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LA County Returns to `Strongly Recommending’ Masks Indoors as COVID Cases Rise
November 18, 2022
With COVID-19 infection rates sharply increasing since the beginning of November, Los Angeles County has returned to ``strongly recommending'' that people wear masks in all indoor public settings. ... read more »
Updated Booster is Here, Just in Time for the Holiday Season
November 17, 2022
Thanksgiving is next week, and Christmas is around the corner. The holiday season has officially arrived. Now that the updated booster authorized for individuals as young as five, we’re even closer to ensuring the whole family is protected during fall and winter when the spread of respiratory viruses is at its peak. ... read more »
Is it Safe to ‘Trick or Treat’ This Halloween? Pediatrician Offers Valuable Advice to Parents  
October 27, 2022
Now that COVID-19 is more under control thanks to a majority of Californians being vaccinated, we’re likely to see more ghosts, goblins and witches walking down neighborhood streets this Halloween as trick-or-treating is expected to reach pre-pandemic levels.  ... read more »
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Pandemic Exposed Injustices, But Those Lessons are Fading Away
September 7, 2022
The realities of racial, economic and gender injustice exposed by the COVID-19 pandemic began to fade from consciousness only a year later, according to researcher Eileen Campbell-Reed. ... read more »
BHERC Film Festival Examines Mental Health Issues and Answers
August 25, 2022
The Black Hollywood Education Resource Center (BHERC) presents the screening of a nine films focused on mental health, the filmmakers, and healthcare professionals at the 28th Annual African American Film Marketplace & S.E. Manly Short Film Showcase (AAFM SEMSF). ... read more »
Monkeypox Health Crisis: How California is Responding
August 11, 2022
As the monkeypox virus outbreak spreads across the globe, Gov. Gavin Newsom says California will need to galvanize “forces” across regions and relax some state regulations and statutes to combat a disease that poses a threat greater than local authorities may be able to respond to effectively. ... read more »
COVID Vaccines Available for Children Under 4 Years Old
August 11, 2022
As parents across California focus on purchasing new clothes, school supplies and technological aids for their children for the coming school year, public health officials and healthcare professionals are asking them to consider the COVID-19 vaccine a back-to-school essential. ... read more »
DPSS Publicly Accessible “What Is?” Videos Simplify Understanding and Accessing Vital Benefits and Services
July 28, 2022
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services (DPSS) has employed a series of accessible "What Is?" informational videos designed to provide customers with an overview of programs and services in a more user-friendly way.   ... read more »
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Study Finds Pandemic Has Lowered Black Californians’ Life Expectancy
July 28, 2022
Death tolls across California tell a distressing story about the indelible mark the pandemic has left on all of us. Black Californians and other minorities experienced a disproportionate reduction in life expectancy occurred compared to White Californians. ... read more »
Indoor Masking Mandate May Return to LA County 
July 28, 2022
Los Angeles County is poised to return to requiring the wearing of indoor masks on Friday, July 29. Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer, Ph.D., MPH, MEd, announced during a recent press conference that if the county remains at the high virus-activity level as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for two consecutive weeks, the indoor mask mandate will return.   ... read more »
Sparks Put on Solid Defense on Camp Day, Defeats Dream 85-78
July 22, 2022
The Los Angeles Sparks earned their second consecutive win after defeating the Atlanta Dream 85-78. Four Sparks starters scored in the double digits with the bench pouring in 20 points. ... read more »
Indoor Face-Covering Mandate Appears Imminent in L.A. County
July 14, 2022
Los Angeles County remains on pace to enter the “high” COVID-19 activity level as early as July 14, Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer announced, and absent a major reversal in virus-related hospitalizations, an indoor mask-wearing mandate will be imposed two weeks later. ... read more »
CDPH, Community Groups Wrap Kids’ COVID Wellness in Fun Outdoor Events
June 16, 2022
As of June 9, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) reported 1.4 million cases of COVID-19 among youth aged 5-17, which accounted for 15.5% of all cases in the state. There have been 46 deaths among children in this age group. For children below five years old, 293,607 confirmed cases have been reported and 25 deaths. ... read more »
Shared Harvest Fund will celebrate Juneteenth by hosting a free festival offering free COVID-19 Vaccinations
June 15, 2022
To celebrate Juneteenth, non-profit Shared Harvest Fund/myCovidmd will host, ‘Sounds of Goodness,’ a festival to inspire the community to come out and get vaccinated. The event will take place on June 18 at Norman O. Houston Park in Los Angeles from 10am-5pm. ... read more »
It’s Time for a Drug Deaths Prevention Governance Board
June 9, 2022
108,000 dead Americans. One hundred and eight thousand. It looks like a COVID-19 tally.  But it isn’t. That’s how many men, women and children died from drugs last year in the United States, per the latest report from the Centers for Disease Control. This marks a 15% jump from 2020’s already-too-high body count, and represents the first time deaths have eclipsed six figures in a calendar year. ... read more »
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