The ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic has impacted many in our community, and it is important residents continue to adhere to public health guidelines to combat the spread of COVID-19.
Below are resources for individuals and small businesses, as well as links to the most up to date state and local guidance.
For more information on the Coronavirus, visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Website at cdc.gov/coronavirus
State and Local Resources
Orange County Resources
Help for Individuals
Direct Financial Assistance Fast Facts Courtesy of the IRS
- The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 includes a second round of Economic Impact Payments for qualified individuals making up to $75,000 per year.
- The second round of payments, or “EIP 2,” is generally $600 for singles and $1,200 for married couples filing a joint return. In addition, those with qualifying children will also receive $600 for each qualifying child. Dependents who are 17 and older are not eligible for the child payment.
- Eligible taxpayers who don't receive a payment – or the full amount– can claim the Recovery Rebate Credit when they file their 2020 tax return. Taxpayers in this situation are urged to file electronically with direct deposit to ensure their tax refund – and their stimulus payment – reach them as soon as possible.
- IRS Economic Impact Payment Information Center
- Use the “Get my Payment” tool to check your payment status
- Get my Payment FAQ
Help for Small Businesses
Paycheck Protection Program Fast Facts Courtesy of the Small Business Administration and the House Small Business Committee
- The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 includes $284.5 billion dollars to reopen and strengthen the PPP for first time and second time borrowers
- The COVID relief bill also established a process for a small business to receive a second PPP if the business has less than 300 employees and can demonstrate a revenue reduction of 25 percent
- The U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the U.S. Treasury Department reopened the Paycheck Protection Program loan portal for first time borrowers on Monday, Jan. 11, 2021.
- SBA Paycheck Protection Program Resources
- Treasury Paycheck Protection Program Resources
- Paycheck Protection Program First Draw
- Paycheck Protection Program Second Draw
- Paycheck Protection Program Relaunch Overview
- COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan Information
- Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Small Business Provisions
Federal Resources and Guidelines
- Things to Know about COVID-19
- Symptoms of COVID-19
- COVID-19 Testing
- COVID-19 Vaccine Information
- Travel Guidance
Actions by Congress
Congress has passed several pieces of legislation aimed at providing relief for the American people during the COVID-19 Pandemic. While I was not a member of Congress at the time these bills passed, I’ve outlined actions taken by Congress to date below and will continue to update as the situation evolves.
Phase 1: Emergency Supplemental Spending Bill
- This bill provided emergency funding to replenish health related reserve funds and efforts to continue to address the virus at home and abroad, including expediting vaccine development, purchasing essential equipment and supplies, and assisting state and local health departments.
Phase 2 – Families First Coronavirus Response Act
- The Families First Coronavirus Response Act established an Emergency Paid Leave Program that replaces a significant share of lost wages so those who take leave to avoid spreading the virus, or leave due to illness or caregiving responsibilities, can pay their bills.
- It also provided enhanced Unemployment Insurance.
- Finally, there were some other miscellaneous provisions, including expanded telehealth; Medicaid FMAP expansion; TRICARE and Indian Health Service provisions; and free coronavirus testing.
Phase 3 – CARES Act
- The CARES Act was the third and largest Congressional response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- It is a massive disaster relief bill aimed at shoring up individual, family, and business finances, and further responding to the healthcare crisis, among other provisions.
- Some of its highlights include:
- Direct payments to individuals and families via Economic Impact Payments.
- Enhanced Unemployment Insurance benefits, expanding eligibility and offering workers an additional $600 a week for 4 months on top of what state unemployment pays.
- New provisions for Small Businesses, including the Paycheck Protection Program, new Entrepreneurial Development Programs, and Emergency Economic Injury Disaster Loans & Grants.
- A total of $500 billion in emergency relief to distressed businesses, as well as states and municipalities.
- Additional payments and flexibility for health care providers to respond to the virus, including $100 billion for hospitals and providers, $4.3 billion for the CDC, and $80 million for the FDA.
Phase 4 – Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act
- This bill allocated additional funds to two small business programs created by the CARES Act, namely the Paycheck Protection Program and Economic Injury Disaster Loans & Grants.
- It also provided $75 billion for hospitals to support their COVID-19 related expenses and $25 billion for expanding COVID-19 testing.
Phase 5 – The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act
- The COVID relief bill and the Fiscal Year 2021 Appropriations bill were combined into one piece of legislation for ease of passage at the end of the 116th Congress.
- Similar to the CARES Act, it is a large relief bill aimed at providing relief to individuals, families, and businesses, as well as further responding to the healthcare crisis.
- Some of its highlights include:
- Direct payments to individuals and families via Economic Impact Payments of $600 per individual
- Nearly $20 billion to produce vaccines and therapeutics, covering the cost for everyone who needs it and $8.75 billion for distribution of vaccines.
- Provides over $280 billion to reopen and strengthen the PPP program and establishes guidance for a small business to receive a second PPP loan