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. For the most up-to-date information, tips for prevention, and background on the coronavirus, click here.
As of Tuesday, March 17, Sacramento County health officials are now recommending that all residents “shelter in place” by staying home unless going to essential sites like grocery stores, pharmacies, health care facilities, or businesses that provide food, shelter and social services. Essential services do not include gyms or bars, and restaurants were directed to move to pickup and delivery service only.
Unless the errand is absolutely essential, I encourage you all to follow guidance from Sacramento County to stay home to the maximum extent possible. You can find more information here.
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 an $8.3 billion emergency supplemental funding bill to help fight the coronavirus outbreak. The legislation includes funding that will support greater testing, stockpiling medical supplies, and reimbursing our state and local entities on the frontlines of battling the virus. The text of legislation can be found here. A summary of that legislation can be found here.
And on early Saturday morning, March 14, 2020, the House passed additional legislation to provide economic and additional health care relief to families and health workers. The aid package ensures free coronavirus testing for everyone who needs a test, including the uninsured. It also provides:
- Paid emergency leave with two weeks of paid sick leave and up to three months of paid family and medical leave;
- Enhanced unemployment insurance that extends protections to furloughed workers;
- Strengthened nutrition security initiatives to ensure students, seniors, and low-income families are able to keep food on the table; and
- Increased federal funds for Medicaid to support local, state, tribal, and territorial governments and health systems to ensure everyone has the resources to combat this crisis.
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.
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.
With the COVID-19 crisis, please also be aware that the tax deadline has been extended:
- The due date for 2019 federal income tax returns is extended from April 15, 2020 to July 15, 2020
- Taxpayers can also defer federal income tax payments due on April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020, without penalties and interest, regardless of the amount owed
- This deferment applies to all taxpayers, including individuals, trusts and estates, corporations and other non-corporate tax filers as well as those who pay self-employment tax
- Taxpayers do not need to file any additional forms or call the IRS to qualify for this automatic federal tax filing and payment relief
- Individual taxpayers who need additional time to file beyond the July 15 deadline, can request a filing extension by filing Form 4868 through their tax professional, tax software or using the Free File link on IRS.gov
State of California: (for general COVID-19 updates)
California Employment Development Department: (for disability, unemployment insurance, etc.)
- 211 or
- 1-800-500-4931 or
- (916) 498-1000
Yolo County: (For West Sacramento Residents)