Latest News – COVID-19
ILG is committed to helping local government leaders navigate the complexity of their important roles. As such, we want to ensure that local leaders and our business and community partners are equipped with the latest information and resources related to COVID-19.
This resource page will be updated daily. In addition, ILG will be sharing real-time updates related to COVID-19 on our social media pages as the situation develops. Please be sure to follow ILG on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date. In addition, we have compiled a number of useful links with COVID-19 information for cities, counties and special districts and included them below.
The World Health Organization officially labeled this a global health crisis and both President Trump and Governor Newsom declared national and statewide emergencies.
California’s cities, counties and special districts are working closely with local and statewide public health officials and policymakers to prevent the spread of the novel Coronavirus and keep those at particular risk from contracting the illness.
Last, but not least, the safety and well-being of our communities is paramount. Please encourage your communities to follow your local and statewide public health guidelines for practicing proper hygiene and preventative measures.
Local leadership is always on display during times of crisis and we are heartened by the many examples of collaboration and good governance we have seen across the state.
Local Government Resources
A number of our partners have developed COVID-19 specific resources to help local governments navigate this pandemic.
- The League of California Cities
- League of California Cities Map of City Emergency Declarations
- National League of Cities
- National League of Cities – COVID-19: Local Action Tracker Preview
- NLC’s CitiesSpeak: Prioritize Equity in Covid-19 Response
- The California State Association of Counties (CSAC)
- CSAC’s Interactive Map of Shelter in Place Emergency Declarations
- National Association of Counties
- National Association of Counties Tracker
Special District Resources
- The California Special Districts Association
- CSDA COVID-19 Community: A CA special districts resource for sharing latest updates from the State, what’s happening with your district, ask questions, and find answers.
Other Local Resource
- Emergency Preparedness Amidst COVID-19
- International City/County Management Association
- California Association of Public Information Officials
- Engaging Local Government Leaders – ELGL
- Sustainability Best Practices During the COVID Crisis
State and National Resources
State hotline for people to call for local non-medical services, such as food delivery and mental health care. The number is 833-544-2374.
- California Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response
- California Roadmap to Modifying the Stay at Home Orders
- New State Website Outlining Volunteer Opportunities
- California COVID-19 Medical Supply Contributions
- California Health Corps
- California COVID-19 Case Statistics
- California COVID-19 Hospital Data
- California Department of Public Health
- Department of Housing and Community Development Guidance for Homeless Service Providers
- Go BIZ (Gov Office of Business & Economic Development)
- CA Labor and Development Agency – Resources for Employers and Workers
- New Regulations Regarding Employment of Retired Annuitants
- California Public Utilities Commission
- California Air Resources Board response to COVID-19
- The Resource Recovery Coalition of California (Resource Coalition) Solid Waste and Recycling Industry Guidelines
- State Parks COVID-19 Resource Center
- CalRecycle COVID-19 Resources and Updates
- White House guidelines for Opening up America Again
- SBA Paycheck Protection Program Report
- Get My Payment | Internal Revenue Service
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Three Federal Actions to Address COVID-19
- Multi-state spreadsheet on state and local orders
- Families First Coronavirus Response Act
- FEMA Coronavirus Rumor Control
- Interim Guidance for Implementing Safety Practices for Critical Infrastructure Workers Who May Have Had Exposure to a Person with Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19
- FEMA Coronavirus Rumor Control
- US Census Bureau is launching two Pulse Surveys to provide a measure of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on U.S. households and businesses
Executive Orders, Directives and Guidelines
- Governor Newsom Signs Legislation to Fortify California’s November 3, 2020 General Election for the COVID-19 Pandemic
- Read all Executive Orders here
State Legislative Updates
- The legislature has updated its return to session to May 4. Legislative deadlines will have to be adjusted. There are two upcoming constitutional deadlines which are immovable: the June 15 deadline for the Legislature to approve a State Budget, and the August 31 deadline for the Legislature to act on bills. When the Legislature reconvenes the legislative calendar will have to be updated around these key dates.
- The Legislature passed two budget bills at the request of the Governor, AB 89/SB 89 and AB 117/SB 117, to appropriate funding for COVID-19 relief.
- AB/SB 89 would appropriate $500 million from the general fund to combat COVID-19 (appropriation could be increased in $50M increments, up to $1 billion total).
- AB/SB 117 would appropriate $100 million from the general fund for schools. The legislation also includes intent language to help individual Californians, nonprofits, and small businesses.
Business, Community and Partner Resources
Responding to the Coronavirus/COVID-19: ILG Partner Liebert Cassidy Whitmore has developed a resource page with information for public agencies, non-profits and school districts. Access their resource page here.
COVID-19: Legal Update: ILG Partner Best, Best & Krieger has developed a resource page for local governments to help them understand legal rulings and executive orders surrounding the pandemic. Access their resource page here.
Communications Resources: ILG Partner Tripepi Smith has compiled a resource page for local governments including: social media resources, sample language for dedicated webpages, and a communications checklist. Access their resource page here.
COVID-19 Resource Page: ILG Partner Burke Williams & Sorensen is committed to helping our clients stay up-to-date on developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic. They have created a resource page with legal alerts, blog posts, articles and other resources. Access their resource page here.
COVID-19 Resource Page: ILG Partner Hanson Bridgett has created an online toolkit to help their clients confront and address legal issues arising from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.Hanson Bridgett has assembled a multidisciplinary response team available to help our clients navigate the myriad unique issues presented by the developing worldwide pandemic, and to protect their companies and employees. Access their resource page here.
COVID-19 Information and Updates: ILG Partner Renne Public Law Group has created a resource page providing information about COVID-19’s impact on California’s political and administrative landscape. Access their resource page here.
COVID-19 Legal Alerts: ILG Partner Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard has released a number of legal alerts providing guidance to local governments. Access their alerts here.
COVID-19 Resource Page: ILG partner HdL Companies has created a resource page to help local governments navigate the crisis. Access their resource page here.
Facebook’s Local Alerts: As of March 12th, Facebook has opened up local alerts to all local governments, public health agencies and first responders. This is a free tool that allows local governments to send critical alerts to their community. When posts are marked as local alerts, Facebook amplifies their reach so that people living in an affected community are much more likely to see them. Find out more.
Local Government Response to COVID-19
Local Government COVID-19 Response Highlights
- City of Burbank In the continued effort to slow down the spread of the Coronavirus, pedestrians & bicyclists no longer have to press the Walk Button at intersections. All Burbank signals have been set so the Walk signal turns on automatically between 6AM-10PM. Read more.
- Chino Valley Fire District continues to deliver to seniors during the crisis. Seniors and others at high risk of contracting COVID-19 can contact the Fire District and ask that firefighters and other employees pick up and deliver prescriptions and groceries and perform other essential services. Read more.
- City of El Centro hosted a virtual meeting to discuss improvements to their Downtown area. They took official comments from residents via Zoom and Facebook live. El Centro, is one of ILG’s BOOST communities, which is working on enhancing their public engagement efforts virtually during COVID-19. Read more.
- City of Lancaster created a campaign called “Turn your Tassel,” in which the city provides an array of tactics to celebrate the graduating class of 2020 through social media campaigns, banners, certificates, and videos. The city also encouraged residents to decorate their yards to celebrate graduates with free take-home celebration kits provided by the city. Read more.
- Los Angeles County is giving $10,000 each to businesses as Coronavirus hits bottom lines. Read more.
- City of Morgan Hill hosted a virtual Business Resiliency Roundtable Webinar focused on discussion around the reopening of retail businesses within the City and answering questions from their community. The video was broadcast live through the City’s Facebook page. Watch.
- Natomas Unified School District is practicing social distancing with “drive through” school food service. Read more.
- Orange County’s Clerk Recorder is offering marriage licenses and civil marriage ceremonies through a pop-up mobile ticket counter for couples whose marriage appointments were postponed due to closures and stay-at-home orders. Read more.
- City of Sacramento launched a new webinar series to help local Sacramento businesses survive, thrive and retain employees through the COVID-19 pandemic Read more The City also created new virtual resources and activities to help keep youth socially engaged. Read more
- City of San Diego is converting its convention center to a homeless shelter. Read more.
- San Diego County’s small army of public health investigators & contact tracers are working on identifying every resident who has been exposed to #COVID19. No small task within a county of 3.3 million people. Read more.
- City of San Jose distributed hand-washing stations, portable toilets, and clean water to homeless encampments. Read more.
- City of Temecula developed a COVID-19 smart phone app, dedicated hotline and email address, along with many other forms of rapid response communication tools and technologies, for citizens to report, communicate and understand the City’s recovery efforts, among many forms of rapid response communications the City set up. Read more.
- Yolo County and Washington Unified School District teamed up with a local restaurant to serve over 10,000 families in need Read more
- Elk Grove Unified School District created drive through zones outside 13 schools so that families can pick up food for their children. Read more.
Local Government Impact Surveys
- Humboldt County - Humboldt County Office of Emergency Services COVID-19 Economic Impact Survey
- Monterey County - COVID-19 Business Economic Impact Survey
- Riverside County - Estimated Disaster Economic Injury Worksheet for Businesses
- Riverside County- COVID-19 projections for the county
- San Diego Economic Development Council, San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, and the San Diego & Imperial SBDC
- San Mateo County Economic Development Association - San Mateo County COVID-19 Business Economic Impact Survey
Shelter in Place Order
- CDC issues guidelines for reopening offices: Masks, handshake bans and more
- After delay, CDC releases new guidance on how states can safely reopen
- Property tax relief announced as coronavirus hits California budgets
- New state website lets Californians enter ZIP code, find a coronavirus test near them
- Stimulus check tracking site goes live in bid to speed emergency payments
- California issues warning about disinfecting wipes. Spike in use could damage sewer systems if people flush them
- Public Health Principles for a Phased Reopening During COVID-19: Guidance for Governors
- Governor Newsom Taps California Business, Labor, Health Care and Community Leaders for New Task Force on Business and Jobs Recovery
- Nevada joins Western regional pact to fight coronavirus with science over politics
- California suspends 10-cent grocery bag charge amid virus
- Overwhelmed by jobless claims, California waives rule requiring unemployed to update status