As our country continues to combat the deadly coronavirus pandemic, we are all having to adapt to a new way of living. Many states, including California, are under stay-at-home orders that have impacted our ability to go to work and school, as well as how we engage in our day-to-day activities.
Right now, it is important to look to trusted sources to stay informed, as guidance and the government’s response to this crisis is evolving quickly. That’s why my office has compiled a resource guide, to provide you with a one-stop-shop for information on crucial programs, services and resources.
While my offices in Stockton, Antioch and Washington, D.C. remain closed to the public until further notice, I am committed to continuing to offer assistance in the safest way possible, including:
- Receiving and responding to telephone calls and electronic communications. Staff is monitoring emails and regularly checking voicemail at all three offices.
- To contact my Stockton office, call (209) 476-8552.
- To contact my Antioch office, call (925) 754-0716.
- To contact my Washington, D.C. office, call (202) 225-1947.
- Providing casework assistance. Residents needing assistance with federal government services can contact my offices or visit my website.
- Responding to correspondence. Those wishing to weigh in on issues can still contact me through my website.
- Providing update on important public health information and actions taken by Congress. Information regarding the COVID-19 outbreak can be found on my website. Additionally, you can follow along with updates on my Facebook and Twitter accounts. For the most up-to-date information on the COVID-19 outbreak, please refer to the CDC's website.
I, along with my colleagues in Congress, are continuing to prioritize legislative solutions to help Americans during these stressful times. When the virus began to take its toll on our nation, we passed an $8.3 billion funding package to help states, communities, and federal agencies address public health needs by investing in preventative and response efforts, in addition to research for the development of a COVID-19 vaccine. We then passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which included two weeks of emergency paid sick leave, up to three months of paid family and medical leave, and enhanced unemployment insurance.
As families began to feel the economic squeeze of lifesaving stay-at-home directives, Congress passed the CARES Act – a $2 trillion relief package that provided direct payments to millions of Americans and offered funding for small businesses. Most recently, we passed an interim emergency relief bill to increase funds for small businesses, in addition to providing money for increased testing capacity and supplies for frontline health care workers. I will keep fighting to ensure that Americans have what they need to weather this pandemic, and my offices will continue to offer services and support to our community.
Prevention and Treatment
COVID-19 can spread from person-to-person through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid exposure to this virus. The CDC is advising people to take the following everyday preventive actions:
- Frequently wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow, and be sure to throw used tissues in the trash.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people, especially those who are sick, by keeping a distance of 6 feet between yourself and others.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily with detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
- Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care. Call your healthcare provider to tell them that you have or may have COVID-19 based on the symptoms you are experiencing. This will help the facility prepare for your visit in an effort to reduce further exposure to others.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
The symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough and shortness of breath. These symptoms may appear between 2-14 days after exposure.
What to do if you are sick
If you are experiencing mild COVID-19 symptoms, it is recommended that you stay at home unless you are in need of medical attention, and that you not go to work, school, or public areas.
If you are experiencing more severe symptoms and need medical attention, call your healthcare provider and tell them that you have or may have COVID-19 based on the symptoms you are experiencing. This will help the facility prepare for your visit in an effort to reduce further exposure to others.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- California Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response
- California Department of Public Health
- San Joaquin Office of Emergency Services
- San Joaquin Public Health Services
- Contra Costa Health Services
- Sacramento County Department of Health Services
It is important to rely on trusted sources such as those listed above to stay informed. The COVID-19 outbreak is a developing situation, and information can become outdated quickly. For the most up-to-date information, please refer to the CDC's website.