Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

Supervisor Andrew Do Face Covering Timeline

 

• March 31, 2020 – I began recommending face coverings.

• April 5, 2020 – I shared a video on my social media platforms, with the help from residents, on ways people can make their own homemade face coverings.

• April 2, 2020 – The County of Orange followed California State guidelines for wearing face coverings in public.

April 7, 2020 – I authored Orange County's first mask requirement for all food service workers in Orange County, including pharmacy workers, which failed. I was one of the first officials in the state to propose a face covering mandate.

April 21, 2020 – Based on my April 7 proposal, the board considered and passed a mandate requiring face coverings for workers who interact with the public, this was a split 3-2 vote.

June 18, 2020 – Governor Newsom issued a statewide face covering order.

 

OC COVID-19 Updates

 

  • May 8, 2020 – On April 24, the U.S. Department of Agriculture approved California’s application to operate a Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program during the COVID-19 crisis. (Press Release)
  • May 7, 2020 – Beaches operated by the County of Orange reopened with limitations. The State of California approved the County of Orange Phased Beach Reopening Plan Thursday to reopen County-operated beaches for limited recreational activities following a week-long, state-mandated closure. (Press Release)
  • May 5, 2020 During the May 5th board meeting, I proposed a draft action plan on how Orange County can implement public health measures that would accelerate the full re-opening of lower-risk businesses and spaces in Phase Two of Governor Newsom’s roadmap, and submit a final plan to the Board and the State for approval. (Press Release)
  • May 5, 2020 – The County of Orange received a $900,000 grant from the California Employment Development Department (EDD) to provide economic support for dislocated workers. (Press Release)
  • May 1, 2020 – The County of Orange announced the launch of the Great Plates Delivered program to support seniors and local businesses needing food assistance during the COVID-19 crisis. (Press Release)
  • April 29, 2020 – The County of Orange (County) Community Services Community Investment Division partnered with Google Fiber and Orange County United Way to provide loaner laptops and hotspots in an effort to increase access to workforce development programs and services offered through the Irvine One-Stop Center during this critical period. (Press Release)  
  • April 24, 2020 – The County of Orange Social Services Agency announced that the California Department of Social Services expedited the implementation of EBT online purchasing to allow greater access to food and other necessary household items during the COVID-19 crisis and statewide stay at home order. (Press Release)
  • April 22, 2020 – Effective at 12 a.m. on Friday, April 24, all employees of any grocery store, pharmacy/drug store, convenience store, gas station, restaurant, food preparation establishment, or retail store in Orange County who may have contact with the public must wear a cloth face covering while at work. (Press Release)
  • April 21, 2020 – During the Special Meeting on April 21, the Board of Supervisors approved my directive regarding face coverings, effective April 24 for essential workers. (Press Release)
  • April 21, 2020 – The OC Health Care Agency announced the launch of the OC COVID-19 Testing Network, which offers COVID-19 testing starting Tuesday, April 21, 2020 to Orange County residents free of charge. (Press Release)
  • April 16, 2020 – Effective April 17, the Orange County Clerk-Recorder Department will begin offering marriage licenses and civil marriage ceremonies to couples whose marriage appointments were postponed due to COVID-19. (Press Release)
  • April 14, 2020 – The Orange County Treasurer announced that they are accepting penalty cancellation requests for taxpayers who have been directly impacted by COVID-19. (Press Release)
  • April 10, 2020 – The County of Orange Social Services Agency announced that California Department of Social Services issued emergency CalFresh allotments as authorized by te Families Coronavirus Response Act. (Press Release)
  • April 9, 2020 – County of Orange Health Officer Dr. Nichole Quick today issued a recommendation strongly encouraging all employees at essential businesses to wear a face covering while at work and all residents engaged in essential activities outside the home to do the same. (Press Release)
  • April 9, 2020 – Effective Saturday, April 11, the Orange County COVID-19 Public Information Hotline and Health Referral Line will take calls from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. (Press Release)
  • April 9, 2020 – The Orange County Treasurer has three payment options for all taxpayers during this unprecedented medical emergency. (Press Release)
  • April 7, 2020 – During the Special Meeting on April 7, the Board of Supervisors did not approve the proposal to require food service workers to wear some sort of face covering at their workplace. (Press Release)
  • April 7, 2020 – State governs when property taxes are due and payable, and Treasurer-Tax Collector (Treasurer) is not authorized to change the April 10 deadline. Penalty cancellation requests can be filed after April 10. (Press Release)
  • April 6, 2020 – I drafted the language access policy to ensure that everyone in Orange County receives public health information and emergency alerts, regardless of what language they speak. (Press Release)
  • April 3, 2020 – Effective April 4, the Orange County COVID-19 Public Information Hotline and Health Referral Line will take calls from 8 a.m. to p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays. (Press Release)
  • April 3, 2020 – The County of Orange is encouraging residents to create a family preparedness plan in the event they are impacted by COVID-19. (Press Release)
  • April 2, 2020 – County of Orange follows California State guidelines for wearing face coverings in public. (Press Release)
  • March 30, 2020 – On March 19, California Governor Newsom and the State Public Health Officer ordered all individuals to stay home except to get food, care for a relative or friend, get necessary health care, or go to an essential job. (Press Release)
  • March 28, 2020 – County Health Officer warned residents against the use of testing kits that have not been approved by the U.S. FDA. (Press Release)
  • March 28, 2020 – The County of Orange started posting reported novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases by city on a daily basis on the OC Health Care website. (Press Release)
  • March 27, 2020 – The County of Orange created a free hotline for COVID-19 County Resources – 1 (833) 426-6411. (Press Release)
  • March 26, 2020 – Treasurer-Tax Collector Freidenrich announced her full support for waiver of penalties, costs or other charges as allowed by existing state law for taxpayers that fail to make a timely payment. (Press Release)
  • March 25, 2020 – Effective March 25, the OC Community Services will expand call center hours to meet the needs of seniors, veterans, business owners, and the employed affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. (Press Release)
  • March 24, 2020 – On March 25, the OC Health Care Agency will begin accepting donations of protective equipment and supplies for use by healthcare providers throughout the county. (Press Release)
  • March 24, 2020 – The OC Health Care Agency confirmed the first death in Orange County related to COVID-19. The individual was a male in his 70s with underlying health conditions. (Press Release)
  • March 24, 2020 – Effective March 25, parking lots at all County beaches, regional parks, and wilderness parks, County trailheads, pedestrian access points to all beaches, restrooms, playgrounds, exercise equipment, and shelters at all County parks and beaches will be close to slow the spread of COVID-19. Passive walk-through pedestrian, cycling and equestrian activity is permitted. (Press Release)
  • March 23, 2020 – Effective immediately, residents can now sign up to receive text message updates related to COVID-19 in Orange County. To opt-in for this service, text OCCOVID19 to 888777. (Press Release)
  • March 22, 2020 – Due to Governor Newsom’s activation of the National Guard to assist in food and supplies distribution, the Cold Weather Emergency Shelters located at the Fullerton and Santa Ana National Guard will be relocated by March 24. (Press Release)
  • March 22, 2020 – The County identified Joplin Center in Trabuco Canyon as a placement site for sheltered homeless persons who are older but not exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19. (Press Release)
  • March 21, 2020 – The County announced that testing for COVID-19 is now available in a number of public health, commercial and hospital laboratories in California, however broad scale testing is not available. The California Department of Public Health has provided guidance for prioritizing testing based on medical need. (Press Release)
  • March 20, 2020 – The County identified short-term strategies that provide placement for sheltered individuals who are elderly and/or those who have severe underlying health conditions. (Press Release)
  • March 20,2020 – The OC Health Care Agency shifted the approach in public health away from containment and toward mitigation, a more effective strategy to address the virus county-wide. (Press Release)
  • March 19, 2020 – Governor Newsom issued direction to California residents to stay at home unless they are participating in essential functions like purchasing food or meeting other “essential needs.” This order supersedes the County’s Health Order. (Press Release)
  • March 19, 2020 – The County announced the availability of resources and support for seniors over 60 who may be isolating during the COVID-19 outbreak. (Press Release)
  • March 18, 2020 – Orange County’s Public Health Officer, Dr. Quick, amends Public Health OrderClick here for a list of FAQs regarding the amended Order.
  • March 17, 2020 – Orange County’s Public Health Officer, Dr. Quick, issues Public Health Order
  • March 16, 2020 – Drive-thru COVID-19 testing sites are happening in Orange County. There is still discussion among private health providers to establish their own “drive-thru test sites” and locations are not under County’s control. Despite the name, these potential sites do not process the tests themselves; they are actually specimen collection centers for patients referred by doctors because the patients exhibit symptoms of the Coronavirus. As information becomes available, we will inform the public as quickly as possible.
  • March 13, 2020 – Press Conference on County's Update on Coronavirus testing, cases, and county's recommendation to close public schools.
  • March 12, 2020 – 6-7 pm OC Coronavirus Virtual Town Hall Meeting - (855) 756-7520 Ext. 56750# (Information)
  • March 10, 2020 – OC Health Care Agency, Sheriff’s Department, and John Wayne Airport executives provide an update on County response efforts. (Video)
  • March 2, 2020 – Orange County Board of Supervisors declares local emergency; approves Chairwoman Steel and Vice Chairman Do’s proposal to enhance the County’s support of health workers, first responders, and County employees as they respond to the Coronavirus; and directs enhancements to response at John Wayne Airport. (Video)
  • February 28, 2020 – Chairwoman Steel and Vice-Chairman Do propose next steps for County to fight Coronavirus (Agenda Report) (Press Release)
  • February 26, 2020 – County of Orange and County Health Officer Dr. Nichole Quick declared a Local Health Emergency in accordance with state law to enhance the County’s ability to prepare for and respond to the potential Coronavirus cases in Orange County. (Documents and Press Release)
  • February 25, 2020 – Orange County Board of Supervisors unanimously directed the Office of County Counsel to file an Amicus brief in support of Costa Mesa’s action. (Press Release)
  • February 24, 2020 – OC Health Care Agency issued a statement of support for the City of Costa Mesa’s legal action to temporarily halt a plan by state and federal agencies to use the Fairview Developmental Center as a Coronavirus quarantine location. Orange County Board of Supervisors Chair Michelle Steel and Vice-Chairman Andrew Do filed an Amicus brief in support of Costa Mesa’s action. (Amicus Brief)
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