News & Updates

COVID-19 Response Updates

Governor Newsom Signs Legislation to Protect California’s Workforce Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

Governor Gavin Newsom today signed two bills as part of his worker protection package, SB 1159 by Senator Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) and AB 685 by Assemblymember Eloise Gómez Reyes (D-San Bernardino). SB 1159 expands access to workers’ compensation and makes it easier for first responders, health care workers and people who test positive due to an outbreak at work to get the support they need, including necessary medical care and wage replacement benefits.

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In Stockton, Governor Newsom Announces Actions to Slow the Spread of COVID-19 in the Central Valley

Eight Central Valley counties – Stanislaus, San Joaquin, Merced, Madera, Fresno, Kings, Tulare and Kern – to receive $52 million for testing, contact tracing, isolation and quarantine efforts.   State will deploy three Unified Support Teams to the Central Valley to provide hands-on technical assistance.

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Proposal for Selective Sector Closing of Bars in Counties on the County Monitoring List

As part of the State’s efforts to address COVID-19, the State monitors county specific data and provides technical assistance, support and interventions to counties that have concerning levels of disease transmission, hospitalizations, or insufficient testing.

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Joint Statement by Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin and SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza Regarding Enactment of the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act

SBA, in consultation with Treasury, will promptly issue rules and guidance, a modified borrower application form, and a modified loan forgiveness application implementing these legislative amendments to the PPP.


 

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These Stanislaus County restaurants reopen dine-in service after coronavirus shutdown

On Wednesday the state granted the county’s variance, allowing dine-in restaurants and other retailer to reopen just in time for Memorial Day weekend. Establishments must follow social distancing rules and keep tables 6-feet apart, among other new healthy and safety protocols to continue to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Beware of Scams

Small business owners often get calls, emails or letters from entities with motives that are far from altruistic. A good thing to keep in mind is that, "If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is too good to be true." The SBA doesn't offer grants to small business owners. Help from a particular business won't increase your chances of getting government contracts.

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SBA Programs – Scams and Fraud Alerts

Fraudsters have already begun targeting small business owners during these economically difficult times. Be on the lookout for grant fraud, loan fraud, and phishing. Scams and Fraud Schemes Grants
- SBA does not  initiate contact on either 7a or Disaster loans or grants. If you are proactively contacted by someone claiming to be from the SBA, suspect fraud.

Information about fraud schemes and to report any suspected fraud to the SBA  here.

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Hundreds of businesses apply for coronavirus relief grants in Stanislaus County

Stanislaus County officials will use a scoring criteria to choose businesses for $10,000 relief grants to help them survive the coronavirus pandemic. County supervisors on April 7 approved a $1 million program providing relief for struggling businesses that complied with Gov. Gavin Newsom’s orders to help slow the spread of coronavirus. The county relief is intended as a bridge to other assistance from the federal stimulus package and other government sources. 

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Governor Newsom Announces Paid Sick Leave Benefits for Food Sector Workers Impacted by COVID-19, Additional Protections for Consumers

Governor’s Executive Order will benefit workers in grocery stores and fast food chains, and delivery drivers. Order will give two weeks of supplemental paid sick leave to certain food sector workers if they are subject to a quarantine or isolation order or medical directive. Order also calls for increased hand-washing measures at food facilities to increase consumer protection

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Governor Newsom Announces New Initiatives to Support California Workers Impacted by COVID-19

Governor announces new initiative to expand call center hours at the Employment Development Department to better assist Californians with unemployment insurance applications. EDD will also implement a one-stop shop for those applying for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, including the self-employed and independent contractors. Governor announces $75 million in statewide Disaster Relief Assistance funding to provide financial support for immigrant workers affected by COVID-19 Philanthropic partners commit to raising an additional $50 million to support undocumented Californians.

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Stanislaus County to provide $1 million in coronavirus assistance to ailing businesses 

Stanislaus County leaders on Tuesday approved a $1 million relief program for small businesses that are trying to stay alive during the coronavirus epidemic. The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the program Tuesday, providing up to $10,000 in microgrant assistance for eligible small businesses. The county will make 75 percent of the assistance available to businesses with 25 employees or less and 25 percent to businesses with 26 to 50 employees.  

StanEmergency Facebook live April 8th 2020

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U.S. Department Of Labor Announces New CARES Act Guidance on Unemployment Insurance for States in Response to COVID-19 Crisis

The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the publication of Unemployment Insurance Program Letter 14-20 (UIPL) outlining relevant provisions of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act related to the administration of and eligibility criteria for state unemployment insurance (UI) programs, including Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) for those not typically eligible for UI, such as gig workers, and expanded UI benefits.

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Governor Newsom Announces New Help for Small Businesses & Workers Displaced by COVID-19

Federal government offering first-come, first-serve loans of up to $10 million for small employers. Governor Newsom announces $50 million in loan guarantees for small businesses that may not be eligible for federal relief. 

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Governor Newsom Signs Executive Order Providing Relief to California Small Businesses

Order provides 90-day extension in state and local taxes, including sales tax Order extends licensing deadlines and requirements for a number of industries

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Self-employed workers now eligible for unemployment benefits

For the first time, people who are self-employed will be eligible to receive unemployment benefits as part of the federal stimulus package.

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These Modesto, Valley restaurants are open for pickup, delivery during coronavirus crisis

While you can’t sit down to eat at Modesto or Central Valley restaurants because of the ongoing coronavirus crisis, most will still happily make you a meal to enjoy at home.

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Governor Gavin Newsom Announces Major Financial Relief Package

Governor Newsom announces financial institutions will provide relief for vast majority of Californians.  Californians economically impacted by COVID-19 may receive 90-day grace periods to make mortgage payments.   Financial institutions agree not to negatively impact credit reports as a result of accepting payment relief

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‘Called to action’: How Stanislaus County teens are helping during coronavirus pandemic

While the novel coronavirus pandemic clearly has resulted in bad (hoarding) and worse (scamming) behavior, it’s also letting the goodness in people shine. In Turlock and Patterson, members of New Life Christian Center’s High School Ministry are...

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How much money could you get from Uncle Sam for coronavirus relief?

Congress and the White House have been wrangling for days over the details of a $2 trillion package of legislation to come to the rescue of an economy ravaged into recession by the global coronavirus pandemic and the stay-at-home measures urged by medical experts to prevent the spread of the contagion. ...

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Office Of Emergency Services Nightly Updates

Each night at 5:30pm, Stanislaus County Office of Emergency Services posts video updates on their StanEmergency Facebook page. Live events happen every Wednesday. Click here to watch the latest live event including community Q&A.

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