Covid-19 Resources

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Shelter in Place and Public Health Notices

Official guidance on COVID-19

U.S. Center for Disease Control
California Department of Public Health
Cal/OSHA Guidance to protect workers from exposure to COVID-19

Regional Resources

Small Business Development Centers

Local SBDC’s will assist business owners with disaster loan applications. For one-on-one advising and online workshops:

U.S. Small Business Administration – Disaster Assistance

Northern California Small Business Development Center

Alameda Small Business Development Center

  • Distressed small businesses that are currently SBDC clients can call the ACSBDC at 510-742-2329
  • Non-SBDC clients will need to complete an online application APPLY NOW

Contra Costa County Small Business Development Center

The California SBDC has created a COVID-19 Small Business Survival Guide. Download the Guide (PDF).

Note: During the Shelter In Place period, ACSBDC services will continue to be accessed through online, teleconferencing, workshops, phone calls and emails, however, the office is currently closed to walk-ins and in-person meetings.

State of California

    Includes information on short-term benefit payments (disability, unemployment insurance, paid family leave, worker’s compensation) and guidance on health and safety:

    Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) 

      For Workers

      • Paid family leave (PFL) provides up to six weeks of benefit payments to eligible workers who have a full or partial loss of wages because they need time off work to care for a family member who is ill or has been exposed to COVID-19.
      • Benefit amounts are 60-70 percent of wages (depending on income) and range from $50-$1,300 per week.
      • If workers need to be off longer and have exhausted paid leave, their job may be protected under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Talk with EDD or your company’s human resources officer.
      • Unemployment Insurance (UI) provides partial wage replacement benefit payments to workers who lose their job or have their hours reduced, through no fault of their own.
      • Workers who are temporarily unemployed due to COVID-19 and expected to return to work with their employer within a few weeks are not required to actively seek work each week. However, they must remain able, available and ready to work during their unemployment for each week of benefits claimed and meet all other eligibility criteria.
      • Eligible individuals can receive benefits that range from $40-$450 per week.
      • If you are unable to do your usual job because you were exposed to and contracted COVID-19 during the regular course of your work, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits.

      For Employers

      • To prevent layoffs and retain employees, check out the Workshare Program, which allows employers to seek an alternative to layoffs, i.e., retaining trained employees by reducing hours. Wages may be partially offset with UI benefits. Workers of employers who are approved to participate in the Work Sharing Program receive the percentage of their weekly UI benefit amount based on the percentage of hours and wages reduced, not to exceed 60 percent.
      • Employers planning a closure or layoffs due to COVID-19 impact may get help through their local workforce development board’s Rapid Response program. Rapid Response teams will meet with you to discuss your needs, help avert potential layoffs, and provide immediate on-site services to assist workers facing job losses.
      • Employers experiencing a hardship as a result of COVID-19 may request up to a 60-day extension to file their state payroll reports and/or deposit state payroll taxes without penalty or interest. A written request for extension must be received within 60 days from the original delinquent date of the payment or return.
        • For questions, employers may call the EDD Taxpayer Assistance Center:
        • Toll-free from the U.S. or Canada: 1-888-745-3886
        • Hearing impaired (TTY): 1-800-547-9565
        • Outside the U.S. or Canada: 1-916-464-3502

      A fairly comprehensive small business resources guide from the California State Treasurer’s Office of Fiona Ma

      Government-backed Loan Programs

      California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank (IBANK) has a Small Business Loan Guarantee Program for loans up to $1 million and a JumpStart micro lending program for loans up to $10,000 with accommodations for disasters.


      • California Treasurer’s Office has a small business loan program with special disaster assistance that is used extensively by the CDFI community.
      • Disaster Loan Program Assistance for Businesses & Nonprofits These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact. The interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses without credit available elsewhere; businesses with credit available elsewhere are not eligible. The interest rate for non-profits is 2.75%.

      Workforce Development Boards

      Employers planning a closure or layoffs due to COVID-19 impact may get help through their local workforce development board’s Rapid Response program. Rapid Response teams will meet with you to discuss your needs, help avert potential layoffs, and provide immediate on-site services to assist workers facing job losses.

      Alameda County Workforce Development Board

      • Please contact Rapid Response Coordinator Javier Contreras at (510) 259-3831 or 
      • Samantha Miller 510-259-3832; cell 510-915-7186 or

      Workforce Development Board Contra Costa County

      Other Regional Resources

      Resources for Manufacturers

      Organizations supporting the manufacturing community in the Bay Area with current information & resources:


      Bay Area utility providers have voluntarily implemented a moratorium on service disconnections for non-payment for both residential and commercial customers, effective immediately and until further notice.

      Local TRIVALLEY Businesses and Resources

      • Town of Danville – For Town resources CLICK HERE
      • City of Dublin – For information on City resources CLICK HERE
      • City of Livermore – For information on City resources CLICK HERE
      • City of Pleasanton – For information on City resources CLICK HERE
      • City of San Ramon – For information on City resources CLICK HERE

      TRIVALLEY TO GO options CLICK HERE for a City by City listing of TRIVALLEY Restaurants serving take out. Special thanks to the VISIT TRIVALLEY organization for publishing this regional online guide to support the local hospitality industry.

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