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.
- Anaheim Cases
- Orange County Cases
- Places of Worship
- Skilled Nursing Facilities
- Ethnicity: OC Cases
- Access to Testing
- Relief: Retail, Restaurants
- Eviction Moratorium, Rent Help
- Face masks, coverings
- Anaheim City Hall
- Anaheim Water & Electricity
- Entertainment, Sports
- Libraries, Community Centers
- Relaxed Parking Enforcement
- What to Do
Where We’re At: May 25
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Anaheim: 882 Cases
Anaheim saw a sizable increase in new cases reported May 25, adding 25 cases for a running total of 882 since reporting began in March.
The 25 new cases follow Anaheim’s largest single-day increase yet on May 23 and 37 cases on May 24.
While any new cases are discouraging, last week was unusual with inconsistent data reporting, with low numbers on several days and big jumps on others.
Data reported each day can vary based on how individual hospitals and labs report back to the Orange County Health Care Agency, which supplies data for Anaheim and other cities.
Last week also saw a glitch in reporting from the state to OC Health.
Many new cases in Anaheim and Orange County are from skilled nursing facilities with fewer in the general population.
You can read more on how nursing facilities are being addressed in the "Skilled Nursing Facilities" section.
Anaheim’s cases are out of 5,469 cumulative cases for all of Orange County, which added 133 cases today.
Anaheim’s cumulative cases inched up to 16 percent of the county’s total reported cases, unchanged from a day earlier, when Anaheim surpassed 16 percent.
Sixteen percent is five percentage points above our 11 percent share of Orange County’s population.
Among cities, Santa Ana has the most cases at 1,012, followed by Anaheim at 882, Huntington Beach at 327 and Irvine at 176.
Anaheim and the other three cities are the largest in Orange County by population, so we would expect them to have the highest number of cases compared to other cities in the county.
A note on case counts: for Anaheim and all of Orange County, case counts are cumulative ― meaning they are a running tally since tracking began.
So Anaheim’s count does not reflect active cases, which are smaller. Thankfully, the vast majority of people who tested positive weeks ago in our city have gone on to recover.
Anaheim’s running case count represents a small fraction, 0.2 percent, of Anaheim’s 360,000 residents.
Although we don’t get city-specific data on deaths, Anaheim is aware of 17 deaths in our city from complications of Covid-19, the condition caused by coronavirus.
Fifteen of those deaths have been at skilled nursing facilities in our city and were older patients with advanced medical conditions.
Our hearts go out the families.
While any loss of life is heartbreaking, Anaheim follows all of Orange County with a relatively low death rate.
We rely on data from the county of Orange and continue to request information on recoveries and active cases.
We could see the county next week start reporting estimates on people who have recovered in all of Orange County.
We are in this together and will get through this together.
Orange County Cases
As of May 25, the Orange County Health Care Agency, the lead agency for coronavirus in our region, is tracking 5,469 cases, up from 5,336 a day earlier.
There were no deaths reported on May 25.
Orange County has seen 131 deaths — the first of which was reported March 24 — from complications of Covid-19, the condition caused by coronavirus.
While any loss of life is tragic, Orange County’s death rate is relatively low at 2 percent.
Countywide, 834 tests were reported on May 25.
Total tests done countywide now have surpassed 100,000 at 102,513.
The county’s 5,469 running cases represent a 5 percent positive rate of all tests done, unchanged from a day before.
That means 95 percent of tests are coming back negative.
We and others continue to watch Orange County’s positive rate on testing, which is lower than other counties and areas.
You can see more on testing in the "Access to Testing" section.
Countywide, the number of patients hospitalized on May 25 was up but still off the peak seen earlier in the week.
Those in hospitals number 198, up from 181 a day before.
Patients in intensive care declined to 69 from 78 a day earlier.
Updated May 23, 2020
For business reopening information, go straight to Anaheim.net/reopening.
In a major development, Orange County’s reopening plan was approved by the state on May 23.
The approval puts Anaheim and all of Orange County fully into stage 2 of the state’s four-stage reopening plan.
Along with previously opened businesses, the approval clears the way for:
- Limited in-restaurant dining with reservations and social distancing
- In-person shopping at stores and shopping centers with social distancing and other safeguards
Health Order: Face Coverings
With the announcement on May 23 about stage 2, OC Health also released a new health order outlining guidelines for all Orange County residents who are visiting newly-opened businesses.
This includes a requirement that everyone wear a cloth face covering or mask when out at shops, restaurants and other businesses.
Workers are required to wear them when within six feet of someone else.
The order also reinforces practices we’ve already been doing during the outbreak, including hand washing, sanitizing of frequently touched surfaces and staying home when you are sick or have been exposed to someone who is sick.
Those 65 and older or who have underlying health conditions are encouraged to remain home as much as possible.
We’ll need to stick with these public health best practices in stage 2 and as we move forward with reopening.
Beyond Stage 2
Advancing further into stage 2 with precautions and safeguards will allow Orange County to get to stage 3 in coming weeks.
Stage 3 is set to see sports without fans, including potentially Angels baseball, as well as the reopening of additional parts of The Anaheim Resort.
Stage 3 also calls for religious services, salons and barbers and gyms.
For now, churches and other places of worship still cannot hold congregation services.
But employees at faith-based organizations can return to work under the office provisions of stage 2.
Gov. Gavin Newsom announced May 22 that the state will be releasing guidelines for religious gatherings next week.
Overall, businesses that are reopening will need to follow basic health guidelines laid out by the state.
You can find more at Anaheim.net/reopening.
Here is a summary:
1. Perform a risk assessment of their site and planned operations.
2. Have a plan in place for cleaning and disinfecting, as well as providing protective gear for employees.
3. Implement physical distancing among workers, including in break areas.
4. Have a specific plan for screening employees and dealing with potential cases among staff.
5. Train employees to self-screen for Covid-19 symptoms, to stay home if they are sick and to know how to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
You can read more about the state’s road map to recovery here.
Places of Worship
Updated May 25
California has cleared the way for places of worship in Anaheim and across the state to hold limited in-person services.
You can find the state’s full guidance for churches, temples and mosques here.
The guidance is similar to that for businesses.
Your place of worship can download a reopening plan template based on state guidelines here.
Churches, temples and mosques must ensure they can meet the state guidelines before resuming in-person services.
Here is a summary of the guidance:
- Limit attendance to 25 percent of capacity or a maximum of 100 attendees, whichever is lower.
- Occupancy limits remain in place for 21 days to monitor any impacts.
- Face coverings are strongly recommended for congregants, visitors and staff.
- Services need to be shorten to limit how long attendees are together at a place of worship.
- Churches, temples and mosques need to stay closed for community meetings and other non-religious gatherings or events.
- No large faith-based gatherings such as concerts, holiday and life event celebrations and remembrances are allowed.
- Children’s play areas should stay closed and while activities and services for children where physical distancing of at least six feet cannot be maintained remain on hold.
- Prop or hold doors open during peak periods when congregants and visitors are entering and exiting facilities (as allowable per safety).
- Discourage staff, congregants, visitors and others from shaking hands, hugging and similar greetings that break physical distance.
For Anaheim and Orange County, guidance allows places of worship that meet state guidelines to resume in-person services.
We thank all of Anaheim’s places of worship for reopening safely and responsibly and for their sacrifices of the past two months.
Skilled Nursing Facilities
Updated: May 25, 2020
Skilled nursing facilities are a major coronavirus concern as they house some of Anaheim’s most vulnerable residents.
While challenging, the situation at skilled nursing facilities in Anaheim is being addressed.
The emergency medical services division of Anaheim Fire & Rescue monitors more than 30 skilled nursing facilities in our city daily.
We check on infections, staffing and supplies and have patient relocation and medical transport plans in place should they be needed.
We work with the California Department of Public Health and Orange County Health Care Agency, which have oversight responsibility of facilities in our city.
California shares data on skilled nursing and assisted living facilities in Anaheim as part of its reporting for facilities across the state.
The state’s website data is updated as of May 19 and is available here.
While data is always welcome, there are limitations to the state’s reporting:
- Reported data can lag the real-time situation at any facility.
- As such, cases can be over counted or under counted at any given facility.
- Some facilities may be listed as simply having “less than 11 cases” among patients, residents or staff. That could be one past case or 10 current cases.
- State data tracks total cases to date and does not reflect current, active or recovered cases at a facility.
- As of May 19, California is no longer reporting staff cases at facilities.
Below, Anaheim supplements state data with the most up-to-date information we know about facilities in our city.
Windsor Gardens Convalescent Center of Anaheim is a 154-bed facility on Ball Road near Knott Avenue in west Anaheim.
According to state data, the facility is listed as having 67 cases among patients and less than 11 patient deaths.
Independent of state data, we are aware of 90 total, cumulative cases at Windsor Gardens, though a large number of those patients have moved to other facilities or are with family.
So we are tracking 63 cases at Windsor Gardens.
Thirty-six of those are active cases. Twenty-seven patients have recovered.
Sadly, we are aware of nine deaths at the facility. All were older with advanced medical conditions, and our hearts to go to their families and friends.
We are aware of 24 staff cases at Windsor, about 16 of them active cases.
The situation is being addressed onsite with oversight from the Orange County Health Care Agency.
We are in daily contact with the facility.
Anaheim Healthcare Center
Anaheim Healthcare Center is a 215-bed facility on Beach Boulevard in west Anaheim.
According to state data, the facility has less than 11 patient cases and less than 11 patient deaths.
Independent of state data, Anaheim is aware of 52 cumulative patient cases at the site with only one of those currently active.
We are aware of 18 staff cases at Anaheim Healthcare, with 16 of those already recovered.
Sadly, there have been five patient deaths at the facility. All were of advanced age with advanced medical conditions.
We are in daily contact with Anaheim Healthcare Center, which is stabilized.
Harbor Villa Care Center
Harbor Villa Care Center is a 99-bed facility on Harbor Boulevard near Ball Road.
According to state data, the facility is listed as having 36 patient cases and no deaths.
Independent of state data, we are aware of 47 patient cases, all are active cases.
We are aware of 15 staff cases, all active.
We are not aware of any deaths at the facility.
We are in regular contact with the facility.
Park Anaheim Healthcare Center is a 115-bed facility on Ball Road west of Beach Boulevard.
It was previously listed on the state website as having less than 11 staff cases and no patient cases and no deaths. As of May 19, it is listed as data "not available."
We are not aware of any significant issues at Park Anaheim.
West Anaheim Extended Care, an 87-bed facility on Beach Boulevard, is listed on the state website as having less than 11 patient cases.
Independent of state data, we are aware of five total patient cases at West Anaheim Extended, including three that are active.
We are aware of one active staff case.
Other skilled nursing facilities in Anaheim have seen past cases among patients and staff but are not seeing issues now.
OC Health began reporting cases and deaths at skilled nursing facilities countywide on May 5.
The county reports 574 cumulative cases and 52 deaths at skilled nursing facilities across the county.
Ethnicity: OC Cases
OC Health provides case information by ethnicity as an additional point of reference in tracking coronavirus.
The ethnicity of a large portion of patients is unknown, providing only a partial picture of how coronavirus is playing out across various communities.
We do not have current ethnicity data for Anaheim cases or deaths.
Here is the most recent ethnicity data for Orange County:
- Hispanic/Latino: 35 percent
- Unknown: 29 percent
- White: 20 percent
- Asian: 9 percent
- Other: 5 percent
- African American: 2 percent
- Multiple races: 1 percent
Here is information by ethnicity on deaths countywide:
- White: 32 percent
- Hispanic/Latino: 31 percent
- Asian: 17 percent
- Unknown: 13 percent
- African American: 2 percent
- Other: 2 percent
- American Indian/Alaskan Native: 1 percent
- Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 1 percent
- Multiple races: 1 percent
This additional information can help us understand the impacts of coronavirus.
But it also shows that the virus does not discriminate and impacts everyone in our diverse county.
No group is responsible for the virus, and no one is immune from it.
Access to Testing
Updated: May 22
Testing is available across Anaheim and Orange County for those with and without symptoms and with and without insurance.
If you would like to get testing, you should start by calling your insurer or healthcare provider.
If they do not offer testing or make it available to everyone, there are other options.
California Testing Sites
California is offering testing to essential workers through OptumServe, including in Buena Park, Orange, Santa Ana and San Juan Capistrano.
Testing is by appointment Mondays through Friday from 8 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.
You can make an appointment by clicking here.
Find a map of California’s testing sites here.
The sites offer swab testing, also known as polymerise chain reaction or PCR testing.
Swab testing is the standard for determining whether someone is currently infected with Covid-19.
If you have insurance, you’re insurance will be billed. If you’re uninsured and can’t afford a test, the state of California will cover the cost.
Orange County Testing Sites
The Orange County Healthcare Agency offers testing through a network of 15 providers, including here in Anaheim as well as Buena Park, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Tustin and other neighboring cities.
Appointments are required.
Find the full list of testing sites here.
Testing is widely available across Anaheim at hospitals, urgent care clinics, doctors offices and other providers.
Start by calling your insurer or provider.
General public testing is available at AltaMed on Anaheim Boulevard near the Riverside (91) Freeway.
AltaMed is part of the county’s testing network and will bill insurers where applicable but also provides testing for those without insurance with compensation from government funding.
Read more here.
Another Anaheim testing site, Golden West Medical Center, is focused on testing for employees returning to workplaces.
Golden West provides both swab and antibody testing.
Antibody testing can be helpful in determining whether someone’s been exposed to coronavirus and for studying what that means for future immunity.
Note that antibody testing is not a good indicator of current infection. Nor can it guarantee immunity, as health experts are still unsure whether or not someone can be reinfected with Covid-19.
Golden West is not providing testing for those with Covid-19 symptoms.
If you have a fever, shortness of breath, a cough or other Covid-19 symptoms, you should contact your primary provider for guidance.
You can contact Golden West at (714) 634-4884.
No. 3: restaurant takeout, alcohol sales
- Allows restaurants to sell takeout alcoholic beverages in conjunction with the purchase of food at restaurants, extends alcoholic beverage sales to 2 a.m.
- Read more here
No. 4: restaurant, retail signage
- Temporarily suspends special event permit requirement for businesses wanting to display signs informing customers of curbside pickup and food pickup services
- Read more here
Updated: May 22, 2020
The open spaces of Anaheim’s parks have stayed open during California’s stay-at-home order.
We encourage residents to use them for fresh air and walks.
But we still can’t have park gatherings beyond small groups from within the same household.
We are planning for the reopening of other parts of our parks, including playgrounds and picnic areas.
For now, here’s an update on where our other park and open spaces stand:
- Dog parks: open
- Tennis courts: open
- Pickleball courts: open
- Golf courses: open
- Hiking trails: open
- Walnut Canyon Reservoir trail: open
- Anaheim Coves: open
- Basketball courts, playgrounds, picnic areas: in the coming weeks
- Splash pads: reopening later with guidance from California and Orange County
We thank everyone for your patience as we work toward safely and thoughtfully reopening our public spaces.
Updated April 30:
School districts in Anaheim continue to provide distance learning while campuses are closed during California’s stay at home order.
During his April 28 coronavirus update, Gov. Gavin Newsom suggested the 2020-21 school year could start as early as late July to make up for any learning gaps caused by the closures of schools.
We are closely monitoring news from school districts in Anaheim on their plans for the 2020-21 school year.
We continue to make regular updates to this page.
Below are a few updates as of May 12.
Click below for details specific to each district. Please note this information is subject to change.
- Anaheim Union High School District
- Aug. 12 start, students will likely attend in-class session one or two days each week with the balance distance learning
- Anaheim Elementary School District
- Aug. 13 start
- Centralia Elementary School District
- Aug. 12 start
- Magnolia School District
- Orange Unified School District
- Aug. 19 start
- Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District
- Savanna School District
- Aug. 10 start
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 Eviction Protection Program here.
Rent Assistance Program
Anaheim’s City Council on May 5 approved allocating $3 million in assistance to help struggling renters impacted by coronavirus.
In the coming weeks, we will share more information on how to qualify for this assistance and how to apply online. We expect the program to launch by the end of May.
For those that need immediate help, we’re partnering with the Orange County United Way Pandemic Relief Fund to offer $500 gift cards for those who qualify.
If you need help, please reach out to the number designated for the City Council district where you live. (Not sure? Find a map here).
- Districts 1, 2, 3: (714) 765-4500
- Districts 5, 6: (714) 765-6490
- Districts 3, 4, 5: (714) 765-5400
Check back for updates.
Face masks, coverings
Updated May 23, 2020
All Orange County workers and residents are now required to wear a cloth face covering or mask when out in public and when unable to keep six feet of physical distance between themselves and others who are not in their immediate household.
The Orange County Health Care Agency enacted the requirement with a new health order released May 23, as the county moves fully into stage 2 of the state’s four-stage reopening plan.
Essential workers have been required to wear a mask since April 24.
This requirement is in line with recommendations from California and the federal Centers for Disease Control.
Anaheim has been urging everyone to wear masks and face coverings and to understand the role they can play in stopping the spread of coronavirus.
Those at essential jobs should wear masks and face coverings when in common areas and when around others.
Those at restaurants, food stores and other businesses handling food should wear gloves along with masks and face coverings as much as possible.
Residents should wear masks or face coverings when going to the grocery store, pharmacy, doctors, picking up food or other essential outings.
They can be worn or carried on recreational walks and used as needed if you come into contact with others.
Masks and face covers are just one part of our larger effort to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Keep doing what you’re doing:
* Stay home as much as possible
* Keep six feet from others outside your immediate household
* Wash and sanitize hands often
*Sanitize frequently touched surfaces such as light switches, doorknobs and car steering wheels.
* Don’t touch eyes, noses, mouths and other parts of your face
* Avoid being around anyone who is sick
Masks are an N95, the highest grade with a filter, a surgical mask or even dust masks used around the house and at job sites.
Face coverings are broader: a surgical-style mask made of cloth or other material that can be washed and reused, a scarf, bandanna or other covering.
Any mask or face covering helps keep us from spreading germs from ourselves to another person.
As for protection from incoming germs, masks and face coverings provide different degrees of protection.
N95 masks offer the most protection and are reserved for first responders, while scarfs and bandannas offer lower levels of protection against incoming germs.
But, remember, any covering provides more protection than none at all.
Anaheim City Hall
Anaheim’s City Hall temporarily closed to the public on March 18.
During this time we’ve continued to offer as many services as possible in the safest manner.
City services, particularly public safety response from Anaheim Police and Anaheim Fire & Rescue and electric and water service from Anaheim Public Utilities, have continued as usual without disruption.
As of May 7, we are working toward a reopening of City Hall, but a date has not been set yet.
When we do reopen, please anticipate new processes and procedures, all of which are intended to keep everyone at City Hall safe.
To see a list of available services during our closure, click 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.
Click here to read an FAQ about Anaheim’s water.
If you are experiencing financial hardship due to a loss of employment or other circumstances, give us a call at (714) 765-3300 to help you with programs and resources – bill deferrals, income qualified discounts, emergency assistance, medical allowances, fee waivers, and limiting disconnections are ways we can work with you to get through this unprecedented event together.
Click here for more info.
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.
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.
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: 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.
What To Do
The key symptoms of coronavirus infection, known as Covid-19, are high fever, shortness of breath and a secondary cough.
Patients also can see fatigue, chills, aches and loss of taste and smell.
Majority of patients have only mild symptoms.
Runny nose, sneezing and sore throat alone are not symptoms of 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 encounters with someone who was sick and any other relevant information.
The Orange County Health Care Agency has a coronavirus referral line: (800) 564-8448.
The line is staffed Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Please see below for links to OC Health, California Public Health, the CDC and an infographic on best practices, including in Spanish.