May 29, 2020
Tracking coronavirus: Anaheim responds
Anaheim continues to respond to the coronavirus outbreak while we work on a cautious, gradual reopening of our city.

We provide daily updates at 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: 1,001

As of May 29, Anaheim has 1,001 reported cases of Covid-19, the condition caused by coronavirus.

While surpassing 1,000 cases is an unfortunate milestone, it's important to remember Anaheim does not have 1,001 active cases.

The figure is a cumulative, running tally since city tracking began on March 27.

We don't have a count of active Anaheim cases. But we know they are much smaller.

Thankfully, the vast majority of people who test positive go on to recover.

The Orange County Health Care Agency does not track actual recovery data for Anaheim or all of the county.

On May 26, OC Health began releasing an estimated number of Covid-19 patients who have recovered countywide. That number is conservatively estimated at 2,358.

This estimate is calculated by taking the difference between the prior 28-day cumulative case count and current number of deaths.  

Anaheim's cases are out of 5,923 cumulative cases for all of Orange County.

Anaheim's running case count also represents a small fraction, 0.2 percent, of Anaheim's 360,000 residents.

Among cities, Santa Ana has the most cases at 1,126, followed by Anaheim at 1,001, Huntington Beach at 334 and Irvine at 189.

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.

Although we don't get city-specific data on deaths, Anaheim is aware of 23 deaths in our city from complications of Covid-19.

Twenty-one of those deaths have been at skilled nursing facilities in our city and were older patients with advanced medical conditions.

Our hearts go out the families.

While any loss of life is heartbreaking, we are aware of only two deaths among the general population in our city.

Anaheim follows all of Orange County with a relatively low death rate.

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We are in this together and we'll get through this together.
Orange County cases

As of May 29, the Orange County Health Care Agency, the lead agency for coronavirus in our region, is tracking 5,923 cases.

The county this week began reporting an estimate of people who have recovered from Covid-19 , the condition caused by coronavirus

As of May 28, that is conservatively estimated at 2,358 people.

Orange County has seen 145 deaths -- the first of which was reported March 24 -- from complications of Covid-19.

While any loss of life is tragic, Orange County's death rate is relatively low at 2 percent.

Total tests done countywide surpassed 100,000 on May 23, with the total for May 28 at 116,279.

The county's 5,923 total cases represent a 5 percent positive rate of all tests done, consistent for weeks now. 

That means 95 percent of tests are coming back negative.

We and others continue to watch Orange County's positive rate on testing, which is lower than other counties and areas.

When tracking began in March, the positive rate hovered around 8 percent. We continue to see the positive rate decrease, which is a good sign.
Access to testing 

Testing is available across Anaheim and Orange County for those with and without symptoms and with and without insurance.

If you would like to get testing, you should start by calling your insurer or healthcare provider.

If they do not offer testing or make it available to everyone, there are other options.

California testing sites

California is offering testing to essential workers through OptumServe, including in Buena Park, Orange, Santa Ana and San Juan Capistrano.

Testing is by appointment Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.

You can make an appointment by clicking here.

Find a map of testing sites here.

The sites offer swab testing, also known as polymerise chain reaction or PCR testing.

Swab testing is the standard for determining whether someone is currently infected with Covid-19.

If you have insurance, your insurance will be billed. If you're uninsured and can't afford a test, the state of California will cover the cost.

Orange County testing sites

The Orange County Healthcare Agency offers testing through a network of 15 providers, including here in Anaheim as well as Buena Park, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Tustin and other neighboring cities.

Appointments are required. See a list of locations  here.

Anaheim testing 

Testing is widely available across Anaheim at hospitals, urgent care clinics, doctors offices and other providers.

Start by calling your provider.

General public testing is available at AltaMed on Anaheim Boulevard near the Riverside (91) Freeway.

AltaMed is part of the county's testing network and will bill insurers where applicable but also provides testing for those without insurance with compensation from government funding. 

Read more here.

CVS Pharmacy is now offering drive-up testing by appointment at its Anaheim locations on Beach Boulevard and on Brookhurst Street.

Find out more and make an appointment here.

Another Anaheim testing site, Golden West Medical Center, is focused on testing for employees returning to workplaces. 

Golden West provides both swab and antibody testing.

Antibody testing can be helpful in determining whether someone's been exposed to coronavirus and for studying what that means for future immunity.

Note that antibody testing is not a good indicator of current infection. Nor can it guarantee immunity, as health experts are still unsure whether or not someone can be reinfected with Covid-19.

Golden West is not providing testing for those with Covid-19 symptoms.

If you have a fever, shortness of breath, a cough or other Covid-19 symptoms, you should contact your primary provider for guidance.

You can contact Golden West at (714) 634-4884.

Orange County and other California counties that meet the state's public health and coronavirus response criteria can move at their own pace into stage 3 of reopening, Gov. Gavin Newsom said on May 29.

Anaheim and all of Orange County are now in stage 2 and transitioning to stage 3 as part of California's four-stage reopening plan.

We will now await official word from the county on when we officially move into stage 3.

We expect Orange County to move to stage 3 in coming days.

Stage 3 is set to see the reopening of nail salons, movie theaters and gyms, and, eventually, sports without fans, including potentially Angels baseball, as well as the reopening of additional parts of The Anaheim Resort.

To be clear, these businesses cannot open today, but will be able to when we are in stage 3. 

Even at that, we expect businesses to reopen in phases. 

Anaheim is looking for businesses to reopen at their own determination, at the right time and in accordance with California's four-stage plan.

Open or opening now are: 
  • Barbers, hair salons with face coverings, physical distancing and other safeguards
  • Places of worship at reduced capacity and with other modifications
  • Limited in-restaurant dining with reservations and social distancing
  • In-person shopping at stores and shopping centers with social distancing and other safeguards
Overall, businesses that are reopening will need to follow basic health guidelines laid out by the state. 

You can find more at

Here is a summary: 
  1. Perform a risk assessment of their site and planned operations.
  2. Have a plan in place for cleaning and disinfecting, as well as providing protective gear for employees.
  3. Implement physical distancing among workers, including in break areas. 
  4. Have a specific plan for screening employees and dealing with potential cases among staff.
  5. Train employees to self-screen for Covid-19 symptoms, to stay home if they are sick and to know how to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
You can read more about the state's road map to recovery here.
Places of worship

California has cleared the way for places of worship in Anaheim and across the state to hold limited in-person services. 

You can find the state's full guidance for churches, temples and mosques here.

The guidance is similar to that for businesses. 

Places of worship need to have reopening plans, train employees on coronavirus, track employee health, follow disinfecting protocols and take steps to limit occupancy.

Your place of worship can download a reopening plan template based on state guidelines here.

Churches, temples and mosques must ensure they can meet the state guidelines before resuming in-person services.

Here is a summary of the guidance: 
  • Limit attendance to 25 percent of capacity or a maximum of 100 attendees, whichever is lower.
  • Occupancy limits remain in place for 21 days to monitor any impacts. 
  • Face coverings are strongly recommended for congregants, visitors and staff.
  • Services need to be shortened to limit how long attendees are together at a place of worship.
  • Churches, temples and mosques need to stay closed for community meetings and other non-religious gatherings or events.
  • No large faith-based gatherings such as concerts, holiday and life event celebrations and remembrances are allowed.
  • Children's play areas should stay closed and activities and services for children where physical distancing of at least six feet cannot be maintained remain on hold.
  • Prop or hold doors open during peak periods when congregants and visitors are entering and exiting facilities (as allowable per safety).
  • Discourage staff, congregants, visitors and others from shaking hands, hugging and similar greetings that break physical distance.
For Anaheim and Orange County, guidance allows places of worship that meet state guidelines to resume in-person services.

We thank all of Anaheim's places of worship for reopening safely and responsibly and for their sacrifices of the past two months. 
Emergency Rental Assistance

The coronavirus crisis has hit many Anaheim families hard, and many may be struggling to make ends meet. Paying rent may already be difficult under normal circumstances, but lost jobs and work hours due to the virus have made it near impossible. 

Anaheim's eviction moratorium has helped renters stay in their homes, but for many paying back rent when the moratorium expires June 30 is going to be a big mountain to climb.

Anaheim's coronavirus Emergency Rental Assistance Program aims to help struggling renters who deferred rent payments since April, up to $2,100. 

Applications will be available online starting June 1 at 8 a.m. and are due by June 5 at 5 p.m.

Applicants will be chosen on a first come, first served basis and aid will be distributed starting in July. The payments will be made directly from the city to landlords.

See a fact sheet on the program here. Read more at
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