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DANA POINT COVID-19 COMMUNITY UPDATE FEBRUARY 19
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Vaccine Updates
Rite Aid: Rite Aid Pharmacy has partnered with the federal government to provide COVID-19 vaccines.  Vaccine appointments can be made for the following individuals:
- Ages 65+
- Healthcare Workers
- Long-term care residents and staff
- Pharmacy staff
- Public Health Employees
 
At this time, appointments cannot be made by calling the stores, but can be scheduled by clicking the link here.  Rite Aid Pharmacies are receiving direct allocations and supplies are limited; they will not administer doses to walk-ups without appointments. 

CVS:  Pharmacy giant CVS has begun COVID-19 vaccinations for eligible groups at 100 of its stores across California.  The list of specific stores will be available on CVS.com as stores receive shipments of vaccine and appointments become available.  People are prioritized to get shots under public health guidelines and must register in advance on CVS’s website or through the CVS Pharmacy app. Anyone without internet access can call customer service at 800-746-7287.  CVS, like other vaccine administrators, is working with limited supplies and will not administer doses to walk-ups without appointments.

County Super Pods:  The County did not receive the expected shipment of Moderna vaccine on Tuesday, and as a result is closing the Disneyland Super POD through Monday, February 22nd.  Soka University primarily dispenses the Pfizer vaccine and will remain open to provide second doses.  A smaller POD site at Santa Ana College, which also primarily dispenses Pfizer, will close beginning Saturday.  A reopening date will be determined once an additional shipment of Pfizer vaccines is received.  Everyone who has an appointment at the affected sites will receive a notification through Othena with information regarding rescheduled appointments.

The County plans to add another Super POD site at the Anaheim Convention Center, increasing vaccine dispensing capacity as more people are due to receive a second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.  The Convention Center POD, scheduled to open on February 24th, may also be delayed pending vaccine supplies. The Anaheim Convention Center POD will only dispense Moderna, first and second doses.

Since the first and second Super POD sites opened at the Disneyland Resort and Soka University, there have been approximately 245,073 cumulative doses distributed to eligible Orange County residents and those working in Orange County.

Eligible individuals under Phase 1A (all tiers) who are registered in the Othena system, including persons age 65 and older, will receive an e-mail to schedule a vaccination appointment.  Simply register at www.othena.com and you will be e-mailed when an appointment is available.  The vaccination experience at County Super PODs typically takes 45-60 minutes per person.  It is not necessary to arrive more than 15-20 minutes before your scheduled appointment. 

Three hospital systems in the County (Kaiser Permanente, Providence St. Joseph and UCI Health) are also receiving vaccines to administer to individuals in their systems.  Everyone who received their 1st dose through their health system, employer, or other group will receive the 2nd dose from the same source.

Again, vaccines are by appointment only.  Anyone showing up without an appointment will be turned away.

State: While the State has set up vaccination sites in East Oakland and East LA, no announcements on State vaccination sites have been made for Orange County.

COVID-19 Updates
City:  The Lookout Community Magazine highlighting spring activities and recreation classes is now available.  Registration begins February 22nd.  To view the magazine click here

Hugs for Heroes is a cooperative effort that includes Mission Hospital’s Patient Experience Team, Capo Cares, Capo Beach Church, the City of Dana Point, community volunteers and participating restaurants. The program sends some much needed “hugs” to our pandemic “heroes”.  

Want to participate?

Meal Program – Make donations to Hugs for Heroes through Capo Beach Church, using the following link:  https://www.capobeachchurch.com/hugsforheroes/ to buy restaurant meals for frontline healthcare workers.  Meals are a nominal $15 each (an average of lunch and dinner prices) including individual packaging and delivery. 

Snack and Appreciation Note Program – Please drop off notes of appreciation and encouragement, plus bulk, individually wrapped, unrefrigerated snacks at the Dana Point Community Center, Monday to Friday 8 AM to 4 PM.  Notes and snacks will be collected from the Community Center weekly and delivered to Mission Hospital.

County: The County of Orange is accepting applications for the new Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) Program from renters who are experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19. The ERA Program provides funding to assist households that have been unable to pay rent and utilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To learn more and apply, click here.  Maximum financial assistance is up to $10,000 per household to pay for past due rent and utilities.

Testing:  An at-home COVID-19 saliva-based or nostril swab testing kit is available to all county residents.  Individuals that live in Orange County can register online by visiting the Health Care Agency’s website here and clicking the Ambry link to request to have a kit shipped to their home.  Home delivery kits contain detailed instructions on collecting the specimen, as well as how to package and return the kit to the lab for testing.  Results of the test should be provided to you within a few days.   If you register and select to pick up your testing kit at a community clinic, those locations are also listed on their website here.

For the latest information on the number of cases, positivity rate and more for COVID-19 in Orange County visit: occovid19.ochealthinfo.com.

Call OC Health Care Agency Health Referral Line 1(833) 426-6411 for inquiries related to novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Orange County.

State:  Governor Gavin Newsom, Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon announced that they have reached an agreement on a package, “Golden State Stimulus,” of immediate actions that will speed needed relief to individuals, families and businesses suffering economic hardship from the COVID-19 pandemic.  $600 aid to low-income Californians and grants to small businesses are included, and the deal also waives State fees for two years for restaurants, bars, barbers and hair stylists. Read more about the “Golden State Stimulus” here.

New guidance was issued for Outdoor Youth and Recreational Adult Sports today.  The California Department of Public Health has updated their colored tier system for sports programs.  Some of the updates include allowing more high-contact sports, such as football, water polo and soccer to be played in the purple and red tiers. Specifically, outdoor high-contact sports and outdoor moderate-contact sports can be played in the purple or red tier when a County’s adjusted COVID-19 case rate is equal to or less than 14 per 100,000 under certain conditions. Read more about the changes here.

California legislators are introducing a bill to allow Disneyland and other large theme parks to reopen earlier than what the current State framework “Blueprint for a Safer Economy” allows.  The bill seeks to place all theme parks in the Orange – Moderate – Tier 3 of the State’s Industry Guidance.  Read about it here.

Federal:  The $1.9 billion pandemic relief package is still moving forward, as the House committees have advanced measures that will be combined into a bill expected to clear the House by the end of this month.  The goal is to have COVID-19 relief approved by mid-March, when other pandemic aid expires.

Services and Resources Directory is now housed on the COVID-19 page on the City’s website.  New services and resources will be shared in this update, then moved over to the City’s COVID-19 webpage.  You can access that information here



 
COVID-19 TESTING RESOURCES
  1. Laguna Dana Urgent Care (Dana Point)
    • Rapid test with results in 20 minutes $140  – No insurance
    • PCR test with results in 1-2 days – Most insurances accepted, otherwise $150
  2. South Coast Family Medical Center (Laguna Niguel)
    • Rapid test with results in 20 minutes $125 – No Insurance
    • PCR Test with results in 1-2 days - Most insurances accepted, otherwise $250 
  3. At-Home Testing - Powered by Ambry Genetics
    • At-home saliva-based test at no cost for Orange County Residents
  4. CVS
    • PCR test and typically receive results within 6-10 days
    • No cost testing at select locations
  5. County Testing Super Site (Anaheim)
    • PCR test and typically receive results within 2-3 days
    • No out-of-pocket expenses
  6. County Testing Super Site (Costa Mesa)
    • PCR test and typically receive results within 2-3 days
    • No out-of-pocket expenses
  7. Your Personal Physician
    • Contact your doctor’s office directly to request testing
 
 
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