Covid-19 Resources

Whether you are worried about your family, how you will pay bills, or run your business, please know you are not alone.  Here are articles and resources to help you navigate this uncertain time. Please reach out with other questions if I can help: Vicki@Vicki4Senate.com, 831-200-5922.  

For county-specific information and resources, please click on the following links:
Monterey County Resources, San Luis Obispo County Resources, Santa Clara County Resources, Santa Cruz County Resources.

Business, entrepreneurs, and non-profit resources:

Statewide guidelines for businesses re-opening including specific industry guidelines:  https://covid19.ca.gov/industry-guidance/

Daily updated Paycheck Protection Program information and toolbox for non-profits: https://fmaonline.net/ppptoolbox/

Need help keeping up to date with the changes in SBA programs? Find free weekly seminars in English and Spanish from the Monterey Business Council and the California Small Business Development Center: https://mcbc.biz/

Constantly updated resources and step-by-step help for businesses on the National Federation of Independent Businesses site: https://www.nfib.com/content/analysis/coronavirus/latest-on-coronavirus-from-nfib/

How to file for unemployment in California: https://www.kqed.org/news/11806938/how-to-file-for-unemployment-in-california-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic

NOLO's legal guide to unemployment in California: https://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/collecting-unemployment-benefits-california-32504.html

If you are a business owner, self-employed, an independent contractor or other category that doesn't usually qualify for unemployment, learn more about learn more about the Pandemic Assistance Program and guidelines to apply: https://www.edd.ca.gov/about_edd/coronavirus-2019/pandemic-unemployment-assistance.htm  


The state has expanded call center hours to help Californians navigate filing unemployment benefits. If you want more information about which programs you qualify for and how to apply, call the following:

English 1-800-300-5616
Spanish 1-800-326-8937
Cantonese 1-800-547-3506
Mandarin 1-866-303-0706
Vietnamese 1-800-547-2058
TTY 1-800-815-9387

Health Resources:

Learn about the state's testing program and more than 250 testing sites where frontline workers can get tested:  https://covid19.ca.gov/

Protect your family at home! CPR is easy to learn and save lives: https://www.nyp.org/cpr/

Worried you might have coronavirus symptoms? Get a free e-visit consultation from Montage Health to set your mind at ease: https://evisit.montagehealth.org/

The Community Hospital of Monterey Peninsula offers helpful FAQ and hospital restriction guidelines: https://www.chomp.org/coronavirus/#.XptapCVlCEc

Learn more about the different COVID-19 Tests that will be offered around the region: https://www.santacruzsentinel.com/2020/05/03/confused-about-all-those-coronavirus-testing-options-heres-a-consumers-guide/

Monterey County Resources:

Get daily updates from the county's Office of Emergency Services plus helpful county-wide resources: https://www.co.monterey.ca.us/government/departments-a-h/administrative-office/office-of-emergency-services/response/covid-19

Community Foundation's grants and resources for nonprofits: https://www.cfmco.org/nonprofits/center-for-nonprofit-excellence/covid-19-nonprofit-resources/

Want to support local restaurants? Here is an amazing list of restaurants that are open for take-out: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/14D8w2AAsjUo29O2uEBzf3MUWAWEbInTgCyzewgXxKLM/edit#gid=0

Learn more about free meals for senior citizens under the Great Plates program:  call 831-796-3530 or email murrayphillipsk@co.monterey.ca.us, or call 831-755-4447 or email 501-mcaaa@co.monterey.ca.us

Find ways to volunteer through the statewide volunteer portal (https://www.californiavolunteers.ca.gov/get-involved/covid-19//) or different groups in Monterey County, like Love Our Central Coast: (https://www.loveourcentralcoast.org/)

San Luis Obispo County Resources:

Read the county's draft of re-opening guidelines and proposals: https://www.emergencyslo.org/en/start.aspx  

Get daily updates and county-wide information:https://www.emergencyslo.org/en/covid19.aspx

From food assistance to emergency childcare, agricultural resources, find tons of helpful resources in San Luis Obispo County at the virtual resource center: https://www.emergencyslo.org/en/virtual-local-assistance-center.aspx

Want to support local restaurants? Here is a great list of restaurants open throughout SLO county open for take-out: https://www.newtimesslo.com/sanluisobispo/food-to-go-in-slo-county/Content?oid=9520998

Find ways to serve your neighbors and community through the SLO volunteer portal (https://www.emergencyslo.org/en/volunteers.aspx?_mid_=504) or the statewide portal (https://www.californiavolunteers.ca.gov/get-involved/covid-19//)

Santa Clara County Resources:

Updates and county-wide information updated almost daily: https://www.santaclaraca.gov/i-want-to/stay-informed/current-topics/coronavirus-updates

From financial services to mental health and services for seniors, get updated information about county-wide services: https://www.santaclaraca.gov/i-want-to/stay-informed/newsroom/coronavirus-updates/community-covid-19-resources  

Stay mentally strong during quarantine! Resources from the National Alliance on Mental Illness and a Santa Clara hotline are here to help you stay strong and resilient: https://namisantaclara.org/covid-19-support-resources/

Get takeout and support your favorite local restaurants! Here is a great list of every restaurant open for takeout: https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/03/18/coronavirus-which-bay-area-restaurants-are-offering-takeout-delivery-during-the-shutdown/

Learn more about free meals for senior citizens under the Great Plates program for cities in Santa Clara County including San Jose: call 408-350-3200, select Option 1

Help neighbors with the Second Harvest Food Bank (https://www.shfb.org/give-help/volunteer/) or other great local organizations or use the statewide volunteer portal (https://www.californiavolunteers.ca.gov/get-involved/covid-19//).

Santa Cruz County Resources:

Daily updates from the county on Coronavirus in Santa Cruz: http://www.santacruzhealth.org/HSAHome/HSADivisions/PublicHealth/CommunicableDiseaseControl/CoronavirusHome.aspx

Get regular updates from the city of Santa Cruz on Shelter-in-Place policies and suggestions: http://www.cityofsantacruz.com/community/city-newsroom/response-to-covid-19  

Get almost daily resources, updates, and connect to other businesses in downtown Santa Cruz: https://downtownsantacruz.com/post/covid-19

Learn more and apply for grants for non-profits in Santa Cruz County: https://www.cfscc.org/updates/covid-19-grants

Support Santa Cruz restaurants! Here is a great list of every restaurant open for take-out: http://goodtimes.sc/cover-stories/guide-to-takeout-food-santa-cruz/

Serve your community with great local organizations like Community Bridges (https://communitybridges.org/) or the statewide volunteer portal (https://www.californiavolunteers.ca.gov/get-involved/covid-19//).