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CAL OES April 15th

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) Program

  • This is a newly available emergency unemployment assistance program under the federal CARES Act.  PUA provides assistance for unemployed or partially unemployed individuals who are not eligible for regular unemployment insurance and who are unable or unavailable to work due to COVID-19 related circumstances.
  • The Employment Development Department (EDD) will be accepting on-line applications for this program beginning on Tuesday, April 28.  Check back on this page for the latest updates.

County numbers can be found here: https://data.chhs.ca.gov/dataset/california-covid-19-hospital-data-and-case-statistics .  

  • 2,789 confirmed positive cases in Healthcare workers
  • Nationwide COVID-19 Numbers
    • As of April 15, there have been 24,582 deaths.
    • 605,390 cases reported in 55 jurisdictions (50 states, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, Northern Marianas and US Virgin Islands).
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  • Taskforces stood up by the State Operations Center (SOC) to address various COVID-19 response issues:
    • Communications/Crisis Communications (ESF* 2/ESF 15)
    • Transportation and Infrastructure (ESF 1/ESF 3)
    • Housing and Social Services (ESF 6)
    • Logistics/Commodity Movement (ESF 7)
    • Fire/Law Enforcement (ESF 4/ESF 13
    • Public Health and Medical (ESF 8)
    • Schools Task Force
    • Economic Impact/Recovery Task Force
    • Volunteers & Philanthropy (ESF 17)
    • Innovation & Technology Task Force
    • Cybersecurity (ESF 18)
    • Corrections Facilities & Hospitals
    • Future Opportunities
    • Workforce Development & Surge Capacity
    • Testing Taskforce

* Emergency Support Function

  • PPE and Medical Supply Requests
    • Resource requests for health care providers and facilities are handled through local public health departments to CDPH. The requests are submitted to the Medical Health Operational Area Coordinator (MHOAC), through the Regional Disaster Medical Health Coordinator (RDMHC), which are then sent to the CDPH Medical and Health Coordination Center (MHCC). 
    • This way all equipment requests can be tracked and prioritized appropriately, and they are fulfilled as quickly as possible.
    •  The local health facilities know this process well and have been properly submitting requests.
    • We know these requests are very urgent, which is why the MHCC is working closely with the State Operations Center (SOC). Emergency Medical Services Agency (EMSA) is also embedded in the SOC to help facilitate those requests.
  • PPE delivered as of 4/14/20:
  • 806,250 gowns
  • 706,386 face shields
  • 7,297,317 gloves
    • 9,822 coveralls
  • 121,058 goggles
  • 42,246,489 N95 Masks
  • 6,825,425 procedural masks
  • State Owned Ventilators
  • Modeling shows demand will peak in late May.
  • The 500 ventilators were loaned and will be returned
  • 100 to New York
    • 100 to New Jersey
    • 100 to Illinois
    • 50 to Maryland
    • 50 to Wash., D.C.
    • 50 to Delaware
  • FEMA Seizing Personal Protection Equipment – Not!
    • FEMA and Customs Border Patrol are working together to prevent fraud when Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) and medical supplies enter the United States from overseas. PPE being distributed internally within the United States is not being seized or re-routed by FEMA. Reports of FEMA seizing, or re-routing supplies are FALSE.

Actions Taken by the State and Federal Government

  • , Governor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order that directs the Labor and Workforce Development Agency and EDD to take  necessary action to process efficiently and accurately process claims for the unemployment benefits through the CARES Act and the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program (PUA).

The Governor also announced an unprecedented $125 million in disaster relief assistance for working Californians. This first in the nation, statewide public-private partnership will provide financial support to undocumented immigrants impacted by COVID-19. California will provide $75 million in disaster relief assistance and philanthropic partners have committed to raising an additional $50 million.

California has developed an immigrant resource guide to provide information about COVID-19 related assistance, including public benefits, that are available to immigrant Californians.

  • Governor Gavin Newsom outlined the six critical indicators that will be considered before the stay at home order will be modified. The Governor also issued an executive order that calls for discharge and reentry hearings to be held via videoconference to minimize the youth’s and other participants’ exposure to COVID-19.
  • Governor Newsom, along with Oregon Governor Kate Brown and Washington Governor Jay Inslee, announced an agreement on a shared vision for reopening their economies and controlling COVID-19 into the future.

The Governor also announced $42 million new investments to protect younger Californians who are at heightened risk for abuse and mistreatment due to COVID-19. The Governor is making more than $27 million available to help families stay together, nearly $7 million to support social workers and $3 million to support Family Resource Centers.

  • Governor Newsom announced the release of $100 million to support childcare services, and to support childcare providers who are stepping up to serve essential infrastructure workers and vulnerable populations as well as their children during this critical time.

Governor Gavin Newsom also outlined steps California is taking to protect the residents and employees of the more than 1,224 skilled nursing facilities and 7,461 residential care facilities across the state. Building on the state’s early action to protect these facilities, California has trained and is deploying 600 nurses to support compliance with COVID-19 guidance, and state staff is calling nursing homes across the state daily to provide support.

Starting today, frontline health care workers who are exposed to or test positive for COVID-19 can find hotel rooms through the CalTravelStore. Call 1-877-454-8785 to validate your eligibility and make your reservation. If hotels want to participate, they are encouraged to email covid19lodging@dgs.ca.gov.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awarded a construction contract Sunday to Herman Construction Group, Inc. of Escondido, California, to retrofit the Porterville Developmental Center in Tulare County for an alternate care site in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

FEMA has approved funding for the State of California’s Emergency Feeding Program.  Reimbursement for feeding activities includes services provided to the following populations who are not in emergency non-congregate shelters administered by State, Tribal, or local governments:

  • Individuals who are at higher risk for COVID-19, are COVID-19 positive, or have been exposed to COVID-19 (as documented by a State, Tribal, or local public health official, or medical health professional); and
  • Individuals who do not have the resources to prepare or obtain meals and who are not receiving assistance from existing programs such as the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Meals on Wheels, or other programs.
  • , Governor Gavin Newsom announced a new program to provide doctors, nurses and other critical front-line health care workers access to no-cost or low-cost hotel rooms, as well as no cost airfare for health care professional travel across California and the country to join California’s state healthcare workforce.

The state has already identified 150 hotels that have opted in to provide discounted rates, and more hotels are encouraged to sign up.

The Governor also announced that starting this Sunday, California workers who are receiving unemployment benefits will begin receiving an extra $600 on top of their weekly amount, as part of the new Pandemic Additional Compensation (PAC) initiated by the CARES Act. This comes as record numbers of unemployment claims are being filed

  • , Governor Gavin Newsom addressed Californians about mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to view the briefing.

The Governor signed an executive order to help the state procure necessary medical supplies to fight COVID-19, which included exempting PPE from sales tax. He also signed an executive order that to expand support for vulnerable populations by allowing 60-day waivers for IHSS program caseworkers their work and be able to care for older adults, as well as individuals with disabilities.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awarded a construction contract Sunday to Herman Construction Group, Inc. of Escondido, California, to retrofit the Porterville Developmental Center in Tulare County for an alternate care site in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

  • , recognizing that states, like New York, are experiencing immediate supply shortages as a result of COVID-19, Governor Gavin Newsom announced that California would meet this moment by loaning 500 state-owned ventilators to the Strategic National Stockpile inventory.

Governor Gavin Newsom also announced that California is making progress in securing additional beds to treat COVID-19 patients and relieve pressure on the health care delivery system. The Governor announced California has already secured up to 4,613 additional beds at alternate care sites and shuttered hospitals to care for an anticipated surge in COVID-19 patients, with even more capacity being finalized.

  • Governor Gavin Newsom announced the launch of a new website, covid19supplies.ca.gov to get critical medical supplies to the front lines of California’s fight against COVID-19. The website will allow individuals and companies to donate, sell or offer to manufacture 13 of the most essential medical supplies, including ventilators, N95 respirators and testing materials. 

Governor Newsom also announced the COVID-19 Testing Task Force, a public-private collaboration that will work with stakeholders across the state to quickly and significantly boost California’s testing capacity. The Task Force plans to scale up testing as demand increases.

The Governor also signed an executive order that will facilitate childcare for children of essential critical infrastructure workers by allowing the California Department of Education and California Department of Social Services the flexibility to waive certain programmatic and administrative requirements in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The executive order can be found here.

California State Association of Counties and the California Association of County Treasurers and Tax Collectors announced that counties will use allexisting authority to cancel penalties and other charges for homeowners, small businesses, and other property owners that are unable to pay their property taxes due to circumstances caused by COVID‐19 on a case‐by case basis. However, property owners who can pay or that haven’t been directly affected by COVID‐19, including international corporations and out‐of‐state landlords, still need to pay on time to keep critical government services running.   

  • April 3, Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order to expand protections to medical providers as they amplify the use of video chats and similar applications to provide routine and non-emergency medical appointments in an effort to minimize patient exposure to COVID-19. 

The order relaxes certain state privacy and security laws for medical providers, so they can provide telehealth services without the risk of being penalized. This action is similar to the federal HHS Office for Civil Rights waiver issued on March 17, 2020 regarding federal privacy and security laws. 

Governor Gavin Newsom also signed an executive order expanding consumer protection against price gouging as California continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Governor Gavin Newsom announced the launch of Project Roomkey– a FEMA approved, first-in-the-nation effort to provide safe isolation capacity for tens of thousands of people experiencing homelessness in California in order to protect them and the state from COVID-19.

  • , Governor Gavin Newsom announced OnwardCa.org , a one-stop resource for Californians impacted by job loss due to COVID-19 pandemic. The Governor also announced $50 million in loan guarantees for small businesses that may not be eligible for federal relief, as well as $17.8 million in new state initiatives to support California workers impacted by COVID-19. The allocation will come from Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act funds.
  • , Governor Gavin Newsom announced a major agreement between educators to provide distance learning to California’s students. The agreement means more kids will be able to get school resources, such as quality distance instruction, and empowers teachers to create lessons within clear parameters.
  • Governor Newsom announced the Stay Home. Save Lives. Check In. Campaign, which urges all Californians to check in on vulnerable neighbors with a call, text, or physically distanced door knock.
  • , Governor Gavin Newsom launched the Health Corps initiative to expand California’s health care workforce and recruit health care professionals to address the COVID-19 surge. See link for more information: California Health Corps.

The Governor also signed an executive order that will temporarily expand the health care workforce and allow health care facilities to staff at least an additional 50,000 hospital beds the state needs to treat COVID-19 patients. Governor Newsom also signed an omnibus executive order allowing small businesses a 90-day extension for filing returns.

  • , California State Parks temporarily closed vehicle access at all 280 state parks to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

How Can People Protect Themselves:

We are all in this together. We are working rapidly to keep our state healthy. Every person has a role to play. Your actions save lives.

DO:

  • Stay home
  • Avoid people outside your household
  • Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Cover your cough or sneeze
  • Frequently clean and disinfect touched objects and surfaces
  • Maintain physical distance of six feet whenever outside of the house

DON’T

  • Leave the house except for essential activities
  • Shake hands
  • Touch your face
  • Go to the doctor if you are not sick
  • Stockpile masks or gloves
  • It is also important that anyone experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, call their health care provider first before seeking medical care so that appropriate precautions can be taken.
  • Stay away from work, school or other people if you become sick with respiratory symptoms like fever and cough.   

Mental Health

  • The steps we are taking to slow the spread are necessary, but emotional support is important to maintain our mental and physical health.
  • The stress we are all feeling right now triggers the biological stress hormone. Stress shows up in individuals differently.
  • There are simple things you can do at home to protect you or others health and we have developed playbooks that offer practical tools and kits to help manage your stress.
  • Call you doctor or mental health professional if you have concerns.
  • 16 hotlines offering emotional support for a variety of situations and other helpful mental health resources available here: https://covid19.ca.gov/resources-for-emotional-support-and-well-being/ 

About the Tests:

  • As of April 14, approximately227,600 tests have been conducted in California – received from commercial, private and academic labs and the 22 state and county health labs currently testing.
    • 214,387 have been received
    • 13,200 are pending
  • Commercial providers and academic labs have increased testing capacity and are now reporting that data to the state. The biggest labs included in this count are Quest, LabCorp, Kaiser, University of California, and Stanford.
  • To better focus public health resources on the changing needs of California communities, the state is no longer collecting information about California travelers returning from countries that have confirmed COVID-19 outbreaks.
  • Community transmission of COVID-19 has been identified in California since late February, and since early March, most confirmed cases in the state were not related to travel outside of the United States.

Small Business Assistance

Information on these and other programs can be found at: https://covid19.ca.gov/business-and-employers/

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