Community Awareness

    • On Saturday May 23, 2020, the State approved the County of Orange’s plan to move into stage two of the resiliency’s roadmap. Stage two allows businesses to reopen with the following adaptations:

      • In-person dining reservations
      • Retail shopping with social distancing and curbside pickup
      • Manufacturing
      • Offices (when telework not possible)
      • Outdoor museums
      • Limited services

      The County Health Officer issued a new health order and strong recommendations to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in Orange County.

      1. Self-isolation of persons with COVID-19
      2. Self-quarantine of persons exposed to COVID-19
      3. Businesses re-opening to comply with industry specific checklists
      4. Cloth face-coverings to be worn in public places.

      1. Social distancing of 6 feet
      2. Residents 65 years and older with underlying medical conditions should remain home
      3. All Orange County residents to avoid contact with people who are sick

      Click here to access the order, recommendations, and a list of frequently asked questions created by the Orange County Health Care Agency.

    • The Picerne Family Foundation is offering free live online one-on-one art, music and writing instruction, in a new project, Shelter-in-Place: Face-to-Face. It is the Foundation’s effort to help combat COVID-19 isolation by bringing a fun activity into the home.

      Lessons can be scheduled on the Foundation’s Contact page: The Foundation will also provide assistance to the learner in setting up on an interactive format such as Skype, Zoom or FaceTime.  The instructors are all professional artists who are donating their time for this new project.

      There is no fee for the weekly 15 – 45 minute “in-person” lessons.  The artists are offering instruction in painting, drawing, collage, stitching, art with stories, origami, keyboard/piano, guitar, singing, sewing, crafts and writing short stories and folk tales.

      Ages for the various lessons varies, but ranges from 6 – 60+. Some lessons are offered in Spanish as well. Artists will be assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis.

    • FOCUS remains on the front lines, supporting the most vulnerable during this crisis along with our wonderful partners & community members. Food will be distributed on a first come first serve basis.

      New hours for food distribution: 9AM- 1 PM
      (adjacent to St. Margaret's Episcopal School)

      If you are sick or exhibiting symptoms, please stay home.

      Distribution Dates:
      May 23
      May 30
      June 06
      June 13
      June 20
      June 27

    • The purpose of this FEMA page is to help the public distinguish between rumors and facts regarding the response to coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Rumors can easily circulate within communities during a crisis. Do your part to the stop the spread of disinformation by doing 3 easy things; don’t believe the rumors, don’t pass them along and go to trusted sources of information to get the facts about the federal (COVID-19) response.


      Always go to trusted sources of informationlike or your state and local government’s official websites or social media accounts for instructions and information specific to your community.

      For more information on the coronavirus, please visit You can also visit our coronavirus (COVID-19) response page for more updates on the federal response. Follow state and local officials as well for instructions and information specific to your community.

    • Hoag is offering two free community nursing support programs, via telephone or online video conference:

      Nurse Coaching is a program designed for individuals living with one or more chronic conditions seeking improved health. The nurse coach assists client in determining and achieving their goals while honoring client values.

      This support is designed for individuals who are experiencing anxiety, fear, spiritual distress, inability to function in normal activities of daily living related to the current COVID-19 health crisis and isolation.

      Nurse Julia is available 3 days a week to provide support to adults who are struggling with a wide range of health issues/concerns. All services are provided at no cost to the participant. Please share this information with your staff, volunteers, and program participants.

      Please note that all sessions are provided via telephone or Zoom during the current health crisis. For questions/referrals please call Julia Teal, RN CHWC @ 949-764-6977 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

      Appointments available Mon/Wed/Fri from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. At this time individual nurse coaching is facilitated in English. Ask about Spanish speaking co-facilitators (available on a limited basis). ALL SERVICES ARE PROVIDED AT NO COST TO THE PARTICIPANT.

      For further details about both progams, CLICK HERE to download the flyer. 

    • The Orange County Health Care Agency cares about you and wants anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 to be tested. That's is why offering our new FDA-authorized COVID-19 testing at NO CHARGE to anyone with symptoms who doesn't have access to a healthcare provider.

      1. Only request a test if you have symptoms. These include cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, as well as fever, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and loss of taste or smell.  f you are experiencing these symptoms, call your health care provider if you have one) and isolate yourself from others as soon as possible.

      2. Call first to make an appointment. Same-day or next-day appointments are usually available, but residents must call first to assure eligibility and availability of testing. If an individual has medical insurance, OptumServe will bill the patient’s medical insurance company. Uninsured individuals may also use the community test site, and their tests will be paid for by the state. Individuals receiving tests will not be charged. You are asked to contact your medical provider first and only access these services if you do not have a provider or your provider is unable to provide testing.

      3. Testing is confidential. The COVID-19 test for people with symptoms involves a nasal swab, with no needles or blood samples required. Results are typically available in two to four days, or in some cases sooner.

      Help protect yourself, your loved ones and your community. Find a continually updated list of test sites, with information on scheduling and the appointment process, at the HCA's Health Referral Line: (800) 564-8448. Find out if you have COVID-19 now, even if you don't have health insurance.

      Download the flyers... ENGLISH     ARABIC     VIETNAMESE     CHINESE     FARSI     KOREAN     SPANISH  

      Because of continued challenges of obtaining testing supplies and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for health care providers conducting tests, testing may be restricted at times to high priority groups, as defined by the California Department of Public Health or Orange County Public Health.

    • Hoag is pleased to offer live streaming classes to continue your health and wellness journey. Join our physicians, fitness experts, dietitians and clinicians for a variety of live streaming classes brought to you in the comfort of your home. Our schedule covers a wide variety of topics that will make your health a priority.

      Click the link below to view our full schedule which includes informative classes such as medical care updates, fitness classes, cooking demonstrations, Medicare education, nutrition tips and more. We hope you'll join us and check back often for our updated schedule.  View Live Stream Classes

    • This is a tough time for everyone, and we understand that families with children may be struggling with adjustments to our new (hopefully temporary) normal. Please see the helpful mental health resources below.

      Important reminders:
      1. Accept your emotions. Anger, fear, anxiety, etc. are all normal. Be gentle on yourself and offer patience to others. We’re in this together!
      2. Limit exposure to media and remember that official communications from the CDC are the best source of up-to-date information (more info on that below!)
      3. Move! (more info on that below!)
      4. Connect with others (more info on that below!). It helps improve your physical health and psychological well-being.
      5. Some guidance from Children's Hospital Orange County (CHOC)

      Families can call 211 from any phone in OC for help with anything from legal aid to mental health emergencies to housing and transportation.

      The NAMI warm line is open to residents of OC or LA. Calling or texting can connect someone with support and resources in their respective counties.

      The Trevor Project - If you are a young person in crisis, or in need of a safe and judgment-free place to talk, call the TrevorLifeline now at 1-866-488-7386.

      The Crisis Text Line - Text from anywhere in the USA to text with a trained Crisis Counselor

      Suicide Prevention Lifeline - Call 1-800-273-8255 or text ANSWER to 839863 to receive free and confidential support, 24 hours a day/7 days a week.

      California Youth Crisis Line - Call 1-800-843-5200 to connect with the statewide emergency response system for youth (ages 12-24) and families in crisis.

      Robyne’s Nest: If you are a student who is living independently without parental support, Robyne’s nest can provide you with resources.

      CareSolace - a free resource to help you find a therapist that is right for you and is covered by your insurance. Right now, they are available 24/7 to assist you and your family (in English, Spanish, Mandarin, or Cantonese), specifically in helping setup online/virtual services. Call 1-888-515-0595 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

      Please Note: If you already have a counselor or therapist (even if you haven't seen them in a while), you can call their office and ask about “telehealth” services or virtual counseling/therapy. Many offices now offer these services that do not require you to come into the office.

      Be Mindful of Media Exposure
      It is important to keep up to date on the frequently changing information regarding COVID-19 and the measures being put in place to keep everyone safe and healthy. As you are likely aware, it’s hard to turn on the TV or open the internet without being exposed to 24 hours of breaking news banners, podcasts, memes, and stories from around the world. The more we watch or listen to this media, the more it can affect our mental health and stress. You may feel better if you limit your exposure to this kind of media, and use reputable sources (i.e. WHO, CDC, OC Health Agency).

      Here are some links to the above mentioned health related resources:

      Positive Coping Skills
      • Reach out for support; text/call friends or a supportive person
      • Acknowledge your emotions and find active ways to divert your attention
      • Meditation--this can help create a healthy immune response and reduce anxiety
      • Deep Breathing; Inhale 4 seconds, hold for 4, exhale for 4. There are a lot of variations, so find what works best for you
      • Use an app to relax or connect to emotional support
      • Take time to rest and stay healthy
      • Focus on things you can control; wash hands, hydrate, and nourish
      • Create a routine and structure for your day at home
      • Play with a pet or take your dog for a walk
      • Exercise (run, walk, find a youtube workout)-- only if you are feeling well.

      Yoga With Adriene is offering all classes for free.

      • Challenge your friends to push up challenges, pull up challenges, who can reach 10,000 steps in one day first (your phone tracks this!), etc.
      • Write (poetry, stories, journal)
      • Listen to music
      • Learn a new Tik Tok dance (better yet: CREATE one!)
      • Clean something
      • Organize something
      • Read--libraries have digital books you can access with your library card!
      • Cook or bake
      • Play games; board games or online games--if you don’t have internet at home, click here.
      • Facetime, Facebook Live or Instagram Live with your friends and relatives--especially those you can’t visit because they have compromised health.

      Apps for self care

      Many of these apps have waived their in-app purchase fees, but they all have free options that can help with managing the stress of the news and media.

      Stop, Breathe & Think A short “check in” with this app provides 1-5 minute mindfulness activities that can help keep you calm and create a little space between your thoughts, emotions and reactions.

      UCLA Mindful App This app has basic meditations and wellness meditations and includes how-to videos and a built-in timer. There are also cool podcasts you can listen to--there’s one called the Mindfulness of Washing Hands up right now!

      SAM app This app can help you manage anxiety (SAM stands for self anxiety management) by helping you be aware of your triggers and understand your thoughts and behavior better. There’s even a cool tracking feature!

      Calm This app contains audio content that strengthens mental fitness and tackles some of the biggest mental health challenges of today: stress, anxiety, insomnia, and depression.

      Mindshift This app uses cognitive behavior therapy based tools to offer quick relief from anxiety, worry, and panic. It offers coping cards, a thought journal, and a check-in system to create healthy habits and set goals.

      7 Cups This app connects you to caring listeners for free emotional support, 24/7. Listeners are specifically available for teens (ages 13-17). Chat rooms and community forums are also available, so you can talk to others who understand how you feel.

    • The National Alliance to End Homelessness and the National Health Care for the Homeless Council have developed the COVID-19 Online Learning Series. This online course curriculum is designed to provide training and materials to aid in community responses to COVID-19 among people experiencing homelessness, and can support broader CoC homeless response.

      The COVID-19 Online Learning Series courses are available free of charge for the first 2,500 users, courtesy of the Kaiser Permanente National Community Benefit Fund at the East Bay Community Foundation. Once 2,500 spaces have been filled, these courses will remain available at a fee.

      CLICK HERE to access the courses >>>

    • The Orange County Armory Emergency Shelters in Fullerton and Santa Ana have been relocated as of Tuesday 3/24/2020.

      The alternative sites will begin operating as a 24/7 Emergency Shelter Program.

      To inquire about bed availability, please call:
      (714) 213-9815 for Fullerton Shelter Site
      (949) 988-1239 for Santa Ana Shelter Site

      For questions please contact:
      Janiss Diaz, Program Manager Fullerton Shelter at (714) 836-7188 ext. 168

      Gabriel Silva, Program Manager Santa Ana Shelter at (714) 836-7188 ext.212

    • The Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) was awarded $200 million in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act signed into law on Friday, March 27, 2020. The law is meant to address the economic fallout of the 2020 coronavirus pandemic in the United States.

      Funding will be awarded to Orange County agencies providing food and/or shelter during the coronavirus pandemic. Local agencies chosen to receive funds must meet all
      of the following criteria:

      1) Be a qualified non-profit or an agency of government
      2) Have an accounting system
      3) Practice nondiscrimination
      4) Have a program in place that was operating prior to the start of the coronavirus pandemic in Orange County (agency must have provided services in Orange County for the months of January 2020 and February 2020).
      5) Have demonstrated the capacity to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs during the coronavirus pandemic (agency must have provided services in Orange County for the months of March 2020, April 2020 and May 2020).
      6) Have a voluntary board if private, not-for-profit.

      Funding Categories

       Food Distribution (food pantries)
       Food Banks
       Mass Feeding (congregate meal service)
       Mass Shelters
       Rent/Mortgage Assistance

      Phase CARES Application:

      Application Deadline:  June 19, 2020

      Contact Information:

      Jeff Dronkers, EFSP Administrator
      This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
      Orange County United Way
      18012 Mitchell South
      Irvine, CA 92614

      CLICK HEREto download the notification letter. 

    • Santa Ana Mayor Miguel A. Pulido in a new public service announcement is advising Santa Ana residents not to believe false information about the Census and urging everyone to respond.

      Information provided to the Census will not be used by immigration or law enforcement.

      Watch the videos in English and Spanish on the City’s YouTube page at

      Fill out the Census at


      El alcalde de Santa Ana, Miguel A. Pulido, en un nuevo anuncio de servicio público está aconsejando a los residentes de Santa Ana que no crean información falsa sobre el Censo e insta a todos a responder.

      La información proporcionada al Censo no será utilizada por la agencia de inmigración o la policía.

      Ve los video en inglés y en español en la página de YouTube de la Ciudad en

      Complete el censo en

    • Second Harvest Food Bank will be hosting a drive-through food distributionw ith a supplemental supply of shelf-stable items and produces for those in need of additional assistance. 
      WHERE: Honda Center Parking Lot, 2695 E Katella Ave, Anaheim CA 92806.  Enter off Douglas and follow signs to food distribution. 
      9:00 am - Noon
      To download the flyer in English AND Spanish, please click HERE.
    • Frozen meals for seniors are now available at Southwest Senior Center on Tuesday and Thursdays.

      The meals are distributed from 10 to 11 a.m. In order to receive meals, seniors age 60 or older must register for the program by calling (714) 647-5306.

      The Southwest Senior Center is located at 2201 W. McFadden Ave., at the corner of Center Street. Parking is available off Center Street. For more information, please visit

      The program is also offered at the Santa Ana Senior Center, 424 W. 3rd St., on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

      La comida es distribuida entre las 10 a.m. y 11 a.m. Se requiere inscripción para poder recibir la comida. Personas mayores de 60 años pueden inscribirse en el prog rama llamando al (714) 674-5306.

      El Centro Southwest para Personas de la Tercera Edad está ubicado en el 2201 W. McFadden Ave., esquina con Center Street. Estacionamiento está disponible sobre Center Street. Para más información, por favor visite

      Este programa también está ofrecido en el Centro para Personas de la Tercera Edad de Santa Ana, 424 W. 3rd St., los martes y jueves de las 11:30 a.m. al 12:30 p.m.


    • The City of Santa Ana will resume issuing street sweeping tickets on Monday, June 1, 2020.

      The public should move their vehicles from City streets during the days and hours indicated on the street sweeping parking restrictions signs. 

      In order to help the public comply with the statewide stay-at-home order during the COVID-19 pandemic, the City suspended street sweeping tickets from March 15 through May 31.

      All other parking and traffic rules, restrictions and permit requirements remain in effect.


      La Ciudad de Santa Ana va a reiniciar las infracciones por infringir las restricciones de estacionamiento por barrido de calles el 1 de junio de 2020.

      El público debe mover sus vehículos de las calles de la Ciudad durante los días y las horas indicadas en los letreros de restricciones de estacionamiento de barrido de calles.

      Para ayudar al público a cumplir con la orden estatal de quedarse en casa durante la pandemia COVID-19, la Ciudad suspendió las infracciones por barrido de calles del 15 de marzo al 31 de mayo.

      Todas las demás reglas y restricciones de estacionamiento, al igual que requisitos de permisos, permanecen en vigor.


    • This video was made as part of the Domestic Violence & Health Collective Orange County

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