Update: Superior Court of Sacramento County

Grand Jury Finds Board of Supervisors Abandoned Public Health Office as COVID-19 Emergency Engulfed Sacramento

An extensive investigation into the handling of the COVID-19 crisis by the Sacramento County Office of Public Health (OPH) has led the Grand Jury to find that the County Board of Supervisors ignored its Public Health Officer for five months before finally engaging in any sort of dialogue regarding the County’s COVID-19 activities and its impact on County residents.

The Grand Jury’s report states that when the pandemic hit Sacramento County, the OPH responded immediately. However, despite asking for assistance early on, Public Health Officer Dr. Olivia Kasirye was allowed to appear before the County Supervisors only after Board members received a confidential email from Dr. Kasirye. That communication detailed the range of the OPH pandemic response efforts and the enormous burden being borne by staff and volunteers committed to protecting the community.

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