Asm. Wood’s Statement on the novel coronavirus, COVID-19

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

I am very aware that everyone is concerned about the new Coronavirus, now known as COVID-19. And even more so, people want to be assured that the information they are receiving is accurate and scientifically sound and that the level of risk to our health is clearly stated to avoid unnecessary alarm.

As a health care provider, I want to make sure that everyone has scientifically-based and correct information. I have an open line of communication with California’s Department of Public Health and will ensure that any new or revised information gets out to the people you depend on for information. Our county public health officials and staff are dedicated community members who want to make sure you to receive the most up-to-date and factual information.

Every year, we experience the common flu, and for some, it can be fatal. So my hope is that, with regard to COVID-19, we proceed calmly, and with all the best knowledge and information, so that we can do everything we can to protect ourselves and our families and know where to go to get the very latest and dependable information. The experts remind us that how we protect ourselves from COVID-19 is the same as how we protect ourselves from the common flu.

Our Department of Public Health works for you and is there to provide the best information on COVID-19 to you and our public health departments, whether at the state, county or city level.

No elected official, including those of us who are health care providers, should be the ultimate source of information. We must rely on and trust our public health officials to keep us informed and prepared – it’s their job and responsibility and information changes by the day and sometimes the hour.

Governor Newsom is taking a very aggressive approach, along with Mark Ghaly, our Secretary of Health and Human Services, and are making sure we have the resources we need. And just yesterday, the Governor declared an emergency proclamation to assure that California can address any spread of COVID-19. He specifically mentioned his commitment to rural counties and making sure they have what they need.

We should all be working together as one – whether you are a member of the media, a local health official, a state or federal official, or a neighbor – to make sure the information you are receiving and giving is the accurate and appropriate information.

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