Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources

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.

 

-Andreas

 

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).

 

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: 

Onward CA

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

 

Mortgage and Lending Information

 

Travel Information from U.S. Department of State

 

DMV Extension Information

 

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

 

Veterans

  • 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

 

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:

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: 

 

Interactive Coronavirus Case Tracker

 

Prevention

 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.
  • 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

 

 

 Take steps to protect others

Stay home if you’re 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.

To disinfect:
Most common EPA-registered household disinfectants will work. Use disinfectants appropriate for the surface.