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Posted on: February 27, 2020

Tracking coronavirus: Anaheim ready


ANAHEIM, Calif. (Feb. 27, 2020) — While there are no coronavirus cases reported in our city, Anaheim continues to monitor the outbreak, consult with partner agencies and ready plans should we see cases here.

Precaution and preparation are always good, even though there are no known cases in Orange County today and the risk of transmission remains low, according to health officials.

Wednesday’s declaration of a local health emergency by the county of Orange, home to Anaheim, is a preparative move that would allow county officials to seek state and federal aid, should it be needed.

It does not reflect the current state of the coronavirus in our county, where, again, there are no active cases.

As of late February, there has been only one known case of coronavirus in Orange County, in the city of Irvine. That patient has recovered.

As an international visitor city, we continue to monitor cases around the world and here in the U.S., as we always do when public health issues arise.

Los Angeles International Airport, the main international airport serving Anaheim and Orange County, is one of 11 airports across the country screening passengers arriving from outbreak areas.

If you have not been to China, South Korea, Japan, Italy or Iran recently, the risk of infection remains low.

Beyond general precautions, there are no specific concerns for daily activities in Anaheim, including going to school, work or visiting theme parks, sporting events or the Anaheim Convention Center.

As a city, we routinely prepare for fires, earthquakes and other incidents. As a precaution, we are planning how to handle coronavirus cases here, should we see them.

The primary responsibility for handling infectious outbreaks is with the Orange County Health Care Agency, which we are in regular contact with.

Anaheim Emergency Management & Preparedness, a division of Anaheim Fire & Rescue, is leading on city planning and response should we encounter cases here, all in support of any leading actions taken by the Health Care Agency.

Helping to prevent the spread of any catchy virus, whether it’s the flu, coronavirus or the common cold, takes everyone.

The basic precautions to prevent the spread of coronavirus are similar to avoiding the flu or a cold.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • If soap and water aren’t available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol
  • Wash or sanitize your hands before eating, after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home if you’re sick

If you are traveling to Anaheim or a resident traveling elsewhere, you should also follow some basic precautionary guidelines.

  • Wash and sanitize your hands often
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Cover yourself when sneezing or coughing
  • If you have any health concerns check with your doctor before traveling
  • Don’t travel with a fever or respiratory sickness

You can find more information from the OC Health Care Agency here.

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