City of Brea COVID-19 Community Update August 14, 2020
State Processes Backlogged COVID-19 Tests
As mentioned last week, the Orange County Health Care Agency (OCHCA) indicated that positive cases have been under-reported due to a statewide computer error. The State’s CalREDIE Electronic Laboratory Reporting system experienced issues with the application that receives test reports from laboratories. On Monday, the State indicated that the nearly 300,000 backlogged tests were processed over the weekend, and the data is now being reviewed and administered at the county-level. Counties continue to not be added or removed from the State Monitoring List until further notice.
County Launches Mental Health Campaign Titled “What You Feel Is Real”
The Orange County Health Care Agency announced a new advertising and community outreach campaign called “What You Feel Is Real” set to encourage Orange County residents impacted by COVID-19 to care for their mental health by reaching out and seeking support. Specifically, the campaign directs residents to free County of Orange resources available to the community, including those listed on www.ocgov.com/covid and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Warmline (877-910-9276) for immediate mental health support.
State Provides Over $5 Billion to Local Educational Agencies
The Learning Loss Mitigation Funding (LLMF), authorized by California’s 2020–21 budget package, appropriates $5,334,997,000 from three different funding sources to be allocated to local educational agencies (LEAs) in order to support transitional academic achievement and mitigate learning loss related to COVID-19 school closures. Click here to view the State’s allocation of funding for schools and districts.
Orange County Health Care Agency Statistics
As of today, the County is reporting 4 new COVID-19 cases in Brea. This brings the City’s cumulative total to 393 residents who have tested positive, and 4 residents have passed away from the virus. According to County statistics, there have been 42,854 confirmed COVID-19 cumulative cases county-wide, 683 of which were newly-reported today. Additionally, there has unfortunately been 789 cumulative deaths to date, with 20 newly-reported today. Currently, 436 cases are hospitalized, 152 of which are in the ICU. The County estimates 33,697 individuals have recovered, but that number is speculative.