Regional Stay-At-Home Order Extended

On December 29, 2020, the Governor announced an extension of the Stay-At-Home Order for the Southern California (which includes Orange County) and San Joaquin Valley Regions. Both regions are currently at 0% ICU bed capacity. The Stay-At-Home Order will not be lifted until the Southern California Region can reach at least 15% available ICU bed capacity. 

The State of California announced a Regional Stay-At-Home Order on December 3, 2020. The day after a region has been announced to have less than 15% ICU availability, the Order will go into effect at 11:59 PM. The Order clarifies retail operations and prohibit private gatherings of any size, close sector operations except for critical infrastructure and retail, and require 100% masking and physical distancing in all others.

Orange County is a part of the "Southern California" region, and as of Sunday, December 6, the Stay-At-Home Order has been triggered. Once triggered, these orders will remain in effect for at least 3 weeks. After that period, they will be lifted when a region’s projected ICU capacity meets or exceeds 15%. This will be assessed weekly after the initial 3 week period. Learn more about these orders by clicking here.

Additional data on Orange COVID-19 cases are available on the dashboard links below, including demographics of cases and deaths by city and zip code and CDPH monitoring.




COVID-19 Vaccine Information

The first Super Point of Distribution (POD) Vaccination Site is located at Disneyland and opened on Wednesday, January 13. Currently, vaccines at Super POD locations will be provided only to individuals in the Phase 1A classification (all tiers), or who work as first responders in high-risk communities, or who are 65 years of age or over. To view a list of tiers of individuals who can receive a vaccine, visit ochealthinfo.com/covid19

All residents are encouraged to register to be notified when the County of Orange’s vaccine and testing management app, Othena, has appointments available and is ready for their use by visiting http://othena.com/individuals.php and filling out the online form. Individuals must have an appointment and must show identification and documentation of eligibility at the site to receive a vaccination. Othena is a vaccine scheduling system created by CuraPatient, in conjunction with leading health care experts and public health agencies. Appointment slots are opened based on vaccine availability.

The success of the County’s phased, tiered vaccination plan depends on everyone being patient and allowing priority groups to be vaccinated first. Overwhelming the appointment system will make it even more challenging to dispense the limited supply of the vaccine currently available. As the vaccine becomes more plentiful, additional appointments will become available, and eligibility will open up to other groups.

Call the County COVID-19 Hotline at (714) 834-2000 or email ETeam@ochca.com for any questions regarding COVID-19 or the Othena platform. You can also call the City of Placentia's COVID-19 Hotline at (714) 993-8150 or email covid19@placentia.org for more information. Please note that the hotline and email address will only be monitored during regular business hours.

For more information on the vaccine process, the background on the vaccine, and where/how to get vaccinated, please click here.

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 due to 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 our patrons and employees. We are conducting enhanced cleaning in facilities 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 at 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
  • All Commission and Committee meetings will be canceled

The City of Placentia is implementing these actions due to federal, state, and county health agencies' advice. 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 cityclerk@placentia.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.

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. All residents engaged in essential activities outside the home to do the same.  

Testing and Screening

If you would like to get tested for COVID-19, FREE testing is available. If you think you may have COVID-19, the most important thing to do is to isolate yourself from others and contact your healthcare provider about testing and care. 

In partnership with Ambry Genetics, the County of Orange is now offering at-home saliva-based COVID-19 test kits. This new at-home testing option provides a convenient, safe, and effective testing option where it's needed most in the community. Individuals that live in Orange County can register online by clicking here to request to have a kit shipped to their home. 

Home delivery kits will contain detailed instructions on collecting the specimen as well as how to package and return the kit to the lab for testing. If you register and select to pick up your testing kit at a community clinic, please find below the participating community clinic closest to you including hours of operation. For more information on the at-home test kits, please visit https://occovid19.ochealthinfo.com/covid-19-testing.

OnwardCA Coalition

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, train for a new career, and connect 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 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. 

Interactive Map of Placentia Restaurants

To add your restaurant to this list, please click here and fill out the form. 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 the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Rumors can easily circulate within communities during a crisis. Do your part to 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 the Coronavirus Rumor Control webpage for more information.

Business Complaints

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 encouraged 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 Coronavirus situation 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.