During this unprecedented time, many businesses and schools have been closed and events canceled to prevent the spread of the novel Coronavirus (COVID–19). The impact on our local economy has been significant. As this situation continues to evolve, my office stands ready to assist. I am in regular contact with leaders at the local, state, and federal level on a daily basis.
Below is a list of resources to assist you. Please do not hesitate to contact my office.
Governor Newsom's Executive Order: What does it mean?
The California State Public Health Officer and Director of the California Department of Public Health is ordering 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, critical government services, schools, childcare, and construction, including housing construction. Read the full Executive Order here (pdf).
- List of Essential Workers
- What's open? What's closed?
- Public Places
- State Parks COVID-19 Resource Center
Unemployment Resources for Employees and Employers
The California Employment Development Department (EDD) provides a variety of support services to individuals who are sick or quarantined, have reduced work hours, who are self-employed, or have been impacted by closures due to COVID–19:
- Resources for Workers and Employees
- Cal/OSHA Guidance on Requirements to Protect Workers from Coronavirus
- FAQ: Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)
- COVID-19: Additional Assistance Funds for Workers and Businesses
- How to File a Disability Insurance Claim in SDI Online
Losing your job amidst a pandemic is traumatic. Onward CA is a resource that has been rapidly deployed by a board coalition of companies, foundations, and humans who want to help. Help you get money or groceries or child care; help you upskill; reskill, or refresh; and help you land a great new job. Plus, they've partnered with the Central Valley's own Bitwise Industries.
Resources for Small Businesses
- Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program
- Fresno Chamber of Commerce Resources for Businesses
- Resources for Tuolumne, Stanislaus, Mono, Fresno, Tulare and Inyo Counties
- Fresno & Clovis Restaurants Serving Take-Out and Delivery
- Paycheck Protection Program
- CARES Act Guide for Small Business Owners
- House Ways and Means FAQ Page
Mortgage and Lending Information
Travel Information from U.S. Department of State
DMV Extension Information
- DMV Extends All Expiring Driver Licenses
- DMV allows customers to avoid coming to a DMV office for 60 days
- REAL ID deadline postponed amid coronavirus outbreak
- DMV 120 Extension for Seniors
PG&E Suspends Service Shut-Offs
- In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has implemented a moratorium on service shut-offs for non-payment for both residential and commercial customers effective immediately. For more info, visit PG&E’s website.
- Call centers are still open to assist customers at (800) 743-5000.
Tax Filing Extension Information
State: Franchise Tax Board Tax Extensions and Relief
Federal: Internal Revenue Service Tax Extensions and Relief
CDC & Healthcare Resources
- CDC Coronavirus Website
- Stress and Coping
- National Suicide Prevention Hotline
- Health Care Resources
- Daily Updates: California Deparment of Public Health
- Contribute Medical Supplies
- The State Council on Developmental Disabilities has produced COVID-19 resources for people with developmental disabilities and their family members. Find them on their website, scdd.ca.gov.
- If you are a Veteran in crisis – or you’re concerned about one – free, confidential support is available 24/7. Call the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, send a text message to 838255, or chat online.
- CalVet has a number of resources for Veterans under the care of the California Department of Veterans Affairs. Learn more here: www.calvet.ca.gov.
- For more information about COVID-19 information for Veterans, visit www.va.gov/coronavirus.
School and University Closures
- Guidance for School Districts and Higher Education
- List of School and University Closures
- New COVID-19 Guidance for K-12 Schools
- School Meals
- Free AP Exam Help For High School Students
- California Department of Education Resource Page
Department of Consumer Affairs License Waivers
The Department of Consumer Affairs has announced some waivers of license requirements per the Governor’s Executive Order earlier this week. DCA is also maintaining a webpage designated for announcement of waivers and FAQs regarding the waivers. Below are some key links to this information.
DCA’s webpage regarding waiver information:
- https://www.dca.ca.gov/licensees/waiver_request_info.shtml (Note: At the bottom of the page, you can sign up for the listserv to receive information on waivers once those waivers are approved.)
Webpage for approved waivers:
Approved waivers so far:
Waiving license renewal requirements:
Waiver regarding reinstatement of a license:
The Board of Registered Nursing issued the following press release regarding nursing students providing nursing services during this pandemic.
Volunteer and Serve
Every Californian can safely help their community during these difficult times. You can make a difference by delivering meals to vulnerable populations, donating to a food bank, supporting local nonprofits, performing wellness checks, creating hygiene kits, and donating blood to help people affected by the Coronavirus. More information here:
- California Volunteer Resources
- Donate Blood - Central California Blood Center
- Donate Food to Valley Families in Need
Interactive Coronavirus Case Tracker
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.