Health/Fitness

NEW COVID-19 BOOSTERS THAT TARGET NEW VARIANTS ARRIVE THIS WEEK

New vaccines available for everyone age 12 and up

By Tracy DeFore, County of San Diego Communications Office

September 5, 2022 (San Diego) -- The County of San Diego anticipates receiving the new COVID-19 bivalent boosters early this week and beginning vaccinations shortly thereafter.


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COUNCILMEMBER PADILLA HONORS UC SAN DIEGO HEALTH NURSES WHO SAVED HIS LIFE IN MARCH 2020

Padilla was one of UC San Diego Health’s first COVID-19 patients and spent three weeks at Jacob’s Medical Center, including 11 days on a ventilator.

 

Source: Councilmember Padilla

 

September 2, 2022 (San Diego) -- On Tuesday, Councilmember Steve Padilla honored and celebrated the Thornton 2 East Progressive Care Unit (PCU) nursing team at Jacob’s Medical Center at UC San Diego Health for receiving the DAISY Award For Extraordinary Nurses. In March of 2020, Councilmember Padilla was the Thornton 2 East nursing team’s first COVID-19 patient and the first elected official in California to test positive for the virus. The nurses of 2 East PCU took care of the Councilmember from the point he was admitted to the hospital to the days after he returned from the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) after 11 days on a ventilator; he was not expected to survive.


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FEDERAL REPORT FINDS NATIVE AMERICANS HAD SHARPEST DECLINE IN LIFE EXPECTANCY IN 2021

Native health expert says stats are likely an undercount due to poor data collection

Source:  Urban Indian Health Institute

August 31, 2022 (Seattle) -- The National Center for Health Statistics, a federal agency under the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), released a report titled Provisional Life Expectancy Estimates for 2021, which found that the American Indian and Alaska Native population had the steepest decline in life expectancy from 2019 to 2020, dropping from 71.8 to 65.2 years of age. American Indians and Alaska Natives also had the steepest decline from 2020 to 2021, dropping from 67.1 to 65.2 years of age.


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BAD NEWS FOR BORREGO HEALTH, WORSE NEWS FOR 82,000 PATIENTS: THE STATE IS SUSPENDING 100% OF BORREGO HEALTH MEDI-CAL SERVICES

 

Action follows fraud investigation, impacts Borrego Health clinics across East County

By Nikki Symington

Originally published in the Borrego Sun

August 31, 2022 (Borrego Springs) -- On Friday, Aug. 19, Borrego Health’s administrative offices, individual clinics, and others outside of the organization were notified by the State of California Health and Human Services Agency – Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) that the state intends to reimpose its 100% payment suspension on all Borrego Health Medi-Cal services beginning Sept. 29. 2022


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SUPERVISORS VOTE 4-1 TO SUPPORT JACOBS BILL TO PROTECT DATA ON REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH

By Miriam Raftery

August 30, 2022 (San Diego) – San Diego County Supervisors voted 4-1 earlier this month for a resolution to support the “My Body, My Data Act” introduced by Congresswoman Sara Jacobs, a Democrat whose 53rd district includes portions of San Diego and East County.  The bill, if enacted, would protect the privacy of reproductive health data nationwide.


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TWO COUNTY-SPONSORED MONKEYPOX VACCINATION EVENTS THIS WEEK

By County News Center, County of San Diego Communications Office

August 29, 2022 (San Diego) - The County of San Diego is holding two Mpox (Jynneos) vaccination events this week in the South County in addition to providing 250 vaccinations throughout the week at County clinics.


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SHERIFF ROLLS OUT CHANGES IN JAILS TO REDUCE DRUG DEATHS AFTER ACTION BY SUPERVISORS

By Miriam Raftery

August 27, 2022 (San Diego) -- On August 16, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department announced a series of changes aimed at keeping deadly fentanyl and other drugs out of jails to prevent inmate deaths. The action followed a unanimous vote by County Supervisors the same day to approve funds aimed at reducing jail deaths including purchasing body scanners, staff incentives, wellness teams and access to Naloxone to save inmates who overdosed.  


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NATIONWIDE PRODUCT RECALLS BY CPSC

Source:  Consumer Product Safety Commission

August 26, 2022 (Washington, D.C.) - The Consumer Product Safety Commission announces the following recalls are posted in cooperation with firms listed below on products ranging from coffee makers to toys, bicycle handlebars, stand-up paddleboards and a rolling chassis for utility vehicles. Recalls can be viewed at www.cpsc.gov.


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BARKS ‘N BLUES CONCERT AUG. 25 BENEFITS LITTLE ANGELS, BRINGING BIG CHANGES TO PEOPLE SUFFERING FROM SEIZURES AND OTHER DISABILITIES

Facility trains therapy dogs for people with epilepsy, autism, hearing impairments, physical and mental disabilities

By Henri Migala

 

August 23, 2022 (Jamul) -- Little Angels Service Dogs, an Assistance Dogs International (A.D.I.) accredited organization based in East County, is entering into a creative and exciting two-year partnership with San Diego-based Neurelis to help people suffering from epileptic seizures obtain life-changing companionship and other benefits provided by service dogs specially trained to care for people suffering from epilepsy.


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BOARD ACCEPTS GRANT FOR A 12-BED ‘ACUTE PSYCHIATRIC UNIT’ IN SANTEE

Approx. $12.4 million will help build unit at Edgemoor Hospital

Source:  Joel Anderson

Image by gyansingh13 from Pixabay

August 22, 2022 (Santee) - San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted today to accept the Behavioral Health Continuum Infrastructure Program (BHCIP): Round 3 Launch Ready grant that will go towards building a 12-bed Acute Psychiatric Unit at the Edgemoor Hospital in Santee.


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NEW NOVAVAX VACCINE FOR COVID-19 IS NOW AVAILABLE IN OUR REGION

By Miriam Raftery

August 17, 2022 (San Diego) - The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved the Novavax vaccine for prevention of COVID-19. The new Novavax vaccine is now available in San Diego County.


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ALL SAN DIEGO EMERGENCY DEPARTMENTS NOW OFFICIALLY SENIOR-FRIENDLY

 

By José Eli Villanueva, County of San Diego Communications Office

August 17, 2022 (San Diego) - Officials from the County’s Health and Human Services Agency, local hospitals and healthcare agencies gathered Thursday to celebrate the county becoming the first in the nation to earn a regionwide “senior-friendly” emergency department accreditation for all 18 of its hospitals.


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WHERE TO GET THE MONKEYPOX VACCINE LOCALLY

Source: San Diego County News Service

August 9, 2022 (San Diego) – The County of San Diego continues to receive a limited number of monkeypox vaccines from the state. The vaccines are available to people at highest risk of contracting the disease and to those whose immune systems are compromised, though the risk to the general public remains low.


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CDC STUDY SHOWS UNVACCINATED PEOPLE OVER AGE 50 ARE 29 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO DIE OF COVID THAN VACCINATED AND DOUBLE BOOSTED PEOPLE

By Miriam Raftery

August 3, 2022 (San Diego’s East County) – Would you risk an action that increase your risk of dying 29-fold? 

New data from the Centers for Disease Control reveals that among people over age 50, those who are unvaccinated are:

  • 29 times more likely to die of COVID-19 than people the same age who are vaccinated and have had two booster shots, and
  • 4 times more likely to die than people the same age who are vaccinated with just one booster shot.


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COUNTY DECLARES MONKEYPOX LOCAL HEALTH EMERGENCY

 

By José A. Álvarez, County of San Diego Communications Office

 
Video by Alex Aguirre
 
August 2, 2022 (San Diego) - Local public health and elected officials today announced the declaration of a local health emergency to respond to monkeypox in the San Diego region.

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CDC WEBSITE DOWN

 

Update: The site came back up by early evening; the CDC has not announced what caused the outage.

July 28, 2022 (Washington D.C.) - The website for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (https://www.cdc.gov) has been down for at least half an hour, as of 4:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

ECM's editor found the site down while attempting to research travel vaccine requirements. She notified the CDC's media relations office, which was unaware of the outage.


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NEW 988 NATIONAL SUICIDE HOTLINE COMPLEMENTS CA EFFORTS

By Suzanne Potter, California News Service

July 22, 2022 (San Diego) -- Starting now, people contemplating suicide or families experiencing a mental health crisis can call 988 instead of 911, and get the help they need.


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CONGRESSWOMAN JACOBS PRESIDES OVER HOUSE PASSAGE OF RIGHT TO CONTRACEPTION ACT; ISSA VOTES NO ON PROTECTING ACCESS TO BIRTH CONTROL

By Miriam Raftery

July 21, 2022 (Washington D.C.) – San Diego Congresswoman Sara Jacobs (CA-53) presided over the House Floor today during the passage of H.R. 8373, the Right to Contraception Act.  

Congresswoman Jacobs is a co-lead of the bill introduced by Congresswoman Kathleen Manning in response to Justice Clarence Thomas calling for reconsideration of Griswold v. Connecticut, the landmark ruling which declared states could not outlaw birth control access for married couples.

East County’s Republican Congressman Darrell Issa voted against the bill, as did the vast majority of Republicans though several did cross party lines to vote in favor. The measure passed by a 228-195 margin.

Jacobs  gave an impassioned floor speech in support of the measure, which was also backed by San Diego’s other three Democratic representatives (Scott Peters, Mark Levin, and Juan Vargas.)


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BIDEN ADMINISTRATION TAKES STEPS TO PROTECT SOME ABORTION ACCESS, LAUNCHES WEBSITE TO HELP WOMEN FIND REPRODUCTIVE CARE

By Miriam Raftery

July 21, 2022 (Washington D.C.) – After the Supreme Court ruled that states can ban or restrict abortion access, overturning Roe v. Wade, the Biden administration has taken several actions to protect abortion access in certain circumstances. Specifically:

  • The administration cited a law on the books since 1986, the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA), which requires abortions be allowed in all states if a woman’s life or health is at stake; hospitals that refuse can lose Medicare and Medicaid funding.
  • The Health and Human Services (HHS) Department warns that pharmacists must dispense medications used for miscarriages and early-term abortions, or face potential criminal penalties. Attorney General Merrick Garland similarly issued a statement that states cannot ban mifepristone, a drug approved by the FDA for early pregnancy termination among other uses.
  • HHS launched a website to help people nationwide find reproductive care and understand their rights at https://reproductiverights.gov/
  • President Joe Biden signed an executive order to protect patient privacy and access to emergency contraception and medication abortions.
  • HHS has advised pharmacies not to discriminate based on types of contraception sold, if any birth control items are sold in their retail stores.

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HEAR OUR INTERVIEW: WOMEN’S RIGHTS ADVOCATES BONNIE PRICE AND BELLA BARNA RECALL ABORTIONS BEFORE AND AFTER ROE V. WADE

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: CC via Bing

Hear the full interview

July 19, 2022 (San Diego’s East County) -- Bonnie Burns Price and Bella Barna, two East County residents and long-time women’s advocates, speak out on their efforts to help women get abortions before and after Roe vs. Wade legalized abortion access across America.

In an interview aired on the East County Magazine Show on KNSJ radio, they also shared their concerns over how the Supreme Court’s reversal of Roe vs. Wade will impact vulnerable women.

In addition, Barna shared her personal experiences with an abortion and a failed miscarriage which put her life in jeopardy.

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REP. JACOBS CO-SPONSORS BILL TO PROTECT WOMEN'S RIGHTS TO USE CONTRACEPTIVES

By Chris Jennewein, Times of San Diego, a member of the San Diego Online News Association

Photo:  U.S. Rep. Sara Jacobs. Photo by Chris Stone

July 16, 2022 (Washington, D.C.) - Rep. Sara Jacobs of San Diego joined with three other Congresswomen Friday in advancing a bill to protect women’s rights to use contraceptives in the wake of the Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade.


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EL CAJON IS FIRST CALIFORNIA CITY TO PILOT NURSE NAVIGATOR PROGRAM FOR 911 CALLS WITH ACCESS2CARE CALL CENTER

By Elijah McKee

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July 15, 2022 (El Cajon) — It is no secret that 9-1-1 medical calls are sometimes not placed for life-threatening emergencies — yet for lack of any other system, those moments are often forced to be treated with urgent responses, such as ambulance rides to emergency rooms. 


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CALLING ON CREATIVE YOUNG SAN DIEGANS FOR YOUTH VACCINE CHALLENGE

By Katie Cadiao, County of San Diego Communications Office

Photo:  one of the winning entries of the County’s 2021 Our Health is Worth a Shot! Youth Challenge

July 15, 2022 (San Diego) - The County of San Diego is calling on young local artists to share their video and visual art submissions for the 2022 Our Health Deserves a Boost(er)! Youth Challenge.


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HIGH RISK FOR COVID-19 IN SAN DIEGO COUNTY

By County News Center, County of San Diego Communications Office

July 14, 2022 (San Diego) - The continued increase in local coronavirus cases has prompted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to move San Diego County to its high-risk level for COVID-19.


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COUNTY URGES MEN WHO HAVE SEX WITH MEN TO PROTECT THEMSELVES FROM MONKEYPOX

Source: San Diego County News Service

July 13, 2022 (San Diego) – County health officials are encouraging men who have sex with men to abstain or practice safer sex to avoid getting and spreading the monkeypox virus. Monkeypox vaccines are also available locally for people in high-risk groups.


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ADVANCING HEALTHY COMMUNITIES: THE CALIFORNIA HEALTH EQUITY AND RACIAL JUSTICE FUND WILL HELP UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES

By David R. Shorey, East County Program Manager, Institute for Public Strategies

July 11, 2022 (San Diego) -- Communities that are low income or consist of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color generally see less investment in services and access to health care. They are more consistently targets of drug and alcohol marketing and overconcentration of alcohol retailers. This creates a spiral environment where drugs and alcohol become a coping mechanism to numb physical, mental and emotional pain in lieu of proper care.


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