Voice of OC

PUBLIC TOWN HALL
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This week in partnership with Grist we brought you a virtual public town hall on the topic of lead in Santa Ana. We have the video on Facebook and also have the video on our website for you to watch. Feel free to send in questions or responses on the town hall at admin@voiceofoc.org.


INSIDE THE NEWSROOM

CORONAVIRUS

DAILY: As of Thursday, Jan. 20: 6,532 new daily reported cases (+2,271 vs. the day prior), a 27.4% 7-day positivity rate (-0.5% vs. the day prior), 5 new deaths (5,946 cumulative) and 1,183 hospitalizations (-49 vs. the day prior) with 199 in ICU (-8 vs. the day prior), per OC Health Care Agency data.

RATES: As of Thursday, Jan. 20, OC has 7-day averages of: 205.8 cases per 100,000 people (-10.3 vs. the day prior) and 0.07 deaths per 100,000 people (+0.01 vs. the day prior), per state health department data.

VACCINES: As of the most recent vaccine data through Jan. 13, 2,357,761 people are fully vaccinated and 2,586,449 million people have at least one dose, according to the OC Health Care Agency. The agency shows 975,937 residents have a booster dose (+75,122 since Jan. 6).


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This past year has been so fraught for so many and Voice of OC has been such a welcome source of clarity in the midst of the pandemic fog.

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ARTS & CULTURE

COLUMNISTS
NORBERTO SANTANA, JR.

A pioneering leader in the nation’s rising nonprofit news movement and an award-winning journalist. Santana has established Voice of OC as the county’s civic news leader, uncovered the truths across Southern California governments for more than two decades and reported on Congress and Latin America.

ANNE MARIE PANORINGAN

Voice of OC’s food columnist — reporting on industry news, current events and trends. Panoringan has been writing about food for 8 years — interviewing more than 330 chefs and industry professionals. She has been recognized by the OC Press Club and is a recurring guest on AM 830’s SoCal Restaurant Show.


JULIE LEOPO

An award-winning photojournalist and visuals director. Leopo has captured a wide array of photographs visually documenting the news and soul of Orange County local government and community. Her work has also appeared in Vice, KCET, Ed Source, The California Endowment and OC Weekly.

PAUL HODGINS

An award-winning arts journalist, co-founder of Voice of OC’s Arts & Culture section and a USC professor. He was previously, an arts writer and critic at the OC Register and San Diego Union-Tribune. He holds degrees from USC, the University of Michigan and the Royal Conservatory of Music.

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