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Coronavirus can spread person to person even if you don’t show symptoms. Stay home except for essential needs or permitted activities. If you go out, stay 6 feet away from others and wear a cloth mask.
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Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Symptoms and Risks
If you have any symptoms or are at risk, it’s especially important to stay home and avoid in-person contact with others.
Coronavirus symptoms include:
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Repeated shaking with chills
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell
Some people are at higher risk to get very sick from COVID-19, including:
- people over 65 years old
- people with compromised immune systems
- Individuals who have serious chronic medical conditions like:
- Heart disease
- Lung disease
If you or someone you’re close to is at higher risk, avoid going out, or limit your trips. Use delivery services whenever possible for needed supplies.
Stay in contact over the phone or online with loved ones and caregivers. Review additional guidance for high risk individuals (pdf).
Caregivers can find resources at the Department of Aging website, including guidelines to protect the health and safety of both you and your loved one from COVID-19.
Find the latest safety tips, trusted sources, and health terms to keep you and your loved ones informed during this public health emergency.
Get Testing and Treatment
Find a testing location
Who can get tested
As capacity increases, testing will expand according to the discretion of the Local Health Officer. Priorities include:
- Hospitalized patients
- Healthcare workers, first responders, and other social service employees
- Any symptomatic person
- People exposed to infected individuals in places where COVID-19 risk is high
- Asymptomatic residents or employees of group living facilities including:
- After positive cases have been identified in a facility
- Before resident admission or re-admission to a facility
- People in essential jobs
- Lower risk asymptomatic people
- Asymptomatic people as part of community or regional surveillance programs
Learn more about testing and treatment at California Department of Public Health Coronavirus Updates.
How you can get tested
Drive-through testing (Verily’s Project Baseline)
This California community-based COVID-19 testing program is a collaboration with Verily’s Project Baseline which will expand access to COVID-19 screening and testing for high-risk individuals in certain areas of the state.
Cost: Testing through Project Baseline is free.
See if you qualify:
You will need a Google account.
Get Financial Help
If you have been financially affected by COVID-19, you may be eligible for:
- Unemployment insurance
- Paid family leave
- Disability Insurance
- Relief from financial institutions
- Statewide moratorium on evictions
- Student loan relief
If you lost your job or had your hours reduced, and meet eligibility requirements, you may be eligible to receive Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits from California’s Employment Development Department (EDD). Learn what type of benefits you qualify for and how to apply for them.
California Eviction Moratorium
California issued a statewide moratorium on residential evictions for renters who cannot pay their rent because of COVID-19 related economic hardships. The moratorium went into effect on March 27 and is valid through May 31, 2020.
If COVID-19 has impacted your ability to pay all or part of your rent, you should:
- Explain your financial situation to your landlord and relay how much you are able to pay
- Save all financial documents
- Pay as much of your rent as you can
If your landlord is attempting to evict you for not paying rent and you took all of the above steps, contact a local legal aid provider.
Relief from financial institutions
The State of California is working to soften the financial impact of COVID-19 on residents who are struggling to pay their mortgage and bills. Citigroup, JP Morgan Chase, US Bank, Wells Fargo, and nearly 200 state-chartered banks, credit unions, and servicers have committed to providing relief for consumers and homeowners in California.
Under the Governor’s proposal, Californians who are struggling with the COVID-19 crisis may be eligible for the following relief after contacting their financial institution:
90-day grace period for all mortgage payments
If you are impacted by COVID-19, these financial institutions will offer mortgage-payment forbearances of up to 90 days, which allow you to reduce or delay your monthly mortgage payment. In addition, they will:
- Give you a streamlined process for requesting forbearance for COVID-19-related reasons, supported with available documentation;
- Confirm approval of and terms of forbearance program; and
- Provide you the opportunity to extend your forbearance agreement if you continue to experience hardship due to COVID-19.
Relief from fees and charges for 90 days
For at least 90 days, financial institutions will waive or refund mortgage-related late fees and other fees including early CD withdrawals.
No new foreclosures for 60 days
Financial institutions will not start any foreclosure sales or evictions.
No credit score changes for accessing relief
If you are taking advantage of this COVID-19-related relief, late or missed payments will not be shared with credit reporting agencies.
The coronavirus outbreak has made it harder to get and afford groceries and prepared meals. If you or someone you know needs help getting food, here are some resources available to you.
Emergency food and food benefits
CalFresh food benefits
CalFresh (sometimes called SNAP or food stamps) issues monthly food benefits on an EBT card that can be used to buy most foods at most grocery stores and farmers markets. People and families with low income can apply for CalFresh any time. If you have a change in income, even a temporary one because of the coronavirus, you can apply for CalFresh food benefits.
Local food banks and pantries are open and operating across California. Find a local food bank near you. In April and May, extra food boxes will be available for people and families because of the coronavirus.
Families with school-aged children
School meals and the ‘CA Meals for Kids’ app
The CA Meals for Kids app can help students and families find meals during COVID-19 emergency school closures.
Pandemic EBT (P-EBT)
Families with children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals will get extra food benefits to help buy food when schools are closed due to COVID-19. These food benefits are called Pandemic EBT or P-EBT benefits.
Families can get up to $365 for each child who is eligible for P-EBT benefits. The total amount depends on how many eligible children are living in your home. Students can still pick up to-go meals even if they are receiving P-EBT benefits.
Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) benefits will be available for eligible families starting May 2020.
- Families with children who get CalFresh, Medi-Cal, or Foster Care benefits do not need to apply. Most families will get their P-EBT card in the mail during the month of May.
- Families with children who applied for CalFresh, Medi-Cal, or Foster Care benefits after their school closed will get their P-EBT card in the mail before June 30, 2020.
- Families with children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals and who do not get CalFresh, Medi-Cal, or Foster Care benefits must apply online before June 30, 2020. The online application will be available at ca.p-ebt.org beginning May 22.
See frequently asked questions about P-EBT and visit the P-EBT program on the CA Department of Social Services’ website for the latest information.
Great Plates Delivered: Home meals for seniors
Seniors and other adults at high risk from coronavirus will soon be able to get daily meals delivered to their homes from local restaurants through this program. Check Great Plates Delivered (formerly known as Restaurants Deliver) for information and updates.
Home-delivered meals for older adults
Older adults (aged 60+) who live at home and find cooking difficult may be able to receive prepared meals delivered to their home, regardless of income level. And seniors who used to visit community meal sites can have those meals home-delivered instead.
To find more information about services available for older adults, adults with disabilities, and family caregivers, see the California Department of Aging or call the California Aging and Adult Info Line at 1-800-510-2020.
To connect with more services and support in your local area, visit Find Services in My County.
Food bank food for older adults
Older adults (aged 60+) can get a box of nutritious food to help supplement their diets through the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP). The listed Food Banks are distributing the CSFP boxes. Please call the listed food bank in your area for more information on how you can participate in the program.
Statewide COVID-19 information hotline
This COVID-19 hotline connects seniors to vital state and local services and resources, as well as answers general questions about COVID-19. It’s a part of an ongoing effort to provide reliable, trusted information and support to any Californian who needs it.
California COVID-19 Hotline: 833-422-4255 (833-4CA-4ALL)
The call center is open 7 days a week:
- Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 8:00 pm, Pacific Daylight Time
- Saturday and Sunday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Pacific Daylight Time
211 is a free and confidential information and referral service that connects people to local resources. It is available in more than 100 languages, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
A program of the AARP Foundation, Connect2Affect helps seniors find support services in their area, such as food and medical care.
The site also has tools for evaluating isolation risk, reconnecting to community, and reaching out to those who may be feeling lonely.
GoGoGrandparent lets older adults use on-demand grocery delivery companies like Instacart, restaurant delivery companies like DoorDash, and transportation companies like Lyft without a smartphone while keeping family and loved ones notified. GoGoGrandparent operators are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
To register, visit the GoGoGrandparent website or call 1-855-464-6872. Once registered, you can place an order for grocery delivery, or order meals from local restaurants to be delivered to your home. If you must leave your home and need transportation, you can also use GoGoGrandparent to get a ride.
Grocery delivery options
Walmart grocery delivery service
Walmart grocery delivery service lets you shop online and schedule a drop-off to your home. Find a Walmart near you to schedule a grocery delivery.
Target same day delivery
Target same day delivery service lets you shop online or through their app to purchase groceries and supplies to be delivered to your home. Find a Target that delivers in your area.
Safeway lets you choose a delivery time for drop-off to your home. Find a Safeway that delivers in your area.
You can use TaskRabbit to find immediate help with everyday tasks, including food and pharmacy delivery. A 5% discount for seniors is available. Visit the TaskRabbit website or download the free app for your smartphone from Apple’s App Store or Google’s Play Store.
Many other retailers and grocery stores have delivery options. Please check with your preferred store to find out if they deliver.
Small Business Assistance
California and the federal government are providing broad assistance to small businesses and employers impacted by COVID-19. This includes:
- Small business interest-free deferral of sales/use tax up to $50,000 for businesses with less than $5 million in taxable sales
- 90-day extension on all businesses filing a return for less than $1 million in taxes
- Small Business Disaster Relief Loan Guarantee Program via IBank, with $50 million in state funding, providing potential capital for individuals who do not qualify for federal funds
- Small Business Debt Relief for existing SBA borrowers
- Federal small business stimulus programs like PPP, EIDL, and EIDL Advance
More funding for federal programs
Additional funds are now available for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan and Advance (EIDL and EIDL Advance) through the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act.
The U.S. Small Business Administration has resumed accepting PPP loan applications from approved lenders. You must apply directly through a lender. Find a PPP lender to contact right away. See details at SBA.gov.
As of May 4, the U.S. SBA is only accepting new applications to EIDL and EIDL Advance from agricultural businesses. If you are an agricultural business, you are encouraged to apply. Visit U.S. SBA’s Disaster Loan Applications website for more information. The U.S. SBA will continue to process EIDL Loan and Advance applications already submitted from other business sectors on a first-come, first-served basis.
This page and sba.gov will be updated as more funds become available.
See full list of available services for small businesses.
Find more information on tax relief.
Covid-19 Updates and Other Information
Keep informed and up to date with the latest information from the City of Escondido, County of San Diego, and the State of California.
How You Can Help
If you are able to help, there are many groups that would appreciate your support.
Donate to COVID-19 Community Response Fund (SD Foundation)
Donate to San Diego Worker Assistance Initiative (United Way of San Diego)