Covid-19 Update: Warnings on Possible Vaccine, Stimulus Payment Scams

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Wednesday that 192,853 doses have been administered in the last 24 hours, and more than 1.3 million doses have been administered over the past seven days.

The week 16 allocation from the federal government is in the process of being delivered to providers.  

Because of limited supply, New Yorkers are encouraged to remain patient and are advised not to show up at vaccination sites without an appointment. 

The eligible age for vaccinations drops to 16 next week.  Those 30 and up became eligible this week.

Meanwhile, state Attorney General Letitia James is warning residents against possible vaccination and stimulus payment scams.

She said residents should be alert to:

  • Emails that look safe and legitimate at first glance. If someone claims to be from the government with a check or a vaccine, it may be a phishing scam that is illegally trying to obtain a consumer’s bank account or other personal information.
  • Look for misspellings and poor grammar. While not always present, emails that contain multiple spelling and grammatical mistakes offer a clear indication that the email is malicious.
  • Never open attachments or click links from those claiming to be from the government unless you have specifically signed up for a notification or an email. Clicking on buttons, such as “Apply Now,” or downloading attachments may enable scammers to download malicious software onto computers that will steal consumers’ personal information, including email addresses, passwords, and other vitally important, yet confidential information. If a consumer is unsure about a message, they should delete it right away.
  • Verify the legitimacy of any unsolicited/unexpected email before interacting with it, especially if the IRS or COVID-19 is mentioned in any way. Consumers need to proactively sign up for a COVID-19 vaccine. If a consumer is eligible for a stimulus payment, they will receive a payment directly from the IRS.

People with at least one vaccine dose

People with complete vaccine series

Region

Cumulative

Total

Increase over past

24 hours

Cumulative

Total

Increase over past

24 hours

Capital Region

365,707

4,871

215,798

7,497

Central New York

317,854

3,534

206,765

5,110

Finger Lakes

379,518

6,968

219,733

9,075

Long Island

734,142

21,504

408,142

13,115

Mid-Hudson

610,947

12,900

319,156

12,598

Mohawk Valley

161,324

2,059

102,039

3,415

New York City

2,721,219

35,288

1,633,092

36,801

North Country

169,168

1,348

118,058

3,664

Southern Tier

205,680

3,179

117,659

4,062

Western New York

403,439

5,952

226,067

7,436

Statewide

6,068,998

97,603

3,566,509

102,773

Tuesday, 62 New Yorkers died due to COVID-19, bringing the total to 40,513.

Deaths by County of Residence

County

New Deaths

Bronx

9

Erie

2

Kings

12

Manhattan

3

Monroe

2

Nassau

5

Niagara

1

Orange

2

Orleans

1

Queens

11

Rockland

5

Suffolk

7

Ulster

1

Wyoming

1

Sports Coming  Back

Collegiate sports can bring fans back to the stands under strict state guidelines, starting Friday.

Intercollegiate sports at large-scale venues that hold more than 1,500 attendees indoors or 2,500 attendees outdoors can host up to 10 percent indoor or 20 percent outdoor capacity. All attendees must present proof of a recent negative COVID-19 test result or completed COVID-19 immunization prior to entry. Colleges and universities hosting spectators for sporting events at large-scale venues must notify and coordinate with their respective state or local health department, aligning with the state guidance for professional sports competitions with spectators.

Small-scale college venues that host intercollegiate, intramural, or club sports can host spectators at either two fans per player, or the social gathering limit of 100 attendees indoors or 200 attendees outdoors. However, if the school or venue require all attendees to present proof of a recent negative test result or completed immunization prior to entry, capacity can increase up to 150 attendees indoors or 500 attendees outdoors. Maximum occupancy limit of 50 percent remains in effect.

 

Vaccinations for Staff

Fewer than half of workers in long-term care facilities have received both doses of the Covid-19 vaccine through a federal program, according to a study by The Center for Public Integrity and NPR.

As of March 15, about 39 percent of staffers in New York State have received both doses, the study says, which quotes the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as saying that nationally, more than 1.5 million long-term care staff received two doses of a coronavirus vaccine through the Federal Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care.

 

 

 

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