City Councilman Jorge Cruz is pushing back (see video above) on an OIB story about two attendees at a recent National League of Cities conference in Washington DC testing positive for Coronavirus. A majority of City Council members attended the four-day event returning March 11.
North End councilwoman AmyMarie Vizzo-Paniccia notfied OIB of the announcement from Clarence Anthony, CEO of the National League of Cities. The announcement to attendees was also placed on the NLC homepage. See here.
“I am glad I cancelled due to virus health situations and did not attend this Conference,” she wrote. Council members trained to DC on March 6.
Several council members such as Cruz and Ernie Newton say it was improper for Vizzo-Paniccia to share the information that was distributed by Clarence Anthony.
Of course there’s a need to be concerned, BUT PLEASE DON’T PANIC. Like one of our city council members did by divulging private information to the reporter Lennie Grimaldi of the OIB. She should be ASHAMED OF HERSELF for deliberate negligence and irresponsibility as well her unprofessional behavior. I received my email on Tuesday 3/17/20 in the afternoon and before I can reach out to my City council colleagues it was already printed. Yesterday, 3/18/20 we were notified from the NLC in Washington DC that the individuals AFFECTED are from Colorado. So let’s keep them and their families and friends in our prayers. Lastly this irresponsible City Councilwomen violated the HIPPA PRIVACY AND ETHICS LAWS. THE DAMN QUESTION IS WHY SHE DID WHAT SHE DID? SHE SHOULD RESIGN FROM THE CITY COUNCIL. SHE WAS TOO REACTIONARY AND NOT THINKING THE REPERCUSSIONS FOR OUR MEMBERS. LENNIE GRIMALDI I ASK YOU TO POST THIS VIDEO ON YOUR BLOG. THANK YOU
Statement from NLC website:
The National League of Cities learned today two attendees of the Congressional City Conference 2020 have tested positive for COVID-19. The individuals were active participants in the conference—attending general sessions and workshops.
The conference attendees are currently under the care of healthcare professionals, recovering at home and feeling better.
The health and safety of our conference guests is our top priority. While we are not able to officially determine how and when these individuals contracted the virus, nor are we permitted under privacy laws to disclose the names of individuals, we wanted to alert you immediately on the potential exposure risk. At this time, these are the only two known confirmed cases.
Through guidance provided by the DC Health department, if you are feeling sick, please stay at home. Contact your healthcare provider immediately to let them know you may have been exposed and need to be evaluated.
As we each navigate this unprecedented time in our country, we understand the additional anxiety this news may cause. We will continue to update you as we learn of any additional information on www.ccc.nlc.org and through email. For frequently asked questions, please visit this page. If you have any immediate questions please feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org.