COVID-19 Information

Updated:  January 25, 2021

NEW - PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS LIFT REGIONAL STAY AT HOME ORDER FOR ALL REGIONS (January 25, 2021)

Effective January 25, 2021, officials with the California Department of Public Health ended the Regional Stay at Home Order that has been in effect in Orange County since December.  This announcement allows all counties statewide to return to the rules and framework established by the Blueprint for a Safer Economy and the color-coded tiers that indicate which activities and businesses are open based on a review of local COVID case rates and test positivity.  To learn more about the latest efforts by the State of California to address COVID-19, please visit their website HERE.

COUNTY OF ORANGE NEEDS VOLUNTEERS FOR COVID-19 VACCINATION POINTS OF DISTRIBUTION

As part of its ongoing effort to fight the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health and safety of the community, the County of Orange has announced the first of several large "Point-of-Dispensing" (POD) sites tht will provide COVID-19 vaccines to Orange County residents.  The first POD will be located at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim (see https://bit.ly/35yreWW).

In anticipation of future needs, the County of Orange Virtual Emergency Volunteer Center (EVC) is currently pre-registering volunteers interested in assisting government staff with COVID-19 vaccinations at POD sites as they open in the weeks to come.  Currently, the County is looking for volunteers willing to serve in the following roles:

Medical Trained Volunteers - medically licensed volunteers able to assist with vaccine distribution, such as Physicians (MD, DO and MD/DO students), Nurses (RN, LVN, and Nursing students), Physician/Nursing Assistants, Dentists, Medical Assistants, Paramedics, and EMTs.

General Support Volunteers - volunteers able to assist in logistical support roles, such as computer data entry, registration, traffic guidance, general assistance, and other duties as assigned.

For more information, please click HERE, or visit the EVC volunteers page at https://volunteers.oneoc.org/special-event/a182I000007VTf2.  

CITY OF LA HABRA FACILITIES CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC

Due to a rise in the rate of COVID-19 transmission, effective Wednesday, December 16th, La Habra City Hall and the Community Center will be closed to the public.  The closure also includes the City Maintenance yard, but the La Habra Police Department lobby will remain open to the public.  The closure will remain in effect until further notice.

City staff will continue to report to work and all City operations will continue, but staff will be available by phone, email, or appointment only.  The closure does not impact parks, which remain open for passive use, subject to applicable state guidance, on the use of face masks and adherence to social distancing protocols.  For more information, please call 562-383-4010.  We apologize for the inconvenience.

CALIFORNIA ANNOUNCES STAY-AT-HOME ORDER FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA REGION (December 6, 2020)

Due to a statewide increase in the transmission of COVID-19 and a drop below the minimum threshold of 15% ICU capacity, effective 11:59 p.m., Sunday, December 6th, 2020, the Southern California Region, which includes Orange County and the City of La Habra, will be required to comply with the State of California's "Regional Stay-at-Home order.  Governor Newsom has announced a new regional "stay-at-home" order and that requires residents to remain at home or their place of residence as much as possible, except for permitted work, local shopping, or other related errands, similar to the stay-at-home order that was in place earlier this year.  To learn more about the stay-at-home order, please visit the State of California's COVID-19 webpage by clicking HERE.  A copy of the media advisory from the Orange County Emergency Operations Center regarding the stay at home order can be read HERE.

The order "will remain in effect for at least 3 weeks and, after that period, will be reviewed for possible relaxation when a region's projected ICU availability meets or exceeds 15%."  The order allows access to (and travel for) critical services and allows outdoor activities to preserve Californians' physical and mental health, meaning people are encouraged to spend time outdoors with members of their immediate household, subject to the use of facemasks and social distancing protocols when encountering others outside their household while in the public sphere.

The stay-at-home order means that all bars, wineries, personal service businesses, and hair salons/barbershops will close.  Other businesses and/or sectors that would close include:  indoor and outdoor playgrounds, indoor recreational facilities, museums/zoos/aquariums, family entertainment centers, cardrooms and satellite wagering facilities, and amusement parks.

Schools, critical infrastructure, retail businesses (limited to 20% indoor capacity limits), and restaurants (for take-out/delivery only) may remain open.  Other sectors that can remain once the stay-at-home order goes into effect include hotels and lodging (open only for critical infrastructure support), offices (for critical infrastructure sectors where remote working is not possible), and places of worship (outdoor services only) and political expressions.  In addition, and consistent with the previous advisory issued prior to Thanksgiving, all non-essential travel is restricted statewide.

 

As with previous state COVID-19 public health orders, guidance will modify in response to changing circumstancesThe City of La Habra will continue to monitor the situation and provide additional information from State and County public health officials as it becomes available.  For more information, please contact the City of La Habra at 562-383-4010.

COUNTY OF ORANGE MOVES TO "PURPLE TIER" (EFFECTIVE NOVEMBER 17, 2020)

In response to rising COVID-19 cases, effective November 17, 2020, Orange County will move to the "Purple Tier" as part of the state of California's efforts to slow the spread of transmission.  Orange County is one 28 counties moving from the "Red Tier" (Substantial) to the "Purple Tier" (Widespread).  In addition, the state announced it will continuously reassess data and move more counties back if necessary.  California is also strengthening its face covering guidance to require individuals to wear a mask whenever outside their home, with limited exceptions.  The action will remain in effect until the State Public Health Office determines it is appropriate to made modifications based on public health conditions and data.  To read the Governor's press release, please click HERE.

For more specific information about the State’s closure mandate, please visit the State of California’s COVID-19 website HERE.  

STATE ISSUES TRAVEL ADVISORY FOR NON-ESSENTIAL TRAVEL OUTSIDE CALIFORNIA

In light of the increasing incidence of COVID-19 in many states and foreign countries, effective November 13, 2020, persons arriving in California from other states or countries, or Californians returning from non-essential travel to other states or countries, particularly travel through a shared conveyance, such as air, bus, or rail travel, should practice self-quarantine for 14 days after arrival.  In addition, Californians are encouraged to stay home or in their region and avoid non-essential travel to help reduce the transmission of COVID-19.

Individuals who self-quarantine should limit their interactions to their immediate household.  Non-essential travel includes travel that is considered tourism or recreational in nature.  This state of California recommendation does not apply to individuals who cross state or country borders for essential travel, which is defined as work and study, critical infrastructure support, economic services and supply chains, health, immediate medical care, and safety and security.  To read the California Department of Public Health Press Release, please click HERE.

CITY OF LA HABRA EMERGENCY RENTAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

The City of La Habra's Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) (Spanish version click HERE) will provide emergency rental assistance grants to income-eligible individuals and families residing in La Habra who have been economically impacted through job loss, furlough, or reduction in work hours as a direct result of COVID-19.  Emergency grants are rental payments made to a landlord/property management company on behalf of an income-eligible applicant for a maximum of three (3) consecutive months in order for the applicant to maintain housing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Applications (English version click HERE, Spanish version click HERE) may be submitted by mail or in person by visiting the City of La Habra Community Development Department at La Habra City Hall (110 East La Habra Boulevard, La Habra, CA  90631).  

As noted in the ERAP Guidelines (English version click HERE, Spanish version click HERE), the City of La Habra recommends all applications be delivered in person to ensure delivery.  Hand delivered applications may be submitted Monday-Thursday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. in a sealed envelope.  The submission of an application DOES NOT guarantee award of a grant to the applicant. At the conclusion of the application period, the City will hold a lottery to randomly order and preliminarily select the individuals and families that are eligible for the award of an ERAP grant. Once selected, the City will conduct a review of the application to confirm eligibility and request any additional documentation. Applicants are strongly encouraged to thoroughly review the ERAP guidelines to ensure their application includes all necessary documents and failure to provide all requested documents may result in an applicant's ineligibility. Applicants are encouraged to contact the City of La Habra Housing Division at 562-383-4108 before they submit their application.

Successful applicants will be contacted by the City once the application submission period has concluded.  In the event the number of eligible applicants does not exceed the total funding available for the program, the City will continue to operate the program on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Please direct all ERAP questions to the City of La Habra Housing Division at 562-383-4108.

CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH ISSUES GUIDANCE FOR THE USE OF FACE COVERINGS

In light of guidance issued by the California Department of Public Health regarding the use of face coverings (dated November 16, 2020), people in California must wear face coverings when they are outside the home, except for limited exceptions.

As a result, the City of La Habra will require staff and visitors to wear a face mask in public areas within City buildings and adhere to all social distancing protocols.  This requirement will remain in effect until further notice and we request your cooperation in this matter.

To see an update (dated June 24, 2020) on the State of California’s COVID-19 "Pandemic Resilience Roadmap," please click HERE.

LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICTS NEWS AND NOTES

Stay informed about what’s happening in your local school districts and how they’re responding to COVID-19 by visiting school district websites at:

Fullerton Joint Union High School District:  https://www.fjuhsd.org/

La Habra City School District:  https://www.lahabraschools.org/

Lowell Joint School District:  https://www.ljsd.org/

COVID-19 CASE REPORTS

The County of Orange will post reported COVID-19 on a city-by-city basis each day on the Orange County Health Care Agency website at www.ochealthinfo.com/novelcoronavirus.  

In accordance with guidance from the Orange County Health Care Agency, all employees at essential businesses are strongly encouraged to wear a face covering while at work, as are all residents engaged in essential activities outside the home.  For more information on the County’s guidance, please click HERE.

MOS CITY FACILITIES ARE NOW CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC (EFFECTIVE DECEMBER 16, 2020)

Effective December 16th, 2020, La Habra City Hall and the La Habra Community Center are closed to the public.  The La Habra Police Department Lobby remains open to the public.  Until further notice, staff will be available by phone, email, or by appointment only.  Visitors are asked to wear a face mask while inside any City buildings and follow all social distancing protocols (for example, maintain a six-foot distance, refrain from hand shakes, etc.).      

The public is invited to conduct business with City staff by phone, email or online at the City’s website.  The following is a list of phone numbers to contact City staff regarding:

  • Business License Information:                  562-383-4065
  • Water Billing and Payments:                     562-383-4070
  • Community Development:                          562-383-4100
  • Building Inspections:                                   562-383-4122
  • Code Enforcement:                                     562-383-4143
  • Community Services:                                  562-383-4200
  • Senior Lunch Program:                               562-383-4200
  • Public Works Department:                          562-383-4170
  • Police Department:                                      562-383-4300

As always, in the event of an emergency please call 9-1-1.

FOR TIPS ON WHERE TO FIND HELP OR MORE INFORMATION ON HOW TO COPE WITH COVID-19 CAN BE FOUND HERE

HOW IS THE CITY OF LA HABRA RESPONDING?

Public Events

Subject to further guidance from State of California or the Orange County Health Care Agency, the City of La Habra has cancelled or postponed all public and private events at City-owned facilities.  We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause, but appreciate your understanding and support.  We will continue to provide new information as it becomes available.  

City of La Habra Senior Programs

Senior Cafe meals that are typically served Mon-Fri at the Community Center are now provided as a take-home/delivery service.  Seniors that are registered in the Meals on Wheels congregate meal program are eligible to receive frozen meals.  The City prefers to deliver meals to registered participants, but pick-up is allowed.

Frozen meals will be delivered once a week on Tuesday.  Deliveries typically will occur between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.  For more information, please call 562-383-4200.

The Senior Shuttle will remain in operation.

City Facilities

Most City facilities are closed to the public.  Residents and business-owners are encouraged to contact us via one of the following methods:

- Water bill payments:  online  or call 562-383-4070

-  Business license payments:  online or call 562-383-4065

- Public records requests:  via email (cc@lahabraca.gov) or call 562-383-4030

- All other requests:  call 562-383-4010

The City’s Public Works Yard is closed to the public; however, visitors may instead call or email staff for assistance.  As always, in the event of an emergency, please call 9-1-1.

The City will reassess the closure of facilities and cancellation/postponement of events and programs as the situation progresses.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, but appreciate the public’s understanding and support.  Please call us at 562-383-4010 or visit this page for updated information.

SUSPENSION OF CERTAIN CITY FEES AND REGULATIONS

PARKING ENFORCEMENT - Street Sweeping and Overnight Parking Enforcement has been suspended due to the most recent stay at home order.

If you would like more information about the City’s street sweeping schedule, including specific information for your street, please visit the City’s website at www.lahabraca.gov/197/Sweeping-Schedule, or contact the La Habra Police Department at 562-383-4344.  

Please note: Parking enforcement will be temporarily suspended until further notice.

WATER UTILITY PAYMENTS AND SHUTOFFS - During the term of the emergency declaration, the City of La Habra will temporarily suspend water utility customer shut-offs for nonpayment and waive all late payment fees.  However, unpaid bills must be brought current once the emergency declaration has been terminated.  For more information, please call the Finance Department at 562-383-4050.

The City of La Habra has temporarily suspended late payment fees for business license renewals.  The suspension will remain in effect for the term of the City’s COVID-19 emergency declaration; however, unpaid fees must be brought current once the emergency declaration has been terminated.  For more information, please call the Finance Department at 562-383-4050.

The City of La Habra has temporarily suspended banner permit requirements, fees, and  enforcement of regulations related to temporary signage for local businesses and non-profits.  For more information, please call the Community Development Department at 562-383-4100.

BUSINESS ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS

The U.S. Small Business Administration has a variety of economic development tools intended to aid businesses that have been affected by COVID-19, including loan programs.  For more information, please click here or visit www.sba.gov.  

To learn more about programs administered by the California Employment Development Department (EDD) and the latest news on how EDD is helping Californians affected by COVID-19, including information on unemployment insurance, please visit their page HERE.

WHERE CAN I FIND MORE INFORMATION ABOUT COVID-19?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Orange County Health Agency (OC Health) both provide regular situation reports on COVID-19 and efforts to address the situation at both the federal and local level, as well as helpful information on the disease, tips on how to prevent its spread, a description of symptoms, and answers to frequently asked questions.  To learn more, please visit:

www.cdc.gov 

www.cdph.ca.gov

www.ochealthinfo.com