Statement on Costa Mesa’s Decision to Block Transfer of Coronavirus to Fairview Development Center

Last night, a federal judge granted the City of Costa Mesa’s request for a temporary restraining order to halt a plan by state and federal agencies to use the Fairview Developmental Center as a location to quarantine people affected with COVID 19, or more commonly known as coronavirus. 

"Protecting the well being and maintaining the safety of all Orange County residents is our highest priority. I support Costa Mesa's request to halt the transfer of coronavirus patients by the Department of Health and Human Services and the CDC until we have all the information to ensure all the adequate and necessary safeguards and precautions are established,” said Orange County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Michelle Steel.

“I'll work hand-in-hand with the City of Costa Mesa and county officials to ensure that the general public and all parties have all the facts and information as we work with both the Department of Health and Human Services and the CDC."

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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.