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Coronavirus in Sacramento 

Updated April 7 at 4:30 p.m. 

COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It's caused by a virus called coronavirus.

Frequently asked questions about COVID-19 are available in English, Spanish (español) and Chinese (中文).

FEMA has set up a web page to help the public distinguish between rumors and facts regarding the response to coronavirus pandemic.

 


 

Getting Tested

If you are interested in getting tested for COVID-19, click here to complete an online screener based on guidelines from public health officials.

Based on the responses and testing appointment availability, you will learn whether you qualify for testing through this program at this time.

 


 

Stay-At-Home Order

The County of Sacramento on April 7, 2020, issued a new “stay-at-home” order, which directs all individuals living in the county to stay at their place of residence except for essential activities to help prevent the transmission of COVID-19. The new order clarifies, strengthens and extends certain terms from the previous “stay-at-home” order to increase social distancing and further reduce person-to-person contact.

The California State Public Health Officer and Director of the California Department of Public Health is ordering all individuals living in the State of California to stay home or at their place of residence, except as needed to maintain continuity of operation of the federal critical infrastructure sectors.

 


 

Health Resources

Sacramento County’s Department of Health Services is the lead agency for diseases affecting the public in Sacramento.

For general information or questions about coronavirus in Sacramento:

The California Department of Public Health is the lead agency in California working with the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), local governments, health facilities, and health care providers across the state to respond to coronavirus.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is the leading national public health institute of the United States.

The outbreak of coronavirus may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can cause strong emotions in adults and children.

In Partnership with Sacramento County, Hope Cooperative has launched a peer support call center available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. by calling 1-855-502-3224.

 


 

Education Resources

All 13 public schools in Sacramento County, along with most programs offered by the Sacramento County Office of Education, are currently closed. Families are encouraged to visit their local school district’s website for the latest information on re-openings, food distribution schedules, and other information.

Sacramento City Unified School District

Twin Rivers Unified School District

Natomas Unified School District

Robla School District

Elk Grove School District

 


 

Community Resources

Sacramento County Office of Emergency Services has a community resources page that includes information about volunteering and donations.

 


 

Financial Resources

  • IRS Economic Impact Payments
    The distribution of economic impact payments will begin in the next three weeks and will be distributed automatically, with no action required for most people. However, some seniors and others who typically do not file returns will need to submit a simple tax return to receive the stimulus payment. Please do not call the IRS about this. When more specific details become available, we will update this page.

  • Californians that have been financially affected by COVID-19, may be eligible for services such as unemployment insurance, paid family leave, disability Insurance, relief from financial institutions (including a 90-day grace period for all mortgages and no new foreclosures).

 


 

Businesses and employees

A useful list of local, state and federal information and resources for businesses and employees.

 


 

What the City is doing

  • Find a list of what City services may be affected during the coronavirus response

  • 101 businesses selected to receive COVID–19 economic relief loans from City

  • The City of Sacramento established $1 million for businesses affected by coronavirus. The fund provided zero-percent interest loans of up to $25,000 per business. Applications closed on Friday, March 20, 2020. If additional funding become available, applications will open.

  • City Council established a temporary ban on evicting residential and commercial tenants unable to pay rent due to a loss of income caused by COVID-19.

  • City waives delinquent utility penalties to ensure households have access during COVID-19 outbreak.

  • The City launched a free Essential Worker Childcare program for first responders, health care workers and essential City of Sacramento employees.

  • The City of Sacramento currently offers free parking at all meters in the Central City and Old Sacramento after 4:30 p.m. weekdays and free all day weekends. Additionally, we are also offering a temporary $6 Early Bird flat rate in all City garages for customers who park before 10 a.m. and leave after 4 pm.

  • City, community groups launch 'Donate4Sacramento' to help those hurt economically by COVID-19.

  • City parks remain available to residents during COVID-19 outbreak.

  • City Council on March 13 adopts a resolution declaring a local emergency relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.