Aug. 7, 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: 6,632

Anaheim is at a cumulative 6,632 past, active and recovered cases since reporting by city began in March, according to the Orange County Health Care Agency.

There were 441 new cases recorded across all of Anaheim's seven ZIP codes in the past seven days.

As of Aug. 7, Anaheim has seen 167 people pass from complications of COVID-19, the condition caused by coronavirus.

This week, OC Health has noted an issue with the state reporting system that collects data from labs, which is impacting the number of cases and tests being reported.

The issue is expected to be fixed in the next few days, with a larger number of results and cases expected next week.

For now, the issue means we see artificially low numbers of new cases and test results some days and larger volumes on other days.

Overall, Anaheim continues to see new cases but also a moderation from the high levels seen in early July, when the city peaked at 243 daily new cases on July 9.

And it's important to remember that cases reported each day for Anaheim did not all occur in the past 24 hours.

Anaheim's percentage of all Orange County cases has been declining and now stands at 17.1, down from 19.3 percent of countywide cases in June.

Anaheim's cumulative cases represent 1.8 percent of our city's total population of 359,339.

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: 1,708
  • Nursing facility cases: 323
  • Deaths: 64 with 50 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: 1,617
  • Nursing facility cases: 64
  • Deaths: 30 with 14 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: 1,188
  • Nursing facility cases: 56
  • Deaths: 17 with four from 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: 823
  • Nursing facility cases: 84
  • Deaths: 35 with 21 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: 788
  • Nursing facility cases: none
  • Deaths: 10
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: 312
  • Nursing facility cases: none
  • Deaths: six
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: 149
  • Nursing facility cases: none
  • Deaths: listed as "less than five" since July 4 with three Anaheim deaths now likely assigned to this ZIP code
Among cities, Santa Ana has the most cases at 7,414, followed by Anaheim at 6,632, Garden Grove at 2,079 and Fullerton at 1,765.

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

Orange County cases

As of Aug. 7, the Orange County Health Care Agency, the lead agency for coronavirus in our region, is tracking 38,754 cases.

There were 2,558 new cases recorded across the county in the past seven days.

Cases are believed to be underreported with a statewide lag in collecting of data from labs in the past two weeks, according to OC Health.

The seven-day average of new cases reported as of July 24 is 320.

The trend has declined with fluctuations since July 11, when the seven-day average was 807.

Among cases, there are 1,769 cases reported in skilled nursing facilities, 489 cases among jail inmates and 144 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 29,009 people. 

Orange County has seen 704 deaths -- the first of which was reported March 24 -- from complications of COVID-19.

A little less than 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 1.8 percent.

The county now is at 452,608 PCR tests completed.

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

Tests are current up to Aug. 6.

Orange County is currently on the state's monitoring list, which means that the state tracks several key indicators of how we are faring with the outbreak: 14-day case rate, seven-day positivity rate, hospitalizations and hospital capacity.

These factors determine whether the county remains on the monitoring list, which comes with additional restrictions.

Read more about state data monitoring here.

Here's where we stand as of Aug. 7:

Orange County's 14-day case rate is at 103.8 per 100,000 residents.

This is calculated by taking new cases in the past 14 days, with a three-day lag, dividing that number by our population and then multiplying it by 100,000.

The rate must be below 25 for our county to be removed from the monitoring list. 

The county's seven-day positivity rate, tracked with a seven-day lag, is 8.1 percent.

The state threshold for positivity rate is 8 percent.

Though it does not factor into our position on the monitoring list, it's interesting to note that the county's running total of 38,754 cases compared with total tests represents an 8.6 percent ongoing positivity rate.

Hospitalizations according to the most recent data as of Aug. 6:
  • Patients in hospitals: 511
  • Patients in intensive care: 177
Orange County's percent change in the average number of hospitalized patients in the past three days stands at -5.1.

A negative percentage means that the average number of patients in our hospitals has decreased.

To be removed from the monitoring list, the average number of patients hospitalized in a county cannot increase more than 10 percent in a three-day period.

Orange County's hospital capacity as of Aug. 7:
  • Percentage of ICU beds available: 34
  • Percentage of ventilators available: 64
To be removed from the monitoring list, counties must have 25 percent of ventilators available and 20 percent of ICU beds available.

While Orange County is meeting most state criteria, we must meet all of these measurements for 14 consecutive days in order to get off the state's monitoring list. Then to ease restrictions, we must remain off the list for three consecutive days. 
Anaheim testing

Appointments are available at Anaheim Convention Center for drive-thru COVID-19 testing.

While slots were limited in the first two weeks of this new Anaheim testing site, we've now increased availability and there are many open appointments.

There are even slots available for this weekend, so if you need a test go ahead and register now.

Testing is available Tuesday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Testing 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 vehicles. Results are returned within two to four days.

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 part of Anaheim's ongoing efforts to address the coronavirus crisis, in partnership with the county of Orange. The operator is Garden Grove-based 360 Clinic.

To make an appointment, click here.

If you have questions, please call (800) 446-8888.
Schools

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 elementary schools may apply for a waiver from the Orange County Health Care Agency to resume in-person classes this fall.

In order to do so, an agreement would need to be made between parents, community organizations and labor groups.

The form and process for seeking a waiver were released this week.

More details can be found here and FAQs here

Applications will be reviewed by the county health officer and state health officials.

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

The county of Orange this week announced a new program to help restaurants called Safe Dine OC.

It offers $1,000 grants to restaurants to pay for coronavirus safeguards such as cleaning supplies, protective equipment or staff training.

Applications for the program are now open online.
More at Anaheim.net/coronavirus
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