On the afternoon of Friday, March 13, Michelle Steel, Chairwoman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors, held a townhall to address the county regarding steps taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Chairwoman Steel announced that the board of supervisors will be having special board meetings every week in addition to regular meetings. The meetings will focus on coronavirus and county efforts to stop its spread.
“I am announcing that we will be having a special board of supervisors meeting every week. This will be in addition to our regular meetings. We will have all relevant county agencies provide regular updates on the efforts they are taking to stop the virus,” said Chairwoman Steel. “I asked the county staff and the County Public Health Officer to update us daily on the availability of test kits, the number of test kits, the number of tests being conducted and the status of confirmed cases in the county.”
“Our top priority is protecting the health and safety of our residents. We are working with the County Healthcare Agency, our first responders and law enforcement to do everything in our power to protect Orange County residents,” Steel added.
Chairwoman Steel also announced her support for the county superintendent of schools recommendation for schools to close in order to prevent community spread among students, as well as asking for the county to work with non-profits to provide low income families with resources so children can be fed while schools are closed.
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.