COVID-19 Resources for 42nd Congressional District Constituents

COVID-19 Resources for 42nd Congressional District Constituents

Our nation is responding to an outbreak of a respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in China and which has now been detected in more than 100 locations internationally, including in the United States. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”).

The most important thing Americans can do to protect themselves, their loved ones, and their community at-large is to listen to our public health officials and social distance themselves in order to flatten the COVID-19 growth curve, and reduce the strain on our health care facilities.

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HEALTH INFORMATION ABOUT COVID-19
 
RESOURCES FOR SENIOR CITIZENS:
- Includes information on the meals program for seniors on a limited budget.
 
RESOURCES FOR WORKERS:
 
RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES:
- Includes information about CalFresh/SNAP Assistance Program (previously known as food stamps) to provide low-income households with food assistance.
- The IRS has established a special phone line (800-919-9835) for taxpayers with questions about their Economic Impact Payments (EIP).
 
RESOURCES FOR VETERANS, MILITARY RETIREES AND ACTIVE DUTY MILITARY:
NOTE: The VA encourages veterans call their VA medical center before going to a VA clinic, urgent care, or emergency room, especially if they have symptoms of fever, cough and shortness of breath.
 
RESOURCES FOR CONSUMERS
 
RESOURCES FOR U.S. TRAVELERS:
- U.S. citizens and nationals traveling and living abroad are encouraged to enroll to ensure the nearest Embassy or Consulate is aware of their trip.
 
 

ASSISTANCE TO CITIES AND OTHER MUNICIPALITIES 

In the CARES Act, Congress provided aid to state and local governments to support the local public health response to COVID-19. While not exhaustive, the CARES Act and other legislation have provided the following resources to state and local governments:

  • $139 billion Coronavirus Relief Fund for state and local governments, with $15.3 billion directed to California
  • $45 billion Disaster Relief Grants to help meet public health needs of state and local governments under a major disaster declaration
  • $4.3 billion thorough the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to support federal, state and local public health agencies to prevent, prepare for, and respond to COVID-19. H.R. 266, Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act included $12 billion in additional funds to continue purchasing tests and scale-up laboratory capacity, trace contacts, and support employer testing.
  • $30.75 billion for an Education Stabilization Fund for states, school districts and institutions of higher education
  • $5 billion for the Community Development Block Grant program
  • $4 billion in Homeless Assistance Grants
  • $850 million for the Byrne-Justice Assistance Grant program, which may be used to purchase PPE for law enforcement
  • $100 million grants for purchase of PPE for first responders

I recognize that federal relief measures are no substitute for a healthy economy and society. I also recognize that the federal government can and must provide aid to help ensure all levels of government are equipped to respond to COVID-19. Every level of government is facing unique challenges in responding to the current pandemic, and I certainly understand the pain local governments are experiencing due to lost revenue. Right now, Congress must prioritize limited resources to the areas most stressed by public health needs and response.

Let me be clear, Congress must act to provide additional relief beyond the four measures already enacted with my support. As Congress pursues additional COVID-19 related legislation, I expect further relief for state and local governments. It is imperative that states work to support units of local government responding to the current public health crisis and under duress due to its broad impacts. I will continue working to ensure that communities in California’s 42nd congressional district have access to the funds necessary to support their essential services and that the state distribute its federal funds to units of local government fairly.

ACTIONS TAKEN BY CONGRESSMAN KEN CALVERT:
  • February 13, 2020: Rep. Calvert signs a bipartisan Riverside County delegation letter to the Department of Health and Human Services in support of Riverside County’s reimbursement request for its help in support of the repatriation of U.S. citizens from Wuhan, China.
  • February 13, 2020: Rep. Calvert signs a bipartisan delegation letter to the Department of Health and Human Services requesting guidelines for states and local governments to receive reimbursement for costs incurred as part of the federal response to the COVID-19 outbreak. 
  • March 4, 2020: Rep. Calvert votes for legislation providing emergency funding for the U.S. response to COVID-19. (Signed into law)
  • March 14, 2020: Rep. Calvert votes for legislation providing additional federal benefits for American workers and families. (Signed into law)
  • March 20, 2020: Rep. Calvert sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Mark Esper requesting the deployment of the USNS Mercy naval hospital ship to the Port of Los Angeles to aid the Southern California region’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • March 20, 2020: Rep. Calvert signed a letter to the Trump admin. urging them to prioritize working with our trading partners to find essential personal protective equipment and avoid placing any new red tape/restrictions on medical providers as they seek to obtain this equipment from available sources.
  • March 26, 2020: The House of Representatives approves the CARES Act via voice vote to provide a bridge for American workers, job creators, and health care providers to get through this challenging period.
  • April 2, 2020: Rep. Calvert holds a COVID-19 Small Business Telephone Townhall with the Small Business Administration for 42nd District job creators.
  • April 7, 2020: Rep. Calvert holds a COVID-19 Telephone Townhall with Riverside County Public Health Director Kim Saruwatari for 42nd District constituents.

 

 

 

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