Tracking coronavirus: Anaheim responds
Anaheim is responding to the coronvirus outbreak, ensuring that residents and businesses have the latest information about the situation in Anaheim and Orange County daily.

We have declared a local emergency to gain access to resources, while every department is taking part in our response to the outbreak.

The city also has implemented many programs and measures to help the community during these unique and difficult times.

Read below for a summary of major news surrounding coronavirus, and check in for consistent updates at

Anaheim cases

As of April 1, Anaheim has 56 cases of COVID-19, the infection caused by the coronavirus.

Anaheim's count is 10 percent of Orange County cases, which is in line with our share of the county population.

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.

A case in Anaheim does not reflect where someone was infected. Someone could have been infected traveling, at work or out somewhere else.

Some perspective is also helpful: The number of cases in Anaheim is less than one-tenth of 1 percent of our city's 360,000 people.

What do these numbers mean for you?

We need you to keep doing what you're doing. Stay home as much as possible, practice physical distancing when out and wash your hands regularly.

Orange County cases

As of April 1, the Orange County Health Care Agency, the lead agency for coronavirus in our region, is tracking 606 cases.

Sadly, Orange County has seen 10 deaths -- the first reported March 24, two on March 27, one on March 28, three on March 31 and three on April 1 -- from complications of COVID-19, the condition caused by coronavirus.

OC Health and private labs have conducted 7,271 tests as of April 1. The 606 cases represent an 8 percent positive rate, up a percentage point from March 31 but consistent with the percentage 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.

Stay home

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has issued a stay-at-home order, encouraging everyone to stay home except for essential activities.

We're all working together to reduce our interactions with other people to stop the spread of coronavirus. It's not easy, but we need to do our part and do this right.

If your job is not essential, stay home. If you can work remotely, stay home. If you need to go to the grocery store, you can. These are essential activities.

You can find more about what industries are classified as essential on our website under "Stay at Home."

We are getting questions about how long California's stay at home order lasts. The 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.
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.

If you have a high fever and respiratory symptoms, call your doctor, telemedicine line, walk-in clinic, hospital or other healthcare provider in advance.

Runny nose, sneezing and sore throat alone are not symptoms of coronavirus infection, which is known as COVID-19.

If you have questions, you can ask them via OC Health's coronavirus question line: (833) 426-6411
How we're helping

Eviction Moratorium: Anaheim's City Council on March 24 approved an emergency moratorium on residential and commercial tenant evictions for those who are unable to pay due to impacts from the coronavirus outbreak.

Find more information, as well as a sample landlord notification form here.

Easing Parking Citations: As all of Anaheim comes together to address coronavirus, we are relaxing some enforcement of parking violations, including for street sweeping.

Please note that we will continue to enforce violations that pose a risk to public safety and health. We ask you to do your part and park safely.

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 more about it here.
City closures

Anaheim's City Hall is temporarily closed to the public, in line with the state's stay-at-home order.

City services, particularly public safety response from Anaheim Police and Anaheim Fire & Rescue and electric and water service from Anaheim Public Utilities, continue as usual with no disruption.

We continue to serve our community virtually and over the phone. See a list of available City Hall services here.

Anaheim's parks remain open for walking and exercise, but playgrounds, exercise equipment and golf courses are temporarily closed. Please practice physical distancing when using our parks, keep at least six feet away from others and don't congregate in large groups.

We have also temporarily closed libraries and community centers and are halting some community services.

Anaheim Library and Anaheim Community Services continue to offer services such as drive-through checkout and online storytimes and exercise classes. 

Read more about library offerings here. And check the library and community services pages on Facebook and Instagram for more.

We thank you for your patience and can't wait to see you back as soon as it's safe to reopen.
Anaheim water

There are no concerns about Anaheim's water and no need to stock up on bottled 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.
Daily updates at
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