I commend and support the ongoing response by the State to the spread of COVID-19, which has been the strongest and swiftest response in the nation. I agree with Governor Newsom, who has emphasized that all levels of government should coordinate from the ‘bottom-up,’ starting with recommendations from each County’s health organization specific to the situation in that community. With this approach, we are working together to ensure the health and safety of all our residents, which is our top priority.
Wherever you live, please follow the recommendations of public health officials for your own safety and the safety of others. It is crucial that every resident does their part to prevent further spread of this virus. People most at risk are older adults and those with underlying health conditions. These people should avoid crowded places and non-essential travel, especially cruise ships. People who care for those at greater risk should also take special precautions with their own health. If you have symptoms of COVID- 19, please call your healthcare provider immediately.
Governor Newsom Issues Executive Order: On March 12, Governor Gavin Newsom issued a new executive order further enhancing California's ability to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Governor's order:
Waives the one-week waiting period for people who are unemployed and/or disabled as a result of COVID-19;
Delays the deadline for state tax filing by 60 days for individuals and businesses unable to file on time based on compliance with public health requirements related to COVID-19 filings;
Directs residents to follow public health directives and guidance, including to cancel large non-essential gatherings that do not meet state criteria;
Readies the state to commandeer property for temporary residences and medical facilities for quarantining, isolating or treating individuals;
Allows local or state legislative bodies to hold meetings via teleconference and to make meetings accessible electronically; and
Allows local and state emergency administrators to act quickly to protect public health.
California Department of Public Health Update: The California Department of Public Health has consolidated state guidance on how to prepare and protect Californians from COVID-19 in a single location. This includes guidance for:
Health care facilities, including long-term care facilities
Community care facilities, including assisted living facilities and child care
Schools and institutions of higher education
First responders, including paramedics and EMTs
Employers, health care workers and workers in general industry
Health care plans
Home cleaning with COVID-19 positive individuals
Guidance for Using Disinfectants at Schools and Child Cares
Health care facilities from Cal/OSHA
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends households to plan ahead to protect your health and the health of those you care about in the event of an outbreak of COVID-19 in your community.
Talk with the people who need to be included in your plan.
Plan ways to care for those who might be at greater risk for serious complications.
Talk with your neighbors about emergency planning.
Identify aid organizations in your community that you can contact for support.
Price gouging: California’s price gouging law protects people impacted by an emergency from illegal price gouging on medical supplies, food, gas, and other essential supplies. Please contact the following agencies to file a complaint if you encounter price gouging on essential supplies.
Workers Affected by COVID-19: Workers affected by COVID-19 can visit the Labor & Workforce Development Agency’s website to review benefits that they may be eligible for.
If you’re unable to work because you are caring for an ill or quarantined family member with COVID-19 you may qualify for Paid Family Leave (PFL).
If you’re unable to work due to medical quarantine or illness, you may qualify for Disability Insurance. Those who have lost a job or have had their hours reduced for reasons related to COVID-19 may be able to partially recover their wages by filing an unemployment insurance claim.
If a worker or a family member is sick or for preventative care when civil authorities recommend quarantine, workers may use accrued paid sick leave in accordance with the law.
If workers are unable to do their usual job because they were exposed to and contracted COVID-19 during the regular course of their work, they may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits
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