NEWS & INFORMATION
Sacramento County has established a COVID-19 dashboard, providing a more detailed breakdowns and infographics showing the area’s confirmed coronavirus cases and fatalities.
The new dashboard includes counts for infection and death totals; a chart showing the increase in cases by day; a map of coronavirus cases by ZIP code; and breakdowns of case totals by age group, sex, race/ethnicity and geographic location, all on one webpage.
COMING SOON: PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM FUNDS
Today, the U.S. Senate passed an additional relief bill for small businesses. The new bill adds $310 billion to the Paycheck Protection Program when signed by the President.
What does this mean?
Small businesses who were unable to apply will get the chance again, now is the time to get your paperwork in order. These loans are eligible to be fully forgiven if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities.
Where can I apply?
View active lender list here.
the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Fact Sheet and
visit their website for additional information.
Got EXTRA Unemployment Benefits
If you're concern about unemployment benefits: Starting Sunday, for the week ending April 11, 2020, the EDD begin paying an additional $600 on top of your current weekly benefit amount with the extra money coming from the federal government as part of the federal CARES Act. You do not need to do anything to receive this extra funding. The EDD will automatically add the full $600 to each week of current benefits that are paid every two weeks, as long you are eligible. For details, click here.
Updated Information for Workers Affected by COVID-19
As we move into week five of the Coronavirus pandemic, the state's Employment Development Department (EDD) has processed over 2 million unemployment insurance claims. If you recently filed a claim and have not received any notice, or you need to speak to someone about your claim, please call my office - we are here to help. If you haven't filed a claim or know a family member who is unable to work due to the Coronavirus outbreak, follow the links below to learn more on eligibility requirements for benefits including:
If you are a business owner, self-employed, independent contractor, or have a limited work history, the new Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program with the federal CARES Act assists unemployed Californians who traditionally would not be eligible for state unemployment insurance (UI) benefits.
For more information about benefits and additional resources for workers visit: Labor & Workforce Development Agency's website.
In addition, the Governor's Office has responded to the sudden loss of unprecedented amount of jobs with a broad coalition of employers and community people who want to help California rebound from the pandemic through an online platform called Onward CA.
Gov Newsom discusses reopening plan
On Tuesday (4/14) The Governor unveiled six key indicators that will be considered before easing the statewide "stay home" restrictions. The Governor said there is not a precise timeline for modifying the stay-at-home order, but that these six indicators will serve as the framework for making that decision. For more information on California’s response, click here.
COVID-19 Screening & Testing
Sacramento County Public Health (SCPH), in partnership with Verily (a Google sister company) began offering drive thru COVID-19 testing at Cal Expo in mid-March. The intent of this site is to reduce demand and burden on clinics and emergency departments by offering testing to residents with mild to moderate symptoms. It’s unclear how long the site will remain open, but SCPH will continue to operate it as long as there is both the demand and the availability of supplies needed to run it. For details, click here.
Baseline COVID-19 Screening & Testing
This program is intended to expand access to COVID-19 risk screening and testing. It is not intended for people experiencing severe symptoms such as severe cough, severe shortness of breath, severe fever, or other concerning symptoms who may need more immediate medical care. For detail, click here.
DMV: California extends license renewals for coronavirus outbreak
The California Department of Motor Vehicles announced on Tuesday it will allow drivers under age 70 with an expiring license to delay renewal until the end of May. That grace period applies to drivers whose licenses expire in March, April and May. The department also will allow commercial drivers with expiring licenses and certifications until the end of June before requiring renewal. The DMV is offering drivers a free temporary paper extension online if they want to have documentation of the extension. For details, click here.
Stay at Home Orders Enforced
Sacramento County’s law enforcement agencies jointly announced Wednesday they would step up enforcement of the state and county orders to stay at home, and begin charging “blatant” violators with misdemeanors that carry a penalty of a fine or possible jail time. People in violation of the public health order could potentially be charged with a misdemeanor that carries a penalty of a $50 to $1,000 fine or up to 90 days in jail For details, click here.
How’s Your Mental Health?
The coronavirus (COVID-19) is changing everyone in a lot of different ways. If you’re feeling anxious, stressed, worried, sad, bored, depressed, lonely or frustrated as you deal with being isolated. You’re not alone ... tap into the support and resources that are here us get through this! Hotline at 1-800-273-8255. For details, click here.
COVID-19 Prompts New A Coalition Of Black Organizations
The Sacramento Area Black Caucus, the Sacramento Poor People’s Campaign and Sacramento Services Not Sweeps Coalition have teamed up to propose something new, a coalition of Black organizations and individuals to discuss, plan, coordinate and implement 2 or 3 Zoom online Town Hall gatherings to address and take action on the many COVID-19 ramifications and disparities thought the Black community. If you would like to assist with the planning, coordination and implementation contact or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Congressional Black Caucus is hosting a series of FREE Webinars and Phone conferences.
A Telephone Town Hall Meeting Regarding Small Businesses and Non-Profits / Monday, April 27th at 2:00 PM PT / 5:00 PM ET
A Telephone Town Hall Meeting Regarding Education /Friday, May 1st
Get the complete schedule of the Congressional Black Caucus SPEAK UP & SPEAK OUT: A Telephone Town Hall Series … click here.
COVID-19 Business Video Series
The Office of Innovation and Economic Development launched a video series to help Sacramento businesses navigate COVID-19 resources. The first video covers background and answers questions about the City's temporary moratorium on commercial tenant evictions.
SBA Job Opportunities
The SBA is hiring temporary employees to assist with disaster relief efforts during these unprecedented times. The positions include: Call Center Customer Service Representative | Document Preparation/Legal Review/Loan Closings | Loan Processing/Credit Analysis/Mortgage Underwriting and Program Support. To apply, click here.
Should You Apply for CARES Act Funding?
Many of you are confused about U.S. federal government relief programs & are hesitating to apply to them. But this support can help you get the cash you need to stay afloat. Learn about your options & get updated information to kick-start the process now. For details, click here.
Domestic Violence resource list
The Victims of Crime Resource Center in Sacramento has seen a 40% increase in domestic violence calls since the stay at home order began. If you need help, help is available: Domestic Violence resource list:
District Attorney’s Office: (916) 874-5701 (Victim/Witness line)
Family Justice Center: (916) 875-467
My Sister’s House: (916) 428-3271 (24-hour multi-lingual support line)
WEAVE (Sacramento): (916) 920-2952 (24-hour support line) > Chat function available through website (M-F 8:30am -9:00pm)
National Domestic Violence (800) 799-7233 Hotline:
Sacramento Police Department: 9-1-1 (emergencies) Call if you can, text if you can’t