The headlines said it all as Friday dawned after what was quite a challenging Week.
Our team was in community throughout the day visiting the local markets and the scenes from Ralphs (a Kroger company) was quite telling:
This is as Our Local County Supervisor here in Orange County California sent forth the following Guidance--although it is specifically related to Orange County, we felt it critical in terms of the guidance at hand and what we all need to be aware of as our team will continue to provide updates through our Twitter Corner, @OrdinaryFaces as we implore all to stay safe:
|The County of Orange held a press conference today regarding our ongoing efforts and latest information in addressing the coronavirus concerns in Orange County. To view the press conference, please click here.|
In addition, the Orange County Department of Education (OCDE) has issued a statement supporting school closures as a precautionary step to prevent the spread of COVID-19. To view the OCDE Coronavirus Update, click here.
Inquiries, Questions, Resource Requests:
For the latest information on COVID-19 in Orange County, information, please visit the HCA website.
|NEW: First Locally Acquired Case of COVID-19|
|The OC Health Care Agency (HCA) today reported the first case of locally acquired COVID-19, more commonly known as novel coronavirus.|
The individual, a woman in her 50s, appears to have acquired infection locally and is currently hospitalized in isolation and reported in stable condition. HCA’s Public Health Services staff are following-up with people who may have been exposed and an investigation is underway to determine how the individual contracted the virus.
Details about three additional cases confirmed today include:
The most current information about COVID-19 is available on HCA's dedicated website and by following HCA on Twitter @ochealth and on Facebook @ochealthinfo. Community members are also encouraged to call HCA’s Health Referral Line 8 AM - 5 PM, 7 days a week, with medically-related COVID-19 questions at (800) 564-8448.
|COVID-19 Impacts on our Senior Population|
The decision to temporarily close senior centers is being made by local cities in accordance with Federal, State and County guidelines. This is being done to minimize gatherings and adhere to the social distancing recommendations. As our senior population is particularly vulnerable to serious illness from COVID 19, we are supportive of these closures and cancellations of non-essential programs.
That being said, it is essential that our seniors continue to receive food. We are working diligently with Age Well Senior Services and other contracted partners to implement a consistent contingency plan to ensure our seniors continue to have access to food.
Effective Monday, March 16, all congregate meal programs will be converted to take home meals. Frozen meals and shelf-stable meals will be distributed at senior centers on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays with sufficient food to last the whole week. Our home delivered meals clients will also be given several days-worth of food at each delivery.
We are also working with the State to create as much flexibility as possible while still meeting nutritional guidelines, keeping access to food for our seniors is our top priority.
This is a rapidly evolving situation. Please stay tuned to our Health Care Agency website and follow them on social media for additional information on
Facebook @ochealthinfo and Twitter @ochealth.
The shutdown of America is continuing exemplifed by the decision made by Soka University--and our School District, Capistrano Unified (the 7th Largest District in California), declared all schools closed:
As We went to Press, the Defense Department announced the following as reported by Defense One: