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Hi <<First Name>>,

Yesterday, the SF Unified School District announced that it will close all schools for three weeks starting March 16th to ensure the safety of our students and prevent the spread of COVID-19 (the novel coronavirus). We are working with SFUSD and City Departments to ensure continued meal services for students, find alternative child care, and provide other resources for families. 

As our response to this unprecedented public health crisis continues to evolve, I want to make sure that the residents and businesses of District 6 have access to up to date information on the available resources from the City, State, and Federal governments.

If there is any specific information that you need, you can always call my office at 415-554-7970 or email us at haneystaff@sfgov.org. I am also posting information regularly on Twitter and Facebook.
Health Recommendations
As of today, the Department of Public Health and the Health Officer have issued the following recommendations for social distancing to contain the spread of the coronavirus:
  1. Cancel all non-essential events (including all gatherings of 250+ people)
  2. Vulnerable Populations should limit outings (this includes people 60 years old and older, people with health conditions, and people who are pregnant) 
  3. Telecommute and limit travel for work if possible 
  4. Stay home if you are sick
This fact sheet is also available in Spanish, Chinese, Tagalog, Arabic and Vietnamese.
Do your part to reduce the risk of getting sick, and getting others sick by making sure to:
  • Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze. 
  • Avoid touching your face.  
  • Try alternatives to shaking hands, like an elbow bump or wave. 
  • If you have recently returned from a country, state or region with ongoing COVID-19 infections, monitor your health and follow the instructions of public health officials.
  • There is no recommendation to wear masks at this time to prevent yourself from getting sick.
If you do experience flu-like symptoms such as fever, shortness of breath and cough:
  • Contact your healthcare provider immediately. Many clinics are now screening patients by phone and are asking patients not to come to clinics unless directed to do so, in order to avoid unnecessary possible exposures to the virus. Your clinic will instruct you how and where your symptoms can be evaluated and treated; you will be offered testing for flu and coronavirus if clinically indicated. However, if you are severely ill, you should go to an emergency room.
  
If you don’t have a healthcare provider, call 311 or go to sf311.org.

I am also coordinating closely with the Department of Public Health on regular health updates and responses, including the need for adequate testing, preparation and staffing in our health facilities. 
Businesses, Workers, and Renters
As we continue to do our part to contain the spread of COVID-19, I am working with my colleagues, the Mayor, and City Departments to support small businesses and workers who have been impacted by this crisis. My colleagues and I recently announced a set of legislation and actions that we are taking to support residents and small businesses.

Many small businesses are already strained financially and any loss of income can spell disaster. The situation is even more difficult for the thousands of service workers, undocumented workers, and low-wage workers who don’t have a safety net. That’s why we are making sure we are doing everything we can to support them. Right now, there are a number of resources with more to be announced in the coming weeks.
For small businesses, the City is now offering: 
For workers:
  • San Francisco’s Paid Sick Leave Ordinance requires employers to provide paid sick leave to all employees (including temporary and part-time). The Office of Labor Standards and Enforcement has a multilingual paid sick leave hotline at (415) 554-6271.
  • Employers are required to maintain health care benefits if you take leave to care for yourself or your dependents. Unemployed workers have access to health care through Covered California and undocumented workers still have access to health care through Healthy San Francisco. 
  • If your employer has reduced your hours or shut down operations due to COVID-19, you can file an Unemployment Insurance (UI) claim. 
  • If you’re unable to work because you are caring for an ill or quarantined family member with COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional), you can file a Paid Family Leave (PFL) claim. PFL provides up to six weeks of benefit payments.
  • There will be more support announced in the coming days. See more City and State resources for workers here.

For renters and SRO residents:
  • The City announced a $5 million package to clean shelters and single-room occupancy housing to comply with Minimum Environmental Cleaning Standards.
  • The City is working on a moratorium on evictions for tenants who can’t pay rent because of the COVID-19 outbreak. Details are forthcoming. We are working to extend these protections to commercial tenants as well.  
  • Your landlord cannot engage in price-gouging during a state of emergency. If you receive a notice for a rent increase over 10%, contact the SF Rent Board right away. 
As the situation develops, I’m committed to continuing to build more resources for those impacted by this outbreak. Please check in on your family and friends, look out for each other, and make sure to take all precautions to protect yourselves. 

Here is a summary of where to find all the information you need: 
  1. Health Information & Updates 
  2. Resources for Employers/Businesses & Employees 
  3. FAQs 
  4. Resources for people experiencing homelessness 
  5. Press Releases on new policy initiatives 

For a full list of recommendations and resources, please visit SF Gov's new page. You can also sign up for our text alert system by texting COVID19SF to 888–777.

- Matt
District 6 Supervisor Matt Haney

Paid for by Haney for Supervisor 2018 Officeholder Committee, FPPC # 1398951. Financial disclosures are available at sfethics.org


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