California allows employees sickened or affected by coronavirus to file claims for government benefits

California allows employees sickened or affected by coronavirus to file claims for government benefits
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California Gov. Gavin NewsomGavin NewsomAlarm grows over smash-and-grab robberies amid holiday season Newsom pledges increased spending on busting retail crime rings The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden talks up bright side beneath omicron's cloud MORE (D) announced Tuesday evening that Californians who are unable to work because they are sick with COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, will now be able to claim short-term disability insurance from the state.

"[California] has waived the one-week waiting period for those unemployed or disabled as a result of COVID-19," Newsom tweeted.

"If a medical professional says you’re unable to work, if your hours have been reduced, or your employer has shut down -- you can file a claim," he added.

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According to the state's website, the disability insurance covers "60-70 percent of wages (depending on income) and range from $50-$1,300 a week."

Earlier in the week, Newsom prohibited gatherings or events of 250 people or more. California has reported nearly 200 cases of COVID-19 and four virus-related deaths. In the U.S., there have been more than 1,300 confirmed cases and more than 30 related deaths.