“And what people said they can’t isolate would be to continue working, because they have no money,” Chan explained.
The stipend program is expected to help thousands of people.”When you have people who are going out and not being sick, the disease is going to spread even more,” says Chan, the chairperson of the county’s health committee.
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Chan said an amount of $ 10 million has been earmarked for the program, which will help residents in five areas of Alameda County with the highest rates of COVID-19: Acorn, two areas in East Oakland (including Fruitvale District ), Cherryland in Unincorporated Alameda County near South Hayward and Ashland and San Lindro.
But not everyone will qualify.
Individuals must be COVID-19 positive and referred by one of the many approved neighborhood clinics. In addition, they may not be eligible for any form of state or federal unemployment.
“Many of them are immigrants, and there are many who have not received benefits under the CAR Act,” Chan said.
Chan said the program is an “important” piece of the county’s overall effort for those struggling financially during the epidemic. He said the county is working with community and public health leaders to come up with other innovative solutions.
They are yet to announce a start date for the program.
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