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Hermosa Beach Condemns Threats on Public Health Workers Providing Vital Services During COVID-19 Pandemic

Post Date:06/23/2020 6:00 PM

HERMOSA BEACH, CA –– Hermosa Beach Mayor Mary Campbell issued the following statement today regarding L.A. County Department of Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer’s report that there have been death threats and other verbal attacks on her, her family and the department’s staff for providing public health guidance during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“All of us owe our gratitude and support to Dr. Ferrer and the L.A. County Department of Public Health staff for their ongoing efforts to keep us healthy and informed during this public health emergency. Dr. Ferrer and the department’s staff have worked tirelessly to provide important information in a timely manner to allow us to make the best decisions to protect and maintain our health.

“As a community, we strongly condemn the personal attacks and threats aimed at Dr. Ferrer, her family and her staff, and the personal attacks on other public health officials around the country for performing their duties during the pandemic. Using the best science and data currently available, these professionals are working to help protect every one of us from the potential for even more devastating impacts that this pandemic could have on our communities. Threats of bodily harm to them, their family members or any other member of society is reprehensible and should be considered unacceptable by all.

“Many of the threats and derogatory comments were made on social media, where people often feel they can speak with impunity. We are each accountable in helping to maintain mutual respect and basic human decency. We ask that everyone practice civility and compassion toward one another during these difficult times.”

About Hermosa Beach

Founded in 1907, Hermosa Beach is a thriving community of some 20,000 residents. Located on the southern end of the Santa Monica Bay in Los Angeles County, with beaches ranked among the best in the world, Hermosa Beach has been recognized for its work to highlight Southern California beach culture, foster a vibrant local economy and protect coastal and environmental resources.

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