Feb. 26, 2021
Anaheim continues to respond to the coronavirus outbreak with vaccines, testing, community assistance and daily updates at Anaheim.net/coronavirus and on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

The newsletter is a weekly summary. This week's issue includes:

  • Anaheim and OC case update
  • Vaccines
  • Emergency Rental Assistance Program
  • Fight COVID: after the surge

We thank everyone in Anaheim for doing your part to stem the spread of coronavirus in our community, and we want you to know that as your city, we're here for you.

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Anaheim Cases: 40,837
We continue to see a downward trend in new COVID-19 cases in Anaheim and Orange County as we overcome the winter surge. 

The rate of spread continues to drop each week, which is encouraging.

We could even see additional reopening in the coming weeks, based on our decreasing positivity and case rates in Orange County.

Continue to fight COVID in all you do so we can get past this pandemic together.

Anaheim saw an increase of 255 cases in the seven days from Feb. 20-26, while Orange County saw 1,994 new cases in that time. 

Anaheim is at a cumulative 40,837 cases, with 5,224 among children. 

Orange County is at a cumulative 245,983 cases, with 25,472 among children.

Sadly, Anaheim has seen 703 people pass from complications of COVID-19, the condition caused by coronavirus. The county has seen a total of 3,892 deaths.

Our hearts go out to the families who have lost someone dear to them.

The county has processed a total of 3,018,651 polymerase chain reaction, or PCR, tests, the standard for diagnosing COVID-19 cases.

Anaheim and Orange County remain in the purple Tier 1, the most restrictive in the state's color-coded reopening framework, though red Tier 2 is in reach.

Read more at Anaheim.net/reopening. 

The county's current case rate is 11.9 per 100,000 residents.

The county's current positivity rate is 5.4 percent.

To move to red Tier 2, we must meet the metrics for two weeks. That means the case rate must be below 7 per 100,000 and the positivity rate must be below 8 percent.

The health equity metric must also be in line with these criteria.

We continue to dispense vaccines in our city and county at Anaheim's large POD sites and mobile clinics in harder-hit areas. See more on vaccines below.

Here's a look at the latest data by ZIP codes in our city.

92804: southwest Anaheim

Knott Avenue to the west to Euclid Street to the east, and from Lincoln Avenue to the north to Ball Road to the south. The ZIP code is the most populous in Anaheim. It is also home to the most skilled nursing facilities along and near Beach Boulevard.

  • Population: 92,854
  • Total Cases: 10,011
  • Nursing facility cases: 662
  • Deaths: 249 with 125 from nursing facilities
  • Seven-day positivity rate: 6.6 percent, down from 11.5 percent, the week prior
  • Seven-day case rate: 14.2, down from 32 the week prior

92805: central Anaheim

Santa Ana (I-5) Freeway to the west to State College Boulevard, and from the Riverside (91) Freeway to the north to Orangewood Avenue to the south. The ZIP code has the second highest population.

  • Population: 75,069
  • Total Cases: 9,647
  • Nursing facility cases: 104
  • Deaths: 130 with 20 from nursing facilities
  • Seven-day positivity rate: 6.9 percent, down from 11 percent the week prior
  • Seven-day case rate: 14.5, down from 30.1 the week prior

92801: northwest Anaheim

Western Avenue to the west to East Street to the east, Lincoln Avenue to the south to the Riverside (91) Freeway to the north. The ZIP code is home to third highest population.

  • Population: 63,483
  • Total cases: 7,527
  • Nursing facility cases: 147
  • Deaths: 124 with 33 from nursing facilities
  • Seven-day positivity rate: 7.2 percent, down from 11 percent the week prior
  • Seven-day case rate: 17.6, down from 28.1 the week prior

92802: central-south Anaheim

Euclid Street to the west to the Santa Ana (I-5) Freeway to the west, and from Lincoln Avenue to the north to Orangewood Avenue to the south. The ZIP code has the fourth largest number of people.

  • Population: 44,456
  • Total cases: 5,228
  • Nursing facility cases: 169
  • Deaths: 99 with 42 from nursing facilities
  • Seven-day positivity rate: 6.4 percent, down from 9.2 percent the week prior
  • Seven-day case rate: 17, down from 27.3 the week prior

92806: central-east Anaheim

State College Boulevard to the west to Tustin Avenue to the east, and from Orangethorpe Avenue to the north to the Santa Ana River to the south. The ZIP code has the fifth largest number of people.

  • Population: 41,980
  • Total cases: 4,451
  • Nursing facility cases: none
  • Deaths: 44
  • Seven-day positivity rate: 4.7 percent, down from 8.6 percent the week prior
  • Seven-day case rate: 16.7, down from 33 the week prior

92807: Anaheim Canyon, part of east Anaheim

Tustin Avenue to the west to Fairmont Boulevard to the east, Orangethorpe Avenue to the north to Serrano Avenue to the south. The area has the sixth most people.

  • Population: 37,119
  • Total cases: 2,544
  • Nursing facility cases: none
  • Deaths: 39
  • Seven-day positivity rate: 4.4 percent, down from 6.8 percent the week prior
  • Seven-day case rate: 12.7, down from 17.7 the week prior

92808: east Anaheim

Fairmont Boulevard to the west into the eastern open space, from Riverside (91) Freeway to the north to southern city boundary. The ZIP code includes part of Anaheim's eastern open space with no homes and has the fewest people.

  • Population: 21,603
  • Total cases: 1,191
  • Nursing facility cases: none
  • Deaths: 14
  • Seven-day positivity rate: 4 percent, down from 9.8 percent the week prior
  • Seven-day case rate: 7.3, down from 15.9 the week prior

Among cities, Santa Ana has the most cumulative cases at 43,914, followed by Anaheim at 40,837, Garden Grove at 16,064, Orange at 11,537 and Fullerton at 11,008. 

Find daily updates at Anaheim.net/coronavirus and on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.
Vaccines at Anaheim Convention Center
The vaccine super site at Anaheim Convention Center is up and running, with some 20,000 shots given in its first week.

The convention center site, which opened Tuesday, is in addition to the Anaheim vaccine site at Disneyland Resort, where shots continue.

Anaheim is proud to be the only Orange County city with two major vaccines sites, which provides our residents more ways to get vaccinated where they live.

The convention center is indoors with plenty of space. The process inside is smooth, with shelter from rain, wind and the sun. But, as with any new site, we’re constantly making improvements and addressing initial issues to make it even better.

Here’s what you need to know when coming to the convention center site for your appointment:

You need an appointment
We’re now vaccinating those 65 and older, healthcare workers and first responders.

Registration is starting for educators and food service workers, and we expect to see appointment dates for them in coming days and weeks. Do not show up without an appointment.

Arrive no earlier than 30 minutes before
There’s no need to come too early for your appointment. If you’re running late, don’t worry about that either.

Vehicle Entry
Enter off Katella Avenue, from the right lane heading east. The entrance is along Katella, between West Street and Harbor Boulevard. It’s best to approach from the right lane entrance. There are times you can turn left off Katella, but that is hit or miss.

We sometimes need to close the left turn lane to prevent a backup to Harbor. You might encounter backups on Katella turning right. We are working to address that as well.

Again, don’t worry if arrival and parking takes you past your appointment time. We will get you in.

We’ve seen some challenges with parking and have been making improvements daily. You’ll park in what’s known as Car Park 1, a five-level structure that’s about 30 to 50 yards from the vaccine site entrance. 

Like many parking structures, it is tight and can be busy with arrivals and exits throughout the day.

For those who are able, stairs in the northeast corner are the quickest route to the vaccine site. For those who need extra help, there are two elevators in the southeast corner. There are staff and signs to direct you.

Remember Where You Parked
The structure has five color-coded levels. P1 is pink, P2 is purple, P3 is Orange, P4 is green and P5 is blue. P2 and P3 are the largest floors, so there you should remember what row you parked in as well. 

Rideshare, bus
There is not a designated rideshare area, but you can enter on Convention Way off Harbor Boulevard and drop off and pickup near the traffic circle and what’s known as the Grand Plaza. Please note: This is not a convenient spot for the elderly and those who need assistance. 

If you’re taking an Orange County Transportation Authority bus, the best stop is Harbor-Convention at Harbor Boulevard and Convention Way. From there you’ll make your way to the convention center a couple city blocks to the east. 

Unfortunately, at times we can see lines for the parking structure elevators. There are two elevators, and with folks in wheelchairs, it can take a while to get everybody back to where they parked. Staff is on hand to help, but we still can see delays.

For those who need a little extra help, wheelchairs are onsite. If you have your own wheelchair or walker, it’s always best to bring it. We’ve added more since opening, but at any given hour a lot of wheelchairs will be in circulation. We’ll always do our best to see if we can track one down.

You’ll be indoors most of the time, so weather isn’t a big factor. But the space from parking to vaccines is outside. So, if there’s wind, rain or sun, you’ll want to plan for being outdoors for about 10 minutes or so as you make your way in.

Vaccine Entry
You’ll enter through the Anaheim Arena -- the large dome-shaped building along Katella Avenue. You’ll enter through a door based on your appointment time: top of the hour or 15, 30 and 45 minutes after. There might be a small wait here. Other times you’ll walk right through. You’ll go through a contactless temperature check.

Next up is check-in, where we’ll verify your age or other eligibility. For second shots, we just need your government ID, proof of appointment and your vaccine card.

Vaccines take place in Hall A, a large convention hall. There are eight individual vaccination stations, with five or six running right now. Getting the shot itself takes a matter of minutes, with shots delivered by nurses. You then go to observation for 15 minutes or so, just to make sure everyone is doing well.

Right now, we are only doing Moderna vaccines. We could at times offer Pfizer and an expected vaccine from Johnson & Johnson.

You’ll exit through the side of Hall A, turn left and walk about 30 yards back to the parking structure. Don’t forget to get a picture next to our “I Got the Shot” backdrop, with iconic images of the Big A, Anaheim Convention Center, Disneyland, Honda Center and ARTIC!

Applications for rental assistance open March 1
Anaheim renters in need can apply starting next week to get up to 80 percent of their unpaid rent covered through our Emergency Rental Assistance Program.

We have $20 million to help families and landlords struggling with unpaid rent due to the coronavirus crisis.

Renters and landlords impacted by COVID-19 can get help with unpaid rent from the past year. The city will pay 80 percent of rent owed if landlords agree to forgive the remaining 20 percent, in line with the state’s eviction protection program.

If a landlord chooses not to participate in the program, their tenant can still apply to get 25 percent of their rent owed.

There is no cap on how much assistance each household can receive. We will give priority to households making less than 50 percent of area median income and those who are unemployed.

Those who received assistance in the first phase of the program can reapply for additional help.

Applications open on March 1, 2021, and will be due by March 31, 2021. For more information and to apply, visit Anaheim.net/rentassistance.

Residents who need extra assistance can call the city hotline at (714) 765-4300, ext. 4890.
Fight COVID: amid declining cases
We're seeing cases going down, which is very encouraging.

But we aren't quite to the finish line yet.

We wouldn't want to slip back when we're so close to reopening because we let our guard down.

So how do you fight COVID amid declining case rates?

Wear a mask and practice social distancing, especially as more services reopen indoors.

Health experts recommend you wear a cloth mask along with a surgical mask for optimal protection. You can also wear a KN95 or a cloth mask with two layers.

And don't get too comfortable around others. It's always best, even with a mask, to keep at least six feet away from people you don't live with.

Limit outings and avoid large gatherings.

Even with vaccines beginning and cases going down, it's still best to avoid interacting with others to ensure the virus doesn't spread through our community.

We're close to getting back to normal, but we need to keep it up to get there.

Learn more about vaccines at Anaheim.net/vaccines.

Thanks for keeping Anaheim safe and fighting COVID in all you do!
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