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CA State List of Essential Workers - Updated
4/28/20 The California State Public Health Officer has designated the following list of “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers” to help state, local, tribal, and industry partners as they work to protect communities, while ensuring continuity of functions critical to public health and safety, as well as economic and national security.
CHILDREN - CDC Guidance for Schools and Child Care Programs Before and During an Outbreak
The CDC has published Resources for K-12 Schools and Childcare Programs to support planning, preparation, and response to COVID-19. Includes Checklists, Protocols for Cleaning, Supplemental Guidance For Child Care Programs That Remain Open, Facts about COVID-19 for discussions with children Multi-language: Spanish
COMMUNICATION - 12 Game-Changing Zoom Hacks For Work Meetings And Virtual Happy Hours
3/27/20 Prior to the coronavirus pandemic, a study by Gallup found that 43% of U.S. employees worked remotely with some frequency. Now that the spread of COVID-19 has forced many people with “non-essential” jobs to stay home, millions more have been thrust into the world of home offices and virtual meetings. If you’re a displaced office worker just learning this new tool, you may not be using it to its fullest potential. We reached out to professionals who have been conducting their businesses remotely for years to find out their best tips for getting the most out of Zoom. Key Words: COVID-19
Coronavirus - Bay Area’s shelter-in-place to last through May
4/27/20 As states across the country rush to restart their economies amid the coronavirus pandemic, California and the Bay Area are telling residents to buckle down until at least June. Six Bay Area counties — Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Mateo and San Francisco — and the city of Berkeley announced Monday they will be extending the region’s first-in-the-nation stay-at-home order through the end of May. The current order was set to expire Sunday. They promised more details later this week but said the new order will allow for the “limited easing of specific restrictions for a small number of lower-risk activities.”
Death reports show coronavirus hit San Jose’s poor, Latino neighborhoods hardest
5/11/20 According to records obtained by the Bay Area News Group, more than a third of the county’s first 100 deaths occurred in just four ZIP codes on the city’s East Side. In the county’s poorest ZIP codes, the death rate from COVID-19 is four times as high as in the wealthiest ZIP codes. ...They offer insight into a phenomenon seen around the country and across the world: The toll of coronavirus is falling disproportionately on vulnerable communities, where residents — predominantly Latinos and African-Americans — have long been poorly served by existing health care systems, and where many — because of economic stress or the nature of their jobs — have been unable to stay safely at home amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Dispatch from the Frontlines: COVID-19 and Indigenous Communities - Tele-Town Hall Recording
Facebook Live Recording of a 5/20/20 tele-townhall with the Congressional Progressive Caucus Center and the Native Organizers Alliance for a on how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting Tribal Nations and indigenous people in the US. Doctors without Borders announced its first-ever mission to the United States, helping the hard-hit Navajo Nation fight COVID-19. And the governor of South Dakota threatened to sue Sioux leaders in an attempt to remove tribal COVID-19 checkpoints. Tribal governments haven’t received one penny of the $8 billion allocated by the CARES Act. These broken promises are deadly.
EDUCATION - CA schools to stay closed through end of academic year, Newsom says
4/1/20 Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday confirmed that schools in California won't reopen after state Superintendent Tony Thurmond said students may not be able to return to campus for the remainder of the school year - but classes would remain in session, he said. There is still "distance learning" going on from home. Limited access to home internet for countless of students has cropped up as a major concern among parents and education officials under the statewide closure of schools. During a daily press conference, Newsom announced a partnership with Google to provide 100,000 access points to internet across the state, as well as thousands of Chromebooks to "substantially" mitigate that digital divide. Key Words: Coronavirus, COVID-19
FINANCE - CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act)
4/1/20 Federal emergency legislation for worker protection, healthcare system enhancement and stabilization of the economy. Key Words: COVID-19, employment, business,
FOOD - Governor Newsom Announces Expansion of Farm to Family Program and New Initiatives to Combat Food Insecurity
4/29/20 Governor Gavin Newsom announced new initiatives to help CA put healthy food on the table while also supporting the farm industry, which has been devastated by COVID-19. ***State expands Farm to Family program to help meet the growing demand at California food banks ***Philanthropy commits to $15 million campaign to fund Farm to Family program through the end of the year ***Governor highlights expansion of CalFresh and EBT programs, including new Pandemic-EBT, and EBT for online purchasing
GOVERNMENT - CA Department of Public Health Immigrant Communities Guidance
Public health is focused on ensuring all individuals, regardless of their immigration status, are protected from the outbreak and receive appropriate testing and treatment. For families that are concerned about the "public charge" rule, immigration officials have confirmed that they will neither consider testing, treatment, nor preventative care related to COVID-19 as part of a public charge inadmissibility determination, even if provided or paid for by one or more public benefits considered under the rule including Medi-Cal.
GOVERNMENT - CA Dept of Public Health Guidance Documents: Coronavirus Disease 2019
A list of various guidance documents from the CDPH covering: **Adult and Senior Care Facilities (PDF) **Community care facilities, including assisted living facilities and child care **COVID-19 Public Health Guidance for People at Risk for Serious Illness (PDF) **Drinking Water, Recreational Water and Wastewater: What You Need to Know **Employers, health care workers and workers in general industry **Entertainment Venue (PDF) **First responders, including paramedics and EMTs (PDF) **Food Industry (PDF) **Gathering Guidance (PDF) **Guidance for Homeless Assistance Providers on **Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) (PDF) **Guidance for Individuals with Access and Functional Needs (PDF) **Guidance for Long-Term Care Facilities **Guidance to Medi-Cal Managed Care Health Plans: **COVID–19 Screening and Testing (PDF) **Health care facilities from Cal/OSHA **Health care facilities, including long-term care facilities **Health care plans **Department of Managed Health Care All Plan Letter (PDF) **California Department of Insurance Bulletin (PDF) **Coverage Options Fact Sheet (PDF) **Home cleaning with COVID-19 positive individuals (PDF) **Guidance for Using Disinfectants at Schools and Child Cares (PDF) **Recordatorios para el uso de desinfectantes en las escuelas y guarderías (PDF) **Laboratories (PDF) **Schools and institutions of higher education Key Words: ALLIES4, Pandemic
GOVERNMENT - Cal/OSHA Guidance on Requirements to Protect Workers from Coronavirus
To protect workers and prevent exposure to the virus, employers must develop and maintain the required programs and plans for their facility or operation. Cal/OSHA recommends the interim guidance, educational materials and model programs and plans below be reviewed with an employer’s existing procedures to ensure that workers are protected. Key Words: pandemic, disaster Key Words: COVID-19, employment
GOVERNMENT - Executive Order on CA State Prisons and Juvenile Facilities in Response to the Outbreak
3/24/20 To reduce the risks of the Coronavirus in correctional settings, Governor Gavin Newsom today issued an executive order directing the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) Secretary to temporarily halt the intake and/or transfer of inmates and youth into the state’s 35 prisons and four youth correctional facilities. The Order also directs videoconferencing of all scheduled parole suitability hearings starting next month. Key Words: COVID-19
GOVERNMENT - Governor Newsom Announces New Initiatives to Support California Workers
4/15/20 California’s $75 million Disaster Relief Fund will support undocumented Californians impacted by COVID-19 who are ineligible for unemployment insurance benefits and disaster relief, including the CARES Act, due to their immigration status. Approximately 150,000 undocumented adult Californians will receive a one-time cash benefit of $500 per adult with a cap of $1,000 per household to deal with the specific needs arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. Individuals can apply for support beginning next month. Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR), a network of foundations focused on immigration issues, has committed to raising $50 million to support direct financial assistance to families of undocumented immigrants through the California Immigrant Resilience Fund, Those interested in supporting this fund can donate at
GOVERNMENT - strict new Bay Area lockdown Extended to May 3rd
4/1/20 New restrictions ordered on construction, dog parks; further social-distancing rules for essential businesses Six Bay Area counties and the city of Berkeley announced new, stricter stay-at-home rules that force millions of residents in Santa Clara County, San Mateo County, Alameda County, Contra Costa County, Marin County and San Francisco to shelter in place through May 3, 2020. Key Words: COVID-19, Coronavirus
HEALTH - CA Department of Health Multi-language COVID-19 Updates and Guidance
Coronavirus updates, alerts, statistics, tips and guidance from the CA Dept of Public Health . Multi-language links to: Arabic, Amharic, Cambodian, Chinese (Simplified), Farsi (Persian), Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil, Telegu, Tigrinya, Urdu, and Vietnamese Key Words: ALLIES4, pandemic flu, COVID-19, GOVERNMENT
HEALTH - CDC Guidelines for Schools, Workplaces & Community Locations and FAQ
3/20 CDC Updated guidelines and resources for Homes, K-12 Schools, Childcare Settings, Colleges, Workplaces, Healthcare Settings, Faith Based Organizations, First Responders, Commercial Settings, and Large Mass Gatherings. Specific mitigation plans for Santa Clara County, CA, Seattle, WA, , New York (NY), MA and Florida (FL) Multi-language: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) in English FAQ, Spanish FAQ , and Chinese FAQ Key Words: Pandemic, ALLIES4, COVID-19
HOUSING - Gov Newsom Takes Executive Action to Establish a Statewide Moratorium on Evictions
3/27/20 Governor Gavin Newsom today issued an executive order banning the enforcement of eviction orders for renters affected by COVID-19 through May 31, 2020. The order prohibits landlords from evicting tenants for nonpayment of rent and prohibits enforcement of evictions by law enforcement or courts. It also requires tenants to declare in writing, no more than seven days after the rent comes due, that the tenant cannot pay all or part of their rent due to COVID-19. Key Word: Housing
HOUSING - Governor Newsom Announces 90-Day Mortgage Payment Relief During Crisis
3/25/20 Governor Newsom announces financial institutions will provide relief for vast majority of Californians Californians economically impacted by COVID-19 may receive 90-day grace periods to make mortgage payments Financial institutions agree not to negatively impact credit reports as a result of accepting payment relief Key Words: ALLIES1, coronoavirus, pandemic, disaster
HOUSING - Mt. View Suspends Residential Evictions until May 31st
In response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Mountain View City Council enacted a temporary eviction moratorium suspending residential evictions for non-payment of rent due to related financial impacts. The ordinance is effective March 27, 2020 through May 31, 2020 and is subject to extension as approved by the City Council. The eviction moratorium is applicable for all residential rental units in Mountain View including single-family homes, condos/townhomes, duplexes, apartments, mobile homes and mobile home spaces and other types of residential rental units.. Key Words: COVID-19 English Fact Sheet Spanish Fact Sheet Chinese Fact Sheet
HOUSING - SCC Eviction Moratorium Information for Landlords and Tenants
3/24/20 The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors enacted a moratorium ?on “no-fault” evictions and evictions for non-payment of rent for tenants who have incurred substantial income loss and/or substantial out-of-pocket medical expenses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This moratorium applies throughout Santa Clara County, including Cities, and protects both residential as well as small business tenants. Spanish Vietnamese Chinese Tagalog
IMMIGRANTS - CA Immigrant Guide
Provides information on resources available to immigrant families, such as testing under Medi-Cal, small business support, including some that are available regardless of immigration status. Additional Information for immigrant communities on Coronavirus and updated Public Charge policies. Ongoing information on available services throughout the state for Immigrants seeking help with English language learning, workforce skill development, naturalization preparation or legal assistance, The guide will serve as a bridge that can help immigrants fully participate in life in California. Key Words: ALLIES1, ALLIES3, Directory, citizenship, ESL Multi-language: Spanish, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Russian, Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin),, Korean, Arabic , Armenian, Farsi, Khmer (Cambodian)
This guide provides tips about services, including public benefits, that are available to immigrant Californians, including some that are available regardless of immigration status. Including: ** Stay-at-home order considerations ** Ways to protect yourself and others ** Immigration help ** Public charge information for accessing public benefits ** Testing and treatment ** Information on jobs, wages, and benefits Small business support ** Housing * Food and bills ** Community safety * Protection against scams and bad information. Check COVID19.CA.GOV for updates. Multi-language: Spanish | Chinese Traditional | Chinese Simplified | Korean | Vietnamese | Tagalog | Key Words: Disaster, Pandemic, Coronavirus, Undocumented
IMMIGRATION - What You Should Know About Trump's Latest Immigration Ban
4/23/20 An advisory from CAIR-SFBA and Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus, with information about the latest ban on nearly all immigration to the US. The Ban is to last for 60 days from April 23, 2020. (until June 22, 2020), after which it may be extended. Who is Impacted? Any foreign national seeking to obtain an immigrant visa to enter the U.S. who: ***Is outside the United States at 11:59pm on April 23, 2020; and ***Does not have a valid immigrant visa in their passport as of 11:59pm on April 23, 2020; and ***Does not have another valid official travel document, such as a transportation letter, a boarding foil, or an advance parole document. Multi-language: Arabic Farsi Somali Urdu Vietnamese
NEWS - No Masks, Disinfectant or Soap. This Is Detention Amid a Pandemic.
4/2/20 Asylum seekers must be released before it is too late. As Americans shelter in place or practice social distancing, the organizations I work with are mobilizing to stop what may be the inevitable result of a disastrous immigration policy. Respond Crisis Translation has drafted a one-page guide on how to prevent the spread of the virus that we’ve translated into over a dozen languages. Immigration attorneys who volunteer for organizations like Al Otro Lado are fighting for the release of all those in ICE detention, while the American Civil Liberties Union and RAICES have filed suits to secure the release of detainees who pose no danger to society. Key Words: Coronavirus, COVID-19
NEWS - Americans Will Get Stimulus Paychecks Soon. Undocumented Workers Get Nothing
4/7/20 As Americans await their much-needed paychecks from the government in response to the coronavirus pandemic, millions of people on the front lines of the crisis won’t be getting a dime: undocumented workers. ...The bill’s language leaves out those without Social Security numbers — largely undocumented people — who may file taxes using an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN). In 2015, 4.35 million immigrants paid over $13.7 billion in net taxes using an ITIN, according to the American Immigration Council. The bill also cuts off aid to potentially millions of U.S. citizen children, since “mixed-status” families that include both undocumented immigrants and U.S. citizens are not eligible for the cash assistance. Of about 11.3 million undocumented people in the U.S., some 3.3 million live with at least one U.S. citizen child.
NEWS - Conservative group sues to stop California aid to undocumented immigrants
4/24/20 A conservative organization is asking the California Supreme Court to block the state’s first-in-the-nation plan to give money to immigrants living in the country illegally who are hurt by the coronavirus. The Center for American Liberty argued on behalf of two long-shot Republican legislative candidates that the $75 million plan Gov. Gavin Newsom announced last week is barred by both state and federal law.
NEWS - Factcheck Guide to Our Coronavirus Coverage
In our work fact-checking political claims and debunking viral deceptions, we have found a tremendous amount of misinformation on the coronavirus pandemic. Key Words: COVID-19, Fake News
NEWS - NY Times Coronavirus Coverage
Free access to New Your Times articles about COVID-19 in English . Spanish | No Chinese Multi-language
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NEWS - Red Cross Overhauls Evacuation Shelter Guidelines Because of Coronavirus Pandemic
3/25/20 Because of the coronavirus pandemic, more than 140 million Americans have been ordered or advised to stay at home. Millions more have been told to practice social distancing and stay at least 6 feet away from other people. But what happens if — in the midst of this outbreak — people have to leave their homes because of a disaster like a fire, flood or hurricane? A disease like COVID-19 could turn a traditional evacuation shelter into an infection epicenter. The American Red Cross, which typically operates disaster shelters across the United States, is putting in place new guidelines for housing people in emergencies. Key Words: COVID-19
NEWS - San Jose legislator pushes to protect farmworkers during COVID-19 crisis
4/2/20 The question of who qualifies as an “essential worker” during the coronavirus crisis is no longer limited to health care workers and first responders — it now includes grocery store clerks, restaurant employees and truck drivers. Local legislators are now pushing to add farmworkers to that list, as they’re filling produce trucks and grocery store shelves. San Jose Assemblymember Ash Kalra this week called for Gov. Gavin Newsom to expand protections for the roughly 500,000 to 800,000 farmworkers across California, including the ability to stay home and take care of their families amid the COVID-19 outbreak without worrying about the resulting financial strain.
SCC Shelter in Place Orders Explained
TAXES - IRS Coronavirus Tax Relief and Economic Impact Payments
We are offering tax help for taxpayers, businesses, tax-exempt organizations and others – including health plans – affected by coronavirus (COVID-19). IRS ASL Info Videos; IRS Multi-language Info Videos IRS Info Videos Key Words: Finance, American Sign Language, Spanish
TAXES - More time to file, pay for California taxpayers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic
3/13/20 The Franchise Tax Board (FTB) today announced special tax relief for California taxpayers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Affected taxpayers are granted an extension to file 2019 California tax returns and make certain payments until June 15, 2020
UNDOCUMENTED - US Citizen Kids Of Undocumented Immigrants Sued The Trump Administration For Denying Them Coronavirus Stimulus Checks
5/5/20 US citizen kids whose parents are undocumented immigrants filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration on Tuesday challenging their exclusion from a coronavirus relief program that Congress intended to benefit children. Under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security, or CARES Act, eligible families can receive up to $500 for each child under 17, in addition to the $1,200 maximum payment available to individual adults. But the Trump administration and Congress won’t pay out CARES Act money to undocumented immigrant parents for their US citizen children. The children named as plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed in federal court in Maryland, using their initials, are between seven months and nine years old. Their parents paid federal and state taxes, and would otherwise meet the income-based criteria for being eligible for relief funds, per court papers. Key Words: COVID-19, Immigration
UNDOCUMENTED workers among those hit first — and worst — by the coronavirus shutdown
4/4/20 Many of the undocumented, working in construction, restaurants and other service sectors, have already lost their jobs. Others, in industries like agriculture and health care that have been declared essential, work in jobs that typically require close quarters or interacting with the public, putting them at higher risk of getting sick.
UTILITIES - Newsom bans water shutoffs for customers with overdue bills
4/2/20 Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday issued an executive order that prohibits all public water agencies from disconnecting service to residences during the coronavirus pandemic. The order also does not absolve customers from bills they owe. They still are responsible for payment, but cannot be disconnected if payments are late or missed. The order remains in effect indefinitely. It applies to residential service and to businesses that have been deemed essential by the state public health officer, such as grocery stores, health clinics, carry out restaurants and others. It also requires water systems to restore service to residences that were shut off for non-payment after the March 4, 2020, statewide emergency coronavirus proclamation. Key Words: Finance, COVID-19
VOLUNTEER - Californians for All Volunteer Match
5/27/20 Governor's CA Volunteers office has launched a partnership with VolunteerMatch to create a volunteer engagement platform. This will make it easier for any Californian to volunteer, whether at home to help a neighbor, volunteering for an hour or dedicating a year to service to help their communities. It offers a variety of service options from activities you can do at home or with local organizations. It will provide more than 10,000 volunteer engagement opportunities in CA. Share how you are helping your community with stories, videos and photos using the hashtag #CaliforniansForAll on social media or e-mail us at Key Words: ALLIES8,COVID-19, Coronavirus