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Dear Valued Residents,
 

We are closing on week 5 of California's stay at home order. COVID-19 is stressful for everyone and continues to wreak havoc for people economically, physically, and mentally.

My message is simple.
We must continue to have the courage to face the disease together, helping each other. If we fail to display altruism, there would be no PPE donations, no food or blood donations, little obligation to find a cure, and no desire to lift each other up during downtrodden times. 

Society's survival depends on compassion now more than ever. 


Wishing good health and prosperity,



April 21, Hall of Administration
 
Please watch the latest special meeting of the Orange County Board of Supervisors meeting to discuss #OCCOVID19.
Daily COVID-19 facts and figure count HERE
OC Health Care Agency (HCA) launched the OC COVID-19 Testing Network starting Tuesday, April 21, 2020. This is not a walk-up service and residents must be referred by their providers. 

The Network expands testing across Orange County for any community member experiencing COVID-19 symptoms but is unable to receive testing through a health care provider.

Initial locations include:
  • AltaMed Medical Group, Anaheim
  • AltaMed Medical Group, Santa Ana/Bristol
  • Nhan Hoa Comprehensive Health Care Clinic, Garden Grove
  • UCI Health, multiple locations
A continually-updated list of test sites, with information on scheduling and the appointment process, can be found here or by calling the HCA’s Health Referral Line at (800) 564-8448. 

“Because of continued challenges of obtaining testing supplies and personal protective equipment (PPE) for health care providers, testing may be restricted at times to high priority groups as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),” said Dr. Quick. “Residents must make an appointment for testing to assure eligibility and availability of testing.” 
COVID19: County Beaches and Golf Courses
 
Warm weather is here and residents want to recreate. Supervisor Wagner spoke with several news outlets to discuss County beaches and private and public golf courses. Unlike city beaches, our County beaches have always been open to the public during the pandemic.

Medical professionals agree a total beach shutdown is too heavy-handed. However, the OC Board is not opening the surrounding parking lots.

In a unanimous vote, the Orange County Board of Supervisors chose to reopen private and pubic golf courses. The action follows protests across the state, including Newport Beach along with piling pressure from residents.

Many courses closed down to obey the state-wide stay-at-home order. Currently, golfing restrictions are as follows:

  • Party sizes restricted to 4
  • Physical distancing measures
  • "Touchpoints" will be eliminated
  • Staggered tee-off times

               
Orange County Business Recovery Adhoc Committee
 
Much like other states and surrounding counties, we are looking to safely and responsibility reopen our dwindling economy. Chairwoman Michelle Steel and Supervisor Wagner are soliciting best practices from the top business and health care professionals to create a roadmap for a re-opened Orange County.

All actions will be under the guidance of the OC Health Care Agency while leveraging the latest science. It is important to note Orange County cannot contravene the Governor's orders.

OC health reports indicate the curve is flattening and dipping downwards. We must assure that the lifeblood of our economy does not flatline.

It is unsustainable to continue keeping our healthy workforce and industry out of business with no end in sight. We must strike a responsible balance.
Be Well OC Beam Signing — Orange, CA

Supervisor Wagner and Supervisor Chaffee signed the Be Well OC beam to be placed on the mental health campus. The symbolic gesture was in lieu of a scheduled ceremony, which was canceled due to the COVID-19 crisis.

The beam placement marks the next phase of building the revolutionary mental health campus.

The Be Well OC model will lead the nation. Before, organizations and sectors were not able to solve the pervasive challenge of mental health and substance use disorders alone. In Orange County, there are exceptional services, but they function in silos.

With Be Well OC, services will be streamlined and interconnected. Be Well OC changes the healthcare game with a public-private partnership that brings all mental health services and resources under one roof. 
The Spruce tree on the Be Well OC beam is an old-time tradition that symbolizes good luck.

Supervisor Pens Op-Ed on Government Streamlining
 
Supervisor Wagner wrote an Op-Ed on how we are eliminating red tape to help citizens get through the COVID-19 crisis. He proposes we continue this "can-do" spirit after the pandemic passes. Please read the full article in the OC REGISTER.
Please Consider Giving Blood, Platelets, and Plasma
 
Supervisor Wagner donated blood (and ate a snack after to keep sugars up) to do his part in helping with the OC COVID-19 crisis. You may notice appointment times are further out, but this is due to physical distancing practices. Donating is so crucial that it is exempt from the Governor's stay-at-home orders.

Please consider donating on-site to UCI Health, Hoag, or other hospitals. Alternatively, you can find a local blood bank such as 
LifeStream. Platelets are in critically short supply; please consider donating them as well.
PPE Donations to County

The County of Orange graciously received thousands of masks, gloves, and other PPE donations to prepare for the OC COVID-19 surge. We are in this together and we will get through this together.

金橙公益基金会 TOC Foundation donated:
- 5000 pcs of EXANOVO disposable face masks
- 250 pcs of face masks; various brands
- 657 pcs of N95/P95/KN95/KF94 respirators
- 250 pcs of Nitrile gloves
- 3 bottles of 70% Alcohol

Elegant Culture & Tradition donated:
- 6000 face masks
- 100 medical coveralls
- 60 face shells
- 60 safety goggles
- 60 shoe covers

Alongside Supervisor Wagner, Chairwoman Michelle Steel, CEO Frank Kim, the County of Orange Health Care Agency, and the entire County staff thanks TOC and Elegant Culture & Tradition for donating essential items to the front-line workers who need it most.

WATCH VIDEO HERE
OC REGISTER ARTICLE HERE

Interview with OC Tax

We must ease into reopening our economy. COVID19 is deadly for some, but recessions can kill too.

At OC Tax,
 I discussed how Chairwoman Michelle Steel and I are forming the OC Business Recovery Adhoc Committee in close consultation with the County of Orange Health Care Agency.

We will investigate where we can apply gas to get our workforce moving, and where we need to pump the brakes to stay safe.

OC Health Care reports do show OC is faring far better than our neighboring counties. The disease curve is flattening, but we are seeing businesses and livelihoods sinking.

WATCH FULL VIDEO HERE

Showing Gratitude 
 
Sometimes, good news travels fast on Facebook forums. A story circulated about an Irvine nurse who decided to help frontline workers in New York.

Nurse Nicole flew to New Jersey on 4/20 to work at the RWJ Beth Israel Medical Center on her birthday.

Local Asian-American charities in the Irvine community were inspired by her compassion and courage to help during the COVID crisis.  As a thank you to Nicole, a care package of masks and PPE items were delivered to her front door to show appreciation with a note, “you defend us, we defend you.” 

Thank you, Nurse Nicole!

 

Resource Update: Paycheck Protection Program 


Driving the small business stimulus in the CARES Act is the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The $349 billion funded under the Small Business Administration (SBA)—Business Loans Program Account can provide loans to businesses, up to eight weeks of payroll and other costs to help those businesses remain viable and allow their workers to pay their bills. Money must be spent within eight weeks.

Notes

  • The program is currently on hold because of a lack of funds.
  • PPP loans were available for the lesser of $10 million or 2.5 times your average monthly payroll.
  • 100% of your loan could be forgiven if you follow guidelines.
  • You can apply for both a PPP and EIDL loan if there were funds available.
  • Check eligibility before you apply.
  • When funds are available, you can apply through an SBA approved 7(a) lender.
More Resources: 
https://covinfo.egovoc.com
How California Laws Make it More Difficult to Build Affordable Housing: California Insider With Don Wagner

Supervisor Wagner speaks with news outlet Epoch Times on California's economic trends and future. Watch the full interview here.
 50th Annual Scholar-Athlete Awards Banquet,
March 9, 2020


The Third District sent Certificates of Recognition to all the honorees from the National Football Foundation, Orange County Chapter

Honorees included:   
• Vincent Hourigan, Joey Rouly, and Jeff Holley from Canyon High School 
• Jonathan Acosta and Marcus Manion from El Modena High School 
• Gabe Gallardo and John Holcomb from Foothill High School 
• Simon Sampson from Tustin High School 
• Davin Ancich from Villa Park High School 


Congrats!
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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OC BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
THIRD DISTRICT
333 W. SANTA ANA BLVD
SANTA ANA, CA 92701

Office number: 
(714) 834-3330

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