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Updated March 20, 2020, 5:35pm, EST


Dear NYFA New York,

To slow the spread of illness in New York State, Andrew Cuomo, New York State Governor, is directing all New Yorkers, other than those who are essential workers and those in need of urgent medical care, to stay home. New Yorkers who are high risk for severe illness- over 70 years old or with underlying medical conditions--are urged to remain indoors, screen all visitors' temperatures, avoid visiting households with multiple people, and go outdoors only for solitary exercise. New Yorkers who are low risk are being asked to limit outdoor recreational activities to non-contact sports and recreation. These directives will take effect Sunday evening. Grocery stores, food delivery service and public transportation will remain operational.

To stay informed of NYC news, as it emerges, public health organizations' health and travel advisories, and NYC service organizations' responses to the coronavirus pandemic, please take advantage of the resources noted below.

It's also important to take a break from the news! See below for opportunities to tour museums, travel the world, and immerse yourself in quality films without taking one step outside your front door.

Don't have Wi-Fi? Comcast is offering free Wi-Fi for 90 days to help people stay connected during the COVID-19 pandemic: https://corporate.comcast.com/covid-19

New York City News

Notify NYC: Offers NYC COVID-19 related news updates: text COVID to 692-692

NYTimes Coronavirus Briefing: Daily newsletter sent to your inbox at no cost for subscribers and nonsubscribers: https://www.nytimes.com/newsletters/coronavirus-briefing

Patch NYC News: receive multiple alerts regarding breaking news in NYC and elsewhere: https://patch.com/new-york/new-york-city

Health Information

New York State Coronavirus Health Hotline: 888-364-3065. Call for questions and concerns about symptoms and travel.

3.1.1: Call for help accessing medical care. Please refer to the HUB for telehealth and virtual urgent care options available to students, faculty and staff and contact information to local urgent care facilities near campus. https://hub.nyfa.edu/health-alert

New York City Public Health Department: View for health advisories, NYC case updates and resources: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/health/health-topics/coronavirus.page

NYC Health and Hospitals patient and visitor policy: https://hhinternetauto.blob.core.windows.net/uploads/2020/03/coronavirus_patientPolicy.pdf

The New York State Department of Health: Offers prevention tips and links to multiple state resources: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/home

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Main page for Coronavirus information updates and directives:

World Health Organization (WHO) Coronavirus Hub: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/technical-guidance Offers information regarding travel, health advisories, global incidence and other information.


Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA). Coronavirus Page: https://new.mta.info/precautions-against-coronavirus. Offers information regarding prevention measures, service updates, and other information.

Port Authority Coronavirus Page: https://www.panynj.gov/port-authority/en/alerts/coronavirus-updates.html Offers basic information about local airports and its local train and bus hubs.

Please remember to check the HUB daily for reminders and possible updates regarding how to take care of yourself and others during this challenging time. https://hub.nyfa.edu/health-alert

Resources for Needed Distraction

Tour World Class Museums: https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/75809/12-world-class-museums-you-can-visit-online

Tour the National Parks: https://www.insider.com/national-parks-america-virtual-tours-3d-visit-2020-3

Seven Minute Workouts: https://blog.myfitnesspal.com/tag/7-minute-workout/?utm_source=mfp&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=MFP_Extra_7minuteworkout_20200318

Historic Landmarks, Concerts and More: https://www.wendyperrin.com/culture-for-the-self-quarantined-virtual-museums-historic-landmarks-concerts-and-more/?utm_source=Wendy+Perrin%27s+Newsletter&utm_campaign=7a989d6529-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_03_17_01_15&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_19c15c9672-7a989d6529-252502473

Movies Direct From the Theater for Home-Streaming: https://www.fandangonow.com/list/more-movies-direct-from-theaters

Free Documentaries from IDFA: https://cineuropa.org/en/newsdetail/387058/?fbclid=IwAR0L8EXLqKBKua7KQhqkfLxLHBp8Tl3tf83KZIa5JeGJqi8EXmTJsseo4qk

I hope these resources for distraction offer you moments of peace, awe and much needed respite from local, national and global news that can overwhelm and dishearten. Together, we shall endure!

Warm regards,
Sandi Schein, PhD
Dean of Students

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