I hope you are staying safe and healthy. I wanted to take a moment to provide you with an update on how the City of Anaheim has been responding to the COVID-19 outbreak.
On April 23rd, Anaheim saw a smaller increase in cases, similar to what we saw earlier in the week and now is at 247 cases in total. For the seven days through April 19, Anaheim saw 56 new cases, down from 67 the week before. While unwelcome, the increased cases were not unexpected given that health experts believed last week to be the peak period in the outbreak.
We have seen and will continue to see daily fluctuations in new case counts, but ultimately we want to keep seeing that number decline on a weekly basis. We are continuing to monitor case trends and will provide updates through the City of Anaheim website. If you are interested in receiving text message alerts, text “OCCOVID19” to 888777.
I continue to be inspired by all of the incredible Anaheim residents who have been volunteering to help in this time of crisis. This Monday, I participated alongside many of you in a food distribution event in the Benmore/Canfield neighborhood. At about the same time, our Anaheim School District student lunch program also arrived in the neighborhood to help with distribution. Many thanks to all of you who participated!
I also wanted to take a moment to highlight the good work being done by community non-profits to help our residents. Last month, I voted to approve additional funding to the Anaheim Community Foundation to help non-profits serve those affected by COVID-19. To date, the ACF has issued $1.1 million in rapid response grants to 18 non-profits.
This funding is an important step in the Anaheim Recovery Plan and will assist many Anaheim residents struggling to get by during these challenging times. I am very thankful that the Community Foundation was able to work so quickly in issuing grants and I am proud to have been a board member for the last 17 years!
Additionally, we are seeing many of our Iocal businesses stepping up above and beyond to help in unexpected ways. Notably, our great city partner, the Honda Center, recently began offering their facility to the County Clerk’s office to perform marriage ceremonies. The Honda Center also offers their parking lot on Saturdays to the Second Harvest Food Bank to provide food for our families in need.
I’m honored and grateful for our citizens’ dedication and their willingness to serve. I hope to update you soon with more good news and good work being done in our community. We are in this together and will get through this together.
As always, please don’t hesitate to contact me if I can be of any assistance. Take care and stay safe!
Mayor Pro Tem, City of Anaheim