Seniors or people with disabilities may receive their meals at home in LA County, and immigrant workers may have up to two weeks of paid illness in California.

There is more help for seniors and essential workers

They announce more support for workers and the elderly.

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Local and state authorities announced vital help for seniors and essential workers on Thursday.

In an effort to get people 60 and older with special needs to have food every day, Los Angeles County launched a program that brings food daily to the homes of people in need for free.

In this program, people only register to notify that they want to be part of the program and in this way they take a plate of food to their homes.

"The only requirement is being over the age of 60," said Otto Solórzano, acting director of the Los Angeles County Department of Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services (WDACS).

"As you know, for all of us at this age, the authorities have asked us to stay in our homes, not only because we are more susceptible to the virus, but also because the death rate in people over 65 is higher," he explained.

People interested in participating in this program should only call 1-800-510-2020; they must be elderly or have a disability; they also have to live within the Los Angeles County perimeter.

Additionally, Solórzano said that WDACS has started a free grocery and essentials delivery program. Like the previous program, this one is only for people over 60 and people with disabilities.

"All you need to do is buy the food online at your supermarket, pay, and we will arrange for the food to reach your home," said Solórzano.

Due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, seniors have been struggling to obtain their groceries as stores are often very crowded, which can be dangerous for them.

To participate in this service, call 888-863-7411, which is available from 8:00 a.m. at 5:00 p.m.

And for people who have faced discrimination and intimidation due to the coronavirus pandemic, they are asked to report it by calling 211.

"When there is a crisis, there are people who promote fear, discrimination and a deeper hatred than many of us in the immigrant community have sometimes been victims of," said Solórzano.

By calling 211, you can find out where the people who received the hate attacks are to get around and let the county authorities know the critical points affecting the community.

Helping essential workers

That same Thursday, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order to support California workers of large employers in the food industry affected by COVID-19.

The order requires affected workers to receive two weeks of paid sick leave, which fills in the missing part of the federal stimulus that provides similar paid leave leave for employers with fewer than 500 workers.

This state order includes farmers, farm workers, and supermarket workers, fast food chains, and delivery drivers.

"These workers are on the front line of this crisis and are our unrecognized heroes," said Governor Newsom. "They continue to work to ensure that Californians have food during these difficult times."

"We must do everything in our power to make sure they take care of themselves at home and in the workplace," he added.

The Executive Order also provides health and safety regulations to increase worker and customer protection by allowing workers in food facilities to wash their hands every 30 minutes, or as needed, to increase sanitation measures. adequate.


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