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Gov. Cuomo rolls out pilot program offering testing, supplies to NYCHA buildings

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is promising health services and supplies will be sent out to public housing complexes to combat the spread of coronavirus this week.

News 12 Staff

Apr 21, 2020, 9:57 AM

Updated 1,493 days ago

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is promising health services and supplies will be sent out to public housing complexes to combat the spread of coronavirus this week.
The pilot program includes eight NYCHA housing developments across four boroughs that will have access to testing and other health care services.
The city has partnered with urgent care providers Ready Responders, who will be conducting free tests as well as wellness checks of certain buildings.
Gov. Cuomo says it’s an effort to help stop the spread, especially when tenants have to deal with crowded elevators and shared spaces. Not to mention residents demanding their buildings to be sanitized.
Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. says this is a step in the right direction.
"We must work to ensure New York City’s public housing tenants receive equitable health care services, especially during a pandemic which has had disproportionate consequences for the Bronx," says Borough President Diaz.
Developments include the Edenwald Houses, Andrew Jackson Houses, Highbridge Houses and in Brooklyn the Brevoort Houses as well as one complex in Manhattan and three others in Queens.
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News 12 is told 500,000 cloth masks, and 10,000 gallons of hand sanitizer are also expected to be handed out to hundreds of tenants across all NYCHA developments.
News 12 is told hundreds of NYCHA employees have tested positive for COVID-19 and six employees have died.
Gov. Cuomo says it starts this week and if this pilot program goes as planned, they will expand.


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