Coronavirus Update from the Orange County Supervisor Don Wagner

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

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The Orange County Board of Supervisors convened on March 10 for a Coronavirus update. The Health Care Agency (HCA) emphasized that the concerns about community spread of the disease should focus on high-risk individuals: over 60 years and those populations with compromised immune systems. Conversely, young children are not suffering from severe illness.

Supervisor Don Wagner inquired about the appropriate public health response to communal gatherings and effects on tourism. In response, HCA urged people who are feeling unwell in general to avoid crowds, but that gatherings do not necessarily need to be canceled. Tourists are invited to continue visiting Orange County and enjoy its abundant offerings. HCA further indicated that the County has a robust 24/7 system in place to respond to both individuals and health care officials. More rapid test kit orders are in the queue, so health care providers can always remain prepared.

To date, Covid-19 has affected 1 in 650,000 in Orange County with zero local deaths. In comparison, the regular flu we are familiar with has infected millions and killed thousands. Properly washing hands and staying home when ill are some of the essential steps we can take to help protect our more vulnerable populations.

“You can still relish the rich quality of life that Orange County offers. The lines may even be a little shorter at your favorite establishment, but they don’t necessarily need to be,” Supervisor Wagner said. “As the data develops, a clearer portrait of the situation will come into focus. Keep up with good hygiene and stay vigilant.”

Supervisor Wagner will host a County Virtual Town Hall on March 12, 6 – 7 p.m. The public is invited to take part in the telephone call by dialing (855) 756-7520 ext. 56750#.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC) remains the definitive source for information on the Coronavirus.

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