After months of OC’s public health officer dodging important COVID questions and downplaying trends, there seems to be movement to professionalize the role of Orange County’s chief public doctor.
A homeless kitchen which feeds, clothes and bathes people in Orange lives to fight at least a few more days.
As COVID-19 is spreading among younger age groups, school districts across the county discuss testing policies — addressing a gap left by the state’s classroom reopening guidelines.
District officials say the expensive cost of transportation has made them get rid of some bus services. Now parents are speaking up to get those services back.
OC remains the largest county in California to not offer call-in comments during the coronavirus pandemic. Residents can only comment live if they go into an indoor meeting room.
People have been insulted, coughed on and hit, Mary Anne Foo said. Meanwhile, the OC Human Relations Commission is expected to release its 2020 hate crime report on Friday.
The approved contracts set up a line of credit for the newly formed agency and established rules for purchasing power from suppliers.
Some officials and residents are questioning whether the public was short-changed on the appointment of Gloria Saha’gun Ma’ae to the councils’ District 2 seat.
Voice of OC Publisher and Editor-in-Chief Norberto Santana, Jr. is often a featured speaker across politics, government transparency and nonprofit news. His latest? A CNN segment on the Newsom recall effort.
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DAILY: As of the COVID update on Friday, Sept. 17, the OC Health Care Agency reports 394 new daily reported cases, 7 new reported daily deaths over the weekend (5,344 cumulative) and 367 current hospitalizations (-4 from yesterday) and 108 of those hospitalizations are in the ICU (+6 from yesterday). The county health department does not update data over weekends.
VACCINES: As of the most recent vaccine data through Sept. 16, a total of 2,069,128 people are fully vaccinated (+25,435 since Sept. 9) and 2,289,266 people have had at least one dose.
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