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COVID-19 Resources

For the more up-to-date information on COVID-19, including travel advisories, please monitor the CDC COVID-19 website. State of California updates are located here. Local updates from the County of Ventura can be found here.

California Unemployment Industry & Demographics Data Dashboard

Click here to see the State of California’s dashboard that shows claims data broken out by county, as well as industry and various demographics at the county and state level.


Our America’s Job Center of California (AJCC) locations are open to the public. Many resources can also be accessed over the phone, via email, or online. Please visit CalJOBS for online job search and much more.

OnwardCA is a one-stop resource for the people of California impacted by job loss during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

The U.S. Department of Labor also has resources to help workers and employers prepare for the COVID-19 virus.


If you have lost work or have had your hours reduced, we encourage you to apply for Employment Development Department (EDD) Unemployment Insurance (UI). In California, Governor Newsom has waived the one-week waiting period for benefits and is looking at expanding UI claim offerings.

For comprehensive guidance and resources about state benefits related to employment on COVID-19, we highly recommend this FAQ page from EDD.

EDD services are temporarily closed to in-person services. There are multiple ways to claim benefits:

  • By-phone: Representatives are available at the following toll-free numbers, Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 12:00pm PST, except on state holidays.
    • English 1-800-300-5616
    • Spanish 1-800-326-8937
    • Cantonese 1-800-547-3506
    • Mandarin 1-866-303-0706
    • Vietnamese 1-800-547-2058
    • TTY 1-800-815-9387
  • By Mail or by Fax: File your UI claim by accessing the paper Unemployment Insurance Application. For faster and secure processing, fax the completed application to the number listed on the form. If you mail your application, use the address on the form and allow additional time for processing. 


Paid sick leave law provides time off to many workers. You are entitled to use whatever sick leave you have accumulated.

California law provides for paid family leave, which you may be eligible for if you are providing care for an ill or quarantined family member. 

In the event of a particularly long illness, you may be eligible for disability benefits, provided your illness is certified by a medical professional.

If you were exposed to COVID-19 while on the job and in the course of your regular duties, you may also qualify for workers’ compensation


If you are a business impacted by COVID-19, we may be able to help. Please please call (800) 500-7705 or email hsa-employment-srvcs-info@ventura.org to discuss resources that can mitigate COVID-19 impacts. 

The Economic Development Collaborative has compiled a list of resources now available for employees and employers who have been impacted by COVID-19.

Employers can apply for the Unemployment Insurance (UI) Work Sharing Program if reduced production, services, or other conditions cause them to seek alternative to layoffs. 

The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development has compiled helpful information for employers, employees, and all California as it relates to the COVID-19 outbreak.