Covid-19 – March 12th

Redwood City continues to follow the guidance of the San Mateo County Health Department and public health officials in response to coronavirus (COVID-19).
San Mateo County Health Officer Dr. Scott Morrow issued an updated statement March 10, 2020 indicating there is now evidence of widespread community transmission of COVID-19 in San Mateo County. Please  review his statement for the latest updates .
Based on the latest recommendations, we’ve modified the following programs, events and service deliveries. Please note that this is a fluid situation, and as new information arises, the City may make further adjustments.
Postponed Events/Programs and Service Modifications
Parks, Recreation and Community Services and the Library will be cancelling/postponing all non-essential programs and services effective today, March 12 through April 12.
Essential Programs and Service Delivery
Parks, Recreation and Community Services and the Library essential services will continue at this time, including:
  • Park Maintenance
  • After School Programs (so long as the schools stay open)
  • Childcare Programs – Lil’ Learners at the Red Morton Community Center and RCCDP at the Fair Oaks Community Center (so long as schools are open)
  • Food programs – emergency food, SVDP homeless help desk, Fair Oaks Adult Activity Center breakfast and lunch program, food distributions (Brown Bag, Family Harvest, Sandwiches on Sunday)
  • Senior lunch program (only pick-up/to-go) at the Veterans Memorial Senior Center
  • Core Services/Information and Referral Program – homeless services, homeless prevention services (financial assistance), utility assistance, food, crisis intervention/support, other safety net services including benefits assistance
  • Immigration and Citizenship Services – including consultations, classes
  • Housing Clinic – eviction defense, habitability issues
  • Dignity on Wheels – mobile shower and laundry unit
  • Hoover Showers – for the homeless
  • SMCounty Mobile Health Van
  • One-on-one tax assistance – currently Thursday afternoons through April 16, one more Saturday – Saturday, March 21
  • Project READ
  • Library Teen Center
  • Library After School Homework Help (so long as the schools stay open)
  • Library public computers (with selected computers taken out of service to maintain social distance)
  • Census Questionnaire Assistance Centers at all four Library locations
  • Job Lab employment coaching
  • Library Social Service Office Hours
Reservation of City Facilities
Community rooms and meeting room reservations at Library and Community Center facilities are being honored, but groups will be encouraged to cancel reservations if the events are non-essential.The City will reimburse any reservation fees. The City will not be accepting new reservations of City facilities for rentals through the end of May. Renters should consider alternative plans if a notice of immediate cancellation or facility closures should take place.
City Council Special Meeting
A City Council Special Meeting will be held this evening, March 12 at
7:30 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers so that the Council can consider declaring a local state of emergency. This action is being taken because it allows the City more flexibility to operate under the heightened demands of this event.
As an alternative to attending in person, the Council meeting will be televised live to Redwood City residents on Astound Broadband cable Channel 26 and Comcast cable Channel 27, AT&T U-verse Channel 99, and will be streamed live on the City’s website at  www.redwoodcity.org/councilmeetings.  As always, public comments may be emailed to  council@redwoodcity.org .
Please find the link to the City Council Special Meeting Agenda for Thursday, March 12, 2020 below:

SBA To Provide Small Businesses Impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19) Up to $2 Million in Disaster Assistance Loans

Release Date: March 12, 2020
Release Number: 20-24
WASHINGTON – SBA Administrator  Jovita Carranza  issued the following statement today in response to the President’s address to the nation:
“The President took bold, decisive action to make our 30 million small businesses more resilient to Coronavirus-related economic disruptions. Small businesses are vital economic engines in every community and state, and they have helped make our economy the strongest in the world.
Our Agency will work directly with state Governors to provide targeted, low-interest disaster recovery loans to small businesses that have been severely impacted by the situation.
Additionally, the SBA continues to assist small businesses with counseling and navigating their own preparedness plans through our network of 68 District Offices and numerous Resource Partners located around the country. The SBA will continue to provide every small business with the most effective and customer-focused response possible during these times of uncertainty.”

Process for Accessing SBA’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Disaster Relief Lending

  • The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Upon a request received from a state’s or territory’s Governor, SBA will issue under its own authority, as provided by the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act that was recently signed by the President, an Economic Injury Disaster Loan declaration.
  • Any such Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance declaration issued by the SBA makes loans available to small businesses and private, non-profit organizations in designated areas of a state or territory to help alleviate economic injury caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
  • SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance will coordinate with the state’s or territory’s Governor to submit the request for Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance.
  • Once a declaration is made for designated areas within a state, the information on the application process for Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance will be made available to all affected communities.
  • SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans offer up to $2 million in assistance and can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.
  • 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%.
  • SBA offers loans with long-term repayments in order to keep payments affordable, up to a maximum of 30 years. Terms are determined on a case-by-case basis, based upon each borrower’s ability to repay.
  • SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans are just one piece of the expanded focus of the federal government’s coordinated response, and the SBA is strongly committed to providing the most effective and customer-focused response possible.
For additional information, please contact the SBA disaster assistance customer service center. Call 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or

 

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