2020 Press Releases

May 23, 2020 
County of Orange Moves into Stage Two of California’s Resiliency Roadmap

Today the State of California has approved the County of Orange's plan to accelerate local businesses into Stage Two. The County was able to successfully demonstrate that Orange County meets the State’s required metrics as outlined in the California Resiliency Roadmap.


May 7, 2020 
County of Orange-Operated Beaches to Reopen with Limitations

Beaches operated by the County of Orange will reopen today with limitations. The State of California approved the County of Orange Phased Beach Reopening Plan Thursday to reopen County-operated beaches for limited recreational activities following a week-long, state-mandated closure.


May 6, 2020 
County Hires Executive Director of Office of Independent Review

Sergio Perez started as the Executive Director of the Office of Independent Review (OIR).


May 6, 2020 
County of Orange Receives $900,000 for Dislocated Workers

The County of Orange has received a $900,000 grant from the California Employment Development Department (EDD) to provide economic support for dislocated workers.


April 27, 2020 
Clayton Chau, M.D., Ph.D. Joins OC Health Care Agency as Director

Clayton Chau, M.D., Ph.D., as the new Director of the OC Health Care Agency (HCA), effective May 4, 2020.


April 23, 2020 
OC Health Care Agency Director of Public Health Services Retires

Yesterday David M. Souleles, MPH Director of Public Health Services announced his retirement from the OC Health Care Agency (HCA).


April 17, 2020 
COVID-19 Public Information Hotline to Close April 18

Effective Saturday, April 18, the Orange County COVID-19 Public Information Hotline will refer callers to the OC Health Care Agency Health Referral Line.


April 14, 2020 
Taxpayers Directly Affected by COVID-19 Will Have Penalties Cancelled

The Orange County Treasurer is now accepting penalty cancellation requests for taxpayers who have been directly impacted by COVID-19.


April 9, 2020 
Orange County Health Officer Issues Face Covering Recommendation for Essential Businesses

County of Orange Health Officer Dr. Nichole Quick today issued a recommendation strongly encouraging all employees at essential businesses to wear a face covering while at work and all residents engaged in essential activities outside the home to do the same.


April 9, 2020 
COVID-19 Hotline Hours to Change April 11

Effective Saturday, April 11, the Orange County COVID-19 Public Information Hotline and Health Referral Line will take calls from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.


April 9, 2020 
Property Taxes Due Friday – Three Payment Options

The Orange County Treasurer has payment options for all taxpayers during this unprecedented medical emergency.


April 7, 2020 
Property Tax Deadline is Friday, April 10, Penalty Cancellation Requests can be Filed after April 10

State law governs when property taxes are due and payable, and Treasurer-Tax Collector (Treasurer) is not authorized to change the April 10 deadline. We suggest that you "Stay Home, Stay Safe and Pay Online" using our no cost eCheck (bank account) payment option that provides same day credit and an emailed or printed receipt at ocgov.com/octaxbill, and is secure once you get to the third party payment page.


April 2, 2020 
County of Orange to Follow California State Guidelines for Wearing Face Coverings in Public

Recent guidance posted by the California Department of Public Health states Californians who must leave their homes to conduct essential activities should wear face coverings, if they feel comfortable doing so, and practice strict hand washing before and after touching and adjusting the covering.


April 3, 2020 
Covid-19 Hotline Hours To Change April 4

Effective Saturday, April 4, the Orange County COVID-19 Public Information Hotline and Health Referral Line will take calls from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays.


April 3, 2020 
Create a Family Plan During Covid-19

The County of Orange is encouraging residents to create a family preparedness plan in the event they are impacted by COVID-19. Family preparedness is a mainstay of planning for emergencies such as earthquakes and fires, and they are equally important during a health pandemic.


March 30, 2020 
State of California Health Order Remains in Effect throughout Orange County

On March 19, 2020, California Governor Gavin Newsom and the State Public Health Officer ordered all individuals to stay home except to get food, care for a relative or friend, get necessary health care, or go to an essential job. The order also dictated individuals employ social distancing practices by maintaining 6 feet of distance from others.


March 28, 2020 
Orange County Residents Can Call Toll-Free Hotline for COVID-19 County Resources

Effective immediately, residents can now call 1(833)426-6411 for inquiries related to novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Orange County, California. This hotline will provide resources specific to the Orange County COVID-19 response.


March 28, 2020 
County Releases City Data of Reported COVID-19 Cases

Starting today, the County of Orange is posting reported novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases by city on a daily basis on the OC Health Care website http://www.ochealthinfo.com/novelcoronavirus. The total case counts and city counts will be updated every afternoon.


March 26, 2020 
Treasurer-Tax Collector Freidenrich Will Grant Penalty Relief for Taxpayers As Allowed by Existing State Law

SANTA ANA – Treasurer-Tax Collector Freidenrich announces her full support for waiver of penalties, costs or other charges as allowed by existing state law for taxpayers that fail to make a timely payment. The impact of the COVID19 has been financially devastating for many Orange County taxpayers.


March 28, 2020 
County of Orange Warns of Hazards of Non-FDA Approved COVID-19 Tests

The County of Orange would like to caution residents who wish to use non-FDA approved COVID-19 testing kits claiming to confirm if they have the disease. Deceitful tests and products can pose health risks. These non-approved tests can produce false negatives which can then result in infected persons not be placed in quarantine/isolation or may delay necessary medical treatment.


March 28, 2020 
Orange County Health Officials Report Increase in COVID-19 Cases

The OC Health Care Agency (HCA) has observed a significant increase in COVID-19 cases throughout Orange County with the current reported cases at 256, an increase of 69 cases since 3/25/20. The total number of people tested by HCA Public Health Lab (PHL) and by commercial labs is 3,605.


March 25, 2020 
Orange County Community Services Extends Call Center Hours

Effective today, Orange County Community Services will expand call center hours to meet the needs of seniors, veterans, business owners and the unemployed affected by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Orange County Community Services oversees the Orange County Veterans Service Office, Office on Aging and Community Investment Division programs.


March 24, 2020 
Residents Can Sign Up for Text Message Alerts Related to COVID-19 in Orange County

News ImageEffective immediately, residents can sign up to receive text message updates related to novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Orange County, California. To opt-in for this service, text OCCOVID19 to 888777.


March 24, 2020 
OCCS Workforce & Business Services Economic & Business Recovery


Santa Ana, Calif. (March 24, 2020) - Like much of the world, we are watching the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) progress. This document is to help provide guidance and support for Orange County businesses and individuals affected.


March 24, 2020 
List of Banks Offering Relief To Businesses and Retail Customers Affected By the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)


Santa Ana, Calif. (March 24, 2020) - As an increasing number of businesses close their doors to help reduce the spread of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), we know consumers and businesses are concerned about the impact on their financial lives.


March 24, 2020 
Orange County Announces Procedure for Donating Protective Equipment Supplies For Healthcare Providers

On Wednesday, March 25, Orange County Health Department (HCA) will begin accepting donations of protective equipment and supplies for use by healthcare providers throughout the county.


March 24, 2020 
OC Health Officials Confirm First Death Due to COVID-19

The OC Health Care Agency (HCA) today confirmed the first death of an Orange County resident related to COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.


March 24, 2020 
Closure of OC Parks Areas To Slow Spread of COVID-19

In an effort to minimize the impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19) on park patrons, staff, and the Orange County community at large, and consistent with the guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Governor’s office, and the Orange County Health Care Agency (HCA), OC Parks is currently operating in the following manner as of Wednesday, March 25, 2020.


March 23, 2020 
CD Health Alert: 2019 Novel Coronavirus: Orange County Update

March 23, 2020
Orange County has now had over 125 cases of Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) reported. There has been a rapid increase in daily reports of COVID-19 cases over the last several days and community transmission is becoming more widespread. At this point the Orange County Health Care Agency (OCHCA) will only be conducting investigations of cases identified in hospitalized patients, health care workers, and residents of congregate living facilities. Providers should inform their patients of test results and give them education on disease prevention and monitoring for worsening disease.


March 23, 2020 
Residents Can Sign Up for Text Message Alerts Related to Covid-19 in Orange County

Effective immediately, residents can now sign up to receive text message updates related to novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Orange County, California. To opt-in for this service, text OCCOVID19 to 888777.


March 22, 2020 
Relocation of Cold Weather Emergency Shelters

Due to the Governor's activation of the National Guard to assist in food and supplies distribution, the Cold Weather Emergency Shelters located at the Fullerton and Santa Ana National Guard Armories will be relocated by Tuesday.


March 22, 2020 
County Identifies Alternative Shelter Location for Vulnerable Homeless Persons

The County of Orange has identified the former Joplin Youth Center in Trabuco Canyon as a placement site for sheltered homeless persons who are older but not exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19.


March 21, 2020 
COVID-19 Testing Availability

Testing for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is now available in a number of public health, commercial and hospital laboratories in California, however broad scale testing is not available.


March 20, 2020 
What Orange County Residents Should Know About State Public Health Officer Order

To reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19, Governor Gavin Newsom and the State Public Health Officer issued an order telling all California residents to stay home unless they work in one of the 16 federal critical infrastructure sectors (https://www.cisa.gov/identifying-critical-infrastructure-during-covid-19).


March 20, 2020 
UPDATE on Access to County of Orange Facilities

In response to the County Health Officer's Order related to COVID-19, County of Orange departments have made the following changes to services.


March 20, 2020 
County Exploring Measures to Mitigate COVID-19 Risks to Homeless Community

The County of Orange is exploring all precautionary and preventative measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 within the homeless population.


March 20, 2020 
COVID-19 PUBLIC HEALTH MITIGATION STRATEGY

To minimize adverse health consequences and resource impact from COVID-19, and consistent with guidance from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), the Orange County Health Care Agency has shifted the approach in public health away from containment and toward mitigation, a more effective strategy to address the virus county-wide.


March 19, 2020 
County of Orange to Connect Seniors with Resources During COVID-19 Outbreak

The County of Orange today announced the availability of resources and support for seniors over 60 who may be self-isolating during the COVID-19 outbreak in Orange County.


March 19, 2020 
Update on Access to County of Orange Facilities

In response to the County Health Officer's Order related to COVID-19, County of Orange departments have made the following changes to services:


March 19, 2020 
Governor Issues Orders to Stay at Home

At 6:30 p.m., Governor Gavin Newsom issued directions to California residents to stay at home unless they are participating in essential functions like purchasing food or meeting other “essential needs.”


March 18, 2020 
County Issues Amended Health Order and Guidance

The Public Health Order issued by the County Health Officer on March 17, 2020 has been amended in light of new and changing State guidelines and to provide clarity for Orange County residents and businesses. It is important for all Orange County residents and businesses to read the Order and Guidance in its entirety.


March 17, 2020 
Orange County Clerk-Recorder Announces Changes to Office Access and to Service Delivery Options

Orange County Clerk-Recorder Hugh Nguyen will be closing all of his department’s office locations to the public effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020, as a precautionary measure to help slow the spread of the Coronavirus also known as COVID-19. The Clerk-Recorder believes that it is in the best interest of its customers and employees to make some temporary changes in service delivery processes and to use mail and online services as much as possible. This will reduce exposure for all parties and allow services to continue with limited interruptions.


March 17, 2020 
County Health Officer Issues Order to Slow Spread of COVID-19

County Health Officer Dr. Nichole Quick issued a Health Officer's Order today to protect that health and wellbeing of Orange County, CA residents. "We are taking these mitigation steps in line with a directive issued by Governor Newsom to help slow the spread of COVID-19," said Dr. Nichole Quick, County Health Officer. "We recognize community members may experience anxiety related to the social disruption caused by COVID-19, and want to encourage residents to reach out to loved ones using appropriate methods like telephone, video messaging, email and text."


March 18, 2020 
Public Health Order is NOT an Order to Shelter in Place

Today's order from County Health Officer Dr. Nichole Quick is NOT an order to shelter in place. It is not a lockdown. It is important for all Orange County businesses to remain open while practicing social distancing consistent with the Governor's guidance. However, following State guidelines, all bars and other establishments that serve alcohol and do not serve food shall close. All restaurants and other business establishments that serve food shall close all onsite dining. Pickup, delivery and drive thru services may remain open. It is important for all Orange County residents to read the order in its entirety.


March 16, 2020 
List of County of Orange Public Services Suspended due to COVID-19

"The County of Orange departments have suspended various services to support social distancing to protect residents and County employees," said OC Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Michelle Steel, Second District. "It's imperative that residents and County employees alike employ the proper precautions to protect themselves and their loved ones during this time."


March 12, 2020 
Orange County Health Care Agency (OCHCA) Provides Recommendations for COVID-19 Community Mitigation Strategies

Community health mitigation decisions and strategies are crucial to slowing the transmission of COVID-19 (commonly known as novel coronavirus) in Orange County, California. While the County of Orange risk levels are still low, the County wants to be prepared in the event additional guidance and/or guidelines on COVID-19 come from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), respectively.


March 2, 2020 
Vote Center in Santa Ana Closed Temporarily Due to Nearby Criminal Investigation

On Sunday, March 1, 2020 at approximately 4:30 p.m., the Orange County Registrar of Voters received reports that a shooting occurred near the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Santa Ana (the site of one of our Vote Centers). Vote Center staff and voters have been evacuated and are safe. An active criminal investigation is taking place and the Santa Ana Police Department is asking the public to stay away from the vicinity of the area.


February 28, 2020 
County of Orange Board of Supervisors’ Reaction to Federal Government Filing a Federal Notice of Movement on Fairview Developmental Center

Today the United States Federal Government filed a Federal Notice of Movement to remove Fairview Development Center in Costa Mesa as a site to house persons who have tested positive for COVID-19.


February 26, 2020 
County of Orange Board of Supervisors to File Amicus Brief in Support of City of Costa Mesa

Today the County of Orange Board of Supervisors unanimously directed the Office of County Counsel to file an Amicus brief with the United States District Court regarding pending federal litigation in the City of Costa Mesa, et. al v. United States of America, et. al. regarding the use of the Fairview Development Center for individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19.

Further details including the Amicus brief will be provided at a later time.


February 26, 2020 
COVID-19 Emergency Press Release and Declarations

The County of Orange has declared a local emergency and a local health emergency to prepare for COVID-19, commonly known as novel coronavirus.


February 20, 2020 
County Clerk- Recorder Looking to Break Leap Day Record

The year 2020 is a Leap Year, and since a Leap Day only occurs every four years Clerk-Recorder Hugh Nguyen will be opening his offices for couples who wish to marry on Leap Day, Saturday, February 29.


January 31, 2020 
John Wayne Airport Posts December 2019 Statistics

Airline passenger traffic at John Wayne Airport increased in December 2019 as compared with December 2018. In December 2019, the Airport served 891,492 passengers, an increase of 7.7% when compared with the December 2018 passenger traffic count of 828,070.


January 21, 2020 
Recruitment Now Open for the CalOptima Board of Directors

The OC Health Care Agency (HCA) is pleased to announce that recruitment is now open for the CalOptima Board of Directors. A County-organized health system, CalOptima serves more than 750,000 low-income children, adults, seniors and persons with disabilities. CalOptima was formed in 1995 in response to a healthcare system that was struggling to meet the needs of vulnerable Orange County residents. Today, CalOptima has grown to be the single largest health insurer in Orange County, and has stayed true to its mission of providing members with access to quality health care services.


January 16, 2020 
Supervisor Steel Elected 2020 Board Chair

Supervisor Michelle Steel, Second District, has been chosen unanimously by her colleagues to serve as Chairwoman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors for 2020. Supervisor Andrew Do, First District, will serve as the Board's Vice Chairman.


January 16, 2020 
Inspiring Humanitarian Artwork on Display at John Wayne Airport

Artist, philanthropist, and retired federal law enforcement official, Elizabeth (Liz) Nguyen-Espinoza, creates thought-provoking art to carry on her mother’s charity work of raising awareness of the social issues affecting children and promoting their overall health through fundraising. Her paintings are on display in the John Wayne Airport Community Focus Space from January 16 – February 13, 2020.


January 7, 2020 
New County Librarian Appointed for County of Orange

The Board of Supervisors appointed Julie Quillman as the new County Librarian, effective immediately, following a year-long recruitment to fill the high-level position. The position became vacant after the retirement of former County Librarian, Helen Fried, in August 2018.


January 2, 2020 
Plan to Improve Health of Orange County Community Available for Public Comment

On behalf of the Orange County Health Improvement Partnership (HIP), the OC Health Care Agency announces the availability of the 2020-22 Orange County Health Improvement Plan for public review and comment at http://www.ochealthiertogether.org/ through January 20, 2020. The plan lays out assessments, goals, objectives and strategies for six priority areas over the next three years.


January 2, 2020 
Orange County Clerk-Recorder to Offer Extended Valentine’s Day Hours - Looks to Break Standing Record

For those looking to tie the knot on what many consider to be the most romantic day of the year, look no further. This upcoming Valentine's Day, Orange County Clerk-Recorder Hugh Nguyen will be offering extended hours at his offices in Anaheim, Laguna Hills and at the Old County Courthouse in Santa Ana. Instead of its normal closing hours, the department will close at 5:30 pm to issue marriage licenses and perform marriage ceremonies.


March 30, 2020 
Orange County Community Services Implements Economic & Business Recovery Call Center

Effective March 30, Orange County Community Services has implemented a call center to meet the needs of businesses impacted by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.