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Orange County to add mass COVID-19 vaccination center at Soka University

Michael Lowman, left, is one of the first frontline workers to receive the vaccine in Orange County.
Michael Lowman, left, was one of the first frontline workers to receive the vaccine in Orange County. Lowman works as a nurse at Providence St. Joseph Hospital.
(Screenshot by Lilly Nguyen)

Orange County is set to take another step in its effort to make the COVID-19 vaccine available.

Soka University in Aliso Viejo is scheduled to begin serving as a COVID-19 vaccine super POD (point of dispensing) location on Saturday at 8 a.m.

The new site will become the county’s second mass vaccination center, joining the Disneyland location that began operating on Jan. 13.

“Orange County is working around the clock to make the COVID-19 vaccine available to everyone who wants it,” Andrew Do, chairman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors, said in a statement. “This second vaccination site at Soka University will allow us to vaccinate thousands more residents every day.”

The county expects to add more super PODs as its supply of COVID-19 vaccines increases. Individuals eligible to receive the vaccine at this point include healthcare workers and those who are at least 65 years old. An appointment can be made by visiting Othena.com.

“We are proud to partner with the County of Orange and Soka University to be a part of this important step towards ending this pandemic,” Aliso Viejo Mayor Tiffany Ackley said in a news release. “The opening of a Super POD site in the City of Aliso Viejo expands access to the COVID-19 vaccine for all residents across the county.”

Joe Biden says he will ask Americans to commit to 100 days of wearing masks as one of his first acts as president.

On his first full day in office, President Joseph Biden reiterated a challenge to the American people, asking them to wear masks for the first 100 days of his administration.

“If we do this as Americans, the experts say by wearing a mask from now until April, we’d save more than 50,000 lives, going forward,” Biden said prior to signing several executive orders related to the nation’s pandemic response.

Orange County reported 38 coronavirus deaths and 1,340 new infections on Thursday in the latest data provided by the Orange County Health Care Agency.

There have been 2,546 lives lost countywide because of the virus during the pandemic, while the total case count has risen to 217,849.

Hospitalizations due to the virus stand at 1,935, with 517 of those patients being treated in intensive care units. The county also reported 20,166 tests for the virus, which brings the number of tests administered to 2,494,463.

The healthcare agency estimates that 149,396 people in the county have made a recovery after contracting the virus.

The latest maps and charts on the spread of COVID-19 in Orange County, including cases, deaths, closures and restrictions.

Here are the latest cumulative coronavirus case counts and COVID-19 deaths for select cities in Orange County:

  • Santa Ana: 39,613 cases; 473 deaths
  • Anaheim: 36,584 cases; 503 deaths
  • Huntington Beach: 8,869 cases; 123 deaths
  • Costa Mesa: 7,523 cases; 70 deaths
  • Irvine: 8,497 cases; 39 deaths
  • Newport Beach: 3,092 cases; 41 deaths
  • Fountain Valley: 2,883 cases; 39 deaths
  • Laguna Beach: 670 cases; fewer than five deaths

Here are the case counts by age group, followed by deaths:

  • 0 to 17: 21,812 cases; one death
  • 18 to 24: 30,319 cases; five deaths
  • 25 to 34: 44,090 cases; 30 deaths
  • 35 to 44: 34,229 cases; 54 deaths
  • 45 to 54: 35,119 cases; 177 deaths
  • 55 to 64: 27,251 cases; 340 deaths
  • 65 to 74: 13,507 cases; 488 deaths
  • 75 to 84: 6,767 cases; 575 deaths
  • 85 and older: 4,606 cases; 876 deaths

Updated figures are posted daily at occovid19.ochealthinfo.com/coronavirus-in-oc. Information on COVID-19 vaccines in Orange County can be found at occovid19.ochealthinfo.com/covid-19-vaccine-resources.

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