Nov. 20, 2020
Anaheim continues to respond to the coronavirus outbreak as we enter a second surge in cases across our county, state and nation.

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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: 11,636

We've seen another big increase in cases reported this week in Anaheim as the state imposes new restrictions to keep people from gathering with those outside their household to stop the surge.

Anaheim and Orange County have not seen numbers like this since our peak in July.

Anaheim is at a cumulative 11,636 past, active and recovered cases since reporting by city began in March, according to the Orange County Health Care Agency.

There were 645 new cases recorded across all of Anaheim's seven ZIP codes in the past seven days, up from 486 the week prior.

Anaheim has a cumulative total of 1,195 cases among children ages 18 down to infants.

As of Nov. 20, Anaheim has seen 335 people pass from complications of COVID-19, the condition caused by coronavirus.

Our hearts go out to the family and friends who have lost someone dear to them.

Anaheim's cumulative cases represent 3 percent of our city's total population of 359,339.

The county reports a seven-day average testing positivity rate and seven-day average daily case rate per 100,000 residents for each Anaheim ZIP code.

Both indicators are calculated with a seven-day lag and updated every Tuesday.

The rates are calculated by dividing the seven-day daily case average by the ZIP code population then multiplying that by 100,000. The measurements do not include cases among inmates.

On a county level, these are two of the three indicators used by the state to determine which colored tier Orange County falls into for reopening.

The third indicator is a health equity measurement. Learn more about that on our reopening page.

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: 2,872
  • Nursing facility cases: 408
  • Deaths: 133 with 87 from nursing facilities
  • Seven-day positivity rate: 5.7 percent, up from 4.6 percent the week prior
  • Seven-day case rate: 10.5, up from 7.7 the week prior
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: 2,881
  • Nursing facility cases: 95
  • Deaths: 58 with 15 from nursing facilities
  • Seven-day positivity rate: 11.5 percent, up from 7.1 percent the week prior
  • Seven-day case rate: 25.1, up from 10.8 the week prior
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: 2,075
  • Nursing facility cases: 69
  • Deaths: 50 with 19 from nursing facilities
  • Seven-day positivity rate: 8.7 percent, up from 5.7 percent the week prior
  • Seven-day case rate: 18.7, up from 7.7 the week prior
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: 1,484
  • Nursing facility cases: 105
  • Deaths: 50 with 27 from nursing facilities
  • Seven-day positivity rate: 9.6 percent, up from 6.1 percent the week prior
  • Seven-day case rate: 19.6, up from 10.6 the week prior
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: 1,312
  • Nursing facility cases: none
  • Deaths: 20
  • Seven-day positivity rate: 7.9 percent, up from 7.4 percent the week prior
  • Seven-day case rate: 13.6, up from 9.9 the week prior
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: 644
  • Nursing facility cases: none
  • Deaths: 16
  • Seven-day positivity rate: 6.8 percent, up from 4.1 percent the week prior
  • Seven-day case rate: 12.3, up from 6.5 the week prior
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: 285
  • Nursing facility cases: none
  • Deaths: listed as "less than five" since July 4 with three Anaheim deaths now likely assigned to this ZIP code
  • Seven-day positivity rate: 5.6 percent, up from 3.9 percent the week prior
  • Seven-day case rate: 9.3, up from 6.6 the week prior
Among cities, Santa Ana has the most cases at 13,092, followed by Anaheim at 11,636, Garden Grove at 3,818, Fullerton at 3,301 and Orange at 3,196.

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Orange County cases

We again saw a high number of new cases reported this week in Orange County, reaching levels we've not seen since the last surge in July.

As of Nov. 20, the Orange County Health Care Agency, the lead agency for coronavirus in our region, is tracking 68,336 cumulative cases of COVID-19.

There were 4,278 new cases recorded across the county in the past seven days, up from 2,637 a week earlier.

The seven-day average of new cases reported as of Nov. 7 is 348.

The seven-day average peaked on July 11 at 865.

Among cases, there are 2,433 cases reported in skilled nursing facilities, 584 cases among jail inmates and 254 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 57,556 people, or 84 percent. 

Orange County has seen 1,540 deaths -- the first of which was reported March 24 -- from complications of COVID-19.

About 38 percent of those were patients at skilled nursing facilities.

While any loss of life is tragic, Orange County's death rate is relatively low at 2.3 percent.

The county is now at 1,314,639 total PCR tests completed.

A PCR, or polymerase chain reaction, test is a swab sample that confirms if a person has a current infection.

Orange County moved back to California's color coded purple Tier 1 on Nov. 16 after nine weeks in red Tier 2.

The change means restaurants and gyms can no longer operate indoors, movie theaters have to close and stores and shopping centers go from 50 percent capacity to 25 percent.

Churches, temples and mosques also have to suspend indoor services and can only meet outdoors.

You can read more here.

The state tiers are based on three measurements, each determined by calculating the seven-day average with a seven-day lag:
  • Average positivity rate
  • Average new daily cases per 100,000 residents
  • Positivity rate for lower socioeconomic neighborhoods
The county's new case rate is at 10.8 per 100,000, up from 5.6 the week prior.

The county's current positivity rate is 4.6 percent, up from 3.3 percent the week prior.

Our current case rate is in the purple Tier 1 category, which is for case rates of more than 8 per 100,000.

Our positivity rate is in the orange Tier 3 category, which is for positivity rates of 2 percent to 4.9 percent.

A county must meet both requirements to transition forward to a less restrictive tier. A county can move backward if only one of the measures falls in a stricter tier.

A third measurement, known as health equity metric, looks at lower socioeconomic neighborhoods across the county. Read more here.
The lowest quarter of Orange County's neighborhoods have to see a testing positivity rate close to that of the next tier we're looking to move into.
Currently, the positivity rate for Orange County's lowest quarter of neighborhoods is 5.5  percent, unchanged from the week prior.
That is at the low end of red Tier 1.

You can find more about reopening and what can be open in each tier at
Purple tier, stay-at-home order

As of Nov. 16, Orange County is in the purple Tier 1, the most restrictive, amid a rise in cases in our region and across the state.

This comes after our county was in the red, less restrictive Tier 2 for nine weeks.

Rules for Tier 1 bring major operational impacts for restaurants, gyms, stores and places of worship.

These businesses can now only operate outdoors. Additional restrictions are also in place for shopping malls, stores, dance studios and more.

Find a full list here.

Public schools in Anaheim and Orange County that have reopened for in-person learning can continue. But any schools yet to reopen for in-person learning will need county approval to move forward with in-person learning. See more on schools here.

Additionally, effective Nov. 21, Orange County and other counties in purple Tier 1 are under the state's limited, overnight stay-at-home order.

From 10 p.m. Nov. 21 through 5 a.m. Dec. 21, residents not in essential work are required to be in their own homes from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. without gathering with other households.

The order is designed to prevent social gatherings after 10 p.m. and stem spread. 

Traveling to and from work, for healthcare, for urgent matters or for necessary trips without gathering with others are allowed.

Businesses under California's essential sectors are not impacted (see below). Business not falling under those essential categories need to close by 10 p.m.  send workers home.

Restaurants are a unique consideration. They are essential under California's guidelines, though they can only offer takeout and delivery after 10 p.m. and must stop outdoor dining, the only dining allowed in purple Tier 1, by 10 p.m.

California's essential work sectors (see more here):
  • Healthcare
  • Emergency services
  • Food supply, processing and service, including restaurants for takeout and delivery only after 10 p.m.
  • Energy
  • Water and sewage
  • Transportation and logistics
  • Communications and information technology
  • Government
  • Critical manufacturing
  • Financial services
  • Chemicals
  • Defense
  • Construction
Find a list of frequently asked questions about the stay-at-home order here


We know times are tough and these added restrictions are not what we want to hear, but we appreciate all of your hard work in keeping us in the red tier for so long. We can stop the surge if we all do our part!

Wear your mask, practice social distancing, don't gather with those outside your household, avoid non-essential travel and get tested if you feel sick or have been exposed.
A safe Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is usually a time to travel, see extended family and get everyone together. But this year, we need to make sure we're not turning our family meal into a super-spreader event.

Just as we saw with Halloween, there are still ways to celebrate in a lower-risk manner.

The state has released guidelines for small gatherings that can help us reduce the risk of spreading the virus and celebrate safely this year.

Here are the main points:
  • Wear a mask anywhere you will be around people who do not live with you, including shopping, events and on public transit. This includes close friends and family.
  • Keep your distance -- especially from older family members and those with chronic health conditions.
  • Avoid gathering indoors with other households.
  • If you must be indoors, keep windows and doors open so fresh air circulates, wear a mask and spread out as much as possible.
  • Don't share utensils or drinks with anyone.
  • Keep gatherings short, whether inside or outside.
  • If you or a family member is at higher risk for complications from COVID-19, consider skipping the gathering this year or joining via video call. If you do gather, wear a surgical or N95 mask.
  • Limit celebrations to your household, but if you do invite others, limit to two other households.
  • Avoid travel. Self quarantine and get tested before you leave and when you get home if you do travel.
  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
The state has issued guidelines for non-essential travel ahead of the holidays.

The guidelines warn that traveling for the holidays to visit family or friends who live outside your household can bring an increased risk of coronavirus and spreading it when you return home, especially when traveling via air, bus or train.

Staying home or in the local area and avoiding non-essential travel to other states or countries is best.

If you must travel to or from the state, you should self quarantine for 14 days to avoid passing the virus on to your family or coworkers and get tested upon your return.

The CDC strongly advises staying home for the holidays and avoiding travel.

If you do have plans to travel for the holiday, the CDC recommends you consider the following questions:
  • Are you, someone in your household, or someone you will be visiting at increased risk for getting very sick from COVID-19?
  • Are cases high or increasing in your community or your destination?
  • Are hospitals in your community or your destination overwhelmed with patients who have COVID-19?
  • Does your home or destination have requirements or restrictions for travelers?
  • During the 14 days before your travel, have you or those you are visiting had close contact with people they don't live with?
  • Do your plans include traveling by bus, train, or plane, which might make staying 6 feet apart difficult?
  • Are you traveling with people who don't live with you?
If the answer to any of these questions is "yes," the CDC advises staying home.

Read more here.
Grants for restaurants

Things in OC have changed dramatically this week, as the state moved us backward to the purple Tier 1, the most restrictive in the statewide reopening framework.

Being in the purple tier means that restaurants in Anaheim and Orange County can only have outdoor dining.

So we're here to help.

Anaheim restaurants can apply for up to $2,000 to buy heaters, canopies, tables and chairs and other supplies to take dining outdoors. The money can also be used for past expenses to build up outdoor dining space.

In addition, the county of Orange is now offering a similar grant for restaurants who need more equipment for outdoor dining. You can apply now for $1,000 here.
Internet access rebates 

Anaheim residents can get help with their internet costs thanks to our Internet Access Rebate Program.

Applications are open and funds are still readily available. 

The program offers a rebate up to $120 for three months of internet service to qualified residents who have been impacted by the coronavirus crisis, with the goal of providing needed connectivity to those who are working from home or have children participating in distance learning.

Residents with an annual income up to $102,450 for a family of four can qualify for the program, which is administered by Anaheim Public Utilities. Applicants must be enrolled in one of Anaheim Public Utilities' other income qualified discount programs and can register now and then apply.

The amount of each applicant's rebate will be based on the number of users in their household. For one to two users, it will be up to $60, for three to four users, up to $90, and for five or more users, up to $120 -- typically paid in equal installments over three months.

Checks will be sent out within four weeks of submitting proof of internet service, such as a bill from your provider, and the program will be available on a first-come, first-served basis until funding is exhausted.

The rebate program is part of Anaheim's Community and Economic Recovery Plan, our $36 million effort to provide relief and assistance to residents and businesses amid these challenging times.

Click here to learn more and to apply.
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