Thursday, September 10, 2020

Out in the open: "we’re going to be where we are now until we are done with the election."

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🔴And there is is🔴 In an audio clip of a reported conference call between Los Angeles County Public Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer and school officials, Ferrer is heard saying K-12 schools within the county would not be opening until after the election in November. On Wednesday, KFI News radio reporter Steve Gregory presented the clip on KFI’s afternoon drive-time John and Ken Show. Gregory said he received the recording of Ferrer’s conference call with a group of school administrators, school nurses, and other education and medical professionals. “The basic premise of the phone call was to update everyone on the status of where the county is with respect to opening schools,” Gregory said as he introduced the audio clip of Ferrer’s discussion with the officials. Ferrer is heard saying in the clip: We don’t realistically anticipate that we would be moving to either Tier 2 or to reopening K through 12 schools at least until after the election, after early November. When we just look at the timing of everything, it seems to us a more realistic approach to this would be to think that we’re going to be where we are now until we are done with the election. Gregory said he later emailed the Los Angeles Health Department directly, asking the question, “When did Dr. Ferrer say the schools plan to reopen?” He continued: I got a response back that was basically this word salad … I’m serious it’s one big long paragraph of a word salad. It’s not even worth reading because what it really said is “We’re reassessing all the time, and as soon as we … do the in-person learning with the high-risk and the high-need students … we’ll reassess for everyone else. That’s their official answer as to when schools are going to reopen … So, the health department official answer does not jive with the health director. Gregory added he attempted to ask Ferrer about her comments on her Wednesday call but was not given the chance to address her. He said Ferrer’s “agenda” has been apparent since the start of the pandemic.

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