Coronavirus Update

I know there is a lot of consternation and concern in the community right now. What’s happening is unprecedented; the coronavirus outbreak has led to school and business closings, economic uncertainty, and above all, concerns about public health.

The Engel Campaign is taking the situation seriously and has adjusted its approach to speaking with voters. Our campaign office in New Rochelle, the heart of the COVID-19 epidemic in New York, will be closed until further notice. We have ceased all door-to-door canvassing out of concern for our volunteers and community members. Petitioning was also stopped far earlier than planned in an effort to limit social contact.

Our volunteers have done an extraordinary job in the field and will continue to do excellent voter contact work remotely. Right now though, our main focus is helping you.

Visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website, which has a comprehensive page dedicated to coronavirus. 

There are several things you can do right now to help reduce the spread of the virus, or “Flatten the Curve”:

1) Stay home. It’s just that simple.

2) Continue good hygiene practices–wash hands regularly, cover coughs and sneezes, clean and disinfect surroundings.

3) When you have to go out, practice Social Distancing by putting space between you and other people.

We understand that not everyone has the luxury of staying or working from home. We thank the workers who remain on the frontlines of this epidemic: the nurses, the medical professionals, the union workers keeping our public systems running and clean, the first-responders. They all deserve our admiration and support. 

Down in Washington, Congressman Engel is working hard to respond to this crisis. From passing emergency coronavirus funding, to protecting drug supply chains, to looking for ways to protect workers from economic hardship, to fighting for additional resources to combat the virus, he has remained out front on the pandemic response. He knows this requires a massive response from the federal government and is committed to seeing it through.

The bottom line is, we’re all in this together. Please remember that our actions now affect everyone, not just ourselves. Compassion is key. When you’re out buying food and supplies, please think about the folks who can’t readily go out; the elderly, people living with disabilities. If you can, please consider donating to a local food bank in Westchester or the Bronx which will surely be in need of support with so many businesses closed. And if you need assistance from a food bank, please reach out to one of the many locations in the Bronx and Westchester.

And, in the safest way possible, check in on friends and loved ones who may need help. If there’s anything we can help you with, please let us know. We’re here. 

-Team Engel