My office is working closely with county and state officials so that you have access to the most up-to-date information around COVID-19, and to ensure that we are all best prepared to handle the impacts of COVID-19 and to work as a community to reduce the spread of the virus.
The situation is changing rapidly and we know many people are feeling fear and anxiety. The information below is the most current available at the time this webpage, however, we are continuously updating information, and I invite you to check back for updates.
The State of California also has a comprehensive Coronavirus Response webpage with resources and information.
Alameda and Contra Costa County have announced that the Shelter In Place order has been extended to May 3. Our counties have set up helplines specifically for assisting residents with questions on the shelter in place order. You can reach them at the numbers below:
Contra Costa – (844) 729-8410
Alameda – (510) 268-2101
We have also created a number of webpages compiling resources and information for you
On a more personal note, I have seen our community come together time and time again to support one another, and I have no doubt we will see that once again. The most vulnerable in our community are the ones disproportionately impacted in times of crisis so I ask that all of us check in with family members, friends and neighbors to offer support. If we all do our part, we can lessen the spread of COVID-19 and protect those most at risk. Please also visit serve.ca.gov to learn all the different ways you can help our community today.
Please don't hesitate to contact us if we can be of any assistance with state agencies including for issues related to COVID-19. As always, my office is open and here for you.
- Employment Development Department - The Governor has waived the one week waiting period to receive unemployment benefits for those unemployed and/or disabled as a result of COVID-19.
- Franchise Tax Board - The FTB announced special tax relief for California taxpayers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. 2019 California tax returns and payments are due July 15, 2020, for all tax filings and payments due between March 15, 2020, through July 15, 2020.
- Attorney General - The Attorney General is actively enforcing price gouging related to emergency and medical supplies. File a complaint.
Donations of PPE
Contra Costa County is now accepting donations of personal protective equipment to be used by healthcare providers throughout the county. They're only accepting the following kinds of protective equipment: Eye protection (goggles and faceshields), unopened disinfecting wipes, N-95 and surgical masks in unopened containers, and medical gowns, both disposable ones and cloth ones in good condition.
Donation centers will be open M-F 10 am to 2 pm. The nearest to AD 16 is 1750 Oak Park Blvd in Pleasant Hill.
For more information, please go to the Contra Costa Health Services Website: https://www.coronavirus.cchealth.org/donations
California COVID-19 Emergency Legislation
On March 16th, 2020, 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. As the trajectory of the virus evolves, the State Assembly aims for California to keep leading the nation in response to this difficult situation.
The economic challenges resulting from the emergency require additional, significant state budget actions in the coming months. California will need to receive substantial federal assistance to preserve vital programs and help individuals and small businesses in need. Thanks to the state’s record budget reserves, California is better prepared to preserve and sustain vital programs than it was during the last recession. AB 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.
What You Can Do To Help
Our local blood banks are experiencing a critical shortage. If you can, please donate blood or plasma. Make an appointment.
Please also visit serve.ca.gov to help your community today.