Court blocks plan to send up to 50 evacuated American coronavirus patients to the California facility
A federal judge blocked a Trump administration plan to send 30 to 50 US coronavirus patients to a city in Southern California after local officials complained that they were blinded by the decision.
The patients were scheduled to arrive on Sunday at a closed state facility in Costa Mesa under a plan from the US Department of Health and Human Services and Centers for Disease Control that was blocked by an order issued after concerns were expressed.
Costa Mesa Mayor, Katrina Foley and other officials from the surrounding Orange County, demand more details about how the local community would be protected against the deadly outbreak.
Costa Mesa, California city officials are holding a press conference after being informed that the Trump government was planning to send 30 to 50 US coronavirus patients to a city in Southern California after local officials complained that the decision had blinded them
Coronavirus patients were scheduled to arrive on Sunday at Fairview Developmental Center, a closed state facility in California in Costa Mesa, under a plan from the US Department of Health and Human Services and Centers for Disease that was blocked by a ban
Costa Mesa and surrounding Orange County officials demand more details on how the local community would be protected against the deadly outbreak if patients were to be housed in one of the residential facilities (photo) at the Fairview Developmental Center
William Hart, who lives in Santa Ana near Costa Mesa, where up to 50 coronavirus patients would be moved according to a federal plan, said he and his wife were “shocked to know this is happening”
Residents in Costa Mesa and the surrounding Ocean County seem to have signs of protest while local officials expressed concerns about the federal plan to relocate coronavirus patients to a closed state facility in their area
The judge’s order stopped the federal plan that allegedly moved patients to the city of 110,000 residents of Travis Air Force Base, where they were evacuated to the Coronavirus-hit Diamond Empress cruise ship in Japan.
Three passengers died and the fear increases for hundreds of tourists on board.
“We were shocked to know that this is happening. My wife cries all day, “said William Hart, who lives in nearby Santa Ana KCBS.
Judge Josephine L. Stanton of the US district has scheduled a hearing on Monday to address the problem of brewing in Costa Mesa.
Municipal officials quickly sought court intervention after they learned from the California’s Governor Office of Emergency Services that US officials were planning to move patients to the closed Fairview Developmental Center.
They said in court documents that local officials were not involved in the planning and wanted to know why the state facility was chosen for the continuous quarantine.
Fairview, a 118-hectare estate now closed, was originally opened in 1959 and housed around 2,700 people with developmental disabilities on a vast campus with 60 buildings.
A court order stopped a federal plan to move patients to Costa Mesa from Travis Air Force Base (photo), where they were evacuated to the Coronavirus-hit Diamond Empress cruise ship in Japan
Three passengers died and the fear increases for hundreds of tourists on board
A picture of the coronavirus-affected Diamond Princess cruise ship at Yokohama Port near Tokyo, Japan, shows medical personnel and the quarantine measures taken to close the ship affected by disease
Officials say they want to know how the facility is considered suitable for quarantine and what kind of safeguards there are to prevent the possible transmission of the virus that has spread worldwide.
The virus has infected nearly 80,000 people worldwide, most in China, and more than 2,300 have died, mostly in China. There are at least 35 confirmed cases in the US.
Foley said Costa Mesa “was not part of the process that led to the site being considered, and it would be unfair not to involve us in such important decisions that have a major impact on our community,” Orange County reports. Register.
Costa Mesa Mayor, Katrina Foley, says that the city “was not part of the process that led to the site review, and it would be unfair not to involve us in such important decisions that have a major impact on our community’
The California Health and Human Services Agency said in a statement on Saturday that it worked with the federal authorities to find a place for people evacuated from a quarantined cruise ship in Japan and taken to Travis Air Force Base in Northern California .
Anyone who tested positive for the virus cannot stay at the base and must be sent to the hospital or, if they are not sick enough, isolated until the infection has disappeared.
The Fairview center in Costa Mesa was considered a place to send them.
“If Fairview were chosen, the federal government would provide care – reduce the burden on our hospitals during the flu season – and provide robust security to ensure the public safety and public health of the surrounding community,” the state said. .
A state legislator whose district includes Costa Mesa said he feared the virus might travel through the facility’s vents.
“Coronavirus patients must be treated humanely and with the best possible medical care. But the first priority must be to contain the virus and make sure it doesn’t jump into the locals, “said Republican state senator John Moorlach.