Rep. Rouda Leads Orange County Congressional Delegation Letter to Orange County Board of Supervisors Questioning Use of Federal COVID-19 Funds | Representative Harley Rouda

Rep. Rouda Leads Orange County Congressional Delegation Letter to Orange County Board of Supervisors Questioning Use of Federal COVID-19 Funds

July 14, 2020
Press Release

LAGUNA BEACH, CA – Today, Representative Harley Rouda (CA-48), along with Reps. Cisneros (CA-39), Correa (CA-46), Levin (CA-49), Lowenthal (CA-47), Porter (CA-45), and Sánchez (CA-38), sent a letter to the Orange County Board of Supervisors expressing our strong concerns regarding the County's use of federal funding to prevent, test, trace, treat, and limit COVID-19 in our communities.

"We helped pass the bipartisan CARES Act, which provided $554 million to the County to cover expenses necessary to prevent, test, and treat COVID-19 infections. We voted for The Heroes Act, which would provide an estimated $3.8 billion to local governments in Orange County — including $1.8 billion to the County itself. We write today to ask how those dollars are being used to protect the lives and livelihoods of Orange County working families and small businesses," wrote the Representatives.

The Representatives addressed recent testing errors and increasing COVID-19 cases writing, "Spiking infection, ICU occupancy, and mortality rates are gravely concerning — especially after recent developments that the County's Health Care Agency incorrectly added 30,000 serology tests to the diagnostic test counts over several weeks. The erroneous inflation of COVID-19 testing data, top public health officials' resignations, and pervasive difficulty accessing tests have raised serious questions."