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Coronavirus Update

March 25, 2020
DeSaulnier Digest

COVID-19: Resources & Updates

Below, please find an update on the ways Congress, California, and Contra Costa are continuing to combat coronavirus (COVID-19). If you have not already done so, please check out the new section on our website with links to county, state, and federal resources that you and your family may find useful. You can visit it here: https://desaulnier.house.gov/services/coronavirus-resources

Additionally, should you or someone you know from our district need help with a federal agency during this time, please do not hesitate to reach out to our district office at (925) 933-2660.

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act

Today, Congress passed a $2 trillion stimulus package to help provide additional public health resources, support working people, and protect the economy. Some of the ways this legislation will help our communities during this pandemic include:

  • $1,200 direct rebates to individuals making $75,000 a year or less, with smaller amounts to those with higher incomes;
  • $2,400 direct rebates to couples filing taxes jointly making $150,000 or less, with smaller amounts to those with higher incomes;
  • $500 direct rebates for each child in a household;
  • $100 billion for hospitals;
  • Suspends federal student loan payments and interest accrual until September 30, 2020;
  • $10 billion for Small Business Administration (SBA) emergency grants to provide relief for small business operating costs;
  • Makes rent, mortgage, and utility costs eligible for SBA loan forgiveness;
  • $30 billion for the Disaster Relief Fund to provide financial assistance to state and local governments and nonprofits providing critical and essential services;
  • Extends unemployment insurance to 4 months instead of 3 months;
  • $600 per week increase in unemployment benefits;
  • $400 million to help states make their elections more secure; and
  • $150 billion coronavirus relief fund for state and local governments.

As more information becomes available about how to access this funding, we would be happy to answer any questions you have.

California Resources

Both Contra Costa County and the State of California are working diligently to provide the health care and economic supports our communities need during this crisis. Below are resources from the County and State that provide useful information and guidance.

To help protect yourself and the community, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that people take the following steps:

  • Avoid contact with anyone who is sick;
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and immediately throw away the tissue;
  • Avoid touching your eyes, face, nose, and mouth;
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces;
  • Stay home when you are sick except to get medical care;
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.