Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources

Important Information on the Coronavirus Information (COVID-19)

A respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and has now been detected in dozens of locations internationally, including cases in the United States. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”). The World Health Organization declared the outbreak a “public health emergency of international concern" on January 30, 2020.

Economic Assistance for Constituents

April 6, 2020

Cash Assistance Frequently Asked Questions (pdf)

Unemployment Compensation Fact Sheet and FAQ (pdf)

Table on Unemployment Compensation Timing (pdf)

Information about the Paycheck Protection Program for Small Businesses (pdf)

For additional information regarding resources for small businesses, visit the House Small Business Committee

Symptoms and Testing

Symptoms of the coronavirus include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. The decision of who should be tested is made by a health care provider, based on CDC guidelines and availability of tests. Right now, testing is being prioritized for patients who are showing symptoms of coronavirus (fever, dry cough, shortness of breath) and who have had confirmed contact with a person with coronavirus or recently traveled to countries with apparent community spread. Those criteria may change as more tests become available.

In order to be tested, you must have a doctor’s approval. If you think you need a doctor’s approval, and don’t have a doctor, call the local public health departments at 2-1-1 or community clinics on the list below:

A list of hospitals and community centers in our district can be found HERE.

The novel coronavirus outbreak is a fluid situation. Information can become outdated quickly. For the most up to date information, refer to main agency sites listed above.

County resources are also available on the following pages:

You can also sign up for the CDC’s newsletter to receive weekly emails about the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak from the CDC

Shelter at Home to Save Lives 

On March 16th the Public health officers of Santa Clara, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, and San Francisco counties announced, with the City of Berkeley, a legal order directing their respective residents to shelter at home for three weeks beginning March 17th. The order limits activity, travel, and business functions to only the most essential needs. The guidance comes after substantial input from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and best practices from other health officials around the world. 

On March 31st Santa Clara, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, and San Francisco counties and the City of Berkeley extended the shelter-at-home orders until 11:59 p.m. on May 3, 2020 and put in place new guidelines and restrictions for individuals, businesses, and government agencies.

For more information, you can read the official press release and the text of the order for the three counties in California’s 18th Congressional District.

Santa Clara County Press Release and Order

San Mateo County Press Release and Order

Santa Cruz County Press Release and Order

Actions Taken by Congress

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act

Congress recently passed a $2 trillion relief package to help the U.S. confront the Coronavirus crisis. Here’s a helpful guide to help you understand the bill and how you may be able to benefit.

Emergency Appropriations Package

On March 4th the House passed a bicameral, bipartisan $8.3 billion emergency spending bill to respond to this public health crisis and fund many health agencies and initiatives, in addition to small business disaster loans. A comprehensive summary of the Emergency Appropriations Package can be found HERE.

Families First Coronavirus Response Act 

On March 14th the House passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act to strengthen our nation’s public health response to the coronavirus to protect working families and their children. The legislation builds on the $8.3 billion bipartisan bicameral emergency coronavirus spending package passed by Congress last week. This legislation protects what’s most important…families and their children who are at risk due to the coronavirus. A very comprehensive summary of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act can be found HERE

Economic Support for those Impacted by Coronavirus

I know many of you are concerned about the economic impact of the pandemic. If you have been affected by the coronavirus, below is more information about how to access certain benefits. 

Disability Insurance

If you’re unable to work due to medical quarantine or illness related to COVID-19, as certified by a medical professional, you may be eligible for short-term benefit payments up to 60-70 percent of wages (depending on income) for up to 52 weeks.  Learn more about your eligibility for Disability Insurance HERE, and file a Disability Insurance claim HERE.

Paid Family Leave

If you're unable to work because you are caring for an ill or quarantined family member with COVID-19, as certified by a medical professional, you may be eligible to receive up to six weeks of benefit payments (at about 60-70% of wages) during loss of wages caused by time off work to care for a seriously ill family member. Learn more about your eligibility for Paid Family Leave HERE, and file a Paid Family Leave claim HERE.

Unemployment Insurance 

If you’ve lost your job or had your hours reduced for reasons related to COVID-19, you may be eligible to receive partial wage replacement benefit payments of $40-$450 per week for up to 26 weeks. Learn more about your eligibility for Unemployment Insurance HERE, and file an Unemployment Insurance claim HERE

Paid Sick Leave

California law requires employers to provide employees who work 30 or more days a year with one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked. If you or a family member are sick or undergoing preventative care when civil authorities recommend quarantine, you can use the leave you’ve accumulated through your employer.  Learn more about your eligibility for Paid Sick Leave HERE, and file a wage claim HERE

Worker’s Compensation

If you’re unable to do your usual job because you contracted COVID-19 during the regular course of your work, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. Benefits include temporary disability (TD) payments, which begin when your doctor says you can't do your usual work for more than three days or you are hospitalized overnight, for up to 104 weeks. TD generally pays two-thirds of the gross wages you lose while you are recovering from a work-related illness or injury, up to a maximum weekly amount set by law. In addition, eligible employees are entitled to medical treatment and additional payments if a doctor determines you suffered a permanent disability because of the illness.

Learn more about your eligibility for Workers' Compensation benefits HERE, and file a Workers' Compensation claim HERE.

Small Businesses

Congress approved disaster loans for the SBA to lend to small businesses and nonprofits. You can learn more about these loans HERE and apply HERE.

Helpful FAQs from the House Committee on Small Business

The California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) provides many services to employers affected by COVID-19. For the most up-to-date state resources for businesses, visit the GO-Biz resource page. The CA Employment Development Division (EDD) is granting a 60-day extension to file state payroll reports and/or deposit state payroll taxes without penalty or interest for employers experiencing hardship from COVID-19. For the most up-to-date information, visit CA EDD’s COVID-19 resource page.

Sign up for Health Insurance Today

If you’re uninsured, I recommend you sign up for health insurance as soon as possible. Covered California is offering a special enrollment period until April 30th. You may qualify for a free or low-cost health plan. Go to CoveredCA.com to sign up.

Access to Nutrition Support

Local schools are providing free meals to students. A list of free breakfast and lunch programs for students can be found HERE. For the most up to date information, I recommend you call 2-1-1 or contact the schools directly.  If you need information about receiving support through the SNAP program or senior meal delivery, I recommend calling 2-1-1 for help.

The Senior Nutrition Program is open to all seniors over the age of 60. A contribution of $3.00 is asked from each person to help offset the cost of the meal, however no eligible senior shall be denied participation because of failure or inability to contribute. A list of all participating sites can be found HERE and HERE.

Veterans

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 MyhealthVet, 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.

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.

International Travel

The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel at this time due to the global impact of COVID-19. If you must travel abroad, please review the information below to stay connected to the federal agencies and valuable information relevant to you. 

The most important action you can take is to sign up with the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). This will enable you to receive alerts from the Department of State and help the local Embassies and Consular Sections know where you are in case of an emergency. Sign up for STEP HERE. If you have trouble registering please email CASTEP@state.gov.

You should visit Embassy Websites on COVID-19 for information on conditions in each country or jurisdiction. Make sure you know the current travel restrictions both for outbound and inbound. 

Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s Website for the latest travel restrictions to the U.S.

Department of State Travel Advisories

DHS Guidance on Inbound Passengers

FAA travel advisories on COVID-19

Housing 

The Department of Housing and Urban Development announced it will suspend foreclosures and evictions for all mortgages insured by the Federal Housing Administration until the end of April. More information can be found HERE.

The Federal Housing Finance Agency, which regulates Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, also announced Fannie and Freddie will suspend foreclosures and evictions for any single-family mortgages they back for at least 60 days. More information can be found HERE.

Borrowers should contact their loan providers to seek forbearance.

Governor Newsom issued an executive order allowing local governments to halt evictions for renters and homeowners, limit foreclosures, and protect against utility shutoffs. The order asks banks to place a moratorium on foreclosures. 

For concerns about missed mortgage or rent payments, residents should first contact their loan provider. 

For immediate housing needs, contact your county:

Santa Clara County Office of Supportive Housing 

San Mateo County Department of Housing 

Santa Cruz County Homeless Programs

Taxes

The U.S. Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced on March 20th that tax filings and payments for all federal income taxes (including self-employment tax) due on April 15, 2020, regardless of amount, will now be due on July 15, 2020. 

Visit Treasury.gov/coronavirus for further information and resources regarding COVID-19.

Visit IRS.gov/coronavirus for further information on IRS efforts to assist taxpayers.

California has also delayed its state income tax deadline to July 15.

The deadline for payment of the second installment of local property tax assessments remains April 10, 2020. Your county may have the power to waive late payment fees or fines. Please consult your county assessor or tax collector’s office to learn more.

A respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and has now been detected in dozens of locations internationally, including cases in the United States. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”). The World Health Organization declared the outbreak a “public health emergency of international concern" on January 30, 2020. 

Below are helpful resources and information regarding the novel coronavirus outbreak:

For anyone traveling to an affected area abroad, enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program to receive updates.

The novel coronavirus outbreak is a fluid situation. Information can become outdated quickly. For the most up to date information, refer to main agency sites listed above.

County resources are also available on the following pages: