Coronavirus: What You Should Know (Updated)

Monday, March 16, 2020

As your State Assemblymember, I am working with local health authorities, school districts and other entities to ensure that all are responding together to prevent and address risks associated with coronavirus. And I will quickly let you know if the situation changes.

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. 

The latest resources are available from the California Department of Public Health and from the Centers for Disease Control.

Please contact my office if you have any questions or if I can be of service on this or any legislative matter of concern.

-Assemblywoman Autumn Burke

 

Updates:

April 2, 2020: The Paycheck Protection Program provides small businesses with funds to pay up to 8 weeks of payroll costs including benefits. Funds can also be used to pay interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities. Starting April 3, 2020, small businesses and sole proprietorships can apply by clicking here.

March 26, 2020: Governor Gavin Newsom announced that financial institutions will provide major financial relief for millions of Californians suffering financially as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. The Governor secured support from Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, U.S. Bank, and Wells Fargo and nearly 200 state-chartered banks, credit unions, and servicers to protect homeowners and consumers. For more information, click here.

March 20, 2020: The County and City of Los Angeles have issued a “Safer at Home” emergency order — ordering all residents of the County and City of Los Angeles to stay inside their residences, and immediately limit all movement outside of their homes beyond what is absolutely necessary to take care of essential needs. What does that mean?

March 20, 2020: The Franchise Tax Board (FTB) today announced updated special tax relief for all California taxpayers due to the COVID-19 pandemic. FTB is postponing until July 15 the filing and payment deadlines for all individuals and business entities. For more information, click here.

March 19, 2020: Californians who rely on Medi-Cal, CalFresh, CalWORKS, Cash Assistance for Immigrants & In-Home Supportive Services will NOT lose access due to the Coronavirus. Read the Governor's Executive Order here.

March 19, 2020: Mayor Eric Garcetti today announced an $11 million economic relief package for small businesses impacted by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). As part of the program, which was approved by the Los Angeles City Council, the Economic and Workforce Development Department will provide $11 million in no-fee microloans of $5,000 to $20,000 — which may be used to cover working capital. To apply for a microloan or view the toolkit, please click here.

March 17, 2020: In response to the COVID19 pandemic, the DMV asked California law enforcement to exercise discretion for 60 days in their enforcement of driver license and vehicle registration expiration dates beginning March 16, 2020. For more information, click here.

March 16, 2020: Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday evening issued an executive order to help prevent evictions during the coronavirus outbreak. News Article.

 

How to get tested for COVID-19

LA County: Drive-up mobile testing sites for COVID-19 are now open for County residents.

  • For now, tests are strictly limited to:
  • Those with symptoms who are 65 and older
  • Those with symptoms who have underlying chronic health conditions
  • Those who are subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine period due to confirmed COVID-19 exposure (with more than 7 days of quarantine remaining)

If you fall into one of these categories, you may be eligible for testing. Tests are by appointment only. To schedule an appointment at a drive-up mobile testing site in Los Angeles County, go here: covid19.lacounty.gov/testing/.

City of Los Angeles: At this time, testing is limited in Los Angeles. We are working to expand testing as quickly as possible to provide this service to all Angelenos who need it. Individuals eligible for testing at this time include:

  • Those with symptoms who are 65 and older
  • Those with symptoms who have underlying chronic health conditions
  • Those who are subject to a mandatory 14 day quarantine period due to a confirmed COVID-19 exposure (with more than 7 days of quarantine remaining)

To schedule an appointment at a drive-up mobile testing site in Los Angeles County, go online at: https://lacovidprod.service-now.com/rrs

Guidance for Businesses and Employers

Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program

The SBA will work directly with state Governors to provide targeted, low-interest loans to small businesses and non-profits that have been severely impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. 

  • Find more information on the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans at: SBA.gov/Disaster.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers the most up-to-date information on COVID-19. This interim guidance is based on what is currently known about the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). For updates from CDC, please see the following:

 

Guidance for Employees

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.

The Governor’s Executive Order waives the one-week unpaid waiting period, so you can collect DI benefits for the first week you are out of work. If you are eligible, the EDD processes and issues payments within a few weeks of receiving a claim.

A full comprehensive list of benefits can be found here.

 

Guidance for Parents Impacted by School Closures

LAUSD: Los Angeles Unified, in partnership with the Red Cross, will continue to provide nutritious meals to all students who need them during the temporary closure of schools. Our Grab & Go Food Centers will be open beginning Wednesday, March 18, and will be staffed weekdays from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Each child can take home two nutritious meals. To find the closest Grab & Go Food Center, see the map below or check the list of centers by clicking here.

Inglewood Unified School District: Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, IUSD schools will be closed to students and visitors for two weeks. The District has created a menu of self-guided learning activities for TK-12 students. Breakfast and lunch meals will be served to children, ages 2-19, in the Inglewood community, between the hours of 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. We will be providing the meals curbside outside of the school cafeterias at the following locations: Woodworth-Monroe School, Hudnall Elementary School, Highland Elementary School, and Oak Street Elementary School. For more information, click here.

Centinela Valley Union High School District: Students will report to school on Monday for student training on Distance Learning, which begins on Wednesday. Schools will offer free breakfast and lunch (pick-up) on Distance Learning dismissal days only, available to all k-12 students, regardless of what school you attend. For more information, click here.

 

Guidance for Seniors

To ensure older adults continue to get meals in a manner that reduces exposure/risk to #COVID19, all sites that serve congregate meals will transition to home-delivered or packaged/frozen meals. Click here to see interactive map for detailed plans for each site.

 

Report Price Gouging

Per CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra: A State of Emergency has been declared statewide due to the Coronavirus.  Californians are protected from illegal price gouging on housing, gas, food, and other essential supplies. anyone who has been the victim of price gouging, or who has information regarding potential price gouging, to immediately file a complaint through the Attorney General's website, call (800) 952-5225, or contact their local police department or sheriff’s office.