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OC OFF STATE WATCHLIST, REOPENING BIZ SOON?, EARN AND LEARN, GET FLU SHOTS, 241/91 CONNECTOR, AND MORE!
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OC REMOVED FROM STATE WATCHLIST:*
  • OC is no longer on the state’s coronavirus watchlist. According to county and state data, it now meets the lower threshold for hospitalizations and testing positivity rate.
 
NEW COUNTY GUIDELINES ANTICIPATED:*
  • New guidelines are expected this week from Newsom's office regarding reopening sectors (i.e. shopping malls, gyms, and more) within OC. Counties must be off the watch list for 14 consecutive days before sectors can reopen.
 
HELP A LOCAL RESTAURANT GET $1,000, SafeDineOC PROGRAM ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS:*
 
A MUST WATCH! 2020 NBCC CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE FORUM:*
  • The first City Council Candidate Forum of the election season featured District 2, 4 and 7 candidates. The forum was moderated by Lucy Dunn, OCBC President and CEO, and hosted by Steve Rosansky, President and CEO of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce. Watch here!
 
SEAWORLD SAN DIEGO TO REOPEN:*
  • The aquatic theme park comes back to life Friday with orca, dolphin and sea lion stadium shows, plus a beer and food festival (but no rides or roller coasters). The limited-capacity, advance-reservation Zoo Days: Bayside BBQ & Brews, will run Fridays through Sundays through Sept. 27.
 
MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER TO GET FLU SHOT, EXPERTS SAY:*
  • According to public health experts, it’s vital to get the flu shot this year. If enough Americans get vaccinated, it could reduce the chances of hospitals becoming overwhelmed with both COVID-19 and influenza patients.
ADVOCACY UPDATES
DAY 2 OF OCBC'S WASHINGTON, D.C. VIRTUAL ADVOCACY SUMMIT COVERS IMPORTANT TOPICS, WELCOMES NATIONAL LEADERS:*
  • During the first day of meetings OCBC spoke with U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia and many others, COVID-19 relief negotiations, protections for business and the November election were top of mind. Don't miss Day 2 with Congresswoman Katie Porter and Congressman Harley Rouda on Friday, August 28 at 11:00 a.m. Register Today!

ECONOMIC RECOVERY
A NUMBER OF COUNTIES REMOVED FROM WATCHLIST:*
  • Calaveras; Mono; Napa; Orange; Placer; Santa Cruz; San Diego; and Sierra counties have been removed from the state watchlist.
 
LOOKING FOR A SAFE RESTAURANT? CONGRATULATIONS TO THESE OC RESTAURANTS WHO RECEIVED A #SafeDineOC GRANT!:
  • Restaurants who are awarded a #SafeDineOC $1,000 grant are featured on running list of restaurants that create a safe environment for their staff and patrons! View the list. 

BUSINESS RESOURCES:
CAL STATE FULLERTON VIRTUAL INTERNSHIP & CAREER EXPO:*
  • The Cal State Fullerton Career Center's Fall 2020 Virtual Internship & Career Expo is open for employer registration now. They invite you to engage with their students to scout for talent or recruit at this event. The event is Thursday, September 17, 2020. Register Here.

LOOKING FOR JUNIOR LEVEL CYBERSECURITY TALENT?*
  • CyberForward by CISOSHARE is a cyber security resource development program that helps organizations build a pipeline of junior-level talent. CyberForward generates talent suited to perform defined tasks & repeatable processes commonly found in security analyst or engineering roles.

EXIM's 2020 ANNUAL CONFERENCE:*
  • EXIM’s 2020 Annual Conference – Keeping America Strong: Empowering U.S. Businesses and Workers to Compete Globally will be September 9th to 11th. Hear from featured speaker such as Larry Kudlow, Director of the National Economic Council and Wilbur Ross, Secretary of Commerce and many more. Register here.

TODAY'S WEBINAR - SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION BUSINESS VIABILITY WORKSHOP:*
  • On August 25, learn to assess new business models for a post-COVID world. Re-imagine how customers spend, behavior changes, and how to bring in new clientele. Register here.

SMALL BUSINESS RESOURCES:
COVID-19 NEWS:
COVID-19 IN CALIFORNIA:*
  • Per CDPH, the 7-day positivity rate is 5.7% and the 14-day positivity rate is 6.4%.

PLASMA TREATMENT AUTHORIZED FOR COVID-19 PATIENTS:*
  • The FDA issued emergency authorization to treat COVID-19 patients with blood plasma taken from patients who have recovered from the virus.

COMMUNITY RESOURCES AND UPDATES
THE COUNTY OF ORANGE LAUNCHES EARN AND LEARN PROGRAM:*

MEMBERS IN THE NEWS: 
241/91 EXPRESS CONNECTOR PROJECT ENTERS FINAL DESIGN PHASE, MARKING IMPORTANT PROJECT MILESTONE:*
  • The Foothill/Eastern Transportation Corridor Agency (F/ETCA) Board of Directors has advanced the contracted engineering work to complete the 241/91 Express Connector Project’s final design phase. The phase is anticipated to last until 2022, with construction expected to commence in 2023 and completion scheduled for 2025. The 241/91 Express Connector will be a direct flyover ramp from the northbound 241 Toll Road to the eastbound 91 Express Lanes and from the westbound 91 Express Lanes to the southbound 241 Toll Road. The connector will provide improved connectivity between the 91 Express Lanes and the 241 Toll Road and will enhance traffic operations for State Route 91’s general purpose lanes and the northbound 241 Toll Road.

WHERE TO GET TESTING IN OC:

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