Anaheim continues to respond to the coronavirus outbreak as we face a surge in cases across our county, state and nation.
We provide daily updates at Anaheim.net/coronavirus and on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts.
The newsletter is a weekly summary.
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: 34,743
The rate of new COVID-19 cases in Anaheim and Orange County continues at a high level but there is some stabilization and signs of hospital improvement.
While encouraging, we just don't know if this is a true plateau or whether we will see higher cases next week as the full effect of post-holiday gatherings starts to be seen.
Please continue to fight COVID in all you do.
Anaheim saw an increase of 4,091 cases in the past seven days, while Orange County saw 24,634 new cases in that time.
Anaheim is at a cumulative 34,743 cases, with 4,253 among children.
Orange County is at a cumulative 205,991 cases.
Sadly, Anaheim has seen 462 people pass from complications of COVID-19, the condition caused by coronavirus. The county has seen a total 2,277 deaths.
Our hearts go out to the family and friends who have lost someone dear to them.
The county has processed a total of 2,376,542 polymerase chain reaction, or PCR, tests, the standard for diagnosing COVID-19 cases.
Orange County, along with a broader Southern California region, remains under a regional stay home order due to low ICU bed availability.
It's our best guess that the order will be in effect into February based on current trends in cases and hospitalizations.
As of today, the state reports our region's ICU availability at 0 percent. Orange County's ICU availability to treat COVID-19 patients is also at 0 percent.
The county's current case rate is 78.8 per 100,000 residents.
The county's current positivity rate is 19.5 percent.
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: 8,592
- Nursing facility cases: 605
- Deaths: 177 with 106 from nursing facilities
- Seven-day positivity rate: 22.5 percent, down from 23 percent the week prior
- Seven-day case rate: 125.9, up from 121.9 the week prior
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.
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.
92802: central-south Anaheim
- Population: 63,483
- Total cases: 6,397
- Nursing facility cases: 143
- Deaths: 64 with 22 from nursing facilities
- Seven-day positivity rate: 21.7 percent, down from 23.5 percent the week prior
- Seven-day case rate: 130.7, up from 122 the week prior
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.
92806: central-east Anaheim
- Population: 44,456
- Total cases: 4,464
- Nursing facility cases: 153
- Deaths: 71 with 36 from nursing facilities
- Seven-day positivity rate: 25.4 percent, up from 23.4 percent the week prior
- Seven-day case rate: 148.8, up from 123.4 the week prior
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.
92807: Anaheim Canyon, part of east Anaheim
- Population: 41,980
- Total cases: 3,742
- Nursing facility cases: none
- Deaths: 29
- Seven-day positivity rate: 23.4 percent, up from 21.6 percent the week prior
- Seven-day case rate: 131.7, up from 114 the week prior
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.
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.
Among cities, Santa Ana has the most cumulative cases at 37,739, followed by Anaheim at 34,743, Garden Grove at 13,144, Orange at 9,704 and Fullerton at 9,146.
We are at nearly 15,000 vaccines given in Anaheim and counting!
On Wednesday, Anaheim and the county of Orange launched our region's first super site for vaccines.
The super site is at the Toy Story Parking Area in the Disneyland Resort and is serving 3,000 people a day.
That's on top of 5,000 vaccinations already administered at Anaheim's prior vaccination site at a fire facility in our city.
The launch has gone smoothly, though there have been issues with high interest, limited supply and technology with the county's online appointment system, known as Othena.
Who can be vaccinated?
We urge everyone to get vaccinated when it is their time
. Right now, only healthcare workers, first responders and those 65 and older can get the vaccine
And, even for those, there is a limited supply of vaccines, meaning appointments and shots have to be allocated each day
We can only vaccinate those who live or work in Orange County
. Someone who lives and works in another county cannot be vaccinated in our county
For more, see Anaheim.net/vaccines
.How are vaccinations done?
By appointment only, with no walk-ups allowed
You join one of a handful of lines based on your appointment time, then check-in, confirm registration, get the shot and are monitored for 15 minutes, or 30 if you've had a prior reaction to a vaccine.
Waits in line can vary from 15 minutes to 45 minutes. Beyond that, people move through in a matter of minutes. Add additional time for monitoring.
You'll need documentation showing you're eligible. In the case of healthcare workers, that is a professional license, letter on employer letterhead, identifiable workplace badge or business card plus a government identification.
For those 65 and older, you'll need government identification showing your age.
How do I get an appointment?
This is the hard part. Even among those eligible, there are more people than shots available.
The county of Orange uses an app (currently for iPhone and coming soon for Android) as well as a website, Othena.com, to make appointments.
The app and website have seen as many as 100 million hits a day, well beyond our county's population of 3.2 million, as people try to get an appointment.
Regretfully, that has brought crashes and downtime. Frustrating, we know. Improvements are made and things get better each day.
We urge patience. Wait for your group's turn before trying to sign up. For those currently eligible, keep trying every few days.
What vaccine is it?
We are administering the Moderna vaccine with a second shot due about 28 days after the first one. Your second shot must be consistent with your first one. There's no mixing of vaccines.
We could see other vaccines as supplies come available.
How much does it cost?
There is no cost to get the vaccine.
Is it safe?
We have seen no serious issues with 15,000 vaccines given so far.
The Moderna and other vaccines have gone through the same clinical trials that any other vaccine or drug does, just in a shorter amount of time because of the urgent need.
If you have individual questions, check with your doctor. We urge as many people to be vaccinated as possible to move beyond the tragedy of coronavirus.
When will more people be able to get the vaccine?
We know everyone is eager to get the vaccine, and we appreciate the widespread interest to help get our city on the road to recovery from this pandemic.
But it's important that we all wait our turn for our designated time to get vaccinated.
The state and the county have laid out a strict framework for how the vaccine will be given, starting with those who are most at risk.
Right now, we're in Phase 1A. We expect to reach phase 1B, which includes education, emergency management, food and other essential workers, next month.
It's likely the general public will be able to receive the vaccine this summer, or sooner, as we see more companies get authorization for vaccines.
For now, you can sign up online
to get notified when you're eligible to download the app to make a vaccine appointment.
And the county is looking for volunteers when we do roll our the public vaccination sites. Sign up here
You can find more details
about the phases of vaccine distribution and when you can get your shot at Anaheim.net/vaccine
Free COVID-19 testing
Testing is available at more locations than ever in Anaheim, still at no cost to residents.
We have three walk-up kiosks across our city, drive-thru testing at the Anaheim Convention Center, and school-site testing through our partner Latino Health Access three days a week.
Please note: Testing is BY APPOINTMENT ONLY!
Testing is in high demand right now, amid a surge in cases in Orange County.
If you show up without an appointment, you'll have to wait until all appointments have been taken, which could take hours.
Making an appointment online is easy to do for any site, whether it be drive-thru or walk-up.
Fight COVID: on essential outings
Our public awareness campaign is out in full force across Anaheim, encouraging residents to fight COVID in all you do.
We need to keep our guard up, no matter where we are. Fight COVID at home, at work and on essential outings.
What does it mean to fight COVID on essential outings?
Whether it's the grocery store, the pharmacy or a dentist appointment, we all have essential outings we have to take care of, even amid a pandemic.
Bring hand sanitizer, alcohol wipes or sanitizing spray to clean your hands, cart or other surfaces. Wear a mask whenever you leave the house.
While in the store, do your best to keep six feet away from others. Wait your turn at the produce section and leave space when standing in line to check out.
Curbside pickup and delivery is becoming more and more common and easy. If it works for you, try ordering your groceries or prescriptions that way, so you don't have to even step in the store.
These are easy steps that can help prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Cases are still being reported at an alarming rate, so we all need to push through and keep doing our part to stop the surge.
Thank you for joining us in our campaign to keep Anaheim safe.
More at Anaheim.net/coronavirus
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