Covid-19 News

Covid-19 News

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October 6, 2020

As announced on August 28, 2020, the Blueprint for a Safer Economy includes a health equity metric which will be used (along with other metrics) to determine a county's tier. The purpose of this metric is to ensure California reopens its economy safely by reducing disease transmission in all communities. This document outlines the equity metric and requirements which is effective October 6, 2020.

  Health Equity Metric

September 22, 2020

Death toll in U.S. tops 200,000.  The U.S. has less than 5% of the world's population, but 20% of the recorded deaths.

  AP News Article

September 8, 2020

Orange County moves from the highest risk level of Purple Tier, Widespread, to Red Tier, Substantial.  Blueprint updated.

   What's Open, Counties and Status     Updated Blueprint

August 28, 2020

Governor Newsom unveils new blueprint for re-opening and signs executive order to help increase testing capacity.

  New Blueprint    Executive Order

July 16 & 17, 2020

Governor Newsom announces funds for local governments to purchase housing for homeless and orders that counties on the Watch-List may not open school for in-person instruction (OC included).

   Housing for Homeless Californians    Gov. Newsom's Pandemic Plan for Schools     

July 13, 2020

All dine-in restaurant to close statewide.  More roll-backs ordered for counties on the Watch-List for 3+ consecutive days (OC included) - All indoor Fitness Centers, Worship Services, Protests, Hair Salons and Barber Shops to close immediately.

  Details of Statewide and County Closures 

July 1, 2020

Orange County one of 19 counties on California Watch-List.  Partial roll-back required.

    Details from CDPH 

June 18 & 19, 2020

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued Guidance for Face Coverings, June 18, 2020.  It mandates that face coverings be worn state-wide under stated circumstances and exceptions outlined.  On June 19, 2020, Orange County Health Office follows suit.

  CDPH Guidance for Face Coverings (pdf)           OC Health Officer's Order (pdf)  

June 11, 2020

Orange County Health Office Nicole Quick resigns under pressure, June 9, 2020.  On June 11, 2020, mask order is rescinded by acting OC Health Officer, Dr. Clayton Chau.

  Voice of OC News Article

May 23, 2020

County of Orange moves to Stage 2 and County Health Officer issues New Order.  Item 4 of Health Officer's Order requires that all OC residents and visitors wear a face mask in public.

  County Press Release       County Health Officer's New Order  

May 18, 2020

Resilience Roadmap - "Higher risk individuals (over 65 or with serious medical conditions) should continue to stay home until Stage 4."

  Governor Newsome's 4-Stage Roadmap 

April 28, 2020

Colorado and Nevada join California, Oregon and Washington in Western State's Pact and California's Pandemic Roadmap.

 Gov. Newsom News Release      California's Pandemic Roadmap (pdf)

April 23, 2020 and April 17, 2020

These are special edition eNewsletter from the SoCal Council on Aging connecting you to information and resources during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

April 9, 2020

Face Covering Guidance   
California Department of Public Heath Guidance 
OC Health Officer's Recommendation for Essential Businesses (pdf)  

March 27, 2020

Orange County Covid-19 Hotline - 1(833)426-6411    
OC Emergency Operations Press Release (pdf)

March 23, 2020

County of Orange Health Officer's Orders and FAQ.    
County of Orange Public Health 

March 19, 2020

Gov. Newsom Issues Stay at Home Order - all individuals are ordered to stay at home.   
Gov. Newsom's Order

March 13, 2020

To stay informed, continue to monitor the CDPH COVID-19 update page.     
California Department of Public Health   


Governor Newsom's Covid-19 Message

SACRAMENTO, Mar 11, 2020 – 

Governor Gavin Newsom announced that California public health officials this evening issued an updated policy on gatherings to protect public health and slow the spread of COVID-19.    
Read Gov. Newsom's Message  


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