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COVID-19 Latest: OCED Working from Home, Call Center reaching out to low-income communities, and Tips on How to Manage Social Distancing


In an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19, most of the Fresno State Office of Community and Economic Development (OCED) staff, effective March 20, 2020, have started working from home during regular business hours. 


The OCED Call Center will remain open and take calls from all school districts and communities in the eight-county area. Families with children attending school and/or college students qualify for low-cost internet starting at $9.95 per month. Due to the COVID-19, several internet providers are offering 60-day free of charge service. Some qualifying zip codes might even be able to qualify for a free Chromebook.  For more information, please contact Fresno State Connect at 855-456-9995.


Following directions from the CSU Office of the Chancellor, Fresno State has also transitioned to working online. For Fresno State students, virtual instruction started March 20, 2020, and will continue until the end of the Spring semester, ending on May 22, 2020. 


The following Fresno State facilities will be opened to ensure student success: student housing, residence dining hall, student cupboard, student health and counseling center, services for students with disabilities, the office of financial aid and scholarships, student accounting services and DISCOVERe Hub. Fresno State announced the purchase of 1,350 mobile hotspots to help students who do not have access to the internet for their virtual instruction. Students will also be able to loan iPads to continue their education. For more information, please contact the DISCOVERe Hub via email:


Furthermore, on March 19, 2020, California Governor Gavin Newsom ordered all Californians to stay at home and avoid nonessential social contact in order to slow the spread of the coronavirus. However, the order doesn’t prevent people from leaving their homes for “essential” work, picking up groceries and medicine, and going outside. It is unknown how long the order will last.


We know working from home can turn your life around; therefore, we have decided to compile tips and suggestions on how to work from home in the meantime:

  • Keep the same schedule
  • Take breaks from work and from social media
  • Set boundaries. 
  • Set specific zones and times of the day where your attention won’t be focused on COVID-19 and work.
  • Put work away when you are relaxing

Here are a few suggestions on what to do during your free time: 

  • Exercise, meditate or stretch
  • Watch Netflix, Hulu, Disney Plus, etc.
  • Read
  • Listen to music or podcasts
  • Cooking or baking new recipes 


For more in-depth suggestions, please visit the following: