By Dan Smith, Beach Cities Health District Q: My friend just tested positive for COVID-19. What should I do now? Dr. Kim: The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) recommends that anyone who has been in close contact (see below) with someone who has COVID-19 should quarantine themselves for 14 days. If you begin to experience…

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By Dan Smith, Beach Cities Health District A new program in four South Bay cities will highlight businesses that are actively working to protect their employees and customers and mitigate the spread of COVID-19 as Los Angeles County continues its Roadmap to Recovery. Los Angeles County indicated that over the weekends of May 30, June…

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By Tom Bakaly, CEO, Beach Cities Health District It’s time to wear your face coverings. Like it or not, COVID-19 is going to be around for a while.  The safest thing to do is physically distance.  We did that and demonstrated that the strategy was not economically sustainable.  So, the Country opened while the threat…

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By Lauren Nakano, Director, Blue Zones Project, BCHD If you think about the paradigm of our lives right now, it’s confusing. As humans we are innately wired for social connection; science has proved our health and well-being depend on it. At the same time in this unprecedented pandemic, our health and well-being are also contingent…

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By Dr. William Kim, Chief Medical Advisor, Beach Cities Health District As our restaurants, barbershops, salons and other businesses were preparing to re-open, COVID-19 took a back seat to the civil unrest taking place nationwide following the death of George Floyd in Minnesota. COVID-19 is still here. And it’s still highly contagious and deadly. Since…

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The Los Angeles County COVID-19 Test Site at the South Bay Galleria will relocate next week to the campus of Beach Cities Health District (BCHD) at 514 North Prospect Avenue in Redondo Beach. The site’s final day at the Galleria was Friday, with testing at the new location beginning Monday, June 8 at 9 a.m.…

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The Beach Cities Health District (BCHD) Board of Directors will conduct its upcoming public meetings virtually to help prevent and slow the spread of COVID-19 while maintaining BCHD programs and services. The next regular board meetings are scheduled for Wednesday, May 27, Wednesday, June 17 and Wednesday, June 24. This comes following the Board’s special…

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By Ali Steward, BCHD “We’re here to help.” Beach Cities Health District’s Community Services department doesn’t have an official tagline, but if it did, that altruistic mantra would be an appropriate contender. This team of helping professionals serves as the community’s health safety net for Beach Cities residents of all ages. In the era of…

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Dear Class of 2020, Spring has always been an optimistic time for high school seniors. Rituals, rites of passage and celebrations give us the opportunity to honor where we’ve come from before moving on to our next adventure.  But how do we do that this year? There have been so many things canceled this spring. …

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A group of high school kids committed numerous drive-by acts throughout the streets of Manhattan Beach Friday afternoon. And though there were plenty of witnesses, no one called the police. Zach Zawacki, a junior at Mira Costa High School, six friends, family members and representatives of the Friendship Foundation were in the “Friend-tastic Friday” caravan,…

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month, a time when the mental health community works to engage the public to reduce the stigma related to mental illness and remind people “you are not alone.” In 2020, these words carry more meaning as the world battles COVID-19 and we adapt to the Safer at Home health order…

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The County of Los Angeles has been regularly updating its resources related to COVID-19. Here’s the latest information from the County: Expanded List of COVID-19 Symptoms The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently expanded their list of COVID-19 symptoms experienced by those testing positive for COVID-19. In light of new guidance, LA County residents…

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