June 26, 2020: Latest on unemployment benefits and public safety.

Friday, June 26, 2020

Dear Friend,

Tips for Working with the EDD for Unemployment due to the impact of COVID-19

  • Check your mail and portal as often as possible
  • Respond to all mail communication as soon as you receive it regardless of whether the due date has passed
  • All documentation must have your social security listed on each page
  • Make sure your phone is able to receive calls from a number with a Blocked ID. EDD staff will attempt to contact you several times if they need more information for your account. If they are unable to communicate with you, they will have to make a decision based on the information already available to them. You do not want to miss these calls.

EDD Certification Questions

If you are collecting and certifying for unemployment due to the impact of COVID-19 (reduced hours or furloughed due to the impact of safer at home guidelines at your place of work), you generally will want to provide the following answers (**These are only suggested examples. You should always answer truthfully for your situation) :

  • Question 1: Were you too sick or injured to work? NO
  • Question 2: Was there any reason (other than sickness of injury) that you could not have accepted full-time work each workday? NO – Often times, people will answer ‘yes’ to this question in reference to the impacts of COVID-19. This question is to determine if you are available for work. Available means you are ready and willing to accept work. A ‘yes’ answer will trigger questions regarding your eligibility to receive unemployment insurance benefits and will move your status to ‘pending’.
  • Question 3: Did you look for work? Answer truthfully.

Helpful links to review: Unemployment Insurance Benefits: What You Need to Know, UI Online Certify for Continued Benefits Using UI Online, and UI Online: Certify for Continued Benefits using UI Online Mobile

Do NOT Provide False Information

If you withhold or give false information to receive benefits, such as not reporting work or wages, you are committing fraud. Penalties may include a loss of benefits, a false statement disqualification, and/or criminal prosecution.

Update on Public Health and Safety

California’s Zero Tolerance for the Sale and Use of Illegal Fireworks

Each year serious injuries and millions of dollars of property loss occur from wildfires sparked by fireworks. Please follow the law, respect your neighbors, and stay safe.

  • It is illegal to sell, transport, or use fireworks that do not carry the “Safe and Sane” seal, as well as possess or use fireworks in a community where they are not permitted
  • See if your community permits “Safe and Sane” fireworks here
  • Parents are liable for any damage or injuries caused by their children using fireworks
  • Fireworks can be great fun for people, but loud firework displays are no fun for pets, who can become frightened or disoriented by the noise

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

The FDA advises consumers to stop using the following hand sanitizers, which may be toxic, and dispose of them immediately.

  • All-Clean Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-002-01)
  • Esk Biochem Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-007-01)
  • CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 75% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-008-04)
  • Lavar 70 Gel Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-006-01)
  • The Good Gel Antibacterial Gel Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-010-10)
  • CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 80% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-005-03)
  • CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 75% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-009-01)
  • CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 80% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-003-01)
  • Saniderm Advanced Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-001-01)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Adds New Symptoms

The CDC added three new coronavirus symptoms to its list: congestion or runny nose, nausea, and diarrhea.


As always, please do not hesitate to email me at Senator.Chang@senate.ca.gov if I may be of assistance.

Ling Ling Chang
29th District

COVID-19, By The Numbers

California COVID-19 By The Numbers

As of June 24, there have been 3,694,345 tests conducted in California and reported to the California Department of Public Health. These numbers include data from commercial, private and academic labs, including Quest, LabCorp, Kaiser, University of California and Stanford, and the 25 state and county health labs currently testing. More information at cdph.ca.gov/covid19.