The city of Anaheim is responding to the coronavirus outbreak. We have declared a local emergency to gain access to resources, while every department is taking part in our response to the outbreak.
If you can’t find the information you’re looking for below, call us at (714) 765-4311.
Where We’re At: April 2
Actualización en español aquí.
We’re hearing a lot about masks.
In Anaheim, we are following guidance from the California Department of Public Health and the Orange County Health Care Agency.
That means wearing masks is an option for you based on your own determination and understanding of how masks help and how they don’t.
Depending on the type, masks and face coverings provide varying degrees of benefit.
But the recommended first lines of defense remain unchanged:
- Stay home as much as possible
- Keep six feet from others outside your immediate household
- Wash and sanitize hands often
- Don’t touch eyes, noses, mouths and other parts of your face.
- Avoid being around anyone who is sick.
The main benefit of most masks and covers is in preventing you from spreading germs to someone else.
In that sense, wearing them is good for our community if you think you might be an asymptomatic carrier.
(If you’re sick, you shouldn’t be out at all, mask or not, unless for essential medical treatment.)
Most masks, including surgical masks and household masks for working with dust and chemicals, are limited in their ability to protect against coronavirus.
The virus is spread by tiny droplets that can get around or through some masks and face coverings.
N95 masks, the highest grade, offer the best level of protection against airborne particles.
But we must all reserve those masks for healthcare providers, first responders and others on the frontlines of coronavirus.
So if you want to wear a mask, feel free to. You will be helping your community. Just know how it might help and how it might not help.
And, as with other critical supplies, do not hoard masks.
You may also find they’re in short supply, along with gloves and hand sanitizer.
That’s where a homemade face covering might come in. Just remember the benefits and limitations of those.
Anaheim: 60 Cases
As of April 2, Anaheim has 60 of the county’s 656 cases, up by four in our city on April 1, according to the Orange County Health Care Agency.
Anaheim’s count is 9 percent of Orange County’s cases, in line with our city’s share of the county’s population and consistent with city case reporting since it began on March 27.
The additional Anaheim cases follow an increase in cases countywide, which went from 606 on April 1 to 656 on April 2, an 8 percent increase.
The April 2 increase is smaller than the 104 increase in countywide cases that we saw on April 1.
Expect to see swings in daily cases, with big jumps some days and more moderate increases on others.
Cases countywide and in cities are increasing as more testing is being done.
The additional cases don’t necessarily represent new spread of the virus in our community but rather detection of existing cases with more testing.
Among cities, Irvine has the most cases at 65, followed by Anaheim and Newport Beach at 60 each, Huntington Beach at 44 and Santa Ana at 40.
Anaheim’s cases are not surprising or alarming as we have the highest population among cities in Orange County.
The number of cases in Anaheim is less than one-tenth of 1 percent of our city’s 360,000 people.
More context and facts:
- These are cases that already existed in our community.
- To protect privacy, we don’t know where these cases are in our city. But that doesn’t matter.
- As confirmed cases, patients are being treated and isolated. That is a good thing. It will help stop spread in Anaheim.
- A case in Anaheim does not reflect where someone was infected.
- Someone could have been infected traveling, at work or out somewhere else.
- And, of course, some patients could be from person-to-person spread.
- They also could be from what’s known as community spread — cases with no connection to travel, personal contact or other clear cause.
So what does this mean for you?
This is just additional information to better understand coronavirus.
Given our already high state of awareness, knowing of cases here doesn’t bring any greater concern than before.
It does not require any additional action or response by you or us as a city.
Anaheim Fire & Rescue is ready, trained and equipped to handle coronavirus.
Our first responders are supported by our emergency operations center with every part of our city playing a role.
We need you to keep doing what you’re doing.
- Stay at home as much as possible.
- When you have to go out, stay six feet away form others.
- Take precautions and keep following public health best practices.
- Keep following us here and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
We are in this together and will get through this together.
Orange County Cases
As of April 2, the Orange County Health Care Agency, the lead agency for coronavirus in our region, is tracking 656 cases, up from 606 a day earlier.
There are three new deaths as of April 2.
Sadly, Orange County has seen 13 deaths — the first of which was reported March 24 — from complications of COVID-19, the condition caused by coronavirus.
OC Health and private labs have conducted 7,791 tests as of April 1. The 656 cases represent an 8 percent positive rate, unchanged from April 1 and consistent with the positive percentage rate in the several days prior.
That means 92 percent of tests are coming back negative.
We and others continue to watch the positive/negative rate on testing.
A rate below 10 percent is a positive indicator of managing coronavirus in our community, what you’ll hear described as flattening the curve.
Of the county’s 656 cases, 115 patients are hospitalized, or about 18 percent. Forty-seven of those are in intensive-care units.
Shelter Staff Cases, Residents Test Negative
The two staff members are self-isolating and recovering at home. We can report they are in good spirits and generally good condition.
You can read more here.
We are getting questions about how long California’s stay at home order lasts.
The questions are understandable.
California’s initial March 11 public gatherings policy had an end date of March 31.
But that has since been replaced by the state’s March 19 stay-at-home order.
The stay-at-home order is until further notice.
So we, like you, remain on a week-by-week basis awaiting updates from the California Department of Public Health.
Economic Recovery Plan
Anaheim’s City Council approved an emergency economic recovery plan that calls for spending up to $15 million to help the needy in our community and to support business and tourism.
Anaheim: Emergency Eviction Moratorium
Anaheim’s City Council on March 24 approved an emergency moratorium on residential and commercial tenant evictions for those impacted by the coronavirus outbreak.
You can learn more about the program here.
Stay at Home: Businesses, Employees
On March 20, California issued more detail for businesses and employees regarding the March 19 stay-at-home order.
See California’s updated information broken down by industry and other categories here.
Here are some Anaheim video briefings that can be helpful.
- Anaheim briefing March 23 here.
- Veractualización de video de March 23 aquí.
- Anaheim afternoon March 20 video briefing here with guidance for businesses, employees on California stay-at-home order.
- Veractualización de video de March 20 aquí.
- Detailed Anaheim morning March 20 video briefing here with guidance on California stay-at-home order.
Essential for daily life
- Hardware stores, nurseries and building supplies
- Gas stations, auto repair, dealerships
- Plumbers, electricians, exterminators, janitorial, other building and household maintenance
- Landscapers, gardeners
- Shipping, mailing services
- Trucking and logistics
- Group residential facilities: senior, youth, disabled
- Legal, accounting and other professional services
- Childcare: existing daycare continues in small groups, with consistent set of children
- Hotels, motels and other shared rental units
Salons, barbers, nails and other personal grooming services are not essential services under California’s directive.
Access to Testing
We are getting a lot of questions about how to get tested in Anaheim.
Healthcare providers are providing testing, and residents here are being tested.
Currently, though, there is no on-demand, drive-through or other testing.
Testing being done is by medical need and priority.
We know people are concerned, but not everyone needs to be tested.
Click here to see California’s guidelines.
Those displaying symptoms or with other indicators — recent travel or exposure — are priority.
Others who report some exposure are being asked to self-isolate at home and watch for symptoms before testing is done.
What To Do
The key symptoms of coronavirus infection are high fever, shortness of breath and a secondary cough. Patients also can see fatigue and aches.
Majority of patients have only mild symptoms.
Runny nose, sneezing and sore throat alone are not symptoms of coronavirus infection, which is known as COVID-19.
If you have a high fever and respiratory symptoms, call your doctor, telemedicine line, walk-in clinic, hospital or other healthcare provider in advance.
Share any recent travel, encounters with someone who was sick and any other relevant information.
The Orange County Health Care Agency has a coronavirus question line: (833) 426-6411
The hotline is staffed daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. but you can call anytime and follow the voicemail prompts.
Please see right sidebar for links to OC Health, California Public Health, the CDC, and below for an infographic on best practices, including in Spanish.
Anaheim: Relaxed Parking Enforcement
As all of Anaheim comes together to address coronavirus, we are relaxing some enforcement of parking violations, including for street sweeping.
Please note: We will continue to enforce violations that pose a risk to public safety and health.
Those include parking in front of fire hydrants, along red curbs, in disabled/handicap stalls without a placard, parking in alleys and in areas with road maintenance.
We ask you to do your part and park responsibly, be courteous to others and be mindful of public safety.
Stores across our city are doing their part and offering early hours for seniors and others with special considerations.
Vons Pavilions, 130 W. Lincoln Ave.
7-9 a.m., Monday through Friday
Smart & Final, 630 N. Euclid St.
Northgate Gonzalez, four Anaheim locations
Target, three Anaheim locations
8-9 a.m., Wednesdays
Stater Bros., three Anaheim locations
Vallarta Supermarkets, 2394 W. Lincoln Ave.
Albertsons, 810 State College Blvd.
7-9 a.m. Monday through Friday
Walmart, three Anaheim locations
6-7 a.m. every Tuesday through April 28
It’s always good to have basics on hand for your family.
But hoarding and panic buying are not only unnecessary, they can hurt seniors and others who we should be thinking of right now.
Anaheim City Hall
Anaheim’s City Hall temporarily closed to the public starting March 18.
As California’s stay-at-home order with essential exceptions is until further notice, this continues on a week-by-week basis.
City services, particularly public safety response from Anaheim Police and Anaheim Fire & Rescue and electric and water service from Anaheim Public Utilities, will continue as usual with no disruption.
We continue to serve our community. See a list of available services here.
There are no concerns about water from Anaheim Public Utilities, and no need to stock up on water.
Anaheim’s water meets or exceeds all state and federal guidelines and undergoes extensive disinfection, treatment and testing.
Coronavirus is an airborne virus. There are no concerns about it existing in or being transmitted from properly treated water.
So continue to enjoy Anaheim water.
School districts in Anaheim closed their campuses as of March 16. Click below for details specific to each district.
- Anaheim Union High School District
- Anaheim Elementary School District
- Centralia Elementary School District
- Magnolia School District
- Orange Unified School District
- Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District
- Savanna School District
Anaheim: Libraries, Community Services
We have temporarily closed libraries, community centers, main park features and halting some community services.
Anaheim’s senior centers closed March 13.
We are acting out of an abundance of caution and also to reflect California’s March 11 policy on public gatherings large and small.
Here is a list:
- All libraries: Central Library, six branches across the city and the Anaheim Heritage Center
- Neighborhood stops of the Anaheim Public Mobile Library, also known as the Bookmobile
- Anaheim’s 11 community and youth centers across the city, including family resource centers and gymnasiums
- All fitness, gymnastics and other classes offered through Anaheim Community Services
- After-school recreation programs at parks and mobile recreation programs in neighborhoods, including Fun on Wheels
- Swim and aquatics programs
- Golf courses
See our Facebook post on partial park closures here.
Anaheim: Entertainment, Sports
The city of Anaheim, Disneyland Resort, Anaheim Convention Center, Honda Center, Angels Baseball, City National Grove of Anaheim and others across the city have temporarily closed or suspended operations.
As you likely know, theme parks (starting March 14) are closed, convention center events are deferred for rescheduling, hockey and baseball are on hold and concerts and other events are being postponed and rescheduled.
We will be back before you know it.
Our thoughts go out to all the working families and everyone touched by this hiatus. We know this is not without impact for many.
Our hope is for a return to Anaheim as usual, as soon as possible. On the other side of this, there are major investments planned for Anaheim that will help drive our economy forward.