Rouda Leads Letter Focused on COVID-19's Impact on Orange County First Responders
WASHINGTON - Congressman Harley Rouda (CA-48), along with Representatives Cisneros (CA-39), Correa (CA-46), Levin (CA-49), and Lowenthal (CA-47) sent a letter to Governor Gavin Newsom and the Orange County Board of Supervisors expressing concerns regarding the impact of COVID-19 on our first responders.
"First responders are routinely in physical contact with potentially infected persons as they respond to calls for service – and this is of heightened concern during the surge of COVID-19 cases in recent weeks. We have heard concerns from first responders that this most recent surge has been even more exasperating for some departments than the initial growth period, with more personnel having recently testing positive for this dangerous disease," wrote the Representatives.
On Friday, 10 firefighters and 11 lifeguards in Newport Beach tested positive for the coronavirus, highlighting concerns from the Representatives.
"If there are staffing shortages due to active COVID-19 cases, we are concerned that this could have serious implications on public health and safety. Therefore, we believe we must work to protect and support our first responders when we need them the most," wrote the Representatives.