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CORONAVIRUS: WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

Updates on the local situation

Post Date:03/11/2020 3:26 PM

For latest information:
Orange County Health Care Agency http://www.ochealthinfo.com/
HCA Health Referral Line (800) 564-8448
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention https://www.cdc.gov/

On March 11, 2020, World Health Organization characterized COVID-19 as a pandemic. While thereCOVID 19 are no coronavirus cases reported in Buena Park, the City continues to monitor the situation, receive updates from partner agencies and put plans into action should we see cases here.

On February 26, 2020, the Orange County Board of Supervisors declared a local emergency and County Health Officer Dr. Nichole Quick declared a local health emergency as part of broader preparedness efforts related to novel coronavirus, or COVID-19.

These actions will help ensure that the County of Orange's ability to respond to a potential outbreak, should one occur, will remain flexible and can evolve as this rapidly changing situation does.

The HCA is working with federal, state, and local partners including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), and health care providers on preparedness efforts and to guide appropriate care for people who may be at risk for illness associated with COVID-19 or who have tested positive.

According to The HCA, the risk of infection to public in Orange County is believed to be low. Older adults (ages 60 and higher) as well as people who have serious, chronic medical conditions are at higher risk for contracting COVID-19. These individuals should avoid crowds as much as possible as well as cruise and non-essential air travel.

As of early March, there are five cases of coronavirus in Orange County, none of these cases originated in Buena Park. As a city, we regularly prepare for local emergencies (fires, earthquakes etc.). The City has a pandemic flu plan to ensure City operations and services continue.

The primary responsibility for handling infectious outbreaks is with the Orange County Health Care Agency, which we partner with and receive updates.

The most common way to help prevent further spreading locally is to take basic precautions similar to avoiding the flu or a cold:Novel Coronavirus English WYSK Infographic

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • If soap and water aren’t available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol
  • Wash or sanitize your hands before eating, after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home if you’re sick

If you are traveling to Buena Park or a resident traveling elsewhere, you should also follow some basic precautionary guidelines.

  • Wash and sanitize your hands often
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Cover yourself when sneezing or coughing
  • If you have any health concerns check with your doctor before traveling
  • Don’t travel with a fever or respiratory sickness

You can find more information from the OC Health Care Agency here.

Download the infographic above in Spanish

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