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Lake Forest Covid-19 Recap & Update – By the Numbers

Editors Note:

Hi Locals! We know everything has been moving at the speed of light so we wanted to provide a Covid-19 recap for you that’s easy, quick and factual.

This is a three-part installation starting with our favorite city and county: Lake Forest, Orange County!

Our second install will recap California and the United States and we will end the installation with a global overlook of the Covid-19 pandemic. Stay tuned!

Today – April, 2

Today about 1/3 of humanity is under some form of lock down, according to a timeline made by Businessinsider.com.

President Trump warned of a “painful two weeks ahead” in a daily White House coronavirus briefing on March 31. Trumps words reflect the statement from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) on March 26.

“More cases of COVID-19 are likely to be identified in the United States in the coming days, including more instances of community spread. CDC expects that widespread transmission of COVID-19 in the United States will occur. In the coming months, most of the U.S. population will be exposed to this virus,” said the CDC.

Coronavirus to date has 1,007,977 confirmed cases and has claimed 51,487 lives according to the newest update from John Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center.

Lake Forest

Lake Forest currently has 14 Covid-19 cases reported, up from 11 on Wednesday. Deaths are not being disclosed in each city through Orange County Health at this time.

Lake Forest City Council declared a local emergency on March 17 in response to Covid-19 and to allow the city to recoup loss funds from the coronavirus outbreak.

In the following days, on March 19, Governor Gavin Newsom issued a statewide ‘stay at home order‘ which orders Lake Forest residents without essential jobs to stay at home except for grocery shopping and health needs.

Lake Forest coronavirus case count from OChealthinfo.com

Lake Forest schools under Saddleback Valley Unified School District officially closed on March 16 and are still in deliberation on when they will re-open campuses to students.

Lake Forest public facilities and service programs have also been suspended and events cancelled. Lake Forest parks are still open with social distancing guidelines.

The Lake Forest Chamber of Commerce and Lake Forest Economic Development Team is reaching out to local businesses to help them continue to serve the community and operate.

Lake Forest City Council meets next at 6:30 p.m. on April 7.

Post from Lake Forest – Government Facebook.

Closed Lake Forest Facilities:

  • Lake Forest Heroes Park parking lot
  • Playgrounds
  • Lake Forest Golf & Practice Center
  • City Hall
  • Senior Center
  • Rec Center
  • Etnies Skate Park

Orange County

Orange County was announced under a local emergency on February 25 by Orange County officials.

On March 17 Orange County Health Officer, Dr. Nichole Quick, banned all public and private gatherings. By March 19 the county fell silent under Governor Newsom’s ‘stay at home’ order.

On March 24, Orange County reported its first death, a man in his 70s with underlying health conditions. Nine days later Orange County has ten deaths reported from Covid-19.

Community transmissions were declared to start in early March in Orange County and 75 cases have been noted as community spread cases.

Orange County reported cases from OC Health.

Coronavirus testing is still scarce in Orange County with only two test sites currently being disclosed. There is also a backlog of tests that still need to be processed.

“Two Providence group hospitals in north Orange County are the first medical facilities in Southern California with drive-through coronavirus swabbing. Providence has not disclosed which locations offer such testing, but if you live in the area it’s possible your doctor will refer you to one,” according to Toms Guide.

Fairview Developmental Center or the Orange County fairgrounds is being considered for use when a surge of Covid-19 patients start to come in.

Graphic from OCHealthInfo.com

Orange County buses are still running through Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA)

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Coronavirus Timeline

Coronavirus was confirmed by the Chinese government and officially announced in media outlets on December 31.

Patient zero from Wuhan, China has been speculated to have an infection date from November according the South China Morning Post.

The European Centre for Prevention and Disease Control states “Since 31 December 2019 and as of 02 April 2020, 928 437 cases of COVID-19 (in accordance with the applied case definitions and testing strategies in the affected countries) have been reported, including 46 891 deaths.”

Early timeline of coronavirus from Al Jazeera.

A new virus was identified on January 7 with a statement from the WHO saying SARS-CoV-2 causes Covid-19. The coronavirus family includes MERS, SARS and the common cold.

The first case reported outside of China was January 13.

On January 14 the World Health Organization tweeted that Covid-19 has no evidence of human-to-human transmission. This caused more transmissions.

January 30 the WHO announced a global emergency as death tolls rose around the world from Covid-19.

On February 5 an infant tested positive for coronavirus, contrary to beliefs that coronavirus affected the elderly and those with pre-existing health conditions.

February 25 officially marked more Covid-19 cases outside of China than inside. The CDC director said that coronavirus “is probably with us beyond this season, beyond this year.”

Graphic from Al Jazeera– sourced from WHO

The World Health Organization announced the status of Covid-19 as a pandemic on March 11.

March 15 the CDC recommended for no gatherings over 50 people. The next day President Trump lowered the number to ten people and indicated these guidelines should last for eight weeks.

Currently Governor Newsom’s ‘stay at home’ order is still in place with no projection of when it will be lifted .

Coronavirus to date has 1,007,977 confirmed cases and has claimed 51,487 lives according to the newest update from John Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center.

Stay tuned for our second installment – Covid-19 recap of California and the United States. Stay safe and we’ll see you later.

Lake Forest Covid-19 Recap & Update - By the Numbers