Updates on COVID-19 Actions
For a complete look at COVID-19 actions taken by the state and federal governments, a daily update on COVID-19 cases, and other vital information during California's Stay-at-Home order, please click here.
Governor Newsom Unveils Conditions Needed to Meet to Relax Stay-At-Home Order
There are 6 key indicators that will be considered. The Governor noted that the progress in flattening the curve, increased preparedness of our health care delivery system and the effects of other COVID-19 interventions have yielded positive results. However, these actions have also impacted the economy, poverty and overall health care in California. Any consideration of modifying the stay-at-home order must be done using a gradual, science-based and data-driven framework. Please read here for more.
State Agency/Federal Resources
Please visit the California State Senate page for a full listing of resources for COVID-19: Health, Workers and Employers, What We Know, What to Do during the Coronavirus Crisis, and news from California, nation and around the world.
State of California's COVID-19 Resources
The State of California has launched a comprehensive website with important COVID-19 information for Californians. The site highlights critical steps people can take to stay healthy and offers resources for a myriad of subjects, including paid sick leave and unemployment assistance. Visit: https://www.covid19.ca.gov/
Governor Newsom's Executive Orders
For a full listing and descriptions of each of Governor Newsom's COVID-19 Executive Orders, please click here.
East Bay Regional Center Agencies Meeting Your Needs
The Association of Regional Center Agencies (ARCA) represents the network of 21 non-profit regional centers. The centers support over 350,000 people with developmental disabilities and their families in coordination with local community partners. Each person served by a regional center works with a service coordinator who helps them meet their needs. Many people in your district are part of this community. To assist you in responding to constituent questions, we wish to share the following.
The COVID-19 emergency has disrupted life for all Californians. This impacts people served by the regional centers and their families in very significant ways, as the schools, day programs, and daycares they rely on for care and supervision are no longer providing daily in-person support in the same way. This means thousands of people need help meeting new needs.
Particularly in this time of uncertainty, regional centers remain ready to help and are here to be creative in meeting the needs of the people who rely on them. Service coordinators can identify services that can help meet new or different needs at this time. For some, this means coordinating critical changes to round-the-clock care in residential or supported living settings. For others, they can approve increases in respite, personal assistance, or independent living services. Service coordinators have been proactively reaching out to people they serve and their families to ask what help they need and how the regional center can be part of the solution.
Working together, people served by regional centers, their families, and service coordinators can minimize the impact of these changes. Regional centers stand ready to help and are only a phone call away. Your district is served by one regional center. Please click on the following link for information about COVID-19:
Main Office – (510) 618-6100
Emergency Federal Funding to Combat Coronavirus Outbreak
Read the National Association of Regional Councils analysis of the $2.3 trillion CARES Act here
Volunteer and Serve
Every Californian can safely help their community during these difficult times. You can make a difference by delivering meals to vulnerable populations, donating to a food bank, supporting local nonprofits, performing wellness checks, creating hygiene kits, and donating blood to help people affected by the Coronavirus. More information here:
- California Volunteer Resources
- Donate Blood - Central California Blood Center
- To follow CA Volunteers on Social Media, click here.
Tax Filing Extension Information
State: Franchise Tax Board Tax Extensions and Relief
Federal: Internal Revenue Service Tax Extensions and Relief
- If you are a Veteran in crisis – or you’re concerned about one – free, confidential support is available 24/7. Call the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, send a text message to 838255, or chat online.
PG&E Suspends Service Shut-Offs
- In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has implemented a moratorium on service shut-offs for non-payment for both residential and commercial customers effective immediately. For more info, visit PG&E’s website.
Call centers are still open to assist customers at (800) 743-5000.
Conducting Census During COVID-19
The most important thing that someone can do to avoid potential person-to-person contact is to complete the Census survey in one of the three ways that do not require it: online, by phone or by mail. Mailed invitations go out on March 12 and should arrive by March 20, with additional mailings arriving through the end of April. We encourage everyone to respond online as soon as possible, following the instructions in the invitation letter.
Here are the ways to respond to Census 2020 that avoid person-to-person contact:
- Respond to the U.S Census online at my2020census.gov.
- If you need help or would prefer to respond by phone, the Census Bureau has toll-free phone numbers available every day from 4 a.m. to 11 p.m. Pacific time. Toll free numbers are provided in 13 different languages
- Some households in areas with limited or no Internet access will receive a paper form on the first mailing, but everyone who has not responded online or by phone will receive a paper form in mid-April that can be returned by mail.
Responding online, by phone, or by mail will minimize the need to send census takers out into the community. We get an accurate count while avoiding person-to-person contact.
U.S. Census Bureau Updates
The Census Bureau has suspended all field operations at this time and has announced several adjustments to group quarter operations as well as the Mobile Questionnaire Assistance program, and Service-Based-Enumeration (SBE).
State of California - Complete Count Committee and COVID-19
The California Complete Count –
Census 2020 Office is providing updates on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19)