Updates: Coronavirus and Our Community
On Monday, March 30, the Orange County Health Care Agency (OCHCA) changed how it reports city-specific COVID-19 data. The agency will list any city, regardless of population, in its reporting once more than five cases are confirmed. The City of Laguna Woods currently has less than five confirmed cases. According to OCHCA, city case data reflects where those with confirmed cases reside. It does not necessarily reflect where transmission occurred.
The county has provided the following information regarding the reporting:
- City numbers should not be interpreted to reflect where transmission is geographically focused or not; COVID-19 is present in all communities in the county.
- Because transmission occurs throughout the county, it is important for all residents to practice social distancing as directed by the Orange County Health Officer, California Governor Gavin Newsom and federal agencies, regardless of city case count. Doing so will help to reduce the spread of infection, ease the burden on our hospital and health care system, and protect those most vulnerable in our county.
- Case counts are not reflective of all disease transmission in any given, as testing is prioritized for those who are sickest or at greatest risk; asymptomatic individuals and persons with mild disease may not be reflected due to not being tested.
OCHCA reports the population of the City of Laguna Woods at 16,518, which is based on the 2010 Census. Today, just the Village alone counts more than 18,800 residents.
“This highlights how critical it is for all residents to participate in the 2020 Census. The census numbers determine essential programs and funding, which are exceptionally critical during a health crisis like what we currently are experiencing,” said VMS CEO Jeff Parker.
“I urge everyone in our community to stay at home except for the most essential needs met at your grocery store or pharmacy, or by keeping a critical doctor appointment,” Parker added. “The most effective way to stop the spread of COVID-19 is to avoid contact with others and to wash your hands frequently. The Village is an especially vulnerable community and I ask that all residents limit visitors and vendors into their homes during this critical time. I appreciate the tremendous cooperation demonstrated thus far by our residents, and I ask that the Village community continues that support.”
Tune in to TV6
For regular COVID-19 updates, watch Village Television (TV6) Monday through Saturday at 9 a.m. To view previous broadcasts, click here. TV6 also is broadcasting frequent updates and resource information via its message board.
Local Grocery, Pharmacy and Restaurant Resources
Click here for a complete list of information.
19 Restaurant & Lounge Hours
Restaurant 19 is offering free delivery and pickup daily from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. Village residents can order at the restaurant or call 949-206-1525. All hot dishes come in microwave containers and daily specials are offered for multiple orders for two days’ worth of meals. View the menu here.
Frequently Asked Questions
- A comprehensive list of frequently asked questions can be found on the CDC website.
- For updates on the virus in Orange County, call the Orange County Health Care helpline Monday through Friday from 8 am. to 8 p.m. at 800-564-8448.
- To view a complete list of frequently asked questions regarding the Village, click here.
- Coronavirus Update (link to lagunawoodsvillage.com)
- Local food delivery and meal resources
- FAQs: COVID-19 and the Village
- Mental health care resources
- NOTE: Social Services has changed its hours. Call 949-597-4267, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Orange County COVID-19 Hotline: 833-426-6411
- Orange County Health Care Agency: 800-564-8448 or visit ochealthinfo.com
- March 18 interview with Assemblywoman Petrie-Norris (phone numbers mentioned 714-668-2100 and 949-251-0074)
- March 18 interview with VMS CEO Jeff Parker
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: cdc.gov
- California Department of Public Health: cdph.ca.gov
- COVID-19 in the state of California: covid19.ca.gov
- “This Day” interview with OC Health Care Agency personnel
- Infographic, “People at Risk for Serious Illness From COVID-19
- Infographic, “Novel Coronavirus: What You Should Know,” from OCHCA (also in traditional Chinese, simplified Chinese, and Spanish)
Please note: VMS is not a source of health care information and is not equipped in any way to provide for medical needs of any nature. According to OCHCA guidelines, if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, and you believe you need medical care, call your health care provider first so that appropriate precautions can be taken. Call 911 in an emergency.
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