Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

Orange County Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources


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  • March 25, 2020 – Effective March 25, the OC Community Services will expand call center hours to meet the needs of seniors, veterans, business owners, and the employed affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. (Press Release)
  • March 24, 2020 – On March 25, the OC Health Care Agency will begin accepting donations of protective equipment and supplies for use by healthcare providers throughout the county. (Press Release)
  • March 24, 2020 – The OC Health Care Agency confirmed the first death in Orange County related to COVID-19. The individual was a male in his 70s with underlying health conditions. (Press Release)
  • March 24, 2020 – Effective March 25, parking lots at all County beaches, regional parks, and wilderness parks, County trailheads, pedestrian access points to all beaches, restrooms, playgrounds, exercise equipment, and shelters at all County parks and beaches will be close to slow the spread of COVID-19. Passive walk-through pedestrian, cycling and equestrian activity is permitted. (Press Release)
  • March 23, 2020 – Effective immediately, residents can now sign up to receive text message updates related to COVID-19 in Orange County. To opt-in for this service, text OCCOVID19 to 888777. (Press Release)
  • March 22, 2020 – Due to Governor Newsom’s activation of the National Guard to assist in food and supplies distribution, the Cold Weather Emergency Shelters located at the Fullerton and Santa Ana National Guard will be relocated by March 24. (Press Release)
  • March 22, 2020 – The County identified Joplin Center in Trabuco Canyon as a placement site for sheltered homeless persons who are older but not exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19. (Press Release)
  • March 21, 2020 – The County announced that testing for COVID-19 is now available in a number of public health, commercial and hospital laboratories in California, however broad scale testing is not available. The California Department of Public Health has provided guidance for prioritizing testing based on medical need. (Press Release)
  • March 20, 2020 – The County identified short-term strategies that provide placement for sheltered individuals who are elderly and/or those who have severe underlying health conditions. (Press Release)
  • March 20,2020 – The OC Health Care Agency shifted the approach in public health away from containment and toward mitigation, a more effective strategy to address the virus county-wide. (Press Release)
  • March 19, 2020 – Governor Newsom issued direction to California residents to stay at home unless they are participating in essential functions like purchasing food or meeting other “essential needs.” This order supersedes the County’s Health Order. (Press Release)
  • March 19, 2020 – The County announced the availability of resources and support for seniors over 60 who may be isolating during the COVID-19 outbreak. (Press Release)
  • March 18, 2020 – Orange County’s Public Health Officer, Dr. Quick, amends Public Health Order. Click here for a list of FAQs regarding the amended Order.
  • March 17, 2020 – Orange County’s Public Health Officer, Dr. Quick, issues Public Health Order
  • March 16, 2020 – Drive-thru COVID-19 testing sites are happening in Orange County. There is still discussion among private health providers to establish their own “drive-thru test sites” and locations are not under County’s control. Despite the name, these potential sites do not process the tests themselves; they are actually specimen collection centers for patients referred by doctors because the patients exhibit symptoms of the Coronavirus. As information becomes available, we will inform the public as quickly as possible.
  • March 13, 2020 – Press Conference on County's Update on Coronavirus testing, cases, and county's recommendation to close public schools.
  • March 12, 2020 – 6-7 pm OC Coronavirus Virtual Town Hall Meeting - (855) 756-7520 Ext. 56750#  (Information)
  • March 10, 2020 – OC Health Care Agency, Sheriff’s Department, and John Wayne Airport executives provide an update on County response efforts. (Video)
  • March 2, 2020 – Orange County Board of Supervisors declares local emergency; approves Chairwoman Steel and Vice Chairman Do’s proposal to enhance the County’s support of health workers, first responders, and County employees as they respond to the Coronavirus; and directs enhancements to response at John Wayne Airport. (Video)
  • February 28, 2020 – Chairwoman Steel and Vice-Chairman Do propose next steps for County to fight Coronavirus (Agenda Report) (Press Release)
  • February 26, 2020 – County of Orange and County Health Officer Dr. Nichole Quick declared a Local Health Emergency in accordance with state law to enhance the County’s ability to prepare for and respond to the potential for additional Coronavirus cases in Orange County. (Documents and Press Release)
  • February 25, 2020 – Orange County Board of Supervisors unanimously directed the Office of County Counsel to file an Amicus brief in support of Costa Mesa’s action. (Press Release)
  • February 24, 2020 – OC Health Care Agency issued a statement of support for the City of Costa Mesa’s legal action to temporarily halt a plan by state and federal agencies to use the Fairview Developmental Center as a Coronavirus quarantine location. Orange County Board of Supervisors Chair Michelle Steel and Vice-Chairman Andrew Do filed an Amicus brief in support of Costa Mesa’s action. (Amicus Brief)



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For all questions regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), please call the Orange County Health Care Agency's Health Referral Line (HRL) at (800) 564-8448. Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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