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Gov. Newsom announces initiatives to support California workers during pandemic

Newsom said people living in the country illegally are not eligible for federal stimulus checks or unemployment benefits.

Posted: Apr 15, 2020 2:03 PM
Updated: Apr 15, 2020 2:25 PM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - California will give cash payments to immigrants living in the country illegally who have been hurt by the coronavirus.

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Wednesday the state will use a mix of taxpayer dollars and charitable contributions to give up to 150,000 adults $500 each. Households would be capped at $1,000.

Taxpayers are paying $75 million while a group of charities have committed to raising $50 million. Some charities have already contributed $5.5 million.

Newsom said people living in the country illegally are not eligible for federal stimulus checks or unemployment benefits.

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The Governor also announced, beginning April 20, the Employment Development Department (EDD) will help those applying for unemployment insurance, as well as the new Pandemic Unemployment Assitance (PUA) program set to begin on April 28.

PUA will provide federally funded benefits distinct from UI program for those out of work or partially unemployed because of the coronavirus, including the self-employed.

These benefits will be issued within 24 to 48 hours, as opposed to the traditional 21 days for regular unemployment insurance claims.

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 3563578

Reported Deaths: 51953
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles119089421328
Riverside2894503767
San Bernardino2862912816
Orange2610223904
San Diego2596413271
Santa Clara1104221777
Kern102627826
Fresno952021443
Sacramento931801472
Alameda804961241
Ventura77534844
San Joaquin665691101
Contra Costa62164674
Stanislaus56024946
Tulare47784758
Monterey42138328
San Mateo38922515
San Francisco34213410
Santa Barbara31763409
Solano30024164
Merced28915397
Sonoma28063298
Imperial26888591
Kings21951218
Placer19763232
San Luis Obispo19612227
Madera15436209
Santa Cruz14588183
Marin13136197
Yolo12816185
Shasta10972174
Butte10941160
El Dorado9095100
Napa901469
Sutter884597
San Benito575959
Yuba573336
Lassen560119
Tehama508152
Nevada395274
Tuolumne394659
Mendocino379643
Amador345741
Humboldt318033
Lake315341
Glenn222023
Colusa212813
Calaveras190547
Siskiyou174014
Inyo128737
Mono12114
Del Norte9875
Plumas6536
Modoc4524
Mariposa3957
Trinity3675
Sierra990
Alpine810
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