Orange County Health Director Urges Mask Wearing as COVID Variant Spreads

Orange County had just nine new COVID-19 cases over the last seven days and has not seen any new COVID-related deaths since April 5, however, public health measures are still in place.

Orange County Health officials say community members should continue to abide by mitigation strategies, especially as variants of the virus emerge.

More than 60 percent of Orange County residents are fully vaccinated and COVID case numbers are trending downward. Orange County Health director Quintana Stewart said those numbers are a good sign that vaccines are working.

Even with these encouraging trends, however, Stewart said there is more the county wants to do. That’s why the health department established the Orange County Mobile Vaccine Team.

“We go out and we give vaccinations to those that are not physically able to come to one of the vaccination clinic sites,” Stewart said.

The mobile vaccine team gives COVID vaccines free of charge to those in need, such as home-bound people or those on supplemental oxygen. So far, they have administered about 900 shots throughout the county.

Stewart said the team is a collaboration of community volunteers, paramedics and nurses at health department.

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