Coronavirus Update from the Capitol

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Dear Neighbor,

As the nation confronts coronavirus, I want to keep you informed of actions we in the state Capitol are taking to keep you safe. Also, I want you to know what you can do to prevent the spread of this infectious disease. Together, we will overcome this crisis.

The Legislature on Monday approved an investment of $1.1 billion for hospitals and nursing homes treating those stricken with coronavirus, to buy medical equipment and to safeguard public schools.

At the same time, lawmakers are supporting Gov. Gavin Newsom’s guidelines on halting public gatherings to prevent more people from becoming ill at all once. We simply cannot risk overwhelming our hospitals with a sudden influx of patients – it’s very literally about saving lives.

Other welcome measures from Gov. Newsom include temporarily suspending all evictions of people who are out of work and cannot pay their rent. The DMV is extending the deadline to renew licenses and registrations for 60 days. In addition, an extension is now in place for filing state income taxes and resources are available to help impacted businesses and workers.

Of course, we all must do our part though isolation and social distancing. This is especially important for people over 65 or those who are medically vulnerable. As always, follow official health guidance including frequent hand-washing. If you become ill, call your doctor for advice before going to a hospital or medical office.

Make no mistake -- this will be a time of hardship. But if we follow the advice of medical experts and limit public contact, we will get through it. Stay apart to stay together, as they say.

As your representative, my office is standing by to help you navigate state resources.


Bill Dodd
Senator, 3rd District


Senator Bill Dodd represents the 3rd Senate District, which includes all or portions of Napa, Yolo, Sonoma, Solano, Sacramento and Contra Costa counties. More information on Senator Bill Dodd can be found at