Novel Coronavirus Information and Resources

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Coronavirus

As with any virus, the California Department of Public Health reminds everyone that there are a number of steps individuals can take to protect themselves and those around them:

  • Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Clean your hands often with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing (or an elbow or shoulder if no tissue is available).  Discard tissue and wash your hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Elbow or fist bump one another instead of shaking hands or hugging
  • Get a flu immunization to prevent influenza if you have not done so this season.

Coronavirus

The County of Ventura is encouraging the public, businesses and organizations to donate new, unused personal protective equipment to assist health care providers, health care facilities and first responders responding to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).  My office is completely focused and determined to do all we can to support our medical professionals as they fight this dangerous virus. All supplies collected from donations will be distributed to local hospitals, first responders and essential medical facilities.

Our Camarillo office location at 2301 East Daily Dr., Suite 200, Camarillo, CA 93010 is a designated drop-off location for Ventura County Office of Emergency Services. If you have items to you’d like to donate, please call our office at (805) 482-1904 to schedule a drop-off time.

Teleconferences

(Friday, March 27, 2020) - Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin was joined on a teleconference call by State Senator Henry Stern, public health experts, and community leaders to discuss the COVID-19 crisis. They discussed the status of the crisis, what resources are available to businesses and individuals, how our community can help address this critical situation, and answered questions from the public.

(Friday, March 20, 2020 at 4pm) - Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin was joined on a special teleconference call by State Senator Henry Stern, medical experts and local officials to discuss the COVID-19 crisis. They discussed the status of the crisis, what the medical community is doing, how local and state officials are trying to assist and answered questions from the public. (50:11)

 

    For up-to-date information on the Novel Coronavirus in the state and throughout our region, please refer to these resources:

    California Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response

    VC Emergency

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    California Department of Public Health

    Ventura County Healthcare Agency

    County of Los Angeles Public Health

    World Health Organization

    Updates from Governor Gavin Newsom's COVID-19 Stay at Home Order:

    Governor Newsom issued an executive order for all Californians to stay at home. The order states that individuals working in "Critical Infrastructure Sectors" as defined by the federal government may continue work. Further, all dine-in restaurants, bars, nightclubs, entertainment venues, gyms and fitness studios, public events and gatherings, and convention centers shall be closed.

    The following services will remain open through the order:

    • Gas stations
    • Pharmacies
    • Food: Grocery stores, farmers markets, food banks, convenience stores, takeout and delivery restaurants
    • Banks
    • Laundromat/laundry service

    Essential state and local government functions will also remain open, including law enforcement and offices that provide government programs and services.

    More information can be found through the Office of the Governor.

    California Department of Public Health Resources:

    The California Department of Public Health has consolidated state Guidance Documents on how to prepare and protect Californians from COVID-19 in a single location.

    This includes guidance for:

    • Health care facilities, including long-term care facilities
    • Community care facilities, including assisted living facilities and child care
    • Schools and institutions of higher education
    • First responders, including paramedics and EMTs
    • Employers, health care workers and workers in general industry
    • Health care plans
    • Home cleaning with COVID-19 positive individuals
    • Gathering Guidance
    • Guidance for Using Disinfectants at Schools and Child Cares
    • Laboratories
    • Health care facilities from Cal/OSHA
    • Homelessness Providers

    Those who are uninsured and/or do not have a primary health care provider and are symptomatic of virus can call 211 for assistance.

    California Labor & Workforce Agency Resources:

    California will continue acting swiftly to help workers hurt by COVID-19. Affected workers can visit the Labor & Workforce Development Agency’s website to review what benefits are available to them. For instance,

    • If you’re unable to work because you are caring for an ill or quarantined family member with COVID-19 you may qualify for Paid Family Leave (PFL).
    • If you’re unable to work due to medical quarantine or illness, you may qualify for Disability Insurance. Those who have lost a job or have had their hours reduced for reasons related to COVID-19 may be able to partially recover their wages by filing an unemployment insurance claim.
    • If a worker or a family member is sick or for preventative care when civil authorities recommend quarantine, workers may use accrued paid sick leave in accordance with the law.
    • If workers are unable to do their usual job because they were exposed to and contracted COVID-19 during the regular course of their work, they may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. All information and resources can be found at Labor.Ca.Gov/Coronavirus2019

    Resources for Small Businesses:

    The threat of COVIDー19 has impacted many small business owners throughout Assembly District 44. Please click through the links below for local, state, and federal resources.

    California Tax Filing Extension

    Governor Newsom’s N-25-20 Order from March 12th directed state agencies responsible for tax collection to extend filing deadlines for individuals and businesses affected by state and local public health mitigation measures, including social distancing.

    Affected agencies include:
    US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) – collects Federal income, payroll, corporate, and other taxes.

    • Guidance issued on March 20th extends the filing deadline from April 15th to July 15th for all individual taxpayers and businesses. This gives additional time to file and make payments without interest or penalties.
    • Two days earlier, the IRS issued guidance extending the payment deadline, but retaining the original April 15th filing deadline. Both the filing and payment deadline are now July 15th.

    The Franchise Tax Board (FTB) announced special tax relief for California taxpayers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Affected taxpayers are granted an extension to file 2019 California tax returns and make certain payments to July 15, 2020, for all tax filings and payments due between March 15, 2020, through July 15, 2020. The FTB’s June 15 extended due has since been extended an additional 30 days to July 15th to align with the IRS filing deadline. [Press Release]

    • Individual filers whose (Personal Income) tax returns are due on April 15 now have a 90-day extension to file and pay by July 15.
    • Partnerships and LLCs who are taxed as partnerships (Corporation Tax) whose tax returns are due on March 15 now have a 90-day extension to file and pay by July 15.
    • Quarterly estimated tax payments due on April 15 now have a 90-day extension to pay by July 15.
    • Taxpayers claiming the special COVID-19 relief should write the name of the state of emergency (for example, COVID-19) in black ink at the top of the tax return to alert FTB of the special extension period. If taxpayers are e-filing, they should follow the software instructions to enter disaster information. The FTB will also waive interest and any late filing or late payment penalties that would otherwise apply.
    • Frequently Asked Questions

    Employment Development Department (EDD) -- employers statewide directly affected by the new coronavirus (COVID-19) may request up to a 60-day extension of time from the EDD to file their state payroll reports and/or deposit payroll taxes without penalty or interest. [link]

    Ventura County Treasurer-Tax Collector – collects local property tax bills.

    • SECURED TAXES ARE DELINQUENT AFTER APRIL 10, 2020: Steven Hintz, Ventura County Treasurer-Tax Collector, announced that April 10th deadline for Secured property tax bills is still in effect.  The 2nd installment of the 2019/20 Annual Secured property tax bill is due as of February 1st and will become delinquent if not paid on or before April 10th. 
    • The Treasurer-Tax Collector’s Office does not have the authority to extend the payment deadline of April 10th and all payments received after this date may be assessed a late payment penalty.

    Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA) – administers collection of Sales and Use taxes, as well as a variety of other taxes and fees that fund specific state programs, such as fuel, tobacco, alcohol, and cannabis taxes.

    • Pursuant to the recent Executive Order, CDTFA has the authority to assist individuals and businesses impacted by social distancing measures related to COVID-19. This assistance includes granting extensions of 60 days for filing returns and making payments, relief from interest and penalties, and filing a claim for refund.
    • Taxpayers may request assistance and relief by contacting CDTFA.

    Office of Tax Appeals (OTA) -- an independent and impartial appeals body established to hear appeals from California taxpayers regarding various taxes and fees administered by the CDTFA and the FTB.

    • If you are a taxpayer experiencing financial hardship, you have options that do not involve filing an appeal.  Both the Franchise Tax Board (FTB) and the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA) accept installment plans for taxpayers who need to pay tax obligations over time.
    • Both tax agencies also have Offer-In-Compromise (OIC) programs, which allow taxpayers in certain circumstances to pay a reduced amount to the state.

    The DMV is implementing the following actions to protect the health and safety of their customers and employees during the coronavirus pandemic:

    • Instituting appointment-only service for transactions that require an in-office visit, effective March 19, 2020.
    • Canceling all behind-the-wheel drive tests for the next 30 days to honor social distancing guidelines. 
    • Suspending extended field office hours and Saturday field office service. 
    • Launching DMV Virtual Field Office on March 23, 2020, to give customers the capability to take care of many transactions online or by telephone that require an office visit today.

    Frequently Asked Questions:

    QUESTION: How many people have become ill from COVID -19?

    ANSWER: Current data from the CDC is available here.

    QUESTION: What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

    ANSWER: Typically, human coronaviruses cause mild-to-moderate respiratory illness. Symptoms are very similar to the flu, including: runny nose, headache, cough, sore throat, fever and shortness of breath.

    QUESTION: How is COVID-19 diagnosed?

    ANSWER: Health care providers will assess patients and if novel coronavirus infection is possible, they will do further testing. Please contact your provider before going in to an office or clinic so that they can be prepared for your arrival so others will not be exposed. If there is suspicion of an infection, public health agencies will work with health care providers to ensure CDC testing can be completed.

    QUESTION: What is the treatment for COVID-19?

    ANSWER: There are currently no vaccines available to protect you against coronavirus infection. Most people with illnesses due to common coronavirus infections recover on their own. There are no specific treatments for coronavirus infection. For patients who are more severely ill, hospitals can provide supportive care. We are learning more about this novel coronavirus and treatment may change over time.

    QUESTION: What should someone do if they have symptoms?

    ANSWER: If you have traveled to areas with a large outbreak or have been with a person who has tested positive, and you have become ill with fever, cough or shortness of breath, call your health care provider or local health department. Please be sure to tell your health care provider about your travel history. 

    QUESTION: Where can the public get information about COVID-19?

    ANSWER: The CDC website and CDPH website.

    If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out to my office. We're always here to answer questions, and together we can keep our community healthy.