COVID-19 Updates

California has launched a new website about COVID-19 — VISIT HERE.

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Additional health guidelines

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unclean hands.
  • Limit close contact, like kissing and sharing cups and utensils, with people who are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Facemasks are most effective when used appropriately by health care workers and those directly caring for people who are sick and by people who are sick (source control).
  • Get a flu immunization to to prevent influenza if you not done so this season.
  • 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.

Source: Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

  • A helpful video separating fact from fiction on Coronavirus from Dr. Peter Lin.

Updates from Governor Gavin Newsom's Executive Actions:

  • Issued a stay at home order to protect the health and well-being (more information found here);
  • Took a series of significant, additional actions to protect Californians experiencing homelessness from COVID-19;
  • Issued an executive order today to waive this year’s statewide testing for California’s more than 6 million students in K-12 schools; 
  • Issued an executive order to extend the eligibility period for important safety net services;
  • Authorizes local governments to halt evictions for renters and homeowners, slows foreclosures, and protects against utility shutoffs for Californians affected by COVID-19;
  • Those that are 65 and older or vulnerable to #COVIDー19 must practice home isolation;
  • Bars, night clubs, wineries, and breweries should close;
  • 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);
  • The state of California is empowered 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.

The Governor's Executive Actions can be found here.

Source: Office of the Governor

California Labor & Workforce Agency Resources

  • 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. All information and resources can be found at Labor.Ca.Gov/Coronavirus2019

Source: Office of the Governor

California Department of Public Health Resources:

  • The California Department of Public Health has consolidated state guidance on how to prepare and protect Californians from COVID-19 in a single location

Source: Office of the Governor

California Department of Social Services:

  • Visit California Department of Social Services' website for information and guidelines on COVID-19 for licensed facilities.

Source: California Department of Social Services

Local Jurisdictions:

California Department of Education Resources/School Updates:

  • Resources for California schools, local education agencies and child care agencies.
  • The California Department of Education (CDE) has received a special waiver called CA COVID-19 from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) that will enable a school district that had previously been approved to operate the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) or Seamless Summer Option (SSO) to provide meals to students during a Coronavirus-related closure.

Source: California Department of Education

  • Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) 
    • LAUSD will close, effective Monday, March 16.
    • All large student and staff gatherings are canceled, as well as off-campus visits by students and staff to public places where crowds may gather.
    • Students events and competitions may continue, though without spectators.
    • All use by outside organizations of school facilities is canceled.
    • Anyone who has traveled outside of the country in the past 14 days is not allowed on school campuses in administrative offices.

Source: Los Angeles Unified School District

  • Simi Valley Unified School District
    • All Simi Valley schools will be closed Monday, March 16, to Friday, March 27.

    • New cleaning protocols for our classrooms, bathrooms and buses.

    • No new field trips or student/staff travel will be approved until further notice. Unless otherwise advised, prior-approved field trips and travel will continue. (Please make sure that you check directly with your child’s school/teacher if you have an upcoming trip, especially over Spring Break.)

    • Optional activities will continue but parents have the discretion to decide on their child’s participation. This would include any non-school sponsored trips and non-academic events.

    • Already scheduled on-campus and district activities will continue until further notice.

Source: Simi Valley Unified School District

  • College of the Canyons

    • College of the Canyons will begin the process of transitioning in-person spring semester classes to online formats starting Monday, March 16. 

Source: College of the Canyons

  • California Institute of the Arts

    • Critical Studies will be moved on-line in the next week, with remote instruction beginning March 23.

Source: California Institute of the Arts

  • California State University, Northridge

    • CSUN will transition to virtual and alternate modalities of learning following spring break, beginning on Monday, March 23 and continuing through April 19.

Source: CSUN

How you can help:

Source: California Volunteers


2020 Taxes Deadline

  • Federal taxes: filing and payment deadline July 15, 2020.

  • State taxes: filing and payment deadline July 15, 2020.
  • Property taxes: filing and payment deadline still April 10, 2020, but penalties may be waived.