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Supervisor Fletcher, Vargas call for data-driven approach to pandemic

Posted at 11:37 AM, Jan 06, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-06 14:37:15-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — Stepping in in his new role as the Chair of the Board of Supervisors, Nathan Fletcher and Supervisor Nora Vargas want to change the way the county handles this pandemic.

In a memo both sent to the Board of Supervisors, they are asking them to approve a plan that changes the focus of the county’s COVID-19 efforts, relying on a collaborative, data-driven, and equitable response.

During Supervisor Fletcher’s inaugural address as Chair, he highlighted the challenges the county is facing.

He says, "With record number of cases, significant strain on our health care workers, and a new strain of COVID-19 present. And at the same time, folks continue to defy safety health measures, that are meant to save lives and designed to get our businesses open. All of that is we face the most difficult month in overcoming coronavirus."

The memo elaborates on what they believe is contributing to this saying in part, “the mixed messages from Elected Officials at all levels whose statements and actions are in direct contradiction to the public health order calling this “irresponsible behavior that has been detrimental to our region’s health and safety.”

Under this plan, they also want to place an emphasis on addressing racial inequities. This plan would place an emphasis on distributing future federal, state, and local funding based on data identifying communities that have been hit hard by COVID-19.

ABC 10News reached out to both Supervisors but they weren’t available for comment. The board will meet next week to vote on this proposal. At this point, it’s unclear how these details will be put into action.