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  • New Virus Attacking Dogs - Here's What You Need to Know

    LA County Dep of Public Health|Nov 30, 2023

    November 21, 2023 - The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health's Veterinary Public Health Program has received multiple reports of dogs experiencing a sudden respiratory illness of unknown origin, similar to case reports in other states. Symptoms include cough, nasal discharge, sneezing and lethargy in dogs. Currently, Public Health is in case-finding mode to determine if and to what extent there is a new respiratory illness impacting dogs in Los Angeles County. As additional...

  • Missing Person with Dementia: George Payan, 84-year-old Hispanic Man

    LA County Sheriff|Oct 10, 2023

    Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Missing Persons Unit investigators are asking for the public's help locating At Risk Missing Person George Payan. He is an 84-year-old male Hispanic who was last seen on Friday, September 29, 2023, at 4:00 p.m., on the 4900 block of 6th Street in the city of Los Angeles. George is 5'06" tall, 160 lbs.,gray/black hair, brown eyes and has an arched back. He was last seen wearing a blue shirt, blue jeans, and black shoes. Mr. Payan suffers from Dementia. His...

  • Public Help Needed to Identify Young Man Struck by Van in Westmont

    LA County Health Services|Sep 4, 2023

    TORRANCE, Calif. -- On August 25, 2023, at approximately 3:30 a.m., a patient was brought to the hospital by ambulance after bystanders witnessed him being struck by a van. This incident occurred near Imperial Highway and Budlong Avenue in Los Angeles, CA 90044. He is currently intubated and sedated and the hospital does not have any information to help identify him. Below is a general description and photo of the patient; anyone with information that may help to identify him is asked to...

  • Xylazine Veterinary Anesthetic Found in Illicit Drugs in Los Angeles County

    LA County Department of Public Health|Aug 20, 2023

    The Los Angeles County Sheriff Department's Scientific Services Bureau (Crime Lab) has detected xylazine in limited quantities of illicit drugs seized by local law enforcement in Los Angeles County, signaling that the substance is present in the local drug supply. Xylazine is a veterinary anesthetic that is not FDA approved for human consumption; it can cause dangerously low blood pressure, a decrease in breathing rate and heart rate, and damage to tissue which can lead to skin wounds, large...

  • Public Health Strongly Recommends Mpox Vaccination Before Pride Events

    LA County Department of Public Health|May 15, 2023

    May 10, 2023 - To reduce the risk of contracting or transmitting mpox at upcoming festivals and Pride events, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) strongly recommends people at higher risk for mpox get fully vaccinated with two doses of the mpox vaccine for maximum protection against severe illness. While there have been only three confirmed new mpox cases reported since March 1 in Los Angeles County, the recently reported cluster of at least 14 mpox cases in the Ch...

  • Two Different Ways to Get Free Covid Tests in Los Angeles County

    LA County|Jan 31, 2022

    The federal government recently announced that every home in the U.S. is eligible to order 4 free at-⁠home COVID-⁠19 tests. The tests are completely free and can be now ordered at Orders typically ship in 7-12 days. Click the banner below to place your order. Insurance companies are also now required to reimburse you for 8 tests per month for each individual on the plan up to $12 per individual test. Your health plan may cover the cost of your test if they have a network of pha...

  • Sanitation District Estimates 6-7 Million Gallons of Raw Sewage Released into Dominguez Channel

    LA County Department of Public Health|Jan 3, 2022

    LOS ANGELES – Yesterday the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) issued a beach closure notice due to a spill of untreated sewage released into the Dominguez Channel. The Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts (Sanitation Districts) has updated their estimations on the amount of untreated sewage from approximately 2-4 million gallons to 6-7 million gallons. The Dominguez Channel terminates into the Los Angeles Harbor at the Port of Los Angeles. Sanitation Districts c...

  • Don't Be a Holiday Accident Statistic

    LA County Fire Department|Dec 12, 2021

    Los Angeles, CA – Between now and New Year's Day, first responders see an increase in 9-1-1 calls for emergencies related to carbon monoxide alarms and poisoning, electrical fires, and fires caused by unattended candles or through the improper use of space heaters. This past Saturday, Los Angeles County firefighters and sheriff's deputies rescued three residents, including a child, after responding to a fire in a Florence area home caused by a space heater. All three patients were transported t...

  • Adoption Fees Waived for All Cats and Dogs in Care for Over 10 Days

    LA County Dept of Animal Care and Control|Dec 3, 2021

    Los Angeles County Animal Shelters announced: Adoption Fees Waived for All Cats and Dogs in Care for Over 10 Days....

  • Tips for Avoiding Food-Borne Illness This Thanksgiving

    LA County Department of Public Health|Nov 25, 2021

    LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) would like everyone to enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday by staying safe and healthy. Public Health recommends following the tips below to avoid foodborne illness (also called foodborne disease or food poisoning) and keep the holiday celebration cheerful. Raw or undercooked meats including turkey, chicken, beef, and lamb can contain bacteria such as Campylobacter, Salmonella or E. coli, that cause diarrhea and other h...

  • Adult Film Star Ron Jeremy indicted on More Than 30 Sexual Assault Counts

    LA County District Attorney Office|Aug 27, 2021

    Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón announced today that adult film star Ron Jeremy has been indicted on more than 30 sexual assault counts involving 21 victims dating back more than two decades. "Far too often, survivors of sexual assault suffer in isolation," District Attorney Gascón said. "We must ensure that survivors have all options available to help with recovery, including trauma-informed services for healing and support to report such crimes." Ron Jeremy Hyatt (dob 3...

  • Forget Cooling Off From High Temps at the Beach: Sewage Discharge Closes Beaches from Dockweiler to Grand Avenue in El Segundo

    LA County Department of Public Health|Jul 14, 2021

    A power outage caused the Hyperion Treatment Plant in El Segundo to release raw, untreated sewage into the ocean on Sunday night. Below is the press release from the LA County Health Department. LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) has issued a beach closure due to sewage discharge from the Hyperion Water Reclamation Plant affecting all swim areas around the following areas: Beach # 110 – Dockweiler State Beach at Water Way Extension Beach # 111 – D...

  • How to Keep Your Pet Safe on Independence Day

    LA County Animal Care and Control|Jul 2, 2021

    With the Fourth of July approaching, the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control (DACC) would like to remind pet owners that extra precautions are necessary in order to protect pets during celebrations. To ensure the safety of your pets, here are a few tips: • Make sure your pet has a collar and tags with your personal information. Include a phone number where you can be reached. • Get your pet microchipped and make sure you register your pet with the company. Do not take you...

  • Learn How to Help Stray Kittens at a virtual townhall on June 2 from 5:30-6:30 pm

    LA County Dept of Animal Care and Control|May 28, 2021

    Department of Animal Care and Control is partnering with Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn's office to hold a virtual Town Hall on how you can help stray cats and kittens in your neighborhood. RSVP at the link below to get an email from me with information about how to join our Microsoft Teams call.

  • Make an Evacuation Plan for Your Pets in Advance of Wildfire Season

    LA County Department of Animal Care and Control|May 15, 2021

    With summer and warmer temperatures around the corner, the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control (DACC) reminds all pet owners to prepare for wildfire season. Preparing in advance and making an emergency plan can make all the difference when faced with evacuation during a wildfire incident. While DACC encourages all pet owners to prepare, DACC encourages guardians of livestock and horses to be mindful of the additional challenges and considerations these animals require. Ten...

  • Los Angeles County Pauses Use of Johnson and Johnson Vaccine Following FDA and CDC Recommendation

    LA County Department of Public Health|Apr 18, 2021

    Out of an abundance of caution, Los Angeles County is following the recommendation of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to pause the use of Johnson & Johnson vaccine after reports that six women between the ages of 18 and 48 developed unusual types of blood clots 6 to 13 days after receiving the vaccine. This pause will last until the FDA and CDC complete their review, which is expected to take several days. Vaccine providers in Los...

  • Pet Licensing Amnesty and Free Microchips for Your Pet In LA County

    LA County Animal Care and Control|Apr 14, 2021

    Because of the economic downturn brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, some pet owners may have delayed purchasing their annual pet licenses and are now subject to late penalty fees. To provide opportunities for pet owners to economically renew their pet licenses, the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control (DACC) is waiving late fees for renewed or new licenses purchased between April 15th and June 30th, 2021. These fee waivers are open for residents of all unincorporated Los...

  • Los Angeles to Receive More Vaccine Doses in Coming Weeks and Will Deliver More Vaccinations, says County Department of Public Health

    LA County Department of Public Health|Apr 2, 2021

    The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) reports more than 4,000,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to people across Los Angeles County. Of those vaccinated, 1,323,686 people received second doses. This translates to hundreds of thousands of people having an extra layer of protection from serious illness and death from COVID-19 in a little more than three months. This was possible thanks to countless partners across the county, including providers,...

  • L.A. County Qualifies for Orange Tier Threshold, Relaxed Restrictions to Begin Monday

    LA County Department of Public Health edited|Apr 2, 2021

    Los Angeles County has met the threshold for the less restrictive orange tier in the State's Blueprint for a Safer Economy. A revised Los Angeles County Health Officer Order will go into effect on Monday, April 5 at 12:01 a.m. to reflect newly permitted activities. This allows the County to follow the state guidelines and wait until three weeks are completed in the red tier to be sure that case numbers do not rise this third week since the County's earlier re-openings. The Health Officer Order...

  • Public Health Alert: "Real Water" Brand Alkaline Water May be Linked to Acute Non-viral Hepatitis Illness

    LA County Department of Public Health|Mar 27, 2021

    LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) is alerting everyone that the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is recommending that consumers, restaurants, and retailers discontinue drinking, cooking with, selling, or serving "Real Water" alkaline water. The FDA along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Southern Nevada Health District and partners are investigating reports of acute non-viral hepatitis in Nevada. To date, t...

  • Indoor Dining At Restaurants Might Open in LA Next Week; County Expected to Enter Red Tier

    LA County Department of Public Health|Mar 12, 2021

    The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health anticipates qualifying for the State's Blueprint for a Safer Economy less restrictive red tier that allows for additional re-openings between Monday, March 15 at 12:01am and Wednesday, March 17. The exact date depends on when 2 million doses have been administered to people in the most under-resourced communities across the state. The County is principally aligned with the state's reopening framework for the red tier, with mandatory masking,...

  • Los Angeles County Can Now Allow Moderate and High Contact Sports

    LA County Department of Public Health|Feb 26, 2021

    As of Friday, updated State guidance allows for all outdoor youth and adult recreational sports, including moderate contact and high contact sports, to resume practice, training and competitions in counties where the case rate is at or below 14 cases per 100,000 population, on Friday, February 26. Since L.A. County's adjusted case rate is now at 12.3 cases per 100,000, county protocols are being revised to align with the new State guidance. Moderate contact sports include: baseball, field hockey...

  • LA County Residents Should Prepare for Heavy Rain, Mud, and Debris Flow Says Fire Department

    LA County Fire Department|Feb 2, 2021

    Los Angeles, CA – With heavy rain expected throughout Southern California over the next few days, the Los Angeles County Fire Department reminds residents to be aware of the potential for mud and debris flow dangers associated with rain. This is especially true for residents living in recent burn areas. If you live in a recent burn area: Acquire any needed sandbags and instructional materials at your local Los Angeles County fire station. Click here for locations near you. Have an emergency p...

  • Military Veterans are the Target in Veteran's Day Scams

    LA County District Attorney Office|Oct 26, 2020

    Thieves have their sights on military veterans by trying to dupe them on the day that pays tribute to them. Crooks try to take advantage of former servicemen and women on Veterans Day by touting special offers or dubious investment advice. They pose as a representative from the Veterans Administration and ask to update records. They also try to charge for military records that are available for free. TIPS: Do not pay money upfront without doing your due diligence. Never give out personal...

  • You Could Have More Than Your Heart Stolen on Valentine's Day

    LA County DA|Feb 13, 2018

    Unexpected Packages Could Surprise Your Wallet An unexpected gift on Valentine's Day might seem like a nice way to your heart, but these deliveries may also give scammers a direct route to your credit card. In the Bogus Delivery Scam, the victim gets a phone call from a "shipping company" to schedule a delivery. The scammer, sometimes dressed in uniform, arrives at the victim's house with the package. If asked who sent it, the scammer says he or she doesn't know or that the sender's card will...

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