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.
7-19-2021 Public health officials at the OC Health Care Agency (HCA) are encouraging residents to take adequate safety precautions in the wake of increasing COVID-19 cases in the county. Currently, there are no plans to implement a new mask mandate in Orange County; however, those who are not fully vaccinated must continue wearing a mask indoors in accordance with guidelines from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated as soon as possible.
“With the recent reopening of the State's economy, we had expected to see an increase in our COVID-19 cases and positivity rates,” said Dr. Clayton Chau, County Health Officer and Agency Director of the HCA. “The average number of cases increased from 31 to over 100 per day over the last month, and our total testing positivity increased from 0.6% to 2.5%. Hospitalizations also jumped from 54 to 119 patients per day and ICU admissions increased from 13 to 31 patients per day. This means we need to continue being proactive about protecting our loved ones and neighbors and taking the necessary steps to help reduce the risk of infection throughout our county.”
In line with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the HCA is reminding individuals to avoid large crowds and poorly ventilated spaces, especially those who are not fully vaccinated or who live with others who are unvaccinated or have high health risk of contracting COVID-19. Over 90% of new positive cases are among people who are not fully vaccinated, and over 95% of those hospitalized with COVID-19 had not been fully vaccinated. According to the CDC, all COVID-19 vaccines currently authorized in the United States are effective against COVID-19, including serious outcomes like severe disease, hospitalization, and death.
Testing also remains a critical component of the County’s strategy to reduce viral transmission. “Testing helps support early detection and prevent the spread of possible variants,” said Dr. Margaret Bredehoft, Deputy Agency Director of HCA Public Health Services. “Self-collection, at-home COVID-19 test kits are available at no cost by visiting www.ochealthinfo.com/covidtest. If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, please seek testing, regardless of your vaccination status.”
6-28-2021 Beginning July 1, OC data will updated once per week on Tuesdays by 5 p.m. Numbers for Lake Forest will be posted once a week as well starting July 1, 2021.
6-24-2021 California Launches New Digital Tool Giving Residents Convenient Access to Their COVID-19 Vaccine Record Click here for more information.
6-15-2021 The City of Lake Forest is moving beyond the blueprint and roaring back! Lake Forest is following the Governor’s guidelines and public health recommendations as it begins to fully reopen Wednesday, June 15.
6-7-2021 All County of Orange Super Point-of-Dispensing (POD) sites ceased operations as of close of business on June 5th, and the OC Health Care Agency (HCA) has shifted its vaccination efforts to an expanding network of robust mobile PODs. Individuals can schedule appointments at mobile PODs by visiting www.Othena.com or calling the OC COVID-19 Hotline at (714) 834-2000.
Please encourage friends and family members to get vaccinated through www.Othena.com or (714) 834-2000. The HCA’s Vaccine Education Toolkit features tips on how to start the conversation, as well as flyers in a variety of languages ready to print and share: https://occovid19.ochealthinfo.com/article/covid-19-education-toolkit
Employers who would like to submit a request for a worksite COVID-19 vaccination mobile clinic for staff may visit https://saferatwork.covid19.ca.gov/employer-vaccination-toolkit/
5-28-21 County will close its Super Point of Dispensing (POD) sites at the Anaheim Convention Center, OC Fair & Event Center, Soka University, and Santa Ana College on June 6 and shift operations to an expanding network of robust mobile PODs
5-18-21 Orange County moves into the Yellow Tier. Click here for more information.
5-17-21 California has released an update on mask guidelines this morning following last week's announcement from the federal Centers for Disease Control.
The state will still require masks to be worn indoors by everyone, even those who are vaccinated, through June 15.
After June 15, the state plans to adopt the CDC guidelines released by the federal government last week that no longer require fully vaccinated people to wear masks in most indoor settings.
Please continue to wear your mask when indoors and outdoors when unable to socially distance from others or at a large event.
Read the current mask guidelines for CA here: Covid19.ca.gov/masks-and-ppe/
4-20-21 The ‘Family’ feature in Othena enables all household members to register and coordinate scheduling their appointments. We strongly encourage all household members to register in Othena to schedule an appointment. Othena.com
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 occovid19.ochealthinfo.com/coronavirus-in-oc.
The County has set up three hotlines:
The County has also set up a webpage with coronavirus information and resources: https://covid19info.ocgov.com/
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 www.nixle.com 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.