The California State Senate has taken emergency action to appropriate about $1 billion into our fight against #COVID-19, including but not limited to: 

  • Leasing and activating two hospitals;
  • Providing hotel beds for people experiencing homelessness;
  • Supporting local government to reduce spread of COVID in homeless population;
  • Acquiring hospital and public health surge equipment;
  • Assisting hospitals, nursing homes, and other facilities manage;
  • Cleaning of child care facilities so they remain open;
  • Funding IHSS/APS strike teams to support senior isolation.

My office and I will be working around the clock as we get through this, and you can reach out to us for assistance at


State Benefits to Assist California Workers:

California is acting quickly to help workers hurt by COVID-19. Below is a brief summary of the benefits that may be available to you if your work has been affected by the disease. Visit the Labor & Workforce Development Agency's website for more information:

  • If you're unable to work because you are caring for an ill or quarantined family member with COVID-19 you may qualify for Paid Family Leave (PFL).
  • If you're unable to work due to medical quarantine or illness, you may qualify for Disability Insurance.
  • Those who have lost a job or have had their hours reduced for reasons related to COVID-19 may be able to partially recover their wages by filing an unemployment insurance claim.
  • If a worker or a family member is sick or for preventative care when civil authorities recommend quarantine, workers may use accrued paid sick leave in accordance with the law.
  • If workers are unable to do their usual job because they were exposed to and contracted COVID-19 during the regular course of their work, they may be eligible for workers' compensation benefits.


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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath


How can people protect themselves?

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).

Protect yourself by:

  • Wash hands with soap and water.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. If surfaces are dirty, clean them using detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your elbow.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay away from work, school or other people if you become sick with respiratory symptoms like fever and cough.


What should people do if they think they're sick?

Call ahead: If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and may have had contact with a person with COVID-19, or recently traveled to countries with apparent community spread, call your health care provider or local public health department first before seeking medical care so that appropriate precautions can be taken.

Please, abide by all guidelines from federal, state and local officials.