[San Diego County] Morning Report: Hep A Reviews Continue

The after-action reviews of San Diego’s handling of the hepatitis A crisis continue a year after city and county leaders scrambled to respond to the deadly outbreak.

A state audit of local governments’ response is ongoing.

And Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s office last week delivered a response to a critical San Diego County Grand Jury report that concluded a lack of coordination between the city and the county delayed responses that might have stemmed the spread of the deadly outbreak.

In response, the city said it “partially disagreed” with the report’s finding that the lack of early collaboration between the city and the county resulted in unnecessary delays to responses including the installation of handwashing stations meant to help combat the outbreak.

Yet, as the outbreak surged, we documented the bureaucratic fumbling over plans to install those handwashing stations and revealed how the city and county often took weeks to move forward with seemingly simple tasks in the early months of the outbreak.

A city spokeswoman acknowledged Friday that the public health crisis posed challenges for local governments and that a simplified city permitting process and an eventual formal directive from the county that came around the time of VOSD’s reporting helped the city step up its response.

October 29, 2018

Voice of San Diego

From Lisa Halverstadt

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