Dan Smith

COVID Q&A with Dr. William Kim

COVID Q&A with Dr. William Kim

When should I get tested for COVID-19? What is Close Contact? Answers to these and more questions about COVID-19

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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“Safe in the South Bay” Program Aims to Reassure Public, Help Local Businesses & Restaurants Comply with County Health Order

“Safe in the South Bay” Program Aims to Reassure Public, Help Local Businesses & Restaurants Comply with County Health Order

Chambers of Commerce, Beach Cities Health District Provide Guidance for Area Businesses

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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Face Coverings: Our Actions = Results

Face Coverings: Our Actions = Results

Like seat belts, face coverings are an easy way to have a positive impact on your community

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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Better Together

Better Together

Social connections are more important than ever

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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COVID-19 Is Still Out There

COVID-19 Is Still Out There

Physician urges diligence as businesses, community reopen amidst pandemic

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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COVID-19 Test Site Moves to BCHD Campus Starting Monday

COVID-19 Test Site Moves to BCHD Campus Starting Monday

More than 17,000 County residents were tested at Galleria location

By Dan Smith, BCHD 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 […]

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June 17 BCHD Board Meeting to Hear Plans for Reduced Healthy Living Campus Project

Virtual Meeting will Present Updated Campus Proposal

By Dan Smith, BCHD Beach Cities Health District (BCHD) postponed its mid-March Healthy Living Campus public study session due to the COVID-19 Safer At Home Health Order. Updated campus plans will be the topic of the virtual BCHD Board of Directors public meeting on June 17 at 6:30 p.m. Significant modifications to the proposed Healthy […]

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BCHD To Conduct Virtual Board Meetings Due to COVID-19

BCHD To Conduct Virtual Board Meetings Due to COVID-19

Three meetings on tap between now and end of June

By Dan Smith, BCHD 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 […]

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Community Services Teams Offers Assistance for Beach Cities Residents

Community Services Teams Offers Assistance for Beach Cities Residents

Care Managers from BCHD serve as the community’s 'health safety net' for Beach Cities residents of all ages

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

Dear Class of 2020

COVID-19 Leads to Creativity, New Rituals for this year's Grads

By Kerianne Lawson, Chief Programs Officer, Beach Cities Health District 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 […]

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USC, L.A. County COVID-19 Antibody Tests Conducted at Performing Arts Center

USC, L.A. County COVID-19 Antibody Tests Conducted at Performing Arts Center

By Dan Smith, BCHD The Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center served as a test site for a team from the Keck School of Medicine at USC and L.A. County public health officials, who conducted drive-thru antibody testing this past Friday and Saturday as part of a COVID-19 Serosurveillance Study. 125 individuals were tested at the […]

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Student Drive-bys Bring Smiles to Families

Student Drive-bys Bring Smiles to Families

Mira Costa students team with Friendship Foundation to spread cheer on “Friend-tastic Friday”

By Dan Smith, BCHD 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 […]

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During COVID-19, BCHD To Provide Emergency Grants for Health Initiatives

BCHD Board OKs special fund to provide assistance; Applications can be submitted starting Monday

By Dan Smith, BCHD The Beach Cities Health District (BCHD) Board of Directors approved a new emergency grant allocation fund of $100,000 to assist disaster relief health initiatives in the Beach Cities during COVID-19 and in the future. The move, which passed by a 5-0 vote, was taken during a special board meeting held Wednesday, […]

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Creativity Brings Connection during Physical Distancing

Creativity Brings Connection during Physical Distancing

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

By Kerianne Lawson, Chief Programs Officer, Beach Cities Health District 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 […]

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month; BCHD Reminds Community “It’s OK to Not be OK”

Website offers tools and resources to stay mentally healthy during COVID-19

By Dan Smith, BCHD Each year, the month of May brings awareness to the importance of mental health. In 2020, we are all impacted by COVID-19, and now more than ever, during physical distancing and uncertain times, it is important for the community to come together around mental health. Mental health affects millions of people […]