COVID-19 Updates and Resources

On March 11, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic. The situation is rapidly evolving in California and across the globe. One of the most important things we can do right now is to Flatten the Curve. By doing so, we will help our healthcare systems manage any healthcare-related surges.

Governor Newsom has issued an Executive Order that directs all Californians to stay home except as necessary to maintain or access critical systems and services. His action follows similar actions by the County of Santa Clara and neighboring jurisdictions.

My team is working closely with state and county public health agencies to share accurate information with our community and to keep vulnerable people safe from COVID-19. As developments continue, my team will update this pinned post.

Visit www.covid19.ca.gov for the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 in California.

On March 31, Governor Newsom announced the ‘Stay Home. Save Lives. Check In.’ campaign, which urges all Californians to check in on vulnerable neighbors with a call, text or physically-distanced door knock.

As of March 31, 2020, the Santa Clara County’s Public Health Officer updated and extended the County's Shelter in Place Order through May 3, 2020. You can find more information and regular updates on the Santa Clara County Public Health website and below are links to frequently-asked-questions about the Shelter-at-Home Order:

WHAT WE CAN ALL DO

  1. If you think you might be sick:
  • Call before you go to your doctor or urgent care – please DO NOT just walk in.
  • Stay home from school or work.
  1. Stop the spread of germs – wash your hands for at least twenty seconds, don’t touch your face
  1. Stay connected but avoid crowds.
  • Practice social distancing
  • The higher your underlying risk factors (age, immunocompromised, asthma, diabetes, etc.) the more you should avoid crowds
  • The CDC has recommended older adults stay home, as much as possible
  1. Share only verified information from health agencies and trusted sources.

WHAT CALIFORNIA IS DOING

  • California is rapidly increasing testing capacity for Coronavirus. All medically necessary coronavirus testing in the state is free. Tests must be ordered by your doctor or medical professional.
  • California is helping workers impacted by COVID-19. If your work situation has been impacted by COVID-19, you may qualify for Disability Insurance, Unemployment Insurance or Paid Family Leave. All information and resources can be found at Labor.Ca.Gov/Coronavirus2019.
  • California has been planning extensively with our local public health and health care delivery systems and is providing information, guidance documents and technical support for local partners.
  • California is procuring hotels and motels to shelter the homeless as part of the state’s effort to slow the spread of coronavirus. In addition, the state is sending 450 travel trailers to locations around the state to help shelter many of the 108,000 unhoused people living in California.

STAY INFORMED

If you have questions or need more information, do not hesitate to contact my office at (916) 319-2027 or email me.

LOCAL RESOURCES

Valley Transportation Authority (VTA)

Effective 3/26/20 light rail service is suspended until further notice: https://www.vta.org/covid-19

Schools Districts in Assembly District 27 offering meals

All School Districts in Santa Clara County offering meals

https://www.sccoe.org/news/featured/Documents/SCC%20Districts%20Meal%20Distribution%20Plans%20-%20School%20Closure%20to%20Student%20Attend_V4_3.17.2020.pdf

Hospitals and Clinics

Kaiser Permanente: https://healthy.kaiserpermanente.org/health-wellness/coronavirus-information

Community Health Partnership: https://www.chpscc.org/covid19

Regional Medical Center: https://regionalmedicalsanjose.com/covid-19/

Housing and Homelessness Services

City of San Jose Homelessness Response: https://www.sanjoseca.gov/your-government/departments-offices/housing/homelessness-response/covid-19-resources

Santa Clara County Homelessness Prevention System: https://destinationhomesv.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/HPS-flyer-8.5-x-11-English.pdf?v=5

SJSU Cares: http://www.sjsu.edu/sjsucares/

Shelters and Services

City Team: https://www.cityteam.org/health-and-safety/?fbclid=IwAR0by3kLwFkK1xqX5wY3xh1967FuQLC2Sgea_IdJlh2iJXOi8hAELayiQWg

Salvation Army Silicon Valley: https://siliconvalley.salvationarmy.org/silicon_valley/working-page/

Sacred Heart Community Services: https://sacredheartcs.org/?fbclid=IwAR2aPfaxs-iq95hzMzMUddHnTg5FN1v1BSKO_F520JGHBSQI113MKC8azDw

Bill Wilson Center: https://www.billwilsoncenter.org/

Silicon Valley Council of Nonprofits:

The Silicon Valley Community Foundation is leading an effort with other Bay Area philanthropic partners on a regional response to this public health crisis. The COVID-19 Regional Nonprofit Emergency Fund will will be used to provide flexible operating support grants to nonprofit organizations that SVCF has pre-qualified to provide emergency-related services: food, shelter, health and mental health services to affected communities. Applications are now open, with a maximum request of $50,000 per applicant: https://www.svcn.org/covid19-resources.

FOR OLDER ADULTS AND PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

211 connects the community to the latest health and human services information. When people dial 2-1-1, staff are prepared to address the needs of residents through a free, confidential service available 24/7.

Home Delivered Meals:

https://www.211bayarea.org/santaclara/seniors/senior-meals/home-delivered-meals/

Errand Running and Shopping Assistance:

https://www.211bayarea.org/santaclara/seniors/senior-support-services/errand-runningshopping-assistance/

Senior and Health Support Services:

https://www.211bayarea.org/santaclara/seniors/

Transportation Options for Seniors:

https://www.211bayarea.org/santaclara/seniors/senior-transportation/transportation/

Paratransit for People with Disabilities:

https://www.vta.org/go/paratransit

San Andreas Regional Center:

https://www.sanandreasregional.org/coronavirus/ or (408) 374-9960

STATE AND FEDERAL RESOURCES

California Health Corps

On March 30, Governor Gavin Newsom launched a new initiative to expand California’s health care workforce and recruit health care professionals to address the COVID-19 surge. Health care professionals with an active license, public health professionals, medical retirees, medical and nursing students, or members of medical disaster response teams in California are all encouraged to join the new California Health Corps.

Unemployment, Disability, and Workers' Compensation Insurance

If you are unable to work due to having or being exposed to the Coronavirus, you can file a Disability Insurance claim here: EDD Disability Insurance claim.

If your hours have been reduced or your employer has shut down operations due to Coronavirus, you can file an Unemployment Insurance claim here: EDD Unemployment Insurance claim.

If you are working fewer hours or not working because your child's school is closed and you need to care for them, you can file an Unemployment Insurance claim here: EDD Unemployment Insurance claim.

Paid Family Leave and Sick Leave

If you're unable to work because you're caring for a sick or quarantined family member with Coronavirus, you can file a Paid Family Leave claim here: EDD Paid Family Leave claim.

If you or a family member are sick, there may be paid sick leave or other paid leave that is available. Additionally, employees at worksites with 25 or more employees may also be provided up to 40 hours of leave per year for specific school-related emergencies, such as the closure of a child's school or day care by civil authorities (see Labor Code section 230.8). Whether that leave is paid or unpaid depends on the employer's paid leave, vacation or other paid time off policies. Discuss your options with your employer, and read more about Paid Sick Leave eligibility here: DIR Paid Sick Leave eligibility.

* The Labor and Workforce Development Agency has more information about potential benefits, including informative chart displaying and explaining these benefits: LWD Coronavirus Resources.

California Eviction Moratorium

Governor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order establishing statewide moratorium on residential evictions for renters who cannot pay their rent because of COVID-19 related economic hardships. The moratorium went into effect on March 27 and is valid through May 31, 2020.​

If COVID-19 has impacted your ability to pay all or part of your rent, you should:

  • Explain your financial situation to your landlord and relay how much you are able to pay
  • Save all financial documents
  • Pay as much of your rent as you can

If your landlord is attempting to evict you for not paying rent and you took all of the above steps, contact a local legal aid provider.

Relief from Financial Institutions

The State of California is working to soften the financial impact of COVID-19 on residents who are struggling to pay their mortgage and bills. Citigroup, JP Morgan Chase, US Bank, Wells Fargo, and nearly 200 state-chartered banks, credit unions, and servicers have committed to providing relief for consumers and homeowners in California.

See the list of participating financial institutions.

Under the Governor’s proposal, Californians who are struggling with the COVID-19 crisis may be eligible for relief, including a 90-day grace period for all mortgage payments, after contacting their financial institution.

Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara

An executive order was issued to empower the Judicial Council and the Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court to take necessary action to be able to conduct business and continue to operate while responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

California Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye issued a statewide order suspending all jury trials in California's superior courts for 60 days and allowing courts to immediately adopt new rules to address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Her order includes the following directives:

  • All jury trials are suspended and continued for 60 days. Courts may conduct a trial at an earlier date upon finding of good cause shown or through use of remote technology when appropriate. 
  • Time periods to begin criminal and civil trials is extended for 60 days, though courts may conduct trials earlier upon finding of good cause or through remote technology when appropriate.
  • Superior courts are authorized to adopt any proposed rules or rule amendment that is intended to address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic to take effect immediately, without advance circulation for 45 days of public comment. A court adopting any such rule change must immediately distribute the new or amended rule, and no litigant’s substantive rights shall be prejudiced for failing to comply with the requirements of a new or amended rule until at least 20 days after the rule change has been distributed.

See the full order here.

Office of the Attorney General

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 at http://oag.ca.gov/report.

California Income Tax Relief

Because of COVID-19, various tax file and pay deadlines moved to July 15, 2020. If you're a taxpayer affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, review resources and more information here: https://www.ftb.ca.gov/about-ftb/newsroom/covid-19/index.html.

Internal Revenue Service (IRS)

The IRS moved the national income tax filing day ahead to July 15, three months after the normal deadline for Americans to send in their returns. For more federal tax information, visit https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus.

DMV Grace Period

All California DMV field offices are currently closed.

If your driver license or vehicle registration is expiring soon, and you don't want to risk coronavirus exposure or transmission, the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is offering announced a 60-day extension for renewals of driver licenses and vehicle registrations with expiration dates beginning March 16, 2020. More information can be found here: DMV 60-day extension.

PG&E

PG&E has decided to temporarily close all customer service offices to protect the health and safety of their employees and customers. However, customers still have a number of alternative means to make a bill payment and PG&E has implemented a moratorium on service disconnections for non-payment for both residential and commercial customers. For more PG&E bill pay information, click here.

Small Business Administration

If your business has suffered substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus, you can apply for a low-interest federal disaster loan.

Price-gouging is illegal in California. If you or someone you know needs to file a complaint against an individual or business, you can add your claim here.

California State Parks

On March 29, California State Parks announced it is temporarily closing vehicle access at all 280 state parks to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Many state parks once again experienced visitation surges that made it impossible for the public to implement appropriate social/physical distancing practicesWith the exception of closed parks, non-campground outdoor areas of parks, including trails and beaches, remain open. Day-use restrooms also remain open, and visitors are advise to bring soap for handwashing and to use alcohol-based sanitizers when water is not available.

More information can be found online at www.parks.ca.gov/FlattenTheCurve. State Park Peace Officers, in cooperation with allied law enforcement entities, will continue patrolling all state park units and enforcing all regulations.