Last night, Thursday, March 12th from 6-7 pm, I hosted a tele-town hall along with Vice Chairman Andrew Do, Dr. Nicole Quick, the County Health Officer and Richard Sanchez, Director of the Orange County Health Care Agency to address questions and alleviate concerns related to the global coronavirus outbreak and what Orange County is doing to protect its residents.
I found it important for the public to have the opportunity to present any questions they may have about coronavirus and what the county is doing to protect our communities. Dr. Quick and Director Sanchez answered questions from the public pertaining testing, community spread, the health referral line, efforts to contain the virus, the virus’s effect on children and schools, hospital preparedness, travel and risk of infection. It was an opportunity to hear from our top county health officials, who were able to clearly convey all the facts pertaining to the virus and clear up any misinformation about it.
The townhall was able to accommodate 10,000 unique callers and was both live streamed and archived on the County of Orange, California Facebook and Twitter. Over 4,000 calls were made and great social media interest was taken with numerous questions being submitted.
For more information about coronavirus, visit: http://www.ochealthinfo.com/novelcoronavirus. If you have questions or concerns pertaining COVID-19 for our health care professionals, they can be reached at our County Health Care Agency’s Health Referral Line at 1-800-564-8448.
Next week, the county will also be hosting tele-town halls in Korean, Vietnamese, Chinese and Spanish to address concerns in minority communities.
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.