The city has asked a federal judge to temporarily block the moving of these infected people, who are being transferred out of Travis Air Force Base in Northern California, to what's known as the Fairview Development Center until all necessary precautions and protective measures have been implemented to protect the safety of the general public.
In its filing, the city noted that the Fairview Development Center is ill-equipped to house people who are infected with a highly contagious and deadly diseases like the Wuhan coronavirus (CoVid-19). The site was also recently deemed unsuitable for use as an emergency shelter because it needs about $25 million in upfit renovations, which would take about two years to complete.
"Fairview is an inappropriate location for a quarantine, as there is no way to restrict access to or from the facility," the city contends.
"It is in some places about two hundred yards from residential neighborhoods, and there are no security measures in place to keep the quarantined individuals isolated from each other and from the residents of Costa Mesa, a city of over 113,000 people."
The city is requesting that absolutely no relocation take place until a complete survey has been conducted to determine whether or not the site is suitable for such a purpose. If it's not, then these 50 infected individuals, and any future ones, need to be housed elsewhere.
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Late on Friday, as a bit of good news, U.S District Judge Josephine L. Staton issued a temporary restraining order to stop the relocation of these 50 infected individuals to the Fairview Development Complex.
In the meantime, the California Health and Human Services Agency is actively working with federal authorities to find a new suitable place for a "very few people" who were evacuated from the infamous Diamond Princess cruise ship and initially taken to Travis Air Force Base.
As we reported, the Americans evacuated from the Diamond Princess cruise ship all shared the same evacuation plane regardless of whether or not they were infected with the Wuhan coronavirus (CoVid-19).
"Individuals from Travis Air Force Base who test positive for novel coronavirus are referred locally for medical care," an official statement reads.
"The federal government determined that anyone who tests positive for novel coronavirus cannot be returned to Travis Air Force Base for the rest of their quarantine period."
The state health agency further explained that only Californians who were on the Diamond Princess cruise ship will be relocated to whatever site ends up being chosen in the end. And all of these individuals, the agency added, will have already received "necessary medical treatment."
While the CDC website says that 18 total American cruise ship passengers have thus far tested positive for the Wuhan coronavirus (CoVid-19), only two of these are reportedly being housed in California. Another 11 are being hospitalized in Nebraska, while six are said to be under mandatory quarantine in Texas.
"The city has not been part of any of the process that led to the consideration of the site and it would be unfair to not include us in this kind of significant decision that has great impact on our community," stated Costa Mesa Mayor Katrina Foley.
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