2018 Press Releases

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OC Health Care Agency Issues Bay Water Closure

December 26, 2018
The County of Orange Health Care Agency's Environmental Health division has closed the ocean water area in the City of Laguna Beach 150 feet upcoast and 150 feet downcoast of Aliso Creek at Aliso Beach County Park due to a sewage spill.

OC Health Care Agency Issues Bay Water Closure

December 5, 2018
The County of Orange Health Care Agency, Environmental Health, has closed the bay water area in the City of Newport Beach from Bayside Drive Beach to 450 feet upbay of Bayside Drive Beach due to a sewage spill.

Know Your Status This World AIDS Day

November 29, 2018
In commemoration of World AIDS Day on December 1st, the County of Orange Health Care Agency (HCA) challenges community members to take the lead in reducing new HIV infections by knowing their status through getting tested.

OC Health Care Agency Issues Ocean and Bay Rain Advisory

November 29, 2018
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.

OC Health Care Agency Issues Bay Water Closure

November 27, 2018
The OC Health Care Agency's Environmental Health division has closed the bay water area at North Star Beach in Newport Beach due to a sewage spill. The spill of approximately 110 gallons was caused by a blockage in a private property sewer line in Newport Beach.

Bat Found at Wildwood Park in Irvine Tests Positive for Rabies

November 21, 2018
A brown bat found at Wildwood Park located at Shooting Star and Wildwood in Irvine, California on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at approximately 5 p.m. has tested positive for rabies.

OC Health Care Agency Issues Ocean Water Closure

November 15, 2018
The The OC Health Care Agency's Environmental Health division has closed the bay water area of 43rd Street Beach in the City of Newport Beach due to a sewage spill.

OC Health Care Agency Releases Oral Health Strategic Plan and Launches 'Smile Habits OC' Website

November 14, 2018
The Orange County Local Oral Health Program (OC-LOHP) was established within the OC Health Care Agency (HCA) with funding from the California Department of Public Health last January.

OC Health Care Agency Issues Bay Closure

November 3, 2018
The County of Orange Health Care Agency's Environmental Health division has closed the ocean water area 500 feet upcoast and 500 feet downcoast of the Estrella storm drain of Capistrano Bay Community Beach due to a sewage spill.

Drop-Off Unwanted Prescriptions at a Collection Site Near You on National Take Back Day

October 22, 2018
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,

OC Health Care Agency Reports Season's First Influenza Case

October 22, 2018
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.

OC Health Care Agency Reports West Nile Virus Related Death

October 16, 2018
The first human death associated with West Nile virus (WNV) infection in Orange County has been confirmed by OC Health Care Agency officials.

Health Care Agency to Exercise Emergency Response at Orange County Great Park

October 15, 2018
Chairman Andrew Do, 1st District of the Orange County Board of Supervisors, encourages community members to participate in the OC Health Care Agency's (HCA) Point of Dispensing (POD) emergency preparedness event at the Great Park in Irvine on October 18 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

OC Health Care Agency Issues Bay Closure

October 14, 2018
The County of Orange Health Care Agency, Environmental Health, has closed the bay water area at Sunset Aquatic Marina and Portofino Cove Marina in Huntington Beach due to a sewage spill.

OC Health Care Agency Presents Food Safety Seminar for Orange County Restaurants

October 3, 2018
The OC Health Care Agency (HCA), in partnership with Chairman Andrew Do and Supervisor Michelle Steel of the Orange County Board of Supervisors, will be hosting a Food Safety Seminar on October 10th in the City of Fountain Valley.

Health Care Agency To Exercise Emergency Response At Irvine Great Park

October 1, 2018
The Orange County Health Care Agency (HCA), City of Irvine and seven South County cities will be exercising a Point of Dispensing (POD) emergency preparedness event at the Great Park, Irvine on October 18 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. to practice rapid distribution of medicine in the event of a public health outbreak.

Bat Found at University Community Park in Irvine Tests Positive for Rabies

September 12, 2018
A bat found at University Community Park located at 1 Beech Tree Lane in Irvine, California on Saturday, September 8, 2018 at approximately 12 p.m. has tested positive for rabies.

OC Health Care Agency Issues Ocean Water Closure

August 14, 2018
The Environmental Health division of the OC Health Care Agency has closed the bay water area in the City of Newport Beach from Upper Newport Bay to North Star Beach due to two sewage spills.

County of Orange Reports First Human West Nile Virus Infection of 2018

August 8, 2018
A Tustin woman in her 70s was diagnosed this week with West Nile Virus (WNV) encephalitis.

Wildfire Smoke Poses Potential Health Risk

August 8, 2018
Smoke from the Holy Fire may pose a health danger to some Orange County residents, especially those in certain high-risk groups.

High Temperatures Bring Risk of Heat-Related Illnesses

July 24, 2018
The National Weather Service – San Diego Office has issued a Heat Warning for Inland Orange County, increasing the risk of heat related illnesses like heat exhaustion and heat stroke for those who are more sensitive to heat.

High Temperatures Bring Risk of Heat-Related Illnesses

July 5, 2018
The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for inland Orange County communities, including the Santa Ana Mountains and Foothills, 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

June 19, 2018
The Environmental Health division of the OC Health Care Agency has closed the ocean water area in the City of Huntington Beach from the intersection of Harbour Channel and Midway Channel at the end of Coral Cay Lane to Park Avenue Beach, 11th Street Beach, and Coral Cay Beach due to a sewage spill.

"Doing It My Way, Testing for HIV"

National HIV Testing Day is Wednesday, June 27

June 18, 2018
June 27 marks National HIV Testing Day, which helps promote testing and early diagnosis of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. There are 6,711 individuals living with HIV disease in Orange County and by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates, an additional estimated 941 residents who have HIV and don't know it – some of whom will develop AIDS before realizing they are HIV-infected.

Bat Found on Corner of S. Country Hills Road and S. Mohler Dr. in Anaheim Tests Positive for Rabies

June 18, 2018
A bat found was found on the corner of S. Country Hills Road and S. Mohler Dr. in Anaheim, California on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at approximately 7:15 p.m. and has since tested positive for rabies.

Free "Hands Only" CPR Trainings Offered Countywide

June 5, 2018
Orange County residents are invited to take just 10 minutes out of their day this month and learn a skill that can save a life: Hands-Only Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).

OC Health Care Agency Issues Ocean Water Closure

May 31, 2018
The Environmental Health division of the OC Health Care Agency has closed the ocean water area in the City of Laguna Beach at Wood's Cove from the projection of Center St. down coast to Moss St. due to a sewage spill.

OC Health Care Agency Issues Ocean and Bay Rain Advisory

May 3, 2018
The Environmental Health division of the OC 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.

Drop-Off Unwanted Prescriptions at a Collection Site Near You on National Take Back Day

April 25, 2018
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, April 28 at several locations throughout Orange County.

OC Health Care Agency Issues Ocean Water Closure

April 13, 2018
The Environmental Health division of the OC Health Care Agency has closed the ocean water area in the City of San Clemente from El Portal Access to 300 feet down coast of the San Clemente Pier due to a sewage spill.

OC Health Care Agency Issues Ocean Water Closure

March 14, 2018
The Environmental Health division of the OC Health Care Agency has closed the harbor water area in the City of Huntington Beach at Sunset Aquatic Marina and Portofino Cove Marina due to a sewage spill.

OC Health Care Agency Issues Ocean and Bay Rain Advisory

March 11, 2018
The Environmental Health division of the OC 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.

Mental Health Services Act Annual Plan Update Available for Public Comment

March 6, 2018
The OC Health Care Agency (HCA) announces the availability of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018-19 Mental Health Services Act Plan Update for public review and comment at www.ochealthinfo.com/mhsa through April 4, 2018.

OC Health Care Agency Issues Ocean and Bay Rain Advisory

February 27, 2018
The Environmental Health division of the OC 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.

Frost Advisory Issued for Orange County

February 20, 2018
The National Weather Service has issued a Frost Advisory for Orange County beginning at 10 p.m. this evening to 8 a.m. tomorrow morning. Overnight temperatures in some areas will dip to the low 30s with isolated locations in the upper 20s.

OC Health Care Agency Launches New ʻEvery Woman OCʼ Website

February 14, 2018
The OC Health Care Agency in partnership with the Orange County Perinatal Council is proud to announce the launch of a new website (www.everywomanoc.org) with the goal of providing essential health information and resources to women who are considering pregnancy, pregnant, or in the postpartum period with infants through their first year of life.

More than 3,000 Orange County Food Establishments Receive Awards of Excellence

February 8, 2018
The OC Health Care Agency (HCA) has issued the 2018 Award of Excellence to 3,110 Orange County food facilities to recognize local businesses for their outstanding food safety and sanitation practices during 2017.

OC Health Care Agency Issues Ocean Water Closure

February 6, 2018
The County of Orange Health Care Agency's Environmental Health division has closed the ocean water area in the City of Newport Beach from Pearson's Port down bay to the edge of the Bay Shores Community Association Docks due to a sewage spill.

Public Invited to Share Input about Opioid Epidemic in Orange County

January 22, 2018
The OC Health Care Agency in partnership with the Orange County Alcohol and Drug Advisory Board will present a Public Forum on January 24 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Delhi Center in Santa Ana to address the opioid epidemic in Orange County and identify prevention and treatment needs to reduce overdose and addiction.

OC Health Care Agency Issues Ocean and Bay Rain Advisory

January 9, 2018
The Environmental Health Division of the OC 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.