California: Alameda County plans $1,250 stipend for COVID-positive individuals to stay home

California: Alameda County plans $1,250 stipend for COVID-positive individuals to stay home

[Ed. – Whether one-time or a monthly hand-out, it’s hardly a patch on living expenses in the Bay area – even in Alameda County.]

Alameda County has launched a new program to help patients stay home once they’ve been diagnosed with coronavirus. County officials hope to slow the spread of COVID-19 by helping families that face a sudden financial crisis when a test comes back positive.

“So literally every single person that we have spoken to through our contract tracing program, they have all asked for either food, help with rent, or access to be enrolled in healthcare,” says Andrea Schwab-Galindo, CEO of Hayward’s Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center. …

That is exactly who Alameda County plans to help with a $1,250 stipend program for people who have to self-isolate after a positive test. The stipend is for those who do not receive unemployment benefits or sick leave, and requires a referral from one of five approved clinics.

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