June 10, 2020
Find Meals for Kids When Schools are Closed
To ensure that children who rely on free or reduced-price meals at school are able to get the nutrition they need when schools are closed, a new interactive map was developed by the United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Services. Additionally, the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) provides free meals to kids and teens in low-income areas.

Enter an address in the interactive map and the results show nearby locations. Filters include miles and summer meal sites. Click here to access the map or you can also text “Summer Meals” to 97779 or call 1-866-348-6479 to find a site near you.
County Provides Clarification After State Issued New Guidance for Reopening Additional Industries
On June 5, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued guidance for reopening additional industries as the State moves deeper into Stage 2 of the State’s Resilience Roadmap.

However, the County of Orange issued clarification that the County Health Officer will be the one evaluating the guidance to ensure it is safe for the proposed industries to open. A final decision about the timing for reopening a sector will be made by June 12, 2020 by the County Health Officer.

The sectors include:

  • Campgrounds, RV parks, and outdoor recreation
  • Hotels
  • Cardrooms, satellite wagering facilities and racetracks
  • Family entertainment centers
  • Restaurants, bars and wineries
  • Fitness facilities
  • Museums, galleries, zoos and aquariums

The County Health Officer will review Orange County’s epidemiological data including cases per 100,000 population, rate of test positivity, and local preparedness to support a health care surge, vulnerable populations and contact tracing, and give sector-by-sector approval for these industries to re-open as appropriate.
Local Public Libraries Start Contactless Pick-Up
Orange County Public Libraries are not yet permitted to open. Libraries are part of Stage 3 and no guidance or timeline has yet been provided by the State. However, bookdrops will open June 9 at all County branch libraries for patrons to return checked out items; and contactless curbside pick-up begins June 16. Please click on the image below for more information.
IRS Announces New Tool for Non-Filers to Get EIP
Low-income people and others who aren't required to file a tax return may be eligible for an Economic Impact Payment (EIP). The Internal Revenue Service is encouraging people to register for an EIP by October 15. To register, the IRS, in partnership with the Free File Alliance created the  Non-Filers tool , available in English and Spanish. The IRS has frequently asked questions for EIP.
Dentists Receive Guidance to Resume
Clinically Necessary Dental Care
New guidance for dental providers to resume clinically necessary dental care was recently published by the California Department of Public Health.
Some of the recommendations include:

  • Strongly recommended to have a minimum of 2-week supply of PPE for dentists and staff, including N95 respirators, face shields, goggles, surgical masks and other infection control equipment
  • Dental practice staff and all patients must be screened for symptoms of COVID-19 prior to entering the dental facility
  • Use telehealth to screen all patients to confirm non-COVID-19 status
  • For COVID-19 positive patients, coordinate with medical provider for appropriate treatment

Click here for the full guidance. Californians with urgent oral health needs during the COVID-19 outbreak can use this tool to find a Medi-Cal dental provider.
CalOptima Regulatory Highlights
Due to the rapidly changing situation surrounding COVID-19, CalOptima is posting a round-up of federal/state rules, guidance and news related to COVID-19. It will be updated frequently, as we receive information from our regulatory agencies.

Below are recent COVID-19 Regulatory Highlights:

  • CMS COVID-19 Nursing Home Inspections Results available on Nursing Home Compare (posted 6/4/20)
  • CMS COVID-19 Nursing Home Enhanced Enforcement Action and Inspections (posted 6/3/20)
  • CDPH All Facilities (AFL) 20-22.2 (posted 6/2/20) Supersedes guidance provided in AFL 20-22.1 Guidance for Limiting the Transmission of COVID-19 in Long-Term Care Facilities

For COVID-19 Regulatory Highlights prior to June 2, 2020, please visit the Providers section of our website.
How to Contact CalOptima During the COVID-19 Pandemic
CalOptima Customer Service remains ready to respond to member needs. Members can call Customer Service from the safety of their home, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We have staff who speak their language.

  • Medi-Cal toll-free: 1-888-587-8088
  • OneCare Connect toll-free: 1-855-705-8823
  • OneCare toll-free: 1-877-412-2734
  • TTY users can call toll-free at 1-800-735-2929.
  • PACE at 1-714-468-1100 or toll-free at 1-855-785-2584
  • PACE TTY users can call toll-free at 1-714-468-1063.

We are continuing to serve our members through our Customer Service phone lines, as we adhere to guidelines to reduce the possibility of transmission. Our buildings are closed to visitors .

505 City Parkway West
Orange, CA 92868
Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly ( PACE)
13300 Garden Grove Blvd.
Garden Grove, CA 92843
County Community Service Center
15496 Magnolia Street, Suite 111
Orange, CA 92610

For CalOptima specific updates on COVID-19, please visit our home page at www.caloptima.org .

Providers and other health care professionals with questions can contact the Provider Relations department by phone at 714-246-8600 or email at providerservices@caloptima.orgProviders can also visit the Providers section of our website at: www.caloptima.org/en/Features/COVID-19/ProviderCommunication.aspx

 National information can be found on the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC) website at  www.coronavirus.gov and local information can be found at the Orange County Health Care Agency (OC HCA) website at www.occovid19.ochealthinfo.com .
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