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News and Updates

The response to the coronavirus outbreak is fluid. The City of Lake Forest is taking precautions in accordance with recommendations from the federal, state and county officials.


3-30-21 Orange County moves into Orange Tier

3-24-21 Free Covid testing available at city hall, Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The kiosk does close at noon for a lunch break. Walk-ins are allowed, but you might have to wait I there is a line. Results are texted or emailed to you within a day or two.

3-8-21 - The OC Health Care Agency is now scheduling Phase 1B, Tier 1 eligible residents within the platform (and Apps). Residents who fall within this group can also check with healthcare providers or local pharmacy for availability of vaccines. The County of Orange is following the State of California’s guidance and framework for fair and equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines. See phased approach Here.Click here for information.

2-25-01 - How OC residents can access vaccine other than via Othena.  Vaccine Distribution Channels

2-24-21 -  Youth Sports Update

2-11-21 - Updated FAQ page for Othena vaccine registration - Othena FAQs 

2-2-21 The State of California’s Emergency Services Authority (EMSA), in partnership with the County of Orange’s Orange County (OC) Emergency Medical Services (EMS) team, has established an Oxygen Depot at the former El Toro Marine base in the City of Irvine.

The Oxygen Depot, which is being staffed by a California Medical Assistance Team (CalMAT), is compromised of a large, deployable system that draws in normal air and separates out the nitrogen, producing an output of concentrated oxygen used to fill tanks to support the needs of local hospital and medical facilities within OC and across the broader Southern California region.

1-25-2021 Officials with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) today ended the Regional Stay at Home Order, lifting the order for all regions statewide, including Southern California. Read more about it here -

1-23-2021 - Soka University in Aliso Viejo on Saturday (1/23) will become Orange County's second regional COVID-19 Vaccine Super Point of Dispensing (POD) site.

Named Operation Independence, the County is setting up regional vaccine points of dispensing (POD) sites. Due to the scope and size of these PODs, based on the high demand for vaccine, these sites are being referred to as County Super PODs. Since the Disneyland Resort Super POD site opened on January 13, approximately 21,782 vaccines have been distributed to eligible Orange County residents and those working in Orange County.

New Super POD sites will open as the supply of COVID-19 vaccines available in the County increases. The County anticipates the need for at least five Super PODs located throughout the county. Additional Super POD sites will open in a phased approach, ensuring access to all Orange County residents.  

Vaccines dispensed at County Super PODs are currently available for individuals who live and work in Orange County and fall within the State’s Phase 1A, all tiers, including persons age 65 and older. Appointments are available through based on vaccine availability. Eligible individuals with an appointment must present identification and proof of eligibility at the Super POD site to receive a vaccine.

If you are interested in getting the Covid 19 vaccine at a POD, please sign up here first. 

When appointments/vaccine becomes available, you will get an email asking additional questions. Answer those and you will receive an appointment time if you meet the current vaccination criteria – 65 and over, front line medical and first responders. Do not show up to a POD without an appointment.

Anyone who received their 1st vaccine dose through the Othena system (starting January 6) will automatically receive their 2nd dose appointment confirmation through Othena.  Everyone who received their 1st dose through their health system, employer, or other group will receive the 2nd dose from the same source.

1-11-2021 - County of Orange Announces First Regional COVID-19 Super POD at Disneyland Resort, January 11, 2021 – In a vital step to help battle the spread of COVID-19, the County of Orange has established the first large Point-of-Dispensing (POD) site to provide COVID-19 vaccines to residents at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim. Read the press release here Click for Link

Orange County on the Purple Tier, the state’s most restrictive tier. 

Additionally, certain sector modifications have changed. Visit the Blueprint for a Safer Economy Activity and Business Tier Framework here.

To stay up to date with the current COVID-19 case counts for the county, visit

The County has set up three hotlines:

  • For COVID-19 medical questions, call the Health Referral Line 8 a.m.- 8 p.m. daily at (800) 564-8448.  
  • For non-medical questions, such as access to County services or for services for those in need, call the County hotline at (833) 426-6411.
  • For business help, call the County Economic and Business Recovery Hotline at (714) 480-6500.

The County has also set up a webpage with coronavirus information and resources: 

The state has a hotline for those over 65 years old impacted by coronavirus. Call 1-833-544-2374:

The City will post updates, advisories and other materials on this page as they become available. Residents are also advised to call the Lake Forest Hotline at 461-3536 for City updates. Additionally, the City asks residents to register for Nixle text alerts by texting LakeForest to 888777 or go to to register for texts, emails or voice messages.

If you have additional questions, please call the City at 461-3400.To report individuals not following social distancing guidelines in City parks, please call (949) 461-3451.