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Los Angeles County Public Health Heat Alert

High Temperatures Forecast for the Los Angeles Basin and East San Gabriel, San Fernando, and Santa Clarita Valleys

Los Angeles, CA - The Department of Public Health would like to remind everyone that precautions should be taken, especially by individuals who participate in outdoor activities, older adults, caretakers of infants and children, and those sensitive to the heat. This alert may be extended if weather conditions do not improve.

"When temperatures are high, even a few hours of exertion may cause severe dehydration, heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke. Others who are frail or have chronic health conditions may develop serious health problems leading to death if they are exposed to high temperatures over several days," said Jeffery Gunzenhauser, MD, MPH, Interim Health Officer, Los Angeles County. "Thus, it is critically important to never leave children, elderly people, or pets unattended in homes with no air conditioning and particularly in vehicles, even if the windows are 'cracked' or open, as temperatures inside can quickly rise to life-threatening levels. If you have an elderly or infirm neighbor without air conditioning, make sure that they get to a cooling center or other air conditioned space between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m."

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Covered California Announces 2015 Community Outreach Campaign

New Grant Awards and Advertising to Support Renewal and Enrollment in 2015

Black news from Pasadena - Health - Covered California 2015 grants and outreach announcedSacramento, CA  — Building on high enrollment in 2014, Covered California launched its community outreach campaign for 2015 on Monday, including new grants to community groups and a comprehensive advertising campaign aimed at attracting new consumers and encouraging them to enroll in the state's health benefit exchange.

"Today we are sharing stories about real people whose lives have been changed by the coverage offered under the Affordable Care Act," Covered California Executive Director Peter V. Lee said. "We are building on the partnerships across the state to provide new grants to community groups to engage people directly and help them get the coverage they need."

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Chain Stores You Probably Didn't Know Allowed Pets

For many pet lovers, bringing a furry friend along on a shopping trip would be the perfect way to spend a day. While many big-name chain stores do have a "service dogs only" policy, you may be surprised to know that a number of them will in fact allow you to shop with your Shih-Tzu or browse with your bulldog.

Please keep in mind that many of these stores only welcome pets on a limited basis. In some cases, the decision to allow pets is left to individual store managers. This means that while one chain location may welcome your pooch, another may have a no-pets policy. In other cases, a stand-alone chain location may allow pets, while a mall location may have to comply with that mall's no-pets policy.

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