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Protect Yourself From Flu

Last updated: January 5, 2018, 7:08 pm

California and Contra Costa are seeing high levels of flu activity. We remind the community to take the following steps to prevent the spread of flu.

  • Get your flu vaccine
  • Clean hands often with soap and water or with hand sanitizer
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes
  • Stay home when you’re sick

People with flu like symptoms should call their health plan's Advice Nurses to get help with self-care or to help them decide if they need to visit an urgent care clinic, make an appointment with their health care provider or go to an emergency room. Rarely is emergency room needed for flu or respiratory issues.

Contra Costa Health Plan members and Contra Costa residents who do not have health coverage can call 1-877-661-6230 and select option 1 to speak to an Advice Nurse.

See more information about flu and flu prevention.

Enforcement


It is the duty of the Contra Costa Health Services Hazardous Materials Programs (CCHSHMP) to safeguard the Contra Costa County ecosystem from the release of hazardous materials and other pollutants. As inspectors, engineers, and responders, CCHSHMP ensures that regulated businesses are in compliance with state hazardous materials laws and regulations and local storm water ordinances.

When issues of non-compliance are observed during inspections, CCHSHMP will initially provide education and regulatory assistance so that compliance may be achieved. However, when these efforts are not sufficient, CCHSHMP may find it necessary to take an enforcement action, whether by the CUPA's Administrative Enforcement Order (AEO) process or through civil or criminal prosecution by the District Attorney's Office.

Authority

CCHSHMP is granted enforcement authority under the California Health and Safety Code (HSC) and Contra Costa County Ordinance (Ord.) for the following programs:

  • Administrative Enforcement Order, HSC, Chapter 6.11, section 25404.1.1
  • Hazardous Waste and Tiered Permitting, HSC, Chapter 6.5, section 25180
  • Aboveground Petroleum Storage Act (APSA), HSC, Chapter 6.67, section 2570.12
  • Underground Storage Tanks (UST), HSC, Chapter 6.7, section 25299
  • Hazardous Materials Release and Response Plans (HMRRP/HMBP), HSC, Chapter 6.95, section 25514
  • Accidental Release Prevention (CalARP), HSC, Chapter 6.95, section 25540
  • Storm Water Management and Discharge Control, Ord. No. 96-21, Title 1014

Goals

The goals of any enforcement action are to:

  • Deprive violators of any significant benefit gained from the violation;
  • Punish violators and deter future non-compliance;
  • Return violators to compliance within the mandated timeframe; and
  • Level the playing field for all regulated facilities.

Ultimately, the goal of enforcement is not to only achieve compliance, but to maintain it, such as changing a culture of non-compliance for a business.


For more information, please contact:

Trisha Asuncion, Enforcement Coordinator
cupaenforcement@hsd.cccounty.us
or call 925-335-3200