For up-to-date information on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the State of California's response, as well as ways to help out during this pandemic, please visit the following:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Los Angeles County Department of Public Health: 2-1-1
- Orange County Health Care Agency: (833) 426-6411
- California Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response
- California COVID-19 Medical Supply Contributions
Congress recently passed legislation to provide most Americans with direct economic assistance during this unprecedented time.
How will I receive my money?
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will work to deliver this money quickly. For people who filed a federal income tax return in 2018 or 2019, your payment will be sent to the account or address already on file with the IRS.
How much will I receive?
The payment is $1,200 for each adult individual ($2,400 for joint filers) and $500 per qualifying child under age 17.
- This payment is reduced by $5 for every $100 of income if a taxpayer’s income exceeds $150,000 for a joint filer, $112,500 for a head of household filer, and $75,000 for anyone else (including single filers).
- Taxpayers must have Social Security Numbers for themselves and their qualifying children in order to receive the payment.
What else do I need to know?
If you are a Social Security recipient that is not normally required to file a federal income tax return, you do not need to file one in order to receive this payment. For additional information, including the form, click here.
California's Employment Development Department (EDD) provides a variety of services for those affected by COVID-19. Visit the EDD website for more information and check out the EDD's Frequently Asked Questions.
If your hours have been reduced or you have lost their job due to COVID-19 measures, you may qualify for unemployment benefits. Governor Newsom waived the 1-week wait time and applicants may not be required to be actively looking for work. Learn how to file an Unemployment Insurance (UI) claim.
- Those who choose to stay home due to underlying health issues that make them more vulnerable to COVID-19 may qualify for UI benefits.
- If your child’s school is closed and you have to miss work to care for them, you may qualify for UI benefits.
- DACA and TPS recipients with a valid work authorization permit qualify for EDD benefits in the State of California.
- Unfortunately, this benefit is not available to undocumented persons whose hours are reduced or lose their job for reasons related to COVID-19.
If you are unable to do your usual job because you were exposed to and contracted COVID-19 while in the regular course of their job, you may qualify for worker's compensation. For more information, click here.
Sick or Quarantined
- If you are unable to work due to having or being exposed to COVID-19, you can file a Disability Insurance (DI) claim with the State of California.
- If you are unable to work because you are caring for an ill or quarantined family member with COVID-19, you can file a Paid Family Leave (PFL) claim with the State of California.
If you are self-employed, you may have benefits available from EDD employment insurance programs that you or your employer may have paid into over the past 5 to 18 months. For more information, click here.
Congress passed disaster loans for small businesses. Now, the Small Business Administration (SBA) is working directly with Governors to provide targeted, low-interest loans to small businesses and private nonprofit organizations impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. Once a borrower submits an application, the typical timeline for approval is 2-3 weeks and disbursement can take up to 5 days. SBA is offering low-interest loans to businesses impact by COVID-19. For additional information, borrowers should contact the SBA Disaster Assistance customer service center.
- Phone: 1-800-659-2955
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are experiencing a slowdown in your businesses or services as a result of the coronavirus impact on the economy, you can apply for California’s UI Work Sharing Program.
If you are planning a closure or major layoffs as a result of the coronavirus, you can get help through California’s Rapid Response program. For more information, refer to the Rapid Response Services for Businesses Fact Sheet.
LA County Food Bank
If you are of need of immediate food assistance, please dial 2-1-1 or visit their food pantry locator.
Orange County Food Bank
To find your nearest food pantry location, text your ZIP code to 898-211 or click here.
CalFresh provides monthly food benefits to individuals and families with low-income and provides economic benefits to communities. It is the largest food program in California and provides an essential hunger safety net.
Apply for benefits online or over the phone by calling the LA County Department of Public Social Services Customer Service Center at (866) 613-3777.
Meal Services for Students
Many schools in our area have canceled classes and are offering meal service plans for students. Please visit your school district's or school's website for specific information about how your children are affected.
- ABC Unified School District
- Anaheim Union High School District
- Bellflower United School District
- Buena Park School District
- Centralia Elementary School District
- Cypress School District
- East Whittier City School District
- El Monte City School District
- El Monte Union High School District
- El Rancho Unified School District
- Fullerton Joint Union High School District
- Little Lake City School District
- Long Beach Unified School District
- Los Nietos School District
- Montebello Unified School District
- Norwalk-La Mirada School District
- Paramount Unified School District
- South El Monte Union High School District
- South Whittier School District
- Whittier Union High School District
- Whittier City School District
- Valle Lindo Elementary School District
All Social Security Administration (SSA) field offices are currently closed and as a result, Americans should expect service delays. To find your local field office, click here. For additional information related to the SSA's services during the coronavirus pandemic, click here.
The Treasury Department postponed the income tax filing date from April 15 to July 15. All taxpayers and businesses now have three extra months to file and make payments without interest or penalties. If you are planning to get a refund, you can still file early and get your money sooner.
If you cannot file a return by that date, you can request an extension by filing Form 4868 for an automatic extension until October 15, 2020. You can find this on the IRS website, which has additional information on filing for an extension. For additional updates on IRS operations during the coronavirus pandemic, click here.
If you are experiencing hardship as a result of COVID-19, you may request up to a 60-day extension to file your state payroll reports and/or deposit state payroll taxes without penalty or interest. A written request for an extension must be received within 60 days from the original delinquent date of the payment or return.
- Toll-free from the U.S. or Canada: 1-888-745-3886
- Hearing-impaired (TTY): 1-800-547-9565
- Outside the U.S. or Canada: 1-916-464-3502
The State of California has also pushed its tax filing deadline to July 15, 2020. FTB is postponing until July 15 the filing and payment deadlines for all individuals and business entities for:
- 2019 tax returns
- 2019 tax return payments
- 2020 1st and 2nd quarter estimate payments
- 2020 LLC taxes and fees
- 2020 Non-wage withholding payments
Visit the State of California Franchise Tax Board for further information on up-to-date filing information for state taxes.
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act includes funding to cover the costs of COVID-19 tests for veterans. For more information and guidance for veterans, click here.
Our community’s local VA clinic is located in Santa Fe Springs.
- Address: 10330 Pioneer Boulevard, Suite 180 Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670-6012
- Phone: 562-347-2200
COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that spreads from person to person. While the family of coronaviruses has been around for some time, COVID-19 is a new kind of coronavirus. COVID-19 was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China.
You can find more information on the total number of cases, hospitalizations, and deaths here.
If You Think You Are Sick
Call ahead: If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and may have had contact with a person with COVID-19, or recently traveled to countries with apparent community spread, call your health care provider or local public health department first before seeking medical care so that appropriate precautions can be taken.
Call 911 if you have a medical emergency: If you have a medical emergency and need to call 911, notify the dispatch personnel that you have, or are being evaluated for COVID-19. If possible, put on a facemask before emergency medical services arrive.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has additional steps you should take to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 if you are sick.
Patients with COVID-19 have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness. Symptoms can include a fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the disease.
The CDC recommends you call your doctor, if:
- You have recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19 and develop symptoms.
- You have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19.
- You develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or difficulty breathing.
Preventing The Spread
According to the CDC, there is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, the CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Follow CDC's recommendations for using a facemask.
- CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
- Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash your hands with soap and water if they are visibly dirty.
Infographics on the CDC's coronavirus prevention guidance:
Remember to visit the CDC's website for the latest updates on the coronavirus and how you can prepare in your homes and your community.