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4,376 reported cases of COVID-19 in OC to date, 44 reported cases in Laguna Beach to date

Numbers released by the OC Health Agency today, May 17, reflect that there have been 4,376 reported cases of COVID-19 in Orange County to date, including 155 new cases reported today. Laguna Beach has a cumulative case count of 44 cases to date.

Laguna Beach has a per capita rate of 1.884 cases per thousand residents. Los Alamitos, with a population of 11,721 and 62 reported cases to date, has the highest per capita rate in OC, 5.290 cases per thousand residents.

Newport Beach has had 133 reported cases to date. Irvine has had 153 reported cases to date. Dana Point has had 24 reported cases to date.

Anaheim has had 695 reported cases to date, a net increase of 32 cases today. Santa Ana has had 728 reported cases to date, a net increase of 28 cases today.

The County reports 346 cases to date in its “Other” category, which includes the aggregate case count of the unincorporated areas of the county that have less than five cases, plus cases incarcerated in Orange County jails. This is a net increase of 10 cases in this category today.

Sadly, the County reports 88 deaths due to COVID-19, including two deaths reported today. 201 individuals are currently hospitalized with COVID-19; 78 are currently in ICU.

The County Public Health lab and reporting commercial labs have tested 70,556 people as of today, with a 6.2 percent positive rate.

The County is not releasing data on the number of individuals who have tested negative following a positive test at this time.

For more information, visit www.ochealthinfo.com/novelcoronavirus.

Numbers are updated daily by Stu News Laguna.

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Orange County COVID-19 case data, as of May 17;

Click here to visit page that is updated daily


4,222 reported cases of COVID-19 in OC to date, 44 reported cases in Laguna Beach to date

Numbers released by the OC Health Agency today, May 16, reflect that there have been 4,222 reported cases of COVID-19 in Orange County to date, including 105 new cases reported today. Laguna Beach has a cumulative case count of 44 cases to date.

Laguna Beach has a per capita rate of 1.884 cases per thousand residents. Los Alamitos, with a population of 11,721 and 55 reported cases to date, has the highest per capita rate in OC, 4.692 cases per thousand residents.

Newport Beach has had 133 reported cases to date. Irvine has had 149 reported cases to date. Dana Point has had 24 reported cases to date.

Anaheim has had 663 reported cases to date, a net increase of 11 cases today. Santa Ana has had 700 reported cases to date, a net increase of 17 cases today.

The County reports 336 cases to date in its “Other” category, which includes the aggregate case count of the unincorporated areas of the county that have less than five cases, plus cases incarcerated in Orange County jails.

Sadly, the County reports 86 deaths due to COVID-19, including two deaths reported today. 235 individuals are currently hospitalized with COVID-19; 85 are currently in ICU.

The County Public Health lab and reporting commercial labs have tested 69,981 people as of today, with a 6.0 percent positive rate.

The County is not releasing data on the number of individuals who have tested negative following a positive test at this time.

For more information, visit www.ochealthinfo.com/novelcoronavirus.

Numbers are updated daily by Stu News Laguna.

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Orange County COVID-19 case data, as of May 16;

Click here to visit page that is updated daily


Guest Column

Shine your light brighter when it’s dark 

By Dr. Vidya Reddy

Hello and welcome. COVID-19…The current disruption in this kooky swirl of life, and we all have responded so differently to it. I’d like to start by letting you know that I’m deeply committed to supporting you all mentally and spiritually during this time. I will continue to regularly give you tools for self-regulation and anxiety relief.

It will pass. Storms never last. Springs follow winters. 

Some of us are naturally more flexible than others and handle change pretty smoothly – we easily adjust our mindset when situations or circumstances shift. Others get upset, angry, disappointed, or defeated when life unfolds differently than we anticipated.

And how we respond to change becomes the fabric of our life – it can lead to lethargy, depression, emotional turbulence, regret, resentment, tenderness, reactivity and spurts of aggressive behavior, and in extreme cases, even shutting down, paralysis, and withdrawing.

Shine your doctor

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Dr. Vidya Reddy

Change is a natural part of life, and everyone faces it at one time or another. Most of us are continually tweaking our behaviors, expectations, and personal desires…making small adjustments that reflect our changing needs or interests – some have even become time honored “change” rituals such as back to school activities, getting ready for holidays, morphing with the seasons, etc.

How you respond to change often depends on the results you think it will bring, such as excitement if you think it will bring a positive flow into your life – or sadness if you perceive that something you were used to is gone or will be gone. 

You may feel excited about change that involves a gain, such as a new baby or a promotion to a new rank. But you may worry about a change that involves a loss, such as divorce or a move to a new duty station. Or you may find it much easier to make gradual adjustments than to face a sudden upheaval in your everyday life.

We’ve woken up and our world is in turmoil and uncertainty – tragedy has struck, our lives have shifted in the blink of an eye. Accepting a sudden, unexpected change can be the most jarring.

That’s because we paint our world with a brush of consistency – even though we know that life is filled with inconsistencies.

Shine your ocean

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The changeless yet ever-changing ocean

This is why I regularly recite the serenity prayer. And whether you believe in God or not, understanding the serenity prayer can make a huge difference in how we receive existence. Just in case you are not familiar with the prayer, it goes like this:

Dear Lord, God, Universe, Higher power, divine creator (or whatever feels right):

Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change

The courage to change the things I can

And the wisdom to know the difference.

The key is to go back to what we can “control” – our thoughts (through meditation); our words (through impeccable and conscious speech); and our actions (through, as the Buddha said, right action…coming from a place of stillness).

Change – even if we don’t want it – can be beneficial. Change brings us new opportunities to evolve, adapt, and move beyond our limiting beliefs.

In every change is a lesson. In every change is an opening for something new, letting go of the old; something fresh, letting go of the stale; something unexpected, stepping beyond limits. In every change we are reminded that we are an integrated thread in the universal fabric of existence – ever changing, ever merging. As one door closes – a new one opens. As one chapter ends…a new one begins. And this wild freight train of existence keeps on moving.

We’ve all heard Gandhi’s quote – and maybe even posted it on Facebook or sent it out in emails – “Be the change you want to see in the world.” This week, let’s use the mantra “I am the change!” with all that it brings and with all of its scariness, uncertainty, loss of control, and transformational power.

“I am the change!” Now let’s get busy.

In Peace, Love and Gratitude. 

‘Til next time.

Dr.Vidya Reddy, ND, AMS, DAC, CLC

www.Naturally-Happy.com

I created the Naturally Happy podcast as a tool to help, as a reflection exercise for building spirit muscle. Please listen and share it at https://naturally-happy.com/podcast/. Use the podcast guide to find episodes to create some catharsis in your life.


11th Annual “Making The Impact” virtual awards event honors nonprofits

For the 11th year, local nonprofit organization Impact Giving will announce

its grant season recipients at its Annual Awards Event. The team of women Partners who form the foundation of the organization aim to change lives both locally and globally through the power of collective giving.

Impact Giving has raised more than $1.33 million in the short time since launching and awarded $130,400 at its 2019 Awards Event alone. Typically a gala-style event, Impact Giving will celebrate this year’s grant recipient finalists and announce its 2020 grant awards virtually on Thursday, May 21 at 7 p.m. Leading up to the event, the organization will be highlighting the grant finalists on social media.

Get to Know Your Grant Finalists: Monday, May 18 through Wednesday, May 20 at 12 p.m. Tune into Facebook/Instagram each day.

Grant Recipient Presentation: Thursday, May 21 @ 7 p.m. Hosted on Zoom.

How to watch: Zoom Link: https://cradlepoint.zoom.us/j/4961220877. Or listen by phone. Call in 408.638.0968 | ID 4961220877.

Registration is not required and attendance is free. The organization is requesting donations to support Impact Giving and the grant finalists.

11th Annual group

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Impact Giving President and Partners at previous grant season kick-off event

 “Our Partners and donors have outdone themselves this year. The passion that each of us has for nonprofits around the globe is astounding,” said Jennifer Lipinski, board chair of Impact Giving. “We had 43 amazing organizations submit for a grant this year, and we are overjoyed to share the news of our finalists and grant recipients at this year’s event.”

This year’s finalists include: Bracken’s Kitchen, CASA OC, Concern America, Dragon Kim Foundation, Elder Law and Disability Rights Center, Girls Inc. of Orange County, Giving Children Hope, IEFT/Orkeeswa School, International Orphan Care, Just in Time for Foster Youth, Lights for Literacy (Bourke Family Foundation), Lotus Outreach International, New Directions for Women, ReWritten, South County Outreach, Stand Up for Kids, The Phil Simon Clinic Tanzania, With My Own Two Hands.

For more details about the event, visit www.ImpactGivingNow.org/awardsnight.

To inquire about sponsorship opportunities, contact Kim Fry, Impact Giving Operations Manager, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Memorial Day Observance canceled 

Memorial Day Silverman

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Due to the current situation with the COVID-19 virus, the Annual Memorial Day Observance at Heisler Park, originally scheduled for May 25th, has been canceled. However, memorial flowers may be placed at the U.S. flag pole on the front lawn of Legion Hall, 384 Legion St. For questions, call Richard Moore at (949) 376-6340. Seen here, Arnie Silverman speaks at the 2019 event.


Bumblebee banquet 

Bumblebee banquet flower

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Bumblebee dines on a succulent sunflower


4,125 reported cases of COVID-19 in OC to date, 44 reported cases in Laguna Beach to date

Numbers released by the OC Health Agency today, May 15, reflect that there have been 4,125 reported cases of COVID-19 in Orange County to date, including 158 new cases reported today. Laguna Beach has a cumulative case count of 44 cases to date.

Laguna Beach has a per capita rate of 1.884 cases per thousand residents. Los Alamitos, with a population of 11,721 and 55 reported cases to date, has the highest per capita rate in OC, 4.692 cases per thousand residents.

Newport Beach has had 132 reported cases to date. Irvine has had 149 reported cases to date. Dana Point has had 23 reported cases to date.

Anaheim has had 652 reported cases to date, a net increase of 37 cases today. Santa Ana has had 683 reported cases to date, a net increase of 18 cases today.

The County reports 336 cases to date in its “Other” category, which includes the aggregate case count of the unincorporated areas of the county that have less than five cases, plus cases incarcerated in Orange County jails.

Sadly, the County reports 84 deaths due to COVID-19, including four deaths reported today. 212 individuals are currently hospitalized with COVID-19; 78 are currently in ICU.

The County Public Health lab and reporting commercial labs have tested 66,267 people as of today, with a 6.2 percent positive rate.

The County is not releasing data on the number of individuals who have tested negative following a positive test at this time.

For more information, visit www.ochealthinfo.com/novelcoronavirus.

Numbers are updated daily by Stu News Laguna.

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Orange County COVID-19 case data, as of May 15;

Click here to visit page that is updated daily


3,968 reported cases of COVID-19 in OC to date, 44 reported cases in Laguna Beach to date

Numbers released by the OC Health Agency yesterday, May 14, reflect that there have been 3,968 reported cases of COVID-19 in Orange County to date, including 229 new cases reported yesterday. Laguna Beach has a cumulative case count of 44 cases to date, a net increase of one case yesterday.

Laguna Beach has a per capita rate of 1.884 cases per thousand residents. Los Alamitos, with a population of 11,721 and 53 reported cases to date, has the highest per capita rate in OC, 4.522 cases per thousand residents.

Newport Beach has had 131 reported cases to date. Irvine has had 147 reported cases to date. Dana Point has had 23 reported cases to date.

Anaheim has had 615 reported cases to date, a net increase of 34 cases yesterday. Santa Ana has had 665 reported cases to date, a net increase of 79 cases yesterday.

The County reports 314 cases to date in its “Other” category, which includes the aggregate case count of the unincorporated areas of the county that have less than five cases, plus cases incarcerated in Orange County jails.

Sadly, the County reports 80 deaths due to COVID-19. 227 individuals are currently hospitalized with COVID-19; 79 are currently in ICU.

The County Public Health lab and reporting commercial labs have tested 61,619 people as of yesterday, with a 6.4 percent positive rate.

The County is not releasing data on the number of individuals who have tested negative following a positive test at this time.

For more information, visit www.ochealthinfo.com/novelcoronavirus.

Numbers are updated daily by Stu News Laguna.

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Orange County COVID-19 case data, as of May 14;

Click here to visit page that is updated daily


Cautious child protects canine

Cautious child dog

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No such thing as being too careful! Spotted at PCH & Aster/Cliff Dr across from the Laguna Art Museum, Friday, May 7.


Where’s Maggi?

Where has she been now? Looks like Mexico! Maggi says that’s a hint, but it is, indeed, here in Laguna. 

Send your “where” answers in to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The location will be revealed in Tuesday’s edition, and we’ll let you know who got it right.

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