On Sunday morning, Governor Cuomo emphasized the need to practice social distancing (“stay home”) to help slow the spread of the coronavirus outbreak.
Medical professionals have advised that New Yorkers stock up on Kleenex, acetaminophen (Tylenol), and whatever cough medicine you prefer (Mucinex, Robitussin, DayQuil, NyQuil). Also, it is recommended to hold off going to the ER unless you’re having trouble breathing or feel like your temperature is spiking.
New Yorkers with symptoms or questions about COVID-19 can call 1-844-NYC-4NYC to connect to a medical provider free of charge, 9a–9p.
However, if you need urgent care and live in Lower Manhattan:
—CityMD Fulton (138 Fulton Street) accepts walk-ins from 8a–8p weekdays and 9a–5p on weekends. You can call them at 212-271-4896.
—NewYork-Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital (170 William Street) accepts walk-ins 24 hours a day. You can call them at 212-312-5000.
—Downtown Pharmacy (165 William Street) is open 7a–8p weekdays, 9a–7p Saturdays and 10a–5p Sundays. They have free delivery and also provide flu shots — the shot won’t protect you from COVID-19, but it will help prevent you from catching the flu which has similar symptoms. If your insurance won’t cover the flu shot, it’s $35.
—Xpress Lane Pharmacy (99 Nassau Street, #111) is open 8:30a-8p weekdays, closed on Saturdays and is open 10a-5p Sundays.
—CVS Pharmacy (129 Fulton Street) is open 8a–9p weekdays, 9a–6p weekends.
—Duane Reade (315 N End Avenue) is open 8a–8p weekdays, 9a–6p Saturdays and 10a–5p Sundays.
—Duane Reade (40 Wall Street) is open 8a–8p weekdays, 9a–6p Saturdays and 10a–5p Sundays.
For the latest developments on the outbreak, Notify NYC has set up a mobile alert: Text “COVID” to 692-692 or text “COVIDESP” to 692-692 to receive updates in Spanish. It is also recommended to follow the NYC Mayor’s Office (Twitter | Instagram) and NYC Emergency Management (Twitter | Instagram) for updates.
Business owners in Lower Manhattan should keep tabs on NYC Small Business Services (Twitter | Instagram).