Anaheim cases: 472
Anaheim saw a moderate increase in cases on May 8, adding 15 new cases for a total of 472, on what was a light day of testing and new cases reported countywide.
We've seen a more moderate increase in cases here overall this week, compared with last week. But that could change based on a lag in reporting that we could make up for over the weekend.
Anaheim's cases are out of 3,240 total cases in Orange County.
Cases posted often depend on many factors, including reporting of tests, both from private labs and other sites, back to the Orange County Health Care Agency.
The county continues to expand testing. The county has processed 46,372 tests as of May 8.
Anaheim and the county are looking to get to 4,000-plus daily tests as part of planning to gradually reopen the economy (see the California Reopening Update section for more).
But, as more testing is done, we need to brace for and accept that more cases will be found here in Anaheim and across Orange County.
While we don't want to see any new cases, detection of new patients means they will self-isolate and be treated as necessary, which ultimately helps stem the spread of coronavirus in our city.
Anaheim's 472 cases make up 14 percent of the county's total reported cases, a percentage that has been generally consistent for several days.
Fourteen percent is three percentage points above our 11 percent share of Orange County's population.
Among cities, Anaheim has the most cases at 472, followed by Santa Ana at 456 Huntington Beach at 242 and Irvine at 140.
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.
A note on case counts: for Anaheim and all of Orange County, case counts are cumulative, meaning they are a running tally since tracking began.
So Anaheim's count does not reflect active cases, which are smaller. Thankfully, the vast majority of people who tested positive weeks ago in our city have gone on to recover.
Even so, as we gradually reopen more businesses, we all need to keep doing what needs to be done to prevent new cases.
- Continue to stay home as much as possible, even as more businesses reopen.
- Carry hand sanitizer and, if available, cleaning wipes, when you're out.
- Wear face coverings when out for essential work and outings, and clean your face coverings often.
- Distance yourself from others at essential stores and when picking up food or purchases at curbside.
- After essential shopping, curbside pickup or getting food, wipe down items entering your home and leave bags and boxes outside.
- Enjoy time outside with your immediate family or household. Keep distance from others and do not gather in parks and other outdoor spaces.
- If you're sick, stay home and be careful not to sicken others in your household.
- Know the key symptoms of coronavirus and seek medical advice as necessary.
- As we think about an eventual, gradual recovery, it will look much like essential life does today - face coverings, physical distancing, washing hands and other best practices. The best practices we consistently do today will serve us well going forward.
We are in this together and we'll get through this together.