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Breaking News: Health Advisory for Contra Costa County

Last updated: November 16, 2018, 9:52 am

Poor air quality in Contra Costa is expected to continue through the weekend due to the Camp Fire in Butte County. Stay indoors when possible and keep doors and windows closed. Avoid prolonged outdoor activity. Masks are not a substitute for staying indoors. Seek medical attention if you experience symptoms such as difficulty breathing, persistent coughing, wheezing, chest tightness, heart palpitations, nausea, fatigue or light-headedness. Visit baaqmd.gov for air quality information. Visit airnow.gov for current air quality conditions in your zip code. Visit cchealth.org/wildfire for smoke-related health information.

Immigrant & Refugee Information and Resources

For some time now rumors have circulated in our communities about Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids occurring in Contra Costa County. More recently, we have heard news reports of ICE raids throughout the Bay Area.

It's important for all to know that Contra Costa Health Services remains committed to everyone in need of and who are eligible for our services, regardless of immigration status. The Health Service Department continues to strive for health equity, inclusiveness and fairness.

In 2017 our state enacted the California Values Act, limiting the involvement of state and local law enforcement agencies in federal immigration enforcement. The Contra Costa Board of Supervisors, in partnership with the philanthropic community, funded Stand Together Contra Costa. Stand Together Contra Costa provides rapid-response deportation defense services, a 24-hour hotline, and training and education for families in need of immediate immigration legal assistance. These services became available in Contra Costa County on March 1. This effort is a joint commitment from the public and private sectors to work in partnership with the community to ensure that Contra Costa is a welcoming, inclusive place where everyone has access to due process and the opportunity to thrive.

Contra Costa Health Services' policies prohibit the release of any confidential patient information including names, addresses or any other identifying information, including to federal agents. We are mandated by HIPPA and privacy laws to keep this information confidential. We continue to care for our patients and we will do everything that is legally possible to ensure their safety.