Feb. 19, 2021
Anaheim continues to respond to the coronavirus outbreak as we work to overcome a winter surge in cases.

We provide daily updates at Anaheim.net/coronavirus and on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

The newsletter is a weekly summary.

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: 40,581
We continue to see a downward trend in new COVID-19 cases in Anaheim and Orange County as we overcome the winter surge. 

We're still on par with where we were in November, before the holidays, but the rate of spread continues to drop each week.

It's a good sign, but we have more work to do before we can advance to the state's less restrictive red Tier 2.

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

Anaheim saw an increase of 427 cases in the seven days from Feb. 13-19, while Orange County saw 3,983 new cases in that time. 

Anaheim is at a cumulative 40,581 cases, with 5,187 among children. 

Orange County is at a cumulative 243,989 cases, with 25,197 among children.

Sadly, Anaheim has seen 681 people pass from complications of COVID-19, the condition caused by coronavirus. The county has seen a total 3,726 deaths.

Our hearts go out to the family and friends who have lost someone dear to them.

The county has processed a total of 2,933,119 polymerase chain reaction, or PCR, tests, the standard for diagnosing COVID-19 cases.

Though we are beginning to near case counts and positivity rates we haven't seen since before the holiday season, Anaheim and Orange County remain in the purple Tier 1, the most restrictive in the state's color-coded reopening framework.

Read more at Anaheim.net/reopening. 

The county's current case rate is 20.7 per 100,000 residents.

The county's current positivity rate is 7.8 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.

We continue to distribute vaccines in our city and county at Anaheim's Super POD site 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: 9,945
  • Nursing facility cases: 660
  • Deaths: 242 with 120 from nursing facilities
  • Seven-day positivity rate: 11.5 percent, up from 11.1 percent, the week prior
  • Seven-day case rate: 32, down from 37.4 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: 9,601
  • Nursing facility cases: 104
  • Deaths: 127 with 20 from nursing facilities
  • Seven-day positivity rate: 11 percent, down from 11.7 percent the week prior
  • Seven-day case rate: 30.1, down from 41.1 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: 7,480
  • Nursing facility cases: 147
  • Deaths: 118 with 30 from nursing facilities
  • Seven-day positivity rate: 11 percent, down from 12.9 percent the week prior
  • Seven-day case rate: 28.1, down from 43 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: 5,193
  • Nursing facility cases: 165
  • Deaths: 95 with 41 from nursing facilities
  • Seven-day positivity rate: 9.2 percent, down from 11.3 percent the week prior
  • Seven-day case rate: 27.3, down from 39.5 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: 4,424
  • Nursing facility cases: none
  • Deaths: 43
  • Seven-day positivity rate: 8.6 percent, up from 8.4 percent the week prior
  • Seven-day case rate: 33, down from 40.5 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: 2,522
  • Nursing facility cases: none
  • Deaths: 39
  • Seven-day positivity rate: 6.8 percent, down from 10.1 percent the week prior
  • Seven-day case rate: 17.7, down from 33.8 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: 1,179
  • Nursing facility cases: none
  • Deaths: 14
  • Seven-day positivity rate: 9.8 percent, up from 8.8 percent the week prior
  • Seven-day case rate: 15.9, down from 22.5 the week prior

Among cities, Santa Ana has the most cumulative cases at 43,669, followed by Anaheim at 40,581, Garden Grove at 15,932, Orange at 11,491 and Fullerton at 10,888. 

Find daily updates at Anaheim.net/coronavirus and on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.
Second Super POD opening in Anaheim
Anaheim, which launched the first large COVID-19 vaccination site in Orange County in January, is adding a second site at the Anaheim Convention Center.

The Super POD at Anaheim Convention Center is set to begin offering vaccinations next week, in partnership with the county of Orange.

Counties throughout California, including Orange County, are experiencing vaccine supply shortages due to severe winter weather across the country, so the opening date of this second POD site is contingent upon getting our vaccines delivered.

The site adds to the vaccinations at the Anaheim Super POD at Disneyland Resort, which has done 150,000 shots and counting since opening on Jan. 13.

The Super POD at Disneyland Resort, which runs from the Toy Story Parking Area, will continue to operate alongside the convention center.

The addition of the Anaheim Convention Center as a second site in our city provides flexibility in administering first and second shots and in types of vaccines. It will add capacity as more people are coming due for second shots as part or their two-dose vaccines.

Vaccines will be done at the Anaheim Convention Center using part of the Anaheim Arena, a 7,500-seat arena for events and sports, and part of Hall A, a large exhibit hall that usually hosts conventions and other events.

Along with other major venues in Anaheim, the convention center has been closed for events since March 2020. The convention center has hosted Orange County's largest COVID-19 testing site since July. Testing will continue on the southwest side of the Anaheim Convention Center with vaccinations taking place on the northeast side.

The large indoor event spaces of the Anaheim Convention Center provide ample room for vaccinations with social distancing and will allow the POD to operate without disruptions from weather.

The Anaheim Convention Center will start by offering second doses for those who have already received their first dose of the Moderna vaccine

Anyone who recently received their first Moderna dose at the Super POD at Disneyland Resort will now receive their second dose at the Anaheim Convention Center. Second dose appointments will be as previously scheduled, with only a location change to the convention center, which is about a block away from the Super POD at Disneyland Resort.

After the convention center opens, the Super POD at Disneyland Resort will focus on administering first and second doses of the Pfizer vaccine.

Both Moderna and Pfizer have effective rates of about 95 percent after the second doses.

Vaccines at both sites are by appointment only. For both sites, arrive no earlier than 30 minutes prior to your appointment. 

Only those currently eligible in what's known as Phase 1A can be vaccinated right now. This group includes healthcare workers, first responders and those 65 and older.

Make an appointment at Othena.com.

Those ineligible and those without appointments will be turned away to ensure supply for those who can be vaccinated right now.

We expect to see eligibility expand in coming weeks and months.

Find more on vaccines at Anaheim.net/vaccine.
Don't get scammed
Scammers are everywhere these days, just waiting for you to let your guard down so they can swoop in.

And, unfortunately, amid the ongoing pandemic, online fraudsters have found even more ways to get your personal information or your money.

Don't fall for it! Here are some common fraud schemes to look out for:

COVID-19 Scam: Someone poses as government employees to get your social security number or Medicare card number using robocalls, spam emails, cold calls and even door-to-door solicitation.

If you are a victim of one of these scammers, call the county's fraud hotline at (714) 834-3482 or for Medicare fraud call (800) MEDICARE.

Utilities Scam: People will call you, claiming to be from Anaheim Public Utilities, demanding immediate payment of your utility bill with a prepaid card or with cash in person.

Anaheim Public Utilities would never call to demand immediate payment, does not accept prepaid cards and is not shutting off anyone's water or power amid the pandemic. If you're ever in doubt about a caller, hang up and call (714) 765-3300.

WhatsApp Scam: Scammers will hack into your account, get the identities of your contacts and create a fake account to message you asking for money. The fake account is meant to trick you into thinking that you are sending money to your close contacts, when you're really sending it to the hacker.

What can I do?

Recognize scam attempts. Scammers create a sense of urgency to produce fear and lure victims into immediate action. Resist pressure to act immediately until you can verify the person asking you for money.

Once something seems off, immediately end all communication with the scammer.

Never give out your personal information or send money, jewelry, gift cards, checks or wire information to an unverified person or business.

Make sure all of your computer antivirus and security software and malware protections up to date. Be sure to use reputable software and firewalls.

Never open an email attachment from someone you don't know, and be wary of attachments forwarded to you.

Disconnect from the internet and shut down your computer if you see a popup message or a locked screen. Scammers often use popups to spread malicious software. Don't call the number on the popup.

Take steps to protect your identity if someone you don't know gains access to your computer, phone or account. Immediately contact your bank or credit card providers to monitor your accounts for suspicious activity.

If you have any questions or feel you need assistance, don't hesitate to call Anaheim Police at (714) 765-1900.
Anaheim to give $20 million in rental assistance
Anaheim will provide $20 million in assistance to families and landlords struggling with unpaid rent due to the coronavirus crisis.

In the second phase of Anaheim’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program, approved by the City Council this week, renters and landlords impacted by COVID-19 can get help with unpaid rent from the past year.

Anaheim helped 736 families with up to $2,100 in assistance in the first phase of the Emergency Rental Assistance Program, approved by the City Council in May 2020 as part of the $36 million Anaheim Community and Economic Recovery Plan.

The second phase of the program was made possible by added funding allocated to Anaheim by the state and federal governments for rental assistance.

In the second phase of the program, 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. The city 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 will 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: after your shot
As more Anaheim seniors, healthcare workers and first responders receive their first and second vaccine doses, many wonder if they have to continue with current health and safety guidelines.

In short, the answer is yes. Even after you get vaccinated, not much changes when you're out in public.

Vaccines are critical to ending this pandemic, and we must still fight COVID in all we do until we reach herd immunity.

So how do you fight COVID after your shot?

First, if you received the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, make sure you get your second dose. Both of the vaccines authorized right now require two shots to be fully effective.

And people who are vaccinated must still wear face masks, practice social distancing, avoid gatherings and even get tested if they start feeling sick.

The reason? While the vaccines are highly effective and will save many lives, there are still some unanswered questions about how they impact community spread.

We still don't know if vaccinated people can pass coronavirus to others, even if they don't know they are harboring the virus.

So we need to follow those public health best practices when around others who are not vaccinated to make sure we stem the spread of the virus as we continue with our community vaccination efforts.

Learn more about vaccines at Anaheim.net/vaccines.

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