SACRAMENTO, CA – Assemblymember Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove), released the following update regarding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic:
- ALL PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN BOTH SACRAMENTO AND SAN JOAQUIN COUNTIES ARE OFFICIALLY CLOSED STARTING MARCH 16, 2020 FOR UP TO THREE WEEKS;
- School lunches will be provided at several school locations throughout the region. Visit local school district websites for complete lists. Links below:
- Governor Gavin Newsom Declares a State of Emergency and issues guidelines:
- Urges those who are older than 65 and those with chronic conditions to isolate in their homes as they face the greatest risk from COVID-19;
- The one-week waiting period for unemployment benefits has been waived for people who are unemployed, and/or have lost hours/wages or are disabled as a result of COVID-19;
- All bars, night clubs, and breweries to close. Restaurants can remain open but suggests “deep social distancing,” with their permitting occupancy being cut in half;
- Efforts are underway to address the unsheltered homeless population via state use of hotels and motels to remove the homeless from the streets. 450 trailers will be sent to critical points to provide housing to the homeless;
- Deadline for state income tax filing extended by 60 days for individuals and businesses unable to file on time based on compliance with public health requirements related to COVID-19 filings;
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also announced new guidance for mass events and recommends that for the next 8 weeks, organizers cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more;
- From the international data we have, of those who have tested positive for COVID-19, approximately 80 PERCENT DO NOT EXHIBIT SYMPTOMS that would require hospitalization.
Assemblymember Cooper represents the Cities of Sacramento, Elk Grove, Galt, and Lodi.