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
- Emergency Rental Assistance Program
- 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 30
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Anaheim: 1,039 Cases
Anaheim saw another sizable increase of 38 new cases reported May 30, for a running total of 1,039 since reporting began in March.
While surpassing 1,000 cases is a milestone, it’s important to remember Anaheim does not have 1,039 active cases.
The figure is a cumulative, running tally since city tracking began on March 27.
We don’t have a count of active Anaheim cases. But we know they are much smaller.
Thankfully, the vast majority of people who test positive go on to recover.
The Orange County Health Care Agency does not track actual recovery data for Anaheim or all of the county.
On May 26, OC Health began releasing an estimated number of Covid-19 patients who have recovered countywide. That number is conservatively estimated at 2,447.
This estimate is calculated by taking the difference between the prior 28-day cumulative case count and current number of deaths.
Anaheim’s cases are out of 6,100 cumulative cases for all of Orange County, which added 181 new cases today.
Anaheim’s running case count also represents a small fraction, 0.2 percent, of Anaheim’s 360,000 residents.
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.
May 30 saw a significant number of tests reported, 1,927. For May through today, the number of tests done countywide have doubled and now total 121,811.
Among cities, Santa Ana has the most cases at 1,171, followed by Anaheim at 1,039, Huntington Beach at 337 and Irvine at 191.
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.
Although we don’t get city-specific data on deaths, Anaheim is aware of 23 deaths in our city from complications of Covid-19, the condition caused by coronavirus.
Twenty-one 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, we are aware of only two deaths among the general population in our city.
Anaheim follows all of Orange County with a relatively low death rate.
We are in this together and will get through this together.
Orange County Cases
As of May 30, the Orange County Health Care Agency, the lead agency for coronavirus in our region, is tracking 6,100 cases, up from 5,919 a day earlier.
The county began reporting an estimate of people who have recovered from Covid-19 beginning May 26.
As of May 30, a conservatively estimated 2,447 people have recovered.
Sadly, there was one death reported on May 30.
Orange County has seen 146 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, 1,927 tests were reported on May 30.
Total tests done countywide surpassed 100,000 on May 23, with the total for May 30 at 121,811.
The county’s 6,100 running cases represent a 5 percent positive rate of all tests done, consistent for weeks now.
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.
When tracking began in March, the positive rate hovered around 8 percent. We continue to see the positive rate decrease.
You can see more on testing in the "Access to Testing" section.
Countywide, the number of patients hospitalized on May 30 was up slightly while those in intensive care declined.
Those in hospitals number 272, up from 255 a day earlier.
Patients in intensive care declined from 98 to 89.
Updated May 29, 2020
For business reopening information, go straight to Anaheim.net/reopening.
Orange County and other California counties that meet the state’s public health and coronavirus response criteria can move at their own pace into stage 3 of reopening, Gov. Gavin Newsom said on May 29.
These are counties that have applied for and received a variance from the state, after submitting a thorough plan.
Anaheim and all of Orange County are now in stage 2 and transitioning to stage 3 as part of California’s four-stage reopening plan.
We will now await official word from the county on when we officially move into stage 3.
We expect Orange County to move to stage 3 in coming days.
Stage 3 is set to see the reopening of nail salons, movie theaters and gyms, and, eventually, sports without fans, including potentially Angels baseball, as well as the reopening of additional parts of The Anaheim Resort.
To be clear, these businesses cannot open today, but will be able to when we are in stage 3.
Even at that, we expect businesses to reopen in phases.
Anaheim is looking for businesses to reopen at their own determination, at the right time and in accordance with California’s four-stage plan.
Open or opening now are:
- Barbers, hair salons with face coverings, physical distancing and other safeguards
- Places of worship at reduced capacity and with other modifications
- Limited in-restaurant dining with reservations and social distancing
- In-person shopping at stores and shopping centers with social distancing and other safeguards
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 shortened 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 or remembrances are allowed.
- Children’s play areas should stay closed and 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 29, 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 25 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 or 10 cases.
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 62 cases among patients, less than 11 patient deaths and less than 11 staff cases.
Independent of state data, we are aware of 91 total, cumulative cases at Windsor Gardens, though a large number of those patients have moved to other facilities, are with family or have recovered.
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.
We are in daily contact with the facility, which is stabilizing.
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 63 total patient cases, 46 of them active, and 17 staff cases.
Independent of state data, we are aware of an updated 54 total cases, 48 of them active.
We are aware of 15 active staff cases.
We are aware of one death at the facility.
Coventry Court Health Center
Coventry Court is a 97-bed facility on Euclid Street south of Katella Avenue.
According to state data, Coventry has 21 total cases, 20 of them active, less then 11 patient deaths and less than 11 staff cases.
Independent of state data, we are aware of 24 active patient cases at Coventry and seven active staff cases.
Sadly, we are aware of two deaths at Coventry.
While Coventry saw a prior cases, the latest cases reflect a current outbreak with significant testing of patients underway.
Anaheim Healthcare Center
Anaheim Healthcare Center is a 215-bed facility on Beach Boulevard in west Anaheim.
According to state data, the facility has no active cases, 50 past cases, less than 11 patient deaths and 18 staff cases.
Independent of state data, Anaheim is aware of 52 cumulative patient cases at the no active cases.
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.
Park Anaheim Healthcare Center is a 115-bed facility on Ball Road west of Beach Boulevard.
It is listed on the state website as having less than 11 past patient cases and less than 11 past staff cases and no deaths.
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.
We are not aware of any significant issues at West Anaheim Extended.
Other skilled nursing facilities in Anaheim have or have seen past or current cases among patients and staff on a smaller scale.
OC Health began reporting cases and deaths at skilled nursing facilities countywide on May 5.
The county reports 665 cumulative cases and 61 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: 37 percent
- Unknown: 27 percent
- White: 19 percent
- Asian: 9 percent
- Other: 6 percent
- African American: 2 percent
- Multiple races: 1 percent
Here is information by ethnicity on deaths countywide:
- White: 37 percent
- Hispanic/Latino: 32 percent
- Asian: 18 percent
- Unknown: 5 percent
- African American: 2 percent
- Other: 2 percent
- Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 2 percent
- American Indian/Alaskan Native: 1 percent
- Multiple races: 1 percent
- Other: 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 29
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 tested, 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 Monday 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, your 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.
CVS Pharmacy is now offering drive-up testing by appointment at its Anaheim locations on Beach Boulevard and on Brookhurst Street.
Find out more and make an appointment 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
No. 6: restaurant outdoor dining
- Temporarily suspends special event permit requirement and outdoor dining standards for restaurants to create or expand outdoor dining and use of outdoor space to promote physical distancing
- 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
Emergency Rental Assistance Program
The coronavirus crisis has hit many Anaheim families hard, and you may be struggling to make ends meet. Paying your rent may already be difficult under normal circumstances, but lost jobs and work hours due to the virus have made it near impossible.
Anaheim’s eviction moratorium has helped renters stay in their homes, but we know paying back rent to your landlord when the moratorium expires June 30 is going to be a big mountain to climb.
We’re here to help. Anaheim’s coronavirus Emergency Rental Assistance Program aims to help struggling renters who deferred rent payments since April 2020, up to $2,100.
Applications will be available online starting June 1, 2020 at 8 a.m. and are due by June 5, 2020 at 5 p.m.
For those that need immediate help, we’re also 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
Face masks, coverings
Updated May 29, 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.
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 have been relaxing some enforcement of parking violations, including for street sweeping.
But now we need your help to keep your neighborhood clean! We are asking you to move your car again on your street sweeping day.
We will start issuing warnings on June 1 and citations will begin on June 15.
For now, we won’t begin enforcing other parking violations such as permit parking.
But 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.