City of Brea COVID-19 Community Update
March 27, 2020
The City of Brea continues to monitor the rapidly evolving events related to the COVID-19 pandemic. A video message from Brea Mayor Marty Simonoff affirms the City’s commitment to maintaining the safety and well-being of the community. Below is a summary of this week’s news and updates.
Orange County Health Care Agency Reports City-Related Data
Today, the Orange County Health Care Agency began reporting COVID-19 cases by city. As of Friday, March 27, Brea has 1 confirmed case of the County’s 321 reported cases. 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. For more details on the data, visit the Orange County Health Care Agency’s website. Information is scheduled to be updated daily.
Also, as you review the new data, keep in mind that city-case data is reflective of where cases live, but not necessarily reflects where the transmission occurred. The County has indicated that city data should not be interpreted to reflect where transmission is geographically focused or not, as COVID-19 is present in all communities in the County. Although the report only indicates one case in Brea, this does not indicate that the risk of transmission is low. Additionally, case counts may not be reflective of all disease transmission, as testing is prioritized for those who are at risk or are most sick; asymptomatic and persons with mild disease may not be reflected due to having not been tested.
County Hotline and Text Updates
The County has opened a 24-hour hotline for COVID-19 County resources. The number is 1-833-426-6411 and provides direct access to many of the County agencies and resources.
Want to receive text updates from the County? Text “OCCOVID19” to 888-777.
All City Facilities Remain Closed to the Public
Following Governor Newsom’s statewide 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 as staff remains available.
Partial City Park Closure
Brea Parks and Trails remain open. However, keeping our community’s health and wellness in mind, ALL OTHER PARK AMENITIES ARE CLOSED. Closed amenities include: playgrounds, picnic shelters, sports courts, fitness equipment and the Skate Park. Restrooms will be open until 5:00 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.
Waste and Recycling Services
Republic Services has informed the City 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, new guidelines are being implemented:
- 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 remain in place.
For more information, visit www.RepublicServices.com or call 714-238-2444.
OCTA Bus Routes
All Orange County bus routes have temporarily shifted to the Sunday service schedule seven days a week. The Sunday schedule 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.
View the most updated information regarding COVID-19 on Brea’s COVID-19 dedicated website page and follow the City’s social media accounts.
There is a lot of mixed-information circling around. Please visit the FEMA website to view facts versus rumors related to COVID-19.