COVID-19 Resources

 

All over the state, Californians have come together to meet the moment of the COVID-19 pandemic. From volunteers at local food banks, teleteaching in our schools & the incredible dedication of essential workers like healthcare heroes and first responders, Californians have shown that we will overcome these challenging times by working together as a community.

 

I am continuing to work with local health departments, nonprofits, schools, & small businesses to ensure that our community is informed & has access to the latest resources & assistance programs.

 

Below you can find information about COVID-19, available resources, and general assistance programs. 

Please do not hesitate to call my office if you have any questions.

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) General Information:

A new statewide hotline has been created for COVID-19 information.This hotline will offer assistance and can direct those in-need to critical services.

COVID-19 Hotline: (833) 544-2374

For the most accurate information and up-to-date developments about the coronavirus (COVID-19), visit the following websites and consult with our local health departments:

 

Stay At Home Order:

All individuals living in the State of California are currently ordered to stay home or at their place of residence, except for permitted work, local shopping or other permitted errands, or as otherwise authorized.

 

On March 19, 2020, an Executive Order and Public Health Order  directed all Californians to stay home except to go to an essential job or to shop for essential needs. On May 4, 2020, an Executive Order informed local health jurisdictions and industry sectors that they may gradually reopen under new modifications and guidance provided by the state per the May 7, 2020 Public Health Order.

 

Please visit the state's Q&A page about the current status of the Stay at Home Order and how it affects you. Click here.

 

State Reopening:

The state has created a new tiered system of reopening known as the Blueprint for a Safer Economy.

To see what is currently open in Kern and Kings county, Click here.

 

COVID-19 Symptoms:

Visit the Center for Disease Control's website for valuable information and directions about COVID-19.

California is expanding its testing capacity on a daily basis. If you think you need to get tested for COVID-19, visit this interactive map to see if there are testing locations near you.

 

Employment Development Department (EDD) Fraud Hotline:

Help fight fraud by reporting any suspicious activity by completing a Fraud Report here.

You can also call EDD's toll-free Fraud Hotline at:1-800-229-6297

 

Emergency Resources & Information:

There are a number of resources available on the local, state and federal level to help you, your loved ones, and businesses that have been impacted by COVID-19. 

Food Assistance:

For general food assistance or to connect to grocery and meal deliveries for older Californians, call 2-1-1.

Cal Fresh:

CalFresh is for people with low-income who meet federal income eligibility rules and want to add to their budget to put healthy and nutritious food on the table.

Get started here if you are interested in enrolling, or call 1-877-847-3663.

Kern County Food Assistance
Visit the Kern County Superintendent of Schools Website to see an up-to-date list of school meal closure locations. If you are in-need of immediate, emergency food assistance, please visit the Kern County website or dial 2-1-1.

The following resources are also available:

Golden Empire Gleaners*
1326 30th St.|
Bakersfield

*Individuals (15 years & older) may arrive at 7:30 a.m. and volunteer an hour of time can receive a week’s worth of food.

Boys & Girls Clubs - At the following locations, meals will be made available to all children, without any eligibility documentation, who are 18 years of age and younger at due to the COVID-19 outbreak. For non-Club members, the meals will be “to go.”
Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern
801 Niles St.
Bakersfield

David Head Center
10300 San Diego St. 
Lamont

Meal Service @ 2:00 p.m. & 4:00 p.m.

Arvin Children’s Center 
800 Walnut Dr. 
Arvin

Meal Service @ 2:00 p.m. & 4:30 p.m.

Lamont Club
8301 Segrue Rd.
Lamont

Meal Service @ 10:00 a.m. & 3:00 p.m.

Armstrong Youth Center
801 Niles St.
Bakersfield

Meal Service @ 10:00 a.m. & 3:00 p.m.

Stockdale Club 
5207 Young St.
Bakersfield

Meal Service @ 10:00 a.m. & 3:00 p.m.

Blessing Box FoundationBox/pantries are set up at each of the following locations where non-perishables can be donated and/or taken by those in need.
First Congregational Church 
5 Real Rd. 
Bakersfield


Sleepy Baby Box Foundation
3803 Union Ave. 
Bakersfield

Bakersfield Family Church
105 Wilson Ave. 
Bakersfield

Meals served Tues. from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Calvary Full Gospel Church of Oildale
 222 Circle Dr.
Bakersfield

Baker St. American Hotel 
910 Baker St.
Bakersfield

The following resources are also available:

CSUB Food Pantry
One visit per week allowed
9001 Stockdale Hwy.
 Bakersfield

Mon. – Thurs.: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Compassion Christian Center 
1030 4th St.
Bakersfield

Meals served Weds. @ 9:30 a.m.

St. Vincent de Paul Church 
300 Baker St. 
Bakersfield

Meals served Mon. -  Fri. @ 9 a.m. & 12 p.m., Sat. @ 9 a.m.

The Mission at Kern County
816 E. 21st St. 
Bakersfield

Meals served daily @ 6:30 a.m., 11 a.m. & 5 p.m.
 

Kings County Food Assistance

For a list of school closure meal sites in  Kings County, visit the the Kings County Office of Education's up-to-date website at https://bit.ly/3bmPADF.

You can also visit the Kings County website or dial (559) 582-4386 for other food assistance needs or information. The following resources are also available:

Kings County Community Action Network
1130 N. 11th Ave. 
Hanford

Lemoore Christian Aid
224 N. Lemoore Ave.
Lemoore

Mon. - Weds.: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Thurs. - Sun.: Closed

 

Child Care:

During these tough times, it is important that our essential workers and families can access childcare and be reassured that their kids are safe & cared for. The state has launched a new portal to help parents find safe & licensed child care providers in their area.

Learn more here.

 

Senior Assistance:

To combat social isolation, all Californians are urged to check in on vulnerable neighbors with a call, text or physically-distanced door knock. During California’s stay at home order, older Californians may need friends and neighbors to help them obtain basic necessities like groceries and prescriptions.

Call the statewide hotline at 833-544-2374 for any answer and to get assistance during this crisis. For example, the hotline is able to help older Californians access grocery and medication delivery while staying at home.

Please see the graphic below for local resources that benefit the senior community:

 

Workers Benefits & Disaster Relief:

Individuals who are unable to work due to having or being exposed to COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional) can file a Disability Insurance (DI) claim. Disability Insurance provides short-term benefit payments to eligible workers who have full or partial loss of wages due to a non-work-related illness, injury, or pregnancy. Benefit amounts are approximately 60-70 percent of wages (depending on income) and range from $50 - $1,300 a week. Californians who are unable to work because they are caring for an ill or quarantined family member with COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional) can file a Paid Family Leave (PFL) claim. Paid Family Leave provides up to six weeks of benefit payments to eligible workers who have a full or partial loss of wages because they need time off work to care for a seriously ill family member or to bond with a new child. Benefit amounts are approximately 60-70 percent of wages (depending on income) and range from $50-$1,300 a week. For more information related to resources for California's Employers and Workers, please visit this Labor and Workforce Development Agency webpage.

 

Small Business Assistance:

SBA Disaster Loans:

The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Upon a request received from a state’s or territory’s Governor, SBA will issue under its own authority, as provided by the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act that was recently signed by the President, an Economic Injury Disaster Loan declaration. Apply online HERE, call (800) 659-2955 or send an email.

Paycheck Protection Program:

The Paycheck Protection Program provides a loan of up to $10 million from the Small Business Administration (SBA) which is designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities.

Learn more here.

Update: An additional $10,000 of economic relief is available as of July 9, 2020, to businesses that are currently experiencing temporary difficulties due to COVID-19. Please visit SBA.gov/disaster for more information on their Economic Injury Disaster Loan Emergency Advance program. If your small business doesn’t qualify for an SBA loan, visit https://www.ibank.ca.gov/ to learn about their Small Business Disaster Relief Loan Guarantee Program and to see if you qualify.

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program:

If you are an independent contractor, self-employed, and individual without sufficient work history or have exhausted your regular/extended unemployment benefits, you may qualify for the PUA program. Applications for this program are available now.

Learn more here.

California Small Business Loan Guarantee Program:

$50 million in state funding has been allocated for loans through the Small Business Finance Center (SBFC) and IBank. These loans provide potential capital to individuals who do not qualify for federal funds.

Learn more here.

Sales & Use Tax Deferment:

Small businesses with less than $5 million in annual taxable sales will be able to take advantage of new relief efforts that provide a 12-month, interest-free, payment plan for up to $50,000 of sales and use tax liability. Under the program, businesses can enter into payment plans to distribute up to $50,000 of sales tax liability over a 12-month period, interest-free.
Learn more here.

 

Covered California:

Do you need health coverage due to COVID-19 You can enroll now in a health plan through Covered California due and may be eligible to receive financial help to reduce what you pay for coverage,

Get started here.

Have you had a loss in income due to  COVID-19? If you are a Covered California member, be sure to report a change in your income, as it could mean you may receive additional financial help to pay for health coverage. 

Get started here.

 

Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV):

The DMV has reopened select offices to assist customers with existing appointments and with limited select transactions that require an in-person visit. Customers are required to wear a facial covering to enter the office. Check their Online Services page for ways to complete your DMV business today. DMV has extended all driver licenses that expire between March and May 2020 and has expanded eligibility to renew online. New appointments are not currently available.

To see what offices are open, visit this page.

 

Donating Blood - California Needs Your Help!

American Red Cross and health officials around the nation are calling on all of us to do what we can to donate blood. Throughout the COVID19 outbreak, we’ve come across a major shortage of blood donations. If you are healthy and able, please consider scheduling an appointment with a local blood bank.

Truxton Donation Center
5901 Truxtun Ave.
Bakersfield

Mon. - Fri.: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. 
Thurs.: 11 a.m. -7 p.m. 
Sat.: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sun.: Closed

Bolthouse Donation Center
11515 Bolthouse Dr.
Bakersfield

Mon. - Fri.: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. 
Thurs.: 11 a.m. -7 p.m. 
Sat.: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sun.: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

 

Volunteer Opportunities:

California has launched a new website for people who want to safely volunteer and help their community during these tough times. If you are healthy, consider joining Californians For All to have a positive impact in the state.

Learn more here.

 

Additional Information:

For all additional information, please visit California's new website dedicated to COVID-19.