Costa Mesa authorities in southern California are assessing this Saturday to avoid the transfer of some 50 patients with coranavirus, who are at an Air Force base near the state capital, Sacramento, to a medical center in the city .
At a meeting at the Mayor’s Office of Costa Mesa, local officials discuss the steps to be taken on Saturday after Judge Josephine L. Staton of the Central District Court of California temporarily stopped the transfer of patients on Friday night.
The city, located 64 kilometers from Los Angeles, submitted an emergency petition this Friday arguing that the Mayor’s Office was notified of the transfer of patients until Thursday night.
Costa Mesa Mayor Katrina Foley told the Los Angeles Times that the site where patients will be housed “is certainly not an isolated place” and that it is important for local officials to “know what the plan is” before it make the transfer.
Foley explained that the city found out by a call made by the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, announcing the transfer of patients as early as Sunday.
The city argued that before the arrival of patients they need to determine that “the designated site is suitable for this purpose, and that all necessary guarantees and precautions have been implemented to mitigate the risk of disease transmission.”
The Fairview Development Center, where patients would be transferred, has been used to treat patients with mental health problems and is in the process of being closed by the state.
Judge Staton will listen to both parties at an emergency hearing next Monday to determine if she allows the transfer or maintains the block order.
The controversy occurs a day after the Sacramento County Department of Health Services reported the first case of a new coronavirus in that region.
The adult patient returned from China to the United States on February 2, according to a statement.
Peter Beilenson, director of the Sacramento County Health Department, said that “the patient has no symptoms, is doing quite well and is being isolated until they give two consecutive negative tests.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed on Friday that 18 citizens of this country who were repatriated since the Diamond Princess cruise in Japan have tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus, which brings the number of cases in the country to 35 country.
“These numbers do not accurately represent what is happening in our community,” said Nancy Messonnier, CDC director.
The official did not dismiss the appearance of new cases among some of the almost 330 Americans who were evacuated from the cruise ship anchored in the Japanese port of Yokohama and landed this week at two air bases in California and Texas.