The COVID-19 pandemic and the health gaps it exposed has forced Santa Ana City Council members to ask themselves whether it’s time to create a city-run public health department. 

In the beginning of the pandemic last year, testing resources and educational outreach throughout Santa Ana’s working class neighborhoods were scarce.

The city also struggled to get vaccines to its residents quickly, pushing Mayor Vicente Sarmiento to publicly criticize local, state and federal officials in March. 

Santa Ana May Create Its Own Health Department Given COVID Coverage Gaps from County