Representative Paul Cook is a member of the House Foreign Affairs, Armed Services, and Natural Resources Committees, 

Cook served as an infantry officer and retired after 26 years as a Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps.  

During his time in combat, he was awarded the Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts.


Washington D.C. Congressman Paul Cook ____  March 2020 

Updates recent concerning Coronavirus issues and the services available:     

Coronavirus Legislation 
The House and Senate passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

President Trump signed this legislation into law. Among the highlights of this critical bill include:
Ensuring free testing for all Americans:
• Requires all commercial insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, CHIP, Indian Health service, and TRI-CARE to cover, and impose no cost-sharing for testing diagnosis of COVID-19
• Helps to cover the costs of coronavirus testing, including funding to eliminate copay requirements for service members and veterans 

Requiring paid sick leave for impacted American workers:
Businesses with fewer than 500 employees are required to provide 14 days of paid sick leave to employees affected by COVID-19. The vast majority of businesses with more than 500 employees already offer paid sick leave.
Additionally, under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) expansion, employees unable to work due to childcare circumstances, like a closed school, are entitled to at least 10 weeks of paid leave at two-thirds of the employee's pay
Affected employees include those with COVID-19, under quarantine, caring for someone affected, and with children whose school has closed.
Provides for vulnerable Americans, including emergency nutritional assistance for senior citizens, women, children, and low-income families. It also provides funding and flexibility to ensures low-income students continue to have access to meals if schools are closed.
Bolsters unemployment insurance:
Provides emergency grants to states for activities related to processing and paying unemployment insurance (UI) benefits, under certain conditions
Provides immediate additional funding to all states for staffing, technology, systems, and other administrative costs, so long as they met basic requirements about ensuring access to earned benefits for eligible workers
In the coming weeks, the House and Senate will continue to work together on any additional Coronavirus legislation. 

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Resources and Information for Seniors and High-Risk Groups

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has up-to-date information for people who are at higher risk for severe illness and older adults.
The California Department of Public Health has prepared a Self-Isolation Guidance for those who are at higher risk for severe illness and older adults available 
Here are important local resources for our older adults and seniors.

Yucca Valley
>>>Family Services Association Meal Program Family Services Association (FSA) is the lead agency that provides meals to seniors and others at the Yucca Valley Senior Center.

On-site meals will transition to pick-up meals effective immediately, with meal distribution taking place Tuesday – Thursday, between 11 am – 1 pm.

On-site dining will not be available. For those individuals needing delivery assistance, please contact FSA at (760) 257-5761.
Yucca Valley Senior Center
57088 Twentynine Palms Highway
Yucca Valley, CA 92284


San Bernardino County
The Department of Aging and Adult Services (DAAS) is a San Bernardino agency dedicated to helping seniors and at risk individuals to improve or maintain choice, independence, and quality of life.
Local Stores and Businesses Resources:
>>>Vallarta Supermarket – All stores will open early from 7:00am – 8:00am for those 65+, pregnant women, & the disabled. 
Lucerne Valley Market and Hardware – The store will open for Lucerne Valley seniors from 9:00am – 10:00am, and to only Lucerne Valley residents from 10:00am – 12:00pm. Store will be open from 12:00pm – 6:00pm for non-residents.
>>>Residents must show valid ID or local utility bill.
Dollar General – The store will dedicate the first hour of each shopping day (8:00am – 9:00am) to senior citizens. 
Albertsons, Vons, Safeway and Pavilions - Every Tuesday and Thursday, grocery stores operated by
>>>Albertsons Companies will only serve vulnerable community members from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Stater Bros. - Starting March 18, locations open at 7:45 a.m. for shoppers 65 and older. Temporary operating hours to the public are between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m

Planet Fitness – Offering free, daily virtual fitness classes on the 
Plant Fitness Facebook page Monday through Friday, open to non-members as well.
>>>Social Security Administration: News Release

Effective March 17, 2020, Social Security Offices Will Only Offer Phone Service
** Online Services Remain Available **
All local Social Security offices will be closed to the public for in-person service starting Tuesday, March 17, 2020. This decision protects the population we serve —older Americans and people with underlying medical conditions—and our employees during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. However, we are still able to provide critical services.
Our secure and convenient online services remain available at Local offices will also continue to provide critical services over the phone. We are working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state and local governments, and other experts to monitor COVID-19 and will let you know as soon as we can resume in-person service.
If you need help from Social Security:
First, please use our secure and convenient online services available at You can apply for retirement, disability, and Medicare benefits online, check the status of an application or appeal, request a replacement Social Security card (in most areas), print a benefit verification letter, and much more – from anywhere and from any of your devices. We also have a wealth of information to answer most of your Social Security questions online, without having to speak with a Social Security representative in person or by phone. Please visit our online Frequently Asked Questions at

If you cannot conduct your Social Security business online, please check our online field office locator for specific information about how to directly contact your local office. Your local office still will be able to provide critical services to help you apply for benefits, answer your questions, and provide other services over the phone.
If you already have an in-office appointment scheduled, we will call you to handle your appointment over the phone instead. If you have a hearing scheduled, we will call you to discuss alternatives for continuing with your hearing, including offering a telephonic hearing. Our call may come from a PRIVATE number and not from a U.S. Government phone. Please remember that our employees will not threaten you or ask for any form of payment.
>>> If you cannot complete your Social Security business online, please call our National 800 Number at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778).

Our National 800 Number has many automated service options you can use without waiting to speak with a telephone representative. A list of automated telephone services is available online at  

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