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February 26, 2020  COVID-19 Emergency Press Release and Declarations

The County of Orange has declared a local emergency and a local health emergency to prepare for COVID-19, commonly known as novel coronavirus.

"The County of Orange and our County Health Officer Dr. Nichole Quick have declared a local emergency. We have issued these declarations in light of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's comments on COVID-19 yesterday, along with the possibility of active COVID-19 patients being brought to Fairview Developmental Center in my district in Costa Mesa," said Chairwoman Michelle Steel, Second District. "Although there are currently no cases of coronavirus in Orange County, my goal is to ensure all residents and visitors to Orange County as well as all of our resources can be prepared in the event of an outbreak."

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February 26, 2020  Statement of Support for City of Costa Mesa’s Legal Action to Temporarily Halt Use of Fairview Developmental Center as COVID-19 Quarantine FacilityThe OC Health Care Agency (HCA) today issued a statement of support for the City of Costa Mesa's legal action, taken yesterday, to temporarily halt a plan by state and federal agencies to use the Fairview Developmental Center as a location to quarantine individuals from the Diamond Princess cruise ship who have tested positive for COVID-19 (novel coronavirus).
February 26, 2020  County of Orange Board of Supervisors to File Amicus Brief in Support of City of Costa MesaToday the County of Orange Board of Supervisors unanimously directed the Office of County Counsel to file an Amicus brief with the United States District Court regarding pending federal litigation in the City of Costa Mesa, et. al v. United States of America, et. al. regarding the use of the Fairview Development Center for individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19.

Further details including the Amicus brief will be provided at a later time.