Michelle Steel Hosts Press Conference for Amended Order and Guidance of the Orange County Health Officer

The County of Orange released an amended public health order and guidance clarifying confusion and concerns from many Orange County businesses and residents. Michelle Steel, Chairwoman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors, hosted a press conference along with Supervisor Don Wagner, County Public Health Officer Dr. Nichole Quick, County Executive Officer Frank Kim, Orange County Health Care Agency Director Richard Sanchez and Sheriff Don Barnes to clarify confusion and introduce provisions in the new order.

“Orange County is not on lockdown,” said Chairwoman Steel. “Except for businesses directed to close by the state, all businesses can remain open. This Orange County amended order does not supersede state and federal guidelines.”

Chairwoman Steel implored members of the public as well as private sector businesses to help with containing the spread of the virus.

“At this time, fighting and defeating the coronavirus pandemic is our number one priority and the county board of supervisors and staff will do everything in our power to protect Orange County residents, but we can’t do this alone,” Chairwoman Steel added. “We are asking the private sector and the public to do their part. Following health orders including maintaining social distancing and following hygiene protocols are essential. Checking in with friends and relatives that may be in isolation is also very important. We can work together to protect public health and safety.”

The amended order can be read at: http://www.ocgov.com/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx?BlobID=114421

For more information about the coronavirus, please visit: ochealthinfo.com/novelcoronavirus

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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.