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April 2020

COVID-19 Testing Location Added at the South Bay Galleria

All Los Angeles County residents with COVID-19 symptoms can now book a same or next day appointment.

If you are experiencing severe symptoms such as extreme shortness of breath, contact your physician. If it is an emergency, dial 911.

To find out if you're eligible for a test and to schedule an appointment at a drive-up mobile testing site in Los Angeles County, please click here.

For more questions about testing, please visit the City of Los Angeles' FAQ for answers to frequently asked questions.

Testing is also available for any workers in the following categories, with or without symptoms of COVID-19:
· First responders
· Critical government personnel
· Health care professionals
· Grocery workers
· Delivery, rideshare and public transit drivers
· Credentialed members of the media

If you are a critical worker in one of these categories, please CLICK HERE to schedule an appointment. If you are not sure whether you qualify, ask your employer for further information.

LONG BEACH RESIDENTS NOW HAVE AN OPTION TO WALK-UP OR DRIVE THROUGH AT THE TESTING SITES LISTED BELOW

Testing in Long Beach is available for people with symptoms, such as fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Same or next day appointments are available from 10:00 a.m to 1:00 p.m., 7 days a week, unless otherwise noted.

The City is adding non-vehicle based testing at its three existing testing sites. This testing is meant to accommodate those who do not have access to a vehicle. Individuals are encouraged to schedule an appointment prior to walking up to the testing location, or visit the Rapid Assessment Clinic (RAC) for assistance.

Appointments will be provided between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. daily through the Health Department’s mobile testing booths at these sites:

  • Long Beach City College Pacific Coast Campus, 1305 Pacific Coast Highway (entrance at parking lot near Orange Avenue) - The RAC is adjacent to this testing site.
  • Jordan High School, 6500 Atlantic Avenue (entrance on Atlantic Avenue)
  • Cabrillo High School, 2001 Santa Fe Avenue (entrance on Santa Fe Avenue at W. Willard Street)

For both non-vehicle and drive-through testing, same- or next-day testing appointments are available for all who are symptomatic. While testing is prioritized for individuals who are over 65 years of age or have underlying chronic health conditions, it is available to anyone who has COVID-19 symptoms. Interested individuals should visit the City’s COVID-19 testing page to answer several pre-screening questions and schedule an appointment.
http://www.longbeach.gov/press-releases/covid-19-testing-options-expand-in-city-of-long-beach/

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Special Pandemic EBT Benefits Coming for Children

Children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals at school will get extra food benefits. The benefits are meant to help families in CA buy food when schools are closed due to coronavirus emergency. This will not affect your "grab n go" meals or emergency food at COVID-19 emergency feeding sites offered by schools and community locations. Read more

TELL YOUR HOUSING STORY

Have you had trouble getting affordable housing?

California does not have enough affordable, accessible and inclusive housing. With the closing of developmental centers and decrease in the number of congregate settings, California needs to invest in community-based integrated housing for people with disabilities.

The Multifamily Housing Program (MHP) is one of the largest funding sources in California for affordable housing. Despite the intention to include people with disabilities, there are no specific incentives for developers to include housing for people with disabilities in their projects.

The MHP Public Comment period is open now until May 5th at 5pm, and SCDD has made it easy for you to tell your housing story: https://bit.ly/housingcomments.

Tell the Department of Housing and Community Development that MHP guidelines should reflect the unmet housing needs of people with disabilities and support housing developments that serve people with disabilities.
ATTENTION SSI RECIPIENTS:
ECONOMIC IMPACT PAYMENTS UPDATE

If you are a Social Security Income (SSI) recipient and have dependents under age 17, go to www.irs.gov/coronavirus/non-filers-enter-payment-info-here

Click the "Enter your information" button to fill out the form before Tuesday, May 5. By taking this proactive step to enter information on the IRS website about you and your qualifying children, you will receive the $500 per dependent child payment in addition to your $1,200 individual payment.

If you are an SSI recipient who doesn't need to claim dependents and doesn't file tax returns, you will start receiving your automatic Economic Impact Payments directly from the Treasury Department in early May.

Watch out for scams related to Economic Impact Payments
Watch out for scams using email, phone calls or texts related to the payments. Learn more