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Mission:

Protect, promote and improve health and well-being for all who live, work, and play in San Joaquin County.

Public Health Highlights:

September is National Preparedness Month: “PREPARED, NOT SCARED” Blue-Green Algae Blooms in San Joaquin County Waterways
What to Know and Do about Invasive Aedes Mosquitoes West Nile Virus is Here
Be Aware and Prepare, Valley Fever is Here!Zika Virus
Cannabis – Know the Laws, Facts and ResourcesMedical Marijuana Identification Card Program
San Joaquin County Public Health Services Annual Report - 2018More People are eligible for Medi-Cal coverage with Expanded Medi-Cal
September is National Preparedness Month: “PREPARED, NOT SCARED”

National Preparedness Month reminds us that we all must prepare ourselves and our families now and throughout the year so that we are ready to respond to all kinds of emergencies. 

This month In San Joaquin County, the Public Health Services and the Office of Emergency Services are partnering to provide preparedness tips to the community via their websites, social media networks, trainings and presentations.  Each week we highlight a different topic and give steps to take toward being prepared. 

NOTE:  Saturday, September 14 - Fire personnel from -- local jurisdictions will be conducting free Hands-Only CPR Trainings for community members of all ages. Check back here or on our social media pages for updates on these trainings. 

Blue-Green Algae Blooms in San Joaquin County Waterways

Warm temperatures are here and when conditions are right, blue-green algae can rapidly build-up or bloom on the surface of reservoirs, rivers, creeks, lagoons, lakes and ponds. Blue-green algae blooms have been detected in some of the waterways in San Joaquin County. Health officials are urging swimmers, boaters, and recreational water users to avoid contact with blue-green algae (BGA), also known as cyanobacteria.

The algae blooms may produce toxins that can present a health hazard to humans and animals. There is no way to tell if an algal bloom is toxic just by looking at it. If you see a potential harmful algal bloom, there are things you can do to protect yourself, family and pets. The California Water Boards recommends that you practice Healthy Habits while enjoying the outdoors at your local lake, river, or stream. More information on healthy water habits can be found at https://mywaterquality.ca.gov/habs/do/.

What to Know and Do about Invasive Aedes Mosquitoes

Additional Resources:

West Nile Virus is Here

West Nile virus (WNV) infection can cause serious disease. WNV is a seasonal health risk in California and San Joaquin County that flares up with the warm weather in late spring or summer and continues into the fall.

Birds are carriers of West Nile virus; a mosquito becomes infected by biting an infected bird. Infected mosquitos can spread the virus to humans, horses, and birds. The easiest and best way to avoid WNV is to prevent mosquito bites.

Additional Resources:

Residents are encouraged to report dead birds by filling out a report online at www.westnile.ca.gov or by calling toll-free 877-WNV-BIRD (877-968-2473).

Be Aware and Prepare, Valley Fever is Here!

Valley Fever (coccidioidomycosis or "cocci" for short) is an infection caused by a fungus somewhat like yeast or mildew that lives in the soil of the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico. In California, "cocci" predominates in the San Joaquin Valley. Since 2014, San Joaquin County has seen significant increases in reported cases of Valley Fever each year. The highest rates in San Joaquin County are in the Tracy area.

Valley Fever is a respiratory disease that can be devastating. Learning about Valley Fever can help you and your doctor recognize the symptoms early. The disease can be difficult to diagnose, especially if you are unaware of it.The best way to reduce the risk is to avoid breathing in dirt or dust in places where Valley Fever is common.

Keep Your Risk of Infection Low by:

When it is windy and the air is dusty, especially during dust storms:

  • Stay inside and keep windows and doors closed.
  • While driving, keep car windows shut and use “recirculating” air conditioning if available.
  • If you must be outdoors, consider wearing an N95 mask or respirator (available at drug and hardware stores).
When working or playing in areas with open dirt:
  • Wet down soil before disturbing it to reduce dust.
  • Consider wearing an N95 mask.

Additional Resources:

Zika Virus

Current CDC Zika Virus Updates

Click on the links below for specific topics regarding the Zika Virus:

Zika Virus

Zika & Travel

Zika Virus Prevention Information

Zika & Pregnant Women

For more information on Zika virus disease and other mosquito-borne illnesses:

Cannabis – Know the Laws, Facts and Resources

 Along with the California Department of Public Health, San Joaquin County Public Health Services (PHS) is committed to providing you with the facts you need to make safe and informed choices. By sharing science-based information, PHS is working to increase awareness about cannabis and how it affects our bodies, minds and health.

The video below, Let's Talk Cannibus gives you facts and tips about the new adult-use marijuana law in California. Watch this video to learn more.


Click on the links below for specific topics regarding Cannabis:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)/Marijuana & Public Health (En Español)

San Joaquin County Cannabis Policy Project website

First 5 San Joaquin, Marijuana Use and Pregnancy (En Español)

Weed Free Baby Campaign

Medical Marijuana Identification Card Program

Image of Medical Marijuana ID CardThe Medical Marijuana Program (MMP) was established to provide a voluntary medical marijuana identification card issuance and registry program for qualified patients and their caregivers.

For more information, click here.
San Joaquin County Public Health Services Annual Report - 2018

Public Health Services (PHS) works to protect, promote and improve health and well-being for all who live, work, and play in San Joaquin County. The Annual Report for 2018 provides a snapshot of the work and services provided this past year. It reviews selected data and program information, highlights successes and challenges, and presents a few of the main issues to address during 2019.


To read the full Annual Report, click here.

For additional data reports, click here.

For PHS programs and services, click here.

More People are eligible for Medi-Cal coverage with Expanded Medi-Cal

Access to healthcare coverage has changed. Now with Expanded Medi-Cal more people are eligible for Medi-Cal coverage.

  • Income limits have been increased
  • Asset test has been removed
  • Anyone can apply (you don't need to be pregnant, have children, or be disabled to qualify)
Click here for more information in English and Spanish.

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