Dan Smith

BCHD Partners with Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, School Districts to Establish COVID-19 Screening Protocol

BCHD Partners with Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, School Districts to Establish COVID-19 Screening Protocol

School staff and students will use web-based symptom assessment tool to gain access to campus

  By Dan Smith, Beach Cities Health District With daily health screenings now required for students attending school in-person in Los Angeles County, Beach Cities Health District (BCHD) has teamed with Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), the Hermosa Beach City School District, Manhattan Beach Unified School District and Redondo Beach Unified School District to launch […]

 Dan Smith

Wearing and Caring for Face Coverings

Wearing and Caring for Face Coverings

Face coverings will be required to be worn by staff & students when campuses re-open

By William Kim, MD, Chief Medical Advisor, Beach Cities Health District Six months after our Beach Cities schools closed their doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have become accustomed to wearing face coverings to prevent the spread of the disease. Now, with a new school year starting, students are still taking classes at home/doing […]

 Dan Smith

‘Safe in the South Bay’ Panel to Provide Info, Answer Residents’ COVID-related Questions Aug. 25

‘Safe in the South Bay’ Panel to Provide Info, Answer Residents’ COVID-related Questions Aug. 25

By Dan Smith, BCHD Beach Cities Health District is launching the virtual Safe in the South Bay series, bringing health experts, cities, chambers of commerce, schools and community members together around this fast-moving pandemic. The live-streamed series will cover a variety of COVID-19 topics, including testing, navigating the new normal, mental health and personal resilience. […]

 Ryan McDonald

Accidental overdose claims Hermosa Beach youth

Accidental overdose claims Hermosa Beach youth

by Ryan McDonald Scotty Hemstreet, a 14-year-old Hermosa Beach resident, died earlier this month from an accidental drug overdose inside an east Hermosa home. Friends and family recalled Scotty as funny, wickedly smart and often the center of attention, a person who was happiest in motion, either sailing over the ocean or with a skateboard […]

 Dan Smith

Dr. Kim’s Tips for Individuals and Businesses Dealing with COVID-19

Dr. Kim’s Tips for Individuals and Businesses Dealing with COVID-19

When to get tested? Can employers require a COVID test before returning to work? What is 'Safe in the South Bay?'

Dr. William Kim has been a physician in the South Bay for 35 years and serves as Chief Medical Advisor for Beach Cities Health District. Here, he provides tips for businesses and individuals dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. With COVID-19 all over the news and social media and cases surging, many residents are anxious to get […]

 Ryan McDonald

Pod People: Schools to open the year exclusively with distance learning, so South Bay parents search for alternatives

Pod People: Schools to open the year exclusively with distance learning, so South Bay parents search for alternatives

by Ryan McDonald Susan Robinson wants her daughter to be bilingual, so it was good news when the Redondo Beach resident learned this spring that her five-year-old had been accepted into the dual immersion program at Washington Elementary. The program, which includes kids from both English- and Spanish-speaking families, lasts throughout a child’s time at […]

 Kevin Cody

The Lundquist Institute researchers conduct large scale clinical trials of Oxford’s promising COVID-19 vaccine

The Lundquist Institute researchers conduct large scale clinical trials of Oxford’s promising COVID-19 vaccine

The Lundquist Foundation researcher Dr. Eric Daar is helping conduct large scale clinical trials of a promising vaccine developed at the University of Oxford in England.

 Kevin Cody

COVID-19 hospitalizations at Providence Little Company rose with reopening of bars, restaurants

COVID-19 hospitalizations at Providence Little Company rose with reopening of bars, restaurants

In mid-April, the number of COVID-19 patients at Providence Little Company of Mary peaked at 83. The following month, while the Shelter At Home order was in place, the patient census dropped to 19.By lLast week, that number had doubled to 38.

 Dan Smith

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 […]

 Ryan McDonald

South Bay ham radio enthusiasts ready for socially distant Field Day

South Bay ham radio enthusiasts ready for socially distant Field Day

by Ryan McDonald   Brian Johnson loosened the drawstrings on a plush bag, which in its former life held a bottle of Crown Royal Canadian whisky. Today, it holds the means to talk to anyone in the world, or maybe even those outside it. Johnson is the club station manager for the Hughes Amateur Radio […]

 Dan Smith

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 […]

 Dan Smith

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 […]

 Kevin Cody

Economists Thornberg to discuss “Understanding the economic consequences of the lockdown”

Economists Thornberg to discuss “Understanding the economic consequences of the lockdown”

Economist Christopher Thornberg made his name as a forecaster by predicting the 2008 Great Recession in 2006, which other economists failed to foresee. On Thursday, he will give an online talk on “Understanding the economic consequences of the lockdown.” And perhaps also discuss how he missed forecasting “The Great Recession of 2020.”

 Dan Smith

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 […]

 Ryan McDonald

Rate of new coronavirus cases may be starting to decline, county says

Rate of new coronavirus cases may be starting to decline, county says

by Ryan McDonald The coronavirus is spreading slowly enough to allow further relaxation of the restrictions put in place to battle it, Los Angeles County officials said Wednesday, and to begin to reopen sectors of the economy struggling to survive.    The average number of people infected by a person with an active case of COVID-19, […]

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