How is the City of Placentia Responding?
The City of Placentia is actively monitoring the situation involving the infectious disease outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). We are working closely with the federal, state and county agencies to receive the latest information on the Coronavirus. The lead national agency is the Federal Government. The Orange County Health Care Agency (HCD) is the lead authority for all public health emergencies in the City and the County. HCD is working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the California Department of Public Health to provide daily information to prepare and protect Californians from the Coronavirus.
City Declares a Local Emergency
Following President Trump and Governor Newsom, the City of Placentia has declared a local state of emergency to enhance capabilities to respond to the coronavirus pandemic. This emergency proclamation allows the City to promptly take the actions necessary to protect public health, safety, and welfare within the City, coordinate with other governmental agencies, and seek federal, state and county assistance, as needed. The City Council also approved Ordinance No. O-2020-03, which provides a temporary moratorium on evicting residential and commercial tenants as a result of the current coronavirus pandemic. The City issued a Press Release regarding this emergency proclamation.
City Facilities and Programs
The City of Placentia places the health and well-being of its residents, visitors and businesses as its top priority. The City has installed hand sanitizer stations in our facilities for use by both our patrons and employees, and we are conducting enhanced cleaning infacilities and frequently touched public surfaces (i.e. counters, doorknobs, workstations, keyboards, and public restrooms). Additionally, all front counter services will maintain six feet of social distancing.
Considering the directives issued by Governor Gavin Newsom, the California Department of Public Health and the Orange County Health Care Agency, the City is proceeding with several cancelations, postponements and closures to help slow the spread of coronavirus. These actions are especially targeted to protecting people who are at higher risk for severe illness from the coronavirus. The City of Placentia will be undertaking the following immediate measures through May 31, 2020:
- Closure of the following community facilities: Powell Building, Aguirre Building, Koch Park Gymnasium, Gomez Community Center, and Backs Community Building.
- Cancellation of all recreational and sports programs
- Cancellation of all facility rentals
- Closure of all park playgrounds, fitness equipment, picnic shelters and sport courts
- The Placentia Police Department front public lobby and counter will be closed
- All Commission and Committee meetings will be canceled
The City of Placentia is implementing these actions due to the advice of federal, state and county health agencies. Timely implementation of aggressive strategies that create social distance has proven effective in prior pandemics at delaying rates of transmission and reducing illness and death. Smaller gatherings held in venues that do not allow social distancing of six feet per person should be postponed or canceled.
City Council Meetings
On March 12, 2020, Governor Newsom issued Executive Order N-25-20, which allows Council Members to attend City Council meetings telephonically. Please be advised that some, or all, of the Placentia City Council Members may attend upcoming City Council meetings telephonically.
All City Council meetings are available to view live on the internet via the City’s website at www.placentia.org/pctv. You may also view the meetings live on AT&T U-Verse (channel 99) and Spectrum (channel 3).
All upcoming City Council meetings will be closed to the public until further notice. Residents can submit your comments and questions in writing for City Council consideration by sending them to the City Clerk at firstname.lastname@example.org. To give the City Council adequate time to review your questions and comments, please submit your written comments prior to 6:00 p.m. on the day of the City Council meeting. The City thanks you in advance for taking all precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The City will return to normal City Council meeting procedures as soon as the emergency has ended.
Governor Newsom Issues State "Stay At Home" Order
On Thursday, March 19, 2020, Governor Newsom issued a State "Stay At Home Order” to stop the spread of COVID-19. The order is effective immediately and remains in effect until further notice. Public safety services will remain operational.
Orange County Health Officer Order
On Tuesday, March 17, 2020 the Orange County Health Officer Dr. Nichole Quick issued a Health Officer’s Order to protect the health and wellbeing of Orange County residents. The order prohibits public and private gatherings of any number of people, including at places of work, occurring outside a single household or living unit. This Order also eliminates dining in at restaurants but makes food available through delivery and pickup options. To read the entire Order please visit the following link:
- Orange County Health Officer Order issued on March 17, 2020
- Orange County Health Officer Amended Order issued on March 18, 2020
On March 30, 2020, the County of Orange issued a press release indicating that the Order issued by the County is superseded by Governor Newsom’s Executive "Stay At Home Order" until further notice.
Face Coverings in Public
On April 9, 2020, in line with guidance from the California Department of Public Health, the Orange County Health Officer 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.
Testing and Screening
The Orange County Health Care Agency has received FDA-authorized COVID-19 testing to Orange County residents who have symptoms of COVID-19. This test identifies if you are currently infected based upon a sample taken with a swab. It is not a blood test, nor does it test for antibodies. The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough and shortness of breath. Other symptoms sometimes include: fever, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and loss of taste or smell. This list is not all inclusive. You will receive a medical assessment before being tested and you will only be tested if you have symptoms of the disease.
There is no out-of-pocket cost to you for this testing, however your insurance may be billed. You are asked to contact your medical provider first and only access these services if you do not have a provider or your provider is unable to provide testing.
To view the latest locations for testing, please visit OC Health Care Agency Testing and Screening.
The State of California launched OnwardCA as an initiative of companies and foundations to get California workers displaced by COVID-19 back to work as quickly as possible. The online resource website (www.onwardca.org) will help employees access emergency resources, training for a new career and connections to employers seeking people with certain skill sets.
Resources for Placentia Businesses
The City of Placentia recognizes the impact COVID-19 will have on local businesses and our regional economy. The City has created a separate webpage that provides of a variety of resources to businesses from various state and federal agencies. Please visit the following link: www.placentia.org/businessresources
Support Local Placentia Restaurants and Take Out
The City encourages our community to support local restaurants and order out during this time. The following link provides an interactive map of local restaurants that are offering one or more of the following: Grub Hub, Door Dash, Postmates, Uber Eats, store delivery, to-go orders, curbside pick-up, and/or drive-thru service.
To add your restaurant to this list, please email email@example.com. This interactive map will be updated regularly.
Coronavirus Rumor Control
The Department of Homeland Security has created a webpage is to help the public distinguish between rumors and facts regarding the response to coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Rumors can easily circulate within communities during a crisis. Do your part to the stop the spread of disinformation by doing 3 easy things; don’t believe the rumors, don’t pass them along and go to trusted sources of information to get the facts about the federal (COVID-19) response. Please visit Coronavirus Rumor Control webpage for more information.
Citizens that want to report a business in violation of the State’s Order can file a complaint with the Orange County Health Care Agency by calling (714) 433-6000.
Questions on Coronavirus
At this time, all questions regarding Coronavirus should be directed to the Orange County Health Care Agency (HCA). Residents are encouraged to call the County’s Coronavirus Hotline at (714) 834-2000. Additional information can be found at www.ocgov.com/gov/health.
Residents are also encourage to sign up to receive text message updates related to Coronavirus in Orange County. To opt-in for this service, please text OCCOVID19 to 888777.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has recently launched a comprehensive website at www.coronavirus.gov for critical matters related to COVID-19, including how to prepare and protect yourself and what to do if you are sick.
The situation with the Coronavirus is evolving and the City of Placentia will continue to monitor the situation and make adjustments accordingly. Please continue to visit our website for continual updates.