Beaches are closed, restaurants open and somehow the OC’s coronavirus death rate is not that high

Newport Beach in May 2020. (Luis Salcedo/Lariat)

Orange County’s neighbors have more cases of Coronavirus. For example, Los Angeles County has 11.7 deaths per 100,000 on a per capita basis, while San Diego County: 4.1 deaths per 100,000. The answer to the question of why the OC has less cases than its neighbor counties might be cleaner air.

But have more people stayed at home in the OC than in neighbor counties?, the answer is yes but the reason might be because the OC is less populated than Los Angeles and San Diego and most people have cars while in LA for example a lot of people use the metro and the bus and that might make people going to work to be in risk of getting the Coronavirus since the virus can get spread in the bus and in the metro.

Locally in Mission Viejo, a lot of people have been wearing masks to the supermarket and the nearest Coffee Bean. It can be observed also people taking the necessary precautions like being six feet apart from one another.

California Govenor, Gavin Newsom announced Thursday that the beaches are going to be close because of the virus. Many people that go from Mission Viejo to a close-by beach like Newport Beach has seen people take precaution and keeping their distance from one another.

However, beaches like Huntington Beach have been seeing large crowds and people not distancing themselves. So the California governor might have made a wise decision after all when he decided to close the beach.

If the virus spreads that’s going to affects us all, for example someone from Mission Viejo that decides to visit the beach, if they get the virus at the beach, they are going to come back home to Mission Viejo with the virus.

Nomads Canteen restaurant has opened for business.

“People are saying I have blood on my hands and that their grandma is going to die,” Nomads Canteen owner, Jeff Gourley said. “I’m not forcing anyone to come here. If you don’t feel the way we do, just stay home.”

Nomads Canteen:


102 Avenida Cabrillo, San Clemente, CA 92672