General COVID-19 Guidance from the Center for Disease Control & Prevention

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended the use of cloth face coverings, especially in areas of significant community-based transmission:

  • Everyone should wear a cloth face cover or mask when they have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities.
  • The cloth face cover or mask is meant to protect in the event you are not displaying signs and symptoms.
  • Cloth face covers can be created at home from simple household items. The Surgeon General has created a quick instructional video on how to produce your own cloth mask from household items, https://youtu.be/tPx1yqvJgf4.

Please note: the cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.

The CDC recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

Do NOT flush disinfecting wipes, paper towls down toilet – throw them away instead: 

While the State Water Board and other public agencies encourage Californians to follow the Centers for Disease Control recommendations to clean surfaces with disinfecting wipes to reduce the spread of COVID-19, it is important to discard those items in the trash, not the toilet.

Get testing and treatment

Many people are able to recover from COVID-19 at home.

Seek treatment if:

  • you have difficulty breathing (shortness of breath)
  • you feel like symptoms (such as fever and cough) are getting worse rapidly
  • you are unable to care for symptoms at home

If you feel any of the above symptoms, call your doctor for a phone evaluation. They will give you guidance on whether or not you should get tested for COVID-19.

San Joaquin County COVID-19 Testing Sites / Sitios de Prueba para COVID-19 

If you need support from a healthcare professional but do not have health insurance or a regular doctor, please visit stocktonstrong.org/physical-health/

*If you think you may be experiencing an emergency related to COVID-19, call 9-1-1 and let the operator know you’re experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. That way, the ambulance provider can prepare to treat you safely*

We are still in flu season, so please be aware

The flu is different from a cold, which is gradual. The flu usually comes on suddenly. People who have the flu will often feel some or all of these symptoms:

  • Fever* or feeling feverish/chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Feeling tired
  • Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

*It’s important to note that not everyone with the flu will have a fever.

If you have flu-like symptoms, please:

  • Stay at home to recover
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds before touching anyone or anything
  • Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Don’t touch your face
  • Germs tend to linger. Disinfect door handles, your phone and other surfaces daily.

Coronavirus Rumor Control

To help the public distinguish between rumors and facts regarding COVID-19, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) created this resource page. 

Here are more trustworthy resources to rely on for information:

Staying safe during COVID-19

Resources from the National Domestic Violence Hotline:

Avoiding public spaces and working remotely can help to reduce the spread of COVID-19, but for many survivors, staying home may not be the safest option. We know that any external factors that add stress and financial strain can negatively impact survivors and create circumstances where their safety is further compromised.

If any of the above sound like they may be happening to you or someone you love, here are a few suggestions for survivors that may make this uncertain time feel a little bit safer:

  • Create a safety plan.
  • Practice self-care.
  • Reach out for help.
  • For any victims and survivors who need support, the Hotline is here for you, 24/7. Call 1-800-799-7233 or 1-800-799-7233 for TTY, or if you’re unable to speak safely, you can log onto thehotline.org or text LOVEIS to 22522.

San Joaquin County WorkNet Resources

The Workforce Development Board of San Joaquin County is offering financial relief for workers during COVID-19. Workers that have been terminated, laid off, had a reduction of hours or are self-employed and unable to work due to COVID-19 are eligible for up to $800 in supportive services. Click Here to learn more, or call 209-468-3660. 
English Language Learner Grant Program is available to assist assist English Language Learners/Immigrants seeking employment-related skills, and services necessary to overcome barriers to employment, and embark on a career pathway. Click here to learn more, or call 209-468-3109.

Access the new Supervisorial District Fund

Each Supervisorial District recently received $3 million each. This new funding can be used to reimburse costs to Health Care partners, small businesses that have experienced business interruption due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, and other COVID-19 related expenses. This definition may also extend to nonprofits.

Please connect with your Supervisor via email or phone (click here) so you may learn more about how you can access the dollars: 

If you live in District 1 – Supervisor Villapudua, mvillapudua@sjgov.org
If you live in District 2 – Supervisor Miller, kmiller@sjgov.org
If you live in District 3 – Supervisor Patti, tpatti@sjgov.org
If you live in District 4 – Supervisor Winn, cwinn@sjgov.org
If you live in District 5 – Supervisor Elliott, belliott@sjgov.org

If you’re not sure which Supervisorial District you live in, then please use this district lookup tool.

Update on Coronavirus Stimulus Payments

The IRS has begun sending payments to taxpayers nationwide. Most people won't need to take any action if they are eligible for payment. To check your payment status, visit their site.

Resources

Has your employment status changed, or are you working less hours because of COVID?

If you have lost your job or your employer has reduced your hours because of COVID-19,

UI provides partial wage replacement benefit payments to workers who lose their job or have their hours reduced, through no fault of their own (including because of COVID-19). Eligible individuals can receive benefits that range from $40-$450 per week.

If you are an entrepreneur or independent contractor who needs support,

  • You can apply for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA).The PUA benefits are payable if an individual doesn't qualify for regular UI benefits in California or another state and also does not qualify for State Disability Insurance or Paid Family Leave benefits. For more details, click here.

If you are looking for a new job now, 

  • Amazon is hiring in Stockton. To apply, text STOCKTONNOW to 77088 for job alerts or visit amazon.com/centralvalleyjobs.
  • Stockton Unified (SUSD) is hiring. Take a look at their open roles here.
  • San Joaquin County WorkNet provides great resources for job seekers, including programs specifically designed for getting you back to work. Click here to learn more.
  • CalJOBS is supporting the people of California in getting back to work. Search for job listings in your area here.

If you are unable to work due to having or being exposed to COVID-19,

file for Disability Insurance (DI).

DI provides short-term benefit payments to eligible workers who have a full or partial loss of wages due to a non-work-related illness, injury, or pregnancy. Benefit amounts are approximately 60-70 percent of wages (depending on income) and range from $50-$1,300 a week.

If you are unable to work because you are caring for an ill or quarantined family member,

file for Paid Family Leave (PFL).

PFL provides up to six weeks of benefit payments to eligible workers who have a full or partial loss of wages because they need time off work to care for a seriously ill family member or to bond with a new child. Benefit amounts are approximately 60-70 percent of wages (depending on income) and range from $50-$1,300 a week.

For more information, visit the California Employment Development Department.

If you are an immigrant who needs financial assistance, 

You can apply for Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants (DRAI), a one-time state-funded disaster relief payment for undocumented adult immigrants impacted by COVID-19 and who are not eligible to receive funds from the CARES Act federal stimulus payments or from pandemic unemployment benefits. An undocumented adult who qualifies can receive $500 in direct assistance, with a maximum of $1,000 in assistance per household.

You can begin your application with CRLAF by calling this toll-free number: 877-557-0521.

If you are concerned about COVID-19 financial scams,

CRC (California Reinvestment Coalition) has developed a helpful infographic in English and Spanish to alert people on how they can protect themselves and their loved ones from scammers and bad actors. Vulnerable communities are disproportionately targeted by financial predators. 

Avoid COVID-19 Scams [English]

Avoid COVID-19 Scams [Spanish] 

If you are a farmer, rancher, producer, or you have a rural-based business, 

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has created a COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide that be can be used to provide immediate and long-term assistance to rural communities affected by COVID-19. 

Questions about the Governor's Stay at Home Order?

For consistent updates, please visit covid19.ca.gov.

Essential Critical Infrastructure Sectors, on the Department of Homeland Security Website

What's closed?

  • Dine-in restaurants 
  • Bars and nightclubs 
  • Entertainment venues 
  • Gyms and fitness studios 
  • Public events and gatherings 
  • Convention Centers
  • Hair and nail salons 
  • Places of worship and cultural ceremonies, like weddings and funerals
  • Offices for non-critical infrastructure sectors
  • Shopping malls
  • Wineries and tasting rooms
  • Movie theaters 
  • Family entertainment centers (for example: bowling alleys, miniature golf, batting cages and arcades)
  • Zoos and museums
  • Cardrooms

Please click here for a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) from the California State Government in English and in Spanish.

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