Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources

The outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has had a significant impact on our community. With a continuously evolving situation, my office and I are dedicated to helping our constituents through this unprecedented time. Below is a list of resources to assist those impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. If you are still unable to find the information or services you require, please contact my district office at (714) 662-6050.

Very truly yours,
Senator Moorlach

Cases in Senate District 37

The Orange County Health Care Agency (HCA) publishes daily counts of COVID-19 cases in Orange County. To see this information, please visit the HCA’s COVID-19 webpage here. Case counts by city can also be found on their website here. The California Department of Public Health’s COVID-19 count can be accessed here

Unemployment Resources for Employers and Employees

Beginning Monday April 20th, Unemployment Insurance call centers will be open 7 days a week from 8am-8pm.
For a list of call center phone numbers by language, and more information click here.

The California Employment Development Department (EDD) provides a variety of support services to individuals who are sick or quarantined, have reduced work hours, who are self-employed, or have been impacted by closures due to COVID–19: 

Unemployment options

For weekly updates on local OC COVID-19 resources, visit the Orange County Business Council’s website at . https://www.ocbc.org/newsroom/covid-19-resource-page/

Orange County Business Council

Resources for Small Businesses

Small Business Administration Paycheck Protection Program

The SBA is offering federally-guaranteed loans to cover 8 weeks of assistance to small businesses and nonprofits. These are privately administered loans reserved for small businesses and 501(c)(3)s with 500 or fewer employees, including sole-proprietors, and independent contractors. For more information visit this link and apply here.

Mortgage and Lending Information

Big banks agree to defer mortgage payments in California for those affected by coronavirus. Check to see if your bank is offering delayed or even deferred payments by clicking here

Property Tax Deadline

We understand and share your concerns about the impacts of COVID-19 and its impact on your personal financial condition and/or your business.  We also understand that because there are only two secured property tax payments due each year, this may be one of the largest single expenditures that you make during the year, different from income taxes where you make payments to the government every pay period or quarterly. 

The Treasurer does not have the authority to change the April 10 date as it is set by state law, and all indications that we have is that  it will not be extended.

The Treasurer-Tax Collector is legally authorized under state law to cancel penalties, costs and other charges, but only when a taxpayer is unable to deliver payment due to reasonable cause and circumstances beyond the taxpayer’s control, with certain conditions as required by law.  If you are unable to deliver your payment by the deadline due to hospitalization or illness from COVID-19, you are encouraged to submit the Penalty Cancellation Request form after April 10. When you submit and mail the form, include a check for the amount of the base taxes, before penalties and costs, and documents supporting why the penalties and costs should be cancelled.   All penalty cancellation requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. 

Visit the Treasurer-Tax Collector's Website for more information

U.S. Department of State Travel Information 

Travel Guidance from U.S. Department of State 

Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)

120-Day Extension for Drivers Age 70+

Current law requires that drivers ages 70 and older visit a DMV office to renew their expired licenses, while granting the DMV the authority to issue extensions. Amid the covid-19 outbreak, the DMV is issuing Californians ages 70 and older with a driver's license that expires between March 1, 2020 and May 31, 2020, a 120-day renewal extension. In the upcoming weeks those eligible can expect to receive paper license extensions in the mail. For more information, click here

Waiving In-Person Renewals for Eligible Drivers and Identification Cardholders

On March 30, 2020 Governor Newsom signed an Executive Order waiving the in-person renewal requirement for Californians with safe driving records for the 60 days. Under the Executive Order the in-person identification card renewal requirement has also been waived for 60 days. Beginning April 8, 2020, those eligible will be able to complete their renewals online or by mail. For more information, click here

Duplicate Driver License

DMV online services  now allow Californians the option to request duplicate driver licenses for lost or stolen licenses that do not expire within 30 days. 

REAL ID deadline postponed amid coronavirus outbreak

The U.S. The Department of Homeland Security has postponed the Real ID deadline to October 1, 2021. Customers seeking to apply for a Real ID will have the opportunity to do so at a later date.

Utilities Suspend Service Shut-Offs

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Southern California Edison has implemented a moratorium on service shut-offs for non-payment for both residential and commercial customers effective immediately. For more info, visit Southern California Edison’s website.

Call centers are still open to assist customers at 1-800-655-4555. 

Similarly, Anaheim Public Utilities Commission (PUC) is offering assistance to customers struggling to pay bills due to financial hardship during the coronavirus epidemic. If you are within the City of Anaheim and experiencing financial hardship, please call the Anaheim PUC at  (714) 765-3300, or visit their website below.

Tax Filing Extension Information

State:Franchise Tax Board Tax Extensions and Relief
State Tax Deadline Moved to July 15
See Announcement Here

Federal: Internal Revenue Service Tax Extensions and Relief
Federal Tax Deadline Moved to July 15
See Announcement Here

Center for Disease Control and Prevention Resources

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a number of resources available amid the COVID-19 outbreak. The CDC has a webpage designated to COVID-19 information and resources, to access click here.

Other resources available include:

Veterans

The Department of Veterans Affairs offers resources to veterans during this uncertain time.  If you are either a Veteran in crisis or are concerned about one, call the Veterans Crisis Line. Calls are free and confidential and the hotline is open 24/7. 

Veterans Crisis Hotline
Phone: 1-800-273-8255; Press 1 to be connected
Text: 838255
Chat online

School and University Closures

Current guidance from the California Department of Education suggests that schools are going to remain closed for the rest of the school year. For more information, please click here

School Closures and New Guidance Releases

Resources

Orange County Court Information

The Orange County Superior Court will be closed to the public through April 24, 2020. There will be minimal exceptions for time-sensitive matters, or for matters pertaining to the safety and security of the public. For more information click here

How You Can Help

Prevent the Spread of Disease

Prevent the spread

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid exposure by practicing social distancing and staying home unless seeking essential services. In addition, there are everyday preventive measures that can help prevent the spread, including:

  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces 
  • Follow CDC guidelines and recommendations 
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer

Support Local Businesses

Many local businesses have been impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. A great way to support local businesses is to order takeout or delivery from restaurants in our community. 

Volunteer

During this unprecedented time, there are many ways in which we can help our community. Donating to food drives, donating blood, and delivering meals to those who are high risk are some ways we can help. For more information on volunteer opportunities and resources, click here. For more information on blood donations, click here.

Legislative & State Budget Resources

To view an outline of federal actions taken to address COVID-19, please view this document (pdf).

The Legislative Analyst’s Office provides summaries and information regarding the various federal and state actions taken to address COVID-19. To view those resources, click the following link: https://lao.ca.gov/Government/COVID19

To view a breakdown of state spending on COVID-19 response, please click the following link:
https://cssrc.us/covid/spending

FAQ

Can I leave my house?
Yes, you can leave your home to seek essential services such as grocery stores and pharmacies. You can also leave to go on walk’s, ride your bike, or other outdoor activities while practicing social distancing. 

How many people can I have at my house at once?
Social distancing guidelines recommend gatherings with no more than 10 people at once. 

How can I protect myself and my family from COVID-19?
The best way to protect yourself is to avoid contact. By practicing social distancing and CDC guidelines, you can take steps towards eliminating the potential of contracting the virus. 

Can I still travel?
All non-essential travel should be limited amid the outbreak. For questions and concerns regarding travel, please visit the U.S. Department of State’s Travel guidelines or CDC Travel guidelines.

Do I still have to file my federal and state tax returns?
Yes, you still have to file your tax returns. However, the deadline has been extended to July 15, 2020. 

Do I still have to file my property taxes?
Yes, the property tax deadline is still April 10th. Unfortunately, this is a constitutional deadline that cannot be extended. However, if you are unable to pay your property taxes due to financial distress as a result of the Coronavirus crisis, you may request a penalty cancellation which will be reviewed by the Treasurer-Tax Collector on a case-by-case basis. That form and more information is available online at http://www.ttc.ocgov.com/proptax/infofaq/penalties.

How do I renew my driver’s license?
The DMV will be utilizing online services to complete essential services for California residents. If you are ineligible to utilize the online services, the DMV is allowing a 120 day period until field offices open. For eligibility requirements click here. For more information on the 120 day period, click here

My child’s school is shut down. What do I do?
Contact your school teacher and school district with information about distance learning options available for your student. Most districts do need time to adapt to these changing circumstances so please be patient, and in the meantime utilize some of the online resources available to you and your child to keep them engaged. A list of helpful at-home resources can be found at this link.