I am working with the governor’s administration, the California Department of Public Health, the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, and county departments of public health to keep on top of the response to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
Keep informed! For the most up-to-date, accurate information visit:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- California Department of Public Health
- LA County Department of Public Health
- San Bernardino County Department of Public Health
I am in daily contact with the Governor’s office, the Office of Emergency Services, and the California Department of Public Health regarding the coronavirus.
For the most up-to-date, accurate information, please consult the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the California Department of Public Health, as well as our local public health departments:
- Kern County Public Health Services Department
- Tulare County Health and Human Services Agency
- San Bernardino County Department of Public Health
These are reliable sources for accurate and timely information on COVID-19 and whether it is in our community.
The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
Stay At Home Order
On March 19, 2020, Governor Newsom announced a statewide order for all individuals living in the State of California to stay home or at their place of residence, except as needed to maintain continuity of operation of the federal critical infrastructure sectors.
Essential industries remaining operational include those such as:
- Food & Agriculture
For more information on essential industries, visit: https://www.cisa.gov/identifying-critical-infrastructure-during-covid-19
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
COVID-19 CDC Landing Page: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html
Know How it Spreads
There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
- The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
- The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
- Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
- Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
- Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
- These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
Take steps to protect yourself
Clean your hands often
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
Take steps to protect others
Stay home if you’re sick
- Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care. Learn what to do if you are sick.
Cover coughs and sneezes
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
- Throw used tissues in the trash.
- Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Wear a facemask if you are sick
- If you are sick: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick.
- If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.
Clean and disinfect
- Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
- If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
Most common EPA-registered household disinfectants will work. Use disinfectants appropriate for the surface.
Covered California Information
In partnership with the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), Covered California responded to the COVID-19 pandemic by announcing that it is expanding its Special Enrollment Period. Effectively immediately, anyone who is uninsured and meets eligibility requirements for health care coverage through Covered California can sign up through June 30, 2020. This is an important step to ensure Californians who lose coverage through an employer, or who are otherwise uninsured, have the opportunity to enroll in coverage. DHCS also announced new steps to help those eligible for Medi-Cal sign-up easily and get immediate coverage.
You can learn more by visiting:
- Visit www.CoveredCA.com.
- Get free and confidential assistance over the phone, in a variety of languages, from a certified enroller.
- Have a certified enroller call them and help them for free.
- Call Covered California at (800) 300-1506.
The EDD provides a variety of support services to individuals affected by COVID-19 in California, including unemployment assistance.
If you’re unable to work due to having or being exposed to COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional), you may be eligible to file a Disability Insurance (DI) claim.
If you’re unable to work because you are caring for an ill or quarantined family member with COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional), you may be eligible to file a Paid Family Leave (PFL) claim.
If your child’s school is closed, and you have to miss work to be there for them, you may be eligible for Unemployment Insurance benefits. Eligibility considerations include if you have no other care options and if you are unable to continue working your normal hours remotely. File an Unemployment Insurance claim and EDD representatives will help decide if you are eligible.
If your employer has reduced your hours or shut down operations due to COVID-19, you may be eligible to file an Unemployment Insurance (UI) claim.
Learn more about which program may be best for you, here: https://edd.ca.gov/about_edd/coronavirus-2019.htm
Violators of the price gouging statute are subject to criminal prosecution that can result in a one-year imprisonment in county jail and/or a fine of up to $10,000. Violators are also subject to civil enforcement actions including civil penalties of up to $2,500 per violation, injunctive relief, and mandatory restitution. Anyone who has been the victim of price gouging, or who has information regarding potential price gouging, is encouraged to immediately file a complaint with the Attorney General's Office by going to the Attorney General's website or by calling (800) 952-5225.
Business and Non-Profit Assistance Programs
The SBA has made low-interest loans available to all California small businesses and non-profits that have been severely impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID–19). The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. For more information or to apply, visit www.SBA.gov/disaster.
- California Small Business Loan Guarantee Program & Disaster Relief Loan Guarantee Program (nonprofits are eligible)
Labor and Workforce Development Agency: Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) Resources for Employers and Workers - https://www.labor.ca.gov/coronavirus2019/
Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) – FAQs on laws enforced by the California Labor Commissioner’s Office: https://www.dir.ca.gov/dlse/2019-Novel-Coronavirus.htm
Americans with Disability Act Compliance: Coronavirus: https://www.eeoc.gov/facts/pandemic_flu.html
Benefits for Workers Impacted by COVID-19: https://www.labor.ca.gov/coronavirus2019/
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Resources for Businesses and Employers - https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/organizations/businesses-employers.html
From Cal/OSHA: Workplace safety and health regulations in California require employers to protect workers exposed to airborne infectious diseases such as the coronavirus. Cal/OSHA has posted guidance to help employers comply with these safety requirements and to provide workers information on how to protect themselves.
Before visiting local VA medical facilities, community providers, urgent care centers, or emergency departments in their communities, veterans experiencing COVID-19 symptoms—such as fever, cough, and shortness of breath—are encouraged to call their VA medical facility or call MyVA311 (844-698-2311, press #3 to be connected). Veterans can also send secure messages to their health care providers via MyhealtheVet, VA’s online patient portal. VA clinicians will evaluate veterans’ symptoms and direct them to the most appropriate providers for further evaluation and treatment. This may include referral to state or local health departments for COVID-19 testing. Consult the VA’s public-facing website for the most current information: www.va.gov/coronavirus. Guidance from local VA medical facilities about their current operating status is available on each facility’s website, which can be found through VA’s facility locator tool: https://www.va.gov/find-locations.
Tax Payer Relief
Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
The IRS has established a special section focused on steps to help taxpayers, businesses and others affected by the coronavirus. https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus
The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service are providing special payment relief to individuals and businesses in response to the COVID-19 Outbreak.
Individuals: Income tax payment deadlines for individual returns, with a due date of April 15, 2020, are being automatically extended until July 15, 2020, for up to $1 million of their 2019 tax due. This payment relief applies to all individual returns, including self-employed individuals, and all entities other than C-Corporations, such as trusts or estates. IRS will automatically provide this relief to taxpayers. Taxpayers do not need to file any additional forms or call the IRS to qualify for this relief.
The IRS reminds individual taxpayers the easiest and fastest way to request a filing extension is to electronically file Form 4868 through their tax professional, tax software or using the Free File link on IRS.gov. Businesses must file Form 7004.
California Franchise Tax Board (FTB)
The Franchise Tax Board announced special tax relief for California taxpayers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Affected taxpayers are granted an extension to file 2019 California tax returns and make certain payments to June 15, 2020, for all tax filings and payments due between March 15, 2020, through June 15, 2020. https://www.ftb.ca.gov/about-ftb/newsroom/news-releases/2020-2-more-time-to-file-pay-for-california-taxpayers-affected-by-the-covid-19-pandemic.html?WT.ac=COVID-19
Every Californian can safely help their community during these difficult times. You can make a difference. Visit https://californiavolunteers.ca.gov/get-involved/covid-19/ to learn more.
Department of Motor Vehicles
The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is encouraging everyone to use their online services in an effort to minimize the number of visitors to local DMV offices. The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) extended expiration dates for driver license’s and vehicle registration expiring beginning March 16, 2002 for 60 days. https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv/detail/pubs/newsrel/2020/2020_12
This 60-day period for driver license and vehicle registrations is intended to protect the health and safety of DMV customers who would otherwise have to come to a DMV office to take care of business, but are concerned during this coronavirus pandemic. Transactions that fall within this action include driver license renewals for those: 70 years of age and older, who are required to take a knowledge test, Individuals who are required to renew in the office (last DMV visit was 15 years prior), Individuals subject to vision testing, Individuals with complex driving history. The 60-day period also applies to vehicle registration renewals for customers who are not eligible to use an alternative service channel because of the following reasons: Outdated insurance information, Registration expired for 90 days or more, Smog issues, and Recent transfer. https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv/detail/about/dmvanytime
Governor Newsom has authorized local governments to halt all eviction notice procedures to help prevent anyone from being evicted during this crisis. More information on this order, here: https://www.gov.ca.gov/2020/03/16/governor-newsom-issues-executive-order-to-protect-renters-and-homeowners-during-covid-19-pandemic/.
Child Care Centers
California Department of Social Services has established a statewide waiver program for operation of child care facilities, including licensees, registered TrustLine providers, and temporary employer sponsored child care, along with guidance for the implementation of prevention, containment, and mitigation measures for COVID-19. For guidance on licensing and closure, please refer to the CDSS website: https://www.cdss.ca.gov/inforesources/child-care-licensing.
CalVet has enacted a number of policies to protect and care for the older veteran population currently under the care of the California Department of Veterans Affairs. To stay up to date on their actions, please visit www.calvet.ca.gov.
Student Loan Interest Suspension
The federal government has waived interest on all student loans held by federal government agencies until further notice.
Governor Gavin Newsom announced that the state has asked federal officials to make it easier for California to quickly and effectively provide care to about 13 million Medi-Cal beneficiaries as California works to protect the public from COVID-19. Through expanding California’s telehealth options and loosening rules regarding the use of telehealth and where care can be provided, this will make it simpler to protect seniors and other populations at high risk for harm if exposed to the virus.
The California Department of Education has provided guidance for local schools in their response to COVID-19 https://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/he/hn/guidance.asp
College and University information: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/CDPH%20Document%20Library/CDPH%20Higher%20Education%20Guidance_ADA%20Compliant_FINAL.pdf
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