Orange County Board of Supervisors Files Amicus Brief in Support of City of Costa Mesa’s Lawsuit Against Federal and State Governments of to Oppose Potential Transfer of COVID-19 Positive Patients to Fairview Developmental Center

Today, Michelle Steel, Chairwoman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors, led the Board to unanimously approve filing an amicus brief in support of the City of Costa Mesa’s lawsuit against the state and federal governments in opposing the potential transfer of COVID-19 positive individuals to Fairview Developmental Center in Costa Mesa.

“The Orange County Board of Supervisors stands together to support public health and safety in our community,“ said Chairwoman Michelle Steel. “We have not been provided adequate information or input from the State of California or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services regarding their proposed transfer of COVID-19 positive patients to Orange County. Our densely populated County is not the right place to bring Coronavirus patients.”

Yesterday, February 24th, U.S. District Judge Josephine L. Staton ruled to continue the temporary restraining order (TRO) for an additional week. The TRO bars the transfer of COVID-19 infected patients to the Fairview Developmental Center in Costa Mesa. The ruling gave the state 24 hours to answer local stakeholders’ questions and to meet in person and provide much needed transparency and facts before taking any action. The involved parties will be going back to court for a final decision next Monday, March 2nd.

“Fairview Developmental Center sits near two dozen schools, elderly homes, assisted living centers and hospitals,” added Chairwoman Steel. “Bringing the 30-50 patients that have tested positive for a virus that we are still trying to understand to a facility that is wholly unprepared to deal with this situation is not just shortsighted, but wrong. Orange County, being the third most populous county in California, should not be the destination for treatment of a virus whose rate of contagion is so high.”

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First elected to the Orange County Board of Supervisors in 2014, Michelle Steel represents the residents of the Second District, which includes, Costa Mesa, Cypress, Huntington Beach, La Palma, Los Alamitos, Newport Beach, Seal Beach, Stanton, the unincorporated area of Rossmoor, and portions of Buena Park and Fountain Valley. Steel, a successful businesswoman and renowned taxpayer advocate, previously served as Vice Chair of the State Board of Equalization where she represented more than eight million people in Southern California, including all of Orange County, as one of the state’s 12 constitutional officers.