COVID-19 Community Information
The City of Brea values the safety and wellness of the entire community. Since the County of Orange declared a local health emergency on February 26, 2020, City officials have been closely monitoring the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak. This is a rapidly evolving situation; the City will continue to provide updates as we have new information to share. The City will also continue to work closely with its community partners, including the Orange County Health Care Agency and Brea Olinda Unified School District, to be prepared and best able to respond.
City Administrative Offices are currently open to the public, by appointment only. City staff remains available to assist with business matters by phone or email. To contact a City department, a reference guide is available to download with contact information. If you need to make an in-person visit, please call 714-990-7600 before coming to City Hall. Please note, face coverings and temperature checks are required and appointment check-in is located at the 3rd floor reception desk. City staff is taking health measures to ensure the safety of both employees and visitors. If you feel sick, please stay home. Plexi glass barriers have been installed at all counters, hand sanitizing stations are located throughout the building and there is a limit of no more than three persons in an elevator at one time. As a precaution to reduce community spread of COVID-19, all other City facilities remain closed for public access until further notice. The City of Brea continues to remain focused on providing services to the community during this pandemic.
At this time, we advise residents and businesses to follow all recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as local advisories from the California Department of Public Health and the Orange County Health Care Agency.
The County of Orange has established a COVID-19 Hotline for inquiries related to the pandemic: 1-833-426-6411
COVID-19 Case Counts
The Orange County Health Care Agency reports city-related data for COVID-19 cases daily. The information, along with other test figures, are available on their website.
Because transmission is occurring throughout Orange County, it is important for all residents to continue practicing social-distancing, as directed by the Governor and the Orange County Health Officer, regardless of case count in a particular city. Doing so will help to reduce the spread of infection, ease the burden on our hospital and healthcare system, and protect those most vulnerable in our county.
The State has released a new "Blueprint for a Safer Economy" to re-open businesses. Visit the website to see which business sectors are able to re-open in certain Counties.
Updated: January 25, 2021
Orange County Moves into Purple Tier: Effective immediately, California’s Regional Stay-at-Home Order has been lifted for all regions statewide. Intensive Care Unit (ICU) projections in the next four weeks exceed the required 15% threshold, allowing Southern California to exit the Order. The State’s press release regarding this announcement may be found here. The Limited Stay-at-Home Order, which limits non-essential activities between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., expires with the Regional Stay-at-Home Order ending. Because case rates remain high across most of California, the State's Hospital Surge Order remains in place to prevent hospitals from becoming overwhelmed.
As a result, Orange County has moved back to the Purple Widespread Tier 1 of the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy. To learn how a sector is able to operate in the Purple Tier in Orange County, visit the State’s website. To view a list of how sectors may operate in all tiers, including the Purple Widespread Tier 1, visit the Blueprint for a Safer Economy matrix on the State’s website. Please note, business sectors must follow all industry guidance available here. The Orange County Health Care Agency has also updated its Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on the Orange County's Health Officer’s Revised Orders and Strong Recommendations section of its website to reflect the new tier status.
Residents are encouraged to continue to stay home as much as possible, wear a face covering when outside the home, and wash hands often.
Updated: January 21, 2021
County Adds Second Regional COVID-19 Vaccine Super POD Site at Soka University of America: The County of Orange is opening its second regional COVID-19 Vaccine Super Point of Dispensing (POD) site at Soka University of America in Aliso Viejo on Saturday, January 23, 2021, starting at 8:00 a.m. New Super POD sites will open as the supply of COVID-19 vaccines available in the County increases. Additional Super POD sites will open in a phased approach, ensuring access to all Orange County residents. Orange County is moving quickly to make the COVID-19 vaccination available; however, the County faces ongoing supply limitations. The Orange County Health Care Agency is continuously requesting more doses from the State every day.
Please note, the vaccination experience at the County Super PODs typically takes 45-60 minutes per person. It is not necessary to arrive more than 15-20 minutes before your scheduled appointment.
Eligible, Registered Individuals Will Now Receive Notification of Open Appointments via Email from Othena: Eligible individuals under Phase 1A (all tiers) who are registered in the Othena system, including persons age 65 and older, will receive an e-mail to schedule a vaccination appointment. These individuals will then have up to four hours to confirm a date and time that works with their schedule. If they do not respond in the time allotted, they will go back into the queue to receive notification of future openings. Virtual queue notifications will be prioritized based on factors including age, chronic health conditions, time of registration, and available vaccine supply. Simply register and you will be e-mailed when an appointment is available.
Individuals who received a first COVID-19 vaccine dose through the Othena system will receive an email 3-5 days before your second dose is due that will allow you to select a clinic location, time, and date. Anyone who received a first dose through their health system, employer, or other group will receive the second dose from the same source.
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 Othena.com 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. To view a list of those who are eligible to receive a vaccine, visit the OC Health Care Agency’s website: https://occovid19.ochealthinfo.com/phased-approach.
If you have questions about Othena or appointment scheduling, the Orange County Health Care Agency’s Hotline can assist Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at (714) 834-2000. To receive the OC Health Care Agency’s Vaccine Facts newsletter, which includes a weekly digest of information and news about the vaccine, click here and scroll down until you see the subscribe button. More information can be found on the County’s website.
Updated: January 13, 2021
County Announces COVID Vaccines for Residents 65+ and Opening of Super POD at Disneyland: County Health Officer Dr. Clayton Chau announced this week that all Orange County residents, ages 65 and older, are now eligible to be vaccinated against COVID-19. All residents are encouraged to register to be notified when the County’s vaccine and testing management app, Othena, has appointments available and is ready for their use by visiting https://othena.com/individuals.php and filling out the online form.
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. Individuals without appointments, even if they are within an eligible group, are urged not to come to the Disneyland Resort Super POD vaccination site without an appointment. More information can be found on the County's website.
June 11, 2020: Brea Mayor Marty Simonoff updates the community on businesses re-opening, the County's updated health order and the Brea community re-opening.