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Posted on: March 13, 2020

Coronavirus Response Updates

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response Update Page

Also: Have questions about the City’s response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19)?  Call the City Coronavirus Hotline at (714) 744-7550.

For an FAQ sheet, or for updated Federal, State, and OC County information, click on links to the left. 

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Coronavirus Response Update: 4/2/2020 2:40 pm


Please click here to read the Orange County media release on California State Guidelines for wearing face coverings in public:



The County of Orange has launched a new webpage, https://covid19info.ocgov.com, where the public can access all of the currently available COVID-19 data, and links to information on unemployment benefits, business recovery resources, tax relief and more.

For updates via text message, send OCCOVID19 to 888777 from the County Health Agency. You can also call the toll free County hotline for COVID-19 resources. Call (833) 426-6411 to be directed to any of the County Agencies providing public Coronavirus information.

For specific questions related to the effects of the State and County’s Health Directives on the City of Orange, you can call our City hotline at (714) 744-7550, Monday-Thursday 7:30 am-5:30 pm, and alternate Fridays 7:30 am-5:30 pm. The hotline is closed this coming Friday, and every other Friday.



Coronavirus Response Update: 4/2/2020 11:30 am

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.


Coronavirus Response Update: 4/1/2020 6:35 pm

Effective Thursday, April 2, all City of Orange 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.


Your Best Defense

In the fight against the COVID-19 virus, frequent vigorous hand washing is your first line of defense.  Keep your hands clean and sanitary, don’t touch your face, use hand sanitizer, and maintain social distancing.  These actions have proven to protect you, and help to greatly reduce the spread of the virus in our community.

The Orange County Health Care Agency now offers updates on COVID-19 via text messaging. Simply text OCCOVID19 to 888777 to receive updates on the ongoing Coronavirus situation. The County also provides a toll free hotline for Coronavirus (Covid-19) County resources. Call (833) 426-6411 to be directed to any of the County Agencies providing public Coronavirus information.

For specific questions related to the effects of the State and County’s Health Directives on the City of Orange, you can call our City hotline at (714) 744-7550, Monday-Thursday 7:30 am-5:30 pm, and alternate Fridays 7:30 am-5:30 pm. The hotline is closed this coming Friday, and every other Friday.


Coronavirus Response Update: 3/30/2020 1:45 pm

Click here to read this important media release by the Orange County Emergency Operations Center: State of California Health Order Remains in Effect throughout Orange County until further notice.


County of Orange Opens Business Recovery Call Center

 
The Orange County Community Services Department has opened a call center for businesses impacted by the current COVID-19 crisis.  The Economic & Business Recovery Call Center will offer information and resources to help Orange County businesses with information about available loans, utility reduction programs, and community resources mapping.  
 
Businesses can call  (714) 480-6500, Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Bilingual operators will be also available.
 
For more information, visit www.occommunityservices.org.


Statewide Moratorium on Evictions related to COVID-19


On March 27, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom issued Executive Order N-37-20 that bans evictions through May 31, 2020 for certain tenants affected by COVID-19. Landlords are prohibited from evicting tenants before that date for nonpayment of rent if tenants meet the following requirements:

·         The tenant paid rent as required prior to the date of this Order (March 27, 2020)

·         The tenant notifies the landlord in writing within seven days of the rent being due that they must delay some or all of the rent for reasons related to COVID-19, including:

·   The tenant was unavailable to work because of illness due to a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 or to care for a family member with a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19

·   The tenant was laid off, lost hours,  or experienced reduced income due to COVID-19

·   The tenant missed work to care for a child whose school was closed in response to COVID-19

·         The tenant must retain documentation for the delay of rent payment

The Order does not relieve a tenant of liability for unpaid rent. For more information visit www.gov.ca.gov.


Coronavirus Response Update: 3/27/2020 1:45 pm

Please click here to read a media release from the County of Orange that explains the new way the County will be reporting COVID-19 information starting today:


Coronavirus Response Update: 3/27/2020 1:15 pm

The County of Orange now provides a toll free hotline for Coronavirus (Covid-19) County resources.  Call (833) 426-6411 to be directed to any of the County Agencies providing public Coronavirus information. 

 You can also text OCCOVID19 to 888777 to receive updates on the ongoing Coronavirus situation.

 Please click here to read the full release with all of the information.


Coronavirus Response Update: 3/26/2020 6:26 pm

Please click here to read a media release on non-approved COVID-19 tests from the Orange County Emergency Operations Center:

Please click here to read a media release on the COVID-19 situation from the Orange County Emergency Operations Center.

Please click here to read a media release on mental health resiliency from the Orange County Emergency Operations Center.


County COVID-19 PSA

The Orange County Health Care Agency has provided this public service announcement on the COVID-19 situation from Orange County Health Officer Dr. Nichole Quick and David Souleles, Director of Public Health Services.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y3BjQdxAS0U&feature=youtu.be

Still Here to Serve

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.


Coronavirus Response Update: 3/25/2020 1:11 pm

Street Sweeping and Trash Collection Still Occurring

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.


Coronavirus Response Update: 3/23/2020 7:35 pm


The Orange County Health Care Agency now offers updates on COVID-19 via text messaging.  Simply text OCCOVID19 to 888777 to receive updates on the ongoing Coronavirus situation.

As a reminder, the County’s COVID-19 information page is also available to provide you information at www.covid19.ca.gov.


Coronavirus Response Update: 3/23/2020 7:50 am


Orange County COVID-19 Hotline Hours Changed
 
The County has adjusted the hours of operation for their two COVID-19 hotlines to 9 am to 6 pm.  This includes both the Orange County Health Care Agency hotline for medical question regarding the Coronavirus, (800) 564-8448, and the County Emergency Operations Center hotline for answers about the Health Directives and other non-medical questions, at (714) 628-7085.
 
For specific questions related to the effects of the State and County’s Health Directives on the City of Orange, you can call our City hotline at (714) 744-7550, Monday-Thursday 7:30 am-5:30 pm, and alternate Fridays 7:30 am-5:30 pm. The hotline is open this coming Friday, and every other Friday.


The Orange County Water District has provided the following message about water safety:


The Orange County Water District wants to assure the public that the presence of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has not been detected in drinking-water supplies and has no impact on the quality or supply of tap water. 

California has some of the highest required levels of treatment for drinking water in the country. And per drinking water regulations established by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, your tap water is treated specifically to remove or kill pathogens, including viruses.

Locally, the District manages the Orange County Groundwater Basin which supplies up to 77% of drinking water to north and central Orange County. It tests water from approximately 1,500 locations throughout the basin, analyzes more than 20,000 samples each year and reports more than 400,000 results to ensure your water meets rigorous water quality standards.

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused the public to purchase mass quantities of bottled water. While it is always advisable to stock bottles of water at home in case of an emergency impacting the water supply, COVID-19 will not disrupt water service to the 2.6 million people in the District’s service area, or for the millions of people who rely on public water systems across the country.

Additional information regarding the continued quality and reliability of tap water may be found at the Orange County Water District’s newly created COVID-19 webpage, www.ocwd.com/learning-center/covid-19/.



We’re All in this Together


Our local non-profits are always there when we need them, and now, they need us.  Here in Orange, we have a strong drive towards volunteerism, and we know that our community want to help.  If you’re looking for ways to make a difference, the County of Orange has activated its virtual "Emergency Volunteer Center," which is managed by OneOC.

If you are looking to volunteer, visit volunteers.oneoc.org.  Social distancing of 6 feet-or-more, and personal protective measures to prevent close contact, will be observed at volunteering opportunities.

If you are a non-profit looking for volunteers, please email OneOC at disaster@oneoc.org, and place in subject line: COVID Non-Profit Request.

Donations are also always appreciated. Click here for a flyer with active links to Orange County non-profits accepting donations, or click here for a link to the same flyer on Twitter.


Street Sweeping Not Canceled 3/22/2020 12:40 pm



Weather permitting, street sweeping is still scheduled to occur on its normal schedule. In the event of cancelation due to weather, we will put out a notification on our social media feeds when that specific cancellation occurs.

The Orange Police Department has temporarily suspended ticketing for cars parked on the street on sweeping days.  We still ask that you please move your cars you are able to, so that the sweepers can do their jobs.  Thank you for your consideration.


Coronavirus Response Update: 3/21/2020 4:40 pm


Governor Gavin Newsom has issued a statewide mandatory stay-at-home order. It is everyone’s responsibility to comply with the directive. We encourage everyone to do their part to stay healthy and keep your social distance. Click here for FAQs.

If you have concerns or questions about compliance with this order, please contact OC Public Health at (714) 628-7085, go to www.COVID19.ca.gov, or the OC Health Care Agency at www.ochealthinfo.com.

Please stay home, unless you must leave for essential functions as specified in the order.  Always practice social distancing when you go out.


Coronavirus Response Update: 3/21/2020 1:00 pm

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.



Coronavirus Response Update: 3/20/2020 4:42 am

 New California State Health Directive Issued

On Wednesday evening, March 19, California Governor Gavin Newsom issued an order for all Californians to "stay home" as a means to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus (also known as COVID-19.) The order was effective immediately.  Click here to read the order.

In addition to directing everyone to stay at home, the order also named 16 specific critical infrastructure sectors where people should continue to work, because of the importance these sectors have to the health and well-being of California. These sectors include government and public safety, food manufacturing and distribution, medical services, grocery stores, convenience stores, take-out and delivery restaurants, utilities, gas stations, banks, laundry services, and pharmacies.

 The order will remain in place until further notice.

The safety of Orange residents and businesses is our highest priority. Please be assured that the City continues to function, with Police, Fire, Water, and Public Works services operating as normal. Parks are open for necessary use, please practice social distancing. Playgrounds and exercise equipment are closed. Other services such as planning and building, finance, and library are available remotely or via our website at www.cityoforange.org.

The City continues to monitor the state-wide situation, and is in constant communication with county, state and federal authorities. Please check this site for future updates.


Federal Tax Payment Date Changed for 2020

The U.S. Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) today issued guidance allowing all individual and other non-corporate tax filers to defer up to $1 million of federal income tax (including self-employment tax) payments due on April 15, 2020, until July 15, 2020, without penalties or interest.  This guidance does not change the April 15 filing deadline.

For more information visit https://home.treasury.gov/news/press-releases/sm948


OC Bus Schedules Modified

The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) has informed the City of Orange that all OC Bus routes will temporarily shift to the Sunday service schedule, seven days a week, beginning Monday, March 23.  The Sunday schedule is about 40 percent of the typical amount of weekday bus service.  You can find the schedule, by route, on the OCTA website, www.OCBus.com.

The OC ACCESS paratransit system, which serves riders with physical or cognitive limitations, will continue to operate at full service levels.

For more information visit OCTA.net, or call (714) 636-7433.


Coronavirus Response Update: 3/19/2020 12:45 pm

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.


Coronavirus Response Update: 3/18/2020 6:20 pm

The County of Orange has released an amended Public Health Order.  Click here to read it in its entirety.



Coronavirus Response Update 3/18/2020 4:30 pm

City of Orange Coronavirus 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.

If you have larger questions, beyond what the City of Orange is doing, here are the County, State, and Federal Agencies with additional information:

Orange County Health Agency, www.ochealthinfo.com/novelcoronavirus, (714) 628-7085

State of California, www.cdph.ca.gov/covid19    

Centers for Disease Control (CDC):  www.coronavirus.gov, (800) 232-4636




Coronavirus Response Update:  3/18/2020


The County of Orange has released a clarification of the Public Health Order released by OC Health yesterday

Please read it in its entirety by clicking here.



Coronavirus Response Update 3/17/2020 3:00 pm


PLEASE CLICK THIS LINK TO READ A HEALTH ORDER FROM THE ORANGE COUNTY HEALTH AGENCY (OC HEALTH.) THIS ORDER IS EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY – PLEASE READ IN ITS ENTIRETY

This Order prohibits gatherings of any size in the county; eliminates dining in at restaurants, and strongly encouraged those 65 and over and those with underlying health conditions to stay home.

FOR ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS DIRECTIVE, CALL THE COUNTY OF ORANGE PUBLIC INFORMATION HOTLINE AT (714) 628-7085. 

Food Facility owners with questions should call Orange County Health/Environmental Health at (714) 433-6000.


Coronavirus Response Update 3/17/2020  11:00 am


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.




Orange City Council Ratifies Declaration of Local Emergency: 3/17/2020

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.”

President Trump has released advisory guidelines for slowing the spread of the Coronavirus, which you can view by clicking here

Governor Newsom has released his own advisory guidelines for the State of California, which you can view by clicking here.  In summary, the key recommendations include:

•    If you feel sick, stay at home.  Do not go to work. Contact your medical provider.

•    If your children are sick, keep them home.  Do not send them to school. Contact your medical provider.

•    If you are an older person, or a person with a serious underlying health condition that can put you at risk, stay home and away from other people.

•    Avoid social gatherings in groups of 10 or more people and avoid discretionary travel.

•    Wash your hands frequently.

Each business located in the City of Orange is responsible for deciding how best to comply with these guidelines.

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.

The public should follow our official Facebook page, www.facebook.com/cityoforange, or continue to check back here for more information as it develops. In addition, the OC Health Care Agency at www.ochealthinfo.com and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at  www.cdc.gov provide up-to-date information on prevention measures and changes in state and federal guidelines.    



PREVIOUS UPDATE: 3/12/2020

On Wednesday, March 11, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced that California Public Health Officials issued an updated policy on gatherings intended to “protect public health and slow the spread of COVID-19.”   These guidelines call for postponing, canceling, or modifying non-essential gatherings of 250 or more people through March 31.  Gatherings of less than 250 people are allowed if the organizers “can implement social distancing of 6 feet per person.”  

It is the determination of the state’s public health experts that these measures are necessary to help stem the spread of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) across the state.  The guidelines do not cover schools, transit facilities, and other operations considered essential.

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.  

As this situation develops, we anticipate further statewide policy updates will be announced. Please continue to check our website at www.cityoforange.org, or ”follow” our social media channels (Facebook: www.facebook.com/cityoforange, Twitter: @CityofOrangeCA) where we will continue to make updates on the situation here in Orange, as information becomes available.

For the full text of the Governor’s announcement, click here.

For the Orange County Health Care Agency’s Coronavirus information page, click here.


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