As the economic toll of #COVID19 hits our communities hard, hunger is a growing concern.

Easily find food bank, school meal, and senior center food distribution sites!

Fortunately, free and low-cost food providers are ramping up their service, in a way that maintains social distancing.

Find Food Support Easily

To help find food, Contra Costa County has a new GIS (global information system) mapping tool. It can be used on any mobile device, just like searching for the nearest gas station or cafe on your phone.

Contra Costa County COVID-19 Food Distribution Map: https://cccgis.link/Food

The tool, developed by the County’s IT Department, incorporates data from the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano, school districts, senior centers, and other food organizations.

It was developed in partnership with us, (211 Contra Costa!) and Supervisor Gioia’s office also contributed to the map’s development.

Please share this map url widely! It is a community tool and will be continually updated.

HAPPY NATIONAL VOLUNTEER WEEK!

Give a virtual wave and say hello to our new cohort of volunteers and staff just completing their call center training! (partial group in photo-great smiles!)

They started their journey with the Crisis Center in January, and are starting in the call center just in time to experience the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and the shelter-in-place order. Wish them all the best!

We are so incredibly thankful for all of our call center team during this unprecedented situation! Some volunteers are working remotely, too, and we appreciate all the ways everyone on the team is adapting to keep providing services.

Happy National Volunteer Week to all volunteers!

Doing good comes in many forms, and we recognize and celebrate them all.

To join the team, check out this information on our website.

Here are some tips on dealing with Coronavirus anxiety. As communities nationwide respond to the COVID- 19 pandemic, Americans face unparalleled levels of uncertainty.  

To help individuals reestablish a sense of normalcy, Psychology.org partnered with three mental health experts. These experts share five ways individuals and families can manage corona virus-related anxiety. From monitoring social media consumption to establishing a routine, we hope these tips can help as we get through this pandemic.

Dealing With Coronavirus Anxiety: Expert Tips to Help Ease Anxiety
https://www.psychology.org/resources/expert-tips-coronavirus-anxiety.

If you, or someone you love, is struggling to cope, we are here for you 24/7.
You can talk or text with someone now.

 

 

John Muir Health has Safety, Food Distribution, and Health Care resource lists for needs during this #COVID19 outbreak. If you have questions about any of these, you can call us @211 or text HOPE to 20121 if you need assistance with safety, food, or health care.

SAFETY: Community Safety Resources Healthcare Resources During Covid-19 Community Food Resources Updated 4.12.2020

HEALTHCARE:  Healthcare Resources During Covid-19

FOOD: Community Food Resources Updated 4.12.2020

Staying up to date with current factual information can help ease any anxiety or stress about the situation. Text “coronavirus” or “covid19” to 211211 for information on how the illness spreads, prevention & treatment, symptoms and more. Texters may share their zip code to be directed toward websites with local information where available. If you are unable to text, call 211 or 800.833.2900

Contra Costa Health Services is updating a webpage with information here. This page is updated with new information as it becomes available.

We are updating this post as information is made available from Contra Costa Health Services. .Información en Español aquí.

The CDC is updating a robust site with information and answers to commonly asked questions here.

March 16, 2020

Today the Bay Area Health Directors will issue a Joint Order that will significantly impact all of the Bay Area. The Order will require:

  • ALL PERSONS TO SHELTER AT THEIR PLACE OF RESIDENCE OTHER THAN TO PROVIDE OR RECEIVE ESSENTIAL SERVICES.
  • DIRECTING ALL BUSINESSES TO CEASE NON-EXEMPT OPERATIONS AT PHYSICAL LOCATIONS.
  • PROHIBITING ALL NON-ESSENTIAL GATHERINGS OF ANY NUMBER OF PERSONS.
  • ORDERING CESSATION OF ALL NON-ESSENTIAL TRAVEL

While the Order is mandatory, the expectation is that most people and business will comply to ensure the safety of everyone.

Keep in mind that the outcome desired is to “flatten the curve” of the virus so as not to overwhelm health care systems and facilities.

There are numerous Definitions and Exemptions to the Order to allow for “essential activities” for individuals and business to insure the health and safety of our communities.

Bay Area Health Departments are drafting FAQs to cover as many of the most immediate questions as possible, but we know that there will be many questions that we can’t answer initially.

The press conference will be carried live on Santa Clara County Public Health’s Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/sccpublichealth

The Order will be effective at midnight March 16, 2020, and remain in effect until April 7, 2020, but may be extended.

What is Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

The virus spreading from Wuhan, China currently is known as a “novel coronavirus” meaning it is a strain of virus not previously seen in humans. This virus presents as an upper respiratory illness with symptoms similar to the common flu and is spreading person-to-person. The virus has caused death but cases have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness depending on a variety of factors that are not yet fully known.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Symptoms are similar to those of seasonal flu and include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Because of the similarity to flu symptoms, the CDC is recommending that people who have recently traveled or been in contact with someone who has recently traveled outside of the U.S. and starts experiencing these symptoms to contact a health professional for guidance.

What does CDC recommend people do to prevent spreading the virus?

The CDC recommends taking steps extreme precautions to prevent illness. Wash your hands regularly, avoid contact with people who have recently traveled outside of the country, and follow directions of local health departments.

Here are some handy resources from the CDC to share. Help everyone stay calm and healthy.

Call 211 if you have questions. We are here 24/7.

 

Volunteer Ideas

Click here for Volunteer Ideas

Bay Area Stay-at-Home Order

See Press Release: Bay Area Health Officers Issue Updated Stay-at-Home Order with New Restrictions to Last Through May 3, 2020. According to the release, more time and additional restrictions are needed to slow the spread and reduce future impact on local hospitals from COVID-19.

See Health Officer Order Through May 3 (PDF). Read the Summary of New Shelter Order for further clarification.

THIS POST FROM ECO-ENCLOSE is shared with permission. What follows is a great summary of small businesses resources during COVID-19 outbreak. Please visit their website to learn more about Eco-Enclose.

COVID-19 Resources: Summary of Funding Opportunities For Small Businesses

Mar 23rd 2020

This piece was written on March 23, 2020. New funding opportunities are being announced and changed every day, so please check out our Google Doc out for more up to date information and email me at saloni@ecoenclose.com to share new funding options that we don’t have listed.


Over the next two weeks, Eco-Enclose will be sharing resources to help small businesses during this uncertain time.

Today’s piece is focused on cash flow and financing. Read on for a summary of funding options that could help cover expenses such as rent, utilities, payroll and working capital if sales have slowed or halted altogether as a result of coronavirus protection measures.

We’ve also created a more searchable spreadsheet of funding opportunities. We will do our best to update the spreadsheet every few days as new funding sources become available. Please share anything we are missing so we can include these on our list by emailing information to saloni@ecoenclose.com.

Read the full blog post here

 

 

March 16, 2020

Today the Bay Area Health Directors will issue a Joint Order that will significantly impact all of the Bay Area. The Order will require:

  • ALL PERSONS TO SHELTER AT THEIR PLACE OF RESIDENCE OTHER THAN TO PROVIDE OR RECEIVE ESSENTIAL SERVICES.
  • DIRECTING ALL BUSINESSES TO CEASE NON-EXEMPT OPERATIONS AT PHYSICAL LOCATIONS.
  • PROHIBITING ALL NON-ESSENTIAL GATHERINGS OF ANY NUMBER OF PERSONS.
  • ORDERING CESSATION OF ALL NON-ESSENTIAL TRAVEL

While the Order is mandatory, the expectation is that most people and business will comply to ensure the safety of everyone.

Keep in mind that the outcome desired is to “flatten the curve” of the virus so as not to overwhelm health care systems and facilities.

There are numerous Definitions and Exemptions to the Order to allow for “essential activities” for individuals and business to insure the health and safety of our communities.

Bay Area Health Departments are drafting FAQs to cover as many of the most immediate questions as possible, but we know that there will be many questions that we can’t answer initially.

The press conference will be carried live on Santa Clara County Public Health’s Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/sccpublichealth

The Order will be effective at midnight March 16, 2020, and remain in effect until April 7, 2020, but may be extended.

Staying up to date with current factual information can help ease any anxiety or stress about the situation. Text “coronavirus” or “covid19” to 211211 for information on how the illness spreads, prevention & treatment, symptoms and more. Texters may share their zip code to be directed toward websites with local information where available. If you are unable to text, call 211 or 800.833.2900

Contra Costa Health Services is updating a webpage with information here. This page is updated with new information as it becomes available.

We are updating this post as information is made available from Contra Costa Health Services. .Información en Español aquí.

The CDC is updating a robust site with information and answers to commonly asked questions here.

 

Staying up to date with current factual information can help ease any anxiety or stress about the situation.

COVID19  information updated regularly in our 211 Database of Contra Costa County resources – click here.

This includes food distribution, site closures, shelter information, tax preparation information, and more. Search resources here! or text your zip code to 898211, call 211 (or 800.833.2900) for 24/7 assistance.

We recommend checking the following for additional information:

  • Contra Costa Health Services is updating a webpage with information here. This page is updated with new information as it becomes available, daily at 10 am and 2 pm.
  • Center for Disease Control (CDC) is updating a robust site with information and answers to commonly asked questions here.
  • Contra Costa County is offering free drive-through testing – if you are experiencing symptoms: fever, cough, or flu-like symptoms.  You must call 1-844-421-4084 to be screened before coming for Coronavirus test. Free for all Contra Costa residents, no insurance required! Details here: COVID-19 Community Testing  SPANISH  COVID19 Community Testing English

Please stay home as much as possible, wash your hands frequently, practice self-care, call your physician if you have any symptoms, and stay informed and patient. We are all in this together.

Keep in mind that the outcome desired is to “flatten the curve” of the virus so as not to overwhelm health care systems and facilities.

Help everyone stay calm and healthy.

Call 211 if you have questions. We are here 24/7.

Call 211 or text your zip code to 898211 for free and confidential conversation about #Census2020.

Here are some quick answers for FAQ’s re: Census 2020:

    • Easy: The census questionnaire is short. Depending on your household, it only takes about 10 minutes to complete.
    • Safe: By law, the Census Bureau cannot share respondents’ answers with anyone, including federal and local law enforcement agencies. Census Bureau workers take an oath to protect the confidentiality of the data. The penalty for unlawful disclosure is a fine up to $250,000 or imprisonment of up to 5 years, or both.
    • Important: Census Data helps determine our political representation and funding for local roads, schools, and community improvement. So many programs are dependent on this source of funding!

Please call us at 211 for info, or text your zip code to 898211 to text with us. We can confidentially answer any of your questions about Census 2020! Here are some helpful links for more information and to sign up for updates.

Census 2020 California State Website
Census 2020 Contra Costa Website

Pledge to be counted! #CountMeIn