Feb. 12, 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 Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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: 40,152
We continue to see a downward trend in new COVID-19 cases in Anaheim and Orange County as we overcome the winter surge. 

Right now, we're about where we were in November, before the holidays, and on par with the peak of the summer surge in July.

It's a good sign, but we have a long way to go.

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

Anaheim saw an increase of 858 cases in the seven days from Feb. 5-11, while Orange County saw 5,689 new cases in that time. 

Note: today's case summary is slightly shifted because the county did not report case numbers on Friday due to the holiday.

Anaheim is at a cumulative 40,152 cases, with 5,106 among children. 

Orange County is at a cumulative 240,999 cases, with 24,823 among children.

Sadly, Anaheim has seen 640 people pass from complications of COVID-19, the condition caused by coronavirus. The county has seen a total 3,493 deaths.

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

The county has processed a total of 2,836,621 polymerase chain reaction, or PCR, tests, the standard for diagnosing COVID-19 cases.

Though we are beginning to near case counts and positivity rates we haven't seen since before the holiday season, Anaheim and Orange County remain in the purple Tier 1, the most restrictive in the state's color-coded reopening framework.

Read more at Anaheim.net/reopening. 

The county's current case rate is 29.7 per 100,000 residents.

The county's current positivity rate is 9.4 percent.

To move to red Tier 2, we must meet the metrics for two weeks. That means the case rate must be below 7 per 100,000 and the positivity rate must be below 8 percent.

We continue to distribute vaccines in our city and county at Anaheim's Super POD site and mobile clinics in harder-hit areas. See more on vaccines below.

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: 9,849
  • Nursing facility cases: 658
  • Deaths: 229 with 117 from nursing facilities
  • Seven-day positivity rate: 11.1 percent, down from 13 percent the week prior
  • Seven-day case rate: 37.4, down from 51.7 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: 9,520
  • Nursing facility cases: 104
  • Deaths: 119 with 20 from nursing facilities
  • Seven-day positivity rate: 11.7 percent, down from 14.5 percent the week prior
  • Seven-day case rate: 41.1, down from 65.7 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: 7,389
  • Nursing facility cases: 146
  • Deaths: 107 with 30 from nursing facilities
  • Seven-day positivity rate: 12.9 percent, down from 15.2 percent the week prior
  • Seven-day case rate: 43, down from 65.9 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: 5,142
  • Nursing facility cases: 161
  • Deaths: 93 with 40 from nursing facilities
  • Seven-day positivity rate: 11.3 percent, down from 14.9 percent the week prior
  • Seven-day case rate: 39.5, down from 63 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: 4,370
  • Nursing facility cases: none
  • Deaths: 42
  • Seven-day positivity rate: 8.4 percent, down from 11 percent the week prior
  • Seven-day case rate: 40.5, down from 59.6 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: 2,488
  • Nursing facility cases: none
  • Deaths: 35
  • Seven-day positivity rate: 10.1 percent, down from 11.6 percent the week prior
  • Seven-day case rate: 33.8, down from 44.9 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: 1,159
  • Nursing facility cases: none
  • Deaths: 13
  • Seven-day positivity rate: 8.8 percent, down from 14.3 percent the week prior
  • Seven-day case rate: 22.5, down from 33.7 the week prior

Among cities, Santa Ana has the most cumulative cases at 43,289, followed by Anaheim at 40,152, Garden Grove at 15,718, Orange at 11,356 and Fullerton at 10,750. 

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Vaccines: 100,000 and counting in Anaheim
We surpassed more than 100,000 vaccines given in Anaheim this week.

The vast majority have been at the Anaheim Super POD at Disneyland Resort. About 5,000 were given at our prior vaccination site at a fire training facility and at smaller neighborhood clinics.

There are actually many more beyond that in Anaheim, when we include those vaccinated at hospitals and healthcare providers such as Kaiser Permanente.

As a city, we’re proud to be leading Orange County in vaccinations. In all, about 377,000 vaccines have been put in arms of people who live or work in the county so far.

About three-quarters, or 77 percent, are first doses of two-shot vaccines. About a quarter of those vaccinated, or 23 percent, have received both doses.

We continue to work through vaccinating the group that’s known as Phase 1A, made up of healthcare workers, first responders, nursing home residents and those 65 and older.

The group is large -- numbering about 700,000 people, or about twice the population of our entire city. 

We estimate it will take two weeks to get through this group, doing about 9,000 vaccinations a day at the county’s two super PODs.

Anaheim is doing between 5,000 and 6,000 a day, with most of the remaining doses given at the Super POD at Soka University in Aliso Viejo.

Looking ahead, and barring any changes in how California administers vaccines, we would next move on to Phase 1B, which includes teachers, food workers, those in transportation, construction, building management, critical manufacturing and others.

That will bring vaccines to more people in our community, including many in some of our hardest-hit neighborhoods.

Consistent vaccine supply is always a concern, though supplies are steady now at our Anaheim Super POD.

We’re all looking forward to seeing a third vaccine, from Johnson & Johnson.

We could see authorization for Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose vaccine around Feb. 26.

There’s been a lot of talk about the effectiveness of Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine compared to those from Moderna and Pfizer, which both come in at roughly 95 percent.

The single-shot J&J vaccine comes with different degrees of effectiveness:

  • 72 percent effective against moderate or severe COVID-19 after 28 days
  • 85 percent effective against hospitalization after 28 days
  • Nearly 100 percent effective against COVID-19 deaths

While it has slightly lower percentages than the other two vaccines, the J&J vaccine is welcomed as additional supply and for its single dose.

For those who preferring one shot, and for those with mobility issues, living in homelessness or other challenging situations, the J&J vaccine is seen as a great option to get more people vaccinated.

Depending on when you’re vaccinated, you could get the J&J vaccine, or Pfizer or Moderna. 

With limited supplies, you won’t be able to pick which one you get.

The good news is all three meet our goal of saving lives, stopping the spread of cases and minimizing illness for those who still might get infected.

Find more on vaccines at Anaheim.net/vaccine.
Fight COVID: outdoor sports
In the purple Tier 1, which is what we're in now here in Anaheim and Orange County, the state allows for certain outdoor sports games and practices for both youths and adults.

The sports allowed are those that permit sufficient physical distancing and pose a low risk for transmission of the virus.

But it's still important to keep your guard up at sports practices and games to stop the spread of coronavirus.

How do you fight COVID when playing low contact sports?

Keep it clean on and off the field. Make sure you bring hand sanitizer and clean your hands frequently. Wash your hands before and after every practice or game. And avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

Wear a mask. There are many athletic-style masks on the market that are more comfortable and make it a bit easier to breath while you're exercising.

Even if you're mostly able to distance from others in your chosen sport, you always want to have your mask with you in case you unexpectedly run into someone.

Keep your group small and consistent. Try to practice or play matches or games with the same small group. That way you can avoid interacting with too many different people and reduce the risk of spreading the virus.

Bring your own equipment. Whether it's your tennis racket, Frisbee or golf clubs, having separate equipment helps you avoid touching the same surfaces as others. And be sure to wipe everything down and sanitize it after you're done.

Thanks for keeping Anaheim safe and fighting COVID in all you do!
More at Anaheim.net/coronavirus