April 8, 2020
County of Orange to Follow State Guidelines for Wearing Face Coverings in Public
The County of Orange is following the guidance of the California Department of Public Health (DCPH) to have people wear a face covering when leaving their home to conduct essential activities. DCPH defines face coverings as material such as cotton, silk or linen that covers the mouth and nose. Face coverings can be made out of scarfs, bandanas, T-shirts, sweatshirts or towels.

It is not recommended for people to use N-95 and surgical masks which should be reserved for health care workers and first responders.

Click here to read the full press release.
Early Childhood OC Compiled Database of
Open Child Care Centers
To help Essential Workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, Early Childhood OC worked with agencies across the county to compile a searchable database. It lists currently open childcare centers and family childcare homes serving children aged birth to 12 years. It is updated every Friday. It also has details on how to apply for child care subsidies.

Click here for details and to search the database. 
CalOptima Provider Alerts from April 1–3
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.org.

For Provider updates prior to April 8, 2020, please visit the Providers section of our website at: www.caloptima.org/en/Features/COVID19/ProviderCommunication.aspx
Below are recent updates and Provider Alerts:

  • Provider Alert: Guidance Relating to Non-Discrimination in Medical Treatment for COVID-19 (posted 4/1/20)

  • Provider Alert: CMS and HHS COVID-19 Health Care Fraud Alert (posted 4/2/20)

  • Provider Alert: Fairview Developmental Center Selected as Alternative Care Site to Fight COVID-19, Creating Medical Surge Capacity in Orange County (posted 4/3/20)
How to Contact CalOptima During 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 .

 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 .
Get EngAGEd with New Check-In Campaign
“The most important way for older Californians to stay safe is to stay at home,” said Governor Gavin Newsom. “No older Californian should be forced to go outside to get groceries or their medication. It’s on all of us across the state to check in on the older adults in our lives — our friends, family and neighbors — to help them during this outbreak. Each and every one of us must reach out in a safe way to make sure our older neighbors have someone to talk to and have enough food to eat during these difficult times.”

Visit www.engageca.org/check-in to take the pledge and learn more.
COVID-19 Resources from First5 Orange County 
It can be a challenging time for parents during the COVID-19 pandemic. Below, are several resources from First5 Orange County that may be useful:
  • COVID-19: Resources for Families with Young Children, click here.
  • You Are Not Alone; Coronavirus & Caring for Your Baby, click here. For Spanish, click here.

Topics include:
  • Health and Mental Health
  • Childcare
  • Food and Supplies
  • Tips for Talking with Your Child About COVID-19
  • At-Home Learning
  • Financial Support for Nonprofits and Individuals
  • Up-to-Date COVID-19 Information
Help for Community-Based Organizations Serving Vulnerable Communities Impacted by COVID-19
The OC Community Resilience Fund is a collaborative response by the Orange County philanthropic community to strengthen and support community-based organizations who serve vulnerable communities most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Fund will provide three types of grants to nonprofits community providers:
  1. Funding to support community clinic operations for the purpose of providing preventative and medical services to those affected by COVID-19.
  2. Funding to support emergency grants to individuals affected by COVID-19 due to quarantine, business closures and/or layoffs, school or other community program closures and/or layoffs.
  3. Funding to support community-based organizations operations for nonprofits serving vulnerable populations and who can present a clear case of direct impact due to the medical or economic effects impact of the pandemic.

The Orange County Community Foundation and St. Joseph Health Community Partnership Fund are covering the administration costs associated with this fund so that 100% of all donations will go out in direct grants to local nonprofits. In two weeks more than $2.4 million was raised. To learn more, click here .
Latest News from the OC Department of Education
On April 1, the Superintendent for the Orange County Department of Education recommended to keep campuses closed through the end of the academic year and focus on distance learning. Click here to read the full article.

For the latest on grab-and-go meals schedules at each school, click here
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Orange County Community Services Implements Economic & Business Recovery Call Center