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I want to ensure you have the best available information to protect and care for yourself and your loved ones as we learn more about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) considers the coronavirus to be a severe public health threat. It’s vital you’re aware of the disease and the efforts necessary to prevent its spread.
I want to thank our state, city, county, health care workers, first responders, and all those who have stepped up tremendously to prepare and respond to the spread of coronavirus. Their leadership and service is making a difference every single day as we work to respond to this growing pandemic.
Rest assured, Congress and the federal government are hard at work to keep our communities safe.
On March 4th, Congress passed an $8.3 billion funding package that was signed into law and providing $3 billion for the development of treatments and a vaccine, over $2 billion in public health funding for prevention, preparedness and response, funding for community health centers, and allows an estimated $7 billion in low-interest SBA loans for small businesses impacted by the pandemic.
In addition to the resources provided in the supplemental spending bill, on March 14th, the House came together in a bipartisan way to pass the Families First Coronavirus Response Act to help address the economic effects of this crisis. Our bill establishes paid leave, strengthens unemployment benefits, expands and protects food assistance programs for our seniors and children, provides free coronavirus testing, and additional Medicaid funding to address the evolving impacts of the pandemic.
To address the food security of our most vulnerable, I worked to help include more than $1 billion to provide nutritious foods to low-income pregnant women and mothers with young children, help food banks, and provide meals to seniors. The bill also protects students’ access to school meals in the event of school closures. And importantly, we were able to block the administration from implementing their dangerous and cruel-hearted work and training requirements for SNAP for the duration of the emergency.
Building off the success of the first two bills, Congress passed a historic $2.2 trillion stimulus package on March 27th to further mitigate the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic. This bill is an essential step in our ongoing effort to act decisively on behalf of the American people and ensure workers and families have the resources they need today and throughout this unprecedented crisis.
Among other things, the stimulus will create a $150 Billion State and Local Coronavirus Relief Fund; dramatically expand unemployment benefits, to the tune of $260 Billion; Immediately provide Direct Cash Payments to Lower and Middle-Income Americans; provide more Than $375 Billion in Small Business Relief; gives approximately $200 Billion for our hospitals, health Care Workers, and Health Research; enacts a temporary moratorium on eviction filings for all federally backed mortgage loans; and supports child care and early education by providing $3.5 billion for the Child Care and Development Block Grant.
For more information about the stimulus, and to see how to access the resources in the bill, visit this guide.
As the spread of coronavirus continues, the best way to keep your friends, family and community safe is by keeping yourself healthy. Remember to wash your hands often with hot, soapy water for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available. Most of all, stay home when you are sick and contact your primary care doctor for further guidance or if you are experiencing symptoms of the virus.
Please also know that CDC is releasing new guidance every day. Stay up to date on the latest guidance at CDC.gov, and I’m posting their information on my Facebook and Twitter regularly. For general inquiries, please contact Alameda County at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (510) 268-2101 or call my office at (510) 763-0370.
Additional Websites and Resources
The federal government, the State of California, and our local governments are hard at work to ensure everyone has the resources they need to get through this crisis.
- For information about the cash payment and how to ensure the IRS has your information to receive the payment, click here.
- Secretary Mnuchin announced that Social Security recipients would receive the cash assistance automatically. This means that seniors who do not normally need to file taxes won’t need to file 2019 taxes to receive their checks, removing a huge barrier for some of our nation’s most vulnerable.
- To check on the status of your stimulus check or update your direct desposit information, click here.
- Where's my check?
- If you have questions about the stay at home order, please click here for FAQ.
- If you are a small business owner, you can click here for the latest COVID-19 information from the Small Business Administration.
- For those interested in learning more about the expanded unemployment benefits, including paid sick and family leave available due to the COVID-19 crisis, click here.
- If you are ready to apply for unemployment benefits, click here.
- For students, college graduates, or parents who have questions about federal student loans, please click here.
- Federal tax filing and payment deadlines have been extended, for more information click here.
- If you're a veteran, you can click here for the latest information from the VA on their COVID-19 response.
- If you have a child in K-12 education and you want more information about school closures, distance learning, and free school lunch, please click here.
- If you have questions about health insurance, COVID-19 testing, or access to care, please click here.
- If you are a homeowner and have been laid off or furloughed by your job, click here for information about applying for mortgage relief.
- For a summary of the $8.3 billion emergency appropriations bill passed March 4th, click here.
- For a summary of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act passed March 14th, click here.
- For a summary of the $2.2 trillion stimulus bill – the CARES Act – passed March 27th, and how to access the resources in the bill, click here.
- For a summary of the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act passed April 23rd, click here.
Staying at home and practicing social distancing during this crisis does not mean that anyone should face domestic violence, sexual assault, or abuse.
- If you feel unsafe at home, please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233.
- To report child abuse, please call Alameda County Social Services at 1-510-259-1800.
Experts have been working hard to understand this new strain of coronavirus. Because new information is coming out every day, please visit the sites below to stay up to date.
- The Centers for Disease Control provides updates on the virus and safety information for the public and healthcare professionals.
- The California Department of Public Health has frequently asked questions here.
- The Alameda County Public Health Department provides updates on the disease's spread in the East Bay.
- The State Department provides a list of travel advisories for those who are planning to fly outside of the United States.
The safety of you and your loved ones is of the utmost importance. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call my office at (510) 763-0370.