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The best thing we all can do to stop the spread of Covid-19 is stay at home. 

Information around Covid-19 changes rapidly. This fast-moving pandemic is a new and ever-changing challenge for everyone involved.

Bed Stuy residents can check this page for science and evidence-based information. Community members updating this information are doing so in collaboration with other community organizations, verifying information with doctors, hospital staff, the CDC and the WHO.

It is incredibly important that community members observe social distancing rules by staying home when possible, adhere to safe practices in all interactions and understanding that we must work as a group to #flattenthecurve. 


Stay at home to stop the spread of Covid-19.

Testing is NOT a priority, people should act like they are infected and stay home. There are shortages of protective equipment for hospital workers, so getting tested when you do not need medical care is counterproductive.

The only drive-through testing facility in NYC is in Staten Island. If you feel ill, traveling on public transportation or in a car service puts many other people in danger. The best thing a person who feels unwell can do now is stay at home.

We must work together to protect our healthcare workers. This is important for everyones safety. If our healthcare workers get sick because they lack adequate protective gear, they will end up quarantined and unable to work. Our hospitals are already overwhelmed by cases.

Stay at home to protect our hospital workers. If you need to seek health care, call ahead to let the medical facility know you think you might have covid-19 and youre coming in for an appointment.

Click here to take the CDC’s Corona Virus Self-Checker

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PAUSE and Social Distancing

Governor Cuomo announced the “New York State on PAUSE” executive order, a 10-point policy to assure uniform safety for everyone.

The 10-point NYS on PAUSE plan is as follows: 

  1. Effective at 8PM on Sunday, March 22, all non-essential businesses statewide will be closed; [Essential Services Here]
  2. Non-essential gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason (e.g. parties, celebrations or other social events) are canceled or postponed at this time;
  3. Any concentration of individuals outside their home must be limited to workers providing essential services and social distancing should be practiced;
  4. When in public individuals must practice social distancing of at least six feet from others;
  5. Businesses and entities that provide other essential services must implement rules that help facilitate social distancing of at least six feet;
  6. Individuals should limit outdoor recreational activities to non-contact and avoid activities where they come in close contact with other people;
  7. Individuals should limit use of public transportation to when absolutely necessary and should limit potential exposure by spacing out at least six feet from other riders;
  8. Sick individuals should not leave their home unless to receive medical care and only after a telehealth visit to determine if leaving the home is in the best interest of their health;
  9. Young people should also practice social distancing and avoid contact with vulnerable populations; and
  10. Use precautionary sanitizer practices such as using isopropyl alcohol wipes

Source: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/new-york-state-pause 3.22.2020

Helping Others During a Pandemic.

This pandemic has turned things upside down for many. People are out of work, many are quarantined and we all face stress and uncertainty. Our best impulses often emerge in times of crisis, and many of us want to help our community. It is vitally important that we show up to support each other and that we do so safely. There is an attached guide that outlines safest practices. Its important that peoples in-person care be committed and consistent, ie grocery shopping for a senior citizen every week or getting protective equipment for hospital workers, in order to limit the potential spread. In everything we do, we must remember that limiting the spread of the novel coronavirus is our first priority. 


BK Reader would like to thank the Coronavirus Community Solutions, a coalition of residents, educators, parents and professionals committed to identifying, sharing and updating Covid-19 relief resources, in effort to make sure Central Brooklyn residents are connected, safe, healthy and informed. If you have a link or resource you’d like to add to any of these directories, please email to [email protected]! Thank you, and stay healthy, sheltered and safe!

This coverage of coronavirus is a special to BK Reader. We are asking for your help in keeping our coverage and database current with any helpful references and news tips. Please send all tips to [email protected]. With your help, Brooklyn will emerge stronger and more unified as a borough. Thank you.