Congressman José E. Serrano

Representing the 15th District of New York

A Message from Congressman Serrano In Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic

Mar 13, 2020
The Serrano Report

Dear Friend,

This week, Mayor de Blasio declared a State of Emergency for New York City in response to the coronavirus pandemic. In these worrisome and likely stressful times, I want to urge you to remain calm and to share some basic hygiene and preventive measures you should take to help prevent the spread of the virus and help keep infection numbers low:

- Wash your hands frequently with warm water for 20 seconds. If you don’t have access to soap and water, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

- Regularly clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that you touch frequently with household cleaning cleansing agents, detergents and/or wipes.

- Avoid touching your face – particularly your mouth, nose and eyes.

- Cough or sneeze into the bend of your arm/elbow, not your hand, or cover your mouth or nose with a tissue, then throw away the tissue. Don’t keep the tissue and reuse it for other purposes.

- Stay home if you’re sick or if you feel sick.

- Make sure you’re up to date on your vaccinations, particularly the influenza vaccine. A weakened immune system may increase or make you more vulnerable and susceptible to other health risks.

- Maintain a healthy distance from others in social interactions as necessary, and avoid close contact with people who are sick. 

In addition, Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio announced in recent days several measures to help curb the spread of the virus that all New Yorkers and tourists should be aware of. They will have an impact on New York residents day-to-day life and businesses operations. Some of the most important measures are listed below. 

- As previously mentioned, Mayor de Blasio declared a State of Emergency in New   York City yesterday. He also announced a moratorium on public housing evictions.

- Effective yesterday, the Cuomo Administration has placed an indefinite ban on gatherings of 500 people or more.

- Events or spaces with an occupancy of less than 500 people need to reduce their attendance levels by 50% of the space’s official occupancy rule.

- The Cuomo Administration has also banned nursing homes visits. Only “medically necessary visits” will be allowed. 

For more information about the coronavirus pandemic and resources in New York City, please visit This webpage is focused on the coronavirus and the New York City Department of Health publishes useful information on a regular basis. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website is another helpful source of information:  You can also contact my office via phone or email where my staff is available to answer any questions you might have and direct you to the right resources.


Congressman Serrano