Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Dear Neighbor,

In the fight against COVID-19, we are all in this together.

The State of California is working with federal and local agencies to keep residents safe and help those in need during this unprecedented time.

Given that this is a rapidly evolving situation, it is important to be calm and informed. For the most up-to-date and accurate information on COVID-19, please visit:

For my part, I am committed to ensuring that state and local agencies have the resources they need to contain the spread of COVID-19 and help those affected. I commend our public health officials, health professionals, and other workers on the front lines to keep California safe.

For your part, please heed the guidance from public health officials. While there will be more challenging days ahead, we will ultimately get the upper hand on COVID-19.

Sincerely,

Pat

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

How long will Governor Newsom’s “Stay at Home” order stay in effect?
The Governor’s order, which went into effect on March 19, 2020, is in place until further notice from him.

How does the Governor’s order interact with local orders to shelter in place? Does it supersede them?
The Governor’s order supersedes local orders.

What businesses and organizations are exempt from the Governor’s order?
Click here to see the full list.

Do I need to pay my state and federal taxes?
Yes. However, the deadlines to FILE and PAY federal and state income taxes have both been extended to July 15, 2020.

Will the deadline to pay property taxes be extended?
While it is unlikely that the state will postpone the April 10 deadline for the second installment of property taxes because critical county services, school and local financial obligations are dependent on those scheduled revenues, counties can waive penalties, costs or other charges resulting from tax delinquency due to reasonable cause and circumstances related to this crisis. Contact your county for details.

What’s being done to restock grocery stores?
My office is in touch with the California Grocers Association to ensure everything is being done to keep our grocery stores stocked with essential items. Food and essential supplies remain available and are flowing through the supply chain as quickly as possible. The bare shelves we sometimes see do not indicate a lack of supply. It is a temporary result of consumers overbuying. The Grocers Association advises that everyone can help stop this unnatural cycle of demand by simply buying only what they need.

Note: The state’s coronavirus website has more FAQs that may be helpful to you. Click here to read them.

Key Resources

State of California COVID-19 Website
Official state website with information about the virus and links to several state resources.

California Employment Development Department (EDD)
The EDD provides a variety of support services to individuals who are sick or quarantined, have reduced work hours, who are self-employed, or have been affected by closures due to the coronavirus.

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
The SBA is working directly with state governors to provide targeted, low-interest loans to small businesses and non-profits that have been severely affected by the coronavirus. The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.

Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)
The DMV has asked California law enforcement to exercise discretion for 60 days in their enforcement of driver license and vehicle registration expiration dates beginning March 16, 2020. The DMV is taking this action so that at-risk populations, including seniors and those with underlying health conditions, can avoid required visits to DMV field offices.

California Volunteers
Every Californian can safely help their community during this difficult time. 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.

Guidance Documents from the California Department of Public Health
The department has provided several guidance documents for various communities, industries, and other vital parts of our state on how to prevent, contain, and mitigate coronavirus infections.

Los Angeles Times Coronavirus Tracking Map
The Los Angeles Times has created a live-tracking map of all cases in California.

Keep Education Going
As schools across California close indefinitely, there are online resources that parents and guardians can share with their children so they can continue to learn.