Dana Point COVID-19 Community Updates Friday January 22 2021.
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#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 City
Hugs For Heroes is a program sends some much needed “hugs” to our pandemic “heroes”.
Hugs for Heroes is a cooperative effort that includes Mission Hospital’s Patient Experience Team, Capo Cares, Capo Beach Church, the City of Dana Point, community volunteers and participating restaurants.
Want to participate?
Hugs For Heroes Meal Program
Make donations to Hugs for Heroes through Capo Beach Church at Capo Beach Church Hugs For Heroes
(to buy restaurant meals for frontline healthcare workers)
Meals are a nominal $15.00 each
(an average of lunch and dinner prices) including individual packaging and delivery
Hugs For Heroes Snack and Appreciation Note Program
Please drop off notes of appreciation and encouragement, plus bulk, individually wrapped, unrefrigerated snacks at
The Dana Point Community Center on Monday to Friday 8:00am to 4:00pm.
Notes and snacks will be collected from the Community Center weekly and delivered to Mission Hospital.
Dana Point Community Center is located at 34052 Del Obispo Street
Dana Point Rally For Restaurants
Please join the City and the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce in supporting our local restaurant community through the “rally for restaurants”.
Order take out or delivery, purchase gift cards and post positive reviews.
For a list of restaurants in our community with a link to their menu, please click here.
Dana Point 2021 Community Calendars Available
Pickup Calendars at Dana Point City Hall and Dana Point Community Center.
This year’s theme is Pets of Dana Point.
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
Disneyland and Soka University are COVID19 OC Vaccination Super Pods
The City is supporting the County’s effort to establish regional vaccine Super Points-of-Dispensing, or Super PODs, which will allow them to vaccinate thousands of residents and workers each day throughout the county.
The County opened the first Super POD site at Disneyland.
Disneyland is located at 1313 Disneyland Drive in Anaheim.
The County Of Orange will be opening its second regional COVID-19 Vaccine Super Point of Dispensing (POD) site at Soka University in Aliso Viejo tomorrow, Saturday January 23 2021 starting at 8:00am.
Soka University is located at 1 University Drive in Aliso Viejo.
Vaccines at Super POD sites are by appointment only, individuals must be eligible within Phase 1A, or be part of first responders in high risk communities, or be 65 years or older. Vaccination scheduling for the Super PODs has been simplified.
Eligible individuals under Phase 1A (all tiers) who are registered in the Othena System including persons age 65 and older, will receive an e-mail to schedule a vaccination appointment.
Simply register at www.Othena.com and you will be e-mailed when an appointment is available.
The vaccination experience at County Super PODs typically takes 45-60 minutes per person. It is not necessary to arrive more than 15-20 minutes before your scheduled appointment. Anyone who received their 1st vaccine dose through the Othena System (starting January 6 2021) will automatically receive their 2nd dose appointment confirmation through Othena.
Again, vaccines are by appointment only.
Anyone showing up without an appointment will be turned away.
Select OC Hospital Systems Will Administer Vaccines
Three hospital systems in the County (Kaiser Permanente, Providence St. Joseph and UCI Health) are also receiving vaccines to administer to individuals in their systems.
Everyone who received their 1st dose through their health system, employer, or other group will receive the 2nd dose from the same source.
OC Has Limited COVID-19 Vaccines
Orange County is moving quickly to make the COVID-19 vaccination available; however, the County faces ongoing supply limitations.
The Orange County Health Care Agency is continuously requesting more doses from the State every day.
The 5th District Small Business Grant Relief Program, sponsored by Supervisor Lisa A. Bartlett, will open applications on February 1 2021 at 9:00am.
This $2 million Small Business Grant Relief Program will support small businesses and nonprofit organizations (501c3 and 501c19), within the 5th Supervisorial District, impacted by COVID-19 by providing $10,000 (flat rate, single payment) awards to qualifying applicants.
Awards will be made on a first come, first served basis.
Awardees will be reimbursed for eligible expenses incurred from March 2020-present (as long as other relief program funds were not received for the same expense).
More information can be found here.
OC District Attorney’s COVID-19 Scam Hotline
The Orange County District Attorney’s Office has established a hotline to report individuals or businesses they suspect of engaging in price gouging or any other COVID-19-related scam. The Orange County District Attorney Coronavirus Scam Hotline is (714) 834-3482.
Reports can also be emailed to email@example.com. Read more here.
Vaccines Administered in OC Dashboard
The County has also created the “Vaccines Administered in OC” dashboard, found here.
They anticipate being able to add additional details when more robust data is received from the State.
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 Vaccine Administeration
California, as of Wednesday, had administered 38% of its 4.2 million doses of vaccine, ranking 45th nationwide in the number of doses administered per capita.
The issues appear to be due in part to technical problems.
Nearly two weeks after Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a goal of vaccinating 1 million Californians in 10 days, the State is unable to determine if he met the goal due to a series of coding errors and data collection problems.
California COVID-19 Facts Online Site
State Officials announced the Latest COVID-19 Facts, found here.
Among other updates, the Southern California region remains under the Stay at Home Order; four-week ICU capacity projections do not meet criteria to exit the order
Golden State Stimulus
On Wednesday January 6 2021, Governor Newsom announced Golden State Stimulus, a budget proposal to help low-income Californians through $600.00 rapid cash payments.
He has also called for an extension of the eviction moratorium and expediting distribution of California’s $2.6 billion share of federal rental assistance to assist low-income tenants.
Read about it here.
On Tuesday January 5 2021, Governor Newsom previewed his Equitable Recovery for California’s Businesses and Jobs plan, the business and workforce recovery elements of his 2021-22 State Budget that will help California through the COVID-19 pandemic and advance an equitable, broad-based recovery.
The plan calls for immediate action to support small businesses, including $575 million on top of the $500 million previously allocated to California’s Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant, bringing total support to more than $1 billion. Learn more here.
The United States of American Federal Government
National Strategy For The COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness
President Biden has outlined his COVID-19 Plan and signed 10 Executive Orders to increase vaccinations and testing, and mandating masks for travel.
There are 5 main points to his vaccination plan:
Get more people vaccinated
Create more vaccination sites
Increase supply and distribute quickly
Mobilize more personnel who are qualified to give vaccines
Ensure the American people have the information and confidence they need to get vaccinated
Economic Relief and COVID Response Package
Still in discussions is the $1.9 trillion economic relief and COVID response package.
The package is being introduced less than a month after Congress passed the $900 billion stimulus package.
Orange County COVID-19 Testing Resources
Rapid test with results in 20 minutes $140 – No insurance
PCR test with results in 1-2 days – Most insurances accepted, otherwise $150
Rapid test with results in 20 minutes $125 – No Insurance
PCR Test with results in 1-2 days – Most insurances accepted, otherwise $250
PCR test and typically receive results within 6-10 days
No cost testing at select locations
PCR test and typically receive results within 2-3 days
No out-of-pocket expenses
PCR test and typically receive results within 2-3 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
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.
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