July 17, 2020
Tracking coronavirus: Anaheim responds
Anaheim continues to respond to the coronavirus outbreak.

We provide daily updates at Anaheim.net/coronavirus and on our Facebook , Instagram and Twitter accounts.

The newsletter is a summary of where we're at.

We thank everyone in Anaheim for doing your part to stem the spread of coronavirus in our community and we want you to know that as your city, we're here for you.

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Anaheim cases: 4,862

Anaheim is at a cumulative 4,862  past, active and recovered cases since reporting by city began in March, according to the Orange County Health Care Agency.

There were 861 new cases recorded across all of Anaheim's seven ZIP codes in the past seven days.

Anaheim's cumulative cases represent 1.3  percent of  our city's total population of 359,339.

While we continue to see new cases across our city, Anaheim's percentage of all Orange County cases has been declining since June 23, when it stood at 19.3 percent of countywide cases.

As of July 17, Anaheim makes up 17.2 percent of countywide cases.

Here's a look at the latest data by ZIP codes in our city.

92804: southwest Anaheim

Knott Avenue to the west to Euclid Street to the east, and from Lincoln Avenue to the north to Ball Road to the south. The ZIP code is the most populous in Anaheim. It is also home to the most skilled nursing facilities along and near Beach Boulevard.
  • Population: 92,854
  • Total Cases: 1,238 
  • Nursing facility cases: 298 
  • Deaths: 44 with 36 from nursing facilities
92805: central Anaheim

Santa Ana (I-5) Freeway to the west to State College Boulevard, and from the Riverside (91) Freeway to the north to Orangewood Avenue to the south. The ZIP code has the second highest population.
  • Population: 75,069
  • Total Cases: 1,219
  • Nursing facility cases: 64
  • Deaths: 20 with 11 from nursing facilities

 92801: northwest Anaheim

Western Avenue to the west to East Street to the east, Lincoln Avenue to the south to the Riverside (91) Freeway to the north.The ZIP code is home to third highest population.
  • Population: 63,483
  • Total cases: 843
  • Nursing facility cases: 14
  • Deaths: 14, with four in nursing facilities
92802: central-south Anaheim

Euclid Street to the west to the Santa Ana (I-5) Freeway to the west, and from Lincoln Avenue to the north to Orangewood Avenue to the south. The ZIP code has the fourth largest number of people.
  • Population: 44,456
  • Total cases: 587
  • Nursing facility cases: 77
  • Deaths: 24 with 18 from nursing facilities
92806: central-east Anaheim

State College Boulevard to the west to Tustin Avenue to the east, and from Orangethorpe Avenue to the north to the Santa Ana River to the south. The ZIP code has the fifth largest number of people.
  • Population: 41,980
  • Total cases: 491 
  • Nursing facility cases: none
  • Deaths: six
92807: Anaheim Canyon, part of east Anaheim

Tustin Avenue to the west to Fairmont Boulevard to the east, Orangethorpe Avenue to the north to Serrano Avenue to the south. The area has the sixth most people.
  • Population: 37,119
  • Total cases: 217
  • Nursing facility cases: none
  • Deaths: four
92808: east Anaheim

Fairmont Boulevard to the west into the eastern open space, from Riverside (91) Freeway to the north to southern city boundary. The ZIP code includes part of Anaheim's eastern open space with no homes and has the fewest people.
  • Population: 21,603
  • Total cases: 99
  • Nursing facility cases: none
  • Deaths: listed as "less than five" since July 4 with two Anaheim deaths now likely assigned to this ZIP code
Among cities, Santa Ana has the most cases at 5,324, followed by Anaheim at 4,862, Garden Grove at 1,467 and Huntington Beach at 1,387.

Find daily updates at Anaheim.net/coronavirus and on Facebook , Twitter and Instagram.

Orange County cases

As of July 17, the Orange County Health Care Agency, the lead agency for coronavirus in our region, is tracking 28,309 cases.

There were 5,659 new cases recorded across the county in the past seven days.

All of the cases are from several prior days with the most recent on July 16.

The seven-day average of new cases reported as of July 8 is 585.

The county now breaks out cases for those living in homelessness, those in skilled nursing facilities and those in county jails.

There are 1,432 cases reported in skilled nursing facilities, 434 cases among inmates and 120 among the county's homeless population.

The county's estimate of those who have recovered from COVID-19, the condition caused by coronavirus, is at 12,884 people. 

There were three deaths recorded on July 17. Important to note is that deaths reported each day did not all occur on one single day or even in past day.

Orange County has seen 469 deaths - the first of which was reported March 24 - from complications of COVID-19.

About half of those were patients at skilled nursing facilities.

While any loss of life is tragic, Orange County's death rate is relatively low at 1.7 percent.

The county reported 7,086 polymerase chain reaction, or PCR, tests on July 17. 

A PCR test is a swab sample that confirms if a person has a current infection.

Tests are current up to July 16.

The county now is at 341,097 PCR tests completed after recently revising total test counts to remove antibody tests, which only detect prior exposure.

As of July 17, the county's seven-day positivity rate is 13.9 percent, down a fraction from 14 percent a day earlier.

The county's running total of 28,309 cases compared with total tests represents an 8.2 percent ongoing positivity rate.

The positivity rate is a carefully tracked indicator by the county and state health officials, and is part of the determination of how the county is faring in the face of the outbreak.

Read more about state data monitoring  here.

Another carefully tracked indicator, hospitalizations, improved according to the most recent data as of July 16. 

Patients in hospitals: 682


Patients in intensive care: 235


Percentage of ICU beds available: 37.9


Percentage of ventilators available: 64

Drive-thru testing at Anaheim Convention Center

Anaheim residents and those across Orange County now have access to drive-thru COVID-19 testing at the Anaheim Convention Center.
Testing started July 15 and is offered Wednesdays through Sundays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. by appointment only.
It is available for:
  • People with symptoms
  • Healthcare workers and first responders
  • Residents and employees of skilled nursing and other group living facilities
  • Essential workers: grocery, food supply, utility and public employees
  • Those who have had close contact (15 minutes or more within 6 feet) to someone known or suspected to have COVID-19.
Testing is contact-free and self-administered inside in vehicles.
For those with insurance, insurers will be billed with no out-of-pocket cost for those being tested.
For those without insurance, federal funding will cover the cost of testing.
The testing site is on the west side of Anaheim Convention Center, in a surface parking lot and parking structure off West Street south of Katella Avenue.
The site is expected to provide 1,200 tests a day within two weeks.
After a soft opening in the first few days, more appointments are being made available.
While testing appointments will be spread out throughout the day, patients should expect some wait time of five to 20 minutes as vehicles make their way through the testing site.
Residents in the area will see additional traffic on West Street but no added public health risk.
The testing site is part of Anaheim's ongoing efforts to address the coronavirus crisis, in partnership with the county of Orange. The operator is Garden Grove-based Clinic 360.
To make an appointment, click here .
Questions? Call (800) 446-8888.

Schools update

Schools in Anaheim and all of Orange County will begin the 2020-2021 school year with distance learning only -- and no in-classroom learning -- with a state of California decision announced July 17.

Schools in counties on California's watchlist for coronavirus cases, including Orange County and 30-some other counties across the state, will not be able to reopen schools for in-person learning.

Orange County has been on the state's watchlist since June 29.

This means all schools in Orange County will not hold in-person classes when the school year resumes in August.

On July 16, a day before the state announcement, Anaheim's two largest school districts --Anaheim Union High School and Anaheim Elementary School -- voted to start the school year through distance learning only.

Distance learning will continue in Orange County for the foreseeable future with rising coronavirus cases.

School districts can begin considering in-person learning once a county is off the state's watchlist.

Removal from the watchlist requires a 14-day decline in COVID-19 cases. Orange County has not seen a decline in daily cases since regular tracking began in March.

Here are school guidelines for counties that are not on the watchlist. 

They would apply to Orange County when the county moves off of the watchlist.

More at Anaheim.net/coronavirus
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