SANTA ANA (CBSLA) – Orange County’s public health chief has received several threats over her order that face-coverings remain mandatory in public, a divisive issue which has prompted angry debate on both sides.

A seller inside a closed shop watches people gathering in a demonstration on May 1, 2020, in Huntington Beach, Calif. (Getty Images)

O.C. Health Officer Dr. Nichole Quick issued the order May 23 making face-coverings a requirement while in public. It came on the same day that the state gave O.C. permission to reopen restaurants for in-person dining and retailers for in-person shopping. The governor Tuesday also gave permission for O.C. hair salons and barbershops to reopen.

Prior to that, masks were only mandated for employees interacting with the public.

During the public comment’s portion of Tuesday’s O.C. Board of Supervisors meeting, someone on the call made a death threat against Quick and referenced her home address.

“Unfortunately, during the public comments, Dr. Quick received a death threat,” O.C. Supervisor Michelle Steele said in a news conference Thursday. “While many people have strong emotions related to the facial coverings order. It’s never appropriate to intimidate or threaten violence, particularly with our public health director.”

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department confirmed that Quick had received several threats and was taking steps to ensure her protection.

“Dr. Quick has received several threatening statements,” OCSD spokesperson Carrie Braun told the Voice of OC. “Those came both through public comments, and (through) statements that were made online. She has understandably expressed concern for her safety.”

O.C. Sheriff Don Barnes told the board earlier this week he has no intention of having his deputies enforce the mandatory mask order, saying he is not the “mask police.”

As of Thursday, O.C. has reported 5,744 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 142 deaths from the disease.

Comments (16)
  1. John says:

    “We know that wearing a mask outside health care facilities offers little, if any, protection from infection. Public health authorities define a significant exposure to Covid-19 as face-to-face contact within 6 feet with a patient with symptomatic Covid-19 that is sustained for at least a few minutes (and some say more than 10 minutes or even 30 minutes). The chance of catching Covid-19 from a passing interaction in a public space is therefore minimal. In many cases, the desire for widespread masking is a reflexive reaction to anxiety over the pandemic.” -New England Journal of Medicine

    1. Gary says:

      Yes, John. Covid-19 is super hard to transmit. That is why it has gone from a market in Wuhan to only infecting 7.5 million people.

      Also, the authors followed up your cited article with this:

      “We understand that some people are citing our Perspective article (published on April 1 at as support for discrediting widespread masking. In truth, the intent of our article was to push for more masking, not less. It is apparent that many people with SARS-CoV-2 infection are asymptomatic or presymptomatic yet highly contagious and that these people account for a substantial fraction of all transmissions.2,3 Universal masking helps to prevent such people from spreading virus-laden secretions, whether they recognize that they are infected or not.4”

  2. jupiter says:

    “White Privilege” knows NO bounds. This is why we shall NEVER live behind the “Orange Curtain”. Bunch of idiots.

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