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Local Assemblyman Jordan Cunnigham responds to coronavirus outbreak

Posted at 6:04 PM, Mar 16, 2020

Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham (R-San Luis Obispo) released the following statement Monday following the Assembly unanimously passing an emergency budget allocation to fight the COVID-19 outbreak:

"Our priority over the last 72 hours has shifted from ensuring our kids continue to receive food during school closures to ensuring that Central Coast residents take seriously the warnings of our public health professionals. We must work together to lessen the impact of COVID-19 on our neighbors, our vulnerable populations, and our healthcare system.

"To the end, today the State Assembly passed a $500 million emergency budget allocation (with potential to increase $1 billion) to give the Administration emergency funding to fight this deadly outbreak and provide more healthcare capacity. Funds will go towards increasing our state's supply of respirators, bringing new hospitals online, and helping our most vulnerable population weather this storm. We will get through this as a community, but we must take precautions and prepare ourselves."

Employees who are laid off or have hours cut as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak can apply for unemployment insurance. Parents who have to take time off from work to provide childcare in the event of a school closure can apply for unemployment insurance. Workers who have to take time off to quarantine or take care of a family member affected by COVID-19 can apply for state disability insurance and/or paid family leave.

For more information on those policies visit this website.