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 Reserve Corps
The Contra Costa County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) was developed as part of the County's emergency planning and response system. It addresses the need for additional medical professionals to respond to a medical surge event or an event requiring the mass distribution of pharmaceuticals. Oversight is provided by the Contra Costa County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) as lead agency with support from Contra Costa Health Services.
MRC volunteers bring broad skill sets to disaster and other public health response roles. Medical and public health professionals such as physicians, nurses, EMTs, paramedics, pharmacists, and dentists, are welcome to join. Interpreters and other non-medical individuals also play a critical role in achieving the MRC mission and are invited to join.
Please contact the Medical Reserve Corps Coordinator at the Contra Costa EMS Office for application instructions.
The Contra Costa County Medical Reserve Corps supports EMS and Public Health activities throughout the year, teaching Hands Only CPR for the HeartSafe Community Program, administering flu vaccines in county clinics and providing medical care at Project Homeless Connect events.
Additionally, the MRC maintains a public education role, participating in Disaster Preparedness Fairs throughout the county.
For Non Emergency MRC community support, please click the icon to the right.
Training & Calendar
All MRC activities serve as training opportunities. throughout the year, formal training offers continuing education credits to our medical volunteers. In addition, collaborative training with our community partners prepares a more robust public health response for local residents. Please see the calendar below for a list of MRC training opportunities and events.
Working in Red Cross Shelters
Practicing Austerity Medicine
Disaster Anatomy: Applying Clinical Skills in a Disaster
Mental Health in Disasters
With Federal, State and County support, the Contra Costa County Medical Reserve Corps established and maintains an equipment cache. The cache is based on a tiered response model, capable of scaled deployment of individuals or small strike teams.
THE CONTRA COSTA COUNTY MRC DOES NOT SELF DEPLOY
The Contra Costa County MRC can be fully or partially activated by Contra Costa Health Services in declared States of Emergency or incidents necessitating medical support. The following individuals are authorized to activate the MRC in these cases:
County EOC Medical/Health Branch Director/CCHS DOC Director or their designee; or