In the midst of the COVID-19 public health crisis, California is doing what it so often does best – we are examining the possibilities, determining solutions, and taking to heart the needs of all Californians. As we continue to develop a path forward in managing and mitigating the impact of this moment, we will continue to assess risks and accommodate and safeguard the people of this state.
My office is working closely with the Governor and his administration, San Diego County, and local officials to ensure critical resources and support are available. I have compiled many of those resources below so everything you need is in one central location. We will be updating this page as the situation develops.
San Diego Area Resources
- The San Diego County COVID-19 Information Hub is updated regularly with new information and resources, including guidelines for health professionals, a map of hand washing stations, student meal distribution sites, and more.
- You can sign up for real time text alerts from San Diego County by texting "COSD COVID19" to 468-311.
- 2-1-1 San Diego has a list of community resources, including information about groceries, meal services, utilities, childcare, employment, healthcare, public benefits, transportation, and more.
- For information on finding food assistance during COVID-19, including information about CalFresh, the San Diego Food Bank, and Feeding San Diego, visit San Diego Hunger Coalition’s COVID-19 site.
- SDGE customers struggling to pay their utility bill can call the Customer Contact Center at 1-800-411-7343 or visit the Assistance page to find discount programs that they might now qualify for.
- San Diego County Aging and Independence Services has a toll-free hotline available to answer questions about COVID-19. Trained and authorized specialists are available to answer the phone Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm. Se habla español. Call (800) 339-4661 or visit aging.sandiegocounty.gov
- 2-1-1 San Diego has a list of grocery stores with special hours for seniors and high-risk individuals.
- Great Plates Delivered is a no-cost meal delivery service for seniors and other adults at high risk of COVID-19. Great Plates Delivered works with local businesses to deliver three nutritious meals a day.
- The Institute on Aging's 24-hour toll-free Friendship Line is available for older adults and adults living with disabilities that are in need of emotional support. Call (800) 971-0016.
Resources for Families
- San Diego Unified School District is providing free breakfast and lunch Monday – Friday from 11 am to 1 pm at several schools around the city. The meals are packaged and ready to be taken home to eat. Thanks to a partnership with Feeding San Diego and San Diego Food Bank, families can also pick up fresh produce at these drive-thru and walk-up sites. To find meal locations near you, visit San Diego Unified’s COVID-19 webpage.
- 2-1-1 San Diego has a list of childcare referral resources.
Domestic and Family Violence
- The San Diego District Attorney’s Office has a list of 24/7 hotlines, and free and confidential services available for families experiencing domestic violence.
- The San Diego Family Justice Center is in service during the Stay Home order. If your family is facing violence, if you’re the victim of sex trafficking, or if you seek counseling or legal help, reach out to the Center by phone at 866-933-HOPE (or 888-DV-LINKS for help with domestic violence), by email InfoSDFJC@sandiego.gov, or on their website.
California COVID-19 Website
- California’s one-stop website for all information about the state’s COVID-19 response, resources, and updates can be found at COVID19.ca.gov.
- California has a new hotline set up to answer questions about COVID-19: 1-833-544-2374
- For those in need of a COVID-19 test, the state's website offers an easy-to-use testing site locator.
- Interested in learning more about the state reopening? The website has detailed information on California's phased approach and how San Diego County compares to other counties.
Mental Health and Emotional Support
- 24-hour Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 or text 838255
- 24-hour Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233 or chat online.
- Call 9-1-1 if you or the person you are helping is in immediate danger.
- COVID19.ca.gov has a section dedicated to mental health and emotional support. If you or someone you love if feeling anxious, stressed, depressed, or lonely, visit this site for resources and tips.
Small Businesses Resources
- The California State Treasurer’s Office
- The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-BIZ)
Information for Workers
- If your job has been affected by Coronavirus, visit the California Employment Development Department’s list of COVID-19 worker’s resources.
- For those looking to apply for Unemployment Insurance, the California Employment Development Department has information on how to begin the process and what to expect.
- For information on what benefits and assistance are available to you, visit the California Labor & Workforce Development Agency's site.
- OnwardCA is a new job match site that pairs Californians who’ve lost work in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic with open roles around the state.
- The State of California is providing one-time state-funded disaster relief assistance to undocumented adults who are ineligible for other forms of assistance, including assistance under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and pandemic unemployment benefits, because of their immigration status.
- California is extending tax deadlines until July 15, 2020. Visit the CA Franchise Tax Board’s webpage for details. The Franchise Tax Board is postponing filing and payment deadlines for all individuals and businesses for 2019 tax returns, 2019 tax return payment, 2020 1st and 2nd quarter estimate payments, 2020 LLC taxes and fees, and 2020 non-wage withholding payments.
- The federal government also has extended deadlines for income taxes, giving filers an additional 90 days to pay 2019 income taxes due on July 15, 2020. For more information, go to the IRS’ Coronavirus information page.
- Local San Diego County taxes, which are used to fund critical services such as schools and local financial obligations, were still due on April 10th. If you would like to inquire about waived penalties, costs, or other charges resulting from tax delinquency due to COVID-19, please contact the local Treasurer-Tax Collector at 1-877-829-4732 or email@example.com.
- The California DMV’s physical offices are closed and all appointments are canceled. The DMV has issued an extension on expiring driver’s licenses through May 31, and on expiring commercial licenses until June 30. Drivers over 70 years old whose driver’s licenses are expiring have a 120-day extension. For more information, see the DMV’s announcement. Many DMV services, including license renewals, can be completed through their Online Services site.
- The Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) has passed. It includes the Economic Impact Payment to individuals and their families, Unemployment Insurance benefit enhancements and eligibility expansions, food assistance, homeowner and renter protections, small business relief, energy assistance, student loan relief, and more. To learn more about the resources made available through this legislation, visit the Families First COVID-19 Constituent Service Resources Toolkit. Additional information about assistance in California is available at https://covid19.ca.gov/.
- In addition to traditional SBA funding programs, the CARES Act established several new temporary programs to address the COVID-19 outbreak, including the Paycheck Protection Program, EIDL Loan Advances, SBA Bridge Loans and SBA Debt Relief.
- Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) has been set up through the CARES Act to help those who are unemployed or partially unemployed due to COVID-19, but are not eligible for regular unemployment. If you are an independent contractor or self-employed, if you don’t have sufficient work history, or if you exhausted your regular and extended Unemployment Insurance benefits, you may be eligible. Claims can be backdated back to Feb. 1st so they will not forego any payments that are due to them.
- You can check the status of your COVID-19 Economic Impact Payment (also referred to as the stimulus check) and update your bank account information on the IRS’ website. Individuals who don’t file taxes can also use this site to provide information that will enable them to receive the payment.
Q & A
What is “Social Distancing”?
Social distancing simply means keeping six feet of physical space between you and other people. The CDC and California Department of Public Health recommend that we all practice social distancing in order to slow the spread of COVID-19, and ultimately bend the curve. This also means avoiding social gatherings. It may seem excessive, but it’s vital to protecting your health, and the health of our community.
How can I protect my family from getting Coronavirus?
There are several simple, yet deeply important ways you can protect yourself from COVID-19. First and foremost, staying home is the best way to keep yourself healthy and help slow the spread of the virus. When you need to leave home for essentials reasons, you should wear a face covering and keep six feet of physical distance from others. It’s important to practice good hygiene, including washing your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds, disinfecting frequently touched surfaces often, and covering your cough with a tissue or your elbow.
What if I think I have COVID-19?
If you think you may have COVID-19, because you’re experiencing symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath), have recently been in contact with someone who has it, or you recently traveled somewhere with apparent community spread, stay home and contact a medical provider or a local public health department for advice on what to do next. If you are experiencing severe symptoms, call 9-1-1 immediately.
What is still allowed under the COVID-19 Stay Home order?
During the Stay Home order, you should remain at home as much as possible. You can still leave for essential reasons, such as to get groceries or pick up prescriptions, but you should wear a face covering and stay six feet away from others when you do so. It is still safe to donate blood, and if you’re interested in doing so you can schedule an appointment on the American Red Cross’ website. You may still order take out from local restaurants or get curbside pick-up.
This can feel like a lonely time, especially for seniors and those who are at high-risk. We’re asking all Californians to check in on one another by phone, text, email, or in person (as long as you stay physically distant and wear a face covering.) Social distancing does not call for emotional distancing. We are in this together, apart.
Who is an “essential worker”?
Essential workers provide a service that protects the community and ensures continuity of functions necessary to public health and safety, and economic and national security. Essential workers include, but are not limited to, health care providers, law enforcement professionals, and grocery store workers. Click here for a detailed list of what is considered an essential job.
Responding to the Coronavirus is one of the biggest challenges to face our state in modern times. I am intensely proud of the smart, reasoned response of leaders at the local and state level, and the tireless dedication of our public and private sector workers who continue to keep our state running, our hospitals and businesses open, and our streets safe.