Dana Point COVID-19 Community Updates Thursday March 26 2020

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Dana Point COVID-19 Community Updates for Thursday March 26 2020.

The City of Dana Point reminds the Community that “We all have a role to play in this effort to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).” “Protecting the well-being of our community is our number one priority.”

Dana Point COVID-19 Community Update Thursday March 26 2020

Latest News

County of Orange Will Be Posting COVID-19 Cases By City Friday 27 2020

The County has provided some explanation around the reporting.
City case data is reflective of where cases live; this does not necessarily reflect where transmission occurred.
If a city is not listed as having a COVID-19 resident or shows low numbers of total cases, this does not indicate that the risk of transmission is low.
Case counts are not reflective of all disease transmission in any given community because testing is prioritized for those at greatest risk or most sick; asymptomatic and persons with mild disease may not be reflected due to not being tested.
Because transmission occurs throughout the county, it is important for all residents to practice social distancing as directed by the Governor and the Orange County Health Officer regardless of case count in their city.
Doing so will help to reduce the spread of infection, ease the burden on our hospital and healthcare system, and protect those most vulnerable in our county.
We do not have an indication of what time the numbers will be posted tomorrow, but we anticipate the information will be posted here.
In general, daily updates from the County have occurred around 2pm.

Orange County Property Tax Relief

Treasurer-Tax Collector Freidenrich has just announced she will grant penalty relief for property taxpayers as allowed by existing State Law for taxpayers that fail to make a timely property tax payment.
More information on this announcement can be found here.

California State

Governor Gavin Newsom announced March 25 2020, that financial institutions will provide major financial relief for millions of Californians suffering financially as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Californians economically impacted by COVID-19 may receive 90-day grace periods to make mortgage payments.
To read more about the plan click here.

Federal News

Federal: By a vote of 96–0, the Senate passed The Cares Act.
It now moves to the House.
The House will convene at 9:00am Friday March 27 2020 to consider the Bill.

Beaches

City and County beach parking areas are closed.
The City is addressing additional areas of concern related to beach parking.
The Doheny State Beach parking lot has remained open despite the Governor’s public comments and the closure of State beach parking lots in other counties.
The City has been looking for consistency regarding beach parking lot closures to minimize confusion and avoid creating increased crowds at Doheny due to adjacent beach parking lots in our area, and up and down the coast, being closed.
This status may change at any time.

Dana Point Harbor

Dana Point Harbor is in alignment with State and local guidelines to reduce the spread of COVID-19. There is no beach access parking in the Harbor.
Puerto Place parking lots (Big Puerto and Little Puerto) are closed.
The remaining public parking lots remain open for food pick-up only.
Boater designated parking lots are for boater parking only.
Dana Point Harbor’s Essential Businesses including restaurants offering take-out and delivery service will remain open.
For customer convenience, they have set up pick-up and delivery zones marked for each tenant.
All public parking areas (including the Island at midnight tonight), restrooms, picnic areas, seating areas, and the Baby Beach Pier are closed.
The Marina at Dana Point​ is open, including guest slips. Embarcadero at Dana Point is open, including the launch ramp.
Dana Point Fuel Dock will be open daily 10:00am to 2:00pm service is by appointment only.
For more information about Harbor operations during COVID-19 and contact information for Essential Services and Businesses, please click here

Dana Point Saturday’s Farmers Market

Saturday March 28 2020: Farmers Market will restart at Plaza Park at 9:00am-1:00pm
All food for sale will be whole, uncut produce and packaged food items only.
There will be no sampling of unpackaged food or produce.
Customers are encouraged to wash all produce prior to consumption and of course we ask all customers to remain home if they feel sick, even with mild symptoms.
Crowds will be staggered and reminded to provide for social distancing. T
There will be hand washing stations throughout the venue for use by attendees and we encourage attendees to wash their hands often.

(Three weeks ago, in response to the Covid-19 outbreak, Staff cancelled the permit for the Dana Point Farmers Market.
Subsequent to that, the Governor put out an Executive Order that listed Farmers Markets as being an Essential Function.
City Staff was contacted by the County Agriculture Commissioner who asked that the City allow the Dana Point Farmers Market to reopen.
City Staff contacted the Orange County Health Care Agency for guidance regarding operating conditions, and they shared that they were working to adopt guidance that closely mirrored guidance put out by the City of Los Angeles.)
(City Staff amended the Dana Point Farmers Market permit, based on that guidance and additional consultation with the Orange County Health Care Agency staff, to include the following conditions: Limit sales to whole, uncut produce and packaged food items; No other retail booths; No food preparation food booths; No sampling of unpackaged food; Post signs reminding customers to wash all produce before consumption; Customers are to be reminded to stay home if sick, even with mild symptoms; Market Manager responsible to ensure crowds are staggered to provide for social distancing of customers; Allow for space between produce stands; Provide hand-washing stations; and, Operations must comply with the most recent guidance and recommendations of the Orange County Health Officer.)
(The City is also providing: Restrooms for vendors (City custodian will be sanitizing restroom throughout the day, along with hand washing stations); Providing Signage directing patrons to honor 6-foot separation; and, will have an onsite monitor to address any issues. Hours of the Farmers Market at La Plaza Park are 9:00am to 1:00pm.)

Community Development

City’s Community Development Department is offering services electronically and/or remotely.
This includes accepting new applications and issuing permits.
The spring session of recreation classes running from April 6 2020 through June 6 2020 is currently postponed.
While the City is continuing to perform street sweeping weekly, the City will not be enforcing parking restrictions.

Services and Resources

Social Security Administration

Tuesday, March 17 2020 the Social Security Administration closed ALL local Social Security offices to the public for in-person service.
With offices closed, the agency encourages the public to access services Online.
You can go online to apply for retirement, disability, and Medicare benefits, check the status of an application or appeal, request a replacement Social Security card, or print a benefit verification letter. There is also a FAQ Section.

U.S. Representative Mike Levin

U.S. Representative Mike Levin’s office is also available to assist with accessing Federal resources and information about programs and benefits.
His office can be reached at (760) 599-5000 or here.

Support For Local Businesses

Many local businesses are still open in our community and have increased sanitation measures and are employing social distancing.
In addition, the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce is maintaining a list of restaurants providing delivery and take-out.
Please visit the following link for a list of businesses providing this resource.

Dana Point Restaurants Grap N Go List Is Online

Business Impacts – Unemployment Benefits

The City has compiled information for both employers and workers regarding resources and programs related to labor impacts. Visit Dana Point City website here to learn more.
Dana Point Restaurants Grap N Go List Is Online

Orange County Transportation Authority

Orange County Bus Service will be on Sunday Schedule for (7) Days A Week
OCTA Schedules Are Online

Capistrano Unified School District

Capistrano Unified School District COVID-19 Resource Page is Online
The District has extended school closures through May 1 2020.

Tax Filings

The Federal Deadline to file taxes has been extended to July 15 2020.
The California State Deadline is extended to July 15 2020.

Volunteer Opportunities

Non-profits are on the frontlines of the COVID-19 battle.
To support their activities, Orange County has activated its virtual Emergency Volunteer Center (EVC) managed by OneOC.
Social distancing of 6 feet or more and personal protective measures to prevent close contact are in place.
To volunteer, please visit One OC

Donations Needed

Orange County relies on community partnerships to fill the gap and support the various needs of low-income and dependent residents, including foster children and seniors.
The items collected will be distributed through existing processes to the appropriate government agencies and non-profits who support our most vulnerable Orange County residents.
More information on what’s needed and where to take it, click here

Grocery Stores/ Market Hours

Local market and grocery store times may be changing to ensure that employees have time to restock shelves, sanitize, and clean facilities.
We will keep updating this list as we receive more information.

ALBERTSONS (Del Obispo, (949) 496-7900):
Seniors & those with disabilities/pregnant/compromised immune system: Mon-Fri, 7am-9am
Regular Store Hours: Mon-Fri, 9am-9pm, Sat/Sun, 7am-9pm

COSTCO (Doheny Park Rd, San Juan Capistrano, (949) 240 3558):
Seniors* 60yrs+ & those with physical disabilities: Tue/Thu, 8am-9am
Regular Store Hours: 10am-8:30pm

GELSON’S (Monarch Bay Plaza, (949) 488-8147):
Seniors* 65yrs+: 7am-8am
Regular Store Hours: 8am-8pm

RALPH’S (Lantern District, (949) 661-4145, and Ocean Ranch, (949) 661-6334)
Seniors* 60yrs+: 7am-7:30am
Regular Store Hours: 8am-8pm

SMART & FINAL (Doheny Park Rd, (949) 240-4641):
Seniors* 65yrs+, those with disabilities and expectant mothers: 7:30am-8am
Regular Store Hours: 8am-8pm

STATER BROS (Camino de los Mares, San Clemente, (949) 496-8283):
Seniors* 65yrs+ priority access at 7:45am
Regular Store Hours: 8am-9pm

*Valid ID may be required
We encourage you to be a kind, respectful shopper and shop only for what you need, so everyone in our community can provide for their families.

Utilities

Safe Water
Mouton Niguel and South Coast Water District want to assure residents that our water is safe and reliable. Water quality and supply have not been affected by the coronavirus (COVID -19).

San Diego Gas & Electric (SDGE)
SDG&E has suspended disconnections for nonpayment until further notice.
They have also implemented a number of tools to help customers online

So Cal Gas
SoCalGas is working with residential customers on bill payment and small businesses by waiving late payment fees. They also have tips to save energy. Learn More at SoCalGas.

Cox Communications
Cox has temporarily adjusted its Cox Solutions Store hours in California as residents are directed to stay at home amid the coronavirus pandemic.
As an essential business that provides critical communications services, Cox Solutions Store locations will stay open from 10:00am to 4:00pm on Monday through Friday to serve customers.
Stores will remain closed on Saturdays and Sundays.
To learn more Visit Cox Online.

Dana Point Additional Online Resources During the COVID-19 Pandemic

For more information please visit The City of Dana Point Facebook Page

The City of Dana Point COVID-19 Information Page is Online

Orange County Emergency Operations Center Facebook Page

Alert OC
AlertOC is a mass notification system designed to keep Orange County, California residents and businesses informed of emergencies that may require immediate life saving actions.

Alert OC for COVID-19
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.
Residents who have questions about alerts can call the County of Orange Public Health Hotline at (714) 628-7085 between 9am-6pm daily.

Orange County Public Health (COVID-19) Information Page is Online

Orange County Public Health (COVID-19) Health Referral Hotline Number is 1 (800) 564-8448

California Department of Public Health (COVID-19) Information is Online

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (COVID-19) Information is Online

SouthOCBeaches is trying their best to bring you any and all updates/revisions/corrections as soon as the information becomes available

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