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.
COVID-19 & Your Health
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, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting.
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.
What should I do if I’m experiencing symptoms?
If you are experiencing symptoms, separate yourself from people and animals and register for a COVID-19 test. 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.
If you tested positive for COVID-19, please call your local health department for help getting in touch with those you’ve recently encountered.
How can I prevent the transmission on COVID-19?
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:
- Wear a face covering that fits tightly around your face and covers your mouth and nose when outside of your home.
- 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.
California and LA County are taking steps to reopen critical sectors of the economy while implementing public health measures to keep people safe.
- Update on COVID-19 cases in California
- Update on COVID-19 cases in LA County
- For the most recent information on California’s reopening status, visit covid19.ca.gov/roadmap.
- For the most recent information on LA County’s reopening status, visit covid19.lacounty.gov/recovery.
Although state and local officials are reopening sectors of the economy, COVID-19 is still around us and remains highly contagious. Please remember to practice physical distancing; wear cloth face coverings; and follow public health directives.
As a result of this pandemic, many businesses and families have suffered financial losses. Please visit the websites below for economic support.
- Check on the status of your stimulus check
- Learn about small business relief through the LA Cares Corps
- Apply for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
- Get the latest updates from the Small Business Administration
- File an Unemployment Insurance Claim
- Get the latest updates from the CA Employment Development Department (EDD)
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.
- How to avoid scams
- Report incidences of price gouging
- Report fraudulent activity such as theft, cybercrime or forgery
- California Office of the Attorney General consumer information and resources
- Report fraud, waste or abuse of COVID-19 pandemic relief funds to the Coronavirus Tipline (202) 225-4400
- Give or receive food support in LA County
- Find food resources near you with Food Finder 211 LA
- Apply to be a part of the Great Plates meal delivery initiative (for older adults and restaurants)
- Get help paying your rent
- LA County Temporary Eviction Moratorium
- Template for notice to landlord of inability to pay rent due to COVID-19
- LA County Homeless Outreach Portal (LA-hop.org)
- Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority
- Project Roomkey
- Latest updates from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
- VA COVID-19 Response Plan
- VA Coronavirus FAQs: What Veterans Need to Know
- COVID-19 Updates from the West LA VA
- House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs COVID-19 Resource Page
Help for Immigrants
- Latest updates from the U.S. Department of Education
- Latest updates from the LA County Office of Education
- Temporary LA County Digital Library Card
- Wi-Fi locator tool
- Guidance for your K-12 child
- Find qualified, licensed childcare providers near you
- Resource guide for pregnant women and mothers
- Additional family resources
Mental Health Support
As of March 11, our office received notice that U.S. Capitol and White House tours are cancelled for the foreseeable future. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause to you. These cancellations are a precautionary measure in response to COVID-19.
For the safety of visitors and staff, our D.C. and District offices are physically closed at this time but all of our staff is working remotely. We are able to assist you via phone or email. If you have any questions or need assistance, please call our D.C. office at (202) 225-3976 or our district office at (323) 651-1040 or visit the "contact my office" page. If you need help with a federal agency, please click here.