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Marian Regional Medical Center allows more access

By   /  Thursday, June 4th, 2020  /  Central Coast, Central Coast Health Watch, Latest news  /  No Comments

Marian Regional Medical Center in Santa Maria is updating parts of its visitor policy after consulting with the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department. All visitors must still be over 16 years old. There should only be one visitor at a time, and the visitor should come between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m., but exceptions Read More →

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COVID-19 pandemic hurting mental health

By   /  Thursday, May 28th, 2020  /  Central Coast Health Watch, Latest news  /  No Comments

Regional mental health is sure to take a massive hit during a disaster whether the disaster is manmade, natural or viral. To help people through the COVID-19 pandemic, mental health organizations in the Tri-Counties are working overtime. Jamie Banker, a professor of psychology at California Lutheran University, is training therapists and working as a volunteer Read More →

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Tri-county medical care providers adopt healthy practices

By   /  Thursday, May 28th, 2020  /  Central Coast Health Watch, middle, Small Business  /  No Comments

Many medical offices in the Tri-Counties never closed during the coronavirus pandemic. As essential parts of their communities, they needed to stay open to serve patients with non-COVID-19 matters, such as helping people recover from surgeries or keep their eye sight. Many practices whittled down the number of people they were seeing to only the Read More →

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Mid-State Fair, Ventura County Fair canceled; SB County Fair still slated

By   /  Thursday, May 28th, 2020  /  Central Coast Health Watch, Latest news  /  No Comments

The 2020 California Mid-State Fair in Paso Robles that was to begin July 22 has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, the Ventura County Fair planned to open Aug. 5 has also been canceled. But the Santa Barbara County Fair slated for July 15 is still scheduled for now. The decision on the Read More →

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Tri-county medical providers get $114M in federal funding

By   /  Friday, May 22nd, 2020  /  Central Coast Health Watch, Latest news  /  No Comments

Medical providers in the Tri-Counties have received almost $114.5 million in funding through the CARES Act and the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act. More than a thousand medical providers on the Central Coast have received funding from the Health Resources and Human Services Administration because of their roles in fighting COVID-19. Of Read More →

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Direct Relief and FedEx Cares partner to distribute PPE

By   /  Friday, May 22nd, 2020  /  Central Coast Health Watch, Latest news, Nonprofits, South Coast  /  No Comments

Goleta-based Direct Relief has partnered with FedEx Cares to ship personal protective equipment nationwide to help underserved communities combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Direct Relief’s partnership with FedEx Cares has allowed the nonprofit to distribute more than 4.3 million masks, 3.1 million gloves, 622,000 face shields and 100,000 gowns. Direct Relief is the largest nonprofit provider Read More →

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Tri-Counties enter Stage 2 of reopening

By   /  Thursday, May 21st, 2020  /  Central Coast Health Watch, Latest news, Tri-County Economy  /  No Comments

Story updated at 10:30 a.m. May 22: San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties officially got the state’s approval to move into Stage 2 of reopening on May 20. Tens of thousands of businesses and 1.4 million residents are roughly on the same path to ending the lockdown orders imposed in early March due Read More →

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