Thank you, Tustin, for doing your part to help flatten the curve and limit the spread of the novel coronavirus in our community and beyond.
Following orders in place by our public health officials and the Governor may feel difficult, but we are all in this together. Everyone's sacrifice makes a tremendous impact to ensure our health systems are not overwhelmed, and more importantly, our most vulnerable residents are protected.
What You Can Do
Please continue to follow all public orders in place. Stay at home except for a quick walk for exercise, travel to an essential job, or a trip for food, gas or prescriptions. Always keep a six-foot distance from people when you're outside of your home. Share information about social distancing with friends, family and neighbors.
Governor Newsom has launched the "Stay Home, Save Lives, Check In" campaign urging all Californians to check in on all vulnerable neighbors with a call, text,or physically distanced door knock.
The OC Health Care Officer has issued a recommendation strongly encouraging all residents engaged in essential activities outside of the home and all employees at essential businesses to wear face covering: OC Health Officer Recommends Face Coverings
If you know of a senior who is in need of assistance or access to food and other necessities, please contact the County's Office on Aging Department at (800) 510-2020.
Healthy individuals can still donate blood to the American Red Cross even though we have received shelter in place orders. Check their website for your nearest donation location: American Red Cross.
The County of Orange has activated its virtual Emergency Volunteer Center managed by OneOC. OneOC has developed a Nonprofit Support Network to provide opportunities for peer support, resource sharing and matches volunteers with organizations in need: OneOC.
The Tustin Community Foundation (TCF) understands that the COVID-19 emergency is having a significant effect on our community. TCF coordinates community resources to create positive change and support the area’s actual and most pressing needs: TCF.
What the City is Doing
Your health and safety is our top priority. City staff is working around-the-clock to ensure residents have the information they need to stay healthy and safe. We have activated our emergency operations plans, which have been developed and practiced to prepare us to respond to a large-scale crisis like this one.
How to Stay Informed
There are several ways to stay up-to-date on the latest COVID-19 information, including checking this web page daily, signing up for our social media platforms such as Next Door and Facebook, and registering for opt-in text messaging with Nixle for Tustin PD and with the County of Orange by texting OCCOVID19 to 888777.
Even though we are separated now, we are not alone. We will get through this together.
Be Well, Tustin.
Mayor Dr. Allan Bernstein
Mayor's Archived Updates
COVID-19 Cannot Be Transmitted Through Mosquito Bites (April 3, 2020)
Health Order Remains in Effect (March 30, 2020)
City of Tustin limits use of all parks to bicycling and walking (March 26, 2020)
Text message updates now available (March 25, 2020)
Closure of OC parks areas (March 25, 2020)
All California residents ordered to stay home (March 20, 2020)
Tustin responds to Governor's latest COVID-19 guidelines (March 16, 2020)
If you think you have symptoms of COVID-19, please call the Orange County Public Health referral line daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at (800) 564-8448. If you are sick with COVID-19, follow these guidelines from the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
If you have a non-medical question, please call the public information hotline at the Orange County Sheriff's Department emergency operations center, (714) 628-7085. For media inquiries only, email CEOCOM@ocgov.com.
The state, federal and county governments have set up a variety of resources for businesses experiencing hardship due to the coronavirus. Programs are designed to keep businesses afloat, prevent layoffs and closures, and keep the economy moving.
The IRS has established a special section focused on steps to help taxpayers, businesses and others affected by the coronavirus. Click here to see all the new information, including information on the postponed personal filing deadline.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
A comprehensive guide to small business relief options has been prepared by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to help guide small business owners through this uncertain time.
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Tools
The SBA provides low-interest disaster loans to businesses of all sizes, private non-profit organizations, homeowners and renters. Click here to apply.
Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources: Click here for more information.
The U.S. Department of Labor has provided a number of resources to help employers understand their responsibilities and relief programs related to COVID-19. Click here to see that information.
Economic & Business Recovery Call Center
The Economic & Business Recovery Call Center will offer information and resources to help Orange County businesses navigate the current economic climate. These resources will support businesses with challenges such as layoff aversion, loans, utility reduction programs, and community resources mapping.Businesses can call (714) 480-6500.
The website OnwardCA.org can help employees access emergency resources, training for a new career and connections to employers seeking people with their current skill set.
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 through the state. DI provides short-term benefit payments to eligible workers who have 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 to $1,300 a week. The one-week unpaid waiting period has been waived for coronavirus.
If you are 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 to $1,300 a week.
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.
Reduced Work Hours
If your employer has reduced your hours or shut down operations due to COVID-19, you can file an Unemployment Insurance 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. The one-week unpaid waiting period has been waived for coronavirus.
You may have benefits available from EDD employment insurance programs that you or your employer may have paid into over the past five to 18 months. Visit this link to learn more.