CORONAVIRUS UPDATES


NEWSLETTERS:
 
July 3rd COVID-19 Testing Locations


May 23rd COVID-19 Resources for Seniors Newsletter

April 24th COVID-19 Small Business & Healthcare Newsletter

April 17th COVID-19 Education & Student Loans Newsletter

April 8th COVID-19 Health Resources Newsletter

April 1st Census Newsletter

March 31st COVID-19 Direct Payments FAQ Newsletter

March 27th COVID-19 Stimulus & Updates Newsletter 

March 19th COVID-19 Updates Newsletter

As the global spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to develop, I know there is concern about what you can do to keep our families and communities safe. 

As the vaccine rollout begins, it is important to continue using the mitigation efforts of wearing a mask, socially distancing, and abiding by our local health orders. 

In the face of this outbreak, the federal government must act swiftly and decisively to protect our public health. This means a robust, coordinated, and comprehensive effort to put resources in the hands of medical providers and our local partners working to save lives. As an important first step, the House and Senate have passed a Coronavirus relief package to help fight the coronavirus outbreak. The legislation includes funding that will support testing, vaccine distribution, small businesses, and direct relief to you and your family. The text of legislation can be found here. A summary of that legislation can be found here. Our office is closely monitoring the situation and working with local public health officials, health systems and the federal government as resources continue to be dispersed.

NOTE: If you are a small business owner and you have been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, please see our web page directing you to available resources from the Small Business Administration.

CDC RECOMMENDATIONS:

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your Eyes, Nose, and Mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

For information about handwashing, see CDC’s Handwashing website

For information specific to healthcare, see CDC’s Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings

These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses. CDC does have specific guidance for travelers.

RENTAL ASSISTANCE:

There is a federal eviction moratorium for those who qualify until January 31, 2021. For more information, visit the CDC website

There is also a statewide eviction moratorium for those who qualify. For more information, visit the Department of Real Estate Landlord and Tenant website.  

The federal government has provided millions of dollars to local cities and counties for rental and utility assistance. Visit your local government websites to learn how to apply. 

For residents of the City of Sacramento visit Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency (SHRA) website for available renter assistance programs. 

For residents of Yolo County, please visit the Yolo County Housing website for available renter assistance programs. 

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE (UI) BENEFITS:

In the Coronavirus Relief package, Congress approved an additional $300 per week for unemployed individuals through the week of March 11th. 

If you have questions or need assistance with the Employment Development Department, please contact your State Assemblymember or State Senator. You may find your California Statey Representative here

ECONOMIC IMPACT PAYMENT:

The Economic Impact Payment (EIP), more commonly known as the stimulus payment, initially began in April 2020.  Though the EIP is actually a credit for 2020, the IRS used the information that was readily available to send out payments as quickly as possible.

EIP1 (Original):

Generally, you were eligible to receive an EIP of $1,200 ($2,400 for a joint return if both eligible) plus $500 per dependent under the age of 17 (primarily based off the most recent of either the 2018 or 2019 processed tax return):

  • if you (and your spouse if filing a joint return BOTH) are a U.S. citizen with a Social Security Number (SSN) or U.S. resident alien with an SSN valid for employment AND
  • if you (and your spouse if filing a joint return) are not a dependent of another taxpayer AND
  • if you (and your spouse if filing a joint return) are alive when you receive the payment AND
  • if your Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) on your tax return does not exceed:

                 - $150,000 if married and filing a joint return
                 - $112,500 if filing as head of household or
                 - $75,000 for eligible individuals using any other filing status

Your payment was reduced by 5% of the amount by which your AGI exceeds the applicable threshold above.

EIP2 (Second):

Generally, you were eligible to receive an EIP2 of $600 ($1,200 for a joint return if both eligible) plus $600 per dependent under the age of 17 (primarily based off 2019 processed tax return):

  • if you (OR your spouse if filing a joint return) are a U.S. citizen with an SSN or U.S. resident alien with an SSN valid for employment AND
  • if you (and your spouse if filing a joint return) are not a dependent of another taxpayer AND
  • if you (and your spouse if filing a joint return) are alive on January 1, 2020 AND
  • if your Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) on your tax return does not exceed:

                 - $150,000 if married and filing a joint return
                 - $112,500 if filing as head of household or
                 - $75,000 for eligible individuals using any other filing status

Your payment was reduced by 5% of the amount by which your AGI exceeds the applicable threshold above.  

Recovery Rebate Credit (2020 Tax Return):

If you did not receive EIP1 or EIP2 (or if you didn’t receive the full amount) and are eligible based on the rules of EIP2 in relation to your 2020 tax return, you may be eligible to claim the Recovery Rebate Credit when you file your 2020 Form 1040 or 1040-SR tax return.  Filing early and electronically will provide the fastest results.  The IRS website provides a Free File program to file 1040 tax returns.  You may find the links below to be helpful:

First Time Filing a Tax Return? 

File Free 


FEMA ASSISTANCE FOR FUNERAL COSTS FOR COVID-19-RELATED DEATHS:

Beginning April 12th, to be eligible for COVID-19 funeral assistance:

  1. The applicant must be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified alien who incurred funeral expenses after Jan. 20, 2020 for a death attributed to COVID-19.
  2. If multiple individuals contributed toward funeral expenses, they should apply under a single application as applicant and co-applicant. FEMA will also consider documentation from other individuals not listed as the applicant and co-applicant who may have incurred funeral FEMA to Help Pay Funeral Costs for COVID-19-related Deaths expenses as part of the registration for the deceased individual.
  3. An applicant may apply for multiple deceased individuals.  
  4. The COVID-19-related death must have occurred in the United States, including the U.S. territories and the District of Columbia.
  5. This assistance is limited to a maximum financial amount of $9,000 per funeral and a maximum of $35,500 per application.
  6. Funeral assistance is intended to assist with expenses for funeral services and interment or cremation.

Potential applicants are encouraged to start gathering the following documentation:

  1. An official death certificate that attributes the death to COVID-19 and shows that the death occurred in the U. S. The death certificate must indicate the death “may have been caused by” or “was likely the result of” COVID-19 or COVID-19 like symptoms. Similar phrases that indicate a high likelihood of COVID-19 are considered sufficient attribution.
  2. Funeral expense documents (receipts, funeral home contract, etc.) that include the applicant’s name, the deceased individual’s name, the amount of funeral expenses, and the dates the funeral expenses were incurred.
  3. Proof of funds received from other sources specifically for use toward funeral costs. Funeral assistance may not duplicate benefits received from burial or funeral insurance, financial assistance received from voluntary agencies, federal/state/local/tribal/territorial government programs or agencies, or other sources.

To apply please call, (844) 684-6333 between 9 AM - 9 PM EST, MONDAY-FRIDAY. Note: Only award COVID-19 funeral assistance for a deceased individual on a single application. If multiple individuals contribute toward funeral expenses, they should register under a single application as applicant and co-applicant.

For more information please visit the FEMA website.


LOCAL RESOURCES & TESTING SITES:

Sacramento County:

Sacramento County Health Order 

Sacramento County Resources 

Sacramento County Testing Sites 

Sacramento County Vaccine Information 


Yolo County (For West Sacramento Residents):

Yolo County Health Order 

Yolo County Resources 

Yolo County Testing Sites 

Yolo County Vaccine Information



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