Dana Point COVID19 Community Updates Friday December 18 2020

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Dana Point COVID-19 Community Updates Friday December 19 2020.

Check the Dana Point Facebook Page for the latest updates.

#DanaPoint #COVID19 Community Updates are published every other week, unless major announcements or important local information relating to COVID-19 needs to be disseminated.

Dana Point COVID19 Community Updates Friday December 19 2020 Is Online

Dana Point City

Dana Point Candy Cane Lane Holiday Home Decorating Contest Viewing

Take your car on a “sleigh ride” through town to check out the homes participating in the Candy Cane Lanes Holiday Home Decorating Contest!

Dana Point Candy Cane Lane Holiday Home Decorating Contest Map December 2020

Dana Point City Hall will be closed December 24 2020 through January 3 2021

#Mask Up Dana Point

Now more than ever it’s important we all stay safe through the holidays and #MaskUpDP.

Dana Point COVID-19 Services and Resources Directory

New services and resources will be shared in this update, then moved over to the City’s COVID-19 webpage. You can access that information here.

The County of Orange

Orange County Receives Pfizer COVID19 Vaccine

Orange County received its first shipment of Pfizer vaccines on Wednesday December 16 2020 and began administering vaccines to front-line healthcare workers.
Approximately 25,000 doses were included in the initial shipment, with another 17,000 doses expected next week. To learn about the phased approach to vaccine distribution, please click here.

COVID19 Surges and Orange County Deploys Mobile Field Hospitals

The OC Health Care Agency has deployed mobile field hospitals (MFHs) to local hospitals this week to support the Orange County (OC) health care system as it responds to a surge in COVID-19 patients.
MFHs are capable of expanding current hospital capacity by adding additional beds to existing grounds.
They are housed in large, semi-type trailers and contain heavy duty canvas tents with hard flooring and temperature-controlled units equipped with running water, toilets and showers, generators and lighting, as well as air purifiers. Read more about it here.

Orange County Suspends Hospitals Ability To Divert Ambulances

On Wednesday December 16 2020, the Orange County Health Care Agency issued an order that suspends the ability of hospitals that take part in the 911 system to request a diversion of ambulances to other medical centers.

Orange County Offers Free COVID19 Home Testing Kits

An at-home COVID-19 saliva-based testing kit is available to all county residents.
Individuals that live in Orange County can register online by visiting the Health Care Agency’s website here and clicking the Ambry link to request to have a kit shipped to their home.
Home delivery kits contain detailed instructions on collecting the saliva specimen, as well as how to package and return the kit to the lab for testing.
Results of the test should be provided to you within a few days.
If you register and select to pick up your testing kit at a community clinic, those locations are also listed on their website here.

County of Orange COVID-19 Latest Data Numbers Are Online
For the latest information on number of cases, positivity rate and more for COVID-19 in Orange County

Call OC Health Care Agency Health Referral Line

1(833)426-6411 for inquiries related to novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Orange County, California.

The State of California

California Regional Stay At Home Order

98.3% of the State’s population, including Southern California, is under a regional Stay-At-Home order based on ICU capacities falling below 15%.
The Southern California region is expected to remain under the order at least through December 28 2020, which is the date the State will be examining ICU projections for our region.
The Southern California region will likely be under the Stay-At-Home order beyond the 28 2020.
The State uses an adjusted figure for ICU capacities based on the availability of medical staff, in conjunction with the availability of ICU beds in hospital facilities.
For additional information about the Stay-At-Home order, click here.

California Health Care Workers Quarantine Guidance
The State issued a waiver adjusting the nurse to patient ratio to help with staffing needs in some facilities. Staffing shortages remain a critical issue.
The Governor also announced that asymptomatic health care workers exposed to the coronavirus can return to work after Day 10 from the date of last exposure with or without testing, instead of the previously recommended two weeks.

California Vaccine All 58

The State is promoting “Vaccine All 58” to safely and equitably distribute COVID-19 vaccines to all 58 counties in the State. Read more about California’s plan here.

California COVID19 Executive Order N-84-20

A new Executive Order was signed that addressed a variety of issues in response to the pandemic, including extending the availability of housing for migrant agricultural workers, providing a 90-day extension on tax returns and tax payments for small businesses, and updating Cal/OSHA requirements related to quarantine guidelines. Read about it here.

Sign Up For CA Notify (COVID19 Exposure Notification)

The State is urging Californians to add their phone to the fight through CA Notify, a digital tool designed to notify Californians of their possible exposure to COVID-19.
The free, mobile technology is now available to all Californians and can be accessed on mobile devices.

California Outdoor and Indoor Youth and Recreational Adult Sports Guidance
New State guidance was issued for Outdoor and Indoor Youth and Recreational Adult Sports.
The guidance applies to all organized youth sports — including school- and community-sponsored programs, and privately-organized clubs and leagues — and adult recreational sports.
This guidance does not apply to collegiate or professional sports.
Outdoor training can continue with masks and physical distancing, and competitions with modifications may not resume prior to 1/25/21 at the earliest.
Read more about the guidance here.

The United States of American Federal Government

FDA Recommends Moderna Vaccine

Moderna’s vaccine has been recommended by the FDA’s advisory panel.
Moderna’s vaccine is similar to Pfizer’s, but does not require a super-cold transportation network or storage– just regular freezers, which should provide for greater accessibility.
California is expecting to initially receive 672,000 doses.

COVID-19 Economic Relief Package

Congress is getting closer to a $900 billion COVID-19 economic relief package that would include a $300.00 per week unemployment benefit and a $600.00 stimulus payment to most Americans, and renter support.
It may also include more than $300 billion in subsidies for business, including a second round of Paycheck Protection funds.

The CDC has published “8 Things to Know About Vaccine Planning”

Orange County COVID-19 Testing Resources

At Home Testing

San Juan Capistrano

LHI COVID-19 Testing Information is Online

PCR test and typically receive results within 3-5 days
No out-of-pocket expenses

Dana Point

Laguna Dana Urgent Care

Rapid test with results in less than an hour
Personal testing is $120.00 ($75.00 COVID test and $45.00 visit) – No insurance

Laguna Niguel

South Coast Family Medical Center

Rapid test with results in less than an hour
Personal testing is $100.00 – No Insurance


PCR test and typically receive results within 6-10 days
No cost testing at select locations


Orange County Testing Super Site

PCR test and typically receive results within 3-5 days
No out-of-pocket expenses

Your Personal Physician

Contact your doctor’s office directly to request testing

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

World Health Organization (WHO) COVID-19 Online Site

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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