Resources for Workers Impacted by COVID-19

Resources for Workers Impacted by COVID-19

COVID-19 Testing Resources

The County of Orange announced a drive-through testing center at the Anaheim Convention Center to begin on July 15, 2020. This appointment-based testing is available for Orange County residents who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or meet priority testing criteria to include essential workers who work in close contact with the public.

Visit the OC Health Care Agency website for more information and details on scheduling an appointment by clicking here:

Additional resources on testing below:

Orange County:

Santa Ana and Anaheim Residents:
Free testing provided by Latino Health Access. Only available for residents with symptoms, who are essential workers, and/or have been in recent contact with a person positive with COVID-19. Testing is by appointment only on Monday, September 14 from 9:30am -3:30pm Magnolia High School (2450 W Ball Road, Anaheim, CA 92804), Tuesday, September 15 from 9:30am – 3:30pm Monroe Elementary School (417 E Central Ave., Santa Ana, CA 92707), and Tuesday, September 15 from 11am – 6pm Ponderosa Elementary School (2135 S. Mountain View Ave, Anaheim, CA 92802), Make an appointment by going to this link: Call Latino Health Access at 714-805-7838 if you need help arranging an appointment over the phone.

LA County:

Long Beach: Mayor Robert Garcia announced free testing, prioritizing Long Beach essential workers! Asymptomatic essential workers can now get tested if you are concerned you have potentially been exposed to COVID-19. 

The free testing begins today and you must make an appointment in order to get a test. We urge you to register today as spots will fill up quickly. Drop-ins will not be accepted.

Please be prepared to show your work badge or an ID at the test site. A test will be provided whether or not you have health insurance, are documented or undocumented. Walk up testing is available for those who don’t have a vehicle. Again, appointments are required.

Individuals who do not have access to the Internet or need assistance making an appointment online can call the City’s InfoLine at (562) 570-4636. 

Testing Locations:

Jordan Plus School (171 W. Bort Street, Long Beach)

  • Thursday, April 30th and Friday, May 1st

Phone sign-up only. Call (888) 634-1123 to register for Thursday or Friday testing. Testing Hours: 7am-7pm.

  • Saturday, May 2nd and Going Forward Beginning Saturday, the online option will also be made available for scheduling appointments. To sign up on-line, please visit:

Beginning next Monday, May 4th, all testing will be Monday – Friday; 7am – 7pm

Long Beach City College Pacific Coast Campus (1305 Pacific Coast Campus, Long Beach)

  • Thursday, April 30th and Going Forward

Reservations for COVID-19 testing at the LBCC College Pacific Coast Campus location can be made online at: Testing hours are 10am – 1pm, 7 days per week.

Should you be notified that you have tested Positive, you must contact Occupational Health at (562) 570-4053 to complete screening and for next steps.

For more information on this announcement, please visit:

Update on 3/12/20


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• Mental health:
NAMI Orange County (,
Alcoholics Anonymous (,
Mental Health America (

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Shelters (
• The National Domestic Violence Hotline is also available ‪24/7: (800) 799-7233 (SAFE) or ‪(800) 787-3223 (TTY)
• Human Options: (877) 854-3594
• Interval House: (562) 594-4555, ‪714-891-8121, ‪800-978-3600
• Laura’s House: (949) 498-1511
• Women Transitional Living: (714) 992-1931

Sick or Quarantined
If you’re unable to work due to having or being exposed to COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional), you can file a Disability Insurance (DI) claim. DI provides short-term benefit payments to eligible workers who have a full or partial loss of wages due to a non-work-related illness, injury, or pregnancy. Benefit amounts are approximately 60-70 percent of wages (depending on income) and range from $50-$1,300 a week.

The Governor’s Executive Order waives the one-week unpaid waiting period, so you can collect DI benefits for the first week you are out of work. If you are eligible, the EDD processes and issues payments within a few weeks of receiving a claim.

File an Unemployment Insurance Claim
If your employer has reduced your hours or shut down operations due to COVID-19, you can file an Unemployment Insurance (UI) claim. 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 expect 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 and 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.

For a video tutorial, click here.

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 to eligible workers who have a full or partial loss of wages because they need time off work to care for a seriously ill family member or to bond with a new child. Benefit amounts are approximately 60-70 percent of wages (depending on income) and range from $50-$1,300 a week. If you are eligible, the EDD processes and issues payments within a few weeks of receiving a claim.

School Closures
If your child’s school is closed, and you have to miss work to be there for them, you may be eligible for Unemployment Insurance benefits. Eligibility considerations include if you have no other care options and if you are unable to continue working your normal hours remotely. File an Unemployment Insurance claim and EDD representatives will decide if you are eligible.


Other Frequently Asked Questions

Can my employer require me to continue to go to work during the COVID-19 Outbreak?

Yes, they can. Absent a state or federal mandate, employers can continue to require employees to attend work. They should follow local and state health department guidelines to minimize risk for employee’s exposure – see CDC recommendations. If you are not well and sick, please use your available and accrued sick time to stay home.

Can my employer require me to have a sick note?
Each employer has different policies, but they can request a doctor’s note in order for an employee to use sick time. In most cases, this doctor’s note should be provided within a reasonable timeframe – e.g. within a few days of taking the sick time.

What if I am sent home because I am over the age of 65?
If you cannot get a doctor’s note to go out on disability, you can file for unemployment.

Links: (En el sitio web, haga click en la opción en español en cada página web)

State of California Employment Development Department Link

File an Unemployment Insurance Claim

File a Disability Insurance Claim

File a Paid Family Leave Claim



Recursos para Trabajadores Afectados por el Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19)

Enfermos o en Cuarentena
Si usted no puede trabajar debido a que estuvo expuesto a
COVID-19 (certificado por un médico profesional), usted puede presentar una Solicitud del Seguro de Incapacidad (DI por sus siglas en ingles). El DI proporciona pagos de beneficios a corto plazo los pagos a los trabajadores elegibles que tienen una pérdida total o parcial debido a una enfermedad, lesión o embarazo no relacionado con el trabajo.Los montos de los beneficios son aproximadamente 60-70 por ciento de los sueldos (dependiendo de los ingresos) y oscilan entre $50-$1,300 a la semana.

La Orden Ejecutiva del Gobernador exenta la semana de espera no pagada, para que pueda cobrar los beneficios de DI para la primera semana que dejo de trabajar. Si usted es elegible, el EDD procesará y emitirá sus pagos dentro de unas semanas de haber recibido su solicitud. Para mas información sobre la enfermedad, visite el sitio de internet del Departamentode Salud Pública.

Reducción de horas de trabajo
Si su empleador ha reducido sus horas o ha cerrado el negocio debido
al COVID-19, puede presentar una solicitud del Seguro de Desempleo (UI por sus siglas en ingles). El UI proporciona pagos de beneficios que reemplazan parcialmente el sueldo a los trabajadores que han perdido su trabajo o les han reducido sus horas, por causas ajenas a su voluntad. Los trabajadores que están temporalmente desempleados debido a COVID-19 y esperan volver a trabajar con su empleador dentro de unas pocas semanas no se les requiere buscar activamente trabajo cada semana. Sin embargo, deben permanecer disponibles y listos para trabajar durante el tiempo que estén desempleados por cada semana de beneficios recibidos y cumplir con todos los demás requisitos de elegibilidad. Las personas elegibles pueden recibir beneficios que varían entre $40-$450 por semana.


Proveer Cuidado a un Familiar
Si usted no puede trabajar debido que está cuidando a un familiar que se encuentra enfermo o en cuarentena con COVID-19 (certificado por un médico profesional), usted puede presentar una solicitud de Permiso Familiar Pagado (PFL por sus siglas en ingles). PFL proporciona hasta seis semanas de pago de beneficios a los trabajadores elegibles que han tenido una pérdida total o parcial de sueldos porque necesitan tiempo para ausentarse de sus trabajos para cuidar de un miembro de la familia gravemente enfermo o para establecer un vinculo paternal con un hijo recién nacido. La cantidad de los beneficios son aproximadamente 60-70 por ciento de sus sueldos (dependiendo de los ingresos) y varían entre $50-$1,300 por semana. Si usted es elegible, el EDD procesará y emitirá los pagos dentro de unas semanas de recibir su solicitud.

Cierre de Escuelas
Si la escuela de su hijo está cerrada, y usted tiene que faltar al trabajo para estar en casa con ellos, usted puede ser elegible para los beneficios del Seguro de Desempleo. Las consideraciones de elegibilidad incluyen si no tiene otras opciones de cuidado de niños y si no puede seguir trabajando sus horas normales desde su casa. Usted puede presentar una solicitud del Seguro de Desempleo y los representantes de EDD decidirán si usted es elegible.

Otras preguntas frecuentes

¿Puede mi empleador exigirme que continúe trabajando
durante el brote de COVID-19? Sí, pueden. Cuando no hay un mandato federal o estatal, los empleadores pueden exigir que los empleados continúen trabajando. Pero deben de seguir las guías del Departamento de Salud estatal y local para minimizar el riesgo de exposición de los empleados – ver recomendación de los CDC. Si no se siente bien y/o se siente enfermo, utilice su tiempo acumulado de enfermedad para quedarse en casa.

¿Puede mi empleador exigirme que presente una nota de enfermedad? Cada empleador tiene diferentes reglas, pero pueden solicitar una nota del médico para que un empleado pueda usar el tiempo de enfermedad. En la mayoría de los casos, esta nota del médico debe proporcionarse dentro de un plazo razonable – por ejemplo, dentro de unos días después de tomar el tiempo de enfermedad.

¿Qué sucede si me envían a casa porque tengo más de 65 años? Si no puede obtener una nota del doctor para salir por incapacidad, puede solicitar el desempleo.

Update on 3/18/20

By order of the Orange County Board of Supervisors and the Orange County Health Care Agency, the UFCW office in Buena Park will not be open for walk-ins.

Your union is always here to serve you, especially in this time of need, and we are available by phone 24/7 to answer your questions and address your concerns.

Your union representatives are available to you.  Find your union representative contact information here:

We are here 24/7 to serve our membership and will continue to fight to ensure your workplace safety.

Update on 4/22/20

It is our priority to keep you informed and help you in this difficult time.

We have put together a list of resources with direct links pertaining to your specific circumstance should you need to apply for Unemployment, Disability or Paid Family Leave benefits.

Update on 3/12/20

Demanding Employer Safety Protocols

UFCW 324 has reached out to every employer about expanding workplace safety protocols during this time. Your local is closely monitoring the reports from the Center for Disease Control (CDC).  Your safety at work is our priority. We have contacted all employers and are working diligently to put protocols in place to keep you healthy.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has up-to-date information on the virus and steps for prevention. For more information visit the CDC website.

What to do if you are Sick

Take sick time that is contractually allowable.  If you have questions regarding your contractual sick time contact your union representative. We are discussing with each employer extensions of sick time and leaves of absence in the event of illness or the illness of family members.

As we continue to meet with employers and as circumstances develop, we will send you information via text and post on our website.

Exigimos Protocolos de Seguridad para Empleadores

UFCW 324 se ha puesto en contacto con todos los empleadores sobre la ampliación de los protocolos de seguridad en el lugar de trabajo durante este tiempo. Su local está monitoreando de cerca los informes del Centro para el Control de Enfermedades (CDC).Su seguridad en el trabajo es nuestra prioridad. Nos hemos puesto en contacto con todos los empleadores y estamos trabajando sigilosamente para establecer protocolos para mantenerlo saludable.

El Centro para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades (CDC) tiene información actualizada sobre el virus y los pasos para la prevención. Para obtener más información, visite el sitio web del

Qué hacer si usted está enfermo
Tómese el tiempo de enfermedad que sea permitido por su contrato.  Si tiene preguntas sobre su tiempo, póngase en contacto con su representante de la Union. Estamos discutiendo con cada empleador extensiones de tiempo de enfermedad y permiso de ausencia en caso de enfermedad o la enfermedad de algun miembro de la familia.

A medida que continuamos reuniéndonos con los empleadores y a medida que las circunstancias se desarrollen, le enviaremos información via texto y en nuestro sitioweb.