California city gets court order to delay establishing a coronavirus quarantine site

February 26, 2020

A federal judge granted the city of Costa Mesa’s (Calif.)request for a temporary restraining order to ban the use the Fairview Developmental Center to house and quarantine people with the coronavirus, according to an article on the Los Angeles Times website.

The restraining order from U.S. District Judge Josephine Staton prevents transportation of anyone infected with or exposed to the coronavirus to Costa Mesa.

“This highly communicable and deadly disease has no known vaccination or cure and has killed thousands,” the city’s filing in District Court stated. “The plaintiffs now seek to prevent Costa Mesa from becoming ground zero to a state and potentially nationwide public health crisis caused because the state and federal governments have not sought to include local officials and emergency personnel in the planning and execution of their efforts.”

The city sought to prevent transporting people infected with the coronavirus to Costa Mesa “until an adequate site survey has been conducted, the designated site has been determined suitable for this purpose, all necessary safeguards and precautions have been put in place, and the public and local government have been informed of all efforts to mitigate risk of transmission of the disease.”

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