Today, In accordance with a directive set on Friday, March 13th, Michelle Steel, Chairwoman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors hosted the first of what will be a series of weekly updates by county agencies to inform the board and the residents of Orange County of the measures being taken to address the coronavirus pandemic and mitigate the rate of contagion.
The Board of Supervisors received updates from the Orange County Health Care Agency, The Sheriff-Coroner’s Office, The District Attorney, Social Services Agency, Orange County Community Resources and the Clerk Recorder’s Office. All agencies provided information on the measures that are being taken to limit person to person contact but keep vital county services in place.
“We are actively working on addressing this pandemic,” said Chairwoman Steel. “Our regular meetings will cover the overall status of COVID-19 in Orange County, testing and coordination with private labs, treatment, coordination with hospitals and first responders, public safety and food support, our response to homelessness, economic support for working families and small businesses, our coordination efforts with the state and federal governments, an update on the workforce, contingency plans in the event of a state or countywide lockdown and metal health support in relation to this crisis.
Orange County Health Care Officer, Dr. Nicole Quick and Director of the Orange County Health Care Agency, Richard Sanchez updated the board on the number of active cases in the county and the number of tests being conducted. As of 3/17/20, there are 22 confirmed active cases in Orange County, 4 caused by community spread. The Health Care Agency’s Public Health Lab has conducted 300 tests and has kits available to test 1,075 specimens. This number of tests and kits is only that of the County Health Care Agency and does not include those being conducted by Quest and Labcorp as well as local county hospitals. For more information, visit: ochealthinfo.com/novelcoronavirus
“In this time of great concern, we are doing everything possible to address this crisis.,” added Chairwoman Steel. “At this time, fighting and defeating the coronavirus pandemic is our number one priority and the county board of supervisors will do everything in our power to protect Orange County residents.”
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.