COVID-19: Coronavirus Resources and Contacts
Governor Gavin Newson has issued an executive order calling on all non-essential events and gatherings of more than 250 people to be canceled or postponed until the end of March. This executive order also:
Waives the one-week waiting period for people who are unemployed and/or disabled as a result of COVID-19;
Delays the deadline for state tax filing by 60 days for individuals and businesses unable to file on time based on compliance with public health requirements related to COVID-19 filings;
Directs residents to follow public health directives and guidance, including to cancel large non-essential gatherings that do not meet state criteria (non-essential gatherings must be limited to no more than 250 people, while smaller events can proceed only if the organizers can implement social distancing of 6 feet per person. Gatherings of individuals who are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 should be limited to no more than 10 people, while also following social distancing guidelines);
Empowers the state of California to take over hotels, motels, and medical facilities in order to quarantine, isolate or treat Coronavirus patients;
Readies the state to commandeer property for temporary residences and medical facilities for quarantining, isolating or treating individuals.
Assembly District 65 Response:
It is understandable that there are concerns about the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Local health officials have issued guidance and toolkits for schools, colleges and universities, faith-based organizations, senior centers, and more.
As with any virus, I encourage you to continue to protect your health and that of others by taking sensible precautions, including:
- Washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Cleaning your hands often with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoiding touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
- Staying away from work, school or other people if you become sick with respiratory symptoms like fever and cough.
Given the serious nature of this situation, I encourage you to help spread facts, not fear. My team and I remain actively engaged with federal, state, and local health authorities to ensure that all are responding together to prevent and address risks associated with COVID-19. Should conditions change, we will make every effort to keep you updated. The public is encouraged to call (800) CDC–INFO or (800-232-4636) with any questions.
Together, we can keep our communities healthy and safe.
State Resources Small Businesses and Employees:
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention interim guidance for Businesses and Employers
- U.S. Department of Labor resources for employers and employees
- Cal/Osha guidance on requirement to protect workers from COVID-19
- Labor & Workforce Development Agency resources for employers and employees
- Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development resources for employers and employees
- California Employment Development Department disability/paid family leave benefits & unemployment insurance benefits for COVID-19
- PG&E Shares Additional Ways Customers Can Lessen Financial Hardship. From Flexible Pay Plans to Keeping Those on Medical Baseline Enrolled to Reminding Low-Income Customers about Available Programs.
State & Federal Resources for Small Businesses:
If you own a small business or run a private, non-profit organization in designated areas of California and have been affected by the response to COVID-19, you may be eligible for a low-interest federal loan. The United States Small Business Administration (SBA) has opened their disaster assistance application process to specific regions affected by COVID-19. The SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans of up to $2 million in assistance to cover a temporary loss of revenue. You can find more information, check eligible disaster areas, or apply online now.
Small businesses may also be eligible for loans through California State entities. Visit the California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank website to learn more.
Los Angeles County's Department of Consumer and Business Affairs' Office of Small Business DCBA will focus its resources on price gouging investigations, wage enforcement complaint intake, consumer education, and eviction and foreclosure prevention assistance.
Small businesses can apply for Cypress’ Small Business Relief Program beginning Thursday, June 4, 2020. The program, made possible through an allocation of federal CARES Act funds by Orange County Supervisor Michelle Steel, will offer grants up to $10,000 to eligible small businesses in Cypress. The relief funds are available to assist business owners with payroll, capital or equipment expenses, and operational costs, including utility, loan, lease, and mortgage payments. The program’s goal is to get assistance to small businesses quickly to support their recovery effort. Applications will be available June 4 and accepted through June 8, 2020. For more information, or to download an application, please visit www.cypressca.org.”
SoCal Gas - For Residential Customers, who are having a hard time paying their bills, SoCal Gas has temporarily suspended service disconnects EVEN IF you received an automated 48 hour shut off notice. In addition to this, they are offering assistance with paying your bill. For Small Business Customers, they are waiving late payment fees.
SoCal Edison - Southern California Edison announced that it is suspending service disconnections for nonpayment and waiving late fees for residential and business customers impacted by the COVID-19 emergency.
On Tuesday, March 16th, 2020, the Legislature used emergency authority under the California Constitution to approve up to $1.1 billion in state funding to address the COVID-19 public health crisis. The state funding will be available to expand hospital capacity, fund public health system responses to the virus, acquire vital health equipment, help vulnerable seniors, and disinfect school buildings. As the trajectory of the virus evolves, the State Assembly aims for California to keep leading the nation in response to this difficult situation.
The economic challenges resulting from the emergency require additional, significant state budget actions in the coming months. California will need to receive substantial federal assistance to preserve vital programs and help individuals and small businesses in need. Thanks to the state’s record budget reserves—accumulated as a result of Proposition 2 (2014), authored by Assembly Democrats—California is better prepared to preserve and sustain vital programs than it was during the last recession. SB 89—passed on March 16—also includes a commitment by the Legislature and the Governor to pursue efforts in the coming weeks to help individuals and small businesses affected by the COVID-19 economic slowdown.
Assembly District 65 City Updates:
Please remain up to date by going to the following city, county, state, and federal sites to learn about any updates regarding the coronavirus.
City of Anaheim: https://www.anaheim.net/5454/Tracking-Coronavirus-Anaheim-Ready
City of Buena Park: http://www.buenapark.com/city-departments/city-manager/covid-19-information
City of Fullerton: https://www.cityoffullerton.com/news/
City of La Palma: https://www.cityoflapalma.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=808
City of Stanton: https://www.ci.stanton.ca.us/
COVID19 OC Health Tracker or call the OC Health COVID-19 Hotline 833-426-6411
Note: All school districts within Assembly District 65 will be closed effective Monday, March 16 through May 11, for updates please visit the following district sites:
Education Notice and Resources:
The State Department of Education, has provided information on how to provide distance learning, meals for students, and regulations on childcare while schools are shut down:
- State tests, including the Smarter Balanced assessments in Math and English language arts, will be suspended, pending a federal waiver.
- Every schools district will be receiving funding that it needs to deliver alternative and creative ways of providing education.
- The Department issued a guidance document for school districts that will be changing at least weekly, as events change. Link to it here: https://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/he/hn/guidance.asp
- School districts are finding ways to provide children with at least one meal a day. The state is asking for more flexibility by submitting multiple waivers to allow for home delivery of meals and allowing parents to pick up meals without having their child present. All schools districts have different plans to get food to children.
- The Department will be creating a special workgroup to create recommendations for students in special education.
- The State is allowing employers to provide temporary emergency child care for their employees.
- The Department is urging districts that are closed to help families find child care – especially for those families that are responding to the crisis, such as health workers, emergency response personnel, child care workers, and key government employees.
- Child care programs must adhere to health and safety guidelines from local and state health departments the CDC.
This article summarized the information in regards to school meals, special education, and child care. https://edsource.org/2020/california-school-districts-learn-more-about-what-state-expects-during-a-long-shutdown/626431
COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions
QUESTION: How many people have become ill from COVID -19?
ANSWER: Current data from the CDC is available here.
QUESTION: What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
ANSWER: Typically, human coronaviruses cause mild-to-moderate respiratory illness. Symptoms are very similar to the flu, including: runny nose, headache, cough, sore throat, fever and shortness of breath.
QUESTION: How is COVID-19 diagnosed?
ANSWER: Health care providers will assess patients and if novel coronavirus infection is possible, they will do further testing. Please contact your provider before going in to an office or clinic so that they can be prepared for your arrival so others will not be exposed. If there is suspicion of an infection, public health agencies will work with health care providers to ensure CDC testing can be completed.
QUESTION: What is the treatment for COVID-19?
ANSWER: There are currently no vaccines available to protect you against coronavirus infection. Most people with illnesses due to common coronavirus infections recover on their own. There are no specific treatments for coronavirus infection. For patients who are more severely ill, hospitals can provide supportive care. We are learning more about this novel coronavirus and treatment may change over time.
QUESTION: What should someone do if they have symptoms?
ANSWER: If you have traveled to areas with a large outbreak or have been with a person who has tested positive, and you have become ill with fever, cough or shortness of breath, call your health care provider or local health department. Please be sure to tell your health care provider about your travel history.
QUESTION: Where can the public get information about COVID-19?
ANSWER: The CDC website and CDPH website.
If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out to my office. We're always here to answer questions, and together we can keep our community healthy.
California Attorney General
Xavier Becerra issued a consumer alert about deceptive advertising related to novel coronavirus in California. Attorney General Becerra reminds all Californians to be mindful of any products or services that falsely claim to treat, diagnose, prevent, or cure COVID-19. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization, there is no vaccine to prevent COVID-19, nor is there a medicine that treats or cures coronavirus.
Individuals who have been the victim of a falsely advertised product that claims to treatment, test, or cure coronavirus are encouraged to file a complaint through Attorney General Becerra’s website
As a reminder, recently, Attorney General Xavier Becerra issued a price gouging alert following recent statewide public health emergency declaration responding to novel coronavirus in California. California law generally prohibits charging a price that exceeds, by more than 10 percent, the price of an item before a state or local declaration of emergency. This law applies to the prices of certain goods or services when a declared state of emergency results in disruptions of the market, including with respect to food, emergency and medical supplies, and other consumer goods.
Individuals who have been victims of price gouging are encouraged to file a complaint through Attorney General Becerra’s website
Filling out the Census has never been easier! For the first time, you can choose to complete the census online, by phone, or by mail. Find out more about each of these methods below:
Please note that if you are responding online, you must complete the census in one sitting, as you don't have the ability to save your progress. See the questions the census asks here.
If you do not receive an invitation to respond from the Census Bureau, you may respond online or visit our Contact Us page to call our phone line.
Census news: There have been some operational adjustments to the 2020 Census due to COVID-19. Stay up-to-date with news from the Census Bureau.
DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES (DMV)
If you are concerned about visiting the DMV office during this time the DMV has asked California law enforcement to exercise discretion for 60 days in their enforcement of driver license and vehicle registration expiration dates as of March 16, 2020. Please visit the DMV website for more information.
DISCLAIMER - The information provided on this page is current as of March 23th, 2020. Updated information will be added as more services become available and circumstances change.
Defining Essential Workers
Critical public infrastructure
- Operations and maintenance of “essential infrastructure,” including selected public works construction, construction of housing (in particular affordable housing or housing for individuals experiencing homelessness), airport operations, energy infrastructure, roads, highway and public transportation, water and sanitary sewer systems, solid waste collection and removal, internet and telecommunications systems (including the provision of essential global, national, and local infrastructure for computing services, business infrastructure, communications, and web-based services).
Critical Communications infrastructure:
- and other media.
Health care and social services supply chain
- Healthcare operations and support services.
- Manufacture, wholesale, delivery and retail of health care products, including devices, drugs, medicinals and personal care and sanitary products.
- Businesses that provide food, shelter, and social services, and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals.
Sanitation supply chain
- Manufacture, wholesale and delivery of cleaning and sanitation products.
- Cleaning services necessary to provide and maintain disinfection in homes and in essential businesses.
- Laundromats, dry cleaners, and laundry service providers.
- Recycling of hazardous wastes and used oil.
Food supply chain
- Food cultivation and production, including farming, livestock, and fishing.
- Food, beverage and medicinal manufacturing and processing.
- Grocery stores, convenience stores, and other establishments engaged in the retail sale or provision of food, pet supply, and any other household consumer products (such as cleaning and personal care products). This includes stores that sell groceries and also sell other non-grocery products, and products necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences.
- Local, regional, and national delivery services, including but not limited to businesses that ship or deliver groceries, food, goods or services directly to residences and mailing and shipping services.
- Restaurants and other facilities that provide prepared food for delivery or take-out.
- Manufacture, distribution, and retail of componentry and finished devices of technology backbone, support and user equipment.
- Support and repair of technology systems, networks, equipment and devices.
- Support and maintenance of business-to-business communications and conferencing networks.
- Critical support for essential businesses and homes
- Repair and maintenance providers, including plumbing, electrical, HVAC, exterminators and other service providers who provide services that
- are necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences.
- Legal, accounting and business service consulting to support compliance needs of essential and home-based businesses.
- Energy production and distribution facilities.
- Gas stations and auto-supply, auto-repair, and related facilities.
- Airlines, taxis, and other private transportation providers providing transportation services necessary for essential activities and other purposes.
- Facilities supporting interstate delivery of goods, including truck and rest stops.
- Banks and their branches.
- Stock exchanges and related financial institutions.
Should you have any more questions or concerns please feel free to call our office at (714) 525-6515.