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HCA Press Releases

Welcome to the OC Health Care Agency's (HCA) press release webpage, which includes copies of our most recent releases as well as an archive of those issued by this department since 2004.

Official press releases are distributed by our Communications team, part of the Health Policy, Research & Communications unit, within HCA. To contact us, call (714) 834-2178 or email HCAComm@ochca.com.

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Living with HIV or Not…We’re Fighting This Together. National Latino AIDS Awareness Day

October 11, 2019
October 15 marks National Latino AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD), which helps promote testing and early diagnosis of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). HIV is the virus that causes Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS).

Bat Found in Seal Beach Tests Positive for Rabies

October 10, 2019
A bat found alive near the entrance of Kohl’s department store at 12345 Seal Beach Blvd. in the City of Seal Beach on Sunday, October 6, 2019 at around 8 p.m. has tested positive for rabies.

OC Health Care Agency Reports Season's First Influenza Case

October 8, 2019
The OC Health Care Agency (HCA) has confirmed our county’s first case of influenza A in a Cypress man, signaling that flu season is officially here.

County of Orange Takes the Pledge to be Stigma Free

October 8, 2019
The Orange County Board of Supervisors today issued a resolution recognizing the official launch of StigmaFreeOC.com in partnership with the OC Health Care Agency and the OC Mental Health Board.

OC Health Care Agency Issues Bay Water Closure in Newport Beach

September 26, 2019
The OC Health Care Agency’s Environmental Health division has closed the bay water area at North Star Beach due to a sewage spill. The spill of approximately 750 gallons was caused by a sewer main blockage in the City of Newport Beach.

Bat Found in Anaheim Tests Positive for Rabies

September 26, 2019
A bat found alive in a parking lot located at 1250 N. Red Gum St. in the City of Anaheim on Wednesday, September 21, 2019 around 8:30 p.m. has tested positive for rabies. Four rabid bats have been identified in Orange County in the last two weeks; this is the third within the City of Anaheim. While this recent increase is unusual, rabid bats are identified routinely each year in Orange County and around the country. Contact with bats should be avoided and any potential bat bite should be discussed with a medical provider.

Bat Found in Anaheim Tests Positive for Rabies

September 25, 2019
A bat found at the north entrance of a commercial building located at 4332 E. La Palma Ave. in the City of Anaheim on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at around 4 p.m. has tested positive for rabies.

Bat Found in Orange Tests Positive for Rabies

September 21, 2019
A bat found inside the bike rental shop at Irvine Regional Park at 1 Irvine Park Rd., Orange, CA 92869 on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at around 1:30 p.m. has tested positive for rabies.

Bat Found in Anaheim Tests Positive for Rabies

September 18, 2019
A bat found at the east entrance of a commercial building located at 1188 N. Euclid St. in the City of Anaheim on Friday, September 13, 2019 at approximately 3:45 p.m. has tested positive for rabies.

OC Health Care Agency Removes Harbor Water Closure

August 30, 2019
The County of Orange Health Care Agency's (HCA) Environmental Health division has lifted the harbor water area closure encompassing Anaheim Bay, Sunset Aquatic Marina, Portofino Cove, Anderson Street Marina, Mother's Beach, and Admiralty Drive in the City of Huntington Beach. There are currently no water quality warnings or advisories in Huntington Harbor. Laboratory analysis of water samples collected yesterday confirms that the water meets acceptable standards.

OC Health Care Agency Issues Harbor Water Closure

August 29, 2019
The County of Orange Health Care Agency's Environmental Health division has closed the harbor water area encompassing Anaheim Bay, Sunset Aquatic Marina, Portofino Cove, Anderson Street Marina, Mother's Beach, and Admiralty Drive in the City of Huntington Beach due to a sewage spill. The spill of approximately 60,000 gallons was caused by a sewer main blockage in the City of Stanton.

POTENTIAL PUBLIC EXPOSURES TO INTERNATIONAL MEASLES CASE

August 23, 2019
The OC Health Care Agency (HCA) has confirmed that a female teenager traveling internationally from New Zealand to Southern California (Orange County and Los Angeles County) from August 11 through August 15, 2019 was infectious with the measles.

OC Health Care Agency Reports First Human West Nile Virus Infection of 2019

August 19, 2019
A Tustin woman in her 50s was diagnosed this week with West Nile Virus (WNV) fever. She is the first human WNV infection identified in Orange County this season.

OC Health Care Agency Receives $18M to Support Behavioral Health System Transformation Innovation Project

July 02, 2019
The OC Health Care Agency (HCA) has been approved for up to $18 million over three years from the State Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission (MHSOAC) to fund the Behavioral Health System Transformation Innovation (INN) Project.

New Ocean Water Report Reveals Steady Decline of Orange County Sewage Spills Over 19-Year Period

June 25, 2019
The OC Health Care Agency's (HCA) 2017 and 2018 Ocean, Harbor & Bay Water Quality Report is now available online and provides an analysis of bacteriological water quality data over a 19-year period for Orange County's ocean recreational waters.

"Doing It My Way"

June 24, 2019
June 27 marks National HIV Testing Day, which promotes testing and early diagnosis of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), the virus that causes AIDS. This year's theme, Doing It My Way, is a call to action that encourages people to get tested for HIV in a way that is best for them. At the end of 2018, there were 6,369 individuals living with HIV in Orange County and by estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) an additional 893 residents have HIV and don't know it – some of whom will develop AIDS before realizing they are HIV-infected.

Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week Recognizes EMS System

May 20, 2019
In celebration of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week, May 19-25, 2019, the OC Health Care Agency recognizes Orange County's EMS (OCEMS) System and its network of first responders (fire, ambulance, marine safety and law enforcement), dispatchers, hospital personnel and medical professionals for their dedication and commitment in providing day-to-day life saving services to the community.

Potential Public Exposure to Measles Case (Additional Cases Likely; MMR Vaccination Recommended)

May 04, 2019
The OC Health Care Agency (HCA) has confirmed the second case of measles in 2019, an infant under the age of 1 who is too young to have been vaccinated and is currently hospitalized. This case has no history of international travel. The infant was seen at the Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) emergency department while infectious.

Potential Public Exposure to Measles Case - Spanish / Vietnamese

April 30, 2019
The OC Health Care Agency (HCA) has confirmed the first case of measles in 2019, a resident of Placentia in her 20s who reported recent international travel to one of many countries currently experiencing widespread measles activity. The individual is considered infectious between April 23 and May 1, 2019 and is currently under voluntary isolation at home.

OC Health Care Agency Reports Infant Pertussis Death

April 18, 2019
OC Health Care Agency (HCA) officials have recently confirmed a pertussis-related death in an infant. The case is the first pertussis-related death reported in Orange County, California since 2007. "We are deeply saddened by this loss of life and send our condolences to the family," said Dr. Nichole Quick, Interim County Health Officer.

Bat Found in Anaheim Tests Positive for Rabies

April 17, 2019
A bat found at the north entrance of a commercial building located at 1021 N. Tustin Ave. in the City of Anaheim on Friday, April 12, 2019 at approximately 5:30 p.m. has tested positive for rabies.

Drop-Off Unwanted Prescriptions at a Collection Site Near You on National Take Back Day

April 12, 2019
The OC Health Care Agency encourages community members to drop-off expired, unused or unwanted prescription medications between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on "National Take Back Day," Saturday, April 27 at numerous locations throughout Orange County.

Trichloroethylene and Tetrachloroethylene Detected in Indoor Air Samples at Anaheim Site

February 23, 2019
Information provided by the Regional Water Quality Control Board – Santa Ana Region (SARWQCB) indicates that several chemicals have been detected in subsurface and indoor air samples at 1000 E. Katella Avenue in the City of Anaheim.

FROST ADVISORY ISSUED FOR INLAND ORANGE COUNTY

February 21, 2019
The National Weather Service has issued a Frost Advisory for Inland Orange County beginning at 10 p.m. this evening to 9 a.m. tomorrow morning. Overnight temperatures in some areas will dip to the low 30s.

More than 3,000 Orange County Food Establishments Receive Awards of Excellence

February 14, 2019
The OC Health Care Agency (HCA) has issued the 2019 Award of Excellence to 3,239 Orange County food facilities to recognize local businesses for their outstanding food safety and sanitation practices during 2018.

FROST ADVISORY ISSUED FOR ORANGE COUNTY

February 06, 2019
The National Weather Service has issued a Frost Advisory for Orange County coastal and inland areas beginning at 10 p.m. this evening to 9 a.m. tomorrow morning.

OC Health Care Agency Issues Ocean and Bay Rain Advisory

January 31, 2019
The Environmental Health Division of the Health Care Agency advises swimmers that levels of bacteria can rise significantly in ocean and bay waters, close to storm drains, and the outlets of creeks and rivers during and after rainstorms.

County of Orange Reports First Influenza-Related Death of Season

January 17, 2019
The County of Orange Health Care Agency (HCA) has confirmed Orange County's first influenza-related death in a person under 65 years of age this season.

OC Health Care Agency Issues Ocean Water Closure

January 09, 2019
The County of Orange Health Care Agency's Environmental Health division has closed the ocean water area in the City of Laguna Beach 250 feet upcoast and 250 feet downcoast from the projection of Upland Road due to a sewage spill.

OC Health Care Agency Issues Bay Water Closure

January 04, 2019
The County of Orange Health Care Agency's Environmental Health division has closed the bay water area from Bayside Drive Beach to China Cove due to a sewage spill.