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.

On March 18, 2020, the County’s Health Officer Dr. Nichole Quick issued an amended Health Order, which encourages most businesses to remain open while practicing social distancing. Businesses such as bars that do not serve food, movie theaters, health clubs, and gyms shall close. Restaurants shall cease all in-dining operations and only provide to-go orders to customers. If you have any further questions about this order, refer to the County’s Health Officer Order FAQ page as it will be continuously updated.

The Health Care Agency 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.

To ensure a complete and thorough response to COVID-19 by the County of Orange, the Board of Supervisors will hold weekly Tuesday meetings beginning on March 17, 2020, which can be viewed via livestream or via a recorded video here.

During these meetings, the following items will be discussed:

  • Overall status of COVID-19 in Orange County
  • Testing and Coordination with private testing labs
  • Treatment
  • Hospital Support, Communication, Readiness, and Response
  • First Responder Communication Support, Readiness & Response
  • Public Safety Net & Food Security Support
  • Homeless Response
  • Vulnerable Population Response
  • Economic Support
  • State and Federal Coordination Assistance
  • Workforce Update and precautions for all employees engaged in providing in-person services
  • Contingency Plans in the event of a state-wide/county-wise lockdown
  • Mental Health support related to COVID-19