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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:

    • Fever
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Chills
    • Repeated shaking with chills
    • Muscle pain
    • Headache
    • Sore throat
    • New loss of taste or smell

    You can check your symptoms using the Symptom Screener or by contacting your doctor through telehealth.

    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
      • Diabetes
      • Lung disease
    • Smokers

    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

    See the map

    Who can get tested

    As capacity increases, testing will expand according to the discretion of the Local Health Officer. Priorities include:

    Tier 1

    • 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

    Tier 2

    • Lower risk asymptomatic people

    Community monitoring

    • 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:

    Complete the screener

    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. 

    Guide to applying for unemployment benefits

    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.

    See the list of participating financial institutions.

    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.

  • Food Assistance

    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.

    To apply, visit CalFresh online or call 1-877-847-3663 (1-877-847-FOOD).

    Beginning April 28, people getting CalFresh food benefits can use their EBT card to buy groceries online at Amazon and Walmart statewide. See frequently asked questions about using EBT online.

    Food banks

    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 governor’s executive order ensures public schools will retain full funding. Check your local school district for more information on how and where to receive free or reduced-cost school meals.

    The CA Meals for Kids app can help students and families find meals during COVID-19 emergency school closures. 

    The app is free and can be downloaded from Apple’s App StoreGoogle’s Play Store, and Microsoft’s App Store.

    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.

    Older adults

    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. 

    Find a meal provider in your area or call 1-800-510-2020.

    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. 

    If you need assistance finding food or other essential services, dial 211 to speak to someone who can help, or visit 211.org


    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.

    Eldercare Locator

    Older adults and their families can connect to services and resources in their local community by visiting the Eldercare Locator website or by calling 1-800-677-1116.


    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:

    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.

    Coronavirus In San Diego County

    City Of Escondido Updates

    State of California COVID-19 Updates and Information

    CDC Coronavirus Guidance

  • How You Can Help

Read more: Covid-19 Resources

Thank You For Donating

Thank you so much for donating to my campaign for the Escondido District 3 Council Seat. It takes a lot to get our message out, and we appreciate your support. If you would like to volunteer for the campaing, please click here. Together we can bring better homes, better jobs & a stronger sense of community to Escondido!

Meet Dara Czerwonka

Age: 49

Years living in Escondido:  8 years

Family: Richard Warren- husband; Taryn Warren (age 12) – daughter; Deklan Warren (age 9)  - son

Education: Providence College 1991 BA; State University of New York at Stony Brook 1994 MSW

Prior political offices:

Trustee, Palomar Health District Board of Directors (2014 - 2018)

Board Member, San Pasqual Union Elementary School District (2018 - Present) 

Dara Czerwonka has the credentials to serve with distinction on the Escondido City Council. She brings with her 20 years of public health and human services experience. Dara’s skills as a budget analyst and strategic planner led to her service on a hospital board in Long Beach and earlier to an appointment on a national board dedicated to women’s and infants’ health. 

​Since moving to North County with her family, Dara has served as Executive Director for a successful non-profit, Girls Inc. of San Diego, whose mission is preparing girls and young women for a college education and success in life. Dara's work with Girls Inc. of San Diego was featured in UT-San Diego.

Dara's vision is simple:

  • Work on the City Council and with residents of Escondido to attract industries that increase good jobs and enhance the quality of life in Escondido such as agriculture, tourism and specialty food and beverage commerce (think wineries and craft beer!) Simply put, Escondido needs high quality businesses.
  • Support development that aligns with resident values, improves the quality and quantity of residential choices and enhances the efficiency of Escondido’s service delivery to the community. Escondido needs more quality houses.
  • Improve the livability of our city for families, seniors and young people by ensuring that their needs for safety, health, recreation, culture and democracy stay at the forefront of all policies, city spending and projects. Let’s work together to make Escondido a place where people can work, play, worship and live in health and comfort.

Commited To Making A Difference

Vote Dara C For Better Homes, Better Jobs & a Stronger Sense Of Community In Escondido!

Dara Czerwonka For Escondido City Council

DISTRICT 3  (East Escondido And Downtown)

Dara Czerwonka
Dara Czerwonka

A Public Servant and Leader for Escondido!

Dara is a long-time Escondido resident well known for her:

  1. Leadership in the local non-profit sector;
  2. Past chairmanship of the Palomar Health Board of Directors; and
  3. Current service as a trustee of an east Escondido school district (San Pasqual).

Dara has earned her reputation as a hard-working, dedicated, and energetic professional through her many years of service in public office, her hard-work as a business leader, and compassion as a nonprofit executive. Dara, does her homework before Board meetings EVERY time. Just as important, she is a good listener!

Dara Czerwonka

Education and Family

Dara and Richard have been married for 15 years, and have been blessed with two children. Taryn is a middle school student and Deklan is an elementary school student. Dara and Richard both enjoy sports and can be found most weekends watching their kids’ soccer games. They also love traveling with their kids and volunteering in the community. They are members of the Escondido Charitable Foundation, volunteers with the San Diego Humane Society and the San Pasqual Union School Foundation. Dara is also a member of the noon Tuesday Rotary Club.

Dara completed her BA in 1991 at Providence College, and received her MSW degree from SUNY at Stony Brook with a concentration in Policy, Administration & Research.

Dara Czerwonka

Professional Background

Following receipt of her Masters degree, Dara began her 25 year career as a nonprofit Executive, focusing on health, education and human services. Her professional commitments have resulted in:

  • Better health outcomes for pregnant and parenting women and their children
  • Greater rates of high school graduation and college success for children from low income families
  • Empowered middle and high school girls making good choices for their education and their lives

In addition to an accomplished professional career in service, Dara chose to serve the Escondido and surrounding communities further by running for, and being elected to, the Palomar Health District Board of Directors. During her tenure from 2014 – 2018, Dara is credited with:

√  Successfully advocating to preserve patient and family’s legal rights to make end of life decisions,

√  Bringing innovative mental health treatment models to Escondido such as the state-of-the-art Crisis Stablization Unit,

√  Ensuring Palomar’s collaboration with providers of homeless services so indigent people weren’t returned to the streets of Escondido,

√   A savings of $50million to District tax-payers through bond refinancing

Dara’s leadership skills and thoughtful approach to the daunting challenges in our community led her colleagues on the Palomar Board to elect her Chairperson for three terms.

Why Is Dara Running For City Council?

Dara has a simple vision – HOMES, JOBS & COMMUNITY for Escondido residents. She is committed to using all of her skills and experience to keep Escondido moving forward BY:

  1. ENSURING that there is enough safe and affordable housing in the heart of Escondido. She is a supporter of smart housing development that minimizes fire risk and relies on existing water resources and related infrastructure. She will press developers to include more fire safety planning and traffic mitigation into EVERY proposal!
  2. ATTRACTING businesses and employers who will contribute to the growth of middle class jobs and job opportunities. She will also promote economic development by streamlining the paperwork process for small businesses; and
  3. MAXIMIZING the resources in Escondido that create a strong sense of community for everyone. Whether it’s expanding the Senior, sports and recreation programs, promoting neighborhood watch initiatives, or supporting the expansion of health care services, Escondidans need comprehensive resources in the community they call home.
Serving Escondido

Please Join Your Neighbors In Voting For Dara For City Council

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