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Dear Valued Residents,

California's big freeze has begun to melt. Our stay-at-home state order has lifted but restrictions, and some confusion, remain in the state's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Orange County public responded well to the governor's drawn-out lockdown, allowing us to flatten the curve, preserve hospital capacity, and save more lives. While we mourn all those we did lose, we move to reopen the County, knowing that our collective efforts meant the loss of fewer people than in our neighboring counties, and many fewer than we initially feared in March would be lost. 

With the easing of restrictions comes the questions of where we can go, and what we can do.

So, where can you go in OC under our new phase "2.5"? Among other places

- Malls

- Hair salons

- Retail establishments

-Restaurants

-Churches and temples

Restrictions do apply. For example, required physical distancing and masks strongly recommended. Dine-in restaurants can open at 50% capacity, and the churches are limited to 25% of the building's capacity or a maximum of 100 people. 

I do hope to see all economic restrictions phased out as soon as they can be responsibly accomplished. However, I do ask that we all please be patient with businesses as they learn to implement the new safety guidelines. We are moving in the right direction.

I am working on hitting the play button for our youth sports and accelerating reopening pools and health, wellness, and beauty industries. 

If you want to view how Orange County businesses are safely reopening, please visit the Orange County Business Council's list of industry guidelines here

As always, please be kind to one another. Our required mask mandate applies when six feet of social distancing cannot be maintained. However, two exceptions: do not place face coverings on children under two years of age, and do not wear them if you have breathing conditions or certain medical conditions.

It is true to say we are in the same storm but not all in the same boat. Let's see to it we get to a safe harbor and fast. 


May 26, Hall of Administration

Please watch the latest special meeting of the Orange County Board of Supervisors to discuss #OCCOVID19.

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County Health Officer Issues Amended Orders and Strong Recommendations to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19

(Santa Ana, CA) – Since the recently-issued industry guidance by the California Department of Public Health and Cal-OSHA regarding places of worship and hair salons, the County Health Officer today issued amended Health Officer’s Orders and strong recommendations to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in Orange County as more businesses move toward re-opening. They revise and supersede the May 23, 2020 Orders and recommendations.

Effective 12 a.m. on Friday, May 29, 2020, and continuing until further notice, the following will be in effect in unincorporated and incorporated territories of Orange County:

  1. Self-isolation of Persons with COVID-19: All county residents who have been diagnosed with or are likely to have COVID-19, as defined below, shall immediately isolate themselves in their home or another residence under the following criteria, as applicable:
  • Individuals with COVID-19 symptoms shall isolate themselves until: (i) at least 3 days (72 hours) after they have recovered, meaning their fever has resolved without use of fever-reducing medications and their respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath) have improved; AND (ii) at least 10 days has elapsed from when their symptoms first appeared.
  • Individuals who have a positive COVID-19 PCR laboratory test result and are without COVID-19 symptoms shall isolate themselves for 10 days from the date when the specimen for the positive COVID-19 PRC laboratory test result was obtained.

This self-isolation order DOES NOT in any way restrict access by first responders to an isolation site during an emergency. 

  1. Self-Quarantine of Persons Exposed to COVID-19: All county residents who know that they have been in close contact, as defined below, with a person diagnosed with or likely to have COVID-19 shall take the following actions:
  • Quarantine themselves in their home or another residence until 14 days from the last date that they were in close contact with a person that has been diagnosed with or likely to have COVID-19.
  • Exposed persons shall self-quarantine themselves for the entire 14-day COVID-19 incubation period, the typical time between exposure and when symptoms and signs of the disease may develop. They may not leave their place of quarantine except to receive necessary medical care or to obtain such other goods or services necessary for their basic subsistence.

This self-quarantine order DOES NOT in any way restrict access by first responders to a quarantine site during an emergency. This self-quarantine SHALL NOT APPLY to health care professionals and law enforcement personnel.

All businesses, industries, and entities listed on the State’s website at https://covid19.ca.gov/industry-guidance/ and at https://covid19.ca.gov/roadmap-counties/ that reopen in Orange County as part of Stage 2 of the State’s Resilience Roadmap shall post their corresponding industry-specific checklist at a location visible to the public at the public entrance of each property.

In addition to the foregoing industry-specific checklist, all businesses, industries, and entities shall post a document at a location visible to the public at the public entrance of each property that specifically includes an attestation by the business, industry, or entity owner and/or operator that it has:

  • Performed a detailed risk assessment and implemented a site-specific protection plan;
  • Trained employees on how to limit the spread of COVID-19, including how to screen themselves for symptoms and stay home if they have them;
  • Implemented individual control measures and screenings;
  • Implemented disinfecting protocols; and
  • Implemented physical distancing guidelines.
  1. Cloth Face-Covering: All Orange County residents and visitors shall wear a cloth face-covering outside their home when they are not able to maintain at least 6 feet of physical distance from another person who is not a family/household member or does not reside in the same living unit. The cloth face-covering order SHALL NOT APPLY to the following persons:
  • Children under the age of 2;
  • Anyone who has trouble breathing, or who is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the cloth face-covering without assistance; or
  • Persons with a medical or mental health condition or development disability that prevents wearing a cloth face-covering.

Residents are encouraged to read the Health Officer’s amended Orders and strong recommendations (as well as related FAQs) in their entirety by clicking here, as there is greater detail that will help provide necessary clarification.

For more information and resources about COVID-19, please visit www.ochealthinfo.com/novelcoronavirus.

Supervisor Wagner delivers almost $15 million in CARES Act funds to Third District cities

Orange County small businesses need our help now. In an unfortunate 3-2 vote, the Board decided to drag out the process of dispersing $75 million in CARES Act funding throughout the county to those small businesses. However, Supervisor Wagner ensured Third District businesses will promptly receive their share of $15 million of the CARES Act funding for the Business Grant Program.

On Friday, May 29, he personally delivered nearly $15 million in CARES Act money to all Third District city mayors, with the amount of each city’s monetary portion based on population.

Supervisor Wagner believes each city knows its local businesses best, knows how to best assist them, and stand capable and ready to disperse the funds to the businesses that fuel their local communities. To restart the economic engines of recovery in unincorporated areas of the Third District, Supervisor Wagner set aside a population-based percentage for such businesses. Watch our social media @donwagnerca for details as to how to access such funds if your business qualifies.

Thank you to our wonderful Third District mayors, city council members, and staff for your activism in helping our shared communities. 
 
Anaheim, population 71,062: $1,802,015.48
Irvine, population 198,995: $5,046,186.02
Orange, population 135,949: $3,447,443.12
Tustin, population 75,424: $1,912,628.63
Unincorporated, population 40,391: $1,024,249.35
Villa Park, population 5,812: $147,382.76
Yorba Linda, population 63,888: $1,620,094.64
 
 
Faith-Based Organizations Declared Essential by Board of Supervisors, May 26, 2020
Supervisor Wagner is pleased the Orange County Board of Supervisors unanimously adopted Chairwoman Steel's "Board Resolution Determining Houses of Worship to be Essential Services and Supporting the Resumption of In-Person Religious Assemblies."

Our residents have missed their regular communal holidays during a time we need it most. Guidelines from the Governor are all over the place, and the public has been patient for far too long.

The reopening of Orange County churches, synagogues, temples, mosques, and other local ministries began Thursday, May 28, starting on the Jewish Holiday of Shavuot, and in time for Pentecost Sunday on May 31.

Over the past two weeks, Supervisor Wagner has been in close communication with church and temple leaders. His message is simple to those who think we can divide religious practice into essential vs. non-essential categories; they misunderstand faith; it is comforting, communal, and vital. 

Supervisor Wagner thanks all the speakers who came to advocate for spiritual health. It is as essential as physical and mental health. The Orange County BOS has been unanimous in preserving the right to public worship and protest. If the governor or any leader does not understand us, we have work to do. 
 
Supervisor Wagner at the Board meeting also took the opportunity to decry threats against the County's Health Officer, Dr. Nichole Quick. The mask order she has issued was the source of numerous public complaints to the Board. Supervisor Wagner respects the right of the public to object. But to threaten violence against Dr. Quick, or any individual goes beyond what is acceptable in a civilized society and is an abuse of the right to protest.

Regardless of the science behind masks, and the wisdom of only requiring them now as opposed to earlier in the pandemic response, Supervisor Wagner is convinced Dr. Quick remains dedicated to Orange County residents' health and of her commitment to discharging her public duties to the highest ethical standards of the medical profession. 

 
 
Leadership Tomorrow

Team Wagner Field Representative, Al Murray, is an alumnus of Leadership Tomorrow. He and Supervisor Wagner were honored to participate in 
Leadership Tomorrow | Orange County's Government Day workshop via screen time. 

What is Leadership Tomorrow? 
MISSION

  • To cultivate, inspire, connect and empower an effective community of leaders.
VISION
  • Vibrant, dynamic citizens who are engaged, well-informed, and working together to make a positive impact in their community.

VALUES

  • Stewardship: Develop, enhance and sustain our communities.
  • Integrity: Lead with respect, honesty and accountability.
  • Passion: Bring enthusiasm and tenacity to civic engagement.
  • Diversity: Commit to cultural competency and embrace many viewpoints.
Corporate and business people, residents, community activists, and public sector employees come together through Leadership Tomorrow to learn more about our community. Participants in this program will establish a network of informed peers, learn creative ways to address community issues, and increase effectiveness as a leader. Any adult who works or lives in Orange County may apply.
The Leadership Tomorrow program features a series of nine workshops. Workshop locations and presenters change to enhance and complement each topic. Issues discussed over the course of this 9-month program include:
  • Team Building and Leadership
  • Business Development
  • Education
  • Transportation and Housing
  • Local Water Sources
  • Health Care and Human Services
  • Justice and Public Safety
  • The Arts
  • Local Government
If you are interested in learning more about Leadership Tomorrow, please contact Jeff Parker at (949) 729-4408 or via email at info@leadershiptomorrow.org
 
Thanks for reading! 
Supervisor Don Wagner is proud to represent nearly 600,000 diverse residents in the communities of Irvine, Tustin, North Tustin, Villa Park, Orange, the unincorporated canyons, and Yorba Linda. Team Wagner is honored to serve you. 
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