health and wellness

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In anticipation of increased gatherings over the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, the OC Health Care Agency (HCA) continues to encourage residents and visitors to get vaccinated against COVID-19, including a booster shot if they are eligible, and to exercise safe precautions to prevent the spread of the disease. “We must continue …continue reading

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Hospitalization can be emotionally challenging for young children and their families, and missing out on traditional childhood activities like trick-or-treating can add to those challenges. To ensure hospitalized children at MemorialCare Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach didn’t miss out on this Halloween tradition, hospital employees came together to …continue reading

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o prepare for the next phase of vaccination distribution, the OC Health Care Agency continues to monitor activity by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices regarding the administration of booster shots of the Moderna and …continue reading

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As COVID-19 cases continue to decline in Orange County, the OC Health Care Agency (HCA) continues to urge individuals who are not yet vaccinated against both COVID-19 and influenza (flu) to get vaccinated. “Studies continue to show that receiving a COVID-19 vaccine reduces infections, hospitalizations and deaths,” says Dr. Regina …continue reading

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According to the latest update from the Unified Command leading the oil spill response along the Orange County coastline, the South Coast Air Quality Management District, in coordination with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the OC Health Care Agency (HCA), and a contracted environmental consulting firm, are conducting community air …continue reading

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Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) announced today that the Governor has approved legislation she authored called “Brandon’s Law” (Senate Bill 434). This law will take effect on January 1, 2022, and prohibits an operator of rehabilitation treatment facilities from providing any form of false advertising or marketing services. Senator Bates …continue reading

Editorial - Room with a View

Although the news release from Planned Parenthood of Orange & San Bernardino Counties (PPOSBC) blurs the boundary lines, the recognition given to Terry Stapleton by Representative Lou Correa (D-CA46) was in response to her leadership in the fight against COVID-19, for which she should rightly be applauded. That work is …continue reading

Top Ten Stories for August 29 through September 4 include child pornography, a freeway closure, and local police blotters. Top Ten Stories for August 29 through September 4 are the most-read stories at Orange County Breeze over the last week (excluding weather forecasts and events): Orange County man once affiliated …continue reading

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On September 1, the California Department of Public Health issued updated guidance and Q&A to assist K-12 schools in formulating and implementing plans for safe, successful, and full in-person instruction. These updates include recommendations and requirements for school-based extracurricular activities, as well as clarification on modified quarantine recommendations. According to …continue reading

cover art for the August 2021 issue of OCB's Dining, Arts, and Entertainment guide.

Top Ten Stories for August 15 through August 21 include . Top Ten Stories for August 15 through August 21 are the most-read stories at Orange County Breeze over the last week (excluding weather forecasts and events): Hit-and-run kills woman on foot on 7th Street in Long Beach CHP issues …continue reading

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On Friday, August 20, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) released the most recent statistics on COVID-19 and updates on the state’s pandemic response. Statewide COVID-19 data as of Friday, August 20 California has 4,084,799 confirmed cases to date. Numbers may not represent true day-over-day change as reporting of …continue reading

Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva, representing Assembly District 65 in California, after COVID-19.

Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva (D – Fullerton), Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Orange County Homelessness and Mental Health Services organized a hearing between local officials, mental health providers, and homeless outreach service providers to engage in addressing the growing concerns of homelessness and mental health facing Orange County. “I …continue reading

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The Los Alamitos Education Foundation (LAEF) was proud to donate $25,000 last week to support the salary of Los Alamitos USD’s middle school mental health counselor Dr. Kirsten Jensen. In addition, over the past two years, LAEF donated $60,000 for the construction of Well Spaces at both district Middle Schools …continue reading