COVID-19 Information

 

How CIANA has adapted

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and New York City health guidelines, almost all of our work is now online.

 

We are providing all the same programs and services as we did prior to the pandemic, including case management, legal services, adult ESL/civics classes, and after-school programs, in a virtual format.

 

We have also taken on important roles in ensuring that Queens immigrant communities stay healthy and have the resources they need during this uncertain time. As a member of the NYC Test and Trace Corps and as NYC Care grantee, CIANA has been going into the community to distribute personal protective equipment, COVID-19 and healthcare information, food, and other necessities.

 

Guidance

Prevention

While there is not yet a vaccine that guarantees protection against COVID-19, there are several actions you can take to protect yourself from the virus and stop the spread:

 

  • Wear a face covering when you are near people

  • Stay at least 6 feet away from people outside your household

  • Get tested frequently (even if you don’t have symptoms)

  • Wash your hands often

  • Avoid indoor and crowded spaces

 

Symptoms

 

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

 

  • Fever or chills

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  • Fatigue

  • Muscle or body aches

  • Headache

  • New loss of taste or smell

  • Sore throat

  • Congestion or runny nose

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Diarrhea

 

This list does not include all possible symptoms. CDC will continue to update this list as we learn more about COVID-19.

 

Getting tested

 

All New Yorkers can get COVID-19 (and COVID-19 antibody) tests that are FREE, safe, and confidential.

 

  • You do not need health insurance to get a COVID-19 or antibody test at an NYC Health + Hospitals location or at many other testing sites across the city.

  • You will not be asked about your immigration status.

  • COVID-19 testing and care services are not a public benefit under the public charge rule.

  • No appointment is needed.

 

Find a testing site and further information here.

 

What you should do if you test positive

 

  • Stay at home except to get medical care.

    • You can get a FREE hotel room to quarantine if you test positive for or have been exposed to COVID-19. Learn more here.

  • Isolate yourself from other people.

  • Stay hydrated and take over the counter medicines, like acetaminophen.

  • Call your doctor.

    • If you can’t afford or don’t qualify for health insurance, enroll in NYC Care.

  • Answer calls from contact tracers.

    • If you receive a call from “NYC Test + Trace” or numbers beginning with 212-540-XXXX or 212-242-XXXX, please answer.

    • All calls are confidential and private and are meant to stop the spread of the virus.

 

More information

 

Resources for Immigrants

We are providing some links below to resources that may help you and provide some relief in this time of uncertainty:

Please call us at (718) 545-4040 or email us at info@cianainc.org and we will do our best to assist you and to address any questions or concerns you have. 

We are thinking of you and hoping that you and your family stay safe and healthy.

31-09 Newtown Avenue, Suite 411

Astoria, NY 11102

(718) 545-4040  info@cianainc.org

Mon - Fri 10am - 6pm

 

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