Napa Supervisors Defend Health Officer Over School Closures

Napa County supervisors have come to the defense of Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Relucio, who is under fire over school closures.

For the time being, Napa County is on the state’s coronavirus monitoring list. Elementary schools that meet certain safety conditions can reopen with a waiver approved by the public health officer, but Dr. Relucio has not acquiesced.

Upset parents accused her of playing politics and trying to please teachers’ unions. They note that New York is allowing in-person instruction. But the two are not comparable, Supervisor Alfredo Pedroza said:

“I think you have to make sure we're working with the same set of facts. When you look at New York, they've had in the past seven days an increase of 4,500 cases. In the state of California, 45,000 cases."

Supervisor Ryan Gregory reluctantly agreed.

"I'm not happy about it but, in my view, it's really all we have, it's the only thing we have right now in our control," he said.

While Napa’s case numbers are small, the increase is worrying to Dr. Relucio.

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