The following is a statement from Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis regarding the intended use of the Sheraton Fairplex Hotel as temporary housing for individuals who were ordered by the Department of Public Health to quarantine due to COVID-19:
“The Fairplex is demonstrating bold and compassionate leadership by opening its doors to our family members, friends, and neighbors who have been exposed to COVID-19. It is one of several properties throughout the state of California that has voluntarily stepped up to address the humanitarian crisis unfolding before us: the need to place our loved ones in a safe space where they can heal from COVID-19 as our Los Angeles County public health officials continue working to mitigate the spread of the virus.
“This agreement allows for the Sheraton Fairplex Hotel to be used as a quarantine site by the County from March 23, 2020 to May 31, 2020, with the option of a four-week extension. The location will also offer child care services to our first responders, law enforcement, and hospital personnel. There will also be a drive-through food pantry that will offer much needed sustenance to Pomona Valley and neighboring communities.
“Under the County Department of Public Health’s orders, sites throughout the County are being considered as possible quarantine locations. Dockweiler Beach is another quarantine site, but we continue to search for other possible locations. In fact, the Sheraton Fairplex’s action has prompted other vacant motels and hotels to contact us to offer their properties as possible sites to house individuals affected by the virus.
“We did not arrive at this decision lightly. Nationally, communities are working diligently to ‘flatten the curve’ by keeping individuals exposed to the virus in quarantine areas until they fully recover. Without a vaccine, social distancing is our most effective tool in slowing the spread of COVID-19. This also keeps the daily number of cases at a manageable level for medical providers. In reality, our overwhelmed health care system cannot admit every person with mild symptoms of COVID-19. This temporary housing arrangement at the Sheraton Fairplex will serve local families by providing a safe place for their loved ones so they can stay close to home as they recover. It is why I am grateful that the Sheraton Fairplex has offered its property as a place of healing.
“In this public health emergency, we can all take proactive steps to control the trajectory of this epidemic. We can begin by understanding that we need local designated quarantine sites where people with the virus can heal while maintaining a safe distance from the general public.
“We cannot allow fear and uncertainty to guide us. LA County always has, and always will, come together to help protect our residents. This virus does not discriminate based on race, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status, and we must all rally together to protect our most vulnerable from possible exposure to COVID-19. Instead of divisive rhetoric, we should all offer steady, unifying leadership. Instead of saying, ‘Not in my backyard,’ we should ask, ‘How can I help?’”
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