City of Brea COVID-19 Community Update for October 23
OC Health Care Agency Hosts Free Flu Shot Event This Weekend
There will be a flu shot clinic at the Anaheim Convention Center this weekend. Click here to view a flyer with more information, which also lists other upcoming clinics throughout Orange County. Click here for a list of flu clinic locations and more information on the flu vaccine from the Orange County Health Care Agency.
State Releases Guidance for Theme Parks and Outdoor Stadiums
Earlier this week, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced new industry guidance for the re-opening of amusement parks and theme parks (available here). Under the new guidance, smaller theme parks with an overall capacity of fewer than 15,000 may resume operations with limited capacity of 25% or 500 people, whichever is fewer, when a county moves into Orange Tier 3. Only outdoor attractions are permitted to be open and ticket sales are limited to visitors in same county. When a county moves into Yellow Tier 4, all theme parks, regardless of size, may operate with a max capacity of 25% and will be required to implement a reservation system and screen guests for symptoms in advance.
In addition, the State also issued new guidance related to the re-opening of sporting events at outdoor stadiums and racetracks (available here). Under the new guidance, outdoor operations may resume in Orange Tier 3 at 20% capacity and at 25% capacity in Yellow Tier 4. Ticket sales will be restricted to customers traveling within a 120-mile radius, and no day-of or will-call ticket sales will be allowed. Tailgating will be prohibited and attendees will be required to park at the stadium, not in surrounding parts of the community.
OC Health Care Agency Launches Mask Message Contest
The OC Health Care Agency is launching a Mask Message Contest designed to engage Orange County students of all grades in an independent project to help normalize mask wearing. Students can enter one or all three categories: Mask Art, Written Essay, or Social Video. The deadline for submissions is Thursday, November 19. A winning mask design will be selected from each of the five Supervisorial Districts and will be produced for students in the winning schools. The winning students’ schools stand to win technology grants of $5,000 to $7,000 in each of the three categories and in each school level. More information on this contest can be found by clicking here.
Orange County Health Care Agency Statistics
Today, the County is reporting 2 new COVID-19 cases in Brea. This brings the City’s cumulative total to 543 residents who have tested positive, and 10 residents who have passed away from the virus. According to County statistics, there have been 58,010 confirmed COVID-19 cumulative cases county-wide, 162 of which were newly-reported today. Additionally, there has unfortunately been 1,440 cumulative deaths to date, with 6 newly-reported today. Currently, 162 cases are hospitalized, 58 of which are in the ICU. The County estimates 51,990 individuals have recovered, but that number is speculative.
Orange County Remains in Red Tier 2 of State Re-Opening Framework
Orange County remains in the Red Tier 2 of the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy re-opening framework. In the following metrics that determine movement through the State’s re-opening framework, Orange County currently has an average of 4.6 daily COVID-19 positive cases per 100,000 people and an average testing positivity percentage of 3.2%. The next less-restrictive tier, Orange Tier 3, requires counties to have between 1 – 3.9 daily COVID-19 positive cases per 100,000 people and a test positivity percentage between 2 – 4.9%. Therefore, Orange County remains in the Red Tier 2. The County needs to maintain both metrics of the Orange Tier for 2 consecutive weeks, as well as meeting the new health equity metric, prior to officially moving into the next tier.
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.