I’m so proud of our community for many reasons, but most importantly for your consistency in showing up and making our city one of the most dedicated I’ve been an honor to be a part of. Last month, we were thrilled to have more than 134 volunteers join us to celebrate World Cleanup Day at our Trails and Creek Cleanup event. Together, we collected more than 500 pounds of trash and recyclable materials from Aliso Creek Trails and the surrounding areas! Thank you to those who joined us; your efforts have truly made a difference not only for your families and neighbors, but for the future of our community. In other good news, our American Red Cross Blood Drive at Aliso Viejo Ranch, where we registered 26 total donors, collected 26 pints of blood, and recruited 14 first-time donors. The American Red Cross and the City would like to extend a sincere thank you to those who donated; your efforts have helped boost the community blood supply and ensure local hospital patients receive the lifesaving blood they need.
As we continue to push forward through the year, we also continue to navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic. The seven-day average COVID-19 case rate in Orange County has continued to drop, with the average number of daily COVID-19 cases on the decline. The County is updating this information regularly on occovid19.ochealthinfo.com for those interested in learning more. For those who have not yet received their initial vaccine series and would like to, you may visit any local pharmacy or healthcare provider, or head to vaccines.gov, myturn.ca.gov, or othena.com to schedule an appointment. For those already vaccinated, you may be aware that COVID-19 booster shots have recently been approved by the CDC for those who received the Pfizer vaccine at least 6 months ago and fall into the eligible categories listed on the CDC’s website. In other news and in light of the pandemic, the State of California has also increased funding for income-eligible renters and their landlords who have been impacted by COVID-19 to now cover 100% of unpaid and future rent or utilities. I encourage those of you who are eligible to apply as soon as you can at housingiskey.com or by calling (833) 430-2122.
Now that the fall season has officially begun, the OC Health Care Agency is encouraging all residents over the age of six months to get vaccinated against the seasonal flu as we continue to venture outside. Flu vaccines have been deemed safe by the CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics to co-administer with the COVID-19 vaccine. The City is hosting a Health Fair & Flu Shot Clinic on Saturday, November 6 from 9 to 11 a.m. at Aliso Viejo Ranch. Flu shots will be available for the first 250 adults and children ages 8 and over. Residents may also receive the vaccine by speaking with their healthcare provider or visiting a local pharmacy or clinic.
For those ready to be out and about this season, the City has many exciting upcoming events planned for you. Keep an eye out on our social media pages and our eNews email newsletter to find the latest happenings around the City. Plus, don’t forget about the Aliso Viejo Farmers’ Market! This fun outdoor market takes place every Saturday at the Aliso Viejo Town Center from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and features local farmers and vendors along with tons of fresh produce, eggs, dips, baked goods and more. The Farmers’ Market is such a wonderful way to bring our community together while supporting our local vendors – and makes for a great, family-friendly occasion to kick off your weekend.
I’m so thankful for the opportunity to have shared so many memories with each and every one of you thus far, and I’m looking forward to celebrating the upcoming weeks with you as well. Remember that City Council, City Staff, and I remain committed to helping you and your family continue to feel inspired at home here in Aliso Viejo. I look forward to seeing you around the City this season.
Mayor Tiffany Ackley
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