Updated Information for Workers Affected by COVID-19

Dear Friends,

As we move into week five of the Coronavirus pandemic, the state’s Employment Development Department (EDD) has processed over 2 million unemployment insurance claims. If you recently filed a claim and have not received any notice, or you need to speak to someone about your claim, please call my office – we are here to help.  If you haven’t filed a claim or know a family member who is unable to work due to the Coronavirus outbreak, follow the links below to learn more on eligibility requirements for benefits including:

If you are a business owner, self-employed, independent contractor, or have a limited work history, the new Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program with the federal CARES Act assists unemployed Californians who traditionally would not be eligible for state unemployment insurance (UI) benefits.

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Sacramento County residents can now get screened online by Project Baseline to determine whether or not drive-thru screening for COVID-19 is necessary.  Based on an individual’s responses and testing appointment availability, they may be scheduled to be tested through this program.  To get started, go to https://www.projectbaseline.com/study/covid-19/

A few notes:

  • Those interested in testing will need to create an account and answer some online screening questions to determine eligibility (about a 15 minute process). 
  • Participants will receive an appointment when they register online.  Appointments are scheduled about 1-3 days in advance. 
  • Participants must have an ID with their date of birth.
  • Participants must arrive in a car with functioning windows that can roll up and down (no motorcycles, no Uber/Lyft, no pedestrians, no bikes, no public transit).
  • Participants remain in their vehicle throughout their visit.
  • Most participants are in and out of the testing facility in less than 20 minutes.
  • Participants receive results a few days to a week after testing.
  • This testing option is NOTfor individuals with severe symptoms such as severe cough, shortness of breath, severe fever, or other concerning symptoms that may need more immediate care.
  • Only individuals age 18 or older can be tested at this site.

For current information regarding Economic impact payments please visit:

Here are a few things that might bring some relief regarding your SMUD bill:

  1. Because of the times, SMUD will NOT SHUT OFF power for non-payment through May 30th.
  2. Although our lobby is closed, we are providing extremely generous payment options.
  3. Your clients can create an on-line account and manage their bills/usage and sign-up for our Low-income discount.

For more information, here is a direct link.