Health/Fitness

ADVANCING HEALTHY COMMUNITIES: SEPTEMBER IS SUICIDE PREVENTION AWARENESS MONTH

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

September 1, 2021 (San Diego’s East County)  -- September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. It’s not easy to talk about suicide. It’s often considered a taboo subject and frequently ignored. But according to the latest statistics from the National Institute of Mental Health, it is the second leading cause of death in the United States for those under 35 and in the top 10 causes of death for those over 35. Each of us can play a role in preventing deaths by suicide beyond simply raising awareness of the topic. One easy way is to complete an 8 hour course to become a Mental Health First Aid responder.


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HEALTH AND SCIENCE HIGHLIGHTS


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READER’S EDITORIAL: WE ARE ALL AT RISK

By Joel A. Harrison, PhD, MPH

Photo: Creative Commons by SA-NC via Bing

August 29, 2021 (San Diego) -- I could write an entire paper just documenting numerous cases where people who thought they were well-insured, discovered all too late they weren’t. The following are just a few examples:


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COUNTY EXPANDS ASSISTANCE FOR STRUGGLING TENANTS, LANDLORDS

By Katie Cadiao, County of San Diego Communications Office
 
Image credit:  PhotoSpin
 
August 26, 2021 (San Diego) - he County’s Housing and Community Development Services is rolling out two new initiatives aimed at assisting landlords and tenants who have struggled financially amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Both efforts are part of the County’s existing Emergency Rent and Utilities Assistance Program, which supports low-income renters impacted by the pandemic.

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MICE COLLECTED IN MOUNT LAGUNA TEST POSITIVE FOR HANTAVIRUS

By Gig Conaughton, County of San Diego Communications Office

August 26, 2021 (Mount Laguna) - Five deer mice and one brush mouse collected in routine monitoring in the Mount Laguna area have tested positive for hantavirus, County environmental health officials said this week.


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COUNTY ENCOURAGES INDOOR MASK WEARING, REGARDLESS OF VACCINATION STATUS

By Katie Cadiao, County of San Diego Communications Office

August 26, 2021 (San Diego) - Amid a sharp increase in COVID-19 cases due to the spread of the more contagious Delta variant of the virus, the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency is recommending all San Diegans wear facial coverings in indoor public settings.


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FDA APPROVES FIRST COVID-19 VACCINE FOLLOWING EIGHT MONTHS OF EMERGENCY AUTHORIZATION

By Miriam Raftery
 
August 25, 2021 (Washington, D.C.) - On Monday, August 23, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first COVID-19 vaccine, which was previously authorized under emergency use authorization standards since December 2020. Listen to FDA media call regarding the announcement.

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NEWSOM MAKES CALIFORNIA THE FIRST STATE TO REQUIRE TEACHER VACCINES OR COVID TESTS

By Joe Hong, CalMatters

CalMatters is a public interest journalism venture committed to explaining how California’s state Capitol works and why it matters

Photo:  Gov. Gavin Newsom announces all school teachers and employees will be required to be vaccinated or undergo weekly COVID-19 testing at a press conference at Carl B. Munck school in Oakland on Aug. 11, 2021. Photo by Anne Wernikoff, CalMatters

August 24, 2021 (Sacramento) - After months of reluctance, Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday mandated that all California school employees be vaccinated for COVID-19 or be tested weekly.


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FIRE CHIEF SHARES COVID-19 TREATMENT SUCCESS STORY

 

By Anita Lightfoot, County of San Diego Communications Office

Video by Suzanne Bartole

August 24, 2021 (National City) - There’s a cost-free COVID-19 treatment that can limit the duration and severity of COVID symptoms, but many San Diegans are not aware it’s an option. Monoclonal antibody treatment is available to anyone in the early stages of COVID-19 regardless of whether or not they’ve been vaccinated.


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COVID HOSPITALIZATIONS BREAK RECORDS IN SIX CALIFORNIA COUNTIES

By Kristen Hwang, CalMatters

CalMatters is a public interest journalism venture committed to explaining how California’s state Capitol works and why it matters

August 23, 2021 (Del Norte/Tuolomne/Lake/Humboldt/Nevada/Mendocino Counties) - Hospitals in six rural California counties — all in remote, northern parts of the state  — are now treating more COVID-19 patients than ever, breaking records by exceeding their winter surges.


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COVID-19 VACCINATION EVENT AUG. 24 IN EL CAJON INCLUDES GIVAWAYS OF FOOD, DIAPERS AND GIFT CARDS

East County News Service

August 23, 2021 (El Cajon) – The Ihsan Health Initiative will be hosting a free COVID-19 vaccination event this Tuesday, August 24 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 299 North Magnolia Avenue in El Cajon.


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FDA WARNS AGAINST USING IVERMECTIN MEANT FOR LIVESTOCK AFTER FLOOD OF CALLS TO POISON CONTROL CENTERS

Fox News hosts falsely touted drug as COVID treatment. FDA says it is not anti-viral, is used mainly to deworm horses, and can be dangerous for humans.

By Miriam Raftery

August 21, 2021 (Washington D.C.) – A Mississippi Poison Control Center reports that 70% of recent calls are from people who ingested Ivermectin purchased at livestock supply stores which they mistakenly believed could treat or prevent COVID-19, a view falsely touted by multiple Fox News hosts. Seeking to protect the public from harm, The U.S. Food and Drug Association (FDA) has issued a statement titled “Why you should not use Ivermectin to treat or prevent COVID-19.”


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ADVOCATES PRESS FOR NEW CELL-PHONE RADIATION LIMITS AFTER COURT VICTORY

Safety standards for radiofrequency radiation from cell towers and wireless devices are based on studies done only on adults, not children

By Suzanne Potter, Public News Service (CA)

Photo by Kevin Mottus, California Brain Tumor Association

August 21, 2021 (Washington D.C.) - Wireless safety advocates are calling on the Biden administration to develop a policy on safer cell-phone technology in the wake of a new ruling in federal court.


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BIDEN-HARRIS ADMINISTRATION INVESTS TO IMPROVE HEALTH IN RURAL COMMUNITIES

East County News Service

August 20, 2021 (Washington D.C.) -- The Biden Administration has announced actions to improve the health of rural communities by making billions of dollars in American Rescue Plan funding available expand telehealth in rural and other under-served communities, help rural hospitals and medical providers meet COVID-19 needs, expand Medicare to include dental, vision and hearing benefits, and expand Veterans’ Administration (VA) training for rural providers, among other key goals.


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DAY OF ACTION AUG. 28 TO STOP FENTANYL OVERDOSES AND RECEIVE FREE NARCAN

East County News Service

August 20, 2021 (San Diego) – Fentanyl is deadly. Just a few grains can kill, and hundreds of people in San Diego are dying each year.  So District Attorney Summer Stephan invites the public to a day of action to STOP Fentanyl overdoses and save lives.


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TSA EXTENDS FACE MASK REQUIREMENT ON ALL PUBLIC TRANSIT THROUGH JANUARY 18, 2022

Source: TSA

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is extending the face mask requirement for individuals across all transportation networks throughout the United States, including at airports, onboard commercial aircraft, on over-the-road buses, and on commuter bus and rail systems through January 18, 2022.

On January 31, TSA announced the initial face mask requirement with an expiration date of May 11. On April 30, TSA announced an extension to the face mask requirement through September 13, 2021 amid a surge in the Delta variant of COVID-19.


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AVANTI FROZEN FOODS EXPANDS RECALL OF FROZEN COOKED SHRIMP DUE TO POSSIBLE SALMONELLA CONTAMINATION

Source: U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

August 20, 2021 (San Diego) - Avanti Frozen Foods Pvt. Ltd, is voluntarily expanding a prior recall issued on June 25,2021 to include certain consignments of various sizes of frozen cooked, peeled, deveined, shrimp (with some packaged with cocktail sauce) sold in various unit sizes, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The frozen shrimp products were distributed nationwide from November 2020 to May 2021.


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COVID-19 BOOSTER SHOTS AVAILABLE FOR IMMUNOCOMPROMISED

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

August 19, 2021 (San Diego) - San Diegans with moderately to severely compromised immune systems can get a booster shot of the COVID-19 vaccine to fight waning immunity.


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FROM THE FIRE CHIEF'S CORNER: MAKE NO DROUGHT ABOUT IT - THIS IS SERIOUS!

By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

August 18, 2021 (San Diego) - Your state’s drought really is a state of emergency, says Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna. Let’s start with the obvious: wildfires. There are close to 10,000 personnel, hundreds of fixed wing & rotary aircraft, hand-crews, dozers and water tenders battling multiple wildfires that have burned over 941,003 acres in California alone and not much end in sight. We still have another month or so before the real height of fire season kicks in with our Santa Ana and Diablo winds. Start preparing now!


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COUNTY OFFICIALS ENCOURAGE BUSINESSES TO REQUIRE EMPLOYEE VACCINATION OR FREQUENT COVID TESTING

By Katie Cadiao, County of San Diego Communications Office

Video by James Kecskes

August 18, 2021 (San Diego) - County officials Monday encouraged local businesses and employers to implement stricter COVID-19 measures amid a spike in new virus cases. Officials recommended businesses implement a requirement for employees to either show proof of vaccination, or subject themselves to regular testing.


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COUNTY PERMIT REFUNDS PROVIDE MORE PANDEMIC ASSISTANCE TO RESTAURANTS

By County News Center, County of San Diego Communications Office

East County Magazine file photo

August 13, 2021 (San Diego) - The County will begin notifying restaurants today of $4.5 million in permit fee refunds for the period of March 16, 2020 through June 15, 2021. The amount, which is the result of a recent settlement in a lawsuit brought by a local restaurant group, is in addition to $118.9 million already provided to restaurants by the San Diego County Board of Supervisors to help offset the impact of California’s stay-at-home and local public health orders.

More information on the 640 Tenth LP v. County of San Diego, et al. case and settlement can be found here.


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GROSSMONT HEALTHCARE DISTRICT HELPS LOCAL FAMILIES PREPARE FOR SCHOOL

While supplies last, backpacks filled with school supplies are still available for pickup at the Herrick Library

East County News Service

Photo courtesy of Grossmont Healthcare District

August 12, 2021 (La Mesa) - The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) supported hundreds of East County San Diego families at their three-day Family End of Summer Palooza event, giving away essentials to prepare for back to school.


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COUNTY RECORDER'S OFFICES OFFER WALK-IN SERVICES SATURDAY, AUGUST 14

 

No appointments necessary for birth, death & marriage certificates to meet pent-up pandemic & back-to-school demand, and for customers without internet access and/or credit/debit cards

By: Jonathan Goetz

Photo: Grand Opening of Santee location, March 12, 2020 (Photo Credit: Michael Uyeda)

August 10, 2021 (San Diego) - San Diego County Recorder's offices will be offering expanded office hours with a Saturday “no appointment necessary” walk-in day on August 14, 2021, to meet pent-up pandemic period demand for birth, death, and marriage certificates (all vital records). Currently, Ernie Dronenburg requires appointments during the week, but this event will not require appointments for what he has dubbed “Vital Records Day.” The special Saturday walk-in services are offered at the County Assessor/Recorder/Clerk's Chula Vista, San Marcos, and Santee locations.


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OVER TWO MILLION SAN DIEGANS NOW FULLY VACCINATED

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

August 9, 2021 (San Diego) - More than 2 million San Diegans are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19, placing the County closer to achieving its vaccination goal.


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STATE SUPERINTENDENT TONY THURMOND HOSTS VIRTUAL VACCINE TOWN HALL AUG. 11 TO SUPPORT SAFE BACK-TO-SCHOOL WITH FREE GIFT CARDS, NBA STAR KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR, TOP DOCTORS AND EDUCATORS IN POWER GUEST LINEUP

East County News Service

August 9, 2021 (Sacramento) -- On Wednesday, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond and a lineup of public health experts, legendary guests and youth leaders will promote vaccine effectiveness in a Virtual Vaccine Town Hall. The event is designed to capture the interest and engagement of individuals of all ages and across demographic, geographic, and social groups and inform the important conversations around a safe return to in-person learning. The goal of the event is to reach at least one million Californians and have an impact on boosting vaccination rates for the benefit of schools and communities. The Virtual Vaccine Town Hall will include Spanish language and American Sign Language interpretation service and be accessible by teleconference and viewable by Zoom webinar and on the California Department of Education (CDE) Facebook Live.


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HEALTH AND SCIENCE HIGHLIGHTS


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STATE WAIVES MEDI-CAL PREMIUMS DURING PANDEMIC: MANY RECIPIENTS UNAWARE

By Suzanne Potter, California News Service

August 9, 2021 (Sacramento) -- Hundreds of thousands of Medi-Cal recipients who experienced financial hardship during the pandemic are paying monthly premiums when they don't have to - presumably unaware that the state is waiving the monthly payments during the pandemic.


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MIRACLE BABIES NON-PROFIT IS A BEACON OF HOPE IN SAN DIEGO, PLANS “SUPER HERO” RUN AUG. 15

By Daniel Smiechowski

August 8, 2021 (San Diego) -- There is a ray of sunshine in San Diego County offering love and compassion to the families of babies born prematurely and with underlying medical issues. From much needed transportation to emotional support in terms of care packages, craft activities and free lunches, Miracle Babies is a valuable resource in our region.


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SAN DIEGANS NOW PRIMARILY VACCINATED AT PHARMACIES, COMMUNITY CLINICS

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

San Diegans have largely turned to traditional vaccination clinics to get immunized against COVID-19

August 1, 2021 (San Diego) - Retail pharmacies are now the primary provider of vaccines, administering over 100,000 doses from July 1 through July 28. They were followed, in order, by community clinics (nearly 20,000 doses), private medical providers (almost 17,000 doses), County sites (about 13,000 doses) and hospitals (just under 9,000 doses) during the same time frame.

“I want to thank every San Diegan who has been vaccinated and the many partners working daily with the County to ensure vaccines are readily available in every part of our region,” said Wilma J. Wooten (photo, right), M.D., M.P.H., County public health officer. “Masking and other public health guidance are additional measures to help us safely navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. Vaccinations are our key for getting out of it.”

The County has been working with its vaccination partners to get the word out to San Diegans who are hesitant about getting immunized.


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GROSSMONT HEALTHCARE HOSTS FAMILY END OF SUMMER PALOOZA AUGUST 3-5

East County News Service

July 28, 2021 (La Mesa) – You’re invited to bring the family for a three-day “Family End of Summer Palooza” hosted by Grossmont Healthcare District at Briercrest Park, 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa.


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