COVID-19 News: March 31, 2020

In case you haven’t heard, the Bay Area shelter in place order was officially extended through May 1st.

  • Yesterday, Governor Newsom signed an executive order that will provide tax, regulatory and licensing extensions for businesses.
  • At noon today, Governor Newsom is expected to announce a new initiative to help older Californians stay connected while they are socially distanced! More information on this will be provided in the next newsletter.
  • Yesterday, Governor Newsom announced the creation of the California Health Corps, a major initiative to expand the health care work force during this crisis. If you know of any health care workers (physical or mental) who would like to apply, direct them to healthcorps.ca.gov.
  • You may see the awareness campaign about COVID-19 everywhere, “Stay Home. Save Lives.”; state government has partnered with public health authorities, tech giants, celebrities, and more to promote the campaign. For a campaign cartoon narrated by our very own Governor, click here.
  • On March 27th, Mayor Breed issued a sixth supplemental to her emergency order stating that no tax shall be imposed under Article 7 of the San Francisco Business and Tax Regulations Code for a variety of situations relating to the crisis including, for example, to house public or private healthcare workers involved in the response to the pandemic. Sixth supplemental attached!
  • Today, Mayor Breed announced that projected budget shortfalls are set to increase by over $1 billion from pre-COVID-19 estimates. For more information, please click here.
  • If you’re particularly interested in how the crisis is affecting labor and employment statistics, please check out the CA Employment Development Department (EDD) Data Library. Though not all their data is completely up to date, they will tell you when the dataset was last updated. To peruse, click here.
  • If you are concerned about HIPAA and COVID-19, the Health and Human Services Department has released several resources to help guide you. Click here for more information! If you’re curious about how nondiscrimination laws apply in the case of an emergency, the HHS has a whole slew of resources. To access them, click here.

Stay safe, stay healthy, stay home.

For more information about COVID-19’s impact on California’s political and administrative landscape, visit our coronavirus webpage.

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