COVID-19 Updates and message from the Mayor and City Council
The Orange City Council has a special message they would like to share with you, the Orange community. During this unprecedented time, they want you to know that your City is working hard to serve you, and your safety is our highest priority. We are all in this together.
For additional information click on the following links:
8/11/2020 Covid-19 Testing Information
COVID-19 testing is available through an appointment-based, drive-thru site at the Anaheim Convention Center. Tests are available to Orange County residents at no-cost for people who meet Public Health priorities for testing and cannot get a test through their medical provider (doctor).
The test offered at this site is called a PCR test, and show if someone is currently infected with COVID-19 and may be contagious.
The Center located at the Anaheim Convention Center, West Street entrance, and is open Tuesday to Saturday, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
APPOINTMENTS ARE REQUIRED. For an appointment, visit https://360clinic.fulgentgenetics.com/appointment/screen/landing
Who Can Get Tested?
If your health provider cannot assist you or you do not have insurance Orange County residents may get tested at the Anaheim Convention Center Testing Site if they meet the following requirements:
•Orange County resident
•Have symptoms of COVID-19
Meet Public Health criteria for priority testing:
•Healthcare workers and first responders •Workers in congregate living settings such as skilled nursing facilities, jails, or homeless shelter settings •Individuals with close contact (15 minutes or more within 6 feet) to someone known or suspected to have COVID-19 •Essential workers – those with contact with the public such as such as grocery store workers, social service providers, government workers, etc.
For more information, visit https://occovid19.ochealthinfo.com/supersite
8/5/2020 Covid-Safe Restaurant Campaign
Please read this important media release from the County of Orange regarding the new "SafeDineOC COVID-Safe Restaurant Campaign." The Campaign is intended to incentivize Orange County restaurants to follow California Department of Public Health guidance to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Restaurant owners may apply for a $1,000 grant per Orange County restaurant location for taking steps to create a COVID-safe environment for their customers and employees. The grant will reimburse restaurants for purchases of personal protective equipment including face masks, cleaning products, employee training and costs for physical distancing of tables and chairs, as examples.
More information about the program may be found at www.safedineoc.com.
8/4/2020 Re-opening Youth Sports Activities
Please read this important media release from the County of Orange regarding guidance on re-opening youth sports activities including school-based, club and recreational programs. The State of California guidance documents referred to in the County release may be found at https://files.covid19.ca.gov/pdf/guidance-youth-sports--en.pdf.
7/30/2020 Voter Information
In response to some of the misinformation spreading on Social Media in regards to voting by mail in the upcoming elections, California wants all registered voters in the State to know that, as long as your ballot is mailed and postmarked by Election Day on November 3 and received by the 17th day after the election, the ballot will be processed and your vote counted.
You can check your voter registration status at voterstatus.sos.ca.gov to make sure you receive your vote-by-mail ballot.
7/22/2020 State of California Guidance for Several Sector
The State of California and the Orange County Health Agency have issued updated COVID-19 guidance for several sectors:
Updated guidance for certain personal care services to provide those services outdoors, available at https://files.covid19.ca.gov/pdf/guidance-outdoor-personal-care--en.pdf . #OCCOVID19
Updated guidance for hair salon and barbershop services to operate outdoors, available at https://files.covid19.ca.gov/pdf/guidance-outdoor-hair-salons--en.pdf
Updated guidance for schools and school-based programs, available at https://files.covid19.ca.gov/pdf/guidance-schools.pdf . Please be aware that the State is expected to issue additional guidance in the near future on school-based sports and extracurricular activities.
Updated guidance for day camps, available at https://files.covid19.ca.gov/pdf/guidance-daycamps.pdf . As a reminder, recreational team sports are still not permitted.
Updated guidance on childcare facilities, which are available at https://files.covid19.ca.gov/pdf/guidance-childcare--en.pdf #OCCOVID19
For more information, call the County of Orange COVID-19 Information line at (714) 834-2000 or email ETeam@ochca.com.
7/16/2020 Basketball, Volleyball, and Handball Court Closures
Due to the increasing COVID-19 transmission rates in Orange County, and in compliance with the State of California’s updated Health Orders regarding restricted sporting activities, the City of Orange has closed the basketball, volleyball, and handball courts in our parks to any use until further notice.
Currently, all of our parks are still open to the public for a walk, to exercise, and participate in healthy activities as long as you maintain a safe physical distance of 6 feet and gather only with members of your household. Additionally, our tennis courts are available for singles practicing proper social distancing or household play only. As a reminder, alcohol is prohibited in all parks and dogs must be on a leash no longer then six feet.
Please stay home if you are sick or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and continue to wash your hands regularly.
For more information call Community Services at (714) 744-7274.
7/14/2020 Orange County Media Release for Covid-19 Test Center
Please read this important media release from the County of Orange on a new COVID -19 testing center, which will open July 15 at the Anaheim Convention Center: Click Here to read the media release.
7/13/2020 State of California issued new Health Orders
In response to increasing COVID-19 infection rates, the State of California has issued new Health Orders, effective immediately:
“Counties that have remained on the County Monitoring List for 3 consecutive days (this includes Orange County) will be required to shut down the following industries unless they can be modified to operate outside or by pick-up.
• Fitness centers
• Worship services
• Offices for non-essential sectors
• Personal care services, like nail salons, body waxing and tattoo parlors
• Hair salons and barbershops
The State Public Health Officer may take additional action if needed.”
To read the entire Health Order, go to https://covid19.ca.gov/roadmap-counties/
7/8/2020 Youth Sports Practices Postponed in Orange County Due to New State Guidance
The State of California has recently amended its guidance regarding youth sports practices, team drills and training and will no longer allow them to occur throughout the state.
7/3/2020 Temporary Outdoor Dining
At a special meeting on Thursday, July 2, the Orange City Council approved a plan to allow restaurants in the City to create outdoor dining spaces by utilizing private walkways and private parking lots where safe and possible to do so. The new dining areas must maintain existing ADA access.
On July 1, the State of California issued new health orders, mandating that restaurants in Orange County must cease indoor operations, though they are allowed to continue serving customers outdoors. In order to help our local restaurants comply with this order, the City will temporarily remove restrictions on outdoor dining, which will allow restaurants to set-up exterior dining areas in private exterior spaces, and remain open.
The use of outdoor dining spaces are allowed through July 31. The City will evaluate the situation the week prior, and can decide to extend the time period if the situation warrants it.
We would like to encourage everyone to patronize our local restaurants, and help keep them in business, and our economy moving.
7/1/2020 Updated Order from Governor Gavin Newsom
Both the State of California and the County of Orange have issued new Health Orders in response to the Coronavirus pandemic:
State of California:
Due to rising COVID-19 infection rates in several counties, and effective immediately, July 1, the State of California has closed all bars, including those with outdoor areas, in several counties, including Orange County. The following businesses must also cease indoor operations, though they may continue outdoor operations if they exist:
- Wineries and tasting rooms
- Movie theaters
- Family entertainment centers (for examples: bowling alleys, miniature golf, batting cages and arcades)
- Zoos and museums
- Bars must close all operations even if they are operating outdoors.
This order is effective for a minimum of three weeks, and is subject to possible extension. For the list of businesses affected by the closure, or more information, visit: https://covid19.ca.gov/roadmap-counties/
County of Orange:
The Orange County Health Agency has issued new Health Orders closing all bars in Orange County to help slow the spread of COVID-19. The Order, which is effective tomorrow, Thursday, July 2, helps align counties in Southern California due to the increases in COVID-19 cases across the region.
For the full text of the County Order, visit: https://cms.ocgov.com/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx?BlobID=116494
6/30/2020 COVID-19 Testing
The Orange County Health Care Agency has announced the OC COVID-19 Testing Network, which is offering Coronavirus testing at no charge to anyone with symptoms and without access to a healthcare provider.
This testing is only being offered to people exhibiting Coronavirus symptoms, which includes cough, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing, among other. An appointment is necessary, which can be made by calling (800) 5674-8448 or by going to OChealthInfo.com/covidtest.
All test are confidential, and involve a nasal swab. Test results take around 2 to 4 days.
For more information, including test locations, visit https://occovid19.ochealthinfo.com/covid-19-testing
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6/30/2020 COVID Data at Your Fingertips
The Orange County Health Agency has debuted a new and improved Coronavirus website with new tools and added features, including a new mapping dashboard from the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The site will still continue to offer daily updates on the number of tests conducted and new cases reported, but now also offers links to additional data, including transmission rates and local hospital capacity.
The new page can be found at https://occovid19.ochealthinfo.com/coronavirus-in-oc
6/19/2020 State of California expanded opening for Personal Care Services
The State of California has issue new COVID Industry Guidance, allowing expanded openings for Personal Care Services "...which includes personal care that requires touching a client’s face, e.g. facials, electrolysis, and waxing. This guidance applies to esthetician, skin care, and cosmetology services; electrology; nail salons; body art professionals, tattoo parlors, and piercing shops; and massage therapy (in non-healthcare settings)."
To read the full COVID Industry Guidance, visit https://covid19.ca.gov/pdf/expanded-personal-services.pdf
6/18/2020 State of California Guidance for the use of face coverings
Because of our collective actions, California has limited the spread of COVID-19 and associated hospitalizations and deaths in our state. Still, the risk for COVID-19 remains and the increasing number of Californians who are leaving their homes for work and other needs, increases the risk for COVID-19 exposure and infection.
Over the last four months, we have learned a lot about COVID-19 transmission, most notably that people who are infected but are asymptomatic or presymptomatic play an important part in community spread. The use of face coverings by everyone can limit the release of infected droplets when talking, coughing, and/or sneezing, as well as reinforce physical distancing.
This document updates existing CDPH guidance for the use of cloth face coverings by the general public when outside the home. It mandates that face coverings be worn state-wide in the circumstances and with the exceptions outlined below. It does not substitute for existing guidance about social distancing and handwashing.
People in California must wear face coverings when they are in the high-risk situations listed below:
• Inside of, or in line to enter, any indoor public space; (Unless exempted by state guidelines for specific public settings (e.g., school or childcare center)) • Obtaining services from the healthcare sector in settings including, but not limited to, a hospital, pharmacy, medical clinic, laboratory, physician or dental office, veterinary clinic, or blood bank; (Unless directed otherwise by an employee or healthcare provider ) • Waiting for or riding on public transportation or paratransit or while in a taxi, private car service, or ride-sharing vehicle; • Engaged in work, whether at the workplace or performing work off-site, when:
- Interacting in-person with any member of the public;
- Working in any space visited by members of the public, regardless of whether anyone from the public is present at the time;
- Working in any space where food is prepared or packaged for sale or distribution to others;
- Working in or walking through common areas, such as hallways, stairways, elevators, and parking facilities;
- In any room or enclosed area where other people (except for members of the person’s own household or residence) are present when unable to physically distance.
- Driving or operating any public transportation or paratransit vehicle, taxi, or private car service or ride-sharing vehicle when passengers are present. When no passengers are present, face coverings are strongly recommended.
- While outdoors in public spaces when maintaining a physical distance of 6 feet from persons who are not members of the same household or residence is not feasible.
- The following individuals are exempt from wearing a face covering:
- Persons age two years or under. These very young children must not wear a face covering because of the risk of suffocation.
- Persons with a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that prevents wearing a face covering. This includes persons with a medical condition for whom wearing a face covering could obstruct breathing or who are unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove a face covering without assistance.
- Persons who are hearing impaired, or communicating with a person who is hearing impaired, where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication.
- Persons for whom wearing a face covering would create a risk to the person related to their work, as determined by local, state, or federal regulators or workplace safety guidelines.
- Persons who are obtaining a service involving the nose or face for which temporary removal of the face covering is necessary to perform the service.
- Persons who are seated at a restaurant or other establishment that offers food or beverage service, while they are eating or drinking, provided that they are able to maintain a distance of at least six feet away from persons who are not members of the same household or residence.
- Persons who are engaged in outdoor work or recreation such as swimming, walking, hiking, bicycling, or running, when alone or with household members, and when they are able to maintain a distance of at least six feet from others.
- Persons who are incarcerated. Prisons and jails, as part of their mitigation plans, will have specific guidance on the wearing of face coverings or masks for both inmates and staff.
Note: Persons exempted from wearing a face covering due to a medical condition who are employed in a job involving regular contact with others should wear a non-restrictive alternative, such as a face shield with a drape on the bottom edge, as long as their condition permits it.
What is a cloth face covering?
A cloth face covering is a material that covers the nose and mouth. It can be secured to the head with ties or straps or simply wrapped around the lower face. It can be made of a variety of materials, such as cotton, silk, or linen. A cloth face covering may be factory-made or sewn by hand or can be improvised from household items such as scarfs, T-shirts, sweatshirts, or towels.
How well do cloth face coverings work to prevent spread of COVID-19?
There is scientific evidence to suggest that use of cloth face coverings by the public during a pandemic could help reduce disease transmission. Their primary role is to reduce the release of infectious particles into the air when someone speaks, coughs, or sneezes, including someone who has COVID-19 but feels well. Cloth face coverings are not a substitute for physical distancing, washing hands, and staying home when ill, but they may be helpful when combined with these primary interventions.
When should I wear a cloth face covering?
You should wear face coverings when in public places, particularly when those locations are indoors or in other areas where physical distancing is not possible
How should I care for a cloth face covering?
It’s a good idea to wash your cloth face covering frequently, ideally after each use, or at least daily. Have a bag or bin to keep cloth face coverings in until they can be laundered with detergent and hot water and dried on a hot cycle. If you must re-wear your cloth face covering before washing, wash your hands immediately after putting it back on and avoid touching your face. Discard cloth face coverings that:
- No longer cover the nose and mouth
- Have stretched out or damaged ties or straps • Cannot stay on the face • Have holes or tears in the fabric
6/11/2020 County of Orange approves reopening of specific, additional industries
Please read the following important media release from the County of Orange- Acting County Health Officer Approves Re-opening of Specific, Additional Industries and Issues New Order:
Acting County Health Officer Approves Re-opening of Specific, Additional Industries and Issues New Order
(Santa Ana, CA) – On Friday, June 12, 2020, Dr. Clayton Chau, Acting County Health Officer, will approve the re-opening of certain additional industries in Orange County, California, following his review of local epidemiological data including cases per 100,000 population, rate of test positivity, and local preparedness to support a health care surge, vulnerable populations, and contact tracing and testing.
Examples of Businesses Permitted to Re-open June 12, 2020:
Movie theaters and family entertainment centers Restaurants, wineries and bars Zoos and museums Gyms and fitness centers Hotels (for tourism and individual travel) Card rooms and racetracks Public and HOA swimming pools All businesses, industries, and entities listed on the State of California’s website at https://covid19.ca.gov/industry-guidance/ and at https://covid19.ca.gov/roadmap-counties/ that re-open in Orange County as part of the various Stages of the State’s Resilience Roadmap shall post their corresponding industry-specific checklist at a location visible to the public at the public entrance of each property.
In addition, on June 11, 2020, the Acting County Health Officer also issued a New Amended Health Officer Order and Strong Recommendations (New Health Order) that apply to all of OC (both incorporated and unincorporated areas) and revise and supersede the May 28, 2020 Amended Health Officer’s Orders and Strong Recommendations (Previous Health Order).
What Has Changed:
The County Health Officer’s previous Order requiring most residents to wear cloth face coverings outside their home when unable to physically distance themselves by at least six feet can now be safely modified to a strong SHOULD instead of a MUST.
“This change ensures the OC Health Care Agency is acting consistently with our partners at the California Department of Public Health and is based on Orange County’s measures against State-mandated COVID-19 metrics. That said, I stand with Public Health experts and believe strongly that face coverings help slow the spread of COVID-19 and save lives,” said Dr. Clayton Chau, Acting County Health Officer and Director of the OC Health Care Agency.
Residents are encouraged to read the Acting Health Officer’s amended Order and strong recommendations (as well as related FAQs) in their entirety at https://occovid19.ochealthinfo.com/article/oc-health-officers-orders-recommendations , as there is greater detail that will help provide necessary clarification.
Individuals with questions about the COVID-19 may call the OC Health Care Agency’s OC COVID-19 Hotline at (714) 834-2000 Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or email ETeam@ochca.com. For questions about the enforcement of the Acting Health Officer’s Order or to report businesses in violation, please contact your local law enforcement’s non-emergency line.
For more information and resources about COVID-19, please visit www.ochealthinfo.com/novelcoronavirus.
6/9/2020 Street Sweeping Parking Enforcement will resume on June 22
The City of Orange will resume Parking Enforcement of posted “No Parking” zones on days scheduled for street sweeping beginning Monday, June 22. Vehicles still parked in those zones during the restricted hours will receive parking violations.
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06/06/20 County of Orange clarification for local businesses
Please read the following important media release from the County of Orange to Provide Clarification for Local Businesses After State Issues New Guidance for Reopening Additional Industries:
County of Orange Provides Clarification for Local Businesses After State Issues New Guidance for Reopening Additional Industries Santa Ana, Calif. (June 5, 2020) – The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) released new guidance for the reopening of additional sectors of economies in jurisdictions like Orange County that have already submitted an attestation and received approval to move deeper into Stage 2 of the State’s Resilience Roadmap.
These newly issued guidance provides corresponding sectors with information on public health modifications they should implement prior to opening, and state that they may only reopen upon approval by the County Health Officer.
Upon review of local data related to COVID-19 spread and Orange County’s readiness, the County Health Officer will make a final decision about the timing for re- opening a sector, which may happen no sooner than June 12, 2020.
These sectors include:
- Campgrounds, RV Parks, and Outdoor Recreation - https://covid19.ca.gov/pdf/guidance- campgrounds.pdf
- Cardrooms, Satellite Wagering Facilities and Racetracks - https://covid19.ca.gov/pdf/guidance-cardrooms-racetracks.pdf
- Family Entertainment Centers https://covid19.ca.gov/pdf/guidance-family-entertainment.pdf
- Fitness Facilities - https://covid19.ca.gov/pdf/guidance-fitness.pdf
- Hotels - https://covid19.ca.gov/pdf/guidance-hotels-lodging-rentals.pdf
- Museums, Galleries, Zoos, and Aquariums - https://covid19.ca.gov/pdf/guidance-zoos-museums.pdf
- Restaurants, Bars, and Wineries - https://covid19.ca.gov/pdf/guidance-restaurants-bars.pdf
The County Health Officer will review Orange County’s epidemiological data including cases per 100,000 population, rate of test positivity, and local preparedness to support a health care surge, vulnerable populations and contact tracing, and give sector-by-sector approval for these industries to re-open as appropriate. The County looks forward to sharing approvals with the community via press releases.
For further information related to the businesses outlined in the new order, please visit:
05/29/20 County of Orange Amended Health Order
Please read this very important media release about a new Amended Health Order and Strong Recommendations from the Orange County Health Officer.
05/28/20 County of Orange Guidelines for Barbershops and Hair Salon reopening.
The State has announced further modifications to the current Health Orders as California, including Orange County, continues to move into “accelerated” Stage 2 reopening. Under an amended set of guidelines, barbershops and hair salons are being allowed to reopen as long as they comply with specific operational guidelines meant to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
The guidelines for reopening include the use of face coverings by both staff and customers, the removal of items like magazines, disinfection and sanitization at regular intervals, and appointments must be staggered in order to maintain social distancing. Nail salons are not yet allowed under the amended guidelines. For the complete list of guidelines for hair salons and barbershops, visit https://covid19.ca.gov/pdf/guidance-hair-salons.pdf .
05/27/20 Webinars available from OC Health and OCBC
The Orange County Health Care Agency and the Orange County Business Council will be hosting a series of webinars designed to help businesses understand the recent Health Officer Orders and what it means to them.
On Thursday, May 28, the Retail Industry will be addressed. The Friday, May 29, webinar will focus on Restaurants. Other business sectors are encouraged to join the virtual meeting on Saturday, May 30. All the webinars run from 3:30 pm to 4:15 pm.
To RSVP, or for more information, email ETeam@OCHCA.com.
05/26/20 County of Orange Stage Two Criteria
We are all excited that Orange County has been approved by the State to enter "accelerated" Stage 2 reopening. With "accelerated" Stage 2, certain businesses, such as destination retail and dine-in restaurants, are allowed to reopen, contingent on their readiness to implement and comply with sector-specific guidance and restrictions.
With this in mind, businesses must do the following to meet the Stage 2 criteria for reopening:
- Perform a detailed risk assessment and implement a site-specific protection plan.
- Train employees on how to limit the spread of COVID-19, this includes learning to screen themselves for symptoms, and having them stay home if they exhibit those symptoms.
- Implement individual control measures and screenings.
- Implement disinfecting protocols.
- Implement the State’s physical distancing guidelines.
- Post the State’s industry-specific checklist in their workplaces.
- Require all OC residents to wear a cloth face covering visiting a retail, commercial or other place of business, and requires workers to wear them when they are not able to maintain at least 6 feet of physical distance from another person.
Please refer to your specific industry’s guidance: To see the State’s guidance for shopping centers, go to https://covid19.ca.gov/pdf/guidance-shopping-centers.pdf. For dine-in restaurants go to https://covid19.ca.gov/pdf/guidance-dine-in-restaurants. To see the guidance for other industries go to https://covid19.ca.gov/industry-guidance/
Please visit the City’s Reopening Plan for helpful information on preparing your business’s reopening plan and for a list of local, state, and federal resources available to businesses during the pandemic. www.cityoforange.org/DocumentCenter/View/11090/COVID-Reopening-Plan---Businesses-and-Operations
Remember, we all share in the responsibility to fight COVID-19. Keep practicing social distancing, limit what you touch, wash your hands frequently, avoid touching your face, and wear a face covering in public. As we reopen more of our businesses, maintaining our vigilance against the spread of the virus is always our first line of defense.
05/26/20 Orange County Health Officer’s Order and recommendations
The County of Orange Health Officer issued a new Health Order and Strong Recommendations. Please read the attached FAQs, which help clarify the Order and Recommendations as they relate to the approval by the State of California to move Orange County (OC) along the Governor’s "Resiliency Roadmap" further into Stage 2.
You will find the original Health Order and Strong Recommendations, and the online version of the FAQs at https://occovid19.ochealthinfo.com/article/oc-health-officers-orders-recommendations
05/23/20 County of Orange Media Release
Please read these very important media release about a new Health Order and Strong Recommendations. OC Health Care Agency Media Release
05/23/20 County of Orange moves into Stage Two
Please read these very important media releases from the County of Orange about the approval from the State to move to an "accelerated" Stage 2 opening, and new Back2Business Initiative.
For several weeks, Orange County has been operating under an “early” Stage 2 of the State’s “4 Stage” COVID-19 reopening plan. We are very pleased to report that the State has approved the County’s request to move to an “accelerated” Stage 2 reopening.
Under the “accelerated” Stage 2, destination retail and dine-in restaurants will be allowed to reopen, contingent on their readiness to implement and comply with sector-specific guidance and restrictions, which can be found at https://occovid19.ochealthinfo.com/guidelines.
When planning to reopen, all businesses must complete a detailed risk assessment and implement a site-specific protection plan to reduce the potential spread of COVID-19. These plans may include social distancing, sanitation, screening and prevention, minimizing physical contact during transactions, and employee training. The County of Orange Back2Business Initiative will provide up to 1,000 small businesses with free access to floor plan software to help them meet the latest social distancing requirements. For more information, visit https://bit.ly/ocback2business
The City of Orange is committed to supporting our local Orange businesses as they plan to reopen. Please visit the City’s Reopening Plan for helpful information on preparing your business’s reopening plan and for a comprehensive list of local, state, and federal resources available to businesses during the pandemic. www.cityoforange.org/DocumentCenter/View/11090/COVID-Reopening-Plan---Businesses-and-Operations
As we move through this reopening process, it is important to remember that we all share in the responsibility to fight COVID-19. Reopening more of our businesses will require continued success in combating the spread of the virus. Keep practicing social distancing, limit what you touch, wash your hands frequently, avoid touching your face, and wear a face covering in public.
05/18/20 County Partnership with UCI
The University of California, Irvine has informed us that they have partnered with the Orange County Health Care Agency for a large-scale, population-based study that is intended to generate a more accurate estimate of the COVID-19 pandemic in Orange. Currently, the true rate of COVID-19 is unknown because it’s impossible to determine the actual number of infections without widespread testing of a representative sample.
The results of this study are meant to help guide local health officials and elected officials in preparing policy, better identify at-risk populations, and understand how long immunity to the virus lasts. It’s important to note that it’s not yet clear what level of antibodies is enough to confer near- or long-term immunity on those who have had COVID-19. Additional research will be necessary for that determination.
The survey will involve serological testing of a representative sample of 5,000 Orange County residents to determine if they have COVID-19 antibodies. Study participants will be recruited soon, and testing is expected to take place in June. An initial report will be issued this summer, with another report released in early fall.
In a separate, smaller study, UCI scientists will examine 1,500 blood samples, which will be collected at 10 clinics around Orange County which is meant to provide officials a quick read on COVID-19 exposure rates.
The UCI Program in Public Health has a COVID-19 Chatline, https://publichealth.uci.edu/ph/_home/covid19, that is available for general questions about COVID-19. The chatline is staffed Monday – Friday from 9 am to 6 pm PST and on weekends from 12pm to 4pm PST.
05/08/20 Governor Newsom Releases Updated Industry Guidance
Please read this important media release from California Governor Gavin Newsom on Updated Industry Guidance for Re-Opening the Economy.
05/07/20 City of Orange Yorba Park Dog Park
We are very pleased to announce that the Dog Park at Yorba Park will be reopen to the public (and their dogs!) beginning Friday, May 8 at noon.
The Center for Disease Control states that although there is limited information available to date on COVID-19 and pets, the risk of animals spreading COVID-19 to people is considered low. In compliance with the State’s current Health Orders people are required to maintain a safe “social distance” of six feet from other members not in their household while using the dog park.
It is everyone’s responsibility to help stop the spread of the Coronavirus. Please continue to practice social distancing, wash your hands frequently, limit what you touch, use face coverings in public, avoid touching your face, and do not enter our parks if you are ill or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. Please remember that, under the State’s Public Health Orders, group activities and gatherings are still prohibited. Park restrooms remain open for use.
The Yorba Dog Park is the only off-leash facility in the City of Orange. When visiting all other city parks, a leash, no longer than 6 feet, is required. Please help keep Orange safe by complying with this ordinance. Pet owners are responsible for cleaning up all pet nuisance, both in and outside the dog park.
For more information on the Dog Park at Yorba Park, please visit either www.orangedogpark.com or www.cityoforange.org/Facilities/Facility/Details/Yorba-Dog-Park-39 or call the Community Services Department at (714) 744-7274.
05/07/20 City of Orange Public Counters
The State’s Stay-At-Home Order designates municipal government services, like those provided by the City of Orange, as a critical service. As California prepares to move to the Governor’s stage 2 COVID-19 recovery plan, which allows some workplaces deemed “lower-risk” to resume business with public safety modifications, we at the City want to help our community.
City Hall public counters, which have been operating on a by-appointment only basis, will reopen for walk-up business on Monday, May 11. While we are excited to welcome our residents and business community back to City Hall, we wanted to let you know how we are modifying our operations to comply with the State’s Stage 2 requirements. Your safety, and the safety of our staff, are our highest priority.
• We have installed Plexiglass shields at each front counter to shield both sides from inadvertent contamination
• All visitors to City Hall will be required to wear face coverings prior to being admitted inside
• We will only be letting one walk-in patron into our front counter lobbies at a time. There will be lines with social distancing markers set-up immediately outside each lobby to help maintain 6-feet of space between each patron
•You can skip the line by making an appointment in advance, which will allow you to go directly to the front counter at the designated time. To make an appointment, please call the appropriate department from the list below.
- We ask that you do not enter City Hall if you are feeling ill. Please call the appropriate Department you wish to visit, and let us know what you need. We may be able to help you remotely.
- You can also access many of our services from the comfort of your home at www.cityoforange.org.
City Clerk (714) 744-5500
Community Development (714) 744-7220
Community Services (714) 744-7274
Economic Development (714) 744-2222
Finance (714) 744-2230
Human Resources (714) 744-7255
Public Works (714) 744-5525
At this time, consistent with the State’s Health Order, the City of Orange will not be able to provide the services listed below for either appointment or walk-up service. We apologize for the inconvenience, and will notify the public via our website, cityoforange.org, and on our social media channels such as Facebook (www.facebook.org/cityoforange) and Nextdoor once they are available.
Passport processing (U.S. Department of State has limited their passport operations)
Recreational class registration
Park facility rental reservations
We are excited to welcome our community back, and look forward to serving our residents and businesses at City Hall once more.
05/07/20 Small Business Relief Program
California State University Fullerton, Wells Fargo, and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation Los Angeles are providing fifteen $5,000 grants to small Orange County businesses affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The eligibility requirements for the grants include:
• Businesses must be located in Orange County.
• Micro-businesses affected by Covid-19 in Orange County, especially those in underserved communities, these can also include entrepreneurs of color, women- and veteran-owned businesses.
• Businesses must have at least 2 employees, and have either a maximum of 5 Full-Time Employees or 10 Part-Time Employees.
• Applications will be reviewed based on criteria, and the final grantees will be randomly selected from the top scoring applicants.
The application period will open on May 8 at 9 am, and close on May 9 at 9 am. To preview the application, go to https://lisc.box.com/s/9nxumnig93j57o7gb3duauj02oz87fkz
For more information visit www.lisc.org/los-angeles/covid-19-response/lisc-la-orange-county-small-business-relief-grant-program/
05/05/20 City Of Orange
During the COVID-19 pandemic, City of Orange parks remain open for use by our residents to stroll, walk their dogs on leash, exercise, and participate in other healthy actives while maintaining a safe “social distance” of six feet from others members not in their household.
The City has reopened the parking lots at our parks in order to both encourage these healthy activities, and to help alleviate vehicle congestion in the surrounding neighborhoods. The tennis courts in our parks are also reopen for household or singles play, with proper social distancing of six feet.
Please remember that group activities and gatherings are still prohibited. Also, the other amenities within our parks are still closed until further notice. This include sport courts such as basketball, volleyball and handball, group picnic areas, playgrounds, fitness equipment, and the dog park at Yorba Park. Restrooms remain open.
It is everyone’s responsibility to help stop spread of the Coronavirus. We urge you to continue practicing social distancing, wash your hands frequently, limit what you touch, avoid touching your face, and do not use our parks if you are ill or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
05/04/20 City of Orange
The COVID-19 pandemic has had significant impacts on all of us. The City of Orange is committed to supporting both our residents and businesses, each requiring their own unique approach. We continue, where possible, to adapt our services for residents, including everything from keeping our parks open to temporarily suspending "No Parking for Street Sweeping" enforcement.
We have been doing the same for our business community. We continue to explore and find new ways to provide business support, while adhering to COVID-19 public health guidelines. In order to expand these initiatives, it’s important to have the right data to help focus our efforts where they are needed most. To this end, the City has sent a survey to all licensed Orange businesses to gather input on how we can continue to evolve and adapt to serve their needs.
If you are a business owner in Orange, and want to participate in the survey, you will find it at https://orangeca.seamlessdocs.com/f/BusinessSurvey. We also want to ensure you are aware of the many business resources available to you during this pandemic, including:
Small Business Administration (SBA) - Visit sba.gov to access financing through a variety of programs such as the Paycheck Protection Program, Disaster Loan Assistance, and Express Bridge Loans.
Small Business Development Center (SBDC) - Visit orangecountysbdc.org for workshops, technical assistance, and no-cost business consulting services.
California Association for Local Economic Development (CALED) - Visit caled.org for California specific business information and resources.
Orange County Business Council (OCBC) - Visit ocbc.org for Orange County specific business information and resources.
Orange Chamber of Commerce - Visit orangechamber.com to connect with other Orange businesses and join the Support Orange - Shop Orange initiative.
For more information, visit our website at www.cityoforange.org, or contact our Economic Development Team at (714) 744-2222.
04/29/20 State of California
In a press conference on Tuesday, California Governor Gavin Newsom laid out, in 4 stages, the roadmap to the State’s lifting of the "stay at home" order that is currently in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
While we are currently in Stage 1, the roadmap outlines the actions that will be necessary by individual citizens, businesses, and the government in order to meet the key indicators for movement to Stage 2. These included stabilization of hospitalization trends, sufficient supply and distribution of Personal Protective Equipment, testing, and contact tracing capacity throughout the state.
Once the conditions are met, the transition to Stage 2 will occur through a statewide modification to the Stay-At-Home Order. The Governor indicated he expected we will be able to transition to Stage 2 in the next few weeks, if not sooner.
Remember, we are all in this together. Maintain physical distancing, wash your hands frequently, stay "safer at home" unless you are an essential worker.
To read Governor Newsom’s complete presentation, click here.
04/29/20 County of Orange Press Release
Please read this media release from the County of Orange on loaner laptops and hotspots being made available to job seekers impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic.
04/28/20 City of Orange Frequently Asked Questions
The City of Orange has just updated it’s COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions page. These FAQs are meant to help residents and businesses with answers to common questions regarding the City’s responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, and how citizen can still access many City services during this time. You will also find other useful information on the City’s recreation programing, parks, libraries, Police and Fire Departments, and our Public Works services such as water delivery.
04/27/20 City of Orange summertime program to go virtual
Summertime is coming, and amidst the coronavirus pandemic, it appears it will not be a traditional one. With the stay-at-home order and other health guidelines currently in place, traditional summer programming cannot happen in its current form. To this end, we are shifting our efforts to planning for a non-traditional, yet still exciting, virtual summer.
The summer edition of Our Orange, the City’s quarterly magazine, will not be printed and distributed in an effort to stay flexible and program what we can within established health guidelines. Look for social media posts and frequently check the City’s website for updated programs and information as it is available. We look forward to bringing the community opportunities to engage and stay connected as we navigate through the pandemic together.
04/24/20 State of California Small Business Assistance
Many small businesses in our community are feeling the strain of the COVID-19 pandemic. Fortunately, there is help. The US Small Business Administration has two low-interest federal disaster loans, the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL), available for small businesses in need of assistance. Businesses that qualify can apply for both loans.
Click the links below for easy-to-read guides, prepared by the City of Orange, to help you understand the details of each loan program. For additional information on both programs, please visit www.sba.gov, or email SBA Disaster Assistance Customer Assistance directly at email@example.com.
The City of Orange Economic Development Department is also available to assist you at (714) 744-2207.
04/24/20 State of California Mortgage Relief Agreements
If you are having problems paying your mortgage due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be eligible for some relief. Federally-backed loans are eligible for a two or six-month suspension through the Federal Housing Agency. The State of California has also obtained similar relief agreements from 200 mortgage lenders.
The State has set-up a website with all of the details, help you find out if your lender is participating in this program, and how to apply for mortgage relief if they are. Visit https://dbo.ca.gov/covid19-updates-fi/
04/23/20 State of California Media Release for State of Emergency
Please read this important media release from the State of California on several Executive Orders issued by Governor Newsom in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. You can find the text of the Executive Order at www.gov.ca.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/N-54-20-COVID-19-4.22.20.pdf
04/23/20 Orange County Social Service New Hotline Available
Please read this important media release from the Orange County Social Services Agency on a new hotline for current in-home Supportive Services recipients during COVID-19 crisis.
04/22/20 Orange County Health Care Agency Media Release requiring cloth face coverings for certain essential workers
04/21/20 OC Covid-19 Media Release for Testing Network
Please read this important media release from the Orange County Health Care Agency on the launch of the OC COVID-19 Testing Network.
Orange County COVID-19 Hotline Closing
Starting tomorrow, April 18, the Orange County COVID-19 Public Information Hotline will close.
Residents can continue to call the County’s general COVID information number at (833) 426-6411, which includes:
• Orange County Health Care Agency – Health Referral Line, Behavioral Health Resources
• Orange County Social Services Agency – Risk Benefits
• Orange County Office on Aging – Resources for Seniors
• Orange County District Attorney’s Office – Scams, Price Gouging
• County of Orange Emergency Operations Center Hotline – Non-Medical Questions
• Small Business Recovery
• 2-1-1 Orange County
Medical questions about the Coronavirus can be directed to the OC Health COVID-19 Hotline at (833) 426-6411.
The Orange County Health Care Agency website at www.ochealthinfo.com/novelcoronavirus has information that is regularly updated regarding the status of COVID-19 in Orange County.
For questions about the City of Orange’s response to the Coronavirus, call the City hotline at (714) 744-7550, Monday-Thursday, and alternate Fridays, 7:30 am-5:30 pm.
04/20/20 Orange County Business Council Resource Guide
As we continue to observe the "Stay at Home" directives in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, communities are feeling the impact. We are fortunate, here in California, that we have a strong network of non-profit organizations that are here for all of us. If you are in need, they are here for you.
The Orange County Business Council has compiled an extensive resource guide of the service organizations providing help to those impacted by the current pandemic. Here you’ll find a list of what types of assistance are being offered, who is offering them, where they are located, and how they can be contacted.
Also, if you are looking to give back, they need you, now more than ever. At the bottom of the resource guide you will find a list of the non-profits that are currently seeking volunteers to assist them with their efforts.
You will find the Orange County Business Council resource guide at https://conta.cc/3eFlvBF
04/08/2020 Gatherings in Parks Prohibited
Per the State Health Order, we are to Stay At Home, other than for essential activities. As such, social gatherings are prohibited, including gathering in parks. Although there may be a desire to gather with friends and extended family on Easter, such gatherings are discouraged as they do not allow for social distancing. Therefore, any gatherings in City parks on Easter Sunday are prohibited.
Our parks remain open for limited use, however the parking lots, picnic areas, sport courts, playgrounds, fitness equipment, and all other amenities are closed. The local public is still welcome to enjoy the parks for activities such as walking, jogging, and dog walking, as long as patrons continue to practice social distancing by keeping at least 6-feet away from others not in your immediate household.
Lastly, we urge you to stay home if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
04/02/2020 “Our Orange” Summer Issue
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the current State Public Health Orders, the summer issue of Our Orange, which was due to be mailed to Orange residents in late April, will be delayed until late May. Out of an abundance of caution, we felt it best to delay the start of our summer season registration by four weeks. Your Community Services Department is still continuing to plan for our summer camps, aquatics, special events and other recreational programs.
We are looking forward to providing you, and your family, the best summer ever.
Once summer registration officially opens, which is currently planned for June 15, you’ll be able to sign-up at home via our website at www.cityoforange.org/1097/How-to-Register.
04/01/2020 Public Parks Parking Lots Closed
Effective Thursday, April 2, all City of Orange public park parking lots will be closed to the public until further notice.
All of our parks will still be open for walk-up use by the local public. Park use requires continued compliance with social distancing by keeping at least 6-feet away from others not in your immediate household, as well as not using our parks if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. All patrons should continue to follow the Centers for Disease Control’s guidance on hygiene.
Please remember that ALL of the amenities within our parks, including sports courts, playgrounds, fitness equipment, and the dog park, are closed to the public until further notice.
03/26/2020 Still Here to Serve You
In the recent clarification of the current Health Directives issued by Governor Newsom, construction was called out as one of California’s critical infrastructure industries. We recognize the importance of keeping our local projects moving forward, and we want to let our business and construction community know that the City of Orange is open to serve them. Our Planning and Building staff are still available for consultation at our public counters by appointment. Just call (714) 744-7200, or email us at CDInfo@cityoforange.org.
Many of our construction related services can also be accessed on our website by visiting www.cityoforange.org/226/Community-Development. We are also available to answer your planning and building questions. Even during these trying times we are working hard to provide you with excellent customer service.
03/25/2020 Street Sweeping and Trash Collection
Trash and street sweeping services are still occurring on their normal schedule throughout the City of Orange.
If you have questions about your trash collection or street sweeping, please contact our contractor, CR&R, at (714) 372-8272.
Due to the COVID-19 situation, and until further notice, parking restrictions for street sweeping days have been suspended, and no tickets will be issued. We do kindly ask that you move your car on street sweeping days to allow the sweepers to do their jobs.
For more information about the City’s waste and recycling programs, go to www.cityoforange.org/462/Trash-Recycling-and-Organics.
03/21/2020 Closure of Public Park Amenities
Effective today, City of Orange local park amenities, which includes playgrounds, outdoor fitness equipment, and all courts will be closed until further notice. City of Orange parks will remain open.
The Dog Park at Yorba Park is also closed until further notice. Pets on leashes can still be walked through our parks, as long as owners continue to practice social distancing.
The public is encouraged to utilize the open space and walking trails to stay healthy, both physically and mentally. However, please practice social distancing by staying at least six feet away from those who are not part of your household.
03/19/2020 Passport Services Suspended
The City of Orange has just been informed by the U.S. Department of State that they are temporarily suspending passport services, including locally provided passport processing centers such as the Orange City Clerk’s Office. The Department of State will continue to process passports for customers with a need to travel within 72 hours for a qualified life-or-death emergency. U.S. Department of State passport service customers can call (877) 487-2778.
The City will continue to update our Residents and Businesses as information develops via the City’s Social Media pages and our website, www.cityoforange.org.
03/18/2020 City’s COVID-19 Hotline
Do you have questions about the City’s response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19)? You can call the City of Orange Coronavirus Hotline at (714) 744-7550, where you can get answers about what actions the City is taking, and what City services are available on-line.
The Hotline is open Monday-Thursday 7:30 am-5:30 pm, and alternate Fridays 7:30 am-5:30 pm. The hotline is closed this Friday, and every other Friday. After hours, please leave a message.
03/17/2020 City Public Counters Closed
As part of our ongoing response to the evolving Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, and to ensure the health and safety of our constituents and staff, the City of Orange City Hall public counters will close to walk-up business as of Wednesday March 18, 2020.
Members of the public should use this website, www.cityoforange.org, where they will find that many City services are available on-line. In the event an in-person appointment is necessary, contact numbers for each Departments can also be found on the website.
This closure will remain in effect until further notice.
03/17/2020 City’s Declaration of Local Emergency
In response to the growing concern over the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the increasing changes to public health policy meant to curb the spread of the virus, the Orange City Council approved a declaration of local emergency in an emergency closed session on Monday afternoon, March 16.
This declaration is a proactive administrative action that allows the City to access state and federal funding to help contain the spread of the virus. At this time, there have been no reported cases of person-to-person transmission of the Coronavirus in the City of Orange, and the risk to the Orange community remains low.
Out of an abundance of caution, the City of Orange has initiated the following changes to our operations in addition to those taken on March 13:
The Orange Public Library Branches have been closed to the public until March 31. Web based services will still be available at www.cityoforange.org/244/Library.
• Passport processing is now by appointment only. Call the City Clerk’s Office at (714) 744-5500.
• Recreation classes have been canceled for the spring season. Permits for park, athletic field, and community facility use have been canceled through May 10. City parks remain open at this time.
• City sponsored community events and gatherings have been suspended through April 30.
• Orange Police Department and Orange City Fire Department public counters have been closed. Access to the Police Department lobby is available on a case-by-case basis for limited purposes. Law enforcement, Fire suppression, and public safety activities will continue throughout the City as normal.
City Hall public counters remains open for core business purposes. However, Orange residents are encouraged to access many of the City services on-line on the City’s website (www.cityoforange.org), such as building permit information, utility billing, and service requests.
“These are extraordinary times,” said Orange Mayor Mark A. Murphy. “And we have extraordinary employees to address them.”
03/12/2020 Changes to City Operations – State Mandate
In keeping with the State’s policy update, and out of an abundance of caution, the City of Orange will be initiating the following changes to our operations through March 31, 2020:
• Suspending city-sponsored events involving more than 250 people, and, in many cases, those with less than 250 people.
• Suspending programs, classes, and events scheduled at the libraries and city recreational facilities, including private permitted events. The Orange Police Department, the Orange Public Library Branches and city parks will remain open for general use.
• Coordinating with recreational soccer, baseball, softball and other sports leagues on best practices with the potential of postponement.
• Cancelling the Planning Commission meeting of March 16 and the Design Review Committee meeting of March 18.
• The State of the City featuring Mayor Mark A. Murphy, put on the by the Orange Chamber of Commerce, will be rescheduled from March 26 to a new, forthcoming date in coming weeks.
During this period, City Hall will remain open for business. As a reminder, many City services are available on-line such as building permit information, utility billing, class registration, and service requests.
As of this update, there has been no detection of person-to-person transmission of the Coronavirus in the City of Orange, and that the risk to the Orange community remains low.
The City of Orange will continue to work with our local health officials, including the Orange County Health Care Agency, to ensure we are following the State’s guidance and maintaining our focus on public safety..