Coronavirus Fight Gets Legal in OC

If “Not In My Backyard” was a syndrome, most people would already have it.  And when the state and federal government start playing around with dangerous unknowns like the coronavirus (you’ve heard of it and it has nothing to with beer or that city in Riverside county), things are going to get legal.  

Plans to turn a Costa Mesa facility into a coronavirus quarantine site continued to receive push back Tuesday from Orange County officials and residents after a judge extended a temporary restraining order blocking the effort for another week. The Orange County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to support the City of Costa Mesa in a legal battle against the state and federal government’s plan to house 30 to 50 infected patients at the Fairview Developmental Center. The patients, who have been infected or exposed to novel coronavirus, would be transferred from the current quarantine site established at Travis Air Force Base.

“(Fairview) has actually been used by children during the weekend, and they play soccer games. We have Section 8 housing there, and nearby there’s a senior citizen homes and then assisted living homes and a lot of schools too,” said Michelle Steel, Orange County Board of Supervisors chairwoman.

The decision by the supervisors to file an amicus brief in support of Costa Mesa’s application for an emergency temporary restraining order comes one day after U.S. District Judge Josephine Staton approved the extension of the temporary restraining order, or TRO.

Opponents of the transfer argued there are too many unknown factors, such as the exact number of patients and the level of care they need.

“Getting more information as to the nature of the people and the plans around managing these individuals in the county is what we are currently waiting for,” said Nichole Quick, Orange County Health Care Agency assistant director.

Local, state and federal leaders have until March 2, when the next hearing is scheduled, to get more definitive answers.

According to news sources, the CDC is preparing for the virus to become a pandemic. Health officials say there are 35 confirmed cases of the virus in the United States, including at least 18 Americans who returned home from a quarantined cruise ship earlier this week.

Like viruses, legal disputes are everywhere.  And when those nasty little things like landlord/tenant matters, contract issues, nuisance ADA complaints and even collections threaten YOU and YOUR business, call on the good guy business litigator, Dean Sperling, who will resolve YOUR matter with YOUR best interests in mind!  

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