City of Brea COVID-19 Community Update July 31, 2020
Orange County Health Care Agency Statistics
As of today, there has been a cumulative total of 347 Brea residents who have tested positive for COVID-19, and 6 Brea residents who have passed away from the virus. According to County statistics, there have been 36,196 confirmed COVID-19 cumulative cases county-wide, 418 of which were newly-reported today. Additionally, there has unfortunately been 618 cumulative deaths to date, with 14 newly-reported today. There have been 409,264 tests administered, with 5,811 reported today. Currently, 593 cases are hospitalized, 191 of which are in the ICU. The County estimates 23,499 individuals have recovered, but this number is speculative.
Orange County’s current testing positivity rate is 9.3%, which is above the State’s required threshold of 8%. Because of this, and other statistics, Orange County has been on the State’s Monitoring List for over a month. Additionally, The Orange County Health Care Agency has indicated that confirmed cases this week have been lower than average due to a statewide delay in obtaining test results. Therefore, Orange County may see a rise in positive COVID-19 cases in the coming days when the delayed test results are reported.
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.
County Launches Outreach Campaign to Slow the Spread of COVID-19
This week, the OC Health Care Agency announced a new advertising and community outreach campaign to encourage Orange County residents to be vigilant in helping to slow the spread of COVID-19 by protecting themselves and others. This campaign takes a “Stop, Drop and Roll” approach to help people remember the basics – “Face, Hands and Feet.” Featuring simple steps – Wear a FACE covering, Wash HANDS often, and stay 6 FEET apart, the key message focuses on simple actions we can all take to care for ourselves and one another. Specifically focusing on harder-to-reach communities and people for whom English is not their first language, the Face, Hands and Feet campaign will use outdoor boards, transit shelters and digital and social advertising.
State Actions to Assist With Job Loss Due to the Pandemic
Governor Newsom announced a series of actions to better serve workers that have experienced job loss during the COVID-19 pandemic, including the formation of an Employment Development Department (EDD) strike team and a renewed focus on processing unpaid claims. The EDD strike team will identify steps to transform the unemployment insurance customer experience. Within 45 days, the strike team will deliver a plan that outlines short-, mid-, and long-term recommendations and solutions to transform the experience for those applying and receiving unemployment benefits. The EDD will redouble its efforts to process outstanding claims, prioritizing the oldest claims first. The Department anticipates eliminating the backlog of actionable claims by the end of September.