Coronavirus Updates

Contact Information for Local Health Officials:

As local, state, and federal officials continue to develop protocols to combat the spread of Coronavirus, I want to ensure you are equipped with the contact information for your local health officials. It is vital to remember that if you are experiencing symptoms of Coronavirus or have come into contact with a person with Coronavirus, please call your doctor or local public health officials before seeking medical attention.

For the Fresno County Department of Public Health’s Communicable Disease Investigation Program, please call: (559) 600-3332. To receive updates regarding Coronavirus transmission in Fresno County, click here.

For the Tulare County Health & Human Services Agency’s Communicable Disease Reporting, please call: 211 or (559) 685-5720. To receive updates regarding Coronavirus transmission in Tulare County, click here.

Health Resources:

Central California Blood Center: Pathogen-Reduced Plasma for Coronavirus Patients

  • The Central California Blood Center recently announced it will be the nation’s first blood center to produce pathogen-reduced plasma from patients who have successfully recovered from Coronavirus. This will allow the Central California Blood Center to supply local and national hospitals with pathogen-reduced, convalescent plasma for patients combating Coronavirus. If you have recently recovered from Coronavirus and are interested in participating, please click the link above for more information.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

California Department of Public Health

Financial Resources for Employers and Employees:

Paycheck Protection Program: Assistance for Small Businesses

IRS: Coronavirus Tax Relief and Economic Impact Payments

House Republicans: Congressional Response to Coronavirus

Department of Labor temporary rule regarding Paid Leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act
Department of Labor Unemployment Insurance Guidance Letter 15-20 (UIPL)
  • The UIPL issued by the Department of Labor provides guidance to states for Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC). Under FPUC, states will administer an additional $600 weekly payment to certain eligible individuals who are receiving other benefits, per the CARES Act.

Disaster Loan Assistance for American Families and Small Businesses

  • President Trump has instructed the Small Business Administration (SBA) to provide loans to businesses affected by Coronavirus. This includes low-interest rates for California small businesses negatively impacted by Coronavirus.

State of California Coronavirus Tax Relief

  • The State's Financial Tax Board has postponed state tax filing and payment deadlines for all individuals and business entities until July 15, 2020.

Travel Assistance Resources:

State Department's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)

  • For Americans abroad trying to arrange travel home during the Coronavirus outbreak, it is imperative you enroll in the State Department's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program. By enrolling in STEP, you will receive communications from the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate to assist you in arranging for your travel home.

CDC travel health notices

International travel guidance issued by the State Department

State Department specific country travel advisories

Gas and Electric Services:

PG&E's Pandemic Response Includes Precautionary Health and Safety Actions; Moratorium on Customer Shutoffs for Nonpayment

  • Until further notice, PG&E is voluntarily prohibiting service disconnections due to non-payment for both residential and commercial customers. In addition, PG&E is offering its most flexible pay plans to customers who indicate either an impact or hardship from the Coronavirus outbreak.

Southern California Edison temporarily postpones non-critical planned power outages, suspends service disconnections for non-payment, and waives late fees for business and residential customers impacted by the Coronavirus outbreak