Covid-19 Update for 3/24/2021

Nationwide Updates:

    • Biden Signs $1.9 Trillion Relief Bill
      • After one year of the onset of the pandemic the “American Rescue Plan” is aimed at easing the economic impact of the virus. For more information see resources:


    • Small Business Can Apply for PPP Funding
      • SBA will continue to accept PPP applications for all eligible borrowers until March 31
      • Learn more about SBA’s latest efforts to promote Equitable Access[here]
      • More information for pandemic relief programs [here]


    • Krispy Kreme will give you a free doughnut every day this year — if you’ve been vaccinated 3/22/2021
      • In case you needed another reason to get your COVID-19 vaccination, Krispy Kreme is sweetening the deal — it’s giving free doughnuts to anyone with proof of vaccination, all year long. More.


Statewide Updates:


    • Effective as of March 15th, people in Phase 1C are eligible to receive the vaccine 03/13/2021
      • Among those in this next phase are people ages 16 to 64 who are at high risk to get very sick from COVID-19 due to certain health conditions. You can review eligibility requirements on the County of San Diego website.


    • State Allows San Diego County to Move Into Red Tier
      • Relief package will give at least $600 one time-payments to 5.7 million people and more than $2 billion in grants for struggling small businesses 
      • Businesses with annual revenues between $1000 and $2.5 million are eligible
      • California is also waiving millions of dollars in state business fees for licenses like cosmetology and alcoholic beverages 
      • For more info click [Here]


    • Apply Now: California Competes Tax Credit 
      • Is your business growing in the state of CA over the next five years, or considering leaving CA?
      • Apply for a significant tax credit to offset your state income tax liability by March 29
      • For more information on eligibility and assistance click here


County Updates:

The County of San Diego is working closely with federal and state agencies and the local healthcare community to monitor and test for the COVID-19 virus in the region. For information about COVID-19 locally, visit the County’s LIVE Dashboard – updated daily.  For nationwide updates, visit the CDC website.


    • San Diego County Update 3-23-2021
      • Here is today’s COVID-19 update from the County Health and Human Services Agency with data through March 22, 2021.


    • Monoclonal Antibody Regional Center (MARC) is open to treat COVID-19 positive patients 3/23/2021
      • If you or someone you know has COVID-19, talk to a doctor about antibody treatments. New monoclonal antibody treatments may help the immune system combat COVID-19. 
      • Informational Flyer – Click Here



    • County Extends Rent and Utility Assistance Application Period 03/16/2021
      • The Emergency Assistance Program has been extended through March 31,2021
      • This program is open for SD residents impacted by COVID-19 who need help paying rent and utilities.
      • For more information visit or call (858) 694-4801 to speak to a housing representative.
      • If you are a resident of the cities of San Diego and Chula Vista, or if you are not sure which program serves your area, you can visit


    • A Year Fighting COVID-19 3/19/2021
      • On March 19, 2020, California became the first state in the country to issue a stay-at-home order in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The months since have been filled with challenges, fear and grief, innovation and historic breakthroughs. Here is a look back at a year that San Diego was seized by a deadly threat and how the County fought back. More


    • Buisness Related Resources:
      • Free counseling, mentoring, and training for all business needs [here]
      • Emerging Leader Initiative [here]
      • SBA Microloan Program [here]
      • Have some free time? Check out some free online courses to brush up on business basics [here]
      • Resources for Women in Business including trading programs and funding opportunities [Here]


Vaccination Information



    •  San Diego’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout:

Are you eligible for a vaccination?  For more information and to schedule an appointment visit the county’s vaccination dashboard here.

Not yet eligible?  Get notified when you are by signing up here: