Please note, this is a fast-evolving situation and, as a result, our updates cannot capture every new development regarding COVID-19. The information in this update is based on what we currently know. Additionally, this update is not intended as a public safety announcement but rather an accumulation of what we are hearing.
On Thursday, March 19, California Governor Gavin Newsom and the California Department of Public Health announced an open-ended order for all individuals living in the State of California to stay at their place of residence. Individuals are advised to shelter in place except to receive essential services such as food, medicine, gas, and more.
As a result, the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District (PYLUSD) Board of Education has taken action to extend the temporary closure of all school and office locations. School sites and office locations will now be closed through Friday, April 24, 2020. During this time, the District will continue to monitor circumstances surrounding coronavirus (COVID-19) and determine if additional precautionary steps are necessary.
Read the PYLUSD full message here.
Orange County issued a Public Health order. Please click the link to read.
Governor Newsom issued an executive order to provide relief to small businesses. Specifically, the order offers small businesses filing a return of less than $1 million a 90 day extension for tax returns and payments. The order also extends the time (by 60 days) for tax and fee payers to file a claim for refund. Additionally, the order contains several extensions for the next 60 days affecting consumers and state workers. These include:
Futhermore , Governor Newsom announced the state was launching a new statewide initiative in partnership with nonprofits, local jurisdictions and 211 services to create a hotline for seniors. The hotline (833-544-2371) allows individuals to get their questions answered and get connected to local services. The Governor said the state was in the process of procuring tens of millions of surgical masks in addition to N95 masks. Additionally, Newsom said his administration working on recommendations related to face coverings for all Californians. Newsom briefly outlined his executive order on small businesses that extends the deadline for sales tax payments by 90 days. The Governor added that his administration wanted to do more on commercial evictions and would have more news on that front in the coming days. Newsom said the 50,000 additional beds the state was seeking to acquire, were part of the phase 1 plan. If needed, the state is developing a phase 2 plan to bring additional beds into the state’s portfolio (this may include beds from the CSU and UC systems and additional beds from hotels). Newsom acknowledged that more needs to be done to ensure the safety and well-being of grocery workers including breaks for handwashing and access to PPE. When asked about changes to the legislative calendar, the Governor said he spoke to legislative leaders today but all he could say at the moment was the situation is still fluid. Finally, Newsom said the administration would be providing more clarity related to schools in the next couple of days.
The LAO updated its report on Unemployment Insurance for Workers Impacted by COVID-19 to reflect federal developments with H.R. 748 ( the $2 trillion federal stimulus package). Under H.R. 748, unemployment insurance is expanded to cover more individuals (including those who are self-employed), workers will receive an additional $600 per week on top of their usual benefits and states are allowed to extend the amount of time workers can receive benefits.
Late last week, the California Labor Federation submitted a letter to executive and legislative branch leaders outlining a myriad of COVID-19 policy recommendations they. These include:
These have been issued since the first COVID-19 related death In California.