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California County is First in U.S. To Label COVID-19 Misinformation a Public Health Crisis

09/01/21

Officials in a Southern California county celebrated on Wednesday after declaring COVID-19 misinformation a "public health crisis."

San Diego County's board of supervisors listened to local residents express support and concern for the new policy during a Tuesday board meeting before approving it in a 3-2 vote. Nathan Fletcher, who chairs the county's board of supervisors, released a statement Wednesday after the vote identifying San Diego as the first county in the U.S. to approve such a declaration.

"Combatting health misinformation needs to start on the ground, in counties and cities across our nation," Fletcher's statement said. "San Diego County took the first step by becoming the first local jurisdiction in the country to align its policies with the U.S. Surgeon General's recommendations to fight health misinformation." Fletcher's statement went on to identify virus misinformation as a "national crisis" that he said needs "all of us to fight against it together."

 

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