CORONAVIRUS UPDATES

On May 8, California moved into Stage 2 of the 4 Resilience Roadmap Stages to COVID-19 recovery. Due to stabilized hospitalization rates and increased capacity for testing, the California Department of Public Health announced counties can begin reopening in-store retail shopping and places of worship for religious services. Modifications are still required to prevent the spread of COVID-19. To learn more about updates to CA state guidance, go to covid19.ca.gov.

On May 26, the LA County Department of Public Health issued a new health officer order to align with CA state guidance and move forward in the phased approach toward recovery. The new order allows for the following:

  • All indoor and outdoor shopping centers can reopen at 50% capacity.
  • Faith-based organizations can resume services but must restrict capacity to no more than 25% of the building maximum or 100 people, whichever is lower.
  • Flea markets, swap meets and drive-in movie theatres may also reopen.

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Please note that high-contact businesses such as nail salons and barbershops are not open in Los Angeles County at this time. Restaurants with indoor and outdoor in-person seating are also closed. 

For business reopening guidelines and updates on what is opening and when, visit covid19.lacounty.gov/recovery. ​

Although LA County is making steps toward recovery, the virus remains highly contagious. Please remember to protect yourselves and others by continuing to wash your hands; maintain 6 feet of distance; and stay home as much as possible. 

To learn more about the response to COVID-19 in California and Los Angeles County, please visit, https://covid19.ca.gov/​ and https://covid19.lacounty.gov​

LA County trails, trailheads, and golf courses are now open. For more information on trail and park reopenings, go to trails.lacounty.govparks.lacounty.gov/covid-19 or use this interactive map

On May 13, beaches in LA County reopened for ocean activities and exercise. While on the beach, individuals must maintain 6 feet of distance and wear face coverings when out of the water and around others. It's important to take these necessary precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. For more information on beach reopenings, visit beaches.lacounty.gov.  

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As your Member of Congress, one of my top priorities is to keep you informed on pressing matters. My staff and I continue to receive rapidly evolving information regarding the global coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19) and I want to provide you with the relevant resources so you can stay up to date on the latest developments. My office has developed a comprehensive Coronavirus Resource Guide, which includes public health guidance, information on economic relief, instructions on how to apply for unemployment insurance and small business loans, and more.

I've hosted a number of telephone and virtual town halls regarding the coronavirus crisis. During these meetings, we've answered constituent questions on federal coronavirus legislation and how individuals and businesses can seek economic relief. To listen to our first telephone town hall on March 17, click here. To listen to our second telephone town hall on April 1, click here. To watch our virtual town halls with local elected officials and others, go to facebook.com/reptedlieu


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Trusted resources on the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19):

Donating blood is an essential part of ensuring community health. Learn how you can help, click here.

For the latest updates from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, click here.

For the latest updates from the Los Angeles County Consumer and Business Affairs, click here.

For the latest updates from the Los Angeles County Office of Education, click here.

For the latest updates from the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA), click here.  

For the latest updates from Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, click here.

For the latest updates from the Mayor of Los Angeles, click here.

For the latest updates from the California Department of Public Health, click here.

For the latest updates from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), click here.

For the latest updates from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), click here.

For the latest updates on travel from the U.S. Department of State, click here.

For the latest updates on student loans from the U.S. Department of Education, click here.

For the latest updates from the U.S. Small Business Administraion, click here.

For the latest updates from the Social Security Administration, click here

For the latest updates from the Department of Veterans Affaris, click here.

For the latest updates on coronavirus scams from the Federal Trade Commission, click here.

For the latest updates from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), click here. 

For the latest updates from the World Health Organization (WHO), click here.

Testing:

COVID-19 tests are free and available to all residents of LA County. If you would like to get tested, LA County is encouraging residents to first contact their Primary Care Provider or Healthcare Center. If you are unable to receive a test, free testing is available across LA County at various testing sites. To locate a testing site near you, click here. To sign up for a test in LA County, click here.

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For guidance on what to do depending on the result of your COVID-19 test, click here.

Face Coverings

Please remember to wear a face mask to help prevent the spread of the virus. You can make these at home using bandanas, scarves or other cloth materials you have lying around the house. Please note that N95 and other medical grade masks should be reserved for our medical workers on the front lines trying to fight this illness. Also, remember that facial coverings are not a replacement for social distancing and washing your hands often – they are simply an additional public health measure. 

Children under age 2 are not required to wear face coverings. Children ages 2-8 should wear one with help and supervision from an adult. 

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Frequently asked questions on the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19):

What is Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)?
Coronaviruses are a large group of viruses that are common among animals and humans. In rare cases, animal coronaviruses can be transmitted from animals to humans. This novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is a newly discovered coronavirus that has not been previously detected in animals or humans. The source of this virus is not yet known.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
Symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to basic flu symptoms and may appear 2-14 days after exposure. These include fever, cough and shortness of breath.

Reports of illness have ranged from mild to severe. Cases tend to be mild for those who are young and healthy. For this reason, it is important not to panic.

If you are experiencing symptoms, separate yourself from people and animals and seek help from a health care provider. If symptoms become severe, call your doctor BEFORE visiting and inform them you are showing symptoms of COVID-19.

Prevention:
As there is not yet a vaccine for COVID-19, it is important to take preventative actions to help slow the spread. Here are some preventative measures you and your family can take:

  • Wash hands often for 20-30 seconds with soap and water. If soap and water are not readily available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze with a tissue or elbow.
  • Avoid touching your face, especially eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces such as phone screens and doorknobs.
  • Stay home from work or school if you are feeling sick.

Beware of Scams:
Scammers are taking advantage of fears surrounding the coronavirus. To avoid scams, it is important to practice good cyber hygiene by watching out for unknown links and emails and doing research on how to properly make donations. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recommends using one of these organizations to help you research charities: BBB Wise Giving AllianceCharity NavigatorCharityWatch, and GuideStar.

Ways You Can Help:

Californians For All
As we continue to stay home and save lives, we can find more ways to safely support our community. On April 21, Governor Newsom announced a new #CaliforniansForAll service initiative to connect Californians with safe volunteer opportunities. Through #CaliforniansForAll, you can volunteer to help those in need by supporting local food banks and shelters, delivering meals to seniors, donating blood, and more. To sign up to volunteer, go to californiansforall.ca.gov.

Join the California Health Corps:
In response to the growing number of COVID-19 cases, California is opening new health care sites to treat those affected. To ensure these sites are properly staffed, the state is calling on medical health professionals to join the California Health Corps and help fight this illness. If you are a health care provider, behavioral health professional or health care administrator, click here to sign up. I am incredibly grateful for the tireless work of our doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers who are going above and beyond to help our community during this crisis. I encourage you to find a way to thank healthcare workers in our community for their bravery and heroism on the front lines of this fight.

Donate Blood through the American Red Cross:
As the coronavirus pandemic grows, more scheduled blood drives in our community have been cancelled due to concerns about congregating in workplaces, college campuses and schools. These cancellations have resulted in severe blood shortages, making victims of accidents or people recovering from cancer especially vulnerable without the help of lifesaving blood. The American Red Cross is urging those who are young, healthy and able to donate blood. To find information on where you can safely donate blood, click here.

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Donate Plasma:
If you’ve recovered from COVID-19, your blood plasma could help sick people get better. To learn more about donating plasma, go to covid19.ca.gov/plasma.  

Donate Medical Supplies to the LA County Department of Public Health:
Another way to help our healthcare workers is to make sure they're protected. If you want to donate or know of businesses that may be able to help with personal protective equipment (PPE) such as surgical masks, N95 face masks, face shields, and other medical supplies, the LA County Department of Public Health is encouraging people to email medsupply@dhs.lacounty.gov
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To find more ways to get involved and safely help our community during this difficult time, click here.

Contact Tracing:

Governor Newsom announced California Connected, a new contact tracing program to identify those who’ve tested positive for COVID-19 and reach out to the people they’ve come in contact with to ensure all parties receive a test and subsequent medical care. Through this program, California has trained 500 tracers and plans to train a total of 10,000 of them statewide. If you tested positive for COVID-19, please call your local health department for help reaching out to those you’ve recently encountered.   

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Financial Relief: 

Direct Assistance Payments
The coronavirus CARES Act provides adults making less than $75,000 in annual adjusted gross income (and families making less than $150,000) a $1,200 stimulus check and $500 per child. The IRS has established a webpage where you can check on the status of your stimulus check. There are two portals available, the first for non-filers to enter their payment information, and the second for filers to check their payment status and confirm their payment type. Go to irs.gov/coronavirus/economic-impact-payments for more.

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Job Loss

By no fault of their own, many Californians have lost their jobs due to circumstances created by COVID-19. To create a one-stop resource for those who’ve recently become unemployed, California launched a website: OnwardCA.org. The site operates based on a dynamic matching system, which can help people find the nearest resources for food, shelter, childcare, money and other essential services. It also works to connect people to job search and retraining opportunities to help those who are struggling get back on their feet.

Unemployment Benefits 

California recently launched the new federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program (PUA) to help businesses, self-employed individuals, independent contractors and others who are out of work because of the coronavirus. As part of the federal CARES Act, the program helps unemployed Californians with up to 39 weeks of benefits and a federal extension for those who have run out of their regular state-provided UI benefits. For more information on how to file a claim, visit the CA Employment Development Department (EDD) website and take a look at these FAQs

On April 9, Governor Gavin Newsom announced that California workers who are receiving unemployment benefits will receive an additional $600 on top of their weekly amount. This initiative is funded by the federal government as part of the CARES Act to help those who have been laid off or fired as a result of COVID-19. For more information on the additional payments and how to apply for unemployment benefits, visit the California Employment Development Department (EDD) website.

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To assist those applying for unemployment insurance, Governor Newsom announced that the EDD will open new call center hours. The call center will now be open 7 days a week from 8AM – 8PM at 833-978-2511.

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Relief for Small Businesses

This is an especially challenging time for small businesses, which are the foundation of our economy. To provide small businesses with the help they need to recover from this crisis, the City and County of LA partnered up to create the LA Cares Corps. If you are a small business owner impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, go to the LA Cares Corps website for more information on how to apply for federal loans. To learn more about available loans, visit the SBA website.  If you need additional assistance, please contact my office at 323-651-1040.

LA Cares Corps

Homelessness:

LA County and LA City are expanding their interim shelter systems for those experiencing homelessness during the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of this effort, Los Angeles County is working to secure 15,000 hotel rooms as temporary isolation spaces to protect vulnerable seniors and those with chronic illnesses from contracting the virus on the streets.

The County is also setting up medical sheltering for those who are homeless or cannot safely quarantine in their own home. These sites primarily serve those who have tested positive or have been exposed to COVID-19. If you or someone you know is in need of outreach services, please visit the LA Hop website.

Through Project Roomkey, LA County has moved over 3,000 seniors and other vulnerable individuals into temporary housing. For more on efforts to protect the health and well-being of the homeless during this crisis, visit covid19.lacounty.gov/project-roomkey.

Free Food and Delivery Resources:

Free Food: 

The County and City of LA are mobilizing to provide free meals for those in need. If you need help with food expenses or don’t have access to food, please visit this LA County webpage to sign up for the free food program.

If you’re pregnant or a caretaker of a child under five and your economic situation has been impacted by COVID-19, you may qualify to receive free, nutritious food through the California Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program. To apply, visit phfewic.org/apply or text APPLY to 91997. For more information, call WIC at 1 (888) 942-2229. 

Alternatively, if you’re in the position to donate food and/or volunteer, please click here to see how you can lend a hand during this crisis.

Meals for Seniors: 

On April 24, Governor Newsom announced a new free meal program for older Californians. The program will enlist local restaurants to deliver 3 meals a day to seniors isolating at home. To see if you or someone you know may be eligible, call 211 or visit covid.ca.gov

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Through the Great Plates initiative, LA County will provide 3 home-delivered meals a day to seniors and adults over 60 who are at high-risk of infection. If this applies to you, please call 2-1-1 to enroll.

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Critical Delivery Service: 

If you need essential items such as groceries or other vital necessities but are unable to leave your home, LA County Workforce Development, Aging & Community Services (WDACS) can deliver items right to your door. Deliveries can be made 24/7. To request services, call 1-888-863-7411.

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Food Sector Workers and Consumers:

Our food sector workers are serving every day on the front lines of this crisis. On April 16, Governor Newsom signed an executive order providing paid sick leave benefits for food sector workers impacted by COVID-19. The order provides two weeks of paid sick leave for workers employed by large businesses such as grocery store chains and fast food restaurants, filling a gap in the federal relief program which provides similar benefits for workers in businesses with fewer than 500 employees. 

The order also established additional safety protections for workers and consumers. For more information on grocery store best practices, see the recently issued guidance by Cal/OSHA for the grocery industry. 

Tips for Restaurants and Food Businesses:

LA County has created new tools for restaurants and other food businesses to inform their customers of steps they’re taking to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The graphic below can be found here, along with similar digital resources to reassure your customers that safety is your top priority. You can post these outside your businesses, online or on your social media accounts.

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More Consumer Information:

The California Department of Justice has made available more resources to protect consumers. If you have questions about price gouging, avoiding scams, paying your mortgage or federal student loans and more, visit oag.ca.gov/consumers/covid-19 for the latest consumer information from the office of California Attorney General Xavier Becerra.

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The LA County Department of Consumer and Business Affairs launched a site for consumers to report incidences of price gouging. In California, it is a crime for businesses to increase prices of food and services by more than 10 percent during a declared state of emergency. If you believe you’ve been a victim of price gouging, save your receipts and call (800) 593-8222 or file a complaint online.

Temporary Eviction Moratorium:

Several weeks ago, the LA County Board of Supervisors enacted a temporary moratorium on residential and commercial evictions for those unable to pay their rent because of COVID-19 through June 30. If you cannot pay your rent because of financial losses resulting from the virus, it’s important to let your landlord know as soon as possible in writing. You can use this template to notify your landlord of your inability to pay rent no later than 7 days after the date your rent was due. You will then have up to 12 months to repay the amount due. For more information on LA County’s temporary eviction moratorium and rent freeze, as well as guidance on moratoriums from individual cities within LA County, click here and take a look at these FAQs.

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Helping Immigrant Families:

Governor Newsom announced a $125 million disaster relief fund to support immigrant families impacted by the coronavirus. This money will be used to assist undocumented immigrants who are ineligible to receive federal relief because of their immigration status. About 150,000 undocumented Californians will receive a one-time payment of $500 per adult with a limit of $1,000 per household. The fund will be allocated to individuals through regional nonprofits that typically serve undocumented communities.

If you are an immigrant in need of financial relief, California’s Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants (DRAI) fund provides monetary assistance for undocumented individuals. Call any of these numbers to get started:

               - (213) 201 – 8700
               - (213) 315 – 2659
               - (213) 241 – 8880

California has also created an immigrant resource guide with information on public benefits and services available to immigrants. 

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Student Loans:

The COVID-19 pandemic has made it increasingly difficult for those with student loans to keep up with their payments. Governor Newsom recently announced a deal to expand student loan relief for 1.1 million Californians. Most private student loan servicers in California have agreed to a 90-day forbearance on student loan debt, meaning borrowers won’t incur any late fees or fines during this time. The initiative fills a gap in the federal CARES Act, which provided relief for students with federal loans but left out the student loan borrowers with loans not owned by the U.S. government or loans made by private lenders.

Securing Wi-Fi:

LA County launched an online Wi-Fi locator tool to provide residents with an easy approach for securing internet access. To use this tool, input your address in the search bar to find locations near you with free internet access and/or information for residential and commercial internet providers serving your area.

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Voting:

Due to public health concerns caused by COVID-19, every registered voter in California will receive a mail-in ballot in time for the November 2020 election. Voting from home will help protect yourself and others from the virus. For more information about mail-in ballots and to check your voter status, go to vote.ca.gov.

Census:

The COVID-19 pandemic has reminded us about the importance of ensuring state and local governments have adequate resources to address the needs of their communities. It is absolutely crucial that every resident of California be counted in the 2020 Census. Please remember to fill out your census form, either online, by phone or by mail to do your part in helping our community receive its fair share of federal resources to benefit schools, roads, hospitals, emergency preparedness plans and more.

For Parents and Families:

As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused a significant disruption to students’ lives. To ensure our young people can stay on track, the state of California and educators have committed to a major agreement to support student instruction during the COVID-19 outbreak. This means ensuring students have access to high quality distance learning and teachers have a clear framework from which to develop lessons. To read more about the COVID-19 framework for student instruction, click here.  

On April 20, Governor Newsom announced a cross-sector partnership with companies, business leaders, and philanthropists to secure laptops, tablets, and Chromebooks for more than 70,000 California students. In addition, the California Public Utilities Commission will use $30 million to improve internet access in school districts across the state. This effort will help address the inequities in access to technology across communities and safeguard against students falling behind because of circumstances outside of their control. 

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In addition, the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian Institution have published digital educational resources such as podcasts, children's books, and digital exhibitions to help students of all ages continue their educational development.

To give LA County residents access to learning materials from home, the LA County Library is issuing free digital library cards to those who do not already have a card. To sign up and gain access to eBooks, movies, and music, fill out this form.

For guidance for your K-12 child, including educational resources and FAQs, click here.

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Childcare Services:

Childcare providers also play a critical role in this fight by watching over the children of essential workers and members of the most vulnerable populations. The state of California has allocated $100 million to support childcare providers. The money will be used to pay for state-subsidized childcare slots, as well as ensuring childcare centers, facilities and family provider homes are safe and healthy environments for children.

To find qualified, licensed child care providers near you, use the interactive map tool on mychildcare.ca.gov and search by location, health and safety details, ages of children, capacity, and hours of care.

This situation can be deeply challenging for parents and caretakers with children at home. For tips on how to talk to kids about COVID-19 and other family resources, visit First 5 California.

For Pregnant Women and Single Mothers: 

LA County has released a resource guide to support pregnant women and single mothers during the COVID-19 outbreak. The guide includes food resources, emotional support services, tele-health care options and more to help mothers protect themselves and their children. To learn more about the risks of COVID-19 to pregnant women, visit COVID-19: Advice to Pregnant Women.

If you have questions about COVID-19: 

If you have questions about COVID-19 and the resources available to California residents, call the CA COVID-19 Information Line at 833-422-4255 (833-4-CA-4ALL). The number is available from 8am – 5 pm, 7 days a week.

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If you're feeling stressed, anxious or depressed: 

Whether you're a health care professional or not, this is a stressful and uncertain time for all of us. If you’re feeling stressed, anxious or depressed, please call the LA County Department of Mental Health 24/7 Access Line at (800) 854-7771 to talk to someone. You can also text “LA” to 741741. Although we are physically apart, we can continue to be there for one another as we navigate through this crisis.

For help with the following, please call:

  • General information about COVID-19: (833) 544 – 2374
  • Community services and support: 211
  • Medicine and medical attention: your healthcare provider or pharmacy
  • An Emergency: 911

The Institute on Aging (IOA) also has a 24-hour phone line to serve older adults and caregivers during this isolating time. If you’re feeling lonely and would like someone to talk to, please call the Friendship Line at 1 (888) 670-1360. 

Office Hours: 

Scheduled Tours and Official Meetings in D.C. Offices:
As of March 11, our office received notice that U.S. Capitol and White House tours are cancelled due to an abundance of caution. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause to you. These cancellations are a precautionary measure in response to the growing cases of COVID-19.

Our D.C. office is physically closed at this time. Although our offices are physically closed, our staff members are working full-time remotely and are available to assist you via phone or email. If you have any questions or need further assistance, please call our D.C. office number at (202) 225-3976 or contact my office.

Los Angeles Office:
Our Los Angeles district office is physically closed at this time. Although our offices are physically closed, our staff members are working full-time remotely and are available to assist you via phone or email. If you have any questions or need further assistance, please call our district office number at (323) 651-1040 and we will connect you with the resources you need. If you need help with a federal agency, please click here