Voice of OC’s public town hall this month not only got residents more information on Covid-19, it motivated county leaders to resume regular public updates on the virus in Orange County.
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Republicans, Democrats, Independents — it doesn’t matter, we push on all leaders to bring the public into the decision-making process, starting by making information accessible.
The county of Orange stopped offering public information updates on the Coronavirus pandemic. Then the Delta variant took off locally, kids starting returning to classrooms and new information on long COVID started coming out.
So Voice of OC journalists went to work.
We wrote stories calling out government leaders for a lack of information:
- OC Supervisors Bury Public COVID Updates, Shut Down Effort to Have Experts Answer Questions
- Every County in So Cal Offers Residents Public Updates on Covid, Except OC
- Orange County Supervisors Accused of Strangling Public Comment
And just on the heels, County Supervisor Katrina Foley announced her own county health updates. First it was weekly, then daily. And then, county officials relented.
Orange County yet again has weekly opportunities to learn the latest information on Coronavirus and all media organizations again have an opportunity to ask questions.
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