Articles Tagged With ‘Public Health’




AG hospital leads county in hip surgery mortality rates

Arroyo Grande Community Medical Center had the highest rate of mortality in patients who underwent surgery following a hip fracture in San Luis Obispo County in 2013 and 2014, though it is no longer the leader in the state of... (Continue reading)

STD rates spike in California

Chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis rates are rising nationwide, and they are increasing even faster in California. In 2015, California had more cases of the three STDs than any year since the state began keeping records in 1990. [LA Times] Prior... (Continue reading)

Five Santa Barbara County residents infected with Zika virus

Santa Barbara County health officials have confirmed a total of five residents in the county who have contracted the Zika virus. Three of the five Zika cases were confirmed this month. Each of the individuals who tested positive for the... (Continue reading)

Fire threatening launch pad at Vandenberg Air Force Base

The Canyon Fire at Vandenberg Air Force Base has burned nearly 10,000 acres, as of Tuesday morning. The blaze is threatening multiple structures at the base, including Space Launch Complex-3, which is currently housing the Atlas V rocket and WorldView-4... (Continue reading)

Is SLO County seeking to profit from heroin addicts?

By JOSH FRIEDMAN and KAREN VELIE Amid a growing opioid problem, San Luis Obispo County has announced plans to expand its substance abuse treatment programs. However, critics say the plans are inadequate in that they focus on providing replacement medication rather... (Continue reading)

Officials confirm first Zika virus case in Santa Barbara County

Health officials have confirmed a Santa Barbara County resident tested positive for the Zika virus. The person who tested positive is a pregnant woman who contracted the virus during travel to Central America, according to the county public health department.... (Continue reading)

Santa Maria woman tested for Zika virus

A Santa Maria woman honeymooned in Costa Rica this month and returned to the Central Coast with numerous mosquito bites and a suspected case of the Zika virus.  [KCOY] Lab results are not expected to be ready for three weeks,... (Continue reading)

SLO County resident tests positive for West Nile Virus

A San Luis Obispo County resident has tested positive for West Nile Virus, according to the county public health department. The positive test marks the first confirmed case of a person in the county contracting the virus since 2009. Health... (Continue reading)

Central Coast counties rank in the top 6 for heroin overdoses

By JOSH FRIEDMAN San Luis Obispo County ranked fourth per capita in heroin overdoses leading to hospitalizations in California in 2015 while Santa Barbara County ranked sixth, according to statistics from the California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development.... (Continue reading)

California Senate votes to ban smoking at the beach

California state senators voted Tuesday to ban smoking at beaches and parks. The bill would also prohibit disposing of tobacco waste at state parks and state beaches. [LA Times] Supporters of SB 1333 say the bill is necessary, not only... (Continue reading)