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March 28, 2020 
Orange County Residents Can Call Toll-Free Hotline for COVID-19 County Resources

Effective immediately, residents can now call 1(833)426-6411 for inquiries related to novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Orange County, California. This hotline will provide resources specific to the Orange County COVID-19 response.


March 28, 2020 
County Releases City Data of Reported COVID-19 Cases

Starting today, the County of Orange is posting reported novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases by city on a daily basis on the OC Health Care website http://www.ochealthinfo.com/novelcoronavirus. The total case counts and city counts will be updated every afternoon.


March 26, 2020 
Treasurer-Tax Collector Freidenrich Will Grant Penalty Relief for Taxpayers As Allowed by Existing State Law

SANTA ANA – Treasurer-Tax Collector Freidenrich announces 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. The impact of the COVID19 has been financially devastating for many Orange County taxpayers.


March 28, 2020 
County of Orange Warns of Hazards of Non-FDA Approved COVID-19 Tests

The County of Orange would like to caution residents who wish to use non-FDA approved COVID-19 testing kits claiming to confirm if they have the disease. Deceitful tests and products can pose health risks. These non-approved tests can produce false negatives which can then result in infected persons not be placed in quarantine/isolation or may delay necessary medical treatment.


March 28, 2020 
Orange County Health Officials Report Increase in COVID-19 Cases

The OC Health Care Agency (HCA) has observed a significant increase in COVID-19 cases throughout Orange County with the current reported cases at 256, an increase of 69 cases since 3/25/20. The total number of people tested by HCA Public Health Lab (PHL) and by commercial labs is 3,605.


March 25, 2020 
Orange County Community Services Extends Call Center Hours

Effective today, Orange County Community Services will expand call center hours to meet the needs of seniors, veterans, business owners and the unemployed affected by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Orange County Community Services oversees the Orange County Veterans Service Office, Office on Aging and Community Investment Division programs.


March 24, 2020 
Orange County Announces Procedure for Donating Protective Equipment Supplies For Healthcare Providers

On Wednesday, March 25, Orange County Health Department (HCA) will begin accepting donations of protective equipment and supplies for use by healthcare providers throughout the county.


March 24, 2020 
OC Health Officials Confirm First Death Due to COVID-19

The OC Health Care Agency (HCA) today confirmed the first death of an Orange County resident related to COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.


March 24, 2020 
Closure of OC Parks Areas To Slow Spread of COVID-19

In an effort to minimize the impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19) on park patrons, staff, and the Orange County community at large, and consistent with the guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Governor’s office, and the Orange County Health Care Agency (HCA), OC Parks is currently operating in the following manner as of Wednesday, March 25, 2020.


March 23, 2020 
Residents Can Sign Up for Text Message Alerts Related to Covid-19 in Orange County

Effective immediately, residents can now sign up to receive text message updates related to novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Orange County, California. To opt-in for this service, text OCCOVID19 to 888777.


March 22, 2020 
Relocation of Cold Weather Emergency Shelters

Due to the Governor'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 Armories will be relocated by Tuesday.


March 22, 2020 
County Identifies Alternative Shelter Location for Vulnerable Homeless Persons

The County of Orange has identified the former Joplin Youth Center in Trabuco Canyon as a placement site for sheltered homeless persons who are older but not exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19.


March 21, 2020 
COVID-19 Testing Availability

Testing for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is now available in a number of public health, commercial and hospital laboratories in California, however broad scale testing is not available.


March 20, 2020 
What Orange County Residents Should Know About State Public Health Officer Order

To reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19, Governor Gavin Newsom and the State Public Health Officer issued an order telling all California residents to stay home unless they work in one of the 16 federal critical infrastructure sectors (https://www.cisa.gov/identifying-critical-infrastructure-during-covid-19).


March 20, 2020 
UPDATE on Access to County of Orange Facilities

In response to the County Health Officer's Order related to COVID-19, County of Orange departments have made the following changes to services.


March 20, 2020 
County Exploring Measures to Mitigate COVID-19 Risks to Homeless Community

The County of Orange is exploring all precautionary and preventative measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 within the homeless population.


March 20, 2020 
COVID-19 PUBLIC HEALTH MITIGATION STRATEGY

To minimize adverse health consequences and resource impact from COVID-19, and consistent with guidance from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), the Orange County Health Care Agency has shifted the approach in public health away from containment and toward mitigation, a more effective strategy to address the virus county-wide.


March 19, 2020 
County of Orange to Connect Seniors with Resources During COVID-19 Outbreak

The County of Orange today announced the availability of resources and support for seniors over 60 who may be self-isolating during the COVID-19 outbreak in Orange County.


March 19, 2020 
Update on Access to County of Orange Facilities

In response to the County Health Officer's Order related to COVID-19, County of Orange departments have made the following changes to services:


March 19, 2020 
Governor Issues Orders to Stay at Home

At 6:30 p.m., Governor Gavin Newsom issued directions to California residents to stay at home unless they are participating in essential functions like purchasing food or meeting other “essential needs.”


March 18, 2020 
County Issues Amended Health Order and Guidance

The Public Health Order issued by the County Health Officer on March 17, 2020 has been amended in light of new and changing State guidelines and to provide clarity for Orange County residents and businesses. It is important for all Orange County residents and businesses to read the Order and Guidance in its entirety.


March 17, 2020 
Orange County Clerk-Recorder Announces Changes to Office Access and to Service Delivery Options

Orange County Clerk-Recorder Hugh Nguyen will be closing all of his department’s office locations to the public effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020, as a precautionary measure to help slow the spread of the Coronavirus also known as COVID-19. The Clerk-Recorder believes that it is in the best interest of its customers and employees to make some temporary changes in service delivery processes and to use mail and online services as much as possible. This will reduce exposure for all parties and allow services to continue with limited interruptions.


March 17, 2020 
County Health Officer Issues Order to Slow Spread of COVID-19

County Health Officer Dr. Nichole Quick issued a Health Officer's Order today to protect that health and wellbeing of Orange County, CA residents. "We are taking these mitigation steps in line with a directive issued by Governor Newsom to help slow the spread of COVID-19," said Dr. Nichole Quick, County Health Officer. "We recognize community members may experience anxiety related to the social disruption caused by COVID-19, and want to encourage residents to reach out to loved ones using appropriate methods like telephone, video messaging, email and text."


March 18, 2020 
Public Health Order is NOT an Order to Shelter in Place

Today's order from County Health Officer Dr. Nichole Quick is NOT an order to shelter in place. It is not a lockdown. It is important for all Orange County businesses to remain open while practicing social distancing consistent with the Governor's guidance. However, following State guidelines, all bars and other establishments that serve alcohol and do not serve food shall close. All restaurants and other business establishments that serve food shall close all onsite dining. Pickup, delivery and drive thru services may remain open. It is important for all Orange County residents to read the order in its entirety.


March 16, 2020 
List of County of Orange Public Services Suspended due to COVID-19

"The County of Orange departments have suspended various services to support social distancing to protect residents and County employees," said OC Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Michelle Steel, Second District. "It's imperative that residents and County employees alike employ the proper precautions to protect themselves and their loved ones during this time."


March 12, 2020 
Orange County, CA Elections to Conduct Risk Limiting Audit of Presidential Primary Election Results

SANTA ANA, CA – March 11, 2020 - Orange County will conduct a risk-limiting audit beginning Monday, March 16, 2020. The ballot comparison audit is not required under California law, and is being conducted in addition to the one percent manual tally of precincts.


March 12, 2020 
JOHN WAYNE AIRPORT POSTS JANUARY 2020 STATISTICS

SANTA ANA, Calif. - Airline passenger traffic at John Wayne Airport decreased in January 2020 as compared with January 2019. In January 2020, the Airport served 806,386 passengers, a decrease of 1.6% when compared with the January 2019 passenger traffic count of 819,358.


March 12, 2020 
Orange County Health Care Agency (OCHCA) Provides Recommendations for COVID-19 Community Mitigation Strategies

Community health mitigation decisions and strategies are crucial to slowing the transmission of COVID-19 (commonly known as novel coronavirus) in Orange County, California. While the County of Orange risk levels are still low, the County wants to be prepared in the event additional guidance and/or guidelines on COVID-19 come from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), respectively.


March 9, 2020 
County of Orange Social Services Agency Marks First Full Year of Countywide Restaurant Meals Program

The County of Orange Social Services Agency (SSA) is pleased to share results of the first full year of the implementation of the Restaurant Meals Program (RMP) countywide.


March 4, 2020 
OC Health Care Agency Reports Two Presumptive Positive Cases of COVID-19

The OC Health Care Agency's (HCA) Public Health Laboratory today confirmed two presumptive positive cases of COVID-19, a man in his 60s and a female in her 30s with recent travel to countries with widespread transmission.


March 3, 2020 
Learn About Your Consumer Rights During National Consumer Protection Week March 1 - 7

The County of Orange has proclaimed the week of March 1 - 7 as National Consumer Protection Week, and the Orange County Treasurer, Shari L. Freidenrich, is leading the County's effort to educate consumers about available resources to help them better safeguard their personal and financial information.


March 2, 2020 
More than 3,000 Orange County Food Establishments Receive Awards of Excellence

The OC Health Care Agency (HCA) has issued the 2020 Award of Excellence to 3,463 Orange County food facilities to recognize local businesses for their outstanding food safety and sanitation practices during 2019.


March 2, 2020 
Vote Center in Santa Ana Closed Temporarily Due to Nearby Criminal Investigation

On Sunday, March 1, 2020 at approximately 4:30 p.m., the Orange County Registrar of Voters received reports that a shooting occurred near the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Santa Ana (the site of one of our Vote Centers). Vote Center staff and voters have been evacuated and are safe. An active criminal investigation is taking place and the Santa Ana Police Department is asking the public to stay away from the vicinity of the area.


February 28, 2020 
County of Orange Board of Supervisors’ Reaction to Federal Government Filing a Federal Notice of Movement on Fairview Developmental Center

Today the United States Federal Government filed a Federal Notice of Movement to remove Fairview Development Center in Costa Mesa as a site to house persons who have tested positive for COVID-19.


February 26, 2020 
County of Orange Board of Supervisors to File Amicus Brief in Support of City of Costa Mesa

Today the County of Orange Board of Supervisors unanimously directed the Office of County Counsel to file an Amicus brief with the United States District Court regarding pending federal litigation in the City of Costa Mesa, et. al v. United States of America, et. al. regarding the use of the Fairview Development Center for individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19.

Further details including the Amicus brief will be provided at a later time.


February 26, 2020 
Statement of Support for City of Costa Mesa’s Legal Action to Temporarily Halt Use of Fairview Developmental Center as COVID-19 Quarantine Facility

The OC Health Care Agency (HCA) today issued a statement of support for the City of Costa Mesa's legal action, taken yesterday, to temporarily halt a plan by state and federal agencies to use the Fairview Developmental Center as a location to quarantine individuals from the Diamond Princess cruise ship who have tested positive for COVID-19 (novel coronavirus).


February 26, 2020 
Registrar of Voters Message to Orange County Voters: If Possible Don’t Wait to Vote

The Registrar of Voters is urging Orange County's voters to not wait until March 3rd to vote. This election voting is different - new options allow voters to vote in-person over an 11-day window. Vote Centers are open now through March 3, 2020 – for locations and hours visit ocvote.com/votecenter.


February 26, 2020 
COVID-19 Emergency Press Release and Declarations

The County of Orange has declared a local emergency and a local health emergency to prepare for COVID-19, commonly known as novel coronavirus.


February 26, 2020 
John Wayne Airport Introduces AirPAWS Therapy Dog Program

Traveling through John Wayne Airport just became a lot less "ruff" and a lot more “PAWS-itive.” Thanks to the Orange County Board of Supervisors and Orange County Animal Allies (OC Animal Allies), your next trip to John Wayne Airport may include an encounter with a certified animal ambassador.


February 25, 2020 
Orange County Clerk-Recorder to Celebrate One Year Anniversary of North County Branch Office in Anaheim

Clerk-Recorder Hugh Nguyen will be celebrating the one year anniversary of the opening of his department's North County Branch Office in Anaheim.


February 20, 2020 
County Clerk- Recorder Looking to Break Leap Day Record

The year 2020 is a Leap Year, and since a Leap Day only occurs every four years Clerk-Recorder Hugh Nguyen will be opening his offices for couples who wish to marry on Leap Day, Saturday, February 29.


February 14, 2020 
OC Public Libraries Brings Back Popular “Fine Free Library Days,” Waiving All Fines for Overdue and Lost Materials Upon Return

OC Public Libraries is getting library card holders excited by offering a fine forgiveness program, "Fine Free Library Days," from February 14-29, 2020. To celebrate the Leap Year, library users with outstanding library fines are invited to “Take a Leap Back to the Library.” Items with overdue fines or marked "lost" can be returned to any of the library system's 32 branches, and related fines and fees will be waived.


February 14, 2020 
Orange County, CA Elections Updates Election Observer Guidelines for Vote Centers

Each election in Orange County, the Orange County Registrar of Voters invites members of the public to observe the election process. Election observers are permitted to observe Vote Centers operations, including opening and closing procedures, view all activities at the central counting site, view mail ballot and provisional ballot processing, and much more.


February 6, 2020 
Dame Zandra Rhodes Brings Art and Fashion To John Wayne Airport

(SANTA ANA, CA) – Known as a pioneer of the British and international fashion scenes since the late 60s, Dame Zandra Rhodes brings her theatrical sense of style and design to John Wayne Airport in a new 'The Art of Opera' display showcasing her vibrant and textile-inspired set and costume designs for two operas, AÏDA, and The Pearl Fishers. Ticketed passengers can view the exhibit through June 2020.


February 3, 2020 
County of Orange Premieres Opioid Misuse Prevention Campaign

(Santa Ana, CA) – If you get prescribed opioids, you may end up wishing you hadn't. Opioid misuse and addiction can affect anyone; fortunately, there are other ways to help manage pain. That's the message behind a new County of Orange campaign that launches this week.


February 3, 2020 
County of Orange Social Services Agency Staff Honored with CDSS Human Trafficking Awareness Month Awards

The County of Orange Social Services Agency (SSA) is pleased to announce the recognition of employees Juan Reynoso and Nicole Strattman by the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) for their efforts in combating human trafficking among children, youth and families. The month of January commemorates Human Trafficking Awareness Month.


January 31, 2020 
Anaheim Ducks Wild Wing to Make a Splash During Clerk-Recorder’s Valentine’s Day Celebration

The Anaheim Ducks official mascot Wild Wing will be making a special appearance at the Orange County Clerk-Recorder Department's North County Branch Office in Anaheim on Valentine’s Day during the department’s extended hours. Wild Wing will be at the office from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00p.m. and will be helping Clerk-Recorder Hugh Nguyen welcome couples looking to "tie the knot"on what is considered the most romantic day of the year. The office is located at 222 S. Harbor Blvd, Ste. 110, Anaheim, CA 92805.


January 31, 2020 
Families and Communities Together (FaCT) Publishes Fiscal Year 2018-2019 Annual Report

Orange County, Calif. (January 30, 2020) – The County of Orange Social Services Agency (SSA) is pleased to announce the availability of its Families and Communities Together (FaCT) platform annual report for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018-2019, covering the period from July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019. The report addresses the critical role that FaCT and its network of 15 Family Resource Centers (FRCs) play in the County's efforts to ensure children in Orange County grow up in stable, nurturing families and safe, supportive communities.


January 31, 2020 
John Wayne Airport Posts December 2019 Statistics

Airline passenger traffic at John Wayne Airport increased in December 2019 as compared with December 2018. In December 2019, the Airport served 891,492 passengers, an increase of 7.7% when compared with the December 2018 passenger traffic count of 828,070.


January 27, 2020 
OC Health Care Agency Confirms First Case of Novel Coronavirus in Orange County, California

The OC Health Care Agency's (HCA) Communicable Disease Control Division received confirmation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) this evening that an Orange County, California case has tested positive for the novel coronavirus.


January 21, 2020 
Recruitment Now Open for the CalOptima Board of Directors

The OC Health Care Agency (HCA) is pleased to announce that recruitment is now open for the CalOptima Board of Directors. A County-organized health system, CalOptima serves more than 750,000 low-income children, adults, seniors and persons with disabilities. CalOptima was formed in 1995 in response to a healthcare system that was struggling to meet the needs of vulnerable Orange County residents. Today, CalOptima has grown to be the single largest health insurer in Orange County, and has stayed true to its mission of providing members with access to quality health care services.


January 16, 2020 
Supervisor Steel Elected 2020 Board Chair

Supervisor Michelle Steel, Second District, has been chosen unanimously by her colleagues to serve as Chairwoman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors for 2020. Supervisor Andrew Do, First District, will serve as the Board's Vice Chairman.


January 16, 2020 
Inspiring Humanitarian Artwork on Display at John Wayne Airport

Artist, philanthropist, and retired federal law enforcement official, Elizabeth (Liz) Nguyen-Espinoza, creates thought-provoking art to carry on her mother’s charity work of raising awareness of the social issues affecting children and promoting their overall health through fundraising. Her paintings are on display in the John Wayne Airport Community Focus Space from January 16 – February 13, 2020.


January 15, 2020 
Orange County Auditor-Controller Release Annual Citizen's Report

ORANGE COUNTY, CA – The Orange County Auditor-Controller's office has released this year’s Popular Annual Financial Report (PAFR), also known as the Citizen’s Report, a summary guide to the in-depth County Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). The PAFR summarizes key aspects of the CAFR in layman's terms and is designed specifically to help taxpayers understand the larger and more complex report on County financial data. Both reports reflect information from the 2018-2019 Fiscal Year which began on July 1, 2018 and ended on June 30, 2019.


January 14, 2020 
County of Orange Social Services Agency Publishes Fiscal Year 2018-2019 Annual Report

The County of Orange Social Services Agency (SSA) is pleased to announce the availability of its annual report for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018-2019, covering the period from July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019. The report highlights the agency's accomplishments and initiatives and shares the positive impacts that SSA has made to the community as a whole, serving over one in four county residents.


January 13, 2020 
Clerk-Recorder to Host 4th Annual Passport Day at the Old County Courthouse in Santa Ana

Clerk-Recorder Hugh Nguyen invites the public to take advantage of Passport Day in Santa Ana to get their passports now and avoid last minute travel delays.For the fourth year in a row, Clerk-Recorder Hugh Nguyen will be hosting this special day at the Old County Courthouse in Santa Ana.Only applications for new passports will be accepted. This year's opening will be held on Saturday March 7, 2020 from 9 am to 3 pm.


January 13, 2020 
County of Orange Reports First Influenza-Related Death of Season

The OC Health Care Agency (HCA) has confirmed Orange County's first influenza-related death this season in a person under 65 years of age. An adult male resident of Tustin who had underlying health conditions died of complications related to influenza B infection.


January 9, 2020 
John Wayne Airport Posts November 2019 Statistics

Airline passenger traffic at John Wayne Airport decreased in November 2019 as compared with November 2018. In November 2019, the Airport served 827,140 passengers, a decrease of 2.7% when compared with the November 2018 passenger traffic count of 850,458.


January 7, 2020 
New County Librarian Appointed for County of Orange

The Board of Supervisors appointed Julie Quillman as the new County Librarian, effective immediately, following a year-long recruitment to fill the high-level position. The position became vacant after the retirement of former County Librarian, Helen Fried, in August 2018.


January 2, 2020 
Plan to Improve Health of Orange County Community Available for Public Comment

On behalf of the Orange County Health Improvement Partnership (HIP), the OC Health Care Agency announces the availability of the 2020-22 Orange County Health Improvement Plan for public review and comment at http://www.ochealthiertogether.org/ through January 20, 2020. The plan lays out assessments, goals, objectives and strategies for six priority areas over the next three years.


January 2, 2020 
Orange County Clerk-Recorder to Offer Extended Valentine’s Day Hours - Looks to Break Standing Record

For those looking to tie the knot on what many consider to be the most romantic day of the year, look no further. This upcoming Valentine's Day, Orange County Clerk-Recorder Hugh Nguyen will be offering extended hours at his offices in Anaheim, Laguna Hills and at the Old County Courthouse in Santa Ana. Instead of its normal closing hours, the department will close at 5:30 pm to issue marriage licenses and perform marriage ceremonies.