The EDD provides a variety of support services to individuals affected by COVID-19 in California. If you’re unable to work due to having or being exposed to COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional), you can file a Disability Insurance (DI) claim.

  • DI provides short-term benefit payments to eligible workers who have a full or partial loss of wages due to a non-work-related illness, injury, or pregnancy. Benefit amounts are approximately 60-70 percent of wages (depending on income) and range from $50-$1,300 a week.
  • The Governor’s Executive Order waives the one-week unpaid waiting period, so you can collect DI benefits for the first week you are out of work. If you are eligible, the EDD processes and issues payments within a few weeks of receiving a claim.
  • Unemployment insurance will also cover: parents that have to stay home to take care of dependents due to school closures, reduced work hours, and those that are self-employed.
  • Toll-free from the U.S. or Canada: 1-888-745-3886

As of 3/12 the federal Department of Labor announced it was giving states flexibility in expanding/distributing unemployment insurance to assist workers affected by the coronavirus. In addition, Governor Newsom signed a new Executive Order on 3/12 that waives the one-week unpaid waiting period for unemployment insurance (UI) applications, meaning individuals can collect UI benefits for the first week they are out of work. However, please note that it can still take EDD a few weeks for the first payment to arrive at a client’s mailbox/bank account.

Employees who need leave to take care of children or family issues can also apply for Paid Family Leave (PFL) through the State of California EDD. Use the online application here:

CRA Foundation (CRAF) is providing grants focused on restaurant workers who are:

diagnosed with coronavirus (COVID-19) or

those who have been quarantined with a doctor’s note .To apply, click here.