PRESS RELEASE: Councilmember Ryu Introduces Motion to Pay COVID-19 Infected to Stay Home

LOS ANGELES - Councilmember David Ryu introduced a motion today to provide two weeks pay to Angelenos who test positive for COVID-19 and commit to quarantine. The $25 million wage replacement program would be available to Angelenos regardless of immigration status, housing status or criminal record, and seeks to encourage people to get tested and provide public health information to Los Angeles County contact tracers. 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  

July 29, 2020

Contact for Councilmember Ryu:

Mark Pampanin

mark.pampanin@lacity.org

213.407.7616

Councilmember Ryu Introduces Motion to Pay COVID-19 Infected to Stay Home

LOS ANGELES - Councilmember David Ryu introduced a motion today to provide two weeks pay to Angelenos who test positive for COVID-19 and commit to quarantine. The $25 million wage replacement program would be available to Angelenos regardless of immigration status, housing status or criminal record, and seeks to encourage people to get tested and provide public health information to Los Angeles County contact tracers. 

“The only way out of this crisis is through increased testing and staying home if you’re sick,” Councilmember Ryu said. “But you can’t do that if you can’t afford to lose a paycheck or you can’t receive federal aid. Too many Angelenos are being forced into an impossible choice. If we want to bend the curve, we need to make it possible for everyone to stay home when they’re sick - no matter their income or immigration status.”

The motion seeks to use up to $25 million in COVID-19 relief money to create a wage-replacement program for workers who test positive for COVID-19. To receive aid, individuals would have to agree to self-isolate and provide information to contact tracers that is critical to slowing the spread of the novel coronavirus. 

Data shows that communities of color, low-income communities and immigrants are more likely to become infected with COVID-19 and suffer from more adverse effects and a higher mortality rate. They are also more likely to work in essential jobs that cannot be done from home and interface regularly with the public.

The $2.2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), signed into law by President Trump in March of this year, excludes undocumented immigrants from receieving aid.

Councilmember Ryu also introduced a resolution urging Congress to extend the CARES Act’s $600 per week emergency unemployment benefit.  

Read Councilmember Ryu’s motion here.  

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Assistant City Council President Pro Tempore David E. Ryu represents Los Angeles’ 4th Council District which includes Griffith Park, Sherman Oaks, Toluca Lake, Hollywood, Hollywood Hills, Los Feliz, Silver Lake, Miracle Mile, Hancock Park, Windsor Square, Larchmont and portions of Koreatown and Van Nuys.


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