Jan. 29, 2021
Anaheim continues to respond to the coronavirus outbreak as we work to overcome a winter surge in cases.

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: 38,384

The downward trend in new COVID-19 cases in Anaheim and Orange County continues, though we can't let our guard down quite yet. 

Sadly, we still continue to see high numbers of new cases each week, while the number of deaths has also been tragically high.

Continue to fight COVID in all you do so we can -- finally -- get past this pandemic together.

Anaheim saw an increase of 1,667 cases in the past seven days, while Orange County saw 11,016 new cases in that time. 

Anaheim is at a cumulative 38,384 cases, with 4,814 among children. 

Orange County is at a cumulative 229,757 cases, with 23,307 among children.

Sadly, Anaheim has seen 564 people pass from complications of COVID-19, the condition caused by coronavirus. The county has seen a total 2,975 deaths.

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

The county has processed a total of 2,643,414 polymerase chain reaction, or PCR, tests, the standard for diagnosing COVID-19 cases.

This week, the state lifted the regional stay home order for Orange County and the broader Southern California region. A limited overnight stay home order was also lifted, removing restrictions on nighttime activities.

Anaheim and Orange County now revert back to the purple Tier 1, the most restrictive in the state's color-coded reopening framework.

Among other changes, this means outdoor dining can resume at restaurants, and hair salons and nail salons can reopen with modifications.

Read more at Anaheim.net/reopening. 

The county's current case rate is 46.6 per 100,000 residents.

The county's current positivity rate is 12.9 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: 9,397
  • Nursing facility cases: 654
  • Deaths: 210 with 113 from nursing facilities
  • Seven-day positivity rate: 14.6 percent, down from 20.5 percent the week prior
  • Seven-day case rate: 70.2, down from 142.5 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: 9,149
  • Nursing facility cases: 103
  • Deaths: 102 with 20 from nursing facilities
  • Seven-day positivity rate: 17.6 percent, down from 24 percent the week prior
  • Seven-day case rate: 103.9, down from 182.3 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: 7,103
  • Nursing facility cases: 147
  • Deaths: 90 with 26 from nursing facilities
  • Seven-day positivity rate: 17.4 percent, down from 22.1 percent the week prior
  • Seven-day case rate: 101.3, down from 162 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: 4,927
  • Nursing facility cases: 161
  • Deaths: 84 with 39 from nursing facilities
  • Seven-day positivity rate: 16.2 percent, down from 21.1 percent the week prior
  • Seven-day case rate: 90.3, down from 156.8 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: 4,135
  • Nursing facility cases: none
  • Deaths: 34
  • Seven-day positivity rate: 12.7 percent, down from 16.5 percent the week prior
  • Seven-day case rate: 81.7, down from 124.2 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: 2,348
  • Nursing facility cases: none
  • Deaths: 30
  • Seven-day positivity rate: 14.6 percent, down from 16.8 percent the week prior
  • Seven-day case rate: 60.3, down from 84.9 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: 1,101
  • Nursing facility cases: none
  • Deaths: 11
  • Seven-day positivity rate: 14.3 percent, down from 19.4 percent the week prior
  • Seven-day case rate: 54.9, down from 88 the week prior
Among cities, Santa Ana has the most cumulative cases at 41,615, followed by Anaheim at 38,384, Garden Grove at 14,890, Orange at 10,774 and Fullerton at 10,266. 

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

Vaccine registration: what to know

We are encouraged to see that the majority of Anaheim and Orange County residents are eager to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Supply is limited, and more appointments are slowly coming online.

We know registering to get the vaccine from the county can be a confusing and frustrating process. Here we help answer some common questions.
 
Where to register
The county has contracted with Othena to manage the vaccine registration and tracking process for all of Orange County. Visit Othena.com to register and you can also download the Othena app on Apple and Android.
 
What's next
After registering, you'll be placed into a virtual waiting room until it is your turn to make an appointment. Appointments are prioritized based on age, time of registration and available vaccine supply. To ensure sufficient supply, the county only books appointments three days in advance.
 
When it's your turn to schedule an appointment, you'll receive an email from Othena or notification in the Othena app. You'll then have a four-hour window to make your appointment. Be sure to update your spam filter and check your junk mailbox, as Othena emails could end up there.
 
Wait times
The current wait time between registering and getting an appointment is approximately two weeks. This will fluctuate based on vaccine availability, opening of any additional vaccination sites and any closures due to in climate weather.
 
Who's eligible
The county is currently vaccinating Phase 1A, which includes healthcare workers, first responders, public safety officers and people 65 and older.
 
Seniors
The city of Anaheim continues to work with the county in offering more pop-up clinics for seniors and especially those in our low-income neighborhoods. We don't have any upcoming dates set but continue to push for them.

Additional vaccines
Vaccine supply is still limited, with only two vaccine types authorized by the federal government.

At least two additional companies are expected to seek authorization for their vaccines in the coming weeks, which could help increase supply and speed up vaccinations.

The state also announced this week a partnership with health insurance company Blue Shield for better vaccine distribution. It's unclear how this may impact the county sites at this time, but it could also mean greater distribution among primary care providers and pharmacies for the general public.

In addition, we look to plans from the federal government to increase vaccine distribution to California in the next few months.

New state system
Earlier this week, California announced a state vaccine eligibility and tracking website called My Turn.

The website serves the same purpose Othena does for Orange County, telling people when it's their turn to get vaccinated and helping them make an appointment.

Right now, the county is working to determine how Othena would fit into this state framework. We look forward to more details about the state site in the coming days and how it will work in conjunction with Othena. Stay tuned for details.

Find more information 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.

Find a list of dates and times and make an appointment at Anaheim.net/testing

Please note: Testing is BY APPOINTMENT ONLY!

Appointments are readily available now.

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.

More details and appointment links at Anaheim.net/testing
Internet access rebates

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

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.
Fight COVID: outdoor dining

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.

With the state's stay home order now lifted, outdoor dining is back!

We encourage you to support local restaurants by going out for a meal. But do so safely and responsibly.

What does it mean to fight COVID when dining out at a restaurant?

When you go out to dinner, make sure you wear your mask at all times, unless you're sitting at your table eating. You may also want to bring a face shield, which could even be worn while eating, for added protection.

And make sure you wash your hands before eating.

Stay at least 6 feet away from anyone who's not in your household. That includes a friend you're meeting for dinner who's sitting with you at the table.

If you can't keep distance from your server, be sure to put your mask back on when they come to the table.

If you're uncomfortable going to a restaurant or want to be extra cautious, getting takeout is a great option. You can get pickup or delivery and still support your favorite spot!

These are easy steps that can help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

While cases seem to be slowing a bit, we all need to keep doing our part to keep that downward trend going and get past this pandemic together.

Thank you for joining us in our campaign to keep Anaheim safe.


More at Anaheim.net/coronavirus
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