Oct. 30, 2020
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 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: 10,204

Anaheim is at a cumulative 10,204 past, active and recovered cases since reporting by city began in March, according to the Orange County Health Care Agency.

There were 272 new cases recorded across all of Anaheim's seven ZIP codes in the past seven days, up from 254 the week prior.

Anaheim has a cumulative total of 1,002 cases among children ages 18 down to infants.

As of Oct. 30, Anaheim has seen 316 people pass from complications of COVID-19, the condition caused by coronavirus.

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

Anaheim's cumulative cases represent 2.8 percent of our city's total population of 359,339.

The county reports a seven-day average testing positivity rate and seven-day average daily case rate per 100,000 residents for each Anaheim ZIP code.

Both indicators are calculated with a seven-day lag and updated every Tuesday.

The rates are calculated by dividing the seven-day daily case average by the ZIP code population then multiplying that by 100,000. For these rates, the county does not include cases among inmates or at skilled nursing facilities. 

On a county level, these are two of the three indicators used by the state to determine which colored tier Orange County falls into for reopening. State calculations do include skilled nursing facility cases, though.

The third indicator is a health equity measurement. Learn more about that on our reopening page.

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: 2,586
  • Nursing facility cases: 408
  • Deaths: 123 with 78 from nursing facilities
  • Seven-day positivity rate: 3.3 percent, down from 3.9 percent the week prior
  • Seven-day case rate: 4.3, down from 5.7 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: 2,502
  • Nursing facility cases: 67
  • Deaths: 58 with 15 from nursing facilities
  • Seven-day positivity rate: 7.7 percent, down from 8.1 percent the week prior
  • Seven-day case rate: 12.8, up from 8.8 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: 1,821
  • Nursing facility cases: 68
  • Deaths: 45 with 17 from nursing facilities
  • Seven-day positivity rate: 5.2 percent, unchanged from the week prior
  • Seven-day case rate: 6.8, down from 7.4 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: 1,285
  • Nursing facility cases: 86
  • Deaths: 48 with 27 from nursing facilities
  • Seven-day positivity rate: 4.8 percent, up from 4.5 percent the week prior
  • Seven-day case rate: 6.1, up from 5.5 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: 1,169
  • Nursing facility cases: none
  • Deaths: 20
  • Seven-day positivity rate: 6.5 percent, down from 7.0 percent the week prior
  • Seven-day case rate: 8.2, up from 7.5 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: 545
  • Nursing facility cases: none
  • Deaths: 15
  • Seven-day positivity rate: 4.6 percent, up from 2.6 percent the week prior
  • Seven-day case rate: 6.5, up from 3.1 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: 225
  • Nursing facility cases: none
  • Deaths: listed as "less than five" since July 4 with three Anaheim deaths now likely assigned to this ZIP code
  • Seven-day positivity rate: 1.7 percent, down from 1.9 percent the week prior
  • Seven-day case rate: 2.0, up from 1.3 the week prior
Among cities, Santa Ana has the most cases at 11,516, followed by Anaheim at 10,204, Garden Grove at 3,280, Fullerton at 2,879 and Orange at 2,766.

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

Orange County cases

As of Oct. 30, the Orange County Health Care Agency, the lead agency for coronavirus in our region, is tracking 59,718 cumulative cases of COVID-19.

There were 1,708 new cases recorded across the county in the past seven days, up from 1,423 a week earlier.

The seven-day average of new cases reported as of Oct. 17 is 195.

Overall, the seven-day average has been in decline with fluctuations since July 11, when it peaked at 863.

Among cases, there are 2,356 cases reported in skilled nursing facilities, 575 cases among jail inmates and 191 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 53,265 people, or 89 percent. 

Orange County has seen 1,475 deaths -- the first of which was reported March 24 -- from complications of COVID-19.

About 37 percent of those were patients at skilled nursing facilities.

While any loss of life is tragic, Orange County's death rate is relatively low at 2.5 percent.

The county is now at 1,098,630 total PCR tests completed.

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

Orange County moved into the color coded red Tier 2 on Sept. 8. Tier 2 is for counties with "substantial" cases, according to the new state classification system.

Counties in red Tier 2 can allow some indoor activities to resume at 10 percent to 50 percent capacity.

The new state tiers are based on three measurements, each determined by calculating the seven-day average with a seven-day lag:
  • Average positivity rate
  • Average new daily cases per 100,000 residents
  • Positivity rate for lower socioeconomic neighborhoods
The county's new case rate is at 5.1 per 100,000, up from 4.6 the week prior.

The county's current positivity rate is 3.2 percent, unchanged from the week prior.

Our current case rate remains in the red Tier 2 category, which is for case rates of 4 to 7 per 100,000.

Our positivity rate continues to be in the orange Tier 3 category, which is 2 percent to 4.9 percent.

A county must meet both requirements to transition to the next tier.

A third measurement, known as health equity metric, looks at lower socioeconomic neighborhoods across the county. Read more here.
The lowest quarter of Orange County's neighborhoods have to see a testing positivity rate close to that of the next tier we're looking to move into.
Currently, the positivity rate for Orange County's lowest quarter of neighborhoods is 6  percent, up from 5.6 percent the week prior.  
It must be a no more than 5.2 percent for us to move into Tier 3.
The county must meet Tier 3 criteria for two weeks before it can formally move into that next tier.

The earliest Orange County could be assessed for Tier 3 is now Nov. 10.

The county also risks falling back to purple Tier 1, the most restrictive, if case rates and testing positivity increases.

Any movement between tiers also requires county direction and concurrence on businesses changes based on state guidelines.

You can find more about reopening and what can be open in each tier at Anaheim.net/reopening.
Halloween safety 

We know everyone's excited for Halloween on Saturday, and we hope everyone finds a safe and responsible way to celebrate.

How we act this weekend, and going forward, will have a direct impact on the spread of the virus in our community.

The state has issued guidelines and recommendations for ways to have a safe and responsible celebration this year. 

The guidelines discourage traditional door-to-door trick-or-treating. Instead, they encourage backyard candy hunts, special Halloween meals and walking around your neighborhood in costume (but not trick-or-treating).

While it gives us no joy to do so, we must share the state guidelines and say traditional trick-or-treating is discouraged in Anaheim this year.

But we know some families may still do so. If you do, we join with California in urging you to consider what's called one-way trick-or-treating.

That's where kids and families might go to a handful of known neighborhood homes where they have set out prepackaged individual goodie bags, with all precautions taken, including no contact, social distancing, face masks in addition to costumes and hand and surface sanitizing.

We all need to avoid large gatherings with hundreds of people on the streets and going door to door and parties that bring lots of people together.

But we hope you and your family can find a smaller way to celebrate that works for you.

The state has also laid out best practices for small, private gatherings.

The summary? Wear a mask, limit gatherings (no more than three households) and celebrate virtually whenever possible.

Even though things are different this year, that doesn't mean we can have fun in a low-risk way.

We can do this, Anaheim! Our reopening depends on it!
Internet access rebates 

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

We opened applications at the beginning of the month, and funds are still readily available. 

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.
Central Library reopens  

Anaheim Central Library reopened Monday, starting a phased reopening of branches across our city after our temporary closure to address coronavirus.

Central Library in downtown Anaheim now offers in-person services on Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

We hope to reopen Canyon Hills Branch in east Anaheim and Haskett Branch in west Anaheim for in-person services in November.

Since the temporary closure in March, we've transformed our library services to meet the community's needs as we continue to work to stop the spread of coronavirus in Anaheim.

As we reopen to in-person visitors, we've adapted Central Library's operations to enhance public health best practices for visitors and staff.  

When you visit us again, we ask that you follow health guidelines to keep you and others safe.

Know before you visit
  • Visitors are required to wear face coverings that cover mouths and noses in accordance with the city of Anaheim's face covering order
  • Acceptable face coverings are N95, KN95, surgical or cloth masks that fit snugly and are secured with ties or ear loops 
  • Visitors are limited to one hour in the library per person or family
  • No food or drink will be permitted inside the library
  • Reservations are required for computer use upon entering the library at the Sign-in Desk. Computer assistance will only be offered through remote chat and screen sharing. In-person computer assistance is not available.
  • One bag per person will be permitted upon entry and must be no larger than 12 inches by 20 inches
Health and safety

Throughout the library, you'll see: 
  • Informative signs outside and inside the library to help you safely navigate and maintain social distancing 
  • Library staff wearing face coverings and gloves
  • Plastic shields are in place at each public service desk
  • Six-feet floor markers are in place at each service desk
  • Public computers spaced to ensure six-feet social distancing
  • Hand sanitizer stations
  • Disinfecting wipes upon request for public computers
  • Computer assistance using screen sharing and remote chat
  • Bathrooms for frequent hand washing
  • Enhanced procedures for frequent cleaning and disinfecting common areas
  • Quarantining of returned library materials for six business days before returning to circulation; visitors will not see returned materials removed from their account until after the quarantine period.
For those not yet ready to come see us in person, we are still offering curbside and online services as we have been throughout our closure.

We can't wait to see you again! We thank you for your patience and for your continued partnership in stopping the spread of coronavirus in our city.

Walk-up testing at Anaheim City Hall

It's easy to get tested at our walk-up COVID-19 testing kiosk at Anaheim City Hall.

Appointments are available on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. We'll hold testing on Fridays as well if we see demand for appointments.

Testing is available at no cost for those with or without symptoms, and with or without insurance.

Make your appointment here, there are plenty of slots available. Once you get to the page, click on the "mobile testing" button and go through the questionnaire.

Once you get to the screen where it asks where you want to get tested, click on "Anaheim City Hall."

The testing kiosk will be located on the south side of City Hall near the Chrysalis building. You can park for free in the Chrysalis parking lot. Address: 230 Mito Way.

Masks are required.

Results will be texted or emailed to you within two to four days.

The kiosk will be at City Hall for the next two weeks, and then we plan to move it to another location in our city. The kiosks are part of our efforts, in partnership with the county of Orange, to expand testing in our most impacted areas.

Find more information on testing here.
Take it outdoors

Anaheim is offering grants to local restaurants to help build or expand outdoor dining space amid the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

All small businesses have been struggling under the restrictions and lifestyle changes this year, and restaurants have had to comply with many new regulations, including increasing outdoor dining options.

Being outside helps prevent the spread of the virus in combination with wearing masks and maintaining at least six feet of physical distance. That's why state guidelines allow for restaurants to reopen outdoors, in addition to some indoor capacity.

But we know not all restaurants have patios or courtyards already built out. So we're here to help.

Anaheim Restaurants can get up to $2,000 through our Restaurant Relief Grant Program to expand their outdoor dining space. This could include purchase of shade structures or umbrellas, décor, barricades or even renting tables and chairs. 

Grants are available for both current and future expenses as well as previous expenses back to March.

Applications are now open and will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Funds are limited.

The grant program is part of the Anaheim Community and Economic Recovery Plan, through which we've provided $36 million in assistance to struggling renters, seniors, families, businesses and others amid these challenging times.

Click here for more information and to apply.

Questions? Call (714) 765-4925 or email outdoor@anaheim.net.
More at Anaheim.net/coronavirus
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