Coronavirus: Resources for the Central Coast

The federal government is working closely with state, local, tribal, and territorial partners, as well as public health partners, to respond to the respiratory illness caused by a novel coronavirus (COVID-19).



El gobierno federal está trabajando en estrecha colaboración con socios estatales, locales, tribales y territoriales, así como con socios de salud pública, para responder a la enfermedad respiratoria causada por un nuevo coronavirus (COVID-19).

En Español: Para obtener información en español, visite nuestra página de el Novedoso Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).

Frequently Asked Questions and Resources:

Additional Federal and Local Resources: Please find additional federal and local resources here 

The IRS has established a phone line for taxpayers with questions about their economic impact payment.

If you have questions you can call them at 800-919-9835.



Find your county's health department page here:

Congressional Office Safety Protocols and Office Hours During COVID-19


Central Coast Residents Overseas:

Please register under the U.S. Department of State Smart Traveler Enrollment Program:

I have heard from concerned constituents and families about this and continue to work to help get you home. The first step is to enroll in this program. 

Please also contact the State Department to inform them of your situation via the 24 hour hotline:

  • Callers located in U.S. and Canada: 1-888-407-4747
  • Callers located overseas: 1-202-501-4444

Residentes de la costa central en el extranjero:

Regístrese en el Programa de inscripción para viajeros inteligentes del Departamento de Estado de EE. UU .:

He escuchado de constituyentes y familias preocupados acerca de esto y continúo trabajando para ayudarlo a llegar a casa. El primer paso es inscribirse en este programa.

También comuníquese con el Departamento de Estado para informarles sobre su situación a través de la línea directa las 24 horas:

  • Llamadas ubicadas en EE. UU. Y Canadá: 1-888-407-4747
  • Llamadas ubicadas en el extranjero: 1-202-501-4444



About COVID-19:

The family of coronaviruses include many common viruses, like the ones that cause the common cold. COVID-19 is a new a kind of coronavirus. The most common symptoms include fever, cough, and respiratory symptoms. In more than 80% of cases, individuals infected by COVID-19 have mild or no symptoms. In uncommon cases, more serious complications can arise, including pneumonia. We are continuing to learn more about its transmission, but because the most common symptoms are respiratory, so its primary mode of transmission is through coughing and sneezing.

There are easy, practical steps that can be taken to dramatically lower your risk and the public’s risk of exposure to the virus:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipes.
  • Stay up to date on vaccinations, including the influenza vaccine.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay away from work, school or other people if you are sick.
  • Follow guidance from public health officials.

Have supplies on hand:

  • Contact your healthcare provider to ask about obtaining extra necessary medications to have on hand in case there is an outbreak of COVID-19 in your community and you need to stay home for a prolonged period of time.
  • If you cannot get extra medications, consider using mail-order for medications.
  • Be sure you have over-the-counter medicines and medical supplies (tissues, etc.) to treat fever and other symptoms. Most people will be able to recover from COVID-19 at home.
  • Have enough household items and groceries on hand so that you will be prepared to stay at home for a period of time.

Some people are at higher risk of getting very sick from this illness. This includes:

  • Older adults
  • People who have serious chronic medical conditions like:
    • Heart disease
    • Diabetes
    • Lung disease

If you are at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19 because of your age or because you have a serious long-term health problem, it is extra important for you to take actions to reduce your risk of getting sick with the disease.


Watch for symptoms and emergency warning signs:

  • Pay attention for potential COVID-19 symptoms including, fever, cough, and shortness of breath. If you feel like you are developing symptoms, call your doctor.
  • Call ahead: If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and may have had contact with a person with COVID-19, or recently traveled to countries with apparent community spread, call your health care provider or local public health department first before seeking medical care so that appropriate precautions can be taken.

  • If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. In adults, emergency warning signs*:
    • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
    • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
    • New confusion or inability to arouse
    • Bluish lips or face

​​Have a plan for if you get sick:

  • Consult with your health care provider for more information about monitoring your health for symptoms suggestive of COVID-19.
  • Stay in touch with others by phone or email. You may need to ask for help from friends, family, neighbors, community health workers, etc. if you become sick.
  • Determine who can provide you with care if your caregiver gets sick


*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.



Nutrition Information



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The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) provides support to low-income families with children under the age of 5 by providing access to a nutritious food package designed to meet the needs of pregnant or breastfeeding parents, infants and children, as well as nutrition education, breastfeeding support and education, and breast pumps for parents returning to work or school.

All 83 California WIC agencies have been providing all services – including new enrollments for families who lost work due to the COVID-19 pandemic and are now eligible. WIC staff have moved quickly to change the way services are delivered, while keeping staff and participants safe. Many WIC agencies have transitioned staff to working remotely, providing breastfeeding and nutrition education and support by phone, text, email, and video conference. WIC sites have gotten creative on how to provide WIC cards and breast pumps to families, setting up drive-through pick-ups, and delivering by mail.

Families should not hesitate to call their WIC local agency for information on enrolling or continuing WIC services. Check online for WIC eligibility and locate the closest WIC office here:

Some Facts About California WIC:

  • Enables families to purchase healthy foods like fresh and frozen produce, dairy, eggs, beans, and whole grain products.
  • Serves, each month, approximately 1 million expecting and new parents, infants and children under 5 years.
  • Has 83 WIC local agencies, providing services in 500 WIC clinic locations.
  • Provides food in over 4,000 local grocery stores and from hundreds of farmers and markets. 
  • Recently completed the transition from paper checks to the California WIC Card that participants use for their WIC shopping.



In the House of Representatives, I am seeking and securing resources to bolster effective public health responses on the Central Coast to mitigate any potential effects of COVID-19.

Congressional Democrats and Republicans first passed an emergency spending bill for a well-funded, evidence-based public health investment.  The Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act provides $8.3 billion for federal, state, and local efforts to treat and prevent the spread of COVID-19.  This bipartisan package includes funds for vaccine research and development, telemedicine services, and medical supplies and support for hospitals and health centers.  The bill also provides significant amounts of funding for the Small Business Administration, enabling the agency to provide $7 billion in emergency loans.  

The House of Representatives then passed bipartisan comprehensive legislation to bolster Americans’ personal safety and financial security.  The Families First Coronavirus Response Act provides emergency paid leave, stability for our unemployment insurance system, and additional Medicaid funding.  The bill also ensures free coronavirus testing and more protections for healthcare workers and first-responders.  Additionally, the bill strengthens food security initiatives with more funds for food stamps, meals for students and seniors, and local food banks.

The third package, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, includes expanded unemployment insurance, direct payments to workers, and payroll and rent assistance to small businesses.  The bill also provides funding for large industries with many employees to stay afloat, but mandates strict oversight procedures to protect those workers.  The legislation further funds resources for those on the frontlines of this pandemic by ensuring that our health care workers have the equipment required to execute their jobs safely and effectively.

Soon after passing the CARES Act, we in the House passed the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act. In this legislation signed into law by the President, we strengthened the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) with $310 billion in additional funding, including $30 billion for community-based lenders, small banks, and credit unions and $30 billion for medium-sized banks and credit unions. We are expanding small business support beyond PPP by securing $50 billion for Small Business Administration (SBA) disaster lending, totaling more than $350 billion in loans and $10 billion in SBA disaster grants. We have also secured strong protections to ensure that our nation’s farmers have access to this vital assistance from direct payments and direct purchases of crops, dairy, and livestock. For hospitals and health care workers, we provided $75 billion for resources, including personal protective equipment (PPE), to those on the frontlines. We also made important improvements to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act by significantly lowering the interest rate on advance payments, lengthening the repayment schedule, and distributing payments from general revenues rather than the Hospital Insurance Fund. We secured $25 billion for more testing of COVID-19, which is the key to reopening the economy and resuming our lives. Moving forward, the Administration must come up with a national strategic testing policy that will focus on increasing domestic testing capacity including testing supplies. The House also voted to establish the Select Committee on the Coronavirus Crisis. This bipartisan committee will provide Congressional oversight to monitor the Administration’s implementation of the coronavirus relief funding.

Additionally, I questioned Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar at our Ways and Means Committee hearing about the administration's response to coronavirus, vaccine development and affordable disbursement, and public health strategies. I continue to call on officials to establish a clear chain of command on who is taking charge of executing strategy and restore the global health security teams (originally established after the Ebola outbreak in 2014) that were disbanded at the National Security Council and Department of Homeland Security.

Please know that I continue to monitor this public health concern closely and will keep our community apprised of any updates. If you have any immediate questions or concerns that I or my staff can help you with, please feel free to call my Congressional offices in Salinas, Santa Cruz, or Washington, D.C. or contact me through my website. Please do not hesitate to reach out and let me know how I can continue to best serve you. ​






Sobre COVID-19:

La familia del coronavirus incluye muchos virus comunes, como los que causan el resfriado común. COVID-19 es un nuevo tipo de coronavirus. Los síntomas más comunes incluyen fiebre, tos y síntomas respiratorios. En más del 80% de los casos, las personas infectadas por COVID-19 tienen síntomas leves o nulos. En casos poco frecuentes, pueden surgir complicaciones más graves, incluida la neumonía. Continuamos aprendiendo más sobre su transmisión, pero debido a que los síntomas más comunes son respiratorios, su modo principal de transmisión es a través de la tos y los estornudos.

Hay pasos sencillos y prácticos que se pueden tomar para reducir drásticamente su riesgo y el riesgo del público de exposición al virus:

Lávese las manos con frecuencia con agua y jabón durante al menos 20 segundos. Si no hay agua y jabón disponibles, use un desinfectante para manos a base de alcohol con al menos 60% de alcohol.

Evitar tocarse los ojos, la nariz y la boca. Cubra su tos o estornudo con un pañuelo desechable, luego tírelo a la basura.

Limpie y desinfecte los objetos y superficies que se tocan con frecuencia con un spray o toallitas de limpieza doméstica.

Manténgase actualizado sobre las vacunas, incluida la vacuna contra la influenza.

Evitar el contacto cercano con personas que están enfermas.

Manténgase alejado del trabajo, la escuela u otras personas si está enfermo.

Siga las indicaciones de los funcionarios de salud pública.


Tenga suministros a mano:

Comuníquese con su proveedor de atención médica para preguntar sobre la obtención de medicamentos adicionales necesarios para tener a mano en caso de que haya un brote de COVID-19 en su comunidad y necesite quedarse en casa por un período prolongado de tiempo.

Si no puede obtener medicamentos adicionales, considere usar pedidos por correo para medicamentos.

Asegúrese de tener medicamentos de venta libre y suministros médicos (pañuelo desechable, etc.) para tratar la fiebre y otros síntomas. La mayoría de las personas podrán recuperarse de COVID-19 en casa.

Tenga suficientes artículos para el hogar y comida a la mano para que esté preparado para quedarse en casa por un período de tiempo.




Algunas personas tienen un mayor riesgo de enfermarse gravemente por esta enfermedad. Esto incluye:

  • Adultos mayores

Las personas que tienen condición médicas crónicas graves, como:

  • Enfermedad del corazón
  • Diabetes
  • Enfermedad pulmonar

Si tiene mayor riesgo de enfermedad grave debido a COVID-19 debido a su edad o porque tiene un problema de salud grave a largo plazo, es muy importante que tome medidas para reducir su riesgo de enfermarse con la enfermedad.

Esté atento a los síntomas y las señales de advertencia de emergencia:

  • Preste atención a los posibles síntomas de COVID-19, como fiebre, tos y falta de aliento. Si siente que está desarrollando síntomas, llame a su médico.
  • Llame con anticipación: si tiene síntomas de COVID-19 y puede haber tenido contacto con una persona con COVID-19, o ha viajado recientemente a países con aparente propagación comunitaria, llame primero a su proveedor de atención médica o al departamento de salud pública local antes de buscar atención médica. para que se puedan tomar las precauciones adecuadas.
  • Si desarrolla señales de advertencia de emergencia para COVID-19, obtenga atención médica de inmediato. En adultos, señales de advertencia de emergencia *:
    • Dificultad para respirar o falta de aliento
    • Dolor o presión persistentes en el pecho.
    • Nueva confusión o incapacidad para despertar
    • Labios o cara azulados

Tenga un plan para si se enferma:

Consulte con su proveedor de atención médica para obtener más información sobre cómo controlar su salud en busca de síntomas sugestivos de COVID-19.

Manténgase en contacto con otras personas por teléfono o correo electrónico. Es posible que deba pedir ayuda a amigos, familiares, vecinos, trabajadores de salud comunitarios, etc. si se enferma.

Determine quién puede brindarle atención si su cuidador se enferma.

*Esta lista no es del todo inclusiva. Consulte a su proveedor médico para cualquier otro síntoma que sea grave o preocupante.

En la Cámara de Representantes, estoy buscando y asegurando recursos para impulsar respuestas efectivas de salud pública en la Costa Central para mitigar cualquier efecto potencial de COVID-19.

Los demócratas y republicanos del Congreso aprobaron por primera vez un proyecto de ley de gastos de emergencia para una inversión en salud pública financiada y basada en evidencia. La Ley de Asignaciones Suplementarias de Preparación y Respuesta de Coronavirus proporciona $ 8.3 mil millones para esfuerzos federales, estatales y locales para tratar y prevenir la propagación de COVID-19. Este paquete bipartidista incluye fondos para investigación y desarrollo de vacunas, servicios de telemedicina y suministros médicos y apoyo para hospitales y centros de salud. El proyecto de ley también proporciona importantes cantidades de fondos para la Administración de Pequeñas Empresas, lo que le permite a la agencia proporcionar $ 7 mil millones en préstamos de emergencia.

Luego, la Cámara de Representantes aprobó una legislación integral bipartidista para reforzar la seguridad personal y financiera de los estadounidenses. La Ley de respuesta al primer coronavirus de Families proporciona vacaciones pagadas de emergencia, estabilidad para nuestro sistema de seguro de desempleo y fondos adicionales de Medicaid. El proyecto de ley también garantiza pruebas gratuitas de coronavirus y más protecciones para los trabajadores de la salud y los socorristas. Además, el proyecto de ley fortalece las iniciativas de seguridad alimentaria con más fondos para cupones de alimentos, comidas para estudiantes y personas mayores y bancos de alimentos locales.

El Congreso ahora está trabajando con la administración para desarrollar un tercer paquete de estímulo de emergencia para proteger nuestra seguridad económica. Algunas opciones potenciales discutidas para ese paquete incluyen exenciones de multas por obligaciones de deuda e hipoteca, mayores subvenciones federales por desastre para pequeñas empresas afectadas, préstamos garantizados sin intereses para las industrias afectadas y asistencia directa en efectivo a familias y empresas para compensar la pérdida de ingresos. Los graves desafíos que enfrentan los empleados y empleadores en la industria hotelera y las pequeñas empresas en toda la costa central definitivamente se considerarán a medida que el Congreso formule una legislación tan esencial.

Además, interrogué al Secretario de Salud y Servicios Humanos (HHS) Alex Azar en nuestro Comité de Medios y Arbitrios sobre la respuesta de la administración al coronavirus, el desarrollo de vacunas y el desembolso asequible, y las estrategias de salud pública.

Sigo pidiendo a los funcionarios que establezcan una cadena de mando sobre quién se encarga de ejecutar la estrategia y restablecer los equipos de seguridad sanitaria mundial (originalmente establecidos después del brote de ébola en 2014) que se disolvieron en el Consejo de Seguridad Nacional y el Departamento de Patria Seguridad.

Tenga en cuenta que sigo monitoreando de cerca este problema de salud pública y mantendré a nuestra comunidad informada de cualquier actualización. Si tiene alguna pregunta o inquietud inmediata con la que yo o mi personal podamos ayudarlo, no dude en llamar a mis oficinas del Congreso en Salinas, Santa Cruz o Washington, D.C. o contácteme a través de mi sitio web. No dude en comunicarse y dígame cómo puedo continuar para servirle mejor