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Yolo County Emergency Medical Service Agency receives recognition

Yolo County Emergency Medical Service Agency receives recognition

Yolo County Emergency Medical Service Agency has received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline EMS Silver Award for implementing quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who experience severe heart attacks.

Second Yolo County Fentanyl Death

Second Yolo County Fentanyl Death

To date, Yolo County Health & Human Services has received reports of three drug overdoses by residents in Davis, West Sacramento and Woodland associated with ingestion of counterfeit prescription pain pills containing fentanyl; two of which resulted in death.

Regionally, there have been 53 known overdoses and 13 deaths of individuals who may have believed they were consuming the prescription painkiller Norco (acetaminophen/hydrocodone), a commonly abused prescription painkiller.  Initially, health officials believed the overdoses were caused by taking tablets or capsules of Norco that was laced with fentanyl.  Now it is believed that fentanyl pills made to look like Norco tablets are being sold on the street.  Fentanyl is a highly potent, fast acting opiate that is approximately 100 times more powerful than heroin.

Yolo County Receives Grant to Assist Medically Vulnerable Homeless

Yolo County Receives Grant to Assist Medically Vulnerable Homeless

Partnership HealthPlan of California has awarded the Yolo County Health & Human Services Agency $499,125 to improve the health and well-being of medically vulnerable people experiencing homelessness through the Bridge to Health & Housing project.  

The Bridge to Health & Housing project is a collaborative effort between Yolo County, Fourth & Hope, Sutter Davis Hospital, Yolo Community Care Continuum and Woodland Memorial Hospital which will provide outreach, intensive case management and housing navigation for homeless persons with an acute or chronic health condition or substance use disorder.  The project will feature a 24-hour response to Yolo County emergency rooms in cases involving frequent utilizers who are homeless, ensuring they are appropriately assessed and linked with services and shelter upon discharge.

Draft Septic System Requirements Available for Review and Comment

Draft Septic System Requirements Available for Review and Comment

(Woodland, CA) – Yolo County Environmental Health invites the public and other agencies to review and comment on a draft Local Agency Management Program (LAMP) for the permitting, siting, design, monitoring and maintenance of septic systems. The plan also includes provisions for graywater systems, septic pumper trucks and non-discharging wastewater units such as composting toilets.

The intent of Yolo County’s draft LAMP is to:

Mental Health Service Act Community Planning in March

Mental Health Service Act Community Planning in March

The community is invited to attend the Yolo County Mental Health Service Act Quarterly Stakeholder Meeting on March 1 to kick-off the community planning process for fiscal year 2016-17, and additional community input meetings on March 9.  

The Mental Health Services Act (known as MHSA or Proposition 63, and passed by California voters in 2004) places a 1% tax on personal income in excess of $1 million.  This tax revenue is directed specifically to improving mental health treatment.  The funds are distributed to California counties with the goal of transforming the public mental health system into one that is consumer- and family-driven, accessible to underserved populations, oriented toward the principles of recovery, culturally aware and which provides appropriate services.

Yolo County’s Ambulance Provider Achieves Accreditation

Yolo County’s Ambulance Provider Achieves Accreditation

The Yolo County Emergency Medical Services Agency is excited to announce that the county’s ambulance provider, American Medical Response (AMR), has received accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services for its compliance with national standards of excellence. Yolo County’s exclusive ambulance service contract with AMR includes certain stipulations and requirements to remain in compliance.  Achieving national accreditation is one of the compliance standards. With this achievement, AMR becomes the only accredited service in Yolo County and the 23rd ambulance service to be accredited in the state of California

“Accreditation represents AMR’s firm commitment to our community and patients,” said Yolo County Emergency Medical Services Agency Administrator Kristen Weivoda.  “AMR continuously strives to do their best and we view their accreditation as another step toward excellence in Yolo County.”

Confirmed Zika Case in Yolo County

Confirmed Zika Case in Yolo County

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed today that a Yolo County resident has tested positive for Zika virus.  This individual recently traveled out of the country and had a mild case of Zika.

Zika virus is a relatively new disease for the Western hemisphere.  It first appeared in Brazil in May of 2015.  It has since spread to 20 countries in Central and South America and the Caribbean, including Mexico.  Zika is spread through mosquito bites, not casual person-to-person contact.  According to the CDC, the most common symptoms are fever, rash, joint pain and red, itchy eyes.  Symptoms are usually mild and last several days to a week.  Many people who have Zika will not experience symptoms.  There is currently no vaccine or treatment for Zika.