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Posted on: March 3, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

The City of Tustin has been actively engaged with the County of Orange with regards to COVID-19, also known as coronavirus.

To date, there is no current outbreak in Orange County.  Orange County has one confirmed case, a man in his 50s who has recovered and two presumptive positive cases. 

On February 26, 2020, the Orange County Board of Supervisors declared a local emergency and the County Health Director declared a local health emergency in order to prepare for greater coordination with the state and federal governments in the event of an outbreak in Orange County.

The declaration of both a local emergency and local health emergency assists the County of Orange to better leverage resources and greater agency coordination all while allowing for future reimbursement for County activities by state and federal governments in the event of an COVID-19 outbreak in Orange County.

These two declarations also serve to ensure that County resources, staffing and communication needs continue to be met in order to best protect and promote the health and wellbeing of residents and visitors.

 “Everyone has a role to play and individuals should be prepared, but not panic,” stated Mayor Dr. Allan Bernstein. “Our community can take measures to protect themselves and reduce the spread of the coronavirus by consistently utilizing precautions taken during flu season.”

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
    • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
    • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).

While the information regarding the corona virus evolves daily, the City of Tustin will continue to work diligently with the County of Orange and the Health Care Agency and all other federal, state and local agencies necessary to provide updates as needed.

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