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.

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Where We’re At: April 1

Actualización en español aquí.


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Anaheim: 46 Cases

As of March 31, Anaheim has 46 of the county’s 502 cases, up by four cases, or from 42, in our city on March 30, 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.

The four additional Anaheim cases from March 30 to March 31 follow an increase in cases countywide, which went from 464 on March 30 to 502 on March 31, an 8 percent increase.

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.

That is actually a good thing. Patients will be treated and isolated as they recover.

Among cities, Irvine has the most cases at 50, followed by Anaheim and Newport Beach at 46 each, and Huntington Beach at 32.

Cases with unknown places of origin are actually the most at 51. Smaller cities and unincorporated areas taken together but not broken out individually are at 16.

Anaheim’s cases are not surprising or alarming as we have the highest population among cities in Orange County.

Some perspective is helpful: 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.
  • An Anaheim case could also be a patient from another city taken to a hospital or other healthcare provider in our city.
  • 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 FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

We are in this together and will get through this together.


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Orange County Cases

As of March 31, the Orange County Health Care Agency, the lead agency for coronavirus in our region, is tracking 502 cases, up from 464 a day earlier.

There are three new deaths as of March 31.

Sadly, Orange County has seen seven deaths — the first reported March 24, two on March 27, one on March 28 and three on March 31 — from complications of COVID-19, the condition caused by coronavirus.

OC Health and private labs have conducted 6,674 tests as of March 31. The 502 cases represent a 7 percent positive rate, down a percentage point from 8 percent for past few days.

That means 93 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.


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Shelter Staff Cases, Residents Test Negative

Follow-up tests of 34 residents at the Anaheim Emergency Shelter, a 224-bed facility run by The Salvation Army, have tested negative for COVID-19.

The residents were tested after two staff members were found to have the infection caused by coronavirus.

The staff cases were learned of March 30, while resident test results came on March 31.

The 34 residents were tested after tracing the recent activity of and interactions with the two staff members.

Those tested had not shown any signs or symptoms and were tested as a precaution by the Orange County Health Care Agency.

While testing of the 34 residents was recommended because of their potential exposure, the shelter’s remaining 172 residents were offered testing and opted not to because of minimal exposure risk and because they showed no signs or symptoms. 

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.


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How Long?

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.

 

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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.

  • Read the announcement here.
  • Find a fact sheet about the plan here.


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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.


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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.

 

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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.


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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.

 

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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.

 

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Anaheim: Shopping

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.
7:30-8 a.m.

Northgate Gonzalez, four Anaheim locations
7-8 a.m.

Target, three Anaheim locations
8-9 a.m., Wednesdays

 Stater Bros., three Anaheim locations
7-8 a.m. 

Vallarta Supermarkets, 2394 W. Lincoln Ave.
7-8 a.m.

 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.

 

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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.

 

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Anaheim Water 

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.


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Schools

School districts in Anaheim closed their campuses as of March 16. Click below for details specific to each district. 


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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.


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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.

Here are announcements for:
Disneyland Resort 
Anaheim Ducks
Angels Baseball
City National Grove of Anaheim
Anaheim Packing House

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