Coronavirus Resources for Windsor Businesses

In partnership with the County of Sonoma Department of Health Services and Economic Development Board (EDB) the Town of Windsor has developed a comprehensive list of local, state and federal resources and benefits for businesses and employees impacted by the coronavirus. Please feel free to reach to Tim Ricard, Town of Windsor Economic Development Manager, for assistance accessing these resources.

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Impacted Businesses

  1. COVID Testing 
  2. Outdoor Commerce
  3. CURA Project
  4. SoCo Launch
  5. What's Open in Sonoma County
  6. Grants
  7. Public Health Agencies
  8. Business Guidance
  9. Employer and Employee Benefits
  10. Business Safety Posters 
  11. CARES Act

Free COVID-19 Testing Available

If you are currently experiencing symptoms of the coronavirus, contact your healthcare provider. If you do not have a healthcare provider, call 2-1-1 to find the nearest health clinic near you. If you have serious symptoms, like difficulty breathing, call 9-1-1.

Testing PREVENTS the spread of COVID-19 with early detection.

Testing identifies higher rates of infection. This helps the county direct immediate care and resources where it is most needed, as quickly as possible. By identifying areas to invest resources and financial support, the county takes important steps towards reopening.

Sonoma County continues to prioritize and increase its testing program. These vital efforts can reduce positivity rates and protect our community during our reopening stage. Actions include:

  1. Creating a wide-spread community pop-up testing program within target areas
  2. Outbreak testing at job sites
  3. Contact tracing testing for close contacts of confirmed cases
  4. Partnership with the State of California for additional local testing sites conducted by OptumServe and Project Baseline
  5. At maximum capacity these steps enable the County to reach our daily testing goal of nearly 1000 tests a day.

There are two kinds of tests for COVID-19: viral tests and antibody tests.

  1. A viral (diagnostic) test tells you if you have a current infection. This test is now widely available.The COVID-19 diagnostic test is safe, and fast. A nasal swab, or oral swab sample may be used.There are two types of diagnostic tests: PCR tests are the most accurate while antigen tests quickly confirm suspected positive cases. Testing sites listed on this page use viral PCR tests.
  2. An antibody test tells you if you had a previous infection. Find more information about local antibody testing sites.

Free, convenient, and confidential COVID-19 testing is available for all Sonoma County residents, regardless of documentation status. No ID is required.

Everyone is allowed to receive a test, regardless if they are symptomatic or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.

There are no out-of-pocket costs for testing, and no driver’s license is required.

Employees of Impacted Businesses

The Employment Development Department provides a variety of support services to individuals affected by the Coronavirus in California.

  • Sick or Quarantined: If you’re unable to work due to having or being exposed to Coronavirus, you can file a Disability Insurance (DI) claim. DI provides short-term benefit payments to eligible works who have full or partial loss of wages due to non-work-related illness.
  • Caregiving: If you’re unable to work because you are caring for an ill or quarantined family members with Coronavirus, you can file a Paid Family Leave (PFL) claim. PFL provides up to six weeks of benefit payments to eligible workers who have a full or partial loss of wages because they need time off work to care for a seriously ill family member.
  • Reduced Work Hours: If your employer has reduced your hours or shut down operations due to Coronavirus, you can file an Unemployment Insurance (UI) claim. UI provides partial wage replacement benefit payments to workers who lose their job or have their hours reduced, through no fault of their own.
  • Layoff Alternatives: Partial claims are for employees whose employers want to keep them when there is a lack of work. A partial Unemployment Insurance claim can be used for any claimant who works less than their normal full-time hours, and whose employers want to keep them.

About Town of Windsor Economic Development 

Developing a healthy and diverse base of local businesses is critical to the success of the Windsor Community. At its heart, economic development is about building a healthy economy in order to have a healthy community. The intent of our Economic Development Program is to strengthen local businesses, expand the Windsor economy, and improve the overall quality of life for residents and community members.

  1. Tim Ricard

    Economic Development Manager