

ARANY


 

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Please save the date for Friday, March 20, 2020 at 3:00pm - we are hosting a webinar on the information below for members.  

For call information - REGISTER HERE

We will be referring to this document for the call: 
Interim Guidance for Businesses to Plan & Respond to Coronavirus


PRESS RELEASE 

For Immediate Release: 3/18/2020

GOVERNOR ANDREW M. CUOMO

  

AMID ONGOING COVID-19 PANDEMIC, GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES DEPLOYMENT OF 1,000-BED HOSPITAL SHIP 'USNS COMFORT' TO NEW YORK HARBOR

See here for a photo of the USNS Comfort

Issues Executive Order Directing Non-Essential Businesses to Implement Work from Home Policies Effective Friday, March 20

Businesses that Require In-Office Personnel Must Decrease In-Office Workforce by 50 Percent

Exceptions Made for Essential Services — Including Shipping Industry, Warehouses, Grocery and Food Production, Pharmacies, Media, Banks and Related Financial Institutions, and Businesses Essential to Supply Chain

Confirms 1,008 Additional Coronavirus Cases in New York State - Bringing Statewide Total to 2,382; New Cases in 20 Counties 

Governor Meeting Today with Army Corp of Engineers to Discuss Hospital Surge Capacity 

Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the USNS Comfort will be deployed to New York harbor and is expected to arrive in April. The 1,000-bed hospital ship has 12 fully-equipped operating rooms and will significantly increase New York's hospital surge capacity. The Governor is meeting with leadership of the Army Corp of Engineers today to discuss ways to increase hospital capacity in New York.

The Governor also announced he will issue an executive order directing non-essential businesses to implement work-from-home policies effective Friday, March 20. Businesses that rely on in-office personnel must decrease their in-office workforce by 50 percent. The executive order exempts essential service industries, including shipping, media, warehousing, grocery and food production, pharmacies, healthcare providers, utilities, banks and related financial institutions, and other industries critical to the supply chain. 

"We are fighting a war against this pandemic and we know that two of the most effective ways to stop it is by reducing density and increasing our hospital capacity so our healthcare system is not overwhelmed," Governor Cuomo said. "The deployment of the USNS Comfort to New York is an extraordinary but necessary step to help ensure our state has the capacity to handle an influx of patients with COVID-19 and continue our efforts to contain the virus. Partnering with the private sector to require nonessential employees to work from home will also go a long way toward bending the curve. My number one priority is protecting the public health so that a wave of new cases doesn't crash our hospital system, and we will continue taking any action necessary to achieve that goal." 

Finally, the Governor confirmed 1,008 additional cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 2,382 confirmed cases in New York State. Of the 2,382 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:

Albany County: 36 (13 new)

Allegany County: 2

Broome County: 1

Chenango County: 1 (1 new)

Clinton County: 1

Delaware County: 1

Dutchess County: 20 (4 new)

Erie County: 7

Essex County: 1 (1 new)

Greene County: 2

Hamilton County: 1 (1 new)

Herkimer County: 1

Monroe County: 14  (4 new)

Montgomery County: 2 (1 new)

Nassau County: 183 (52 new)

New York City: 1339 (695 new)

Onondaga County: 2

Ontario County: 1

Orange County: 32 (17 new)

Putnam County: 2

Rensselaer County: 4 (3 new)

Rockland County: 30 (8 new)

Saratoga County: 14 (5 new)

Schenectady County: 14 (9 new)

Suffolk County: 116 (32 new)

Sullivan County: 1

Tioga County: 1

Tompkins County: 3 (1 new)

Ulster  County: 9 (1 new)

Warren County: 1 (1 new)

Washington County: 1 (1 new)

Westchester County: 538 (158 new)

Wyoming County: 1

On Monday, Governor Cuomo directed nonessential state employees statewide to work from home. The Governor also directed local governments to reduce their overall workforce by 50 percent and allow nonessential employees to work from home.

Also on Monday, Governor Cuomo, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy and Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont announced a regional approach to combating the novel coronavirus - or COVID-19 - throughout the tri-state area. These uniform standards limited crowd capacity for social and recreational gatherings to 50 people, and required restaurants and bars to close on premise service and move to take-out and delivery services only. The three governors also temporarily closed movie theaters, gyms and casinos.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2020 - Albany Update

Governor Cuomo Press Conference - 3/18/20

  • Need to flatten the curve via density reduction and testing
  • Increase current hospital capacity
  • Identify new hospital beds (we can do this in NY over the next 45 days)
  • Waive DOH regs in order to increase bed capacity in existing hospitals
  • Convert facilities take current hospitalizations and move to the converted facilities
  • a federal partnership is key
  • President is sending USNS Comfort, it has 1,000 rooms on it with operating rooms
  • set up mobile hospitals with 200ish people
  • NY will expedite cites of these hospitals
  • 7 billion dollar hit may require cut in spending
  • Now is not the time to tell NYers that the State is raising taxes
  • There is a cluster in Nassau now
  • Regarding the State Budget, all policy items are on the table, per the Governor

DENSITY REDUCTION

  • Voluntary work from home – Governor emphasized this
  • PA is joining the tri-state coalition for density reduction purposes
  • no more than 50% of the workforce can leave homes except essential services (food, pharmacies, shipping, supplies, healthcare)
    • We are seeking further clarification on this for smaller operations/yards

POSITIVE CASES

  • 2,382 (1,008 NEW)
  • Hospitalizations – 549 of 2,382 (23%) this has gone up

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President Trump Press Conference

  • $250 billion in direct payments to Americans starting April 6, with another $250 billion round on May 18.
  • $200 billion in industry aid. As part of that, the airline sector would see $50 billion in loans, with conditions on executive pay and service requirements.
  • invoking defense production act, Trump is signing today
  • non-essential US travel to Canada is closed
  • HUD is suspending foreclosures & through April
  • Looking into self-swab options for testing - would free up a lot of health officials
  • expecting second news conference today or tomorrow on FDA developments
  • president hosting conference call tomorrow with all of the Governors and FEMA
  • HHS issuing regulations today to allow doctors and nurses to practice across state lines
  • limit non-essential and elective surgeries 

LEGISLATIVE

  • It is uncertain at this point whether the legislature will remain in Albany to do the full Budget
  • Expanded Paid sick leave bill is expected to pass in the legislature today (S8090/A10152)
  • Debt Services bill (first Budget bill) will be taken up by the Senate today (S7502/A9502)

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 - Albany Update

From Governor Cuomo

  • Testing is up
  • Tri-State containment strategy
  • Local governments need to check with DOH before putting out new Rules
  • No plans to quarantine any city at this point, including NYC (though the Mayor seemed to contradict this earlier today in his presser)
  • Expert projections show a range of spread
  • Expected peak in 45 days
  • Expecting 55,000-110,000 hospital beds needed in NY, there are currently only 53,000
  • 18,000-38,000 ICU beds will be needed for acutely ill, seniors, underlying illness
  • Effective immediately, NYers with student debt, medical debt * other state-referred debt will have payments frozen for at least 30 days per Governor and AG

NECESSARY STEPS

  • Reduce density, more closings, coordinate with regional states
  • Only things left open in Italy were grocery stores and pharmacies, we may get there
  • Numbers still growing

INCREASE HOSPITAL CAPACITY

  • Cuomo meeting today with all of the hospital administrators (Dowling/Raske managing)
  • Need more hospital staff (asking former nurses and doctors, nursing school student)
  • Need temporary hospital facilities
  • Opening Suffolk, Rockland, Staten Island testing offices
  • Sending Paid Family Leave bill to the legislature today - there is a three-way agreement

Governor has been in touch with the President, hospital capacity is biggest concern.

"Is this 3 months, 6 months, 9 months, I don't know" - Governor Cuomo

Press Q&A

Presidential Primary - April 28 - no thoughts about changing this date yet

Day Care - right now most centers remain open, depends on sizes of daycare and if there are positive cases

NYS has 4,000 ventilators available now and looking into getting more

##Federal Update

Coronavirus cases near 4,500
Feds are working on getting small businesses support and flexibility that they need for them and their workers
Feds would like to send checks to Americans immediately, likely by the end of April
Trump praised Governor Cuomo indicating they are on the same page
Feds are getting FEMA involved and Army Corps of Engineers

The NYS Budget (April 1 deadline)

Comptroller DiNapoli released new revenue projections as directed by Governor Cuomo

The Legislature

The Senate and Assembly are expected to convene for session tomorrow, 3/18/2020 at noon. The Capitol continues to be closed to the public. They will take up a paid family leave bill.

The Governor announced a three-way agreement on paid sick leave


 

March 16, 2020

A Message from ARANY President, Eric Wilbert

I would like to take a moment to reach out to all of our ARANY membership and give a few words of advice.  In this time of concern and adversity, I would like to remind everyone to continue your part in preventing the spread of COVID-19.  We have all heard by now how to prevent this, but it is of utmost importance to continue to lead by example.  We are a strong, resilient and most of all stubborn family of automotive recyclers that will continue to shine during these trying times.  Enjoy and love your family and most importantly, stay healthy. 

Regards,

Eric Wilbert
Wilbert's U-Pull It
315-589-2222 x 301
[email protected]
www.Wilberts.com

ATTENTION ARANY MEMBERS!

Please save the date for Friday, March 20, 2020 at 3:00pm - we are planning to host a webinar on the information below for members.  More information to follow.

Haylor, Freyer & Coon, working with the ARANY Insurance Committee, has put together information for you to use, this information is for ARANY Members & their employees.  

Haylor, Freyer & Coon, Inc. and the Automotive Recyclers Association of New York continue to monitor developments regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19). Our state and local health departments have regularly updated information available to the community. The CDC and OSHA have both created guidance for businesses to assist in creating workplace strategies.

CDC, OSHA, and Coronavirus

In February 2020, in response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued:

The CDC has also created the following posters for download:

Additionally, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has created a COVID-19 website for workers and employers addressing the disease, providing guidance, and other resources for preventing exposure to and infection with the virus. We recommend that employers review the CDC and OSHA websites frequently, as the COVID-19 outbreak continues to develop.

Lastly, we also encourage everyone to follow these few simple steps to maintain good hygiene which will help us to stop the spread of germs in general.

Prevention is the Key

1. Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Singing Happy Birthday or the Alphabet is about 20 seconds.  You can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available. 
2. Avoid close contact with people who show flu-like symptoms or who suffer from acute respiratory infections (bronchitis, pneumonia, etc.).
3. Avoid handshakes & hugging/kissing as a greeting. 
4. Do not touch your face, eyes, nose, and mouth with your hands.
5. Cover your nose and mouth IN YOUR ARM or with a tissue when coughing.  Do not use your hands.
6. Clean surfaces with disinfecting wipes or sprays that are effective against cold & flu viruses.  Take a minute to wipe down your desks, etc. on a regular basis.
7. Use a mask only if you think you're sick or if you are assisting a sick person. 
8.  Do not take antibiotics or antiviral medication unless prescribed by your doctor.
9. Eat a healthy diet, exercise moderately, and sleep well to help boost your immunity.

Consistent handwashing is one of the BEST defenses!  Please click here for a CDC video on Handwashing:

https://youtu.be/qJG72sycQB8

For additional information and resources, Click Here to visit the Haylor, Freyer & Coon Client Safety Resource Library. The password is haylor.

ARANY thanks Haylor, Freyer & Coon for sharing this important information with our members.