Statement on Coronavirus and Fairview Developmental Center

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Senator John M. W. Moorlach has been apprised and briefed of the situation by both the Governor's office and the leadership of the city of Costa Mesa.

Here is his statement on these recent events:

"The coronavirus patients from California should have finished their quarantine on the cruise ship in Japan. Now that they are in the state, they should not be sent to Fairview Developmental Center in Costa Mesa. Nor to any other highly populated area.

"Because the facilities have air vents, it is not prudent to house them off of a main thoroughfare like Harbor Boulevard. It would be better that they are sent to a retired military base in the desert. 

"The coronavirus patients should be treated humanely and with the best medical care available. But the first priority must be to contain the virus and make sure it doesn't jump into the local population, in this case, the citizens in my 37th Senatorial District or any other densely populated Senatorial District."