March 2020: COVID-19 Tele Townhall

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

A Message from Ling Ling Chang

Dear Neighbor,

State and local health agencies are working overtime to stop the spread of the coronavirus and treat those already infected. As your representative, I'm doing my part to support those on the front lines battling the virus as well as protecting the most vulnerable members of our community. Yesterday, I voted on emergency legislation to support up to $1 billion for schools, local government, hospital equipment, child care facilities, and seniors as we work to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

I’m also hosting a Telephone Town-Hall regarding COVID-19 this Thursday, March 19, 2020 at 2:00PM and invite you to participate.

Guest speakers will include:

  • Dr. Al Mijares, Orange County Superintendent of Schools
  • Noel Bazini-Barakat, Regional Health Officer for San Gabriel Valley
  • Public Health Expert from UC Irvine Public Health
  • Theresa Harvey, President/CEO of North Orange County Chamber of Commerce

These experts will explain the nature of the virus, the steps we are taking to contain it, and contingency plans schools are making should the virus continue to spread. Additionally, they will answer e-mailed questions from the public.

There is limited capacity for this call and those who wish to participate will need to RSVP by 5:00PM on Wednesday, March 18. To RSVP, please click here. A follow-up email will be sent to you Thursday morning with the call-in phone number and passcode.

Because of the volume of callers we are expecting, live questions will not be possible. Please submit any questions you may have for our guests to Senator.Chang@sen.ca.gov.

Rest assured, I will continue to do whatever I can to mitigate the impacts of the virus and protect all Californians. Please do not hesitate to contact my office at 714-671-9474 if we may be of assistance.

Sincerely,
Ling Ling Chang
29th District

Elderly Care Drive

The Governor announced that all seniors, age 65+ should remain home in self-quarantine. Unfortunately, many seniors may be too sick or too weak to stand in line for hours for minimal food availability, and are facing serious challenges. One of my staff members has a mother who recently completed Chemotherapy. She is both a senior citizen and suffers from a compromised immune system. I urge you to think of our neighbors in similar situations and ask that you please do not hoard goods unnecessarily; only take what you truly need. I would also ask that if you have any extra to spare, to consider donating to my canned food drive which will go directly to local nonprofits supporting the sick and elderly at this precarious time.