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Posted on: April 9, 2020

[ARCHIVED] RIOC Daily Update: What You Need to Know from NYS

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RIOC Employees – Protecting The Community and Themselves

Safety is paramount for all RIOC employees, especially our essential employees who continue to go to work each day during this pandemic. That is why we take careful steps to ask our employees to maintain proper social distancing whenever possible. Our citizens have been kind enough to donate masks that our essential employees are able to use on a regular basis. RIOC also reports our Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) needs to Albany and we are receiving supplies.

But in addition to masks, gloves and regular sanitizing practices, RIOC has other protocols in place to protect our employees and the general public. Employees who show COVID-19 symptoms or call in sick with COVID-19 symptoms are put on sick leave for 14 days. Any fellow RIOC employees with whom they have come in contact are also quarantined for fourteen (14) days from last day of contact with the potentially sick employee. Employees are only allowed to return to work after fourteen (14) days if they have remained symptom free.

Chief Brown of the Public Safety Department (PSD) is also in daily contact with the Social Distancing Task Force of the 114th Precinct to make sure we are apprised of any new guidelines and to work with the NYPD if we need assistance.

Governor Cuomo’s Daily Updates

For anyone who would like to tune into Governor Cuomo’s daily updates, please visit his website:

Census 2020

If you haven’t received your invitation to complete the Census in the mail, you can still respond online. and be sure to select the "If you do not have a Census ID, click here" link. #LetsGetCountedNY

Grab and Go Meals for All New Yorkers at PS/IS 217 on Roosevelt Island

This program is expanding to three (3) free meals to adults at all sites. No one will be turned away.

Hours (Monday – Friday):

7:30am-11:30am for families and children

11:30am-1:30pm for adults

Food Pantries

Please go to to find out food pantries, community kitchens and other food sources. If you know of a senior who is in need of attention of any kind, please contact the Public Safety Department immediately at 212-832-4545.

Pharmacies offer free home delivery to New Yorkers 

After speaking with the state’s major pharmacy chains, pharmacies have agreed to offer free home delivery to help reduce long lines for prescriptions at their facilities.

Mental Health Hotline

We can’t underestimate the impact this pandemic is having on mental health. For free emotional support, consultation and referral to a provider, call 1-844-863-9314.

Transportation Updates

  • Red Buses will continue to run on a Weekend Schedule and the Trams will continue to operate as normal until further notice.
  • NYC Ferry - – check for changes

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