County’s COVID-19 task force prioritize recovery efforts

By ANDREA LOPEZ-VILLAFAÑA

The regional task force will focus on environmental and economic justice, health and education inequities and childcare.

SAN DIEGO — The county’s Regional COVID-19 Taskforce for Equitable Recovery held its first meeting on Wednesday outlining several priority issues to ensure that people of color and underserved communities recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
More than 30 elected officials, nonprofit leaders, school officials and community organizers participated in the meeting, which was livestreamed on Facebook.

The task force plans to handle environmental, economic, health and educational inequities, as well as child care needs and voter participation.

“We want to take the inequities and … start talking about how do we address them in ways that we can start moving government in a more progressive direction,” said county Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, who convened the meeting. “I view this as something that we will be at for the long haul.”

Members discussed taking different approaches to reach people who don’t usually follow COVID updates from the county or who don’t have access to TVs to watch them on the news. They also discussed how to address virus testing and geographic disparities.

“From where I sit at Family Health Centers, the positive test rate of testing across the county is not really representative of what’s going on in the South Bay,” where positive test rates are higher, said Christian Ramers, chief of population health at Family Health Centers of San Diego.

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