Dana Point COVID-19 Community Updates Friday February 19 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.
Rite Aid Pharmacy has partnered with the federal government to provide COVID-19 vaccines. Vaccine appointments can be made for the following individuals:
Long-term care residents and staff
Public Health Employees
At this time, appointments cannot be made by calling the stores, but can be scheduled by clicking the link here.
Rite Aid Pharmacies are receiving direct allocations and supplies are limited; they will not administer doses to walk-ups without appointments.
Pharmacy giant CVS announced Tuesday February 2 2021, it would begin COVID-19 vaccinations for eligible groups at 100 of its stores across California starting February 11 2021.
The list of specific stores will be available on CVS.com as stores receive shipments of vaccine and appointments become available.
People are prioritized to get shots under public health guidelines – currently, health care workers, seniors age 65 and older and long-term care residents – must register in advance on CVS’s website or through the CVS Pharmacy app.
Anyone without internet access can call customer service at 800-746-7287.
CVS, like other vaccine administrators, is working with limited supplies and will not administer doses to walk-ups without appointments.
County of Orange Closed Disneyland Super POD Through Monday February 22 2021
The County did not receive the expected shipment of Moderna vaccine on Tuesday February 16, 2021, and as a result is closing the Disneyland Super POD through Monday February 22 2021. Soka University primarily dispenses the Pfizer vaccine and will remain open to provide second doses.
A smaller POD site at Santa Ana College, which also primarily dispenses Pfizer, will close beginning Saturday February 20 2021.
A reopening date will be determined once an additional shipment of Pfizer vaccines is received.
Everyone who has an appointment at the affected sites will receive a notification through Othena with information regarding rescheduled appointments.
Anaheim Convention Center Super POD Opening February 24 2021
The County plans to add another Super POD site at the Anaheim Convention Center.
This will increase vaccine dispensing capacity as more people are due to receive a second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
The Convention Center POD, scheduled to open on February 24 2021, may also be delayed pending vaccine supplies.
The Anaheim Convention Center POD will only dispense Moderna, first and second doses.
Orange County Super POD Sites Have Distributed 245,073 Vaccine Doses
Since the first and second Super POD sites opened at the Disneyland Resort and Soka University, there have been approximately 245,073 cumulative doses distributed to eligible Orange County residents and those working in Orange County.
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.
Kaiser Permanente announced plans to open two mass vaccination sites as part of its agreement with the State at Cal Poly Pomona, and the Moscone Center in San Francisco.
The sites will eventually have the capacity to administer 10,000 doses per day, given adequate supply.
While the State has stood up vaccination sites in East Oakland and East LA, no announcements on State vaccination sites have been made for Orange County.
Dana Point City
The Lookout Community Magazine highlights spring activities and recreation classes. Registration begins February 22 2021. To view the magazine click here.
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 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
The County of Orange is accepting applications for the new Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) Program from renters who are experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19.
The ERA Program provides funding to assist households that have been unable to pay rent and utilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
To learn more and apply, click here.
Maximum financial assistance is up to $10,000 per household to pay for past due rent and utilities.
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
Governor Gavin Newsom, Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon announced that they have reached an agreement on a package,
“Golden State Stimulus,” of immediate actions that will speed needed relief to individuals, families and businesses suffering economic hardship from the COVID-19 pandemic.
$600 aid to low-income Californians and grants to small businesses are included, and the deal also waives State fees for two years for restaurants, bars, barbers and hair stylists. Read more about the “Golden State Stimulus” here.
New guidance was issued for Outdoor Youth and Recreational Adult Sports February 19 2021.
The California Department of Public Health has updated their colored tier system for sports programs.
Some of the updates include allowing more high-contact sports, such as football, water polo and soccer to be played in the purple and red tiers.
Specifically, outdoor high-contact sports and outdoor moderate-contact sports can be played in the purple or red tier when a County’s adjusted COVID-19 case rate is equal to or less than 14 per 100,000 under certain conditions.
Read more about the changes here.
California legislators are introducing a bill to allow Disneyland and other large theme parks to reopen earlier than what the current State framework “Blueprint for a Safer Economy” allows.
The bill seeks to place all theme parks in the Orange – Moderate – Tier 3 of the State’s Industry Guidance.
Read about it here.
The United States of American Federal Government
The $1.9 billion pandemic relief package is still moving forward, as the House committees have advanced measures that will be combined into a bill expected to clear the House by the end of this month.
The goal is to have COVID-19 relief approved by mid-March, when other pandemic aid expires.
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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