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Supervisor Don Wagner is proud to represent nearly 600,000 constituents in the communities of Anaheim Hills, Irvine, Tustin, Orange, North Tustin, Villa Park, Yorba Linda, and the unincorporated canyon areas. 
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To Our Valued Third District Residents,

"Social distancing." I despise the phrase. People are not made for "distancing": not social, not emotional, not economic. The last few weeks, with "social distancing," has seen an unprecedented halting of our economic activity, education system, and most personal interactions. Life has been altered in some ways for every one of us. We are all challenged, but none of us needs to face this challenge alone. It is a cliche, but no less accurate, to say we are all in it together. 

Let me take just a moment to explain what the county is doing to help ease the crisis, and ease the strains we all face, while hopefully adding a bit of perspective.

First, the County's Emergency Operations Center has been running at peak capacity since before the Governor ordered most people to stay home. Through the EOC, we coordinate all county and local city responses, triage needs, marshall assets like masks and personal protective equipment, and get those resources to the first responders and medical professionals as needed. We also keep in close touch through the EOC with our hospitals to ensure their continued successful functioning. I have myself served as board liaison at the EOC – and will again this weekend – and can assure you that the activity is relentless, focused on getting resources where needed, and staffed by professionals dedicated to public safety.

Second, the county has fully empowered our chief public health officer, Dr. Nichole Quick, to direct the county's medical response to the Covid-19 challenges, and supported her medical decisions. The board has met multiple times per week since the outbreak of the pandemic to hear from Dr. Quick, question her as to the underlying science and medical issues, and acted quickly on policy matters under its purview, leaving the medical decisions to her and her staff.

Third, we have worked diligently to help our most vulnerable citizens in the crisis. New facilities are coming online to help with "social distancing" and with the separation and medical care of the most at-risk homeless population.

Finally, I am trying to keep beaches and trails open, so that people can follow medical advice to get out into the fresh air, while not overburdening those areas. Thus, new parking regulations and stepped up enforcement are in place around some of your most cherished outdoor attractions, but they are not denied to us completely.

Those are only some of what steps the county has taken to deal most immediately with our Covid-19 challenges. I realize some people think more should have been done sooner, and others that too much has been done already. But please know this: my colleagues and I have only done what we believed was the best step at that time and in consultation with our senior medical staff.

Fortunately, there is optimistic coronavirus news.

A recent study from Imperial College London, initially claimed the virus could cause 510,000 deaths in Britain. But, as the data rolls in, the same source has substantially revised the numbers downward by 95%!

Social distancing works. We should continue to practice it in the short term. That means being mindful in interactions with others. 

However, we accept a certain amount of risk every day. We drive on the freeway, cross busy intersections, live in an earthquake zone, and conduct business as usual during a robust flu season (which can kill hundreds of thousands). 

Finally, there is a bit of a silver lining in all of this. We have pulled together as a community; neighbors are checking in with neighbors; random acts of thoughtfulness, and civilities are more plentiful; offers of help pour into the Emergency Operations Center. -

I am proud to represent such an active community.

With that, I wish each of you good health and prosperity.

 

Kind Regards,

Curious about COVID-19?

Our Health Referral Line is taking community questions 
9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Seven days per week
1 (800) 564-8448.


Click here for FAQ
Click here for daily counts and testing figures
UPDATES

Mayors' Meeting: Coordinating Efforts

On March 24, Supervisor Wagner held a teleconference call with all the Mayors in his District for a Q&A discussion on OC's current crisis. He shared the most recent developments out of the County and sought their input. 

TOPICS INCLUDED:

  • Relaying the message to youth that 50% of cases are people age 18-49
  • Creating robust neighborhood watches to monitor social distancing
  • Recruiting retired nurses and physicians who can help triage cases
  • No Covid-19 cases found in the homeless population to date
  • Ensuring calls and questions are routed to the proper Emergency Care Operations team

Supervisor Wagner thanks our local city council members for their diligence and patience as we navigate uncharted days in the wake of Covid-19. 

Third District Grab-N-Go Lunches



To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, Orange County public schools have temporarily closed campuses to students. Here’s a look at the latest school closure timelines and grab-and-go meal schedules.



Anaheim Elementary School District

CAMPUSES CLOSED: School campuses extending student dismissals through April 17.
GRAB-AND-GO SERVICE: Open to all children 18 years and under. No paperwork or sign-ups necessary.
TIMES: 11 a.m. to noon
LOCATIONS:
* Katella High School – 2200 E Wagner Ave, Anaheim
* Anaheim High School – 811 W Lincoln Ave, Anaheim
* Sycamore Junior High School – 1801 E Sycamore St, Anaheim
* Loara High School – 1765 W Cerritos Ave, Anaheim
* Brookhurst Junior High School – 601 N Brookhurst St, Anaheim
* Western High School – 501 S. Western Ave, Anaheim
* Kennedy High School – 8281 Walker Street, La Palma
* Ponderosa Elementary School – 2135 South Mountain View Ave.

Anaheim

* Franklin Elementary School – 521 W. Water Street, Anaheim
* Henry Elementary School – 1123 W. Romneya Drive Anaheim
* Juarez Elementary School – 841 S. Sunkist St. Anaheim
* Lincoln Elementary School – 1413 E Broadway, Anaheim
* Revere Elementary School – 140 W. Guinida Lane, Anaheim
* Stoddard Elementary School – 1841 S. Ninth St., Anaheim

Anaheim Union High School District

CAMPUSES CLOSED: School campuses closed to students through April 17.
GRAB-AND-GO SERVICE: Open to all children 18 years and under. No paperwork or sign-ups necessary.
TIMES: 11 a.m. to noon
LOCATIONS:
* Katella High, 32200 E. Wagner Ave., Anaheim
* Anaheim High, 811 W. Lincoln Ave., Anaheim
* Sycamore Junior High, 1801 E Sycamore St., Anaheim
* Loara High, 1765 West Cerritos, Anaheim
* Brookhurst Junior High, 601 N. Brookhurst St., Anaheim
* Western High, 501 S. Western Ave, Anaheim
* Kennedy High, 8281 Walker Street, La Palma
* Ponderosa Elementary, 2135 South Mountain View Ave. Anaheim


Irvine Unified School District

CAMPUSES CLOSED: School campuses and facilities will be closed to students through May 1.
GRAB-AND-GO SERVICE: Breakfast and lunch offered to all IUSD students.
TIMES: Times vary. See below.
DISTRIBUTION DAYS:
* March 23-27: Breakfast and lunch will be available Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
* March 30 to April 3: Foodservice will not be available during spring break. However,
IUSD has partnered with Families Forward, which offers a drive-through food pantry Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with non-perishable items each week. The pantry is located at 8 Thomas Drive in Irvine.
* April 6 to May 1: Breakfast and lunch will be available Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The meals provided on Monday will include meals for Monday and Tuesday. Meals provided on Wednesday will include meals for Wednesday and Thursday, and there will be meals provided on Friday.
LOCATIONS:
* Cadence Park School, 750 Benchmark, Irvine, 92618
* Culverdale Elementary School, 2 Paseo Westpark, Irvine, 92614
* Cypress Village Elementary School, 355 Rush Lily, Irvine, 92618
* Northwood Elementary School, 28 Carson, Irvine, 92620
* Oak Creek Elementary School, 1 Dovecreek, Irvine, 92618
* Southlake Middle School, 655 West Yale Loop, Irvine, 92614
* University Park Elementary School, 4572 Sandburg Way, Irvine, 92612
* Venado Middle School, 4 Deerfield Ave., Irvine, 92604
Orange Unified School District

Orange Unified staff hands out meals to students during school closures on Monday, March 16.

CAMPUSES CLOSED: School campuses will be closed to students through May 8.
GRAB-AND-GO SERVICE: Breakfast and lunch offered. Parents with students IDs or ID numbers can pick up meals.
TIMES: Breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m., lunch from 10 a.m. to noon.
LOCATIONS:
* Cambridge Elementary
* Esplanade Elementary
* Handy Elementary
* Lampson Elementary
* Taft Elementary
* Portola Middle
* El Modena High
* Orange High
* Also bus feeding site at Bristol Street and Memory Lane from 10 a.m. to noon (lunch)



Tustin Unified School District

CAMPUSES CLOSED: School campuses will be closed to students through April 10.
GRAB-AND-GO SERVICE: TUSD will distribute lunch — and breakfast for the next morning — to all children under 18 at three different school sites from March 23 to April 10. Per federal law, children must be present.
TIMES: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
LOCATIONS:
* Robert Heideman Elementary
* A.G. Currie Middle
* Tustin High

OC BOS SPECIAL MEETING

March 26 — Please watch the latest special meeting of the Orange County Board of Supervisors to discuss #OCCOVID19.

VOLUNTEER & DONATION OPPORTUNITIES

READ MORE IN THE OC REGISTER

The County's Emergency Operations Center is working with the Collaborating Organizations Active in Disaster - Orange County to collect essential items for those in need.

Donations are accepted at Orange County Rescue Mission in Tustin, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Thank you in advance for your grace and help during this national crisis. 

Team Wagner Steps up to Serve Community Action Partnership of Orange County (CAP OC)

The Covid-19 pandemic has brought uncertainty to families and businesses alike. During these trying times, volunteers are needed now more than ever.

As residents are losing their income left and right, Orange County is facing a rise in food insecurity. Because of recent government guidelines to stay safe at home, many individuals and corporate groups have canceled their shifts. Because many volunteers were over 65 years of age and considered venerable to the virus, there is a shortage of help.

On March 26, Team Wagner stepped up to volunteer, assembling over 1000 food boxes to help give people access to vital nutrition.  

Until further notice, all-volunteer opportunities are limited to the OC Food Bank. Additional shifts at other sites will resume later this spring.

Please note that gloves and hand sanitizer are available. If you would like to volunteer, we look forward to having you join us in making a difference. 

Volunteer here: https://capoc.volunteerhub.com/

NIXON LIBRARY ANNOUNCES NEW BLOOD DRIVES TO MEET URGENT NEED

YORBA LINDA -- The Richard Nixon Presidential Library will be the site of four blood drives in the next three weeks to meet the urgent demand for blood donations amid the Coronavirus outbreak across the United States. 

The blood drives are being coordinated by the Red Cross and LifeStream Blood Bank, in partnership with the Richard Nixon Foundation.

As an essential health care service, blood donations are exempt from the statewide stay-at-home order. Donors are encouraged to give blood at this extreme time of need.


The blood drives are as follows, all at the Nixon Library in Yorba Linda, CA:

March 30, 8am-2pm  

LifeStream Blood Bank - sign up here

March 31, 8am-2pm  

LifeStream Blood Bank - sign up here

April 2, 10am-5pm  

American Red Cross - sign up here, Sponsor Code: NixonLibrary

April 16, 10am-5pm 

American Red Cross - sign up here, Sponsor Code: NixonLibrary

The Nixon Library is the first presidential library in the country to organize new blood drives since the Surgeon General’s immediate call for American’s to give blood during his remarks at the Coronavirus Task Force briefing on March 19.

From Surgeon General Jerome Adams on The Hugh Hewitt Show, March 24, 2020:

"I’ve just got to give you a shout out, Hugh, because you mentioned what you were doing to promote blood donations. And I wanted to say to you, you literally have saved lives by doing that. One blood donation can save up to three people, and it’s something positive we can do mentally while we’re at home and feeling isolated."

“We are thrilled to support the nationwide efforts to combat the Coronavirus right here in Orange County,” Nixon Foundation President and CEO Hugh Hewitt said. “Strong local responses —Americans helping Americans— will save countless lives during our present challenge, and donating blood is the surest of ways to do your part. It certainly speaks volumes that a foreign country so values its relationship with the United States that it is willing to provide opportunities for Americans to support other Americans in need.”

 

IN THE COMMUNITY 

Congrats to Supervisor Wagner on his swearing-in one year ago! 
All OCTA bus routes will temporarily shift to the Sunday service schedule, seven days a week, to help protect the health of passengers and drivers. ACCESS paratransit service will not be affected.

Please plan your trip ahead: https://bit.ly/OC-Bus-Update

Orange's 2018 Citizen of the Year, Dean Kim, and owner of OC Baking Co. is feeding hungry high school kids.

In the past week, Mr. Kim has delivered hundreds of FREE loaves to Orange High School for yummy sandwiches (sadly, for many students, this is the only meal they get since school is canceled). Orange Rotary is collecting peanut butter and jelly to donate to OHS to spread on fresh bread.

OC Baking Co. is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Large, fluffy loaves are only $5.00 and there is no limit to purchasing.

Orange is a community that pulls together in a crisis.
Bon appetite!
Paying Forward Kindness
From Team Wagner staffer Pat Buttress:

*Posted on Facebook last Tuesday 3/17:

“Yesterday, Ralph's implemented a new practice of allowing only two loaves of bread per person. I had two small sourdough rolls, wheat (which I had sliced) and rye bread. The clerk made me choose my top two to take home. A man at the next check out stand overheard our discussion and said he wanted the two I couldn't take, paid for them, had them bagged, then placed in my bag.

His simple kindness brought tears to my eyes. When I received my $6 in change, I asked the clerk to apply it to the bill of the gentleman behind me. The clerk declined to accept my offer.

After sharing why I felt compelled to pay forward the kindness I just received, the clerk understood and gave me the opportunity to be of service to another.

Wishing each of you additional warmth and courage during these challenging times."

 
"Thank you for the opportunity to better serve you!"
— Team Wagner
CONTACT 

ORANGE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

(714) 834-3330
333 W. SANTA ANA BLVD
SANTA ANA, CA 92701

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