Coronavirus: COVID-19

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California's one stop site for all COVID-19 related information is covid19.ca.gov

For more information on the Central Valley PPE Initiative, please click here.

 

What to Do if You Think You’re Sick:

Call ahead: If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and may have had contact with a person with COVID-19, or recently traveled to countries with apparent community spread, call your health care provider or local public health department first before seeking medical care so that appropriate precautions can be taken.

 

Hotlines for Local Health Care Providers

Dameron Hospital – 844-542-8840

Kaiser-Permanente – 800-464-4000 (members only, will update if there is a non-member number)

Lodi Memorial Hospital – 844-542-8840 

San Joaquin General Hospital – 209-468-6820, choose option 3

St. Joseph’s/Dignity Health – 855-356-8053, enter coupon code COVID19 for free call if you think you have symptoms.  This service is called “Virtual Care Anywhere” and can also be accessed through this website: www.dignityhealth.org/virtualcareanywhere 

San Joaquin Public Health COVID-19 information line – 209-468-3822 (for more general info about virus)

 

Prevention

The California Assembly is working with the Governor to ensure that our public agencies have all the resources they need to combat the emerging threat of the novel coronavirus, AKA COVID-19.

Current advice is similar to preparing for other viruses:

  • Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Clean your hands often with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing (or an elbow or shoulder if no tissue is available).  Discard tissue and wash your hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home and do not come to work if you are sick with respiratory symptoms like fever and cough. 

 

Updated Guidance:

March 19, 2020

The Governor issued a statewide stay-at-home order. This means that all Californians should stay home unless they maintain essential functions. You can find out more about the order and what it means at https://covid19.ca.gov/stay-home-except-for-essential-needs/ 

For more information on what is being considered essential work force, see the list of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers (pdf).

March 16, 2020

Governor Newsom issued new guidance asking the entire state to stop gatherings of any size, have restaurants open only for takeout and delivery as well as close gyms.

March 15, 2020 

Those that are 65 and older or vulnerable to COVID19 must practice home isolation. 

Bars, night clubs, wineries, and breweries should close in CA. 

Restaurants -- focus on takeout for those isolating. Maximize social distancing by reducing capacity more than half. 

 

The latest resources are available from: 

 

California COVID-19 Emergency Legislation

On Tuesday, March 16th, 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.

The economic challenges resulting from the emergency require additional, significant state budget actions in the coming months. We will also need support from the federal government. SB 89 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.

 

Schools

For information on the distribution of meals to children in San Joaquin County, please visit: SJCOE Student & Family Resources 

You can find additional information about distance learning on your district’s website, or by visiting:  Distance Learning and Instructional Support At-home  

On March 18, Governor Newsom suspended all standardized testing for students in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. On March 20, President Trump announced this applied nationwide. 

Passed on March 16thSB 117, waives the requirements for instructional days/minutes for school districts during a school closure that is in response to COVID-19 and ensures that districts continue to receive funding. It also allocates $100 million to disinfect schools.

March 13th Governor Newsom issued an Executive Order, which ensures public school districts retain state funding even in the event of temporary physical closure. The order directs school districts to use those state dollars to fund distance learning and high quality educational opportunities, provide school meals and, as practicable, arrange for the supervision for students during school hours and continue to pay employees.

You can find the most up to date information about San Joaquin County School Closures here: https://sjcoe.org/healthsafety/schoolclosure.aspx

 

Flattening the Curve

From ABC News:

Flattening the curve is essentially introducing interventions such as social distancing, hand-washing, and lockdowns to reduce the potential spread of infection. The U.S., well behind these countries, can flatten the curve before reaching peak case numbers similar to those other countries.

Measures that we all can voluntarily engage in, such as social distancing and hand-washing can have a tremendous impact, potentially negating the need for more aggressive measures such as lockdown.

Flatten the coronavirus curve Graphic

Business and Employees

Currently, the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency provided the following graphic to clarify what benefits employees are entitled too. Also, the Governor has issued an executive order to waive the one-week waiting period for people who are unemployed and/or disabled as a result of COVID-19 and 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.

In the face of the coronavirus, the California Labor & Workforce Development Agency (LWDA) wants to keep workers, employers, communities and families safe.  What employees are entitled to may be confusing. The purpose of this chart is to make it easier to understand what resources may be available.

March 16th the Small Business Administration approved an Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance declaration for California, which makes loans available to small businesses and private, non-profit organizations in designated areas of a state to help alleviate economic injury caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

On March 13th the Franchise Tax Board announced special tax relief for California taxpayers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Affected taxpayers are granted an extension to file 2019 California tax returns and make certain payments to June 15, 2020, for all tax filings and payments due between March 15, 2020, through June 15, 2020.

Federal CARES Act 

This massive bill included new Unemployment Insurance opportunities. It extends federal unemployment eligibility by 13 weeks and includes and additional $600 per week, on top of what you've already been approved to receive by the State of California. It also makes those that are self-employed, freelancers, or gig workers eligible for unemployment insurance. The site from EDD has additional information on the rollout of this expanded program. Please also see this recent EDD COVID-19 release on some frequently asked questions. 

Benefits for Workers Impacted by COVID-19 Graphic

 

Resources for Small Business 

 

An SBA loan that helps businesses keep their workforce employed during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. The loan will be fully forgiven if the funds are used for payroll costs, interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities (due to likely high subscription, at least 75% of the forgiven amount must have been used for payroll). 

 

This loan advance will provide up to $10,000 of economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing temporary difficulties. 

 

Enables small businesses who currently have a business relationship with an SBA Express Lender to access up to $25,000 quickly. 

 

The SBA is providing a financial reprieve to small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Small Business Sales Tax Deferral

Small business interest free deferral of sales/use tax up to $50,000 for businesses with less than $5 million in taxable sales.

 

California Small Business Loan Guarantee Program (via IBank)

$50 million in state funding, providing potential capital for individuals who do not qualify for federal funds.

 

Price Gouging in an Emergency Is Not Just Wrong, It’s Illegal 

A State of Emergency is in effect in California. This statewide declaration means that Californians are protected from price gouging on housing, gas, food, and other essential staples. If you feel this is happening, please report to Attorney General Xavier Becerra at: oag.ca.gov/report, or call (800) 952-5225. You can also contact local law enforcement. 

 

Other Important Updates

#StocktonStrong

Check the StocktonStrong website for additional local resources in this outbreak. 

 

CA DMV

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the California DMV has asked CA law enforcement to exercise discretion for 60 days in their enforcement of driver license and vehicle registration expiration dates beginning March 16, 2020. Read more here!

REAL ID - The President has announced that the federal government is extending the REAL ID requirement deadline by one year in light of the coronavirus and the need to practice physical distancing. 

 

Homeowners and Renters

March 16th Governor Newsom announced an Executive Order authorizing local governments to halt evictions for renters and homeowners, slows foreclosures, and protects against utility shutoffs for Californians affected by COVID-19. The order does not relieve a tenant from the obligation to pay rent, or restrict the landlord’s ability to recover rent that is due. The order also requests banks and other financial institutions to halt foreclosures and related evictions during this period. The protections are in effect through May 31, 2020, unless extended.

On March 17, the Stockton City Council passed a resolution halting evictions related to COVID-19 and ordering the closure of entertainment venues.

The Governor announced on March 25 that four of the five major national banks (Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, U.S. Bank, and Wells Fargo) and nearly 200 state-chartered banks, credit unions, and servicers have agreed to offer, consistent with applicable guidelines, mortgage payment forbearances of up to 90 days to borrowers economically impacted by COVID-19. 

You can find more information about this order and how to apply for help here: https://covid19.ca.gov/get-financial-help/#top  

On March 27, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order establishing statewide moratorium on evictions.

 

Court Operations 

Starting on Thursday, March 19, 2020, the San Joaquin County Courthouses adjusted their operations in response to COVID-19. You can find more information in this document. 

On March 27, 2020, 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.

 

Social Services 

On March 18, the Governor issued an order waiving eligibility re-determinations for 90 days for Californians who participate in: 

  • Medi-Cal health coverage 
  • CalFresh food assistance 
  • CalWORKS 
  • Cash Assistance for Immigrants; and 
  • In-Home Supportive Services 

The change will allow current recipients of these safety net programs to continue receiving them without interruption. 

 

Ways To Help 

  • Please check the California Volunteers website. They list a number of ways that every Californian can help their community.
  • One thing they list is to donate blood. The Red Cross will be accepting blood in Stockton, and you can go to redcrossblood.org and enter your zip code to learn more. 
  • Unicef has released a report that there is a heightened risk of abuse during the COVID19 response, so please check in on those that are close to if you feel this is a concern.  

 

Information for Undocumented Californians 

For more information and resources for those in our undocumented community, please find for information here from the CA Legislative Latino Caucus and here from the CA Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance

 

California Health  Corps

On March 30, 2020, Governor Newsom launched the California Health Corps – calling on health care professionals to help meet the moment.
 
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. California Needs You. To find out more information, visit: healthcorps.ca.gov