July 29, 2020
CDC’s Interim Guidance on Breastfeeding and
Breast Milk Feeds in the Context of COVID-19
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention made revisions on June 9, 2020 to reflect new Evaluation and Management Considerations for Neonates At Risk for COVID-19 .

The interim guidance is intended for health care providers who care for breastfeeding women and infants who receive breast milk feeds in the context of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. The interim guidance is based on what is currently known about SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, and the transmission of other viral respiratory pathogens. The CDC will update its interim guidance as additional information becomes available. For related guidance, refer to  Considerations for Inpatient Obstetric Healthcare Settings  and  Evaluation and Management Considerations for Neonates at Risk for COVID-19 .

Key Points:
  • Breast milk is the best source of nutrition for most infants. We do not know whether mothers with COVID-19 can transmit the virus via breast milk, but the limited data available suggest this is not likely.
  • Whether and how to start or continue breastfeeding should be determined by the mother in coordination with her family and health care providers.
  • A mother with confirmed COVID-19 should be counseled to take precautions to avoid spreading the virus to her infant, including handwashing and wearing a cloth face covering.

Click here for the CDC’s Breast Feeding and Special Circumstances safety guidelines and recommendations as information about breastfeeding and COVID-19 continue to evolve.
You’ve Been Tested for COVID-19: What’s Next?
When to Call 911 for Emergencies
DMV from Home or a DMV NOW Kiosk
DMV Gives 1-Year Extension to Senior Drivers with Expiring Licenses
The California Department of Motor Vehicles is providing an automatic one-year extension to Californians age 70 and older with a non-commercial driver license with an expiration date between March 1 and December 31, 2020. It delays the requirement for them to visit a DMV office during the COVID-19 pandemic.

While the new extensions are automatic, these drivers will not receive a new card or paper extension in the mail. Drivers can request a  free temporary paper extension online  beginning July 15 through DMV’s Virtual Field Office to document the extension, though it is not needed to drive. Seniors with a suspended license are not eligible.
Protections for Renters During COVID-19
If you are having trouble making rent payments as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, you are not alone. Fortunately, there are steps renters can take, as well as many significant protections from eviction that apply in certain situations.

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provides certain protections for most tenants in federally subsidized or federally backed housing, including limits on evictions and fees for not being able to make your rent payment. To learn more, click here to view the official U.S. government website.

Some states and local governments have taken action to offer rent relief. For local rent relief information visit the city websites for additional information.
Take OCTA Short Survey
The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) created a short survey for the public in order to gauge opinions on the future of transportation. Help shape the future of transportation in Orange County by taking the survey.
Orange County COVID-19 Case Counts by Cities
The Orange County Health Care Agency (HCA) continues to release the daily COVID-19 case counts by cities in Orange County. Click  here  for the latest case counts per city, testing figures and more.

Residents are encouraged to visit the website to stay updated with information and resources related to COVID-19.
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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 the recent COVID-19 Regulatory Highlights:

  • New CDPH COVID-19 Testing Guidelines and DMHC Emergency Regulations (posted 7/27/20)
  • CMS New Resources to Protect Nursing Home Residents Against COVID-19 (posted 7/23/20)
  • DHCS California HOPE (CalHOPE) Postcard (posted 7/17/20)

For Regulatory highlights prior to July 17, 2020, please visit the Providers section of our website at:  www.caloptima.org/en/Features/COVID-19/ProviderCommunication.aspx

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 .
CalOptima Provider Alerts
Below is the recent Provider Alert:

  • Vaccination During COVID Toolkit for Providers (#DontWaitVaccinate) (posted 7/23/20)

For Provider updates prior to July 23, 2020, please visit the Providers section of our website at:  www.caloptima.org/en/Features/COVID-19/ProviderCommunication.aspx
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 711
  • 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
Westminster, 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 .
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