COVID-19 Updates

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UPDATED: April 3, 2020

Guidelines for Wearing Face Coverings in Public: In Brea, we are following guidance from the California Department of Public Health and the Orange County Health Care Agency in regards to wearing face coverings in public. If you must leave your home to conduct essential activities, health officials suggest wearing face coverings, if you feel comfortable doing so. The use of face coverings can help reduce infectious particles from those who could be infected, but asymptomatic. Please leave N-95 and surgical masks for first responders and healthcare workers. 

The best defense against COVID-19 remains the same:

  • Stay home as much as possible and practice social distancing.
  • Wash hands frequently.
  • Don’t touch eyes, noses, mouths and other parts of your face.
  • Avoid being around anyone who is sick.
  • Stay home if you are sick.

UPDATED: April 2, 2020

Brea Police Department Employees Contract COVID-19: Keeping the Brea community and employees safe is the top priority as City officials continue to diligently mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are aware that the virus is present throughout our community and has now directly impacted City staff. We are sharing with you the unfortunate news that three of our own City of Brea employees in the Police Department have contracted the virus. Rest assured, Brea Police Department operations have not been impacted and risk of exposure to other members of the Brea Police Department, City employees and the community is low. All appropriate guidelines from federal, state and county health officials will continue to be meticulously followed in order to reduce the risk of exposure and promote recovery. More details on the City’s response is available here.

UPDATED: March 30, 2020

State of California Health Order Remains in Effect Throughout Orange County: On March 17, the County of Orange issued a Public Health Order set to expire on March 31, 2020. On March 19, California Governor Gavin Newsom and the State Public Health Officer issued a Stay at Home Order. The State’s order supersedes the County’s order, until further notice stating that all individuals are ordered to stay home except to get food, care for a relative or friend, get necessary health care, or go to an essential job. The order also dictated individuals employ social distancing practices by maintaining 6 feet of distance from others. 

Residents of Orange County are required to continue to stay at home except for essential needs. Because transmission is occurring throughout the county, it is important for individuals and businesses to practice social distancing, as directed by the Governor and the State’s Public Health Officer, regardless of the expiration of the County Public Health Order.

UPDATED: March 27, 2020 at 3:00 p.m.

Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in Brea: Today, the Orange County Health Care Agency began reporting COVID19 cases by city. As of Friday, March 27, Brea has 1 confirmed case of the County’s reported 321. While this is positive news, we must stay vigilant as a community. Continue to follow public health best practices, stay at home as much as possible, if you need to go outdoors for physical activity, stay in your neighborhood and practice social distancing. Visit the Orange County Health Care Agency’s website for daily details on city-related data.

UPDATED: March 27, 2020 at 8:00 a.m.

OC Health Care Agency to Report City-Related COVID-19 Data: Starting today, the Orange County Health Care Agency will begin reporting city-related data for COVID-19 cases. The information will be available on their website,  ochealthinfo.com/novelcoronavirus later this afternoon. You may already be seeing some numbers reported on social media. Those numbers are unconfirmed and speculative, at this point. Confirmed numbers will not be available until Friday, when the County releases them. 

Please keep the following in mind when you start to see official, city-related data. 

  • City case data is reflective of where the cases live. That does not necessarily reflect where the  transmission occurred. 
  • City numbers should not be interpreted to reflect where transmission is geographically focused or not, but rather, a reminder that COVID-19 is present in all communities in the county.
  • Case counts are not reflective of all disease transmission in any given community because testing is prioritized for those at greatest risk or most sick; asymptomatic and persons with mild disease may not be reflected due to not being tested.

Because transmission is occurring throughout Orange County, it is important for all residents to continue practicing social-distancing, as directed by the Governor and the Orange County Health Officer, regardless of case count in a particular city. Doing so will help to reduce the spread of infection, ease the burden on our hospital and healthcare system, and protect those most vulnerable in our county.

UPDATED: March 26, 2020

Changes to Recycling and Waste Services: The City of Brea contracts with Republic Services for waste hauling and recycling services. They recently informed us that in an effort to protect the health and safety of their employees, customers and communities they serve during the COVID-19 pandemic, they have modified some of their operations. 

Beginning on Monday, March 30, please adhere to the following guidelines.

  • Only cart contents will be accepted. Drivers will not be authorized to leave their vehicle to pick up waste outside of the cart. Hollydale residents will continue to receive manual trash collection service.
  • Bulk and e-waste programs will be suspended, until further notice.
  • Curbside recycling and yard waste collection services will remain in place.
  • All six-day per week commercial accounts will be moved to weekday (Monday-Friday) service.

In addition, alternative disposal methods may be necessary if there are disruptions to recycling processing capabilities or if recycling contamination increases. Please remember, it is important to keep waste out of recycling containers. 

If your business is temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be eligible to have your trash service temporarily suspended. To find out, contact Republic’ Services’ Customer Service Support at 800-700-8610.

For more information, visit www.RepublicServices.com or call 714-.238-2444.

UPDATED: March 23, 2020 at 5:30 p.m.

Partial City Park Closures: Parks and Trails in the City of Brea remain open. However, keeping our community’s health and wellness in mind, ALL OTHER PARK AMENITIES ARE CLOSED. This includes: Playgrounds, Picnic Shelters, Sports Courts, Fitness Equipment, and the Skate Park. Park restrooms will be open until 5 p.m. daily. Please remember to practice social distancing when enjoying the outdoors.

Overnight Parking Enforcement Suspended: Until further notice, overnight parking enforcement is suspended on City streets. Street sweeping operations will continue, along with Brea PD responding to traffic safety matters.

All City Facilities Remain Closed to the Public: Following Governor Newsom’s stay-at-home order, the City of Brea reevaluated it’s staffing levels at all City facilities. Beginning Monday, March 23, until further notice, City facilities will no longer provide appointments for in-person services. City services will continue to be available by phone or email only. A reference list is available.

OCTA Bus Routes: Beginning today, all Orange County bus routes will temporarily shift to the Sunday service schedule seven days a week. The Sunday schedule, which is about 40% of the typical amount of weekday bus service, is listed by route on the www.OCBus.com website and in all OCTA bus books. The OC ACCESS paratransit system, for riders with physical or cognitive limitations, will continue to operate at full service levels.

UPDATED: March 23, 2020 at 12:00 p.m.

All City Facilities Remain Closed to the Public: Following Governor Newsom’s stay-at-home order, the City of Brea reevaluated its staffing levels at all City facilities. Beginning Monday, March 23, until further notice, City facilities will no longer provide appointments for in-person services. City services will continue to be available by phone or email only. A reference list is available.

OCTA Bus Routes: Beginning today, all Orange County bus routes will temporarily shift to the Sunday service schedule seven days a week. The Sunday schedule, which is about 40% of the typical amount of weekday bus service, is listed by route on the www.OCBus.com website and in all OCTA bus books. The OC ACCESS paratransit system, for riders with physical or cognitive limitations, will continue to operate at full service levels.

UPDATED: March 20, 2020

Last night, Governor Newsom issued a statewide Stay at Home order in response to COVID-19. This order was enacted to protect the health and safety of all Californians. For more information and to view the Governor’s announcement video, click here.

UPDATED: March 17, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.

The Orange County Health Care Agency has issued new orders to slow the spread of COVID-19. These are legally enforceable orders effective today through March 31, 2020. Because Brea is under the County’s jurisdiction, we are encouraging our residents and businesses to abide by the orders. We are also asking restaurants and bars to comply by 8PM tonight. Click here to view the orders issue by the County of Orange.

UPDATED: March 17, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.

The City of Brea remains focused on providing services to the community during this COVID-19 pandemic. Although all City facilities are currently closed for public access, staff remains onsite to assist with business matters. For the time being, City business is being conducted by phone, email, and in-person by appointment only. To contact a City department or schedule an in-person appointment, a reference guide is available to download.

UPDATED: March 16, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.

As a precaution to reduce community spread of COVID-19,  all City facilities are closed for public access beginning Tuesday, March 17, until further notice. The public will continue to conduct City business by appointment only. 

  • Services requiring in-person visits or public counter assistance will now be handled by phone, email, and, in certain necessary circumstances, in-person by appointment only.
  • For the time being, call 714-990-7600 during regular business hours to schedule an appointment. A list of department-specific numbers will be available shortly.
  • In order to serve the most vulnerable senior population, the Senior Center will continue to provide take-home lunches for seniors Monday-Friday, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Transportation for Brea seniors to be shuttled from their residence to the Center to pick up lunches and groceries will continue on a reservation basis by calling 714-990-7750.

In response to the latest CDC guidelines for cancelling or postponing large events and mass gatherings of 50 people or more for the next eight weeks, all City events are being postponed or cancelled  and expected to resume on May 11.

  • Pet Expo (April 4) - CANCELLED
  • Love Brea (April 25) - CANCELLED, may be postponed
  • Public Works/Fire Open House (May 9) - CANCELLED

UPDATED: March 13, 2020 at 5:45 p.m.

Following the Brea Olinda Unified School District’s decision to suspend on-campus learning at all Brea schools through April 3, the City of Brea has decided to take the same proactive measures for school-aged programs.

  • After School Program and Van Transportation - CANCELLED, will resume April 13, 2020
  • Teen Zone and Van Transportation - CANCELLED, will resume April 13, 2020
  • Spring Break Day Camp (April 6-10) - CANCELLED
  • 6th Grade Sneak Preview Dance (March 27) - CANCELLED
  • Day Camp Registration (April 1) - RESCHEDULED, new date TBD
  • Tiny Tots and Lunch Bunch Preschool Programs - CANCELLED, resumes April 13, 2020
  • Mighty Tikes Soccer - CANCELLED
  • Youth Basketball - CANCELLED

Please note, the above dates will be evaluated and are subject to change.

UPDATED: March 13, 2020

The City of Brea values the safety and wellness of the entire community. Since the County of Orange declared a local health emergency on February 26, 2020, City officials have been closely monitoring the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak. To date, there are no presumptive nor confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Brea. 

On March 11, Governor Newsom and the California Department of Public Health issued a new statewide policy for public gatherings. The guidelines call for modifying or postponing non-essential gatherings of 250 or more people through at least March 31 to help stem the spread of COVID-19 across the state.

Given the new guidelines from the state, and ongoing advice from Orange County Public Health officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the City of Brea has taken the following steps to help maintain a safe environment for both the community and staff.

  • Evaluating the cancellation or postponement of City events involving more than 250 people for the next 30 days. 
  • The City’s Spring Craft Boutique (March 20 and 21) - CANCELLED
  • The Police Department’s Dispatch with Dogs (March 21) - CANCELLED
  • The Teen Zone’s 6th Grade Sneak Preview Night Dance (March 27) - CANCELLED
  • City events and programs scheduled in April and beyond are currently being evaluated and are subject to change.
  • City Hall, the Brea Community Center, and other City programs and facilities remain open and are following best practices to maintain a healthy environment for all visitors and staff.
  • Hand sanitizers are available at all City facility front counters for the use of visitors and staff. 
  • The Brea Senior Center will focus on its essential services: the nutrition program, case management and home-delivered meals. Other programs held at the center are still being evaluated and are subject to change.
  • Public Safety personnel have existing protocols in place to respond to any virus exposure and have implemented additional protective measures to ensure their protection as well as the public’s.

The present situation with COVID-19 is unprecedented. The decision to cancel City-sponsored events is consistent with what appears to be emerging as the “best practice” and the manner in which other cities, along with other public and private institutions throughout the state, are doing in response to COVID-19 public health concerns. The present strategy is to limit the opportunity for people to come into contact with one another, so as to limit the extent of which the COVID-19 virus can spread. This is a rapidly evolving situation; the City will continue to provide updates as we have new information to share. The City will also continue to work closely with its community partners, including the Brea Olinda Unified School District, to be prepared and best able to respond.

As a reminder, the community is encouraged to practice good health hygiene to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other illnesses. Please take the following everyday preventive actions, listed below:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Individuals should stay home when they are sick.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

For questions, please call the Health Care Agency of Orange County at 800-564-8448 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.