ALAMEDA COUNTY, CA — One of the keys to halting the spread of coronavirus is getting sick people to stay home. But not everyone receives sick pay, and many struggling people live paycheck-to-paycheck.
The Alameda County Board of Supervisors has unanimously approved a plan to help — stipends of $1,250 for people with confirmed coronavirus cases to self-isolate at home.
Not everyone will be eligible for the money. Only those who are not already receiving unemployment benefits or paid sick leave will receive the money. Furthermore, patients must get a referral from a designated clinic.
The East Bay Times reports that the clinics are in Hayward and Oakland:
Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center, 22331 Mission Blvd., Hayward
West Oakland Health Center, 700 Adeline St., Oakland
Roots Community Health Center, 9925 International Blvd., Oakland
La Clinica de la Raza, 3451 East 12th St., Oakland
Exactly when the program will start has not been announced.
The county has committed $10 million to the program, which should help 7,500. That a lot of money, considering budget shortfalls caused by coronavirus. But Supervisor Wilma Chan told KCBS Radio that the money is vital, "There’s kind of some necessary components to being able to stay at home. One of them is having some money. People are living paycheck-to-paycheck."
Meanwhile, Alameda County reported one new coronavirus death on Wednesday, bringing the total since the start of the pandemic to 193. Another 227 cases were confirmed, bringing the total number to 12,136 cases.
Here's a city-by-city look at cases:
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