COVID-19 Information - August 2020
- 08-27-20 - Youth sporting practices resume next week
- 08-19-20 - Free floor plan software can help small businesses impacted by COVID-19
- 08-14-20 - More Drop-and-Go Food Drives scheduled in Mission Viejo
- 08-12-20 - Mission Hospital touted for excellence once again
- 08-06-20 - County launches SafeDineOC COVID-Safe Restaurant Campaign
- 08-06-20 - Outdoor Market begins Friday at The Shops at Mission Viejo
- 08-04-20 - Drive-Through Pet Vaccine Clinic Saturday, Aug. 8
Youth sporting practices resume next week
Youth sports like soccer, softball and baseball practices are slowly returning to City fields beginning August 31 – in line with the California Department of Public Health’s new guidance for youth sports to return to play.
Consistent with the California Interscholastic Federation, the guidance covers all youth sports programs including school-based, club, and recreational programs to support a safe environment for players, coaches, trainers, families, spectators, workers, and volunteers. Right now, only conditioning and training focusing on individual skill-building is allowed, Tournaments, scrimmages and games are not permitted.
Sports organizations are required to submit return-to-play COVID-19 protocols before obtaining a permit. For more information regarding fall youth sports, visit the following organizations’ websites:
AYSO Region 84 https://www.ayso84.org
Mission Viejo Girls Softball https://mvgs.sportssignup.com/site
South Mission Viejo Little League http://www.smvll.com
Free floor plan software can help small businesses impacted by COVID-19
The County and 3D Event Designer launched an outdoor edition of its Back2Business Initiative program to help local small businesses impacted by COVID-19 safely reopen by meeting local, state and federal social distancing guidelines.
The Back2Business Initiative: Outdoor Edition will provide up to 800 OC small businesses with access to free floor plan software to quickly create, configure or update their indoor and now outdoor space(s). This software allows businesses like restaurants and retail shops to view their current layouts and adjust their floor plans to meet the latest social-distancing requirements. With outdoor space being a focus for most restaurants, this software will allow restaurant owners to maximize the availability of their outdoor seating, giving them the confidence to open to customers and bring their employees back to work safely and responsibly.
Back2Business Initiative: Outdoor Edition is free and available to eligible businesses on a first-come, first-served basis through December 30 or when the maximum number of slots are filled.
Eligible businesses interested in participating can sign up and access the software at this link.
Certain technology requirements and criteria apply. For more information, visit this link or call the Economic and Business Recovery Call Center at 714-480-6500.
More Drop-and-Go Food Drives scheduled in Mission Viejo
The City of Mission Viejo is hosting Drop-and-Go Food Drives from 9-11 am on Saturday, August 29, September 26 and October 24 at the Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center, 24392 Veterans Way.
The drive-through events will benefit South County Outreach, Families Forward and Family Assistance Ministries (respectively), which all work to help the less fortunate in the area.
With social-distancing guidelines in place, the event will be quick and easy. Simply place your donation in your trunk, drive-up, pop the trunk, and staff will collect it. You will stay in your vehicle.
Mission Hospital touted for excellence once again
Despite the immense challenges associated with COVID-19, Mission Hospital has earned a multitude of distinctions.
In July, Modern Healthcare selected Mission Hospital as one of the top 150 Best Places to Work in Health Care. Only 150 health care organizations across the country were honored with this distinction, and Mission is one of only two hospitals recognized in Orange County. The other hospital is St. Jude Regional Medical Center in Fullerton, also a member of Providence St. Joseph Health.
This distinction follows U.S. News & World Report recognizing Mission for outstanding patient care for three consecutive years. In the 2020-21 Best Hospital Rankings, U.S. News & World Report named Mission the No.1 hospital in South Orange County and No.15 in California. Mission is one of the few community hospitals to receive statewide recognition.
Most recently, Mission Hospital received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award and also qualified for several other recognitions.
“One of the reasons these recognitions are so meaningful is that they validate our ongoing commitment to high quality care, patient safety and experience as well as physician and caregiver engagement,” said Seth Teigen, FACHE, chief executive of Mission Hospital. “We know that when our physicians and caregivers are engaged and happy with the work they do, our patients feel it. When they feel disengaged and unsatisfied, our patients feel that too. We are proud of our unwavering focus to ensure our patients have exceptional experiences at Mission Hospital.”
The City of Mission Viejo recently thanked the hospital, its staff and first responders with large community art projects spelling “Thank You” on Crown Valley and near the hospital.
County launches SafeDineOC COVID-Safe Restaurant Campaign
The County of Orange has launched a new SafeDineOC COVID-Safe Restaurant Campaign to incentivize OC restaurants to follow California Department of Public Health (CDPH) guidance to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Restaurant owners may apply for a $1,000 grant per Orange County restaurant location for taking steps to create a COVID-safe environment for their customers and employees. The grant will reimburse restaurants for purchases of personal protective equipment including face masks, cleaning products, employee training and costs for physical distancing of tables and chairs, etc.
The SafeDineOC campaign is sponsored by the County and managed by Orange County Business Council (OCBC), which will accept and approve qualified applications as well as disburse $1,000 grants to restaurant owners. Through its database, the OC Health Care Agency will promote the campaign.
Restaurants that apply and are approved will be added to a list of COVID-safe eateries organized by city that will be available to consumers on the SafeDineOC website. This online resource will let the public see which restaurants offer a safe dining experience in Orange County.
Eateries applying for the program must meet all qualifications verified by OCBC. Funds will be distributed within 45 days. All restaurants must submit receipts for CARES ACT-qualified purchases for final reimbursement grant payment on purchases made March 1 to September 30, 2020.
For more information about SafeDineOC, visit www.safedineoc.com.
Outdoor Market begins Friday at The Shops at Mission Viejo
Outdoor markets at select Simon centers including The Shops at Mission Viejo are providing coveted brands an alternative platform for retail therapy as an innovative approach for shoppers to continue to connect with their favorite retailers in a dedicated outdoor environment.
Beginning Friday from noon to 4 pm, The Shops at Mission Viejo will host an outdoor market featuring Macy’s, Athleta, Ruby’s Diner, Casper, Tesla, SoCal Etsy Guild, J. Jill, Optometry at The Shops, Salon 4 Kids, Smile Brite OC, Glitz & Glam, Soho, T-Mobile, I Play and Talk and others.
The open-air shopping experience will take place every Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoon.
For more information, call 949-364-1832 or visit https://www.simon.com/mall/the-shops-at-mission-viejo.
Drive-Through Pet Vaccine Clinic Saturday, Aug. 8
The Mission Viejo Animal Services Center on Saturday, August 8 will host a drive-through pet vaccination clinic for Mission Viejo, Laguna Niguel, Aliso Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita and Laguna Hills residents.
The low-cost clinic is from 8:30-10 am at 28095 Hillcrest.
Rabies vaccinations are $10 and other vaccines for dogs and cats are available at reduced rates. The clinic is a good opportunity for pet owners to renew a license or obtain a new one. Licenses and current rabies vaccinations are required for all dogs in Mission Viejo, Laguna Niguel, Aliso Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita and Laguna Hills. Please bring all dogs on leashes and cats in carriers. (A $2 medical disposal fee is charged for each animal.)
Microchipping is also available for $20.
For more information, call 949-470-3045 or visit http://www.cmvas.org.