Assemblymember Gloria Requests State Audit of San Diego’s Response to Hepatitis A Outbreak
SACRAMENTO, CA – California State Assemblymember Todd Gloria (D-San Diego) announced today that he has officially requested a state audit to review the City and County of San Diego’s response to the recent Hepatitis A outbreak that claimed the lives of 20 people and infected more than 500.
“We owe it to the 20 people who died and the more than 500 who contracted Hepatitis A to learn exactly what went wrong and what could have been done better,” said Assemblymember Todd Gloria. “It is my hope this audit will help us better understand how the City and County managed the Hepatitis A outbreak and ultimately make certain our region is sufficiently prepared to handle any future public health crisis that may arise.”
In his letter to the Joint Legislative Audit Committee (JLAC) released today, Assemblymember Gloria asks the committee to formally recommend an audit in order to “determine whether both the County and City identified, contained, and treated the recent Hepatitis A virus (HAV) outbreak in accordance with statutory requirements and recommended procedures.” The full letter signed and submitted by Assemblymember Gloria can be accessed here.
The Hepatitis A outbreak in San Diego County began in March 2017. Six months later, county leaders declared a public health emergency as the number of confirmed cases had risen at a remarkable rate. The County officially ended the public health emergency declaration on January 23, 2018.
Assemblymember Gloria’s request for an audit is scheduled to be heard by JLAC at their next meeting on May 16. JLAC is a 14-member committee consisting of members from both the State Assembly and State Senate. JLAC is charged with independently, and with the assistance of the California State Auditor’s Office, overseeing the operations and finances of government and publicly-created entities in California.