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State and Local Government Resources - COVID-19
An outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a new coronavirus (COVID-19) has been identified starting in Wuhan, China. There is no evidence of widespread transmission of COVID-19 in California at this time. While investigations to learn more about the virus are ongoing, workers and employers should review their health and safety procedures to help prevent exposure to the virus.
The EDD provides a variety of support services to individuals affected by COVID-19 in California. For faster and more convenient access to those services, we encourage the use of our online options.
Visit Coronavirus 2019 FAQs for answers to specific questions you may have about COVID-19 and what programs and benefits may be available to you.
Upcoming Tele-Conference Updates/Events
California Black Chamber of Commerce Presents: Webinar with the White House on the CARES Act - 4/3/2020 @ 11am. Click Here to register.
Sick or Quarantined
If you’re unable to work due to having or being exposed to COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional), you can file a Disability Insurance (DI) claim. DI provides short-term benefit payments to eligible workers who have a full or partial loss of wages due to a non-work-related illness, injury, or pregnancy. Benefit amounts are approximately 60-70 percent of wages (depending on income) and range from $50-$1,300 a week.
For guidance on the disease, visit the California Department of Public Health website.
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 can file a Paid Family Leave (PFL) claim. PFL provides up to six weeks of benefit payments to eligible workers who have a full or partial loss of wages because they need time off work to care for a seriously ill family member or to bond with a new child. Benefit amounts are approximately 60-70 percent of wages (depending on income) and range from $50-$1,300 a week.
Reduced Work Hours
If your employer has reduced your hours or shut down operations due to COVID-19, you can file an Unemployment Insurance (UI) claim. UI provides partial wage replacement benefit payments to workers who lose their job or have their hours reduced, through no fault of their own. Workers who are temporarily unemployed due to COVID-19 and expected to return to work with their employer within a few weeks are not required to actively seek work each week. However, they must remain able and available and ready to work during their unemployment for each week of benefits claimed and meet all other eligibility criteria.
Eligible individuals can receive benefits that range from $40-$450 per week.
Updated (March 28, 2020) Recently enacted federal legislation (HR 6201) authorized full federal funding for an additional 13 weeks of UI benefits for a worker who exhausts state-funded benefits.
Workers and self-employed people that do not qualify for the existing Unemployment Insurance benefit may be covered under the Disaster Unemployment Assistance. Status: Staff is seeking clarification on the benefits provided under the recent federal declaration. Here is the link to information on filing a claim if benefits are extended. https://edd.ca.gov/unemployment/disaster_unemployment_assistance.htm
Workplace Health and Safety
For information on protecting workers from COVID-19, refer to the Cal/OSHA Guidance on Coronavirus.
Businesses and employers can visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for help with planning and responding to COVID-19.
Reduced Work Hours
Employers experiencing a slowdown in their businesses or services as a result of the coronavirus impact on the economy may apply for the UI Work Sharing Program. This program allows employers to seek an alternative to layoffs — retaining their trained employees by reducing their hours and wages that can be partially offset with UI benefits. Workers of employers who are approved to participate in the Work Sharing Program receive the percentage of their weekly UI benefit amount based on the percentage of hours and wages reduced, not to exceed 60 percent.
Visit Work Sharing Program to learn more about its benefits for employers and employees, and how to apply.
Potential Closure or Layoffs
Employers planning a closure or major layoffs as a result of the coronavirus can get help through the Rapid Response program. Rapid Response teams will meet with you to discuss your needs, help avert potential layoffs, and provide immediate on-site services to assist workers facing job losses. For more information, refer to the Rapid Response Services for Businesses Fact Sheet (DE 87144RRB) (PDF) or contact your local America’s Job Center of CaliforniaSM
Southern California Energy Responds to COVID-19 Emergency, Suspends Service Disconnections
Southern California Gas will not disconnect services to customers who can’t pay bills amid coronavirus outbreak
SPECTRUM Internet- offering 60 days of free wifi for low income families.
Los Angeles Department of Water & Power still offering payment plan and suspending utility shut off for March (for now
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.
Visit the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development’s COVID-19 landing page for links to other valuable resources. Go to my website [hyperlink] to learn more about what the California State Legislature is doing in response to COVID-19 or to contact my office.
Los Angeles City Small Business Emergency Microloan Program
- Governor Newsom Announces Statewide "Stay At Home" Order
- Los Angeles County "Stay At Home" Order:
- Sempra Energy Foundation To Donate Up To $1 Million To California Nonprofits Impacted By COVID-19: Click Here
- With $349 Billion in Emergency Small Business Capital Cleared, SBA and Treasury Begin Unprecedented Public-Private Mobilization Effort to Distribute Funds (3/31/2020): Click Here
- SBA Paycheck Protection Program (3/31/2020): Click Here
- The Small Business Owner's Guide to the Federal CARES ACT [courtesy of the CA Black Chamber of Commerce] (3/31/2020): Click Here
- FAQs: Filing Tax Return Necessary to Receive Individual Coronavirus Payments (3/30/2020): Click Here
- Treasury backs off requirement that Social Security recipients, others take extra step to get $1,200 checks (4/2/2020): Click Here
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.
The nonpartisan Legislative Analyst released a preliminary viewpoint on how the pandemic may affect this year’s state budget process. Link: https://lao.ca.gov/Publications/Report/4203
The Governor began to authorize use of the emergency funding on March 18. Link: https://www.gov.ca.gov/2020/03/18/governor-newsom-takes-emergency-actions-authorizes-150-million-in-funding-to-protect-homeless-californians-from-covid-19/
On March 20, the Governor announced the following uses of emergency funding: $30 million to lease St. Vincent and Seton Medical Centers for hospital surge capacity, $8.6 million to expand inventories of ventilators and IV fusion pumps, $2 million for patient transportation and stand by services, and $1.4 million to expand capacity at the Richmond public health laboratory. Link: https://www.gov.ca.gov/2020/03/21/governor-newsom-takes-action-to-strengthen-californias-health-care-delivery-system-to-respond-to-covid-19/
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.
Below is a summary of key points related to the announcement:
Consumers can enroll during the Special Enrollment Period for coverage through Covered California or Medi-Cal. Effective Friday, March 20, 2020, Covered California opened the health insurance exchange to any eligible uninsured individual who needs health care coverage amid the COVID-19 emergency. Anyone who meets Covered California’s eligibility requirements have until June 30, 2020 to sign up for coverage. Depending on their eligibility, consumers who sign-up through Covered California could enroll in a Covered California health insurance plan or in Medi-Cal, which provides free or low-cost coverage to eligible individuals and families.
Financial help is available through Covered California. Financial assistance is available through Covered California for eligible consumers. Starting this year, more financial help is available through new state subsidies available for qualified low- and middle-income consumers. We encourage consumers to use Covered California’s Shop and Compare tool see if they are qualify for state and/or federal financial help with their monthly premiums and out-of-pocket health care costs, and to see what health insurance plans are available to them.
· Coverage becomes effective quickly to help Californians avoid gaps in health insurance. Coverage through Covered California becomes effective the first of the following month after the consumers signs up. This means that many individuals losing job-based health insurance could avoid facing a gap in coverage. Consumers who enroll through Covered California and are determined eligible for Medi-Cal would have their coverage take effect retroactively to the first day of the month in which they sign up.
· Special Enrollment is available throughout the entire individual market. Special enrollment will be expanded to encompass the entire individual market – including all off-exchange health insurance plans – thanks to the actions of the California Department of Managed Health Care and the California Department of Insurance. This means that consumers can enroll both through Covered California, and directly with health insurance carriers in the off-Exchange market through June 30th.
DHCS is taking steps to help consumers easily sign-up for Medi-Cal and get immediate coverage. DHCS, which administers Medi-Cal (the state’s Medicaid program), has put a 90-day hold on Medi-Cal renewal reviews to ensure those already enrolled can continue their coverage and to free up resources needed to quickly process new enrollments. DHCS is also seeking expanded authority to expedite enrollment for seniors and other vulnerable populations, expand use of telehealth, and take other steps to make care easier to access.
We encourage you to please raise awareness of the expanded Special Enrollment period to your respective constituencies. Consumers interested in learning more about their coverage options can:
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.
Agriculture and Food Safety
The federal government has identified 16 critical infrastructure sectors, one of which is the food supply chain. It is essential that critical infrastructure and supply chains are protected, and that all elements pertaining to the food supply remain operational, including our workforce that is vital to the food supply.
What are the essentials parts of the agriculture food supply chain?
- Workers supporting groceries, pharmacies, and other retail that sells food and beverage products, including but not limited to grocery stores, corner stores and convenience stores, including liquor stores that sell food, farmers’ markets, food banks, farm and produce stands, supermarkets, similar food retail establishments and big box stores that sell groceries and essentials.
- Farm workers include those employed in animal food, feed, and ingredient production, packaging, and distribution; manufacturing, packaging, and distribution of veterinary drugs; truck delivery and transport; farm and fishery labor needed to produce our food supply domestically
- Farm workers and support service workers include those who work with field crops; commodity inspection; fuel ethanol facilities; storage facilities; and other agricultural inputs.
What is being done to protect the health of ag workers and the public from COVID-19 in the agriculture sector?
- Food producers and manufacturers have been required by longstanding federal and state laws and regulations to prevent anyone who is sick or has a communicable disease from handling, processing or preparing food for human consumption.
By adhering to the CDC best practice guidelines as follows:
- Maintain diligence in good hygiene, monitor for employee illness, and adhere to social distancing guidelines as possible.
- Adhere to your Sanitation Standard Operating Procedures (SSOP), ensuring that operations are vigilant in their oversight.
- Ensure adequate frequency of cleaning and sanitizing per CDC guidance.
- Adhere to cleaning and sanitizing frequency of restroom and other high contact areas.
- Consider ways for employees to easily identify themselves (business card, company ID badge) outside of business operations for ease in transportation to and from work while adhering to local ordinances.
California considers Certified Farmers' Markets (CFMs) an essential service in the critical food supply chain that allows consumers to purchase nutritious, California-grown agriculture straight from farmers, all markets must also work with local authorities to ensure compliance with local restrictions. The guidance is also for grocery stores, restaurants, food trucks, charitable food distribution sites, and beverage service venues including wineries and breweries.
Food Safety Consumer Information
- FDA, CDC, CDPH, and USDA have all stated that there are no reports at this time of human illnesses that suggests COVID-19 can be transmitted by food or food packaging. The CDC is reporting that, in general, because of poor survivability of the coronavirus on surfaces, there is likely a low risk of spread from food products or packaging that are shipped over a period of days or weeks at ambient, refrigerated or frozen temperatures.
- It is always important to follow good hygiene practices (i.e., wash hands and surfaces often, separate raw meat from other foods, cook to the right temperature, and refrigerate foods promptly) when handling or preparing foods.” That document can be read here.
Inspections for Food Safety
- Food safety is a critical function and all state food inspection programs will continue, including inspections for leafy greens, milk, eggs, and other commodities. Inspectors will provide a five-day notification to ease the burden for processors and allow time for inspectors and staff to take precautions for social distancing.
- Food inspectors are following CDC guidelines, including not traveling or working when feeling ill, washing hands regularly, maintaining person cleanliness, maintaining social distancing, not shaking hands and not touching their own faces.
The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced that it is suspending foreclosures for homeowners with mortgages backed by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac for at least 60 days. Additionally, the FHFA called for a moratorium on evictions of renters living in homes with mortgages backed by Frannie Mae or Freddie Mac. For more information, see the FHFA website: Click Here
Additionally, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is halting foreclosures for homeowners with mortgages backed by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) at least 60 days. Additionally, evictions are being suspended for renters living in single family properties with FHA-insured mortgages. For more information, refer to the HUD letter found here
Governor Newsom has also Authorizes $150 Million in Funding to Protect Homeless Californians from COVID-19:
Governor Gavin Newsom’s latest executive order authorizes local governments to halt evictions for renters and homeowners, slows foreclosures, and protects against utility shutoffs for Californians affected by COVID-19. The full Executive Order can be found here.
COVID-19 Eviction Moratorium - City of Los Angeles: Click Here
Know Your Rights
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has intensified its operations on sanctuary cities across the USA by conducting all-day surveillance operations near the homes and workplace of undocumented immigrants. More ICE agents are being deployed to our state. Detention centers do not have the means to guarantee the immigrants safety.
During the pandemic crisis it is imperative constituents Know Their Rights.
We have gather some important points for them to know what to do in case ICE knocks on their door. You can also go to our DCO website and find everything about Know your rights. If they have concerns solely about the Coronavirus, please remember to guide them to the CDC page for accurate information on the evolving subject of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html and California Department of Public Health.
Emergency funding – Governor announced spending $150 million for local emergency actions related to the homeless.
$100 million is going directly to locals via the Homeless Housing Assistant Program (HHAP) of 2019 formula for shelter support and emergency housing. Funding breakdown: https://bcsh.ca.gov/hcfc/coronavirus19/allocations.pdf
$50 million used by state to buy travel trailers and procure hotel rooms for those who are positive for COVID-19 or have symptoms. Department of Social Services is the lead and provided lists of eligible properties to respective counties, but counties are then lead on negotiating/executing leases. The state is offering to help contact properties and negotiate leases if counties request that assistance.
Governor waived CEQA requirements for shelters constructed during the COVID-19 crisis.
Immigrants and Their Families
Updated March 29, 2020
Immigrants in Los Angeles County, like all Angelenos, are worried about the coronavirus outbreak. Moreover, some immigrants are afraid that getting tested or treated will affect their immigration status. Below are answers to common questions. You should seek available testing and treatment, regardless of your immigration status.
MEDICAL TESTING & TREATMENT
What should I do if I want to be tested or treated?
If you have insurance or Medi-Cal, call your doctor about testing and treatment. Avoid visiting your doctor until you speak with them. If you have an emergency, go to an emergency room or call 911. You can get current information here: publichealth.lacounty.gov
If you are uninsured, you can still get free testing and treatment regardless of immigration status. You may also qualify for My Health LA, a health care program for low-income LA County residents. Call 844-744-6452 for more information. Visit dhs.lacounty.gov/MHLA for a list of their clinics.
Will getting tested or treated for coronavirus affect my immigration status?
No. Your medical information is confidential. Your doctor may not share it with immigration officials. Also, the federal government has announced they will not consider coronavirus testing or treatment in the public charge test.
Are there any programs available to help me and my family financially?
The Department of Public Social Services provides a number of services. Contact them here: yourbenefits.laclrs.org/ybn/Index.html. If you don’t qualify for benefits due to your immigration status, other people in your home might. USCIS will not consider benefits received by household members in the public charge test.
Free food is also available at pantries throughout Los Angeles County: lafoodbank.org/find-food/pantry-locator/. Many school districts also offer free meals for students. Check with your school district office.
I lost my job, or my hours are cut. What can I do?
If you have a work permit, you may apply online for Unemployment Insurance with the California Employment Development Department (EDD): edd.ca.gov/about_edd/coronavirus-2019.htm
While undocumented immigrants may or may not receive Unemployment Insurance, they may be eligible for Disability Insurance or Paid Family Leave. File with EDD: edd.ca.gov/about_edd/coronavirus-2019.htm
The LA County Business & Worker Disaster Help Center provides tools and direct support to access emergency resources. Call 800-593-8222, email your question to DisasterHelpCenter@lacounty.gov, or visit lacountyhelpcenter.org.
HOUSING & EVICTION
My landlord is trying to evict me because I can’t pay the rent. What should I do?
Los Angeles County passed a temporary ban on all residential and commercial evictions, effective March 4 to May 31, 2020, for the unincorporated areas of the County. The City of Los Angeles and other cities have passed similar measures. These protections apply to all tenants, regardless of their immigration status. Contact DCBA for help: (800) 593-8222, dcba.lacounty.gov.
Is it true that there is a cure for coronavirus?
There is currently no cure or vaccine for coronavirus. Many scammers are taking advantage of the pandemic to prey on consumers. Report suspected scams to the Department of Consumer and Business Affairs (DCBA): 800-593-8222, dcba.lacounty.gov.
Sellers are charging high prices for things like hand sanitizer and medical supplies. Is this legal?
It is illegal for sellers to raise prices for basic necessities by more than 10% after authorities declare an emergency. All consumers, including undocumented immigrants, are protected against price gouging. Report violations to DCBA: 800-593-8222, dcba.lacounty.gov.
- Information about public social services: http://dpss.lacounty.gov/
- Information for consumers and businesses: https://dcba.lacounty.gov/coronavirus/
- Information for renters, including evictions ban: https://dcba.lacounty.gov/rentstabilization/
- Information about workers’ rights including minimum wage: https://dcba.lacounty.gov/minimum-wage/
- Immigrant Guide https://immigrantguide.ca.gov/en/covid19/
- California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance https://ciyja.org/covid19/
- DACA and the Coronavirus https://www.informedimmigrant.com/guides/daca-coronavirus/
- Public Charge Fact Sheet https://www.uscis.gov/news/fact-sheets/public-charge-fact-sheet
- Public Charge Benefits https://immigrantguide.ca.gov/en/publiccharge/PublicChargePublicBenefits
At a time when Californians should be pulling together (while maintaining social distance), some are attempting to exploit the pandemic at the expense of everyone else. As such, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra issued a consumer alert declaring that price gouging is illegal ( release here) in all CA communities when a state of emergency is declared.
To avoid becoming a victim, here are some tips to think about:
- If you must go shopping, plan ahead. Being a mindful shopper can help make sure there are supplies for everyone. Keeping a little extra of your typical supply will go a long way.
- When you go shopping, only shop from places you trust. Many of us shop online or have subscription services that deliver items to our homes, but in times like these online marketplaces can be tricky. Check to see if the product has reviews, or try to compare other prices online.
- The widespread panic about the uncertain future has caused many people to buy in large quantities that they may not end up using. So please, avoid hoarding so that scammers and price gougers have less of an opportunity to engage.
- If you are skeptical about the price of a product, do not buy it.
- If you think you’ve been the victim of price gouging, or has information regarding potential price gouging, you can file a complaint with the Attorney General Office by calling (800) 952-5225.
Price Gouging Resources
Office of the Attorney General
Official statement on Price Gouging
General COVID-19 Resource at Centers for Disease Control
Scam Protection Resource
U.S Department of Homeland Security.
The COVID-19 novel Coronavirus is projected to hit seniors harder than any other population in California. As such, much will be asked of you to avoid infection for yourself and for those you love.
The Governor has issued an order that requires seniors to stay at home unless traveling for medical necessity or to pick up food or other needed supplies. The virus is new in humans, and no one is immune.
While it can be treated successfully in a majority of cases, the sheer number of people may severely stretch California’s available hospital space. We cannot let this happen.
The best thing you can do is to say informed. To that end, please visit to review
Further, the California Department of Public Health https://www.cdph.ca.gov and the California Department of Aging https://www.aging.ca.gov are providing regular updates of what you need to know.
Updated (March 28, 2020)
The Los Angeles Department of Aging launched a resource map today that provides locations for residents to pick up meals on behalf of people 65 and older, and department officials reminded residents of coronavirus testing available to them.
All 85 congregate meal sites operated by the city of Los Angeles will remain closed until further notice, but department officials said the city and its community partners have been distributing packaged and frozen meals to older adults enrolled in the city's meal program, and people can still pick up products at meal sites.
People enrolled in the food programs must send a family member, friend or caregiver under the age of 65 to pick up meals at the sites.
The map of the meal sites is available at https://bit.ly/2JbY04T. The map will be updated as needed, department officials said.
If a senior is not aware of who their meal provider is, or not enrolled in the Department of Aging meal program, they can call the department at 213-482-7252 to enroll. The phone line is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Seniors who already receive regular home meal delivery will have their services continued without interruption, the department stated.
The Department of Aging can be reached for other services and is providing social programs for people to interact remotely during the pandemic, as well as mental health resources.
The city of Los Angeles now has COVID-19 testing available to residents 65 and older, people experiencing symptoms of the virus or those who have underlying health issues.
People who are eligible can make an appointment at coronavirus.lacity.org/testing. People who do not have internet access can call the Mayor's Help Desk at 213-978-1028 for assistance.
Finally, please wash your hands and stay away from others. Maintain a “social distance” of six feet between you and others if you do venture outside of your home, and inside your home if your family members are sick.
This will not be easy. But with your help, California can get through this.
State of California Department of Aging
CA Office of Emergency Services
CA Department of Public Health Guidance Documents
CA Department of Health COVID-19 Overview
Administration for Community Living
Question: What is the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV)?
Answer: Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. Many of them infect animals, but some coronaviruses from animals can evolve (change) into a new human coronavirus that can spread from person-to-person. This is what happened with the current novel coronavirus known as 2019-nCoV. Diseases from coronaviruses in people typically cause mild to moderate illness, like the common cold. Some, like the SARS or MERS viruses, cause serious infections like pneumonia
Question: How are coronaviruses spread?
Answer: Like other respiratory illnesses, such as influenza, human coronaviruses most commonly spread to others from an infected person who has symptoms through:
• Droplets produced through coughing and sneezing
• Close personal contact, such as caring for an infected person
• Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands
Novel Coronavirus is new, and we are learning more each day about how easily it spreads and how long it takes for people to become sick. As information becomes available, we will keep you informed.
Questions: How is California responding to the epidemic?
The Governor of California in coordination with the state legislature has issued a state of emergency as a way to make additional resources available, formalize emergency actions already underway, and prepare the state for broader spread of the coronavirus known as COVID-19.
For a full list of the Governor’s executive order, click here
Questions: How is novel coronavirus treated?
Answer: There is no specific treatment for illness caused by the novel coronavirus. However, many of the symptoms can be treated. Treatment is based on the patient’s condition. There is currently no vaccine to prevent novel coronavirus. Be aware of scam products for sale that make false claims to prevent or treat this new infection.
Question: How is novel coronavirus diagnosed?
Answer: Health care providers will assess patients and if novel coronavirus infection is possible, they will do further testing. If a patient is suspected to be infected, public health agencies will work with health care providers to ensure CDC testing can be completed.
Question: What is the treatment for novel coronavirus?
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 feel 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 if any.
Question: Should I wear a mask?
Answer: The California Department of Public Health, along with the CDC, does not recommend that healthy people wear masks at this time. However, masks are recommended to limit the spread of disease for people who are exhibiting respiratory symptoms
Question: What are some best practices I can do to protect myself?
• Stay home when you are sick.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
• If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Limit close contact, like kissing and sharing cups or utensils, with people who are sick.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you do not have a tissue, use your sleeve (not your hands).
• Get a flu shot to prevent influenza if you have not done so this season.
Always check with reliable sources for the up-to-date, accurate information about the novel coronavirus:
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH, County)
California Department of Public Health (CDPH, State)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, National)
World Health Organization (WHO, International)
California DMV Information and FAQs
The DMV is implementing the following actions to protect the health and safety of our customers and employees during the coronavirus pandemic:
- Instituting appointment-only service for transactions that require an in-office visit, effective March 19, 2020.
- Canceling all behind-the-wheel drive tests for the next 30 days to honor social distancing guidelines.
- Suspending extended field office hours and Saturday field office service.
- Launching DMV Virtual Field Office on March 23, 2020, to give customers the capability to take care of many transactions online or by telephone that require an office visit today.
Sacramento (4/1/2020) – The California Department of Motor Vehicles today is announcing that seniors with an expiring driver license will receive a 120-day extension in the mail during the COVID-19 pandemic. Also, those with safe driving records whose last DMV visit was 15 years ago will not be required to renew in person for the next 60 days and will be able to renew online or by mail.
“Today’s actions ensure hundreds of thousands of Californians can keep their driver license current while following the state’s stay at home request,” DMV Director Steve Gordon said. “The health and safety of our employees and customers is the DMV’s top priority. We encourage customers to take advantage of our online services whenever possible, including for eligible driver license or vehicle registration renewals.”
Why are you taking this action now?
The health and safety of our employees and customers is the DMV’s top priority. We believe these actions, in addition to the steps the department has already taken, address their concerns, reduce the possibility of spread and create telework options while at the same time keeping vital service channels open.
How will you enforce appointment-only service?
We will do our best to accommodate customers coming in this week but, due to changes in staffing and resources as we move to implement the virtual field office, will be strictly enforcing the policy beginning Monday. We will do our best to direct customers without an appointment to other service channels, including online, kiosks, business partners and the new virtual field office, to complete their transaction.
What transactions can only be done in a DMV field office?
Driver license transactions that require an in-office visit include:
- Applications for a new driver license or REAL ID
- 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
Most vehicle registration renewals can be done online, via kiosk, mail, phone, or business partner. Vehicle registration renewals that are not eligible to use an alternative service channel include:
- Outdated insurance information
- Registration expired for 90 days or more
- Smog issues
- Recent transfer
For customers who would otherwise have to come to a DMV office to take care of business, but are concerned to visit an office during this coronavirus pandemic, the DMV requested California law enforcement to exercise discretion for driver license (DL) and vehicle registrations (VR) expiring during the 60-day period beginning of March 16, 2020. Vehicle registration penalties will be waived as appropriate. There are no late penalties for renewing an expired driver license.
What is the DMV doing with customers who have already scheduled behind-the-wheel exams?
The DMV is contacting customers to reschedule their drive tests after the 30-day break in testing concludes. We expect it will take about 60 days to catch up on drive tests, with a priority on commercial drive tests.
What will the employees who typically conduct drive tests be doing while drive tests are suspended? What about employees who typically work on Saturdays?
The DMV is diverting the employees who conduct drive tests to other tasks, including helping customers at service windows and processing paperwork for the virtual field office, while drive tests are suspended. Employees who having been working on Saturdays will be switched to Monday-Friday shifts.
How will suspending drive tests affect commercial drivers?
The DMV conducts about 4,100 commercial drive tests a month, and we understand the importance of commercial drivers, particularly at a time like now when the timely delivery of goods is imperative.
We are exploring ways to extend pending applications and instructional permits for commercial drivers to limit the impact of canceling drive tests. Because commercial driver licenses involve federal regulations as well as state law, we are working with our federal partners on the best course of action.
The DMV will also place a priority on commercial drive tests when behind-the-wheel exams resume.
Who needs a commercial driver license?
Broadly speaking, drivers of heavy-duty trucks weighing more than 26,000 pounds are required to have a commercial driver license. In most circumstances, drivers of smaller delivery vehicles, carrying goods like packages, groceries or pharmaceuticals, would not need a commercial driver license.
California processes about 171,000 commercial driver license renewals annually.
What else has DMV done to address employees and customers during this coronavirus outbreak?
The DMV is following guidance of public health officials and asks everyone who is sick to stay home.
The DMV is posting information in its offices instructing employees and customers how to remain healthy and reduce the possibility to spread the virus.
Text notifications are available to customers once they check in so they may leave the office and come back when they get a text that informs them that they will soon be called to a service window.
DMV offers many services online and through other channels so those who don’t have to come to an office and take care of business elsewhere.
Can you share more information on the virtual field office?
The new DMV Virtual Field Office will give customers the capability to take care of many services online or by telephone that require an office visit today, such as vehicle title transfers, commercial driver license renewals, name or gender change, driver license reinstatements or changing endorsements. The DMV is leveraging technology to allow customers to upload documents and provide an e-signature for the most popular DMV services. DMV employees who have been redirected, such as drive test examiners, will process paperwork on the back end.
The Virtual Offices are in addition to the other online services already available to DMV customers. Some transactions, such as vehicle inspections, original driver licenses, drive tests, REAL ID, and complex vehicle registrations, will still require an office visit.
For a list of DMV service options including online services, visit DMV Anytime at https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv/detail/about/dmvanytime
Has the California tax filing deadline been extended?
- Yes. The deadline has been extended to July 15th.
According to the Franchise Tax Board’s (FTB's) March 18th announcement, special tax relief is being provided in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Affected taxpayers are granted an extension to file 2019 California tax returns and make certain payments until July 15, 2020. The FTB will also waive interest and any late filing or late payment penalties that would otherwise apply. FTB is postponing the filing and payment deadlines for all individual and business entities, until July 15, for:
- 2019 tax returns;
- 2019 tax return payments;
- 2020 1st and 2nd quarter estimate payments;
- 2020 limited liability company taxes and fees; and,
- 2020 Non-wage withholding payments.
How can taxpayers get the extension?
- Taxpayers should write “COVID-19” in black ink at the top of the tax return to alert FTB of the extension period.
Has the property tax payment deadline of April 10th been extended?
- No. The April 10th deadline has not been extended.
Will late payment penalties be charged?
- Although the April 10th deadline has not been extended, the penalties and costs imposed due to a late payment can be waived in circumstances where a taxpayer cannot physically pay their taxes due to quarantine, illness, or closure of the county Tax Collector’s office. Individual constituents should be instructed to check in with their local county Tax Collector's office.
- Please note that we have received many inquiries regarding this issue and are currently exploring a range of options for providing both short and long-term relief to taxpayers who have been impacted by COVID-19. We are also working to ensure that any solutions maintain the ability of local governments and school districts to continue providing essential services. We will update you promptly of developments.
Sales Tax and other Special Taxes
Will the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA) provide tax relief?
Pursuant to Governor Newsom's announcement on March 12th, CDTFA is authorized to provide relief to individuals and businesses impacted by COVID-19. The relief includes granting extensions for filing returns and making payments, and relief from interest and penalties. Because CDTFA administers a wide range of taxes, taxpayers seeking assistance should contact CDTFA's Customer Service Center at 800-400-7115, or visit CDTFA's online Website at www.cdtfa.ca.gov.
This table provides more details on deadlines for filers: https://www.ftb.ca.gov/about-ftb/newsroom/covid-19/extensions-to-file-pay.html
Sales Tax Assistance
Taxpayers may request assistance by contacting the CDTFA. Requests for relief of interest or penalties or requesting an extension for filing a return may be made through our online services. Taxpayers may also request assistance in writing by sending a letter to the address below or contacting us via email or call Customer Service Center at 800-400-7115. This includes assistance if you are unable to make a timely tax payment.
Students at all levels statewide are affected by COVID-19.
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Federal Student Loans. On March 20, the US Department of Education announced that all borrowers with federally held student loans will automatically have their interest rates set to 0% for a period of at least 60 days. In addition, each of these borrowers will have the option to suspend their payments for at least two months to allow them greater flexibility during the national emergency. See US Department of Education announcement here (LINK TO https://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/delivering-president-trumps-promise-secretary-devos-suspends-federal-student-loan-payments-waives-interest-during-national-emergency).
Private student loans. For now, California with private student loans can contact their loan servicer directly and ask for relief. If loan servicers are willing to pause payments, borrowers should also ask the servicer to stop assessing interest during the pause. Before contacting their servicer, borrowers should be prepared to provide detailed information about how their income has been affected by the response to COVID-19. The CA Department of Business Oversight is also working on guidelines to its private student loan servicer licensees on how they should work with consumers during this crisis.
GI Bill Benefits. California student veterans who have been receiving GI Bill benefits are still receiving those benefits and it is likely that they will continue to do so uninterrupted and without reduction until approximately the end of this calendar year. The US Department of Veterans Affairs recommends that students with inquiries about specific circumstances contact the Education Call Center at 1-888-442-4551 between 8 AM and 7 PM Eastern Time, Monday-Friday.
The USDVA has outlined the impact on student benefits in three of the most likely impact scenarios (absent legislative intervention).
School temporarily closes: If a school temporarily closes because of an emergency, the VA will continue to pay benefits (including full housing allowance) for up to four weeks in a 12-month period.
After four weeks all benefits will stop including Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH).
School with approval for online program shifts to online courses: If a school shifts its in-person courses to online courses, student veterans will continue to receive benefits through the end of the term, but only if the school’s state approving agency (SAA) has given the school approval to offer such programs online.
If programs are approved and remain solely online for additional terms, student veterans’ housing allowance would be reduced to 50% of the national average of the US Department of Defense’s basic allowance.
The national average for BAH is currently ~$950 per month, whereas San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose now receive between $3,500 to $4,200. Every veteran in the state that was attending brick and mortar will experience a financial loss of some amount, however the change in payment would not occur until the beginning of the next term which is in most cases is the summer or fall term.
School without approval for online program shifts to online courses: If a school shifts its in-person courses to online courses, but does not have the SAA’s approval to offer such programs online, student veterans enrolled in those programs will stop receiving payments of all education benefits (including housing allowances) as soon as they begin their training online. This is truly the only scenario where the stoppage of payment would have been immediate.
The Veterans Administration has worked with Congress to preserve GI Bill benefits for those impacted by COVID-19 during this difficult time. New legislation will continue GI Bill payments uninterrupted in the event of national emergencies, including education benefits and monthly housing.
What should GI Bill Students know?
California student veterans who have been receiving GI Bill benefits are still receiving those benefits and it is likely that they will continue to do so uninterrupted and without reduction until approximately the end of this calendar year. The US Department of Veterans Affairs recommends that students with inquiries about specific circumstances contact the Education Call Center at 1-888-442-4551 between 8 AM and 7 PM Eastern Time, Monday-Friday.
If you have questions about your specific circumstance, please contact the Education Call Center at: 1-888-442-4551 between 8 AM and 7 PM Eastern Time, Monday-Friday.
Due to recent developments in the global coronavirus pandemic, Los Angeles Unified is opening Grab & Go Food Centers, giving families 60 sites where they can pick up food for their children.
We are following guidelines from public health experts and government partners who have called for increased social distancing to slow the spread of the virus.
For more information on the “Grab & Go” food centers and which school communities will be participating, click here: https://achieve.lausd.net/resources
Compton Unified School District Resources
Compton Unified School District is extending its district-wide school closure until April 19, 2020 unless further guidance from the California State Governor’s Office or the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health dictate otherwise.
This decision was made after the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, and others announced their “Safer at Home” orders for all of Los Angeles County, extending their stay-at-home directive in response to the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.
Please note that although school site closure will extend through April 19, we will maintain our free meal distribution program through Friday April 17. We will provide our parents, staff, and community with updates as we continue our educational continuity efforts of supporting students with distance learning packets and other remote learning opportunities. For more information and updates Click Here
Around The Community
For the closest food pantry/bank to you, visit: Los Angeles Food Bank Pantry Locator or visit the local organizations providing food/lunches
- WLCAC Market Fair Food Distribution: 1st and 3rd Wednesday 10am-2pm @ 10950 S. Central Avenue, Los Angeles 90059
- Willowbrook Project Area Commission: 11901 S. Willowbrook Avenue, 90059 Los Angeles CA
- Belvue Presbyterian Church: 675 E. 118th Street, 90059 Los Angeles CA
- Parents for Murdered Children: 1039 W Elberon, San Pedro CA 90731 (NO ID needed, to requirements, all are welcome)
- Food distribution by Children's Institute, enrolled at a CII preschool can pick up meals at their child’s preschool from 11:30 am and 12:45 pm between Monday-Friday, a 2121 W Temple St, Los Angeles, CA 90026
- Free hot breakfast (9am-11am) provided by Eastside Riders for students in Watts community starting Monday, March 16, 2020 Location:103rd/Compton (next to the chase bank).
- Free breakfast and lunch (9am-12pm) by Animo College Prep High School/Jordan High School
- LAUSD is opening 60 sites providing two grab-and-go meals for students and families beginning on Wednesday, March 18th from 7am to 10am. Each child can take home two nutritious meals. (For more information, click here).
* Markham Middle School, 1650 E 104th St
* Samuel Gompers Middle School, 234 E 112th St
* South East High School, 2720 Tweedy Blvd
Food: County Community and Senior Centers Senior Lunch Programs (https://wdacs.lacounty.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/CentersUpdate_SeniorLunches_3.13.20.pdf)
Food: Everytable accepts CalFresh/EBT through the Restaurant Meals Program (RMP) at the Compton and Watts stores for curbside pick up. RMP serves seniors, homeless and those with disabilities. We’ve ramped up local delivery efforts for individuals or groups - anyone can use the code ETDELIVERY to waive the delivery fee on a Subscription Box or one-time order of $25 or more.
Transportation: Sisters of Watts providing transportation to and from the food distributions sites for seniors. Anyone that is interested can contact Sisters of Watts at 323-833-6919.
Transportation: SBCC/ I Heart Watts providing transportation to and from the food distributions sites for seniors. Anyone interested, can contact Gloria Gamez at 316-804-5188.
For a full list of the Watts COVID-19 Resource Guide, see the attachment: Watts Resource Guide
Harbor/Watts Bulletin: Click Here
Full City of Compton COVID-19 Resource Guide - Click Here
Harbor Gateway North area has three 'Grab and Go' locations for breakfast and lunch or lunch and snack boxes for those who are of elementary through high school age:
Boys and Girls Club - Harbor Gateway Gardena
802 W. Gardena Blvd.
12 noon to 2 pm
lunch and snack
Peary Middle School
1415 W. Gardena Blvd. (at Normandie)
7 am to 11 am
breakfast and lunch
Samuel Gompers Middle School
234 E. 112th Street
7 am to 11 am
breakfast and lunch