Pomona (CBSLA) – A congresswoman from Southern California says she hasn’t seen details of a plan to use hotel rooms in Pomona for quarantining coronavirus patients.
The representative of Norma J. Torres (CA-35) criticised the introduction of a plan to use 244 rooms at the Sheraton Fairplex Hotel that could have been attacked by a VIDOC 19 inmate.
Officials fear that the number of coronavirus patients will increase, putting an extra burden on local hospitals. So they try to keep hospital beds open for patients with the most urgent needs.
But Torres says she never got a chance to contribute to the plan.
I know how important it is for our community to have a plan to welcome coronavirus patients, but I haven’t seen the plan announced last week, Torres said. The state of emergency does not mean that we should ignore the laws that call elected officials to account – the brown law is still in force, and the people of Pomona have the right to know the details of what is happening in their city.
A police SUV was parked outside the Sheraton Fairplex Hotel. (Source: CBS)
According to district officials, the hotel – which is not a detention centre – will not be open to the public and patients will have to be referred to the hotel.
According to Ms. Torres, her biggest concern is that if anyone leaves the hotel without permission, it will jeopardize nearby facilities, including a nearby retirement home, nursing homes and group homes in the area.
There’s a huge concern for my community that the province needs to address, Torres said. We will now have a hot zone at the heart of the exchange – what resources will they make available for training?
But Pomona Fairplex representative Miguel Santana says the hotel is an important part of the infrastructure of the various facilities in the area.
It can affect our fathers, mothers, grandparents, children, neighbours and friends, he added.
The 244 rooms of the Sheraton will be open at least until the end of April.