Resources for Individuals

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Community supports and resources have changed and evolved during the pandemic, so be sure to apply even if you’ve been turned down in the past. 


Sick or Exposed?

If you're sick, get information on isolation procedures. If you've been exposed, get information on how to quarantine.


Paid Sick Leave

If your employer has 26 or more employees, they are required to provide paid sick leave (retroactive to January 1, 2022).

2022 COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave provides covered employees:

  • Up to 80 hours of COVID-19 related paid leave:
    • Including up to 40 of those hours for isolation & quarantine, receiving vaccines, and caring for a child whose school or place of care is closed
  • Up to an additional 40 of those hours available only when an employee, or family member for whom the employee provides care, tests positive for COVID-19.

For more information:

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Have more questions?

Try out the COVID-19 Worker Benefits and Leave Navigator:


State disability & unemployment benefits

If you are unable to work due to being identified as a close contact, caring for a sick family member, or separated from your employer during a quarantine period you may be eligible for the State of California Unemployment benefits. Please file for unemployment here.

If you have tested positive for COVID-19 and are unable to work you may be eligible for Disability Insurance. Please file for unemployment here.

*If you do not have a primary care physician you may submit your completed DE 2501 to SLO County Public Health here.



Get up to $250 per person, per month, in food assistance with CalFresh.  Apply in less than 10 minutes, then receive an EBT card (which works like a debit card) that you can use at most food stores and farmers’ markets. (You can even make your CalFresh dollars go oven further by doubling them with MarketMatch at select farmers’ markets.) 


Food Locator 

Need food right now? Check SLO Food Bank’s food locator for food resources you can access today. 



If a family has little or no cash and needs housing, food, utilities, clothing or medical care, they may be eligible to receive immediate short-term help in the form of cash aid through CalWORKs. Must have children in the household. 


Covered California 

Help protect your health now and in the future with free or low-cost health insurance through Covered California