Notes from the Nurse

Updated Travel Advisories

For asymptomatic domestic travelers, quarantine is recommended but not required for those not vaccinated. Travelers should monitor for symptoms for 14 days post travel. Foreign travel requires a 7 day quarantine with testing around day 3-5, or a 10 day quarantine if no testing is performed. Please check the NY Department of Health Website for more information.

Nurse Judy has provided our community with tips on combating Cabin Fever, a list of Food Resources around Brooklyn and Queens, and a Healthy Families Flyer courtesy of Northwell Health. Click the respective links to view these pages.

Follow this link to see how to create your own face mask.

Tips to coronavirus-proof your home

NYC COVID-19 Engagement Portal

You can read the latest public health guidance and access free resources at To receive regular updates on the latest developments with coronavirus in New York City text COVID to 692-692. To receive updates in Spanish, text COVIDESP to 692-692

Check in with family & friends

While we continue to practice social distancing, take a few minutes each day to remotely connect with family and friends, especially seniors or people with preexisting health conditions. A call, video chat, email, or text message is a great way to remain socially connected while remaining physically distant.

You can also invite them to join the COVID-19 Engagement Portal and receive these updates directly by visiting or calling 311 and saying “engagement portal.” At any time, they should call 311 for additional information and call 911 if it’s a medical emergency.

Free Tenant Resources 

The City of New York offers a range of free resources for residential tenants facing hardship due to COVID-19. If you are a NYC residential renter and need legal advice about your tenancy, are being harassed by your landlord, or are being threatened with eviction, contact the Mayor’s Office to Protect Tenants at or call 311. The City can provide you with up-to-date information and guidance, help you access relevant benefits or apply for assistance, and connect you to free legal advice and counsel. All New Yorkers City residential renters are eligible, regardless of ZIP code, income or immigration status.

Free Food Options 

During the COVID-19 public health crisis, New York City is taking steps to make sure every New Yorker has access to the food they need. Visit to learn more about:

  • FoodHelp NYC: Map of free food resources across the city, including food pantries and Grab & Go meals at NYC Schools, available for all children or adults in need
  • ACCESS HRA: To sign up for SNAP benefits or cash assistance from home
  • HelpNow NYC: For ways to donate food, cash, or supplies to those in need
  • NYC Food Delivery Assistance: If you cannot go out to get food, no one can bring you food, and you are not able to use private delivery options, New York City will deliver emergency meals to you in the coming days.

Rental Assistance

The City of New York is providing free housing-related resources to all New Yorkers impacted by the coronavirus health emergency who are unable to pay their rent or are at risk of losing their housing. Visit ACCESS NYC to learn more.

  • Eviction Protection: Effective March 16, the Governor announced that all residential and commercial evictions are suspended for 90 days. At this time, there is no rent suspension in effect.
  • Mortgage Relief: Effective March 24, the Governor instructed state-regulated financial institutions to waive mortgage payments for 90 days. Learn more from NY State Department of Finance.
  • Risk of homelessness and emergency rent assistance: Homebase offers free services to prevent eviction, assistance obtaining public benefits, emergency rental assistance, and short-term financial assistance.
  • Section 8: NYC Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Section 8 voucher holders having trouble paying rent because of income loss should email
  • Rent Arrears and Cash Assistance: If your work schedule was reduced and you are unable to pay your rent, apply for a Cash Assistance special grant request to get emergency benefits.
  • NYCHA Rent Hardship: Residents experiencing income loss may qualify for NYCHA’s rent hardship program.

Mental Health

The ongoing COVID-19 health emergency can be stressful to you, your loved ones and your friends. Free mental health support in your language is available 24/7 by phone and online – regardless of insurance coverage or immigration status. You can also access a free guide on mental health support while staying home. Visit to learn more.

Have you recently updated your status and information in the Portal? You can easily do so by securely logging in using your unique LINK, or by calling 311 and saying “engagement portal”. Your reference number is: fcd44c5c7a0b.

You can read the latest public health guidance and access free resources at To receive regular updates on the latest developments with coronavirus in New York City text COVID to 692-692. To receive updates in Spanish, text COVIDESP to 692-692.

At any time, call 311 for additional information and call 911 or go to a hospital if it’s a medical emergency.

March 19th, 2020

Dear Parents and Students,

We are continuing to monitor the coronavirus pandemic in New York City and would like to share some helpful information from the Department of Health and the CDC. We encourage all to continue to be vigilant in basic hand hygiene and to adhere to the recommended practice of social distancing.
While at home :

  • Clean hands at the door and at regular intervals.
  • Disinfect surfaces like doorknobs, tables, and handrails regularly.
  • Create habits and reminders to avoid touching your face; cover mouth for coughs or sneezes.
  • Current symptoms reported for patients with COVID-19 have included mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. If you develop symptoms contact your medical provider for instructions.

Accurate and up-to-date information is available from :

  • The State Health Department at or its hotline at 1-888-364-3065
  • The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website and social media platforms at

Click here for an informational bulletin from the Department Of Health and Mental Hygiene as well as other resources on how to protect yourself against Coronavirus.

We pray for everyone in our TMLA family and for all those who are on the front lines daily.