City of Brea COVID-19 Community Update for December 4
Governor Newsom Announces Framework for Regional Stay-at-Home Order
Yesterday, Governor Newsom announced the framework for a Regional Stay-at-Home Order that will go into effect within 24 hours in regions with less than 15% ICU availability. Orange County is in the Southern California region, which also includes Imperial, Inyo, Los Angeles, Mono, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura counties. The State indicated that the Order is intended to slow the spread of COVID-19, which will preserve hospital capacity, protect the most at-risk, and save lives.
At this time, the Order is not in effect for the Southern California region, as it currently has 20.6% capacity in ICUs. The State predicts Southern California will be under the Order in "early December.” Once under the Order, it remains in effect for at least three weeks and, after that period, will be lifted when a region’s projected four-week ICU capacity meets or exceeds 15%. From then on, a region’s status will be assessed on a weekly basis after the initial three-week period.
The Regional Stay-at-Home Order prohibits private gatherings of any size, closes sector operations, except for critical infrastructure and retail, and requires 100% masking and physical distancing in all others.
Here is a summary of new restrictions:
- No gatherings with those outside your household
- Closure of restaurants for indoor or outdoor dining – only takeout will be allowed
- Closure of bars, wineries, breweries, distilleries
- Closure of nail salons, hair salons, barbers, other personal care services
- Closure of indoor and outdoor playgrounds
- Closure of indoor recreational facilities
- Closure of museums, zoos, aquariums
- Closure of movie theaters
- Closure of family entertainment centers
- Closure of cardrooms and satellite wagering
- Live audience sports
- Limited services
- Theme parks
- No nonessential travel
Allowed to stay open with 100% masking and physical distancing:
- Non-urgent healthcare: including dentists and optometrists
- Schools already open
- Childcare facilities
- Stores and shopping centers: 20% capacity with entrance metering and no eating or drinking inside
- Hotels and lodging: essential travel and lodging only
- Offices: remote except for critical operations where remote is not possible
- Churches, temples, mosques: outdoor only
- Critical infrastructure and services (water, power, government)
- Parks, trails, beaches, other outdoor recreation
Read the full Order here, or visit the State’s website for more information.
Orange County Health Care Agency Statistics
Today, the County is reporting 17 new COVID-19 cases in Brea. This brings the City’s cumulative total to 889 residents who have tested positive, and 13 residents who have passed away from the virus. According to County statistics, there have been 82,887 confirmed COVID-19 cumulative cases county-wide, 1,234 of which were newly-reported today. Additionally, there has unfortunately been 1,603 cumulative deaths to date, with 17 newly-reported today. Currently, 746 cases are hospitalized, 195 of which are in the ICU. The County estimates 61,500 individuals have recovered, but that number is speculative.
Orange County Remains in Purple Tier
Orange County remains in the Purple Tier 4. Orange County currently has an average of 22.2 daily COVID-19 positive cases per 100,000 people and a testing positivity percentage of 8.8%. The County is reporting a 13% positivity rate for its most disadvantaged neighborhoods, known as the health equity quartile positivity rate.
Today, California is reporting 22,018 new COVID-19 cases and 145 deaths related to the virus. On Monday, Governor Newsom shared that there was an 89% increase in hospitalizations and a 67% increase in ICU admissions over the last 14 days.Keep Yourself and Our Community Safe
In order to slow the spread of COVID-19, we encourage the community to continue complying with all State and County health orders, as well as using best health practices. Stay vigilant and follow the best practices listed below.
- Wash hands frequently and for at least 20 seconds.
- Wear a face covering.
- Disinfect commonly-touched surfaces, such as cell phones, door knobs, light switches, keys, etc.
- Physically distance from those you do not live with.