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City Manager's Update | COVID-19 Update | March 24, 2020

Post Date:03/24/2020 2:45 PM

March 24, 2020 

Hello everyone,  

As this situation is rapidly evolving, you can continue to stay informed by following local, state and federal health agencies: 


COVID-19 at a Glance 

As of 2 p.m. on March 22, 2020, there were a total of 1,733 positive cases in California. 24 cases are from repatriation flights, and the other 1,709 confirmed cases include: 

  • 120 - travel related, 30 of which are from the Grand Princess. 
  • 165 - person-to-person, 29 of which are healthcare workers
  • 474 - community transmissions.
  • 950 - currently under investigation.
  • 27 - deaths (Includes one non-California resident).


Hospital Capacity (as of March 15) 

  • 74,000 hospital beds at 614 facilities
  • Surge capacity of 8661 beds
  • 11,500 ICU beds (includes pediatric and neonatal)
  • 7587 ventilators
  • EMSA has additional 900 ventilators
  • An additional several hundred ventilators procured
  • California is working to secure additional locations in order to “stack” enough resources to address anticipated need. A number of potential sites are being explored. 

Information on Medical Supplies 

California began receiving shipments from a prior request from the Strategic National Stockpile. The request included:

  • 358,381 N95 masks 
  • 853,730 surgical masks 
  • 162,565 face shields 
  • 132,544 surgical gowns 
  • 678 coveralls 
  • 471,941 gloves

Additional Information on Medical Supplies 

  • Six California companies re-tooling to make gowns 
  • 1,000 ventilators from Elon Musk being distributed 
  • Bloom Technologies repurposing ventilators 
  • 3-D printers to begin printing face shields.

Nationwide Updates 

  • As of March 23, 2020, there have been 400 deaths. 
  • 33,404 cases reported in 54 jurisdictions (49 states, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and US Virgin Islands)
  • 449 are travel related
  • 539 transmitted by close contact
  • 32,416 are under investigation

Actions Taken by the State and Federal Government 

  • March 23, Governor Gavin Newsom announce the closure of state parks and beaches to combat COVID-19. 
  • March 23, deadlines for the Real ID have been extended. New deadlines to be announced. 

Updates from Internal Revenue Service and Department of Labor 

The IRS is continuing to monitor issues related to the COVID-19 virus, and updated information will be posted on a special coronavirus page on

Here are a few key points from the IRS:

  • The due date for 2019 federal income tax returns is extended from April 15, 2020 to July 15, 2020
  • Taxpayers can also defer federal income tax payments due on April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020, without penalties and interest, regardless of the amount owed 
  • This deferment applies to all taxpayers, including individuals, trusts and estates, corporations and other non-corporate tax filers as well as those who pay self-employment tax
  • Taxpayers do not need to file any additional forms or call the IRS to qualify for this automatic federal tax filing and payment relief

Additionally, the U.S. Treasury Department, Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and the U.S. Department of Labor (Labor) announced that small and midsize employers can begin taking advantage of two new refundable payroll tax credits, designed to immediately and fully reimburse them, dollar-for-dollar, for the cost of providing Coronavirus-related leave to their employees. This relief to employees and small and midsize businesses is provided under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (Act), signed by President Trump on March 18, 2020. 

Lyft Launches LyftUp Initiative 

Millions of people lack access to basic needs because they can’t get a ride. Through the new LyftUp initiative, Lyft is working to make sure everyone has access to affordable, reliable transportation to get where they need to go — no matter their age, income, or zip code.

The LyftUp program donate tens of thousands of rides to those with essential transportation needs — especially for families and children, low-income seniors, doctors and nurses. 

As a reminder, please limit all nonessential travel and continue to take precautionary measures to ensure your health and safety, and those around you. Learn more about the LyftUp initiative.