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Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Information



What is coronavirus (COVID-19)?

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.

This coronavirus is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified. The virus that causes COVID-19 is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate in humans and cause minor illnesses, such as the common cold. 

¿Qué es el coronavirus (COVID-19)?

Este coronavirus es un nuevo coronavirus que no ha sido identificado previamente. El virus que causa COVID-19 no es lo mismo que los coronavirus que circulan comúnmente entre los humanos y causan enfermedades leves, como el resfriado común. Los pacientes con COVID-19 serán evaluados y atendidos de manera diferente a los pacientes con diagnóstico común de coronavirus.


How does COVID-19 spread?

This virus was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. The first infections were related to a live animal market, but the virus is now spreading from person to person. It is important to note that some viruses are highly contagious, while others are less. Currently, it is unclear how easy or sustainable this virus is spreading among people. Learn what is known about the spread of newly emerged coronaviruses.

¿Cómo se propaga COVID-19?

Este virus se detectó por primera vez en la ciudad de Wuhan, provincia de Hubei, China. Las primeras infecciones estaban relacionadas con un mercado de animales vivos, pero el virus ahora se está propagando de persona a persona. Es importante tener en cuenta que algunos virus son altamente contagiosos, mientras que otros lo son menos. Actualmente, no está claro qué tan fácil o sostenible se está propagando este virus entre las personas. Aprenda lo que se conoce acerca de la propagación de los coronavirus recién emergidas.



Prevention/ Prevención






Latest in Washington:

As we continue to learn more about this, I am doing all that I can to ensure that state and local governments have all the resources they need to control this outbreak. 

  • March 3rd - I introduced H.R. 6019, the bipartisan “Cure the Coronavirus Act,” legislation to encourage the rapid innovation and approval of a treatment to prevent or cure the Coronavirus Disease 2019.

  • March 4th - Congress approved an $8.3 billion emergency funding bill to combat the novel coronavirus outbreak. The emergency supplemental includes:

- More than $3 billion for research and development of vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics;

- $2.2 billion in public health funding for prevention, preparedness, and response, $950 million of which is to support state & local health agencies;

- Nearly $1 billion for procurement of pharmaceuticals and medical supplies, to support healthcare preparedness and Community Health Centers, and to improve medical surge capacity; and

- $1.25 billion to address the coronavirus abroad to help keep Americans safe here at home.

  • March 11 - I sent a letter to Vice President Pence, the designated lead for the federal government’s coronavirus response, urging the Administration to reconsider its “public charge” rule in light of the coronavirus outbreak. 

  • March 12 - I introduced legislation to provide free coronavirus testing to uninsured Americans which was included in the House-passed Families First CoronaVirus Response Act. 

  • March 14 - Congress passed the Families First CoronaVirus Response Act. 

  • March 27 - Congress passed the  Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act – a $2 trillion federal relief package to help respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are a few of the initiatives in this legislation that will benefit California residents:

    • A $150 Billion State and Local Coronavirus Relief Fund:  Creates a $150 billion State and Local Coronavirus Relief Fund to provide states and localities additional resources to cope with the coronavirus pandemic. California will receive approximately $15 billion in desperately needed funds to benefit our state’s residents.

    • $260 Billion in Dramatically Expanded Unemployment Benefits:  Includes numerous provisions to improve unemployment benefits including providing an additional $600 per week for the next four months, providing an additional 13 weeks of federally funded benefits, and expanding eligibility to include workers in the gig economy and self-employed workers.

    • Immediate Direct Cash Payments to Lower and Middle-Income Americans:  Provides for immediate, direct cash payments to lower-and middle-income Americans of $1,200 for each adult and $500 for each child, beginning to phase out at an annual income of $75,000 for an individual and $150,000 for a household.  These payments will provide individuals with the cash they need right now to survive with much of the economy currently shut down.

    • More Than $375 Billion in Small Business Relief:  Provides more than $375 billion in small business relief, including $349 billion for forgivable loans to small businesses to pay their employees and keep them on the payroll; $17 billion for debt relief for current and new SBA borrowers; and $10 billion in immediate disaster grants.

    • Approximately $200 Billion for Our Hospitals, Health Care Workers, and Health Research:  Provides an investment of about $200 billion in our hospitals, health systems, and health research, including expanding funding for the personal protective equipment desperately needed by our health care workers, including ventilators, n95 masks, gowns, gloves, etc.

    • A summary of the full bill can be found here.



Economic impact payments: What you need to know

Who is eligible for the economic impact payment?

Tax filers with adjusted gross income up to $75,000 for individuals and up to $150,000 for married couples filing joint returns will receive the full payment. For filers with income above those amounts, the payment amount is reduced by $5 for each $100 above the $75,000/$150,000 thresholds. Single filers with income exceeding $99,000 and $198,000 for joint filers with no children are not eligible. Social Security recipients and railroad retirees who are otherwise not required to file a tax return are also eligible and will not be required to file a return. 

Eligible taxpayers who filed tax returns for either 2019 or 2018 will automatically receive an economic impact payment of up to $1,200 for individuals or $2,400 for married couples and up to $500 for each qualifying child.

How will the IRS know where to send my payment?

The vast majority of people do not need to take any action. The IRS will calculate and automatically send the economic impact payment to those eligible.

For people who have already filed their 2019 tax returns, the IRS will use this information to calculate the payment amount. For those who have not yet filed their return for 2019, the IRS will use information from their 2018 tax filing to calculate the payment. The economic impact payment will be deposited directly into the same banking account reflected on the return filed.

The IRS does not have my direct deposit information. What can I do?

In the coming weeks, Treasury plans to develop a web-based portal for individuals to provide their banking information to the IRS online, so that individuals can receive payments immediately as opposed to checks in the mail.

I am not typically required to file a tax return. Can I still receive my payment?

Yes. The IRS will use the information on the Form SSA-1099 or Form RRB-1099 to generate Economic Impact Payments to recipients of benefits reflected in the Form SSA-1099 or Form RRB-1099 who are not required to file a tax return and did not file a return for 2018 or 2019. This includes senior citizens, Social Security recipients and railroad retirees who are not otherwise required to file a tax return.

Since the IRS would not have information regarding any dependents for these people, each person would receive $1,200 per person, without the additional amount for any dependents at this time.

I have a tax filing obligation but have not filed my tax return for 2018 or 2019. Can I still receive an economic impact payment?

Yes. The IRS urges anyone with a tax filing obligation who has not yet filed a tax return for 2018 or 2019 to file as soon as they can to receive an economic impact payment. Taxpayers should include direct deposit banking information on the return.

I need to file a tax return. How long are the economic impact payments available?

For those concerned about visiting a tax professional or local community organization in person to get help with a tax return, these economic impact payments will be available throughout the rest of 2020.

Where can I get more information?

The IRS will post all key information on as soon as it becomes available.


¿Quién es elegible para el pago de impacto económico?

Los que presentan declaraciones de impuestos con ingresos brutos ajustados de hasta $75,000 para individuos y hasta $150,000 para parejas casadas que presenten declaraciones en conjunto recibirán el pago completo. Para los que presentan ingresos por encima de esos montos, el monto del pago se va reduciendo $5 por cada $100 por encima de los umbrales de $75,000/$150,000. Los solicitantes individuales con ingresos superiores a $99,000 y los que declaran en conjunto ingresos de $198,000, sin hijos no son elegibles.

Los contribuyentes elegibles que presentaron declaraciones de impuestos del 2019 o 2018 recibirán automáticamente un pago de impacto económico de hasta $1,200 para individuos o $2,400 para parejas casadas. Los padres también reciben $500 por cada hijo calificado.

¿Cómo el IRS sabrá a donde enviar mi pago?

La mayoría de las personas no necesitan tomar ninguna acción. El IRS calculará y enviará automáticamente el pago de impacto económico a aquellos elegibles.

Para las personas que ya presentaron sus declaraciones de impuestos del 2019, el IRS usará esta información para calcular el monto del pago. Para aquellos que aún no han presentado su declaración del 2019, el IRS usará la información de su presentación de impuestos del 2018 para hacer los cálculos de pago de impacto económico. El pago de impacto económico se depositará directamente en la misma cuenta bancaria reflejada en la declaración presentada.

El IRS no tiene mi información de depósito directo. ¿Que puedo hacer?

En las próximas semanas, el Tesoro planifica desarrollar una herramienta en línea para individuos para que provean su información bancaria al IRS en línea, así las personas pueden recibir sus pagos inmediatamente en lugar de cheques por correo.

Normalmente no tengo el requisito de presentar una declaración de impuestos. ¿Aun puedo recibir mi pago?

Sí. Las personas que usualmente no presentan una declaración de impuestos tendrán que presentar una declaración sencilla para recibir un pago de impacto económico. Los contribuyentes de bajos ingresos, personas mayores de edad, beneficiarios del Seguro Social, algunos veteranos e individuos con discapacidades que normalmente no presentan, no adeudarán impuestos.

¿Como puedo presentar la declaración necesaria para recibir mi pago de impacto económico? pronto proveerá información con instrucciones acerca de cómo las personas en estos grupos pueden presentar una declaración de 2019 sencilla, pero necesaria, que incluye su estado civil tributario, numero de dependientes e información de depósito directo de su cuenta bancaria.

No he presentado mi declaración de impuestos para 2018 o 2019. ¿Aun puedo recibir un pago de impacto económico?

Sí. El IRS insta a cualquier persona que está obligada a presentar una declaración de impuestos del 2018 o 2019 a que presenten lo más pronto posible para recibir un pago de impacto económico. Es importante incluir información bancaria para el depósito directo en la declaración.

Tengo que presentar una declaración de impuestos. ¿Por cuánto tiempo estarán disponibles los pagos de impacto económico?

Para aquellos preocupados por visitar a un profesional de impuestos o una organización comunitaria local en persona para obtener ayuda con su declaración de impuestos, el IRS enfatiza que estos pagos de impacto económico estarán disponibles durante el resto del 2020.

¿Dónde puedo encontrar información adicional?

El IRS publicará toda la información clave en tan pronto como esté disponible.


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