The Fairview Developmental Center in Costa Mesa will be prepared to house people needing medical care as the state braces for a projected surge in patients due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Officials announced Wednesday, April 1, that Fairview – a 114-acre campus with dormitory buildings and medical facilities – will be used as an “alternative care site,” where non-coronavirus patients would stay to free up hospital beds for people with COVID-19, the disease the coronavirus causes.
Elected officials focused on the big issues facing Orange County cities now and in the future at a State of the County address Friday, with talk of homelessness, the opioid crisis, workforce development and adapting to California’s economic and climate future taking center stage at the Pacific City shopping center in Huntington Beach.
The emphasis was on how the gravest issues affecting local communities are interconnected.
“The first bill I passed into law was to address the opioid crisis,” said U.S. Rep. Harley Rouda (D-Laguna Beach). “It is not a Republican issue, it’s not a Democratic issue, it’s an American issue.”
The Orange County Health Care Agency reported in 2017 that the county had seen an 82% increase in overdose deaths since the turn of the millennium.
Orange County and three other Southern California counties are known as the Rehab Riviera because of their large number of addiction treatment facilities. That has made this region ground zero in the fight over a rehab system that’s widely viewed as broken. At a public hearing in Costa Mesa last month, for instance, lawmakers called for more regulation and law-enforcement tools to help officials crack down on bad actors within the industry.