Holiday Covid Update: Stay Safe and Strong New York!

With the holiday season upon us, and Covid cases continuing to spike across the country, New Yorkers are urged to stay vigilant and maintain public health guidelines to reduce the chance of transmission or contraction of the disease. Governor Cuomo cautions “We should be on high alert and we should be even more diligent, because the virus spreads across state boundaries, and we’re in the party season. All I can do is warn New Yorkers and ask them to remember what worked for us: discipline and smarts.”

While NY currently has the third lowest positivity rate in the nation, and is being vigilant in requiring testing or self-quarantine after traveling out of state (http://bit.ly/newtravelrestrictions), we need to maintain our social distancing, wear masks, and gather outdoors in small groups, in order to keep the numbers low. As the cold weather comes on, many restaurants are adding tents or other outdoor enclosures, along with propane heaters, to extend the season so New Yorkers can continue to interact without fear of contagion.

When it comes to holiday celebrations, New Yorkers are warned to keep indoor gatherings small, stick to your “quarantine group,” and get a Covid test before and after spending time indoors with a larger group, to protect yourself and those around you.

For info from NYC, visit: https://on.nyc.gov/2I4AiKB

For info from the Governors office, visit: http://bit.ly/113covid

Even in the year of Covid, New York City has a festive feel as the holidays approach. Get outside and enjoy it—but wear a mask, keep your distance from others, and stay safe! Happy Holidays!
The angels are up and the lights are on the tree at Rockefeller Center
Saks has decorated its windows and the light show is on!

NY’s Vigilance Has Paid Off: Lowest Covid Hospitalizations in Five Months

New Yorkers—both in the City and beyond—have confronted the current pandemic in typical fashion: head-on, pragmatically and with determination. Never ones to be phased by a knock-down, New Yorkers are tough and resilient, and our willingness to follow public health guidelines and take the recommended precautions has paid off. We are now one of the few states in the country that is still seeing the number of cases drop on a regular basis. While we are clearly still in the midst of this health crisis, our actions are keeping it at bay as we protect ourselves and each other by wearing masks, keeping a safe distance from others, and interacting primarily outdoors where transmission is far less likely.

Yesterday, Governor Cuomo announced that New York State’s COVID-19 hospitalizations dropped to 518—the lowest number since March 18. Yesterday’s infection rate of .74 percent marked the 13th straight day with an infection rate below 1 percent. The number of COVID-19 patients in ICUs dropped to 120, matching the state’s previous low since March 16.

“Our state’s continuing fight against COVID-19 has taken tremendous hard work and discipline from all New Yorkers, and we’re seeing results—a new low for hospitalizations, 13 straight days of an infection rate below 1 percent and a match of a previous low for patients in ICUs,” Governor Cuomo said. “I want to commend New Yorkers for practicing the basic daily behaviors—social distancing, washing hands and wearing masks—that make an enormous difference in our capacity to slow the spread, save lives and bring the state’s infection rate from one of the nation’s highest to one of its lowest. But now isn’t the time to get complacent, and local governments must continue to enforce state guidance and New Yorkers must stay vigilant in the face of a continuing crisis throughout this country and around the world.”

In New York City, there were only 130 new cases reported on August 20th, down from a high of over 5300 per day in early April. Keep apprised of the latest news from NYC at https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/covid/covid-19-main.pageand from NYS, including travel advisories, at https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/home

And in the meantime, enjoy New York, but do it safely!

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Just as Saint George slayed the dragon, as depicted in this dramatic sculpture at the United Nations, New Yorkers will overcome Covid-19 and rise above the global pandemic. Keep it up NYC!

Please Follow Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order to Stay Safe & Healthy

We at Douglas Elliman will continue to do everything we can to assist our clients in combating the spread of COVID-19. This includes providing you and building staff with the most up-to-date information as it becomes available. Visit this link on our website for the latest updates: https://www.ellimanpm.com/w/coronavirus

We hope that life in our great City will return to normal before too long, but in the meantime, we urge you to follow the Governor’s public health directives, outlined below, to protect your own health and that of your neighbors, staff, friends, family and our greater community. Wishing you good health and safety in this very difficult and challenging time.

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Residents Should Prepare for Potential Coronavirus Disruptions in Building Services

Douglas Elliman continues to monitor the information from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMC). As you can tell from what is reported through the media and the various government agencies, the situation is fluid and evolving daily. As the virus spreads, the chances that residents and building employees will become ill increase. Obviously, we must hope for the best but prepare for the worst.

The continued spread of the Coronavirus could affect your building staff in a variety of ways. Staff members may become sick themselves, may be unable to come to work due transportation issues, school closures may require some staff members to stay home to take care of children, and some staff members may be unavailable to work in order to take care of an affected family member. No matter what the reason is, we must prepare to operate with a diminished staff. We have instructed the building staff not to come to work if they have any flu-like symptoms, whether or not confirmed to be infected with the Coronavirus. Service providers may face the same challenges.

A slightly reduced staff may cause mild service reductions: fewer trash pickups, no deliveries to apartments, etc. A more severe reduction may suspend the ability of the staff to perform work in apartments. The most severe reductions may require resident volunteers to step in to perform essential tasks such as trash removal and security. Should this occur, the resident manager will post resident volunteer sign-up sheets. Apartment alterations may need to be suspended.

As in any crisis situation, communication is key. If your building has BuildingLink or a similar service, please be sure that your contact information is up to date. Otherwise, please be sure that the resident manager has your phone numbers and email addresses.

Many residents of the building would no doubt desire to be informed if anyone who resides or works in the building has been exposed to the virus. In order to lower—to the extent we can—the building’s risk, the staff will continue to perform extra cleaning in highly trafficked areas to reduce the chance of transmission.

Nevertheless, as an added precaution, we request that any tenant who believes that they have been exposed to the virus follow public health protocols, and inform either your DEPM Account Executive or your resident manager. Should a resident so inform either Douglas Elliman or the Resident Manager, we will notify residents and staff, mentioning only that a person may be affected. We will not release the name, or the apartment number.

If any occupant or member of your household tests positive for the Coronavirus, you and the members of your family must be quarantined for 14 days in the apartment pursuant to the Department of Health and CDC guidelines.

We have instructed the building staff to encourage all contractors, vendors and delivery persons who enter through the service entrance to wash their hands and any guests or delivery persons entering through the lobby to cleanse their hands at the dispensers before proceeding further into the building. In addition, we have asked the building staff to refrain from greeting anyone by physical contact ( i.e. Handshakes, high fives etc.) and remain at least 6 feet away from others when possible.

The Building staff members have already been instructed to follow NYC Department of Health guidelines as they relate to cleaning and cleaning products. Further, for the protection of staff members, they are encouraged to ask the following questions before entering a home to perform work:

Has anyone in the home had a fever, cough, and/or shortness of breath?

In the 14 days before the visit, has anyone in the home traveled outside the United States or recently had contact with a person suspected or confirmed to be infected with COVID-19?

If the answer is “yes” to either question and the visit can be postponed, the staff will politely ask to reschedule the visit in 14 days or when the resident or household member is feeling better.

If the visit cannot be postponed, the staff will politely ask that the individual remain in a separate room with the door closed, where possible.

Thank you for your cooperation in these difficult times. Please contact your resident manager or DEPM Account Executive for additional information or questions. Looking forward to a return to normal in the future and sending our best wishes that all our residents stay safe and healthy throughout this unsettling situation.

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Looking forward to better times in the future when our beloved City can return to its normal self and we can all once again take advantage of the good things in life. Stay safe and healthy!