FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 17, 2020
Santa Ana Unified School District, nonprofit Latino Health Access and the City of Santa Ana today launched a citywide public awareness campaign to help curb the spread of COVID-19 in one of the region’s hardest-hit communities.
The campaign, #ProtectSantaAna and #ProtegeSantaAna, is intended to unite the community with a common goal – reduce the number of COVID-19 cases and protect the health of our family, friends, and neighbors.
The three organizations are distributing thousands of yard signs and posters to residents and businesses to encourage essential pandemic safety messages: cover your face, wash your hands, stay 6 feet apart. Banners bearing the message are being placed at schools and other locations.
The public is encouraged to get involved and show their commitment to protecting our community by displaying the messages and sharing photos on social media using #ProtectSantaAna and #ProtegeSantaAna.
“Everyone must do their part – residents, students, businesses, young and old – or the people of Santa Ana and our local economy will continue to suffer,” Santa Ana Mayor Vicente Sarmiento said. “No matter how much we may want to see loved ones over the holidays, it is more important than ever to stay home and avoid gatherings of any kind. The situation is dire.”
“It’s important to understand that a healthier community leads to healthier and safer schools,” Santa Ana Unified School District Board President Dr. Rigo Rodriguez said. “We desperately need COVID-19 positivity rates to decrease in our City before our students can return to our schools.”
As the densest city in Orange County with many multigenerational households and residents working in essential industries, Santa Ana is especially vulnerable to the virus. The city has the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the county, approaching 22,000 confirmed positive cases and 347 deaths. The city also has ZIP codes reporting some of the highest positivity rates in the county, including some with a four-week average above 20%.
Anyone in Santa Ana who wants to request a yard sign or poster for their home can call Latino Health Access at (714) 805-6517.
Watch today’s news conference at www.youtube.com/watch?v=QoBpNPA2t90
For more information on testing and other local pandemic resources, please go to:
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Public Affairs Information Officer
City of Santa Ana