Visit comes on same day the statewide mask mandate is lifted
June 18, 2021 – California Gov. Gavin Newsom capped a day of public celebrations around the lifting of the statewide mask mandate with a personal visit to MLK Community Hospital in South LA, where he thanked a large and enthusiastic crowd of employees for their heroic efforts during the Covid-19 pandemic.
"I'm here with just deep admiration and respect to each and every one of you," Newsom said in the MLK cafeteria. "Thank you for being leaders. Thank you for saving lives. Thank you for giving less to your own self and caring more about other people’s lives. Thank you, as Dr. King would say, for bending down upon one knee to lift other people up."
Newsom was joined by LA County Supervisor Holly Mitchell, CHHS Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly, LA City Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas, state Senator Steven Bradford and Assemblyman Mike Gipson., all of whom also praised MLK Community Healthcare staff.
MLKCH was the only hospital Newsm visited on June 15, the day California formally lifted the year-long mask mandate; Newsom credited MLKCH and other health care workers for getting the state to this milestone.