Dear Friends & Neighbors,

The 4th of July holiday is typically celebrated by gathering with friends and family to enjoy the best of summer. But like most of 2020, this year’s 4th of July barbeques, fireworks and family parties will need to look much different. Sadly, the COVID-19 pandemic will not be taking a holiday vacation. It’s clear that the risk of spreading coronavirus greatly increases when we gather too close and with too many people, especially if people are not practicing social distancing or wearing masks. This weekend, we all need to continue to do our part to keep each other safe.

Yet, there is still a lot that you can do to celebrate the 4th of July safely. Wearing our masks and staying socially distanced will protect our families, our friends, and ourselves. And as we look forward to the rest of summer, the fall, and the holidays still to come, following these practices will ensure we get back on our feet and make the best of this year. Stay healthy and stay up to date on best protective practices, testing and more with the resources below.  

WEAR YOUR MASKS! 

Facial coverings are great tools that help minimize the spread of COVID-19. Governor Newsom has issued an order requiring all Californian’s to cover their faces in the following settings:

  • Inside of, or in line to enter, any indoor public space;
  • Seeking health care or visiting a hospital, pharmacy, medical clinic, laboratory, physician or dental office, veterinary clinic, or blood bank;
  • Waiting for or riding on public transportation or paratransit or while in a taxi  private car service, or ride-sharing vehicle;
  • When working, whether at the office or performing work off-site, when:
    • Interacting in-person with any member of the public; 
    • Working in any space visited by members of the public, regardless of whether anyone from the public is present at the time; 
    • Working in any space where food is prepared or packaged for sale or distribution to others; 
    • Working in or walking through common areas, such as hallways, stairways, elevators, and parking facilities; 
    • In any room or enclosed area where other people (except for members of the person's own household or residence) are present when unable to physically distance.
  • Driving or operating any public transportation or paratransit vehicle, taxi, or private car service or ride-sharing vehicle when passengers are present. When no passengers are present, face coverings are strongly recommended.
  • While outdoors in public spaces when maintaining a physical distance of six feet from persons who are not members of the same household or residence is not feasible.

If you have determined that you cannot wear a mask for various reasons, please review the exemption list on the California Department of Public Health website

COVERED CALIFORNIA

Covered California has extended their COVID-19 special enrollment period to July 31st. If you are still in need of health insurance due to the pandemic, please visit Covered California for more information. 


GET TESTED

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Recently I visited and got tested at one of the many testing sites in our district. It was an easy process that only took a short amount of time. 

Please see information below to find the closest testing site near you. ALL sites are FREE of charge to ALL patients and U.S. citizenship or legal residency is NOT required. I am thankful to the Counties for their work to expand testing accessibility! 

SACRAMENTO COUNTY

Drive Thru Testing Site
Complete the Online Screening for COVID-19 Testing here to schedule a drive-thru appointment at Cal-Expo. Appointment confirmation and details will be sent once registration is complete.
Community Testing Sites  
Community testing sites are available in various locations throughout the County. Please note the day each site is open and how to register.

St. Paul’s Missionary Baptist Church
3996 14th Ave, Sacramento, CA 95820
TUESDAYS & FRIDAYS: 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Request an appointment: call (916) 628-7676

Natomas Unified School District
1931 Arena Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95934
TUESDAYS: 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Request an appointment: here or call (916) 561-5253

South Sacramento Christian Center
 7710 Stockton Blvd. Sacramento, CA 95823
 FRIDAYS: 1:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Request an appointment: here or call (916) 681-6791

Tetteh Pediatric Health
7248 S. Land Park Drive #118, Sacramento, CA 95831
WEDNESDAYS: 1:45 – 5:00 p.m.
Request an appointment: here

La Familia’s Maple Neighborhood Center
3301 37th Ave, Sacramento, CA 95824, Room 7 
FRIDAYS: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Request an appointment: call (916) 990-1311

Robertson Community Center
3525 Norwood Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95838
WEDNESDAY: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Request an appointment: call (916) 567-9567

WEST SACRAMENTO

The OptumServe site, in conjunction with the State of California, has been extended. This site is available to ALL Yolo residents 12 years and older. Please register here or by calling (888) 634-1123.This site is not a drive thru and will require residents to park and walk a short distance to the building.

STAYING UP-TO-DATE

Follow me on social media to keep up to date with the latest on what’s happening in Congress and in Sacramento. Please pass this information along to friends and community members, or direct them to my website where they can sign up for this newsletter and all of this information will be posted after it is sent out. 

Although this time of uncertainty continues, if we take care of each other, and make responsible decisions, we can mitigate the spread of the virus. Please stay safe and healthy. 


Happy 4th of July! 

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