Let’s Work Together to Keep Isla Vista Safe and Healthy
Actions Everyone Can Take to Keep Our Neighbors Safe:
- Only gather with people who live in your household
- Wear a mask at all times when outside your home
- Wash your hands frequently, disinfect surfaces
- Get tested, even if you don’t have symptoms
- Hold each other accountable for unsafe behavior
- Get a flu shot
- Cooperate with Public Health and Student Health disease control teams
If You See Something, Say Something
- Report Violations of the County Health Order (ex. Private parties, large or small, of people not in the same household). UCSB and SBCC students may face disciplinary action, and tenants may face action from their landlord.
- UCSB Reporting Form: https://ucsb-advocate.symplicity.com/public_report/index.php/pid351729?
- County of SB ReportingForm: https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/a3953d034e9543ecbb7ab0fabf7416bf
- SBCC Reporting Form: https://cm.maxient.com/reportingform.php?SantaBarbaraCityCollege&layout_id=3
- SB County Sheriff Non-emergency hotline: 805-692-5743
COVID-19 Local Testing Options:
Isla Vista Theater: October 23, 24 & November 6, 7 12pm-4pm
- Walk ins accepted, but appointments preferred
- Everyone is eligible
- No out of pocket cost
- No ID needed and privacy protected
- More dates to be added
Goleta Valley Community Center 5679 Hollister Avenue
- Appointments only
Sign up for an appointment for either location here: https://publichealthsbc.org/testing/
Check that link again for more testing dates added in the future.
Mental Health Resources
- Santa Barbara Response Network - sbresponsenetwork.org
- UCSB CAPS - https://caps.sa.ucsb.edu
- SBCC The Well - http://www.sbcc.edu/healthservices/thewell.php
- Foster a pet - sbcanimalservices.org
Thank you for doing your part! Keep up the good work!
To help with life during these difficult times, we have compiled the below list of services to help our community. Please feel free to email email@example.com for additions/changes to this list. Thanks to the Isla Vista Community Network, Associated Students, 3rd District County Supervisor Office, our IVCSD interns, and many other community leaders who've helped compile resources for distribution.
For Public Health updates:
- Local: Santa Barbara County Public Health Department COVID-19 Information Portal
- State: California Department of Public Health COVID-19 Updates
- Federal: Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
- Global: World Health Organization - Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
For specific concerns and services about:
- Financial Assistance
- Youth and Families
- College Students
- Business Owners
Please see below!
For individual and family financial assistance, the United Way of Santa Barbara County, in partnership with the Santa Barbara Foundation and the Hutton Parker Foundation, are awarding individual assistance grants to those disproportionately affected by the crisis including those experiencing homelessness. To apply, visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/T987XG3
For UCSB students, the Isla Vista Tenants Union has created an Emergency Fund to help assist with the costs that have arisen from the pandemic. These costs can pertain to transportation, storage and housing issues. To fill out an application, please click here.
Also for UCSB students, the Financial Crisis Response Team is to here to assist you as well. The Team will help you create a plan of action as well as set up appointments with the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships.
International Students needing emergency loan assistance can access a one-time housing voucher to help with your housing expenses, through the Finacial Crisis Response Team. You can find an application and information at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Thanks to IVTU for their Financial Relief page)
Governor Gavin Newsom today issued an executive order banning the enforcement of eviction orders for renters affected by COVID-19 through July 28, 2020. The order prohibits landlords from evicting tenants for nonpayment of rent and prohibits enforcement of evictions by law enforcement or courts. It also requires tenants to declare in writing, no more than seven days after the rent comes due, that the tenant cannot pay all or part of their rent due to COVID-19.
The tenant would be required to retain documentation but not required to submit it to the landlord in advance. And the tenant would remain obligated to repay full rent in a timely manner and could still face eviction after the enforcement moratorium is lifted. The order has taken effect, and provides immediate relief to tenants for whom rent is due.
To notify your landlord, please fill out this form and follow the instructions listed.Tenant to Landlord notice form UPDATED.pdf
THIS DOES NOT MEAN THAT YOU DO NOT OWE ANY RENT PAYMENTS. Rather, this means you can postpone payments until July 28 (or until the SB County health proclamation is terminated) if you are experiencing financial hardships because of COVID-19 without being evicted.
Tenants and Landlords looking for support mediating their rent payment plans can utilize the IVCSD's Rental Housing Mediation Services here at https://islavistacsd.ca.gov/rental-housing-mediation.
The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County is distributing free groceries at the locations listed below.
For Food Distribution in Isla Vista
Associated Student Food Bank (UCSB Only)
Miramar Food Pantry (UCSB Only)
Food Not Bombs (VGN)
Little Acorn Park (Sun) / Children’s Park (Wed)
SAFE Food Net Distributions
St. George YMCA
CalFresh & Food Security Assistance, Free Nutrition Station
Student Needs Advising Center (UCEN)
For hours and other information, click here
The Organic Soup Kitchen
Contact for delivery: (805) 364-2790 or email@example.com
Thanks to IV Tenants Union and the Food Bank of Santa Barbara for creating this guide to food distribution in IV in both English and Spanish.
Home Cooking Peers
Do you need help figuring out how to prepare simple meals within your budget? Do you feel like you need more support in the kitchen? Not sure what to make for dinner or how to best shop to meet your budget? To make your transition to campus smoother, the Department of Health & Wellness would like to offer you access to our very own Home Cooking Peers.
Our coaches are trained in various areas such as cooking simple, healthy, affordable recipes, budgeting, meal planning, and kitchen safety. So no matter what resource you need, you will have access to us via our flexible appointment system! Join us for a one-on-one appointment, or feel free to invite your housemates to learn along with you.
Make an appointment with a Home Cooking Peer: http://bit.ly/cookingaptf20IVTU COVID-19 food resource guide ENGLISH.pdfIVTU COVID-19 food resource guide SPANISH.pdf
Mask Distribution - Sponsored by the Isla Vista Food Coop, AS Office of the EVPLA, IVCSD, United Way, and UCSB Health & Wellness
Pick up a free mask at any location below:
Isla Vista Food Co-op
6575 Seville Rd
Daily 10am – 8pm
Isla Vista Neighborhood Clinic - Sponsored by the Office of the EVPLA
970 Embarcadero Del Mar
Monday thru Friday 8:15 am – 6pm
Saturday 8:30 am – 12pm
Isla Vista Community Center - Sponsored by the United Way and the Isla Vista Community Services District
976 Embarcadero Del Mar
Wednesday 12:30pm – 2:30pm
Friday 12:30pm – 2:30pm
Local IV Businesses: Miramar Food Pantry, Rockfire Grill, Pizza My Heart, Buddha Bowls, IV Deli-mart, Caje, Richie’s Barber Shop, St. George Youth Center, Starbucks
For Santa Barbara County public health information (which includes IV) visit https://publichealthsbc.org/
If you struggling with mental wellness, do not hesitate to call Behavioral Wellness 24/7 Access Line: (888) 868-1649
For UCSB students, CAPS is open and taking patients by video conference appointment. For more information and to schedule an appointment please visit http://caps.sa.ucsb.edu/
Monday – 8:30am to 4:30pm
Tuesday – 8:30am to 4:30pm
Wednesday – 10:00am to 4:30pm
Thursday – 9:00am to 4:30pm
Friday – 8:30am to 4:30pm
Health & Wellness wellness.sa.ucsb.edu is a resource for self care resources and wellness offerings that includes food & cooking resources (on a budget), meditation, sleep health and other programs that are designed to address impacts of stress but also build resilience and social connection.
Student Well-Being website: wellbeing.ucsb.edu. This site is a resource that is a central hub of wellbeing resources for students and includes Basic Needs, CAPS, SHS, Health & Wellness, Recreation, C.A.R.E., Student Mental Health Coordination and contacts for urgent needs.
If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence or home abuse, call 911. Due to the shelter-in-place orders, stress is high and many of us are surrounded by those close to us everyday. However, although there may not be others around, these are still crimes and if you don’t call 9-1-1 and something terrible happens, you will never forgive yourself.
The IVCSD provides multiple resources alongside other community organizations to survivors of sexual assault and other interpersonal violence crimes. In partnership with Standing Together to End Sexual Assault (STESA) we recently opened a Survivor Resource Center at 970 Embarcadero Del Mar where survivors and their loved ones can meet with STESA. STESA may be contacted at: (805) 564-3696.
We also partner with the UC Police Department to provide an Interpersonal Violence Investigations and Prevention Detective for the Isla Vista community. Kovena Avila is a specialized trauma informed investigator that is dedicated to working with survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, stalking, and other related crimes in order to acheive their intended justice. Detective Avila may be contacted here: firstname.lastname@example.org. Further resources include Campus Advocacy Resources and Education (CARE) that can be contacted at: (805) 893-4613.
Also there are other social service first-responders which you can contact too. These include:
Domestic or Intimate Partner Violence: Contact Domestic Violence Solutions - 805.964.5245.
Child Abuse: Contact: Child Abuse Listening Mediation (CALM) - (805) 965-2376
Sexual Assault: Contact: Standing Together to End Sexual Assault (STESA) - 805-564-3696
Animal Abuse: Contact Santa Barbara Animal Services - (805) 681-5285
Are you observing non-compliance of social distancing? Call Santa Barbara County Call Center (833) 688-5551.
Are you questioning whether or not a business is essential? Call Santa Barbara County Call Center (833) 688-5551 to ask. The County is also refining its list of what is deemed essential and what is not and should have something released soon.
For employee resources, visit https://edd.ca.gov/about_edd/coronavirus-2019/workers.htm.
FAQs from the California EDD site:
- Are you sick or in quarantine? If you are unable to work because you have or have been exposed to COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional), you can file a Disability Insurance (DI) claim. Governor Newsom’s executive order waives the one-week unpaid waiting period. You can collect DI benefits for the first week you are out of work. If you are eligible, the EDD processes and issues payments within a few weeks of receiving a claim. Visit https://edd.ca.gov/Disability/How_to_File_a_DI_Claim_in_SDI_Online.htm.
- Are you caring for someone who is sick? If you are unable to work because you are caring for an ill or quarantined family member with COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional), you can file a Paid Family Leave (PFL) claim. If you are eligible, visit https://edd.ca.gov/Disability/How_to_File_a_PFL_Claim_in_SDI_Online.htm; the EDD processes and issues payments within a few weeks of receiving a claim.
- Are you affected by school closures? Parents of children that have to miss work due to school closures may be eligible for Unemployment Insurance benefits. Eligibility considerations include if you have no other care options and if you are unable to continue working your normal hours remotely. File an Unemployment Insurance claim at https://edd.ca.gov/Unemployment/Filing_a_Claim.htm and EDD representatives will decide if you are eligible.
- Have you had your hours reduced or been laid off? To file an unemployment insurance claim with EDD (i.e. if you have had your hours reduced or been laid off), visit this link: https://edd.ca.gov/Unemployment/Filing_a_Claim.htm
The IRS and US Treasury launched a new tool to help people who normally don’t file taxes to register for Economic Impact Payments. Visit http://www.irs.gov/eip
For those who are receiving unemployment benefits, Governor Newsom and California are implementing a statewide increase of $600 to unemployment benefits. For more info, see https://www.gov.ca.gov/2020/04/09/governor-newsom-announces-additional-unemployment-benefits-for-workers-impacted-by-covid-19-as-unemployment-claims-reach-record-levels/
(Note: It usually takes 2 weeks for claims to be filed. However, wait times may be longer due to the influx of claims currently. So please be patient and check your email. In the meantime, you should apply for funding and other resources to subsidize your income.)
For employment questions and concerns, please visit https://www.edd.ca.gov/about_edd/coronavirus-2019.htm
For undocumented Californians who have been affected by COVID-19 and who are ineligible for unemployment insurance, due to their immigration statues, Governor Newsom announced a statewide cash payment of $500 per adult and up to $1000 per household. Individuals can begin to apply next month. For more information, https://www.gov.ca.gov/2020/04/15/governor-newsom-announces-new-initiatives-to-support-california-workers-impacted-by-covid-19/
DACA recipients in California are eligible for unemployment. According to EDD’s website “ To collect Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits, you must show that you were in satisfactory immigration status and authorized to work in the United States when earning the wages you used to establish your claim. You must also give proof that you are currently in satisfactory immigration status, and are authorized to work each week that you claim benefits. Note: The EDD verifies immigration status and work authorization through the Department of Homeland Security.” Link: https://www.edd.ca.gov/Unemployment/FAQ_-_Eligibility.htm.
"I would also recommend they check out or reach out to CHIRLA if they have another questions on DACA and UI. CHIRLA is a good resource to tap into, as they are providing good information for our undocumented/immigrant community given COVID-19." Link: https://www.chirla.org/journal/ .
- Credit: Gina Fischer, County of SB
The California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance has put together this article of resources for undocumented Californians who are affected by COVID-19. See here
UndocuScholars has compiled a list of nationwide COVID-19 resources, including financial resources, legal resources, medical resources, food resources, and more. See the list here
Youth and Families
For a list of resources for children and families in IV, visit http://www.ivyp.org/covid-19-resources.html.
For a guide on what to do to care for your family:outbreak_factsheet_1_2_.pdf
For advice on how to talk to youth about the virus,talking_to_your_kids_about_the_coronavirus.pdfcsts_fs_helping_homebound_children_during_infectious_disease_outbreak.pdf
Isla Vista Youth Projects Family Resource Center is by appointment only supporting families in signing up for 805undocufund, Cal-Fresh, and the United Way benefits.
The campus will be offering only some in-person, but mainly remote instruction for Fall Quarter 2020. The campus will remain flexible until a decision is made, but for students who choose to attend in-person courses as well as reside in the residence halls, face coverings and health tests will be required.. Additional information can be found in Chancellor Yang’s June 18 COVID-19 Update: Fall Planning.
To access Student Resources online, visit http://www.sa.ucsb.edu/departments/remote-status
If you have any questions, visit http://ucsb.intelliresponse.com/
Fall 2020 will be mainly online, with a limited number of classes set to be held in-person. For the latest updates, please visit http://www.sbcc.edu/newsandevents/covid-19/covid-19-campus-updates.php
If you would like the opportunity to bring a mobile or laptop device to access campus wifi, SBCC is making that option available. Those wishing to do so may park in West Campus Parking LOT 4-D, East Campus Parking LOT 1-A, East Campus Parking LOT 1-B (see map showing the wifi strength in purple and orange). In order to participate, you must remain in your personal vehicle to observe social distancing.
Here are some important tips regarding the campus during its online operations and student wifi and computer protocol:
- Regarding campus access for students: Please stay in your vehicle while utilizing campus wifi
- Restrooms on campus are closed, please plan accordingly.
- Be mindful to not drain your vehicle battery.
- Maintain at least TWO parking stalls between your and other vehicles.
- The Library will continue offering Chromebook checkout. After check out, you are asked to return to your vehicle or home. Check our Student Resources page for more information on Chromebook checkout and what you need to do to obtain a hotspot.
For Student Resources: visit http://www.sbcc.edu/newsandevents/covid-19/student-resources.php.
For Campus Operations, visit http://www.sbcc.edu/newsandevents/covid-19/campus-operations-services-status.php
Showers of Blessing https://showersofblessingiv.org
St. Michael's University Church
6586 Picasso Rd, Isla Vista, CA 93117
If you, or someone you know, is low-income, disabled or homeless with a pet, C.A.R.E.4Paws is a nonprofit working to increase their services to pet owners. Services include: pet food distribution, mobile veterinary services and assistance for victims of domestic violence. If you have any questions please contact them at email@example.com or 805-968-2273
In Isla Vista, Showers of Blessing, 6586 Picasso Road is offering pet food pickup and signups for critical mobile clinic services.
The IVCSD is NOT offering pet food pickup nor signups at this time.
For more information about C.A.R.E.4Paws’ services:
-Companion Pet Assistance (pet food and supplies), care4paws.org/petassistance
-Mobile Clinic, care4paws.org/clinicservices
-Safe Haven, care4paws.org/safehaven
Information below provided by SB County Workforce Development Board
IMMEDIATE STEPS TO TAKE
[Santa Barbara, March 17, 2020] As the spread and impact of COVID-19 is still an unknown, it is recommended that employers and self-employed individuals to take the following action steps:
- CONTACT YOUR INSURANCE PROVIDER – Do you have business interruption insurance? If so, you may have coverage that supplements any income or sales loss during this time.
- TRACK LOSSES – During moments of disruption it is important to track any loss your business may have incurred as programs designed to assist cash flow needs and access to capital depend on accurate counts of economic injury or production loss.
- DO YOU HAVE PERFORMANCE-BASED CONTRACTS WITH YOUR SUPPLIERS OR CUSTOMERS? – reviewing your current contracts and obligations will clarify limitations of liability and force majeure.
- HAS YOUR BUSINESS EXPERIENCED DISRUPTION OR CONCERN IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS?
- Supply chain disruption and liability
- Questions or concerns about the implications of tariffs
- Technology plans for setting up remote work stations for employees
- Concerns about cash flow during disruption
- Concerns about credit and finance issues
- Concerns about force majeure
NO-COST BUSINESS CONSULTING IS AVAILABLE!
For businesses that have experienced the following concerns or disruptions, you can contact us for assistance at COVIDbiz@countyofsb.org.
Visit and register (when applicable) with the following websites to keep up to date with the latest news and information related to COVID-19.
County of Santa Barbara – www.countyofsb.org
Santa Barbara County Public Health – publichealthsbc.org
California Governor’s Office of Business & Economic Development – business.ca.gov/coronavirus-2019
California Department of Public Health – www.cdph.ca.gov
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov
ASSISTANCE FOR EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES
ASSISTANCE FOR EMPLOYERS
Work Share Program
Employers experiencing a slowdown in their businesses or services as a result of the Coronavirus impact on the economy may apply for the UI Work Sharing Program through the EDD. This program allows employers to seek an alternative to layoffs – retaining their trained employees by reducing their hours and wages that can be partially offset with UI benefits.
Workers of employers who are approved to participate in the Work Sharing Program receive the percentage of their weekly Unemployment Insurance benefit amount based on the percentage of hours and wages reduced, not to exceed 60 percent.
Extension Filing Payroll Tax
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. This extension may be granted under Section 1111.5 of the California Unemployment Insurance Code (CUIC). A written request for extension must be received within 60 days from the original delinquent date of the payment or return. For more information, please visit EDD website.
ASSISTANCE FOR EMPLOYEES
Individuals who have had their hours reduced or have lost their job through no fault of their own may be eligible for unemployment benefits. Learn more by visiting the EDD website.
Note: Governor’s Emergency Proclamations waive the non-payable one-week waiting period for regular UI benefit payments to eligible individuals affected by current disasters. This means individuals can be paid benefits for the first week they are unemployed due to the disaster.
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.
Paid Family Leave
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.
BUSINESS DISRUPTION LOANS
Economic Development Collaborative (EDC) Disaster Loan Fund
Economic Development Collaborative (EDC) is offering low interest micro loans from $5,000-$50,000 through our Disaster Loan Fund to give a cash flow boost to businesses impacted by reduced sales, supply chain disruption or other challenges related to COVI D-19. Contact Marvin Boateng, Lending Manager to apply or for additional assistance navigating access to capital. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (805) 409-9158.
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loans
Note: At this time, assistance will become available when the State of California qualifies for federal aid. We believe this will be eminent.
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).
SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans offer up to $2 million in assistance and can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.
These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that cannot be paid because of the disaster’s impact. The interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses without credit available elsewhere; businesses with credit available elsewhere are not eligible. The interest rate for non-profits is 2.75%.
SBA offers loans with long-term repayments in order to keep payments affordable, up to a maximum of 30 years. Terms are determined on a case-by-case basis, based upon each borrower’s ability to repay.
For additional information, please contact the SBA disaster assistance customer service center. Call 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or e-mail email@example.com.
Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV)
WEV will be offering loans soon. Please check the WEV website for updates. For WEV existing loans, you can apply for a WEV Quick Response Loan to request deferment for up to three payments. Contact Marni Brook at firstname.lastname@example.org or Marta Quintero at email@example.com for more information.
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FOR EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES
CA Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development COVID-19 Business Resources The California’s Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development has released information on their website for employees and employers impacted by COVID-19. Visit their website for more information.
Labor & Workforce Development Agency (LWDA) Guidance for Employers and Workers
The LWDA has a guidance to make it easier and spread awareness through this centralized source of information on the LWDA website to help determine what is best for the businesses, their employees, and their family.
California Employment Development Department (EDD) COVID-19 Online Resources
The State of California EDD provides a variety of support services affected by COVID-19 in California. The EDD website offers many services online for businesses and employees.
SBA COVID-19 Business Guide
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has released a comprehensive guide to help businesses plan and respond to the current COVID-19 threat. Visit the SBA website for more information.
CDC COVID-19 Business Guide
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have created an interim guide based on what is currently known about the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). For access to the full guide and more information, please visit the CDC website.
Local Chambers of Commerce
Stay connected with your local Chamber of Commerce. Chambers of Commerce are well connected with the business community and legislative and they all are collecting additional resources to assist businesses.
Buellton Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau, www.buellton.org, 805.688.7829
Carpinteria Valley Chamber of Commerce, www.carpinteriachamber.org, 805.684.5479
Goleta Chamber of Commerce, goletachamber.com, 805.967.2500
Lompoc Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau, www.lompoc.com, 805.736.4567
Santa Barbara Chamber of Commerce, www.sbchamber.org, 805.965.3023
Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce, santamaria.com, 805.925.2403
Solvang Chamber of Commerce, www.solvangcc.com, 805.688.0701
RECOMMENDATIONS FOR EMPLOYERS TO TAKE NOW
Note: This information is not intended to be used as medical advice. Please contact your local health professional or visit the CDC website for further information.
President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America: 15 Days to Slow the Spread
The president recently released these simple guidelines to encourage all of us to do our part to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Actively encourage sick employees to stay home
Employees who have symptoms of acute respiratory illness are recommended to stay home and not come to work until they are free of fever (100.4° F [37.8° C] or greater using an oral thermometer), signs of a fever, and any other symptoms for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines (e.g. cough suppressants). Employees should notify their supervisor and stay home if they are sick.
Ensure that your sick leave policies are flexible and consistent with public health guidance and that employees are aware of these policies.
Talk with companies that provide your business with contract or temporary employees about the importance of sick employees staying home and encourage them to develop non- punitive leave policies.
Do not require a healthcare provider’s note for employees who are sick with acute respiratory illness to validate their illness or to return to work, as healthcare provider offices and medical facilities may be extremely busy and not able to provide such documentation in a timely way.
Employers should maintain flexible policies that permit employees to stay home to care for a sick family member. Employers should be aware that more employees may need to stay at home to care for sick children or other sick family members than is usual.
Separate sick employees
CDC recommends that employees who appear to have acute respiratory illness symptoms (i.e. cough, shortness of breath) upon arrival to work or become sick during the day should be separated from other employees and be sent home immediately. Sick employees should cover their noses and mouths with a tissue when coughing or sneezing (or an elbow or shoulder if no tissue is available).
Emphasize staying home when sick, respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene by all employees
Provide tissues and no-touch disposal receptacles for use by employees.
Instruct employees to clean their hands often with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60-95% alcohol, or wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Soap and water should be used preferentially if hands are visibly dirty.
Provide soap and water and alcohol-based hand rubs in the workplace. Ensure that adequate supplies are maintained. Place hand rubs in multiple locations or in conference rooms to encourage hand hygiene.
Perform routine environmental cleaning
Routinely clean all frequently touched surfaces in the workplace, such as workstations, countertops, and doorknobs. Use the cleaning agents that are usually used in these areas and follow the directions on the label.
No additional disinfection beyond routine cleaning is recommended at this time. Provide disposable wipes so that commonly used surfaces (for example, doorknobs, keyboards, remote controls, desks) can be wiped down by employees before each use.
Advise employees before traveling to take certain steps
Check the CDC’s Traveler’s Health Notices for the latest guidance and recommendations for each country to which you will travel. Specific travel information for travelers going to and returning from China, and information for aircrew, can be found at on the CDC website. Advise employees to check themselves for symptoms of acute respiratory illness before starting travel and notify their supervisor and stay home if they are sick.
Ensure employees who become sick while traveling or on temporary assignment understand that they should notify their supervisor and should promptly call a healthcare provider for advice if needed.
If outside the United States, sick employees should follow your company’s policy for obtaining medical care or contact a healthcare provider or overseas medical assistance company to assist them with finding an appropriate healthcare provider in that country. A U.S. consular officer can help locate healthcare services. However, U.S. embassies, consulates, and military facilities do not have the legal authority, capability, and resources to evacuate or give medicines, vaccines, or medical care to private U.S. citizens overseas.
Information compiled by Legal Aid Foundation of Santa Barbara:
COVID-19 RESOURCES FOR HOMEOWNERS
Worried about being able to pay your mortgage? Contact your mortgage servicer (the company you pay your bill to) immediately to let them know that you have been impacted by COVID-19 and are having trouble paying your mortgage. Your servicer should then evaluate your options and instruct you on how to apply for relief. Your rights will depend on who owns your mortgage and whether it is guaranteed by the federal government. Please call us so we can help you navigate the process for receiving mortgage relief.
Foreclosure Protections and Mortgage Payment Relief for Homeowners Summary from National Housing Law Project (NHLP) of certain mortgage provisions in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) and related federal actions.