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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 for smoke tips and for air quality in your area

Syringe Exchange

Needle Exchange Sites are available in East and West County. This one-for-one syringe exchange programs allows injection drug users to receive clean syringes, condoms and harm reduction information.

Times and locations are:
  • Bay Point:
    Tuesdays, 6-8 p.m.
    2586 Willow Pass Road
  • Pittsburg:
    Wednesdays, 6-8 p.m.
    355 Central Ave.
  • Richmond:
    Thursdays, 10-12 p.m.
    224 MacDonald Ave. at Bay Area Rescue Mission (BARM)

    Thursdays, 1-3 p.m.
    165 22nd St. at Greater Richmond Interfaith Program (GRIP)

Call 510-473-7504 to confirm times and locations.