A federal judge has canceled a scheduled court hearing Monday about a hotly contested plan to place coronavirus patients in Costa Mesa, given that the federal government has dropped the proposal, the city said Sunday.
“The federal defendants have decided not to move forward with the challenged proposal,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel Beck wrote in a filing Friday in federal court. “As a result, the court should dissolve the temporary restraining order and dismiss this action.”
The cities of Newport Beach, Huntington Beach and Laguna Beach as well as Orange County, the Ocean View School District and Orange County Business Council have filed or plan to file court documents supporting Costa Mesa’s attempt to stop the possible use of the Fairview Developmental Center to house coronavirus patients.
Some Newport Coast Elementary School parents are keeping their children home amid demands that the Newport-Mesa Unified School District examine all transfer students for potential novel coronavirus infection.
A federal judge Monday ordered federal, state and local officials to meet by the end of the week to sort out information about the potential use of the Fairview Developmental Center in Costa Mesa as a coronavirus quarantine site, which the city is fighting.
In court filings Sunday, federal and state agencies called Costa Mesa’s request for a temporary restraining order Friday that blocked coronavirus patients from being sent to the Fairview Developmental Center “premature,” “speculation” and disruptive.
A slew of elected officials and concerned residents packed Costa Mesa’s City Council chamber Saturday afternoon for a news conference supporting the city’s decision the day before to request a restraining order that at least temporarily blocked state and federal agencies from sending people with the coronavirus to the Fairview Developmental Center.
A federal judge Friday night granted the city of Costa Mesa a temporary restraining order it sought to stop a possible plan by state and federal agencies to use the Fairview Developmental Center to house and quarantine people with the coronavirus.