Compiled by Coleson Smith and Kara Smith

The latest on testing
Key public health information
Official resources
Health and treatment tips
Unemployment assistance
Business assistance
Food & food insecurity
Legal assistance
Other social services
Free WiFI
Mutual aid networks
How to help
Resources for dealing with isolation

If you have resources to add to this list, please email

Akido Labs logo


When should I get care for COVID-19? Take our CDC based assessment to find out.

COVID-19 Self Assessment

Do you think you or a family member may have been exposed? Based on CDC recommendations, the University of Southern California’s Gehr Center and Akido Labs has developed an online assessment tool, which will help determine what to do if you think you have symptoms of COVID-19 or may have been exposed.

Take the assessment on

The latest on testing

Self-Swab Testing: Self-collection was to be available at NYC Health + Hospital testing sites by May a. In addition to minimizing contact between patient and healthcare workers, self-swab collection will increase the capacity of existing test sites from the current rate of 15 per hour to up to 20 per hour. Over 5,000 New Yorkers have been tested across the 8 NYC Health + Hospitals testing sites that are currently operational citywide.

Contact Tracers: Jobs have been advertised for people with public health backgrounds to investigate and trace COVID-19 cases and contacts. The city is looking to hire 1,000 people by the end of May with an immediate start date. Details on the scope of work, job requirements, salary, benefits, and how to apply available at:

Testing info from the state Department of Health

Key public health information

World Health Organization (en Español)
U.S. Centers for Disease Control (en Español)
Mayo Clinic
Johns Hopkins University
New York State Department of Health
New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Fund for Public Health NYC: Facts about COVID-19

Official resources

Notify NYC
311 info
Office of Brooklyn Borough President (en Español)
Office of the Bronx Borough President
Office of Manhattan Borough President
Office of Queens Borough President
Office of the Staten Island Borough President

Health and treatment tips

CDC: Prevention
CDC: List of symptoms
CDC: Reducing Stigma
NIH: What Are Coronaviruses? How Do They Work?
NIH: Prevention and “Alternative Treatment” Myths Busted
NIH: Findings of latest study
NIAID: Overview, latest news
NYC DOHMH Fact Sheet
(en Español)
Mayo Clinic: Symptoms and Causes
Harvard: How coronaviruses work, how to prevent and avoid, what to do when sick

Unemployment assistance

Federal Disaster Unemployment Benefits
New York Unemployment Assistance: Guidance
New York Unemployment Assistance: Application

Business assistance

NYC Small Business Services: Guidance and assistance for Businesses ((en Español))
Downtown Alliance Small Business Assistance
NYC SBS: Preparedness, Response, Recovery
NYC Comptroller: Business assistance resources
Bartender Emergency Assistance Program
Federal Small Business Administration: Coronavirus Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources

Food & food insecurity

Food Bank NYC: Find the Help You Need
Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP)
SNAP/Food Assistance
Soup Kitchens / Food Pantries by Borough
NYC Meal Hubs offering free meals for all New Yorkers
Invisible Hands: Safe, free deliveries for NYC’s most at-risk community members


Tenants Rights Hotline: 212-979-0611 (English and Spanish)

RTC Coalition: FAQ on the eviction moratorium

DHCR Advisory Opinion to Landlords on COVID-19

NYC DOB Map of Essential Active Construction Sites


About NYC’s Paid Safe and Sick Leave
NYC Health + Hospitals

Using Narcan to Prevent Overdose Deaths

Legal assistance

NYLAG Legal Resource Hotline: 929-356-9582 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday-Fridays

Other social services

Public Health Solutions: help enrolling in health care, food stamps (SNAP), and nutrition resources
NYConnects: help for the disabled
Resources for seniors
My Bronx Impact
Aunt Bertha: search tool
Access HRA
CAMBA (food, eviction prevention, rape crisis line, refugee support, etc)
COVID-19 and the Child Welfare/Foster system

Free WiFi

At home

• Comcast: offering Essentials internet service designed for low-income families free for 60 days for new qualifying customers. Visit for more information. Call 1-855-8-INTERNET for set up.
• Spectrum: households with K-12 students can get free Spectrum Wifi for 60 days (including free installation for new customers). Call 1-844-488-8395 for set up.

On the go

• Comcast: Xfinity WiFi hotspots will be available to anyone who needs them for free – including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. For a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots, visit
• AT&T is providing free access to its public WiFi hotspots. Look for “att-wifi” or “attwifi” in the list of available wireless networks from your smartphone or laptop.

Mutual aid networks (more and updated info here)






Staten Island

Nassau County

  • Nassau County DSA Covid-19 Mutual Aid – Google Form

How to Help

New York Academy of Medicine – Supporting Your Older Neighbors (En Español)

Relief Funds

COVID-19 Response Fund

Fund for Public Health NYC: Epidemics Fund

Cinema Worker Solidarity Fund – Gofundme, Tweet

Sex Worker Relief Fund – Gofundme, Tweet
Domestic Workers Alliance
One Fair Wage – Emergency Coronavirus Tipped and Service Worker Support Fund
List of Additional Funds


NYC Medical Reserve Corps
Volunteer New York!
New York Cares


New York Blood Center
Disaster Philanthropy
Fidelity Charitable (Charitable Guide)

Resources for dealing with isolation

Adjusting to Isolation

Telehealth and Online Mental Health Resources During COVID-19 Pandemic

Helping kids cope
Preparing for social distancing, self-quarantine, or self-isolation

Online counseling

YMCA of Greater New York at Home Fitness Classes
NYC Well

Domestic violence/interpersonal violence while social distancing

National Domestic Violence Hotline:
NYC Domestic Violence Support

Online learning tips

Brooklyn Public Library Remote Resources
New York Public Library Remote Resources
NYC Department of Education “Learn at Home”
KQED At-Home Learning Resources
Common Sense Media: Free Online Activities