2021 Headline News Archive

April 15, 2021 
Architectural Watercolor Paintings on Display at John Wayne Airport

Artist Brad Neal brings mixed media artwork to JohnWayne Airport, featuring watercolor and ink line drawings that capture theessential character and architectural detail of the environments he creates.His work is on display in the Thomas F. Riley Terminal as part of the JWACommunity Focus Space through May 20, 2021.

April 14, 2021 

OC Waste & Recycling (OCWR) has been granted a six-month variance waiver to allow the disposal of Treated Wood Waste (TWW) at two landfill sites in Orange County, beginning April 16, 2021.

April 14, 2021 
Hot Glass/OC Art Exhibit Debuts at John Wayne Airport

An exhibition featuring the creative talents of professional OrangeCounty artists specializing in the use of hot glass makes a luminousdebut at John Wayne Airport in a new exhibit titled 'Hot Glass/OC'through October 2021.

April 13, 2021 
OC Health Care Agency Issues Statement on Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine

Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) isrecommending a pause in the use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19vaccine out of an abundance of caution. This recommendation comesafter six reported U.S. cases of a rare and severe blood clot type inindividuals after receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Thispause will be in place until the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)completes a review of the reported cases.

April 12, 2021 
County of Orange to Close Two COVID-19 Testing Super Sites on April 30

The OC Health Care Agency (HCA) will close its COVID-19 testing SuperSites at the OC Fair & Event Center and the Anaheim ConventionCenter on April 30, 2021.

April 12, 2021 
Access Secure Areas at John Wayne Airport with an “OC AirPASS” Post-Security Access Pass

Guests without a boarding pass can access the secure areas of the JohnWayne Airport Terminal with an OC AirPASS (post-security access pass) toshop, dine, watch planes, and greet friends and relatives when theyarrive at the gate or accompany them before their flight.

April 7, 2021 
Homeowners and Small Businesses May Request Penalty Cancellations if Directly Affected by COVID-19 Starting April 13

The Governor's Executive Order provides for penalty cancellations for certain homeowners and small businesses that were unable to deliver their property tax payments timely this past year if they have been directly affected by COVID-19 or suffered a financial hardship from COVID-19.

April 2, 2021 
County of Orange Public Health Officials Urge Residents to Get Tested for COVID-19

County of Orange public health officials continue to encourage residents to get tested for COVID-19 to help slow the spread of the virus until vaccines become more widely available.

March 31, 2021 

Effective April 1, 2021, Orange County Clerk-Recorder Hugh Nguyen is pleased to announce the following service updates to the department’s document recording and marriage services:

March 30, 2021 
Orange County Progresses from Red Tier to Orange on Wednesday, March 31

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March 29, 2021 
John Wayne Airport Posts February 2021 Statistics

Airline passenger traffic at John Wayne Airport decreased in February2021 as compared with February 2020. In February 2021, the Airportserved 227,402 passengers, a decrease of 70.3% when compared with theFebruary 2020 passenger traffic count of 764,506

March 26, 2021 
Orange County Board of Supervisors Unanimously Appoints Francine Scinto to Treasury Oversight Committee

At the March 23 Orange County Board of Supervisors Meeting, the board unanimously approved the appointment of Francine Scinto to the Treasury Oversight Committee. Ms. Scinto joins a team of financial experts on the Treasury Oversight Committee, including elected Huntington Beach City Treasurer Alisa Backstrom, Richard Rohm, CPA and Partner of Rohm and Rohm CPAs, Gary Capata, CPA and Partner of CAPATA, County Executive Officer Frank Kim, elected Orange County Superintendent of Schools Al Mijares and Orange County Auditor Controller Frank Davies.

March 12, 2021 
Orange County Returns to the Red Tier on Sunday, March 14 Easing Restrictions for Specific Industries and Activities

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March 11, 2021 

OC Public Libraries is hosting the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Big Read this spring! Lab Girl by Hope Jahren is the selected title this year for its focus on women in science. From March through May, 2021, program offerings will include Science Technology Engineering Arts Math (S.T.E.A.M.) activities, guest speakers, and other engaging offerings that keep library users connected with Lab Girl.

March 10, 2021 
County of Orange Opens COVID-19 Mobile Clinic Site at Christ Cathedral

Today, the County of Orange is opening a COVID-19 MobileClinic vaccination site at Christ Cathedral in Garden Grove.

Beginning today, the Christ Cathedral MobileClinic will operate on three successive Wednesdays for first-dose Pfizervaccinations and three consecutive Wednesdays for second-dose vaccinations.Vaccinations are by appointment only and are scheduled from 9 am – 2:30 pm.

March 10, 2021 

News ImageTUSTIN, Calif. (March 10, 2021) – OC Animal Care is open to house dogs, cats, and small pets for Orange County residents relocated as a result of an Evacuation Order (Mandatory) for Silverado Canyon, Williams Canyon, and Modjeska Canyon in the Bond Fire burn area.

March 9, 2021 
Orange County Achieves First Week of Improved COVID-19 Metrics

On Tuesday, March 9,2021, the State of California announced that Orange County (OC) has achievedone week of improved metrics according to the California Department of PublicHealth's Blueprint for a Safer Economy, which takes a County’s seven-day adjustedcase rate, the seven-day testing positivity rate and the health equity metricinto consideration.

March 5, 2021 
Orange County, CA Elections to Conduct Post Election Audit of 2nd Supervisorial District Vacancy Election Results

Orange County will conduct a post-election audit beginning Thursday, March 11, 2021. The post-election audit consists of a hand verification of paperballots cast in order to provide evidence that the outcome is correct.

February 26, 2021 
Families and Communities Together (FaCT) Publishes Fiscal Year 2019-2020 Annual Report

The County of Orange Social Services Agency (SSA) is pleased to announce the availability of its Families and Communities Together (FaCT) platform annual report for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019-2020, covering the period from July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020. The report addresses the critical role that FaCT and its network of 15 Family Resource Centers (FRCs) play in the County's efforts to ensure children in Orange County grow up in stable, nurturing families and safe, supportive communities.

February 26, 2021 
John Wayne Airport Posts January 2021 Statistics

Airline passenger traffic at John Wayne Airport decreased in January2021 as compared with January 2020. In January 2021, the Airport served195,290 passengers, a decrease of 75.8% when compared with the January2020 passenger traffic count of 806,386.

February 25, 2021 
Football, Soccer, Baseball, Cheerleading and Other Outdoor Sport Competitions May Resume with Modifications in Orange County on Wednesday, March 3rd

Based on updated guidance for youth andrecreational adult sports issued February 19, 2021 by the California Departmentof Public Health (CDPH), outdoor sports competitions may resume in OrangeCounty (OC) with modifications starting Friday, February 26th.

February 25, 2021 
CORRECTION: Other Outdoor Sport Competitions May Resume with Modifications in Orange County on Friday, February 26th

Outdoor sports competitions may resume in OrangeCounty (OC) with modifications starting Friday, February 26th. Please click one of the following links for more information in your preferred language:

February 19, 2021 
County of Orange Social Services Agency Expands Public Assistance Office Hours at Four Regional Offices Beginning February 22, 2021

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February 18, 2021 
Disneyland Resort Super POD Site to Close Temporarily

The Disneyland Resort Super POD site will close temporarily, due to a lack of vaccine supply. Please click one of the following links for more information in your preferred language:

February 17, 2021 
COVID-19 Vaccine Super POD Site Opens at Anaheim Convention Center to Administer Second Doses of the Moderna Vaccine

The Orange County Health Care Agency plans to open a new 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.

February 16, 2021 
Vibrant Floral Art Exhibit on Display at John Wayne Airport

Professional oil painter Andrea Tarman brings an uplifting exhibit of realistic and abstract florals full of depth, color, and texture to John Wayne Airport. Her work is on display in the Thomas F. Riley Terminal as part of the JWA Community Focus Space from February 16 – March 16, 2021.

February 12, 2021 
John Wayne Airport Announces New Airlines and Nonstop Destinations

John Wayne Airport is excited to welcome two new commercial airline carriers and add several new nonstop destinations, providing increased service to our lineup and even greater options for travelers.Beginning February 12, 2021, Allegiant Air will begin service to JWA, flying nonstop to Boise, ID; Grand Junction, CO; Medford, OR; Missoula, MT; Provo, UT; Las Vegas and Reno, NV; and Spokane, WA.

February 11, 2021 
Orange County Voting Systems to be Checked for Accuracy

Accuracy testing of Orange County's voting system will commence on February 16, 2021, and will continue until all devices have been included in the test. Due to the lengthy process of including all devices in the test, the Logic and Accuracy Test Tally may not commence until a minimum of a week after the test begins. The Logic and Accuracy test is required by law to be performed prior to each election. Logic and Accuracy tests will include proofing the programming of the ballot, each ballot style and each contest position on the ballot. The process is open to the public.

February 9, 2021 
New Art Exhibit Showcases the Natural Resources and Historic Sites of Orange County Parks

John Wayne Airport is pleased to announce the debut of a new OC Parks display showcasing 60,000 acres of parkland and historical space now featured in the Orange County: Destination Art & Culture exhibit through December 2021. Stroll through the pedestrian walkway, connecting Terminals B and C (pre-security) to view the art, history, and culture of Orange County's award-winning parks and programs.

February 8, 2021 

The Orange County (OC) Board of Supervisors, in partnership with the Orange County Workforce Development Board, is taking the OC One-Stop Center to the streets. The OC One-Stop Mobile Unit (Mobile Unit) will provide access to education and training services traditionally offered by the OC One-Stop Center for youth, adults, dislocated workers, and businesses while reducing transmission and preparing the workforce for post-COVID-19 return.

February 4, 2021 
County of Orange Social Services Agency Call Center and Benefits Drive-Through Impacted This Weekend Due to Planned System Update

The County of Orange Social Services Agency (SSA) announced that maintenance of its benefits eligibility and determination system will be performed on Saturday, February 6 and Sunday February 7, 2021. This scheduled work will lead to a system outage. As a result, the SSA Call Center will have limited functionality on Saturday, February 6th, and drive-through benefits issuance of Golden State Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards and Medi-Cal Benefits Identification Cards (BIC) will be suspended for that day.

February 2, 2021 
County of Orange Partners with State of California to Establish Oxygen Depot

The State of California’s Emergency Services Authority (EMSA), in partnership with the County of Orange’s Orange County (OC) Emergency Medical Services (EMS) team, has established an Oxygen Depot at the former Marine Corps Air Station El Toro in the City of Irvine.

January 28, 2021 
County of Orange Social Services Agency to Re-open Four Regional Centers with Limited Functionality on February 1, 2021

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January 28, 2021 
Large Animal Owners Impacted by Evacuation Warning Advised to Relocate Pets Before Rainfall

The Orange County Sheriff's Department has issued a voluntary evacuation effective 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 28th, 2021 for the Bond Fire burn area due to potential flooding and debris flow.

Large animal owners under an evacuation warning (voluntary) order are encouraged to implement their personal evacuation plans BEFORE the rain starts.

January 28, 2021 
County of Orange Launches Emergency Rental Assistance Program

The County of Orange will launch an Emergency Rental Assistance program on February 1, 2021 and will accept applications for a period of one month from eligible renter households with unpaid rent or utilities bills due to the impact of COVID-19.

January 27, 2021 
County of Orange to Host Second Virtual Listening Session Focused on COVID-19 Health Inequities

On February 26, 2021, the County of Orange and Orange County (OC) Human Relations Commission are inviting the public to participate in Health Equity Issues & the Community Experience, the second virtual listening session of a COVID-19 discrimination-based series. This event follows Understanding Our Implicit Biases & Community Experiences, the first virtual listening session of the series held in October 2020.

January 25, 2021 
State of California Moves County of Orange to Purple Tier Effective Immediately

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January 22, 2021 
Andrew Do Elected Chairman of OC Board of Supervisors, Doug Chaffee as Vice Chairman

Supervisor Andrew Do has been chosen unanimously by his Board colleagues to serve as Chairman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors for 2021. Supervisor Doug Chaffee, Fourth District, will serve as the Board’s Vice Chairman.

January 22, 2021 
Orange County, CA Elections Releases a Recap of the November 2020 Presidential Election

Following record setting turnout and shifts in voter behavior during the November 3, 2020 Presidential General Election, the Registrar of Voters has released a report detailing voter behavior and survey data from the election.

January 21, 2021 
Update to County of Orange Advisory Regarding Moderna Vaccine LOT # 041L20A

On Monday, January 18, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) directed providers to pause dispensing COVID-19 vaccine Moderna Lot # 041L20A due to reported cases of adverse reactions in California.Late last night, CDPH announced that after further discussions with the Western State Scientific Safety Review Workgroup, Allergy and Immunology specialists, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the manufacturer, CDPH found no scientific basis to continue the pause.

January 20, 2021 
County of Orange Adds Second Regional COVID-19 Vaccine Super POD Site

The County of Orange is opening its second regional COVID-19 Vaccine Super Point of Dispensing (POD) site at Soka University in Aliso Viejo on Saturday, January 23, 2021 starting at 8:00 am.

January 20, 2021 
John Wayne Airport Posts December 2020 Statistics

Airline passenger traffic at John Wayne Airport decreased in December 2020 as compared with December 2019. In December 2020, the Airport served 231,033 passengers, a decrease of 74.1% when compared with the December 2019 passenger traffic count of 891,492. Commercial aircraft operations decreased 49.1% and commuter aircraft operations increased 12.9% when compared with December 2019 levels.

January 19, 2021 
Advisory Regarding Moderna Vaccine Lot 041L20A

Based on directive from the State, the Orange CountyHealth Care Agency (HCA) has suspended the use of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine lot041L20A due to possible allergic reactions under investigation by the Centersfor Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA),and the manufacturer. To date, the HCA has received zero notifications ofallergic reactions requiring medical attention due to any Moderna vaccines.

January 14, 2021 

Artist Russell Pierce brings mixed media artwork to John Wayne Airportfeaturing traditional art combined with digital design applications tocreate unique pieces in a new exhibit fittingly called "Travelogue." Hiswork is on display in the Thomas F. Riley Terminal as part of the JWACommunity Focus Space from January 14 – February 16, 2021.

January 11, 2021 
County of Orange Announces First Regional COVID-19 Super POD at Disneyland Resort

In a vital step to help battle the spread of COVID-19, the County of Orange has established the first large Point-of-Dispensing (POD) site to provide COVID-19 vaccines to residents at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim.

January 7, 2021 
County of Orange Activates Incident Management Team, Plans for Regional COVID-19 Vaccine Supersites

The County of Orange is proactively leading Orange County's response to COVID-19. The next critical phase is providing the vaccine to residents in a phased, tiered approach.