You probably heard about the fifty Americans who were on a cruise ship that became infected with the WuFlu and were finally being flown back home, right? While that sounded like good news for them, the not-so-good news is that our government really didn’t have much of a plan for what to do with them when they arrived. They landed at Travis Air Force Base, but regulations don’t allow them to be kept there long term so a new solution was needed. Someone came up with the idea to use the Fairview Developmental Center in the city of Costa Mesa, California.
There’s just one problem. Nobody told the people or municipal government of Costa Mesa that they were about to have a portion of the pandemic dumped in the middle of their community. When the word leaked out, people immediately took to the streets in protest and the city went to court to halt the transfer. A judge agreed, so now we’re stuck waiting while all of this gets sorted out. (Washington Times)
A court temporarily blocked the U.S. government from sending up to 50 people infected with a new virus from China to a Southern California city for quarantine after local officials argued that the plan lacked details about how the community would be protected from the outbreak.
A federal judge issued a temporary restraining order late Friday to halt the transportation of anyone who has tested positive for the new coronavirus to Costa Mesa, a city of 110,000 in the heart of Orange County. U.S. District Judge Josephine L. Stanton scheduled a hearing on the issue Monday.
City officials quickly sought court intervention after learning from the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services that U.S. officials planned to start moving patients to a state-owned facility in Costa Mesa as early as Sunday.