Breaking News: Health Advisory for Contra Costa County
Last updated: November 10, 2018, 12:38 pm
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District reports that parts of our county have unhealthy air due to smoke.
Please follow the following tips to protect yourself and your loved ones.
Everyone, especially children, should reduce outdoor activity.
Active children and adults, and people with respiratory disease such as asthma, should avoid prolonged outdoor activity.
Masks are not a substitute for staying indoors.
Masks such as the N-95 are not effective for untrained users and may be dangerous for people with lung or heart conditions.
N-95 masks may be helpful for people who must work outdoors if properly fitted. Employees should work with their employers for direction on when/how to use N-95 masks.
Seek medical attention if you experience symptoms like repeated coughing, difficulty breathing, wheezing, chest tightness, palpitations, nausea, fatigue or lightheadedness.
Visit cchealth.org for smoke tips and airnow.gov for air quality in your area
Medical Health Preparedness Coalition
During medical surge, the healthcare system expands with more personnel, equipment, and beds to be able to care for these patients. Responding to and managing such surges require the close coordination of many emergency responders, healthcare entities, government agencies and community organizations.
This concept of medical surge forms the cornerstone of medical and health disaster preparedness efforts. We work with our healthcare partners to coordinate healthcare preparedness, response and recovery in Contra Costa County during disasters and other states of emergency. We also work with our neighboring counties to make sure that we respond as one under extreme conditions.
Contra Costa Medical Healthcare Coalition (HCC)
The Contra Costa County Medical Healthcare Coalition is a collaborative network of healthcare organizations and individuals that provide or support healthcare services in the County. The Regularly meets regularly to share information, coordinate planning and response activities, and build resiliency. Membership on the Forum includes, but is not explicitly limited to hospitals, public and private medical or health services, emergency preparedness agencies, emergency services and governmental bodies with an interest in the provision of healthcare.
Functional Statewide Medical Health Exercise (November)
Tabletop Statewide Medical Health Exercise (October)
December 7, 2017 12:30-3:00 location at John Muir Concord Campus, Lesher Auditorium, 2540 East Street, Concord
March 1, 2018 12:30-3:00 location TBD
June 7, 2018 12:30-3:00 location TBD
Emergency Preparedness HCC Workshops
January 17, 2018 1:30-3:30 location at John Muir Walnut Creek Campus, Ball Auditorium, 1601 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek, CA 94598
April 18, 2018 1:30-3:30 location TBD
July 18, 2018 1:30-3:30 location TBD
Sept. 18 1:30-3:30 location TBD
Quarterly HCC meetings
Clinics/Long Term Care/Specialty Providers
The Medical Healthcare Coalition is a robust coalition of many medical partners throughout Contra Costa County. Each organization/facility provides specialized care and services and will be vital to the response network during an emergency or major disaster. We invite all organizations to participate in the HCC meetings and workshops that occur quarterly.
In the event of emergency or disaster, Emergency Medical Staff will work with the health care facilities in Contra Costa county to ensure our health care system can provide services to the community. This section includes the forms health care facilities will need to submit during an emergency or disaster.
For use by hospitals, community clinics, dialysis centers and long-term care facilities.
ReddiNet is a dedicated emergency medical communications network. It facilitates information exchange among hospitals, EMS agencies, fire dispatch centers, law enforcement, public health officials and other health care systems professionals in local and regional communities.
The California Health Alert Network (CAHAN) is the State of California's web-based information and communications system available on a 24/7/365 basis for distribution of health alerts, dissemination of public guidelines, coordination of disease investigation efforts, preparedness planning and other initiatives that strengthen state and local preparedness. CAHAN participants have the ability to receive alerts and notifications via alphanumeric pager, e-mal, fax and phone (cellular & landline).
CAHAN links critical health and emergency response partners together to provide:
Rapid and secure communications system among state and local agencies, health care providers, emergency management officials and other emergency response partners.
Dissemination of announcements from local, state or federal public health authorities to inform health and medical service personnel of likely or imminent dangers to the health of their community.
Secure collaborative environment to develop and share information for emergency preparedness planning and response.
California Disaster Healthcare Volunteers is California's initiative to pre-register, manage and mobilize healthcare professionals to volunteer and help in responding to all types of disasters.
The system is part of a nation-wide effort to make sure that volunteer professionals can be quickly identified and their credentials checked so that they can be properly utilized in response to disaster.