COVID-19 Crisis Information and Resource Guide

The California Legislative Black Caucus is committed to providing up to date information on how to stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please click on the links below for additional information and resources.  

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Last updated: 5/28/2020


Need UI Assistance? We're here to Help!

Employment Development Department (EDD) Assistance:

COVID-19 has had a devastating effect on California's economy in so many ways. We want to help! If you, or someone you know, are struggling with EDD filings relating to either general Unemployment Insurance (UI) or Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, please contact your state representative.


Are you a livestock producer who has been impacted by COVID-19?

The Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, or CFAP, provides vital financial assistance to producers of agricultural commodities. To be eligible for this assistance, you must have suffered a five-percent or greater price decline or have losses due to market supply chain disruptions due to COVID-19 and face additional significant market costs. To learn more about the Program, please click here.


COVID-19 Testing Sites:

For more information on where to get tested in your area, visit:


Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Update:

The DMV has reopened the offices below to assist customers with existing appointments and with limited select transactions that require an in-person visit. Customers are required to wear a facial covering to enter the office.

** To find a Field Office near you, please click here.


Education Update:

UC Will No Longer Consider SAT/ACT for State Student Admissions

Last Thursday, the University of California (UC) Regents voted unanimously to end their reliance on the SAT and ACT in their admissions process. The system expects to have its own standardized test by the fall of 2025 for California residents. If the UC cannot create a new test that better aligns with what students learned in school, it will drop the testing requirement completely for Californians. To learn more visit:

Here is what you need to know: 


On Thursday, March 19, the governor issued a state order for all Californians to stay home or at their place of residence, except as needed to maintain continuity of operation of the federal critical infrastructure sectors, critical government services, schools, childcare, and construction, including housing construction. 

How long will we stay home?

This order goes into effect on Thursday, March 19 and remains in place until further notice.

What can I do? What’s open?

Essential services will remain open such as:

  • Gas stations
  • Pharmacies 
  • Food: Grocery stores, farmers markets, food banks, convenience stores, take-out and delivery restaurants 
  • Banks
  • Laundromats/laundry services

The governor said Californians are also still allowed to go outside for a walk or exercise, as long as social distancing is practiced. 

Essential state and local government functions will also remain open, including law enforcement and offices that provide government programs and services.

What’s closed?

  • Dine-in restaurants
  • Bars and nightclubs
  • Entertainment venues
  • Gyms and fitness studios
  • Public events and gatherings
  • Convention Centers


On Sunday, March 15 the governor ordered all California bars, nightclubs, wineries and breweries have been ordered to close. Restaurants have been asked to reduced occupancy by half and focus on take-out to maximize social distancing.

Closed Workplace - If your hours have been reduced or your employer has shut down, you can file an Unemployment Insurance (UI) claim. UI provides partial wage replacement benefit payments to workers who lose their job or have their hours reduced, through no fault of their own. Eligible individuals can receive benefits that range from $40-$450 per week.

Workers can file online using UI Online during the following times:

Sunday: 5 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Monday: 4 a.m. -10 p.m.
Tuesday-Friday: 2 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Saturday: 2 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Workers seeking to file by phone should contact the following numbers, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to Noon.

English: 1-800-300-5616
Spanish: 1-800-326-8937
Mandarin: 1-866-303-0706
Cantonese: 1-800-547-3506
TIẾNG VIỆT: 1-800-547-2058
TTY: 1-800-815-9387


For latest information please visit the Assembly Committee on Jobs, Economic Development, and the Economy

COVID-19 and Seniors

The COVID-19 novel Coronavirus is projected to hit seniors harder than any other population in California. As such, much will be asked of you to avoid infection for yourself and for those you love.

The Governor has issued an order that requires seniors to stay at home unless travelling for medical necessity or to pick up food or other needed supplies. The virus is new in humans, and no one is immune. While it can be treated successfully in a majority of cases, the sheer number of people may severely stretch California’s available hospital space. We cannot let this happen.

The best thing you can do is to say informed. To that end, please visit to review for what you need to know.

Further, the California Department of Public Health and the California Department of Aging are providing regular updates of what you need to know.

Finally, please wash your hands and stay away from others. Maintain a “social distance” of six feet between you and others if you do venture outside of your home, and inside your home if your family members are sick.

This will not be easy. But with your help, California can get through this.