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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.

Confirmed Cases: 803660

Reported Deaths: 15516
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles2657756488
Riverside581781189
San Bernardino53669922
Orange529041204
San Diego46001775
Kern31785361
Fresno28106382
Sacramento22026402
Alameda21028404
Santa Clara20882306
San Joaquin20194441
Stanislaus16452348
Contra Costa16327204
Tulare15897259
Ventura12617147
Imperial11781317
San Francisco1103899
San Mateo9785150
Monterey977270
Santa Barbara9003113
Merced8846140
Kings763177
Sonoma7320120
Marin6672117
Solano630963
Madera448165
Placer354244
San Luis Obispo351029
Butte280343
Yolo278955
Santa Cruz23199
Sutter169611
Napa166113
San Benito133111
Yuba11437
El Dorado10984
Mendocino89918
Shasta77717
Lassen7370
Glenn5743
Tehama5404
Lake53411
Nevada5317
Colusa5276
Humboldt5017
Calaveras31414
Amador29616
Tuolumne2274
Inyo18715
Mono1652
Siskiyou1650
Del Norte1391
Mariposa752
Plumas500
Modoc270
Trinity160
Sierra60
Alpine20
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