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COVID-19 Case Counts and Testing Figures

Data is posted each day by the OC Health Care Agency on the case counts and testing figures in the County. Please keep in mind that these numbers are always preliminary and subject to change. More information may become available as individual case investigations are completed. Click here for the latest case counts and testing figures.


Notification to Businesses Regarding Expanded Stage 2 Openings

(5/21/2020) Notification to Businesses

 

COVID-19 Testing 101

(05/20/2020) Testing.pdf

There are two kinds of COVID-19 testing you may be hearing about - a diagnostic test (PCR) and an antibody test (serology). Download the attached PDF to access basic information about each one. 


Governor Newsom announced today that the following businesses can open, subject to state guidelines (and any local restrictions): 

(05/12/2020) 

  1. Offices, where telecommuting is not possible
  2. Outdoor malls, strip malls, outlet malls, etc., for delivery and pick up only
  3. Car washes, pet grooming, and pet walking services (these can be found under “limited services” on the State website)
  4. Outdoor museums and botanical gardens

The modifications for each industry sector can be found here: https://covid19.ca.gov/industry-guidance/  In addition, guidelines for restaurant in-room dining have also been posted (but restaurants are not yet allowed to open for in-room dining).


Chairwoman Michelle Steel and Supervisor Don Wagner Release Business Guidelines for Orange County

(04/29/2020) OC Business Guidelines

The Orange County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution today outlining basic guidelines for businesses in preparation of "Stage 2" of the Governor's approach to lifting the stay at home order for California. OC is still operating under the State's orders and is not yet reopening nonessential businesses. 


Update on California's Pandemic Roadmap

(04/29/2020) California's Pandemic Roadmap

Governor Newsom announced details on how California plans to modify the Stay-At-Home order and open the economy. These modifications are based on science, health, and data and will happen in 4 stages. The Governor indicated that the transition from Stage 1 to Stage 2 will be a matter or weeks, not months; however, the transition to Stages 3 and 4 would be months, not weeks.

Stage 1 – Safety and Preparedness

  • This is where the State is now
  • Continue to build out testing, contact tracing, PPE, and hospital surge capacity
  • Making essential workforce environments as safe as possible
  • Prepare sector-by-sector safety guidelines for expanded workforce

Stage 2 – Lower Risk Workplaces

  • Gradually opening some lower risk workplaces with adaptations - Retail, Manufacturing, Offices (when telework not possible), More public spaces

Stage 3 – Higher Risk Workplaces

  • Opening higher risk environments with adaptations and limits on size of gatherings - Personal care (hair and nail salons, gyms, etc), Entertainment venues (movie theaters, sports venues without live audiences), In-person religious services (churches, weddings)

Stage 4 – End of Stay at Home Order

  • Re-open highest risk environments and venues once therapeutics have been developed - concerts, convention centers, live audience sports


Governor Newsom Announces Additional Relief for Californians Impacted by COVID-19

(04/24/2020) Additional Relief for Californians Impacted by COVID-19

Governor Newsom announced that most private student loan servicers have agreed to provide payment and other relief to borrowers, including more than 1.1 million Californians with privately held student loans. He also signed an executive order to stop debt collectors from garnishing COVID-19 related financial assistance. Please visit the attached link for more details about this order. 

 


Governor Newsom Announces Plan to Resume Delayed Health Care that was Deferred as Hospitals Prepared for COVID-19 Surge

(04/22/2020) Plan to Resume Deferred Health Care

Today, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced plans to allow hospitals and health systems to resume delayed medical care for Californians – such as heart valve replacements, angioplasty and tumor removals, and key preventive care services, such as colonoscopies – which were deferred as the state’s health care delivery systems prepared for a surge of COVID-19 patients.


Governor Gavin Newsom Launches #CaliforniansForAll Service Initiative

With COVID-19 creating a critical need for community support and volunteers across the state, Governor Gavin Newsom today announced California Volunteers’ #CaliforniansForAll service initiative to connect Californians with safe volunteer opportunities and encourage those unable to physically volunteer to think creatively about ways to make a difference in their communities.The OC Health Care Agency (HCA) is pleased to announce the launch of the OC COVID-19 Testing Network, which offers COVID-19 testing starting Tuesday, April 21, 2020, to Orange County residents who meet certain criteria. The Network coordinates and expands testing across Orange County to create a safety net for any community member who is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms but is unable to receive testing through a health care provider.

 


OC Health Care Agency Announces Launch of the OC COVID-19 Testing Network

(04/22/2020) OC COVID-19 Testing Network

The OC Health Care Agency (HCA) is pleased to announce the launch of the OC COVID-19 Testing Network, which offers COVID-19 testing starting Tuesday, April 21, 2020, to Orange County residents who meet certain criteria. The Network coordinates and expands testing across Orange County to create a safety net for any community member who is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms but is unable to receive testing through a health care provider.


COVID-19 Public Information Hotline to Close April 18th

(04/20/2020) EOC Press Release #50 - Public Info Hotline Closing.pdf

Effective April 18th, the OC COVID-19 Public Information Hotline will refer callers to the OC Health Care Agency Health Referral Line. Residents can continue to call (833)426-6411 for inquiries related to novel coronavirus in Orange County, CA.


Taxpayers Directly Affected by COVID-19 Will Have Penalties Cancelled

(04/15/2020) EOC Press Release #48 - COVID-19 Penalty Cancellation FINAL.pdf

The OC Treasurer is now accepting penalty cancellation requests for taxpayers who have been directly impacted by COVID-19. If you have been directly impacted by COVID-19 and did not pay your property taxes by April 10th, you should complete the COVID-19 Penalty Cancellation Request Form and pay the base tax amount (without penalties and costs) so that it is received between April 11 and June 30, 2020. 


County Health Officer Reminds Residents to Call 911 in an Emergency

(04/13/2020) EOC Press Release 47 - Call 911 in an Emergency.pdf

County Health Officer Dr. Nicole Quick reminds OC residents that individuals experiencing symptoms of a medical emergency need to seek immediate health care or call 911. Seek medical attention or go to an emergency room if you or a household member experiences any of the following:

  • Wheezing, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Chest pain
  • Displaced or open wound fractures
  • Sudden numbness or weakness
  • Bleeding that cannot be stopped
  • Abdominal pain - especially intense localized pain
  • Fever with convulsions or any fever in children under 3 months


COVID-19 Hotline Hours to Change

(04/09/2020) EOC Press Release #44 - Hotline hours to change April 11.pdf

Effective Saturday, April 11, the OC COVID-19 Public Information Hotline and Health Referral Line will take calls from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at (833)426-6411.


OC Health Officer Issues Face Covering Recommendation for Essential Businesses

 (04/09/2020) EOC Press Release #43 - Face Covering Order.pdf 

In line with guidance issued by the CA Department of Public Health, OC Health Officer Dr. Nicole Quick issued a recommendation strongly encouraging all employees at essential businesses to wear a face-covering while at work and all residents engaged in essential activities outside the home to do the same. 

Residents should refrain from purchasing critical personal protective equipment that is critical and in short supply for healthcare workers, such as N95 and surgical masks, and instead, use homemade face coverings to cover the nose and mouth. 


What Tenants Should Know About Eviction Protection

 (04/08/2020) Eviction Protection Summary.pdf

Protections for residential tenants who are unable to pay rent due to the economic impact of the national state of emergency arise from three separate, very different sources. They are detailed in the attached document in order of least to most significant. Keep in mind that presently, no form of protection waives a tenant’s obligation to eventually pay all rent that comes due during the emergency.


 Temporary Free Access to Wi-Fi for Qualifying Groups

(04/08/2020) CHARTER EXPANDS BROADBAND FOR STUDENTS FINAL.PDF

Charter Communications is offering free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll call (844)488-8395.  


Important Information on Property Taxes

The April 10th, 2020 deadline will NOT be extended as the Orange County Treasurer does not have the authority under State law to extend or postpone the second installment property tax deadline. 

PROPERTY TAX AMOUNTS

Property tax amounts will not be reduced as they are established on the lien date of January 1st each year. Should you have questions related to assessed valuations, please contact the Office of the Assessor at (714)834-2727 or visit their website here

PAYMENT OPTIONS

The County Service Center (CSC) is currently closed to the public and in-person payments at the CSC are no longer accepted. Instead, the CSC encourages taxpayers to "Stay Home and Pay Online" by using the popular eCheck payment method accessible by clicking here. This is a secure way to submit payment with no additional cost and the taxpayer receives same day credit and a receipt. Payment can be made up until midnight on April 10th. 

REQUESTING PENALTY CANCELLATION

If you are unable to make a timely payment by April 10, 2020 due to illness from COVID-19 or changed financial circumstances, please submit the Penalty Cancellation Request Form along with a check for the base tax payment and documents supporting the reason. The law does not allow for cancellations based on financial circumstances alone and all requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Penalty Cancellation Request Examples can be accessed here


One-Stop Website for Donations & Sales of Essential Medical Supplies

(04/06/2020) 

On April 4th, Governor Newsom announced the launch of a new website to get critical medical supplies to the front lines of California's fight against COVID-19. The website will allow individuals and companies to donate, sell or offer to manufacture 13 of the most essential medical supplies, including ventilators, N95 respirators and testing materials. 


Create a Family Plan During COVID-19

(04/06/2020) Press Release #038

The County of Orange encourages residents to create a family preparedness plan in the event they are impacted by COVID-19. Family preparedness is the mainstay of planning for emergencies such as earthquakes and fires, and they are equally important during a health pandemic.  


COVID-19 Hotline Hours to Change April 4th

(04/06/2020) Press Release #037

Effective April 4th, the OC COVID-19 Public Information Hotline and Health Referral Line (833)426-6411 will take calls from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays. 


County of Orange to Follow California State Guidelines for Wearing Face Coverings in Public

(04/02/2020) Press Release #036

Recent guidance posted by the California Department of Public Health states Californians who must leave their homes to conduct essential activities should wear face coverings, if they feel comfortable doing so, and practice strict hand washing before and after touching and adjusting the covering.

Utilizing face coverings can help reduce infectious particles from those who could be infected, but are asymptomatic. It is not recommended for residents to use N-95 or surgical masks, which should be reserved for healthcare workers and first responders.


 Orange County Community Services Implements Economic & Business Recovery Call Center

(03/30/2020) Press Release #035

Effective March 30, OC Community Services has implemented a call center to meet the needs of businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Businesses can call the Economic & Business Recovery Call Center for information and resources to support businesses with challenges such as lay-offs, loans, utility reduction programs, and community resource mapping at (714)480-6500 Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 


County Releases City Data of Reported COVID-19 Cases

(03/27/2020) Press Release #032

The County of Orange is posting reported novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases by city on a daily basis on the OC Health Care website http://www.ochealthinfo.com/novelcoronavirus. The total case counts and city counts will be updated every afternoon.


Mental Resilience During a Public Health Emergency

(3/27/2020) Press Release #027

As the spread and far-reaching impacts of COVID-19 dominate the world news, many witness and experience the parallel spread of worry, anxiety, and uncertainty. Download Press Release #027 for more details about what you can do to build mental resilience. 


 Closure of OC Parks

(3/25/2020) Press Release #024

To minimize the impacts of COVID-19 on park patrons, OC Parks is implementing closures expected to reinforce social distancing and reduce large public gatherings in line with recommendations from federal, state and local health care agencies. Download Press Release #024 for more information.


Healthcare Protective Equipment Donation Procedure

(3/25/2020) Press Release #022

Starting March 25, the Orange County Health Care Agency (HCA) will begin accepting donations of protective equipment and supplies for use by healthcare providers throughout the county. At this time, HCA will only accept new and unopened donations from corporations and businesses. Download Press Release #022 for more information.


COVID-19 Text Message Alerts

(3/25/2020) Press Release #021

Effective immediately, residents can now sign up to receive text message updates related to COVID-19 in Orange County. To opt-in for this service, text OCCOVID19 to 888777. Download Press Release #021 for more information.


COVID-19 Testing Availability

(3/23/2020) Press Release #018

Testing for COVID-19 is now available in a number of public health, commercial and hospital laboratories in California based on medical need to reduce strain on the health care system, however broad scale testing is not available. Download Press Release #018 for more information. 


Information Regarding State Public Health Order

(3/20/2020) Press Release #014

To reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19, Governor Gavin Newsom and the State Public Health Officer issued an order telling all California residents to stay home unless they work in one of the 16 federal critical infrastructure sectors. Orange County residents can still go to the grocery store to buy food, the pharmacy to pick up their medications, get gas and continue banking. Download Press Release #014 for more information. 


County of Orange Facilities Access Update

(3/20/2020) Press Release #012

In response to the County Health Officer's Order related to COVID-19, several County of Orange departments have made changes to the services offered. The Orange County Operational Area Emergency Operations Center has issued a Press Release with detailed information about which agencies have changed their services. 


Governor Newsom Announces Statewide Stay at Home Order

(3/20/2020) 

Governor Gavin Newsom has ordered all individuals living in the State of California to stay home or at their place of residence except as needed to protect the health and well-being of all Californians and to establish consistency across the state in order to slow the spread of COVID-19.  This order became effective on Thursday, March 19, 2020 and is in place until further notice. Read the full Executive Order here. 


 Orange County Health Care Agency - Amended Health Order

(03/18/2020) 

The County Health Officer issued an amended Health Order regarding COVID-19. It is important that Villa Park residents and businesses read this order in its entirely. Click here for FAQs related to this amended Health Order.


Orange County Health Care Agency - Health Order Effective Immediately

(03/17/2020) 

A health order was signed by the Orange County Health Care Agency prohibiting gatherings of any size in the County of Orange, eliminating dining in restaurants, and strongly encouraging those 65 and older and those with underlying health conditions to stay home. This action conforms with guidance from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and statements from the Governor and is effective immediately through 11:59 PM, March 31, 2020, with the ability for the County to extend as needed.


City Declares Local Emergency

(03/17/2020) 

Following President Trump and Governor Newsom, the City of Villa Park has declared a local state of emergency to enhance capabilities to respond to COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) concerns. This emergency proclamation (PDF) allows the City to promptly take the actions necessary to protect public health, safety, and welfare within the City, coordinate with other government agencies, and seek federal, state, and county assistance, as needed. 

The City Council conducted an emergency meeting on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at 3:30 PM to ratify the Emergency Proclamation mentioned above; however, seating will be limited to practice social distancing. Residents are encouraged to participate at home by viewing the meeting on Spectrum Cable Channel 3, AT&T U-Verse Channel 99, or by live streaming on the City’s website. 

Community members that attend public meetings are encouraged to practice proper personal hygiene such as frequent hand washing, use of hand sanitizer, covering a cough or sneeze with a tissue, and practice social distancing. Those considered most vulnerable to COVID-19 are encouraged to view the meeting at home.