Anaheim cases: 652
Anaheim saw a few days of large increases in cases this week, marking a new daily high on May 15 with 37 new cases for a total of 652.
Anaheim's cases are out of 4,125 total cases in Orange County.
Many of Anaheim's new cases are believed to be at skilled nursing facilities in our city.
The county has processed 66,267 tests as of May 15.
Anaheim and the county are looking to get to 4,000-plus daily tests as part of planning to gradually reopen the economy (see the California Update section for more).
But, as more testing is done, we need to brace for and accept that more cases will be found here in Anaheim and across Orange County.
While we don't want to see any new cases, detection of new patients means they will self-isolate and be treated as necessary, which ultimately helps stem the spread of coronavirus in our city.
Anaheim's 652 cases make up 15 percent of the county's total reported cases.
Fifteen percent is four percentage points above our 11 percent share of Orange County's population.
Among cities, Santa Ana has the most reported cases at 683, followed by Anaheim at 652, Huntington Beach at 285 and Irvine at 149.
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.
Even so, as we gradually reopen more businesses, we all need to keep doing what needs to be done to prevent new cases.
- Continue to stay home as much as possible, even as more businesses reopen.
- Carry hand sanitizer and, if available, cleaning wipes, when you're out.
- Wear face coverings when out for essential work and outings, and clean your face coverings often.
- Distance yourself from others at essential stores and when picking up food or purchases at curbside.
- After essential shopping, curbside pickup or getting food, wipe down items entering your home and leave bags and boxes outside.
- Enjoy time outside with your immediate family or household. Keep distance from others and do not gather in parks and other outdoor spaces.
- If you're sick, stay home and be careful not to sicken others in your household.
- Know the key symptoms of coronavirus and seek medical advice as necessary.
- As we think about an eventual, gradual recovery, it will look much like essential life does today -- face coverings, physical distancing, washing hands and other best practices. The best practices we consistently do today will serve us well going forward.
We are in this together and we'll get through this together.