Covid-19 Resources

California’s Response

Governor Gavin Newson has issued an executive order calling on all non-essential events and gatherings of more than 250 people to be canceled or postponed. This executive order also:

  • Waives the one-week waiting period for people who are unemployed and/or disabled as a result of COVID-19;
  • 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;
  • Directs residents to follow public health directives and guidance, including to cancel large non-essential gatherings that do not meet state criteria (non-essential gatherings must be limited to no more than 250 people, while smaller events can proceed only if the organizers can implement social distancing of 6 feet per person. Gatherings of individuals who are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 should be limited to no more than 10 people, while also following social distancing guidelines);
  • Empowers the state of California to take over hotels, motels, and medical facilities in order to quarantine, isolate or treat Coronavirus patients;
  • Readies the state to commandeer property for temporary residences and medical facilities for quarantining, isolating or treating individuals.

State & Federal Updates on COVID-19:

State Resources for Employers & Employees:

State & Federal Resources for Small Businesses:

Resources for California Schools:

State Services Impacted by COVID-19:

  • California Department of Motor Vehicles is allowing customers avoid coming to a DMV office for 60 days. Customers whose transactions require an in-office visit will be served on an appointment only basis. In the meantime, many services are being offered online.
  • Announcement: The upcoming deadline for Real ID has been suspended. The new deadline will be posted once it’s announced.

Local Resources for Senate District 37

Orange County

The Orange County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) functions as the communication and coordination center for both the County and  Operational Area emergency response organization.

Local Updates for Orange County Agencies:

 Child Support Services

  • Court activities will be curtailed until further notice. Clients may visit the website or call (866) 901-3212 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday – Friday.

Clerk-Recorder

  • All of the Clerk-Recorder offices in Anaheim, Laguna Hills, Westminster and the Santa Ana Civic Center, including the Old Courthouse, are closed.
  • Marriage, Passport, and other Over-the-counter services are suspended for the time being. 
  • Please check online @ https://www.ocgov.com/gov/clerk/ or call (714) 834-2500 for information about: Vital Records, Birth, Death and Marriage, Fictitious Business Name Statements, Official Record Copies, Notary Public Registrations, Authentications, and Environmental Impact Reports

Health Care Agency

Behavioral Health Services

  • Community trainings (i.e. Mental Health First Aid and Crisis Intervention Training) are suspended.
  • Clients are being screened for symptoms and any client who presents with symptoms is being re-scheduled and referred for a medical appointment.
  • Outreach & Engagement staff have suspended their participation in resource fairs.
  • Office of Care Coordination

Public Health Services

  • California Children Services Medical Therapy Units, which are located on school campuses, are limiting services to medically urgent appointments.

Regulatory/Medical Health Services

  • Several hospital food facility inspections have been postponed to minimize operational impact to hospitals.

Human Resource Services

  • Human Resource Services (HRS) is significantly reducing and might eliminate in-person testing for candidates currently in the hiring process. HRS will work to accommodate candidates who do not have access to online systems.
  • HRS is exploring significantly speeding up the hiring process as allowed per the emergency orders, especially for OC Health Care Agency.

OC Community Services

  • The senior meal program will change to one or two deliveries per week, with 21 meals dropped off.
  • Congregate meal sites are canceled, but brown bag pick-up is open five days a week.
  • Senior home assessments have been waived.  New clients in need of food will be registered over the phone and granted conditional eligibility to be able to start receiving meals immediately.
  • Veterans Services Office is open by appointment only.

Orange County Housing Authority

  • All face-to-face office visits are suspended starting March 16, 2020. 
  • All annual inspections will be rescheduled and postponed starting March 16, 2020.
  • New lease inspections will continue as the units are vacant. All communication with the owner or tenant will be via email/phone calls.
  • Special inspection will be delayed unless it is essential to the health and safety of the tenant.

OC Housing & Community Development

  • Face-to-face and in-person meetings are suspended.
  • Affordable housing monitoring inspections will be rescheduled.

OC Parks

OC Public Libraries

  • All library branches are closed effective March 16, 2020. Library eResources (eBooks, eAudiobooks, digital magazines, music, movies, etc.) can be accessed 24/7 at www.ocpl.org/elib.
  • For general reference questions can be answered by contacting any library branch, Monday – Thursday, 10am-5pm. After hours questions can be emailed to [email protected]

OC Waste & Recycling

Registrar of Voters (ROV)

  • Public lobby is closed effective immediately
  • At this time no upcoming elections have been canceled.
  • All phone operations (including all supported languages – Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese and Spanish) are available. 
  • Call  714-567-7600 for any assistance.

OC Public Works

  • Effective March 17, 2020, through March 31, 2020, Materials Exchange Programs at OC Waste & Recycling’s Household Hazardous Waste Collection Centers will be closed.
  • Additionally, OCPW’s OC Development Services teams will still be available via phone at 714 667-8888. or via phone at 714-955-0100.

Sheriff’s Department

Social Services Agency

  • The Social Services Agency (SSA) has closed the following offices: Aliso Viejo Regional Center, Anaheim Regional Center, Central Regional Office, County Community Service Center, Cypress Regional Center, Garden Grove Regional Center, Laguna Hills Regional Center, Santa Ana Regional Center, Warner.
  • While offices are closed to the general public at this time, staff is still onsite.
  • Clients may apply for Medi-Cal, CalFresh and CalWORKs benefits, review case information, request a replacement benefits card and submit verifications, by visiting http://www.mybenefitscalwin.org or calling SSA’s Service Center at (800) 281-9799.
  • Clients may apply for General Relief benefits, by calling (800) 281-9799 or by faxing an application to (714) 825-3155.
  • Clients may apply for In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) or ask questions related to ongoing IHSS cases, by calling (714) 825-3000
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