COVID-19 Resource Page

COVID-19

Sen. Skinner: Town Hall (9/9/20)

 

Audio Recordings of My Most Recent Telephone Town Halls

April 30th COVID-19 Telephone Town Hall Audio: Volunteer Options, Unemployment Tips, and More

April 8th COVID-19 Telephone Town Hall Audio: Update on Face Coverings, New Shelter in Place Rules, Unemployment, Property Tax, more

March 31st COVID-19 Telephone Town Hall Audio: Coping During the Corona Crisis.

March 24th COVID-19 Telephone Town Hall Audio: Financial Impact Relief

March 19th COVID-19 Telephone Town Hall Audio: Bay Area Shelter in Place Order

 

State Updates on COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

 

Golden State Stimulus Direct Relief to Individuals and Families

These direct relief payments will help Californians who've been hit hardest by economic losses due to the pandemic, as well as those who were excluded from federal stimulus payments.

Golden State Stimulus for working Californians earning less than $30,000:

  • $600 one-time payments will be provided to taxpayers who qualify for the California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC) for the 2020 tax year. Eligible Californians will receive this $600 shortly after they submit their 2020 tax return. This $600 will be in addition to any federal stimulus checks and will not be subjected to tax intercept or Franchise Tax Board (FTB) debt collections.

Golden State Stimulus for Californians left out of federal stimulus programs:

  • $600 one-time tax refunds to Californians with income of $75,000 or less who were excluded from federal stimulus payments because they file taxes with an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN), rather than a Social Security Number (SSN). This $600 payment to ITIN tax filers will be additional to the CalEITC payment for those ITIN tax filers who also qualify for CalEITC. One or both of these payments will be provided to ITIN filers once they have submitted their 2020 tax return. These payments are also not subject to any tax intercept or FTB debt collection.
  • $600 one-time grant to families who participate in CalWORKs. Eligible recipients will receive this $600 automatically, likely in mid-April, and will not have to apply for it.
  • $600 one-time grant for 1.2 million people who are elderly or disabled and receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Cash Assistance Program for Immigrants (CAPI). Eligible recipients will receive this $600 automatically, once the program has received federal approval, and individuals will not have to apply for it.

Reminder, to receive the $600 Golden State Stimulus payment for CalEITC filers, as well as the $600 for ITIN filers, eligible Californians must complete their 2020 tax returns.    

Find out how much you could be getting through the CalEITC and how to file your taxes for free by going to the Franchise Tax BoardCalEITC4me, or My Free Taxes. Learn more about filing for CalEITC with an ITIN by referencing fact sheets and FAQs from the California Immigrant Policy Center (CIPC)

 

State, Federal, & Local Employee/Worker Resources

 

State Resources for Employers

 

 

State & Federal Resources for Small Businesses and Nonprofits

 

State and Federal Eviction Relief

On Jan. 28, 2021, Gov. Newsom signed SB 91, which prohibits pandemic-related evictions in California until Aug. 1 2021. 

Pease check California's new website, Housing Is Key, for more resources for tenants and landlords relating to SB 91. 

On Feb 4, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), extended the nationwide eviction moratorium. The CDC moratorium bars evictions in the U.S. through March 31, 2021 for failure to pay rent due to the pandemic. To qualify for this program, tenants must also provide a hardship declaration, stating that they can't pay all or some of their rent due to the pandemic.

 

Resources for California Schools

 

State Services Impacted by COVID-19

 

Healthcare Options

 

Stress Reduction/Mental Health

 

Resources for Parents, Families, and Kids

 

Insurance 

Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara has taken recent actions in response to COVID-19 and to further assist survivors, displaced residents, and businesses affected by the wildfires, including:

  • Continuation of Additional Living Expenses (ALE) Benefits Due to Inaccessible/Uninhabitable Homes
  • Expedited Claims Handling & Billing Grace Period Procedures
  • Forthcoming Moratorium Against Non-Renewal or Cancellation of Residential Property Insurance Policies
  • Pharmacy Network Adequacy and Prescription Drug Access

 

Student Loans

 

Local Resources & Updates

Local Health Departments' COVID-19 Pages

 

Vaccines

Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum

  • Vaccine doses are being sent directly from the federal government, so this site will likely not experience the same shortages others have.
  • You do not have to be an Alameda County resident to get vaccinated at the Coliseum site. However, appointments are now limited to people who are 65 and older, as well as eligible essential workers in education and childcare, emergency services, and agriculture and food industries, along with healthcare workers who have not yet been vaccinated.
  • To make an appointment for the Coliseum site, go to California's vaccine appointment website: MyTurn.ca.gov, or call 833-422-4255. The Coliseum site will be open seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and will operate for at least eight weeks, vaccinating up to 6,000 people a day.

Contra Costa County

  • Contra Costa County residents 65 and older and essential workers in education and childcare, emergency services, and agriculture and food industries, along with healthcare workers who have not yet been vaccinated, can request a vaccine appointment by filling out this online form.
  • You don't need to have health insurance. After submitting the form, you will be notified with an appointment date and time for one of the county-run sites, including one in Richmond.

Alameda County

  • Alameda County is now scheduling appointments at two county-run sites for county residents 65 and older and essential workers in education and childcare, emergency services, and agriculture and food industries, along with healthcare workers who have not yet been vaccinated.
  • Sign up to get an appointment on the online registry system. And, no need for insurance to get a vaccine.

Berkeley

  • City of Berkeley's Health Department is operating a mass vaccination site at the foot of Buchanan Street in Albany near Golden Gate Fields.
  • Appointments are for people 65 and older and those who live or work in Berkeley who are currently employed in grocery stores, convenience stores, or in-person education and childcare settings. 
  • Click here for updates on how to make an appointment.

Kaiser

  • Vaccinating Kaiser members 75 and older, health care workers, and long-term care patients and staff
  • Sign in online to check vaccine status or schedule an appointment

Sutter

  • Sutter patients 65 and older can go online, log in to My Health Online, or call 844-987-6115 to schedule a vaccine appointment

John Muir Health

  • John Muir Health will contact its patients via MyChart message, email, text message or phone call to schedule an appointment, currently vaccinating age 65 and older.
  • Patients encouraged to sign up for a MyChart account by visiting the MyChart sign up information page.

Community Clinics

  • Native American Health Center is vaccinating patients and community members 65 years old and older.
  • Lifelong is reaching out to patients who are 1) over age 65 or 2) IHSS (In-Home Support Services) workers or 3) food and agricultural workers with instructions for making an appointment. If you are a registered patient of LifeLong and have not been contacted, please contact your health center.
  • Asian Health Services is providing vaccine appointments to AHS patients 65 years and older or are IHSS workers. Patients can sign up for vaccine wait list here.
  • La Clínica is vaccinating patients who are IHSS workers, caregivers of people with disabilities, or 65 and older. Eligible patients are being contacted by phone or can call their La Clínica provider to request an appointment.
  • West Oakland Health Center is vaccinating patients 65 and older.

CVS and Rite Aid

  • Select CVS and Rite Aid pharmacy locations are also accepting appointments for vaccines. For CVS, go here, and for Rite Aid, click here.

 

Testing

Alameda County 

Contra Costa County 

 

Local Bans on Evictions

Alameda County's eviction moratorium is effective through Dec. 31, 2020 or until after the local health emergency is lifted, whichever is later.

Contra Costa County's eviction moratorium lasts until Jan. 31, 2021. 

In addition, many local cities, including Albany, Berkeley, El Cerrito, Emeryville, Oakland, and Richmond, have enacted ordinances temporarily barring evictions for tenants — and in some cases rent increases for renters — and small businesses impacted by the crisis.

 

 

School Reopening Plans and District Dashboards 

Alameda County:

 

Contra Costa County:

 

Resources for Seniors and Those Living Alone

Alameda County

Contra Costa County

Statewide

  • AARP has instituted its free Friendly Voice Program for California seniors facing loneliness and isolation issues due to the pandemic.

 

Local Volunteer Opportunities

  • East Bay 211: 211 is a hotline that connects callers to locally specific health, food, housing, and many other programs. 211 is operated by the United Way along with local organizations. Volunteers are needed, and you can field calls from your own home. To volunteer for East Bay 211, dial 211 and inform them you want to volunteer, or email CStahl@edenir.org.
  • The city of Richmond has started “Stay Engaged” to link those who want to help to organizations in need like West Contra Costa Schools to help with daily lunch distribution, the Greater Richmond Interfaith Project, and more.
  • Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano counties has experienced a huge increase in demand. They especially need volunteers to sort and bag fruits and vegetables. Click here to volunteer.
  • HelpBerkeley.org is a new grassroots nonprofit that delivers restaurant-made meals to Albany, Berkeley, and Kensington seniors and other neighbors at risk. Click here to volunteer.
  • The Bay Area Red Cross is operating blood donation sites and needs both blood donors and local organizations, like churches or others, willing to host a blood drive. To get involved, click here.
  • Meals on Wheels delivers meals to homebound seniors. To volunteer in Alameda County, click here, and for Contra Costa County, go here.
  • The city of San Leandro has created a “Volunteer Hub” for residents.
  • The Alameda Food Bank is looking for who are willing and able to commit to a regular, long-term schedule, such as once per week for at least two months, and who have strong customer service skills, can lift bags of groceries, and have a willingness and ability to enforce the established rules.  Bilingual in Chinese and Spanish is extremely helpful but not required. Sign up here.
  • Alameda County residents who are interested in volunteering to become contact tracers can email: log1@acgov.org.

 

Energy, Communications, & Utilities

PG&E, our local Community Choice energy providers, and East Bay MUD have suspended shutoffs during the crisis. Also, most cellphone carriers and internet providers have signed the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) pledge to provide certain benefits during the COVID-19 emergency. The pledge requires companies to keep providing service to people unable to pay their bills due to the COVID-19 pandemic, waiving certain fees, and easing data restrictions to allow consumers to freely use data during the emergency. Find out here if your company signed.

 

Relief Funds

Oakland and Berkeley have established relief funds for those impacted by the crisis.

 

Immigration Rights

If you’re impacted by the crisis due to your immigration status, please see the Legal Aid at Work website for more information on how to get help. In addition, Gov. Newsom announced a $125 million relief program for undocumented immigrants. Under the program, individuals will receive $500 and families $1,000.

 

How to Protect Yourself and Others (Spanish-Language Version)

Cómo protegerse y proteger a los demás