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Dear March 25 CAI-OC Couch Connectors,

Thank you for joining us on Wednesday for our first Couch Connect. Please see and forward resources and links below and be well.

Executive Director

Survey, Notes and Resource Links

  • Important and required for Managers seeking 1 CEU: We want to hear from you and know about your community - take a few minutes and complete our Surveymonkey - click here.

  • Link to notes from our March 25 Couch Connect - click here:

  • Click on links to community partner resources below.

  • Facebook page for photos and other updates - click here:

Thank You to our Panelists

Partner Resources Notes and Links

o     Public Health - Michelle Cheung, MD , MD MPH, FAAP , Orange County Health Care Agency

From Dr. Cheung - Here are the links Dr. Cheung mentioned

  • CDC has not received any reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19. Further studies are needed to understand if and how different animals could be affected by COVID-19.

How to protect pets if you are sick
  • If you are sick with COVID-19 (either suspected or confirmed), you should restrict contact with pets and other animals, just like you would around other people. Although there have not been reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19, it is still recommended that people sick with COVID-19 limit contact with animals until more information is known about the virus. This can help ensure both you and your animals stay healthy.
  • When possible, have another member of your household care for your animals while you are sick. Avoid contact with your pet including, petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked, and sharing food. If you must care for your pet or be around animals while you are sick, wash your hands before and after you interact with them. For more information visit: What to Do if You are Sick.

Can the COVID-19 virus spread through pools and hot tubs? ( https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/water.html )

·        There is no evidence that COVID-19 can be spread to humans through the use of pools and hot tubs. Proper operation, maintenance, and disinfection (e.g., with chlorine and bromine) of pools and hot tubs should remove or inactivate the virus that causes COVID-19.

o    Economic Health - Christopher Lorenzana, MBA , Deputy Director, Small Business Administration, Orange County/Inland Empire – Resources for small businesses

Also thanks to Carma Lacy from County of Orange OC Development Board – OneStop Center in Garden Grove one in Irvine – workforce and business services – working on business and economic recovery. 
  • Call center to open on Monday – will share once available www.oconestop.com – resources and employee or employer can share with someone who isn’t working. Financial resources for people who have lost jobs.
  • Resources from Carma -
  • Banks offering relief - handout here.
  • Orange County Community Services - handout here.

o    Mental Health – Rachael Ferraiolo, LSW , OC Health Care Agency and Amy Durham , NAMI OC

  • From Rachael: Here is the link to our HCA COVID-19 website. It provides updated information regarding Orange County’s response as well as information regarding things like coping, hand hygiene, social distancing, etc. Scroll all the way down on the page and you will see the colorful fact sheets that can be printed: http://ochealthinfo.com/bhs/disaster
  • NAMI OC, www.namioc.org
  • Suicide hotline – 800.273.8255 – OC Warm line – 714.991.6412, advice to business leaders
  • Alert OC – time sensitive messages from the county of orange/city – can be sent to any phone – enroll in this service www.alertoc.org
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