Anaheim cases: what to know
Anaheim is seeing a surge in coronavirus cases.
It is part of a larger trend across Orange County, California and many U.S. states, where cases also are on the rise.
Rising cases are a serious concern for our city. We are bracing for more cases, hospitalizations, and, sadly, deaths.
We are seeing more cases for several reasons:
- Community spread: the virus continues to work through our city in what's called community spread.
- Testing: we are seeing more testing, which brings more detection of spread in Anaheim.
- Reopening: more people are going back to work and more businesses are reopening, bringing more interaction.
- Younger people: new cases include many more young people with those 18 to 34 now make up the largest number of cases.
- Letting our guard down: going out in public and gathering with others without social distancing, face coverings and other best practices.
- Skilled nursing facilities: group facilities with vulnerable residents continue to be a challenge.
Cases by area
We have seen cases in all parts of our city.
Cases do not indicate where a person contracted COVID-19, the condition caused by coronavirus. They merely indicate where a person lives.
The west and central part of our city have seen the majority of Anaheim's cases.
These also are the most populous and most densely populated parts of our city.
Other factors could be socioeconomic with working families, multi-generational households and communities where people live in close proximity to one another.
The areas are also home to most of our city's more than 30 nursing facilities, which make up more than 300 of our city's cases.
The Orange County Health Care Agency, the lead agency for coronavirus across Orange County, is providing additional resources and education for areas with higher case counts, including in Anaheim.
We are in regular contact with OC Health about coronavirus in our city.
Stopping spread, protecting yourself
Community spread is a serious concern for our city. And knowing about where cases are provides additional insight.
But the amount of cases in Anaheim, or where they are in our city, does not alone represent any greater risk beyond what we already face from coronavirus.
Your greatest risk is from being in close contact with someone who is infected.
That is typically within six feet. Exposure duration, whether indoors or outdoors and whether people are wearing face coverings are factors.
The best ways to protect yourself:
- Assume anyone could have COVID-19. While that's not the case, this thinking will reinforce preventive behaviors we all should be taking.
- Stay away from anyone who is sick.
- Stay six feet or more from those outside your household.
- Stay home whenever possible.
- Wear a face covering in public and when encountering others outside your household.
- Wash or sanitize hands often.
- Avoid touching your face.
- Undertake basic cleaning and sanitizing of your home, workspace or things you touch.
- Know signs and symptoms.
- Get tested if you have exposure risk or concerns.
If there is anything positive about confirmed cases in our community, it is that patients have been diagnosed and are isolating or are being treated as needed.
That helps prevent spread by not having those infected go undiagnosed out in our community.
Until we have a vaccine or significant community immunity, we will need to live with coronavirus and fight further spread by diligently following preventive measures.
While there will be adjustments, California has determined that staying home and closing down large parts of our economy for an extended period is not sustainable.
As dangerous as coronavirus is, a shutdown also takes a significant toll on those who have lost work, on businesses that are struggling to survive and with physiological and other health impacts.
So it is critical we continue to follow best practices and all work to stop the spread of coronavirus in Anaheim.
We are in this together and will get through this together.