The novel coronavirus was declared a public health emergency in the United States by the Department of Health and Human Services on Friday, January 31, 2020. The declaration goes into effect at 2 p.m. pacific standard time on Sunday, February 2, 2020. The OC Health Care Agency expects that local health departments like ours will receive updated, written guidance in the interim from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in regard to the self-quarantine, monitoring and testing components of that declaration that may impact Orange County, CA residents with recent travel from China.
“As we prepare the necessary steps to ensure the health and safety of Orange County residents following this recent federal executive order, we want to assure our constituents that we are doing everything to make sure they are safe,” said Orange County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Michelle Steel.
“Our professional personnel at the Orange County Health Care Agency are taking all the appropriate measures to make sure our county is safe from the coronavirus.”
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.