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March 23, 2020

Contact: Stephanie Salazar

(949) 783-9677

OC Forum Hosts Critical Virtual Discussion on Orange County’s Response to COVID-19

IRVINE, Calif. — As a public service, and in keeping with its role as the purveyor of timely, issues-driven conversations, the OC Forum presented a free, virtual public forum on Thursday, March 19th focused on the coronavirus pandemic and what Orange County residents need to know. At the height of the program, more than 1.5 thousand viewers tuned in via YouTube to hear directly from the featured expert panels.

“Informing the community in the time of an unfolding crisis is incredibly difficult work,” said Paul Stover, president of the OC Forum. “This moment of national concern could not be missed by the OC Forum, an organization that prides itself on having even the toughest conversations with the community.”

Coronavirus: The OC Response, which was produced in collaboration with the University of California, Irvine (UCI) and the Southern California Gas Company, featured trusted leaders across the spectrum in order to provide useful information in a wide variety of areas that are specific to Orange County.

To adhere to social distancing protocols, the virtual forum was filmed in three segments at the Cove at UCI and was moderated by Rick Reiff, editor at large at the Orange County Business Journal. The three segments featured the following guest speakers:

Segment One

  • Bernadette Boden-Albala, dean of public health at UCI
  • Steve Goldstein, vice chancellor of health affairs at UCI
  • Susan Huang, medical director of epidemiology and 
infection prevention at UCI

Segment Two

  • Al Mijares, superintendent at the Orange County Department of Education
  • Supervisor Donald P. Wagner, third district supervisor at the Orange County Board of Supervisors

Segment Three

  • Lucy Dunn, president and CEO of the Orange County Business Council
  • Harald Herrmann, CEO of the Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County
  • Susan Parks, president and CEO of Orange County United Way

Residents who were unable to view the program last Thursday, can watch the complete virtual forum on The program has also been transcribed into several languages. To request additional language support for the video, please contact

For more information about the OC Forum, please visit


ABOUT THE OC FORUM: The OC Forum is the premier nonpartisan current affairs organization convening the Orange County community in an interactive environment, to foster relationships, exchange ideas and discuss public policy issues with the most knowledgeable and distinguished speakers and leaders of our time.

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