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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Last flu season an estimated 80,000 Americans died of flu complications – the highest death toll in four decades. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 90 percent of the deaths were among those over age 65, but the flu also took the lives of 180 young children and teenagers, exceeding the previous record high of 171.
Sacramento County Department of Health Services, Public Health Division urges all Sacramento County residents to prioritize getting the flu shot every year to protect yourself and your family from the deadly virus. Cases of influenza can show up as early as October and the flu season continues through February.

“Everyone in the community, who can get vaccinated, should get vaccinated. Vaccination is the best protection against the flu and a preventable death” Sacramento County Department of Health Services Director Dr. Peter Beilenson said. “As the number of vaccinated individuals in a community increases, it decreases the transmission of the flu virus to those who have not, or cannot be vaccinated resulting in fewer hospitalizations and deaths.”

We all must do our part to protect the community from the flu virus. Learn about the misconceptions of the season flu and flu vaccines on the CDC website. Those most vulnerable to the flu are seniors, children under 6 months of age and individuals with a compromised immune system such as those living with diabetes, HIV, or going through chemotherapy.
“Those who cannot receive the vaccine, including infants under six months of age, rely on others being vaccinated to help protect them,” Sacramento County Public Health Officer Dr. Olivia Kasirye, said. “The earlier people get vaccinated, the better. It takes two weeks for the protective properties of the vaccine to take effect.”

Find a clinic near you with the Health Map Vaccine Finder or visit one of the free Adult and Family Flu Clinics hosted by the Sacramento County Immunization Assistance Program throughout the months of October and November. The next clinic will take place Wednesday, October 10, 2018, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., at the Citrus Heights Community Center.

Flu shots will be available for persons over six months of age without medical contraindication to receive the vaccine. For questions or to find out more about the vaccination clinics, contact the Sacramento County Immunization Assistance Program at (916) 875-7468.

Sacramento County Immunization Assistance Program Free Adult and Family Flu Clinics:

Wednesday, October 10, 10am-1pm
Citrus Heights Community Center
6300 Fountain Square Dr., Citrus Heights, CA, 95621
Wednesday, October 17, 10am-1pm

Cordova Church of Christ
10577 Coloma Rd., Rancho Cordova, CA, 95670
Thursday, October 25, 10am-1pm

Loaves & Fishes
1321 N. C Street #22, Sacramento, CA, 95811
Saturday, October 27, 9:30am-1pm

Church of Christ
4910 Lemon Hill Ave., Sacramento, CA, 95824
Wednesday, October 31, 10am-1pm

Hart Senior Center
915 27th Street, Sacramento, CA, 95816
Wednesday, November 7 10am-1pm

Mission Oaks
4701 Gibbons Dr., Carmichael, CA, 95608

RTD Announces Free Rides on National Dump the Pump Day on June 21

Stockton, CA —San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) announced today that it will join with other public transportation systems nationwide to participate in the 13th Annual National Dump the Pump Day on Thursday, June 21. The slogan of this year’s National Dump the Pump Day is “Dump the Pump. Ride Public Transit.” RTD will offer free rides for all buses except Commuter routes on Thursday, June 21.

Sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), the 2018 National Dump the Pump Day encourages people to ride public transportation instead of driving a car. Started in June 2006 when gas prices were $3 per gallon, this national day emphasizes that public transportation is a convenient travel option that can also help people save money. According to the March APTA Transit Savings Report, individuals in a two-person household can save an average of more than $9,894 annually by downsizing to one car.

“Stockton residents can choose to save money by dumping the pump and maximize the benefits of doing so for the environment and their neighbors,” said RTD CEO Donna DeMartino. “This is due to RTD’s commitment to zero-emission fleet electrification like what is already taking place in South Stockton. All you have to do is ride the bus.”
RTD mascot “Artie D.” is rumored to have something special in mind to celebrate Dump the Pump Day this year. Follow RTD on sjRTD.com and on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter, especially on June 21, to see what happens.
San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) is the regional transit provider for San Joaquin County. RTD’s mission is to provide a safe, reliable, and efficient transportation system for the region. For more information, visit sjRTD.com, follow RTD on Facebook and Twitter, or call (209) 943-1111.

PG&E Begins Daily Aerial Patrols to Spot, Speed Wildfire Response; Adds Two New Routes to 2018 Schedule

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.—Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has begun its daily aerial fire detection patrols across hundreds of miles of its service area. This year, PG&E has added two new routes to the patrols which assist the U.S. Forest Service, CAL FIRE and local fire agencies with early fire detection and response. Early detection of smoke or fire allows fire agencies to quickly respond to accurate locations.

“Wildfires in California have grown in number, size and intensity in recent years. We all must adapt to this new normal and do even more to prevent and prepare for fires. That’s why we’ve increased the area and number of customers that our daily aerial patrols will cover to help keep communities safe,” said Pat Hogan, PG&E senior vice president of Electric Operations.
The patrols began on June 1 and will run until October 31, unless conditions allow for an earlier end or require an extension. Seven planes will fly daily routes from late afternoon until dusk.

Using fixed-wing aircraft, fire spotters will operate along these routes:
• Redding to Auburn in the Northern Sierra
• Auburn to Sonora in the Central Sierra
• Sonora to Porterville in the Southern Sierra
• Redding to Humboldt to Lake County
• Vacaville to Solvang near the coast
• Redding to Hoopa to MacArthur (Siskiyou County and northeastern Shasta County)
• Mendocino County

The patrols are coordinated through PG&E’s aerial operations. The Mendocino County route is co-funded by PG&E and run by the Mendocino County Aerial Fire Patrol Co-Operative. The Co-Op patrol is scheduled to begin June 15 and run through October 15.

In 2017, PG&E patrols identified approximately 250 fires, 20 of which were first reports. The patrols totaled more than 3,500 flight hours. PG&E began operating the aerial patrols in 2014, after the governor issued a drought emergency declaration. PG&E has continued the patrols because of the scale of tree mortality in California.

About PG&E:
Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric energy companies in the United States. Based in San Francisco, with more than 20,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation’s cleanest energy to nearly 16 million people in Northern and Central California. For more information, visit www.pge.com/ and pge.com/news.

PG&E and Division of Boating and Waterways Warn of Cold Water Hazards during Spring Snowmelt

SACRAMENTO, Calif. California’s Division of Boating and Waterways (DBW) and Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) encourage water enthusiasts to take extra precautions this spring when in or near rivers. These relatively full waterways will continue to rise as snow melts and will be dangerously cold. Simple actions such as knowing the water (is it too cold or swift), knowing your limits, wearing a life jacket or simply not entering the water when conditions are deemed unsafe can save a life.

Last spring, California’s rivers were also full and running high, fast and cold. Despite warnings from multiple public entities, numerous people entered rivers and drowned. The rising waters cover obstacles below the surface. Debris, trees and rocks combined with cold, swift water creates treacherous conditions for all recreationists – waders, swimmers, paddlers, boaters, anglers and hikers cooling off at the water’s edge. Another important fact is the temperature of rivers during spring. The average swimming pool temperature runs about 80 degrees. In contrast, swift water from snowmelt can be as cold as 40 degrees and trigger shock, paralysis and drowning.

“Do not enter the water if it’s too cold,” said DBW’s Acting Deputy Director Ramona Fernandez. “Even the strongest swimmers can be stunned by cold water and become incapacitated. Also, you’re not only putting yourself at risk, but also your family or friends. Too many times family members or friends go into the water to rescue their loved ones and end up losing their lives.”

Cold water immersion/shock happens quickly once you jump or fall into the water. You have one minute to adjust to the cold shock response and get control of your breathing. Swimming failure occurs after the first 10 minutes when cold water affects your ability to swim or tread water to stay afloat. Not wearing a life jacket or being alcohol-impaired while recreating in cold water makes it even more perilous and deadly once you can no longer move and slip into unconsciousness. Watch this video to see how quickly the effects of cold water immersion affects your body.

“Nothing is more important to PG&E than the safety of the public and our employees. With the snowmelt well underway, we ask those enjoying the outdoors to be careful near mountain streams, rivers and reservoirs. Water flows can increase or decrease rapidly, so always be alert and prepared for a change in conditions. Please put safety first during your recreation activities,” said Jon Franke, PG&E’s vice president of power generation.

Below are some water safety tips:

Stay Out and Stay Alive – Stay Out of Canals and Flumes

  • Recreating in PG&E canals and flumes is strictly prohibited. Stay alive by staying out of these water conveyances, which are very dangerous due to slippery sides and fast-moving cold water. Stay out of canals and off elevated flumes.

Know the Risks

  • Prevention is the best way to save a person from drowning. By the time a person is struggling in water, a rescue is extremely unlikely and places the rescuer at risk.
  • Sudden immersion in cold water can stimulate the “gasp reflex,” causing an involuntary inhalation of air or water. It can even trigger cardiac arrest, temporary paralysis, hypothermia and drowning. When faced with swift water, even the strongest swimmers may be easily overwhelmed.
  • Cold water entering the ear canal can cause vertigo and disorientation. This may confuse swimmers, causing them to venture deeper into the water.
  • Cold water also reduces body heat 25 to 30 times faster than air does at the same temperature, and causes impairment that can lead to fatalities.

Learn About Self-Rescue Techniques

  • If you do fall into the water, here are some survival tips:
  • Do control breathing, don’t gasp. A sudden unexpected fall into cold water causes an involuntary gasp (or torso) reflex. It takes less than ½ cup of water in a person’s lungs to drown. When someone remains calm, they have a greater chance of self-rescue.
  • Don’t panic if you fall into the water.
  • Stay with your boat. It will help you stay afloat and will be seen more easily by rescuers. If it’s capsized, try to climb on top.
  • Stay afloat with the help of a life jacket, regain control of breathing, and keep head above water in view of rescuers.
  • If possible, remove heavy shoes. Look for ways to increase buoyancy such as seat cushions or an ice chest.
  • If you’re in the water with others, huddle together facing towards each other to help everyone stay afloat and keep warm.
  • If you do fall into a river without a life jacket on, watch this video to help you survive.

Know your Limits

  • Swimming in open water is more difficult than in a swimming pool – people tire more quickly and can get into trouble.
  • Many unseen obstacles can be lurking below the water’s surface – this is especially the case during spring and early summer snowmelt. Rising water can make these obstacles even more treacherous. Guided trips for inexperienced paddlers are recommended.

Wear a Life Jacket

  • Conditions change quickly in open water and even the best swimmers can misjudge the water and their skills when boating or swimming. Wearing a properly fitted U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket can increase survival time.
  • Anyone within 20 ft. of water should be wearing a life jacket in case of an unexpected fall.
  • A life jacket can also provide some thermal protection against the onset of cold water shock and keep you afloat until someone else can rescue you.
  • Need a life jacket? Check online to find a life jacket loaner station for a day or weekend use.

Whitewater Rafting and Paddling

  • Most California rivers are fed by the mountain snowpack, so they are cold year around. Even on warm, sunny days, rafters and paddlers must be prepared to deal with the water temperatures. The dangers increase as water temperatures decrease below normal body temperature (98.6 degrees F).
  • DBW offers whitewater enthusiasts informative safety videos online about the dangers of high, fast and cold water safety.

Parental Supervision

  • Actively supervise children in and around open bodies of water, giving them your undivided attention. Do not assume that someone is watching them. Appoint a designated “water watcher,” taking turns with other adults.
  • Teach children that swimming in open water is not the same as swimming in a pool: they need to be aware of uneven surfaces, river currents, ocean undertow and changing weather.

For more water safety information, including boating laws, please visit www.BoatCalifornia.com.

 

Sacramento County Fair is Nearly in Full Swing!

Sacramento, Calif., (5/23/18) – Midway of Fun, known as California’s Friendliest Carnival, will be bringing over 30 of the best and most enjoyable rides for the Sacramento County Fair, one of which is a fan-favorite, The Lolli Swings. This ride is known throughout the country as one of the best and is suitable for children and adults alike. The Sacramento County Fair and all of the amazing rides will be held at Cal Expo from May 24th through Memorial Day, May 28th.

Pamela Fyock, CEO of Sacramento County Fair, states, “We are looking forward to joining forces with Midway of Fun once again for this year’s Sacramento County Fair! We always love seeing the Fairgoers get excited about the abundance of rides. The Lolli Swings have always been a fair favorite.”

If you would like to enjoy The Lolli Swings ride as well as many others, the Unlimited Ride Wristbands are available for purchase online at sacfair.com. You can get the wristband at a discounted price until May 23rd. A single wristband is good for one full-day of rides at the Sacramento County Fair Carnival and does not include fair admission.
In addition, this year the Sacramento County Fair is doing something special, allowing a boy’s wish to come true. Terrell, 14, who battles leukemia, wishes to have his very own carnival; therefore, the Sacramento County Fairgrounds will open one day early, just for him.Not only does Terrell show bravery by fighting his critical illness, but he recently saved his neighbors in their apartment building after it caught on fire in Stockton.
At his carnival, Sutter Health (Adopt-A-Wish® sponsors) will be there to support him in his wish coming true as well as the Stockton Fire Department to recognize him as a local hero. Terrell will be enjoying the Swings as well as many other Midway of Fun rides on May 23rd.

Doors to the Sacramento County Fair are open to the public May 24th through 28th. Tickets are available for purchase online at www.sacfair.com or at the Sacramento County Fair office. Adult tickets are only $6.00, kids 12-and-under are FREE, and select events are discounted online until May 23rd. Join over 100,000 guests and experience more than 30 carnival rides, dozens of free exhibits, musical guests, and activities all Memorial Day Weekend.

For more information on the Fair and a daily schedule visit www.sacfair.com and #ShareTheFair on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SacramentoCountyFair/, Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/saccountyfair, and on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sacfair

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About the Sacramento County Fair
Over 100,000 guests will enjoy the Sacramento County Fair May 24 – 28, 2018 at the Cal Expo Fairgrounds. Nearly 10,000 school children will enjoy educational school tours. 5,000 local Sacramento residents will compete for awards in the livestock and competitive exhibit programs. Adult admission is only $6.00 and admission for kids 12-and-under is free every day of the Fair. This year, the Sacramento County Fair will be the biggest and best in its over 80-year history, and the theme is “Let’s Eat, Have Fun & Celebrate the Red, White & Blue.”

For more information please visit www.sacfair.com.
#ShareTheFair and follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SacramentoCountyFair/,
on Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/saccountyfair, and on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sacfair

For media inquiries, please contact: Pamela Fyock
CEO, Sacramento County Fair pamelafyock@sacfair.com 916-263-2975

Meet the Sacramento County Fair’s Newest Ride – JUMBO!

Sacramento, Calif., (5/23/18) – Midway of Fun, known as California’s Friendliest Carnival, is returning to the Sacramento County Fair May 24th through 28th, this time with a new ride!

Named JUMBO, this ride has an elephant theme with the animals soaring 20 feet in the air! This is the latest in ride design and is imported from the Czech Republic. JUMBO is a true family attraction!

Pamela Fyock, CEO of Sacramento County Fair, exclaims, “We are thrilled to introduce JUMBO into the 30-plus rides that will be attending the Sacramento County Fair! This is sure to be a family favorite!”

If guests would like to enjoy rides at the Fair, the Unlimited Ride Wristbands are available for purchase online at sacfair.com. Wristband prices are discounted online until May 23rd. A single wristband is good for one full-day of rides at the Sacramento County Fair Carnival and does not include Fair admission.

In addition, the Sacramento County Fair is doing something special: allowing a boy’s wish to become a reality. Terrell, 14, is fighting leukemia, and his wish was to have a carnival of his very own. His Adopt-A-Wish® sponsors, Sutter Health is partnering with the Sacramento County Fair to make his wish come true. The Fairgrounds will open one day early, just for Terrell.

Doors to the Sacramento County Fair are open to the public May 24th through 28th. Tickets are available for purchase online at www.sacfair.com or at the Sacramento County Fair office. Adult tickets are only $6.00, kids 12-and-under are FREE, and select events are discounted online until May 23rd. Join over 100,000 guests and experience more than 30 carnival rides, dozens of free exhibits, musical guests, and activities all Memorial Day Weekend.

For more information on the Fair and a daily schedule visit www.sacfair.com and #ShareTheFair on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SacramentoCountyFair/, Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/saccountyfair, and on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sacfair

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About the Sacramento County Fair
Over 100,000 guests will enjoy the Sacramento County Fair May 24 – 28, 2018 at the Cal Expo Fairgrounds. Nearly 10,000 school children will enjoy educational school tours. 5,000 local Sacramento residents will compete for awards in the livestock and competitive exhibit programs. Adult admission is only $6.00 and admission for kids 12-and-under is free every day of the Fair. This year, the Sacramento County Fair will be the biggest and best in its over 80-year history, and the theme is “Let’s Eat, Have Fun & Celebrate the Red, White & Blue.”

For more information please visit www.sacfair.com.

#ShareTheFair and follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SacramentoCountyFair/,
on Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/saccountyfair, and on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sacfair

For media inquiries, please contact: Pamela Fyock
CEO, Sacramento County Fair pamelafyock@sacfair.com 916-263-2975

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