Assemblymember Medina Condemns Riverside County Board of Supervisors’ Proposal to Rescind Public Health Orders

Monday, May 4, 2020

SACRAMENTO –Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside) released the following statement expressing opposition to Riverside County Board of Supervisors’ proposal to reverse certain COVID-19 public health orders mandated by Riverside County Public Health Officer, Dr. Cameron Kaiser:
“I am deeply concerned that the Riverside County Board of Supervisors is considering a proposal that would rollback current public health guidance put in place by Riverside County’s top health official, Dr. Cameron Kaiser.
“The County’s proposal would specifically reverse recommendations for residents to wear facemasks in public and practice social distancing. Both of these practices are critical to mitigating the spread of disease and keeping our community protected from COVID-19.
“This careless proposal was introduced as we continue to fight COVID-19 and see the number of cases increasing within our County. Each case reported not only represents an individual fighting a battle against COVID-19, but a family at risk of losing a loved one.
“COVID-19 continues to pose a threat to Riverside County. During this time, it is of the utmost importance that decision-making is driven by science and data. Getting back to ‘business as usual’ too early could have potentially disastrous impacts. We need to take every precaution to protect our community. I am opposed to the proposal put forth by our County Supervisors and urge them to reconsider it.
“My thoughts and prayers are with those families who have lost a loved one and those who are sitting with the uncertainty of what this pandemic will mean for their livelihood. While we must address the economic damage of this moment, it cannot come at the expense of public health and our families.”