Coronavirus - What You Should Know






The state remains under a statewide stay-at home order.

Governor Gavin Newsom's statewide order remains a critical move, necessary for stopping the spread of #COVID19 and to help flatten the curve. I strongly encourage all of us to support our medical personnel and vulnerable communities by following the state's guidelines. 

Learn more about the stay at home order from the official State of California COVID-19 website

5/18/2020 Starting today, undocumented adults who are not eligible for federal COVID-19 related assistance may start applying for the Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants (DRAI). Undocumented workers may be eligible to receive a one-time benefit of $500 per adult, with a cap of $1,000 per household. Applicants will be considered on a first come, first served basis.  For more information and a list of non-profits in your community, visit the CDSS Website or visit visit COVID19.CA.GOV.

4/30 NEW CHILDCARE PORTALThe Governor, along with the Department of Social Services (DSS) Director Kimberley Johnson, unveiled a new childcare portal/website where people can search childcare options in their zip code.  The portal provides locations, hours and the size of the facility (capacity), ages of children, and available slots, etc.  All childcare facilities have been provided guidance from DSS on social/physical distancing, the need for small group sizes, etc. as related to COVID-19. 

The portal can be accessed on the COVID-19 website:  Please also find a direct link to search:

04/24 EDD has launched a new Pandemic Unemployment Assistance page to keep you informed of eligibility requirements and the around-the-clock effort to build this new program from the CARES Act. This complex program to serve those who don’t usually qualify for regular Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits, including businesses and the self-employed, has to be developed and could rival the size of the current UI program EDD administers for unemployed workers.

04/16: Governor Newsom signed an executive order providing paid sick leave benefits for food Sector employees Impacted by COVID-19, and additional protections for the consumers. Additionally, the executive order provides health and safety standards to increase worker and customer protection by permitting workers at food facilities to wash their hands every 30 minutes, or as needed, to increase proper sanitation measures. At the federal level, the President released the Opening Up America Again Guidelines, providing a three-phased template for reopening. However, our state has a six-point guidance, as shared by the governor earlier this week. 

04/15: Today, the state released a guide for immigrants impacted by COVID-19, and also announced the pandemic assistance program, which will be available on 04/28.

04/14: At today's media/state briefing, Governor Newsom announced the six critical indicators the state will consider before modifying the current stay-at-home order. For the moment, the emphasis is on continuing to flatten the curve, and ensuring the health and well-being of all. 

04/13: California workers who are receiving unemployment benefits will begin receiving an extra $600 on top of their weekly amount, as part of the new Pandemic Additional Compensation (PAC) initiated by the CARES Act.

The state has also announced a New Program to Provide Front-Line Health Care Workers with Hotel Rooms

04/06 Judicial Council's Vote to Suspend Evictions and Foreclosures

California's Judicial Council, representing the state courts, unanimously voted to suspend evictions and foreclosures in California, regardless of reason, until 90 days after the state of emergency related to COVID-19 is lifted.

Californians should focus on protecting their health and safety, not worrying about being evicted or losing their home. Read details here:

04/02: Governor  Newsom announced, a one stop resource for Californians impacted by job loss due to COVID-19 pandemic. 

The Governor also announced $50 million in loan guarantees for small businesses that may not be eligible for federal relief, as well as $17.8 million in new state initiatives to support California workers impacted by COVID-19. The allocation will come from Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act funds.

Governor Newsom also issued an executive order protecting homes and small businesses from water shutoffs on April 2.

3/31: California launched a statewide hotline (833-544-2374) and call center in partnership with 2-1-1 to connect older Californians with essential services like food and medication. This line will serve as a one-stop shop to answer their questions and get assistance during this crisis. Governor Newsom announced the ‘Stay Home. Save Lives. Check In.’ campaign, which urges all Californians to check in on vulnerable neighbors with a call, text or physically-distanced door knock. 

3/30: Governor Newsom has announced the creation of the California Health Care Corps, encouraging healthcare professionals to help meet surge capacity. 

3/29: Governor Newsom also issued an executive order for a moratorium on evictions, enforceable through May 31st

Assemblymember Weber Urges Californians to be Counted in the 2020 Census

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Schools, Business Closures: Resources are Available for You and Your Family

Our office is working to provide San Diego County residents with the latest information on the impact the novel coronavirus, known as COVID-19, is having on our community. The state is working in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and San Diego County Health and Human Services to mitigate the spread of the disease.

Here is what you need to know:

Resources for Community  Nonprofits

  • If you want to apply for PPP we encourage you to do so TODAY. If you are in the que with a large lender, you may want to try using PayPal or send us an email at and we can point you to a different local organization (not a bank) who is having good luck pushing small organizations through. It is OK to submit multiple requests, however, be careful to only accept 1 loan.

  • If you have resources to share or need resources join our Nonprofit Resource Exchange at Facebook: There are over 400 members (including government entities) on the exchange.

  • If you need capacity building support join our FORTIFY webinar series at:

  • If you are a nonprofit leader who needs to bolster your personal resilience to deal with this situation look at our Horizon’s program for free one on one coaching for small community based nonprofits.

  • If you need technical assistance for PPP, EIDL, or other small business funding and to make sure you receive timely information and technical assistance please register with San Diego’s Small Business Development Center via the following link - When submitting your request, clearly indicate you are a nonprofit when asked to "please describe your product or service".


Closures - All San Diego school districts and charter schools located in Assembly District 79 have announced they will be closed for three weeks (which includes Spring Break) starting Monday, March 16:

  • Chula Vista Elementary School District

  • Grossmont Union High School District

  • La Mesa-Spring Valley School District

  • Lemon Grove School District

  • National School District

  • San Diego Unified School District

  • Sweetwater Union High School District

  • The O’Farrell Charter School

  • Keiller Leadership Academy Charter School

  • High Tech High and Middle


Feeding San Diego provides more than 26 million meals every year to children, families, seniors, college students, military families, veterans, people facing homelessness, and other underserved populations. They distribute meals in partnership with 300 local charities, schools, faith communities, meal sites, and food pantries throughout the region.

Packaged and prepared meals will be distributed at drive-thru/walk-up stations at designated schools throughout the San Diego Unified School District. Children will need to be present to receive meals, and each child ages 18 years and younger can take one lunch and one breakfast for the next day. All food will be consumed off site. The following serving locations will distribute meals for San Diego Unified students between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.:

  • Clark Middle School

  • Cherokee Point Elementary

  • Sherman Elementary

  • Zamorano Fine Arts Academy

  • Kearny High School

  • O'Farrell Charter

  • Farb Middle

  • Walker Elementary

Find the latest information on known food service sites open during school closure on the San Diego County Office of Education website. Feeding San Diego will also be onsite to distribute fresh produce for students. Our office will continue to work with school districts to create additional meal support for students during the closures.


State Disability Insurance (SDI) - If you're unable to work due to having or being exposed to COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional), you can file a State Disability Insurance (SDI) claim. The governor has issued an Executive Order to waive the one-week 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.


Californians shouldn’t have to worry about being cheated while dealing with the effects of coronavirus. Our state’s price gouging law protects people impacted by an emergency from illegal price gouging on medical supplies, food, gas, and other essential supplies.

I encourage 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 your local police department or sheriff’s office.


The governor's Executive Order also delays the deadline for state tax filing by 60 days for individuals and businesses unable to file on time based on compliance with public health requirements related to COVID-19 filings.


Workplace Closed - If your hours have been reduced or your employer has shut down, you can file an Unemployment Insurance (UI) claim. UI provides partial wage replacement benefit payments to workers who lose their job or have their hours reduced through no fault of their own. Eligible individuals can receive benefits that range from $40-$450 per week.

Caregiving - If you're unable to work because you are caring for an ill or quarantined family member with COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional), you can file a Paid Family Leave (PFL) claim. PFL provides up to six weeks of benefit payments to eligible workers who have a full or partial loss of wages because they need time off work to care for a seriously ill family member or to bond with a new child. Benefit amounts are approximately 60-70 percent of wages (depending on income) and range from $50-$1,300 a week.


San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) and Southern California Edison (SCE) will not shut off services due to inability to pay during this month.

San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) is encouraging those in need to apply online for bill discount programs, which can save them 30% or more off their monthly utility bill. In order to raise awareness on these programs, SDG&E launched a robust marketing and public outreach campaign, which will also promote LIHEAP or the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program


The San Diego Food and Diaper Bank is continuing normal operation hours and is taking necessary precautions to help make sure that food and products remain safe. The normal distribution sites will remain open. There will be no immigration consequences for using these resources. Below you will find the office hours and location:

San Diego Food Bank – Miramar      
9850 Distribution Ave.
San Diego, CA 92121
Administrative Days/Hours: Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Food Bank Updates Visit:

To speak to someone, our District Office is ready to help you find the state resources by emailing: Ms. LaShae Collins at