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Coronavirus: What You Should Know

Schools, Business Closures: Resources are Available for You and Your Family

Our office is working to provide San Diego County residents with the latest information on the impact the novel coronavirus, known as COVID-19, is having on our community. The state is working in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and San Diego County Health and Human Services to mitigate the spread of the disease.

Here is what you need to know:

GOVERNOR UPDATE

In accordance with the guidelines announced by Governor Newsom, constituents over the age 65, and people with chronic disease, should stay home and not report to work. 

SCHOOLS

Closures – All San Diego school districts and charter schools located in Assembly District 79 have announced they will be closed for three weeks (which includes Spring Break) starting Monday, March 16:

  • Chula Vista Elementary School District
  • Grossmont Union High School District
  • La Mesa-Spring Valley School District
  • Lemon Grove School District
  • National School District
  • San Diego Unified School District
  • Sweetwater Union High School District
  • The O’Farrell Charter School
  • Keiller Leadership Academy Charter School
  • High Tech High and Middle

MEALS

Feeding San Diego provides more than 26 million meals every year to children, families, seniors, college students, military families, veterans, people facing homelessness, and other underserved populations. They distribute meals in partnership with 300 local charities, schools, faith communities, meal sites, and food pantries throughout the region.

Packaged and prepared meals will be distributed at drive-thru/walk-up stations at designated schools throughout the San Diego Unified School District. Children will need to be present to receive meals, and each child ages 18 years and younger can take one lunch and one breakfast for the next day. All food will be consumed off site. The following serving locations will distribute meals for San Diego Unified students between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.:

  • Clark Middle School
  • Cherokee Point Elementary
  • Sherman Elementary
  • Zamorano Fine Arts Academy
  • Kearny High School
  • O’Farrell Charter
  • Farb Middle
  • Walker Elementary

Find the latest information on known food service sites open during school closure on the San Diego County Office of Education website. Feeding San Diego will also be onsite to distribute fresh produce for students. Our office will continue to work with school districts to create additional meal support for students during the closures.

SICK OR QUARANTINED

State Disability Insurance (SDI) – If you’re unable to work due to having or being exposed to COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional), you can file a State Disability Insurance (SDI) claim. The governor has issued an Executive Order to waive the one-week waiting period, so you can collect DI benefits for the first week you are out of work. If you are eligible, the EDD processes and issues payments within a few weeks of receiving a claim.

PRICE GOUGING

Californians shouldn’t have to worry about being cheated while dealing with the effects of coronavirus. Our state’s price gouging law protects people impacted by an emergency from illegal price gouging on medical supplies, food, gas, and other essential supplies.

I encourage anyone who has been the victim of price gouging, or who has information regarding potential price gouging, to immediately file a complaint through The Attorney General’s website, call (800) 952-5225, or contact your local police department or sheriff’s office.

TAX FILING

The governor’s Executive Order also delays the deadline for state tax filing by 60 days for individuals and businesses unable to file on time based on compliance with public health requirements related to COVID-19 filings.

REDUCED WORK HOURS

Workplace Closed – If your hours have been reduced or your employer has shut down, you can file an Unemployment Insurance (UI) claim. UI provides partial wage replacement benefit payments to workers who lose their job or have their hours reduced through no fault of their own. Eligible individuals can receive benefits that range from $40-$450 per week.

Caregiving – If you’re unable to work because you are caring for an ill or quarantined family member with COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional), you can file a Paid Family Leave (PFL) claim. 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.

UTILITIES

San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) and Southern California Edison (SCE) will not shut off services due to inability to pay during this month.

FOOD BANK

The San Diego Food and Diaper Bank is continuing normal operation hours and is taking necessary precautions to help make sure that food and products remain safe. The normal distribution sites will remain open. There will be no immigration consequences for using these resources. Below you will find the office hours and location:

San Diego Food Bank – Miramar      
9850 Distribution Ave.
San Diego, CA 92121
Administrative Days/Hours: Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Food Bank Updates Visit: https://sandiegofoodbank.org/response/

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To speak to someone, our District Office is ready to help you find the state resources by emailing: Ms. LaShae Collins at [email protected].Sincerely,

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SHIRLEY N. WEBER, Ph.D.
California State Assemblymember, 79th District