CORONAVIRUS UPDATES

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

There is an outbreak of respiratory illness that was first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China in 2019 caused by COVID-19.

 

COUNTY OF ORANGE COVID-19 RESOURCES

Orange County residents are encouraged to monitor the Health Care Agency’s website and follow them on social media for the most up-to-date information.

 

Have questions or looking for resources? Call the Orange County COVID-19 hotline. If your question is medical in nature, the new number will route you to the health referral line.

Residents can text OCCOVID19 to 888777 to receive updates and resources related to COVID19 in Orange County

 

GENERAL GUIDANCE

Governor Newsome announced that anyone age 65 and older or with a chronic health condition should self-isolate and stay home.     

Non-essential gatherings should be postponed or canceled across the state until at least the end of March. 

Gatherings of individuals who are at higher risk should be limited to no more than 10 people, while also following social distancing guidelines of at least 6 feet.

Call ahead: If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, stay home while you are ill. If you need to seek medical care, call your health care provider first so that appropriate precautions can be taken.

Senior Centers and school districts throughout Orange County have closed as a precautionary measure to help protect the vulnerable populations.

Resources for meal services for seniors and children are listed below.

 

COUNTY OF ORANGE EMERGENCY CORONAVIRUS ACTION PLAN

On February 26, 2020, the Orange County Board of Supervisors declared a local emergency and County Health Officer Dr. Nichole Quick declared a local health emergency as part of broader preparedness efforts related to novel coronavirus, or COVID-19.

These actions will help ensure that the County of Orange's ability to respond to a potential outbreak, should one occur, will remain flexible and can evolve as this rapidly changing situation does.

On March 17, 2020 County Health Officer Dr. Nichole Quick declared a

The Health Care Agency is working with federal, state, and local partners including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), and health care providers on preparedness efforts and to guide appropriate care for people who may be at risk for illness associated with COVID-19 or who have tested positive.

To ensure a complete and thorough response to COVID-19 by the County of Orange, the Board of Supervisors will hold weekly Tuesday meetings beginning on March 17, 2020, which can be viewed via livestream or via a recorded video here.

During these meetings, the following items will be discussed:

  • Overall status of COVID-19 in Orange County
  • Testing and Coordination with private testing labs
  • Treatment
  • Hospital Support, Communication, Readiness, and Response
  • First Responder Communication Support, Readiness & Response
  • Public Safety Net & Food Security Support
  • Homeless Response
  • Vulnerable Population Response
  • Economic Support
  • State and Federal Coordination Assistance
  • Workforce Update and precautions for all employees engaged in providing in-person services
  • Contingency Plans in the event of a state-wide/county-wise lockdown
  • Mental Health support related to COVID-19

 

 

COUNTY OF ORANGE PUBLIC SERVICE IMPACTS

Please click on the link below for the most up-to-date list of County of Orange Public Services that have been suspended due to COVID-19.

www.ocgov.com/about/countyservicesimpacts

 

CONTINUING ESSENTIAL SERVICES FOR SENIORS (FAQ)

  1. How can I continue to get food when my senior center is closed?

Congregate meals which take place at senior centers throughout Orange County will be converted to take-home meals.  Seniors age 60 and older can pick-up take-home meals from their local senior center.  Please check with the following organizations for the most up to date information on locations:

 

  1. What will happen to my home delivered meals (HDM)?

HDM will continue without interruption.  HDM drivers have been trained to maintain a safe distance but will use proper sanitizing practices if frail seniors need assistance with bringing meals inside the home. 

 

  1. Since I am supposed to stay at home, can I have food delivered to me?

If seniors are current clients of the congregate lunch programs at the senior centers and need their food delivered to them instead, they can request this through the organizations listed below:

 Second Harvest Food Bank will be hosting drive-thru food distribution at the Honda Center parking lot on Saturdays from 9:00 am to noon.

Second Harvest Food Bank organizará la distribución de alimentos en el estacionamiento del Honda Center los sábados de 9:00 a.m. a mediodía.

 

 

CONTINUING ESSENTIAL SERVICES FOR CHILDREN (FAQ)

Many school districts in the Fourth District are offering meals to students and any child 18 years and under due to school closures.

Please see list of Fourth District school districts offering meal services to children below and click on the links to be redirected to the school districts’ webpage for meal service-related information.


In addition, a comprehensive list of Orange County school districts offering meal services for children can be found on the Orange County Department of Education’s website here.