Open letter to the community from Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia and Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis

Thursday, April 9, 2020

The following is an open letter to the community from Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis and State Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia in support of the Bell Gardens Quality Inn and Suites serving as a quarantine site for our neighbors who have been exposed to the coronavirus:

The heartbreaking acceleration of the coronavirus requires a bold, urgent response in order to protect our families and local communities. The COVID-19 pandemic is upending the lives and livelihoods of our Southeast Los Angeles communities, and we must do all we can to stop the economic and public health damage caused by this highly contagious virus. We are not alone in this critical moment. Nationally, communities are banding together to adopt strategies that would ‘flatten the curve.’ One of those key strategies is self-isolation.

Many of our family members, employers, friends, and co-workers in Southeast Los Angeles either have the virus or have been exposed to COVID-19. The spirit of the Southeast has always been rich in compassion by sharing the little we have with everyone and it is no different in this time of need. Now is the time to help one another by providing our friends and family members who have been exposed to this deadly virus a safe space where they can self-isolate or quarantine as they recover from COVID-19. Offering our neighbors an isolation, or quarantine site, where they can receive appropriate care will save lives. This global pandemic is a threat to our local communities, and we need to take proactive steps to control the trajectory of this public health crisis.

Fear and uncertainty must not cloud our decisions. Instead, we should all offer steady, unifying, compassionate leadership to protect our loved ones from COVID-19. We can begin by accepting that we need local designated sites where individuals with the virus can safely heal while maintaining a safe distance from the general public. Without a vaccine, physical distancing is our best line of defense. LA County will make sure safety and security measures are in place at this facility in order to protect the community at large. This virus does not discriminate based on race, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status. Our leaders on the federal, state, county and local levels of government recognize the need to move quickly to mitigate the spread of this virus. LA County will meet this challenge and will rally to protect our most vulnerable from possible exposure to COVID-19.

Contact: Ashley Labar, 916-319-2058