As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread across California and the United States, it is important to stay calm and take advantage of all the local, state, and federal resources to keep everyone safe and healthy. My office will be updating this page regularly and will be available to provide assistance in working with federal agencies during this public health crisis. If we’re unable to help you, my staff may be able to help direct you to someone who can.
Symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to basic flu symptoms and may appear 2-14 days after exposure. These include fever, cough and shortness of breath.
If you are experiencing symptoms, separate yourself from people and seek help from a health care provider. If symptoms become severe, call your doctor BEFORE visiting and inform them you are showing symptoms of COVID-19.
As there is not yet a vaccine for COVID-19, it is important to take preventative actions to help slow the spread. Here are some preventative measures you and your family can take:
- Wash hands often for 20-30 seconds with soap and water. If soap and water are not readily available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 70% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
- Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze with a tissue or elbow.
- Avoid touching your face, especially eyes, nose and mouth.
- Avoid contact with people who are sick.
- Disinfect frequently touched surfaces such as phone screens and doorknobs.
- Stay home from work or school if you are feeling sick.
Local and Federal Resources
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is cooperating with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to respond to recent reports of COVID-19 infections. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention works 24/7 to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S. Whether diseases start at home or abroad, are chronic or acute, curable or preventable, human error or deliberate attack, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention fights disease and supports communities and citizens to do the same.
for resources from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The following is a list of COVID-19 resources in various languages from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health:
for more resources from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.
If you have questions and would like to speak to someone, or need help finding medical care, call the Los Angeles County Information line 2-1-1, which is available 24/7.
What you can do:
To apply for unemployment, click here.
To apply for disability benefits, click here.
To apply for paid family leave, click here.
For help for small businesses, click here.
More trusted resources on the COVID-19 pandemic:
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Access the California COVID-19 Response Toolkit by clicking here
For homeless services providers, the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority has issued guidance, click here
For the latest updates from the Mayor of Los Angeles, click here
For the latest updates from the Los Angeles County Consumer and Business Affairs, click here
For the latest updates from the Los Angeles County Office of Education, click here
For the latest updates from the California Department of Public Health, click here
For the latest updates on travel from the U.S. Department of State, click here
For the latest updates from the U.S. Small Business Administration, click here
For the latest updates from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, click here
For information regarding the Department of Veterans Affairs, click here
For the latest updates from the World Health Organization, click here
2020 Rebates: Most Frequently Asked Questions
Why is Congress proposing to pay rebates to individuals?
The public health and economic consequences of COVID-19 are significant. These rebates help Americans afford what they need during this public health crisis, as many are experiencing a significant cash crunch.
When will the rebates be distributed?
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will work to deliver rebates quickly in the form of advance payments. For people who filed a federal income tax return in 2018 or 2019, payment processing will be based on payment or address information already on file with the IRS. Electronic distributions will be automatic to an account the payee authorized January 1, 2018 or later.
How large are the rebates?
The amount of the rebate depends on family size. The payment is $1,200 for each adult individual ($2,400 for joint filers), and $500 per qualifying child under age 17. The advance payment of rebates is reduced by $5 for every $100 of income to the extent a taxpayer’s income exceeds $150,000 for a joint filer, $112,500 for a head of household filer, and $75,000 for anyone else (including single filers).
Do rebates need to be repaid?
No, rebates do not need to be repaid. If an individual experienced an income loss in 2020 or if they have an increase in family size, they may be able to claim an additional credit of the difference when the individual files their 2020 tax federal income tax return in 2021.
How will rebates be delivered?
It depends. Rebates will be delivered automatically—by the IRS—to most Americans who file individual federal income tax returns. When available, electronic direct deposit will be used in place of mailing a physical check.
Many individuals don't need to file a tax return. Are non-filers eligible for rebates?
Yes. There is no earned income requirement to be eligible for a rebate, but non-filers may need to take additional steps to receive their rebates. The Social Security Administration will share information for Social Security (Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance) beneficiaries with IRS to help ensure these beneficiaries receive an automatic advance payment. The IRS will conduct a public awareness campaign to reach other non-filers and provide them with information on how they can access rebates.
How will a person who has recently moved access rebates?
The IRS will determine payment delivery systems for everyone entitled to rebates.
Will the rebates affect my eligibility for federal income-targeted programs?
No, the rebate is considered a tax refund and is not counted towards eligibility for federal programs.
What identification requirements apply to receive rebates?
Taxpayers must have Social Security Numbers for themselves and their qualifying children in order to receive rebates.