City of Brea COVID-19 Community Update August 21, 2020
County COVID Data Below State Threshold
Wednesday, August 19 marked the first day that Orange County was below all of the State’s COVID-19 data monitoring thresholds. As a reminder, Orange County needs to maintain this status for three consecutive days in order to be removed from the County Monitoring List. If this trend continues, Orange County will be removed from the Monitoring List as early as Saturday, August 22. Once a County is off the list, it is still subject to the Governor’s order, issued on July 13, with respect to sector closures. Indoor operations will remain closed, even when a county is removed from the County Monitoring List, until the State Health Officer modifies the Order and authorizes re-opening. Based on the K-12 school reopening framework, once Orange County has been off of the Monitoring List for 14 days, all in-person instruction is eligible to resume. It is anticipated that new guidance from the State will be released next week.
Orange County Health Care Agency Statistics
As of August 20, the County is reporting 6 new COVID-19 cases in Brea. This brings the City’s cumulative total to 412 residents who have tested positive, and 5 residents that have passed away from the virus. According to County statistics, there have been 44,936 confirmed COVID-19 cumulative cases county-wide, 429 of which were newly-reported today. Additionally, there has unfortunately been 856 cumulative deaths to date, with 23 newly-reported today. Currently, 400 cases are hospitalized, 118 of which are in the ICU. The County estimates 36,596 individuals have recovered, but that number is speculative.
State Granted Waivers for Some Orange County Schools
Yesterday, the State released information that some schools have been approved to re-open per the waiver process. The schools include 24 private elementary schools and one school district. Acting Health Officer Dr. Clayton Chau indicated that these schools may re-open immediately with this approval. The list of schools able to re-open at this time can be found on the Orange County Health Care Agency’s Twitter account, and soon on their website.
County Launches “Positive Vibes” Campaign
The Orange County Health Care Agency (OCHCA) is launching a new public service campaign designed to save lives by spreading positive vibes throughout the community, instead of spreading COVID-19. To share this important message about staying safe, OCHCA enlisted the support of local celebrities who represent different parts of OC. They will be interviewed on KFI’s 640 AM Gary and Shannon Show at 11:50 a.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays to talk about what they are up to these days and also to help us spread a life-saving message about basic COVID safety in a positive, feel-good way. For more information about the campaign, visit occovid19.ochealthinfo.com/spread-positive-vibes.
Update of State Testing Backlog
On Monday, Governor Newsom provided an update on the backlog of COVID-19 testing, and how that backlog impacted the State’s metrics over the last two weeks. The State has adjudicated the positivity, or lack thereof, of over 295,000 cases that were in the backlog. 14,861 positive cases that have been put through that backlog list and been connected with a point of origin. After sorting through the backlog, the test positivity trend line remains relatively the same, which is a good sign.