Orange County Health Care Agency

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To lessen the spread of COVID-19 during the holiday travel season, the OC Health Care Agency (HCA) and John Wayne Airport (JWA) are pleased to announce that beginning Wednesday, December 8, no-cost, self-collection COVID-19 testing kits will be distributed to travelers at JWA. According to the Centers for Disease Control …continue reading

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In response to the reopening of fisheries by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife on November 30, OC Health Care Agency (HCA) Director and County Health Officer Dr. Clayton Chau has lifted the health advisory against consuming harvested fish or seafood from affected beaches along the Orange County coastline. …continue reading

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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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On November 4, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published their emergency temporary standard (ETS) to the Federal Register. The ETS establishes binding requirements to protect unvaccinated employees of large employers (100 or more employees) from the risk of contracting COVID-19 in the workplace, including minimum vaccination, vaccination verification, …continue reading

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To prepare for the next phase of vaccination distribution, the OC Health Care Agency (HCA) continues to monitor activity by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) regarding …continue reading

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The OC Health Care Agency (HCA) encourages community members to drop-off expired, unused or unwanted prescription medications on “National Take Back Day” Saturday, October 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at numerous locations throughout Orange County. “This is a great opportunity for individuals to clean out their medicine cabinets …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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California Governor Gavin Newsom’s plans to add the COVID-19 vaccine to the list of vaccinations required for middle and high school students to attend in-person instruction is contingent upon full approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). “Please know that there is no immediate action at this time,” says …continue reading

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On September 28, the California State Public Health Officer (CDPH) issued a new health order to address mandatory vaccination for workers in adult and senior care facilities, as well as workers providing services in a recipient’s home. Workers identified in the order must have their first dose of a one-dose …continue reading

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As the fall season begins, the OC Health Care Agency (HCA) encourages all residents over the age of six months to get vaccinated against influenza, also known as the seasonal flu. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and American Academy of Pediatrics, influenza vaccines can be …continue reading