Supervisor Doug Chaffee, Fourth District

March 10, 2020

This Thursday, March 12 from 6 pm to 7 pm the County of Orange will be hosting a tele-town hall in response to the (new) cornonavirus, known as COVID-19, for all of Orange County’s residents. 

Please see the flyers below for more information on the tele-town hall and what information you should know about the coronavirus such as:

  • How the coronavirus spreads
  • How to protect yourself from contracting the coronavirus
  • What are the symptoms of the coronavirus
  • What you should do if you traveled to a country with widespread transmission of coronavirus

Given the gravity of the recent coronavirus outbreak around the world, I also wanted to provide you with some background, resources, and inform you of the actions and precautions being taken by the County of Orange.

There is an outbreak of respiratory illness that was first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China in 2019 caused by COVID-19.

The County of Orange has two confirmed cases and three "presumptive cases," in which the Orange Care Health Care Agency is awaiting confirmation from federal authorities. In the first positive case of coronavirus, the patient fully recovered.

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.

The HCA 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.


Orange County residents are encouraged to monitor the OCHCA’s website and follow them on social media for the most up-to-date information.

Resources for Employers:

The CDC has a whole section on its site for businesses and how to manage with COVID-19 messaging to their employees along with cleaning protocols. You may find more at:

Please see the flyers below.



Doug Chaffee
Supervisor, Orange County Board of Supervisors