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Bat Found in Anaheim Parking Lot Tests Positive for Rabies

November 30, 2017
A bat found in the parking lot of the Canyon Terrace Shopping Center located at 100 North Tustin Avenue in Anaheim on November 28, 2017, has tested positive for rabies. Anyone who may have had physical contact with this bat or saw someone else having contact with the bat is asked to call OC Health Care Agency (HCA) Epidemiology at (714) 834-8180 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or (714) 834-7792 after hours to determine the risk for rabies.

Free HIV Testing on World AIDS Day

November 28, 2017
In commemoration of World AIDS Day, on December 1, the OC Health Care Agency (HCA) challenges the community to take the lead in reducing new HIV infections by knowing their HIV status by getting tested through their health care provider or at a location offering free HIV testing.

County of Orange Reports First Influenza-Related Death of Season

November 9, 2017
The County of Orange Health Care Agency has confirmed the County's first influenza-related death this season.

Bat Found at Laguna Niguel Regional Park Tests Positive for Rabies

November 7, 2017
A bat found near the entrance of Laguna Niguel Regional Park by the Ranger's Office on November 3, 2017 has tested positive for rabies. Anyone who may have had physical contact with this bat or saw someone else having contact with the bat is asked to call OC Health Care Agency (HCA) Epidemiology at (714) 834-8180 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or (714) 834-7792 after hours to determine the risk for rabies.

OC Health Care Agency Issues Ocean Water Closure

November 5, 2017
The OC Health Care Agency's Environmental Health division has closed the ocean water area in the City of Seal Beach from the mouth of the San Gabriel River to the projection of 4th St. due to a sewage spill.

Drop-Off Unwanted Prescriptions at More Than 25 OC Locations on National Take Back Day

October 24, 2017
The OC Health Care Agency encourages community members to drop-off expired, unused or unwanted prescription medications between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on "National Take Back Day" Saturday, October 28 at more than 25 locations throughout Orange County.

Free Flu Shots October 26 in Tustin and Westminster

October 24, 2017
Free seasonal flu shots for adults and children three years of age and older will be offered in the cities of Tustin and Westminster as part of an annual series of emergency preparedness exercises.

County Health Officer and OC Health Care Agency Director Issue Local Health Emergency Declaration for City of Anaheim

October 23, 2017
The County of Orange Health Officer and OC Health Care Agency Director today issued a Local Health Emergency Declaration in response to damage from the Canyon Fire 2. The declaration assists the City of Anaheim to qualify for debris removal costs from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

High Temperatures Bring Risk of Heat-Related Illnesses

October 23, 2017
Temperatures in most of Orange County are expected to reach the high 90s to 100 degrees today through Wednesday, increasing the risk of heat related illnesses like heat exhaustion and heat stroke for those who are more sensitive to heat.

OC Health Care Agency Issues Ocean Water Closure

October 23, 2017
The OC Health Care Agency's Environmental Health division has closed the ocean water area at Woods Cove from the projection of Center Street to Moss Street in the City of Laguna Beach.

OC Health Care Agency Issues Ocean Water Closure

October 18, 2017
The OC Health Care Agency's Environmental Health division has closed the ocean water area 1,000 feet upcoast and 1,000 feet downcoast of the Balboa Pier in the City of Newport Beach.

Defeat HIV on National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day October 15

October 13, 2017
The OC Health Care Agency celebrates National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD) on October 15 by promoting testing and early diagnosis of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.

OC Health Care Agency Reports West Nile Virus Related Death

October 6, 2017
The first human death associated with West Nile virus (WNV) infection in Orange County has been confirmed by OC Health Care Agency officials. The case is an elderly female resident of Anaheim who died with WNV infection complications.

OC Health Care Agency Reports Season's First Influenza Case

October 6, 2017
The OC Health Care Agency (HCA) has confirmed our county's first case of influenza, signaling that flu season is officially here and serving as a reminder that the best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated.

Harbor Water Closure

September 30, 2017
The OC Heath Care Agency's Environmental Health division has closed the harbor water area at Sunset Aquatic Marina and Portofino Cove in Huntington Harbour to swimming and diving due to a sewage spill on September 29, 2017.

Waste Not OC Coalition Honored with Congressional Recognition for Efforts to End Hunger in Orange County, California

September 15, 2017
The Waste Not OC Coalition (WNOC) was formally recognized in the Congressional Record this week for its notable contributions and meaningful progress to end hunger in Orange County, California, where more than 300,000 residents (including one in five children) experience food insecurity each month. Read the full Congressional Record here.

OC Health Care Agency Presents First-of-its-Kind Food Safety Seminar for Orange County Restaurants

September 11, 2017
The OC Health Care Agency (HCA), in partnership with Chairwoman Michelle Steel and Vice Chair Andrew Do of the Orange County Board of Supervisors, will present a Food Safety Seminar on October 5 in the City of Garden Grove.

High Temperatures Bring Risk of Heat-Related Illnesses

August 25, 2017
Temperatures in most inland Orange County and surrounding mountain communities are expected to reach high temperatures in the 90s on Sunday, 8/27, warming to 95 to 105 degrees on Monday and Tuesday, increasing the risk of heat related illnesses like heat exhaustion and heat stroke for those who are more sensitive to heat.

Ocean Water Closure Issued in Dana Point

August 21, 2017
The Orange County Health Care Agency's Environmental Health division has closed the ocean water area on the north side of the west basin in Dana Point Harbor at Baby Beach, Youth Dock, Guest Dock, and "A" through "C" docks due to a sewage spill.

Report Finds Opioid Overdoses in Orange County on the Rise

August 15, 2017
The OC Health Care Agency (HCA) today released the "Opioid Overdose and Death in Orange County" report. Among key findings: the rate of opioid-related emergency department (ED) visits has more than doubled since 2005.

Orange County Reports First Human West Nile Virus Infection of 2017

July 7, 2017
A Laguna Beach female in her 70s has tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV) infection, becoming the first human WNV infection in Orange County this year.

Orange County Health Care Agency Issues Ocean Water Closure

July 6, 2017
The Orange County Health Care Agency's Environmental Health division has closed the bay water area at Harbor Marina in the City of Newport Beach. The spill of approximately 100 gallons was caused by a blockage in a private property owner's sewer lateral (pipe that connects a building to main sewer line in street).

Test Your Way. Do it Today — National HIV Testing Day is Tuesday, June 27th

June 15, 2017
June 27 marks National HIV Testing Day, which helps promote testing and early diagnosis of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. There are 6,762 individuals living with HIV disease in Orange County, and by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates, an additional 669 residents who have HIV and don't know it – some of whom will develop AIDS before realizing they are HIV-infected.

New Ocean Water Report Reveals Steady Decline of Orange County Sewage Spills Over 17-Year Period

June 13, 2017
The OC Health Care Agency's 2016 Annual Ocean, Harbor & Bay Water Quality Report is now available online and provides a yearly analysis of bacteriological water quality data over a 17-year period for Orange County's ocean recreational waters.

Free "Hands Only" CPR Trainings Offered June 1st Throughout Orange County

May 25, 2017
Orange County residents are invited to take just ten minutes out of their day Thursday, June 1 and learn a skill that can save a life: Hands-Only Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).

OC Health Care Agency Issues Ocean Water Closure

May 9, 2017
The OC Health Care Agency's Environmental Health division has closed the ocean water area from the Talbert Channel in Huntington State Beach to Highland Street in the City of Newport Beach.

OC Health Care Agency Implements Secure Electronic Patient History Sharing System that is First-of-its-Kind in the Nation

May 9, 2017
The OC Health Care Agency's (HCA) field implementation of an electronic system that enables the instantaneous sharing of a patient's medical history from ambulance to hospital has been recognized this month by the Journal of Emergency Medical Services for its innovation.

OC Health Care Agency Launches Campaign to #UpliftOC this Mental Health Matters Month

May 1, 2017
Orange County residents are encouraged to follow the OC Health Care Agency (HCA) on Facebook and Twitter as we celebrate Mental Health Matters Month this month by shining the spotlight on simple behaviors people can implement in their everyday lives that will #UpliftOC.

Orange County Residents Warned of Potential Botulism Risk Associated with Deer-Antler Tea

April 28, 2017
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LADPH) today warned the public against consuming deer-antler tea due to botulism risk. One confirmed case and one suspect case are both adult residents of Orange County, California and the LADPH's preliminary investigation suggests these cases may be associated with the consumption of a deer-antler tea product acquired during the month of March.

Spring Clean Your Cabinets and Drop-Off Unwanted Medications this National Take Back Day

April 27, 2017
The OC Health Care Agency encourages community members to drop-off expired, unused or unwanted prescription medications this National Take Back Day, April 29, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at more than 20 participating locations throughout Orange County.

New Report Reveals Drug and Alcohol Overdose Deaths in Orange County are on the Rise

April 25, 2017
Today, the Orange County Health Care Agency (HCA) released the "Drug and Alcohol Morbidity and Mortality in Orange County" report that provides a summary of the leading causes of substance-related overdoses in Orange County. Compiled in collaboration with the Orange County Sheriff-Coroner division, the report found that the overall rate of drug/alcohol overdose deaths in the county increased by 82% since 2000.

More Than 3,200 Orange County Food Establishments Receive Awards of Excellence

April 24, 2017
The County of Orange Health Care Agency (HCA) has issued the 2017 Award of Excellence to 3,285 Orange County food facilities to recognize local businesses for their outstanding food safety and sanitation practices during 2016.

Bat Found in William Mason Regional Park in Irvine Tests Positive for Rabies

April 20, 2017
A bat found on a picnic bench adjacent to the lake and near a restroom at William Mason Regional Park in the City of Irvine on April 15, 2017 has tested positive for rabies.

Public Health Week Celebrated by Promoting Health Through Partnerships in Orange County

April 6, 2017
The OC Health Care Agency (HCA) celebrated National Public Health Week by honoring the people, programs, organizations and jurisdictions that help to make Orange County a healthier place to live, work and play.

Survey Shows Continuing Widespread Availability of Tobacco Products In Orange County

Just released findings from statewide survey shows disparity in availability of healthy and unhealthy products.

March 8, 2017
New research shows that in Orange County the availability of e-cigarettes has grown by 12 percentage points and nearly 21% since 2013. This finding is part of new research released today on the availability and marketing of tobacco products, alcohol, condoms and healthy and unhealthy food options in California stores that sell tobacco.

Ocean and Bay Rain Advisory

February 27, 2017
The Environmental Health Division of the Health Care Agency advises swimmers that levels of bacteria can rise significantly in ocean and bay waters, close to storm drains, and the outlets of creeks and rivers during and after rainstorms.

Ocean and Bay Rain Advisory

February 17, 2017
The Environmental Health Division of the Health Care Agency advises swimmers that levels of bacteria can rise significantly in ocean and bay waters, close to storm drains, and the outlets of creeks and rivers during and after rainstorms.

Orange County's 2017-19 Health Improvement Plan Now Available

February 15, 2017
On behalf of the Orange County Health Improvement Partnership (HIP), the Health Care Agency is pleased to announce that Orange County's 2017-19 Health Improvement Plan is now available online at www.ochealthiertogether.org. The plan lays out assessments, goals, objectives and strategies for addressing the priority health areas and overall public health system over the next three years.

Bay Water Closure

February 6, 2017
The County of Orange Health Care Agency, Environmental Health, has closed the bay water area in the City of Newport Beach from 43rd Street to the projection of Via Genoa on Lido Isle due to a sewage spill.

Ocean and Bay Rain Advisory

February 6, 2017
The Environmental Health Division of the Health Care Agency advises swimmers that levels of bacteria can rise significantly in ocean and bay waters, close to storm drains, and the outlets of creeks and rivers during and after rainstorms.

County of Orange Reports First Influenza-Reported Death of Season

February 2, 2017
The County of Orange Health Care Agency has confirmed Orange County's first influenza-related death in a person under 65 this season. A male in his 50s who was a resident of Laguna Woods died of complications related to influenza infection last week.

Ocean Water Closure

January 25, 2017
The County of Orange Health Care Agency, Environmental Health, has closed the ocean water area in the City of Laguna Beach from 300 feet upcoast to 300 feet downcoast of Aliso Creek at Aliso County Beach due to a sewage spill.

Health Care Agency Reports Rapid Increase in Flu Activity

January 18, 2017
The Health Care Agency reports a rapid increase of flu activity in Orange County over the past few weeks and reminds residents that it's not too late to vaccinate. More than 900 confirmed influenza cases have been reported by local medical providers to date this season.