At a recent Orange County Board of Supervisors meeting, Supervisors Andrew Doe and Doug Chaffee blocked daily COVID-19 updates and press briefings hosted by Supervisor Katrina Foley.
Supervisor Doe said in a statement: “While we have updated numbers on COVID-19 posted daily, followed by weekly press releases and press calls by the nation’s CEO team and our county health officer, private publicity Programs take county workers away from their jobs. Not the most appropriate use of public resources.
“Using county executive staff for self-promotion is an abuse of power.”
Beginning on August 13, additional daily media briefings were organized by Foley in partnership with Dr. Chow and the Orange County Health Care Agency, while weekly press releases with updated COVID-19 county information were also published.
While he opposed the daily COVID-19 briefing, Chaffee expressed his support for the health agency in its effort to combat COVID-19.
“As the COVID-19 situation continues to change, we work closely with the OC Health Care Agency to ensure that timely and accessible information is provided to the public,” Chaffee said.
Foley responded to the measure, saying the action is “in relation to what some see transparency as an abuse of power” amid an ongoing public health crisis.
In a September 2 statement, Foley said, “As cases of COVID-19 increased in August, I began to have regular virtual COVID-19 updates to help fill out information due to the county’s lack of public engagement.” “
“Since December 2020, the county has not held public COVID-19 briefings. In July, the county removed the COVID-19 item from our board meeting agenda as the only opportunity for residents of Orange County to publicly ask questions to our health officials. We have an obligation to inform and educate the community about this ongoing public health crisis. “
While Chaffee and Du consider the briefings unnecessary, Foley said they have helped dispel myths and engage with the community.
Despite the backlash from his colleagues, Foley urged them to reverse his directive and participate in sharing updated information.
The Epoch Times reached out to supervisors Lisa Bartlett and Don Wagner for comment, but their offices did not respond to press deadlines.
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