Community Resources

  

Dear Neighbor,

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.

Contra Costa County has announced a new Shelter in Place order  beginning June 3rd and will remain in effect until it is superseded by a new order. Alameda County's current Shelter In Place order announced on May 18th remains in affect.  

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

-       Seniors and Medically Sensitive Individuals  

-       Homeowners, Renters & Taxes

-       Schools & Kids

-       Businesses & Employees

-      Shelter In Place Guidance & Safe Recreation

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 Californiavolunteers.ca.gov to learn all the different ways you can help our community today.

Casework

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.
  • DMV -  All DMV offices are now closed.  The DMV announced a 60-day period waiving enforcement of expired driver license and vehicle registrations intended to protect the health and safety of DMV customers who would otherwise have to come to a DMV office to take care of business, but are concerned during this coronavirus pandemic.The federal government announces the deadline has been postponed for one year. REAL ID Deadline of Oct. 1, 2020 has been postponed until Oct. 1, 2021. 

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  

Community Testing Sites

Alameda County (Tri-Valley)

Stanford Valley Care in partnership with the cities of Pleasanton, Dublin and Livermore has launched a drive-through site at the Alameda County Fair Grounds (Gate 12 off Valley Ave). The testing site is open M-F 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM, no appointment is needed and no physician order is required. All insurances are accepted and will be billed, but there will be no out of pocket costs.

Criteria Symptoms/conditions for residents of Pleasanton, Livermore and Dublin for testing include at least one of the following items listed below: 

  • Fever above 100 degrees
  • Shortness of breath or other respiratory symptoms
  • Recent exposure to confirmed or suspected coronavirus
  • Other chronic diseases or conditions, such as blood disorders, kidney or liver disease, diabetes, heart, lung or neurological disease, and compromised immune system
  • Over the age of 65
  • Homeless
  • Pregnant or recently pregnant

For more info visit: https://www.valleycare.com/covid-19-regional-testing-site.aspx 

Contra Costa County

Contra Costa residents can get COVID-19 tests at 8 drive-through sites in San Pablo, Antioch, Pittsburg, Martinez, Concord, Walnut Creek and Bishop Ranch in San Ramon.

Testing is available to everyone regardless of insurance; however, if you have insurance your provider will be billed although there are no out-of-pocket costs for those tested.

  • Appointments required - Call 1-844-421-0804 (M-F 8-3:30) for a confidential health screening.
  • No symptoms required to receive a COVID-19 test.

For more info visit: https://www.coronavirus.cchealth.org/testing 

 

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.govto help your community today.