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Concord: Ash/Debris Cleanup Advisory


Last updated: April 24, 2018, 9:41 am

The large structure fire in Concord consisted primarily of construction materials (predominately wood). Residents should avoid direct contact and inhalation of ash/debris that was produced by the fire. Residents may use a mild soap and water to clean up ash/debris. To minimize dust generation, residents should consider lightly dampening ash/debris prior to commencing sweeping activities. Swept up ash/debris may be placed in a standard household trash receptacle. Any towels or cleaning materials should be rinsed in a sink that drains to a sanitation sewer. Residents should avoid washing or sweeping ash/debris into storm drains, as this will result in pollution accumulating in nearby creeks and rivers.

Flu Information for Providers


Many healthcare workers in Contra Costa County must either receive an annual flu vaccination or wear a mask in patient-care settings from November 1st through April 30th. For more information, read the immunization/masking order by Health Officer Dr. William Walker.

Annual influenza activity follow a winter seasonal pattern in the United States with a peak typically occurring in late December to early February. Contra Costa Public Health collects and analyzes clinical and laboratory data throughout the year in an effort to determine the timing and impact of influenza spread in the community.

For reporting cases of influenza, please contact Contra Costa Public Health Communicable Disease Programs at 925-313-6740 or fax information to 925-313-6465.

Specimens from fatal cases and hospitalized cases requiring intensive care should be saved and submitted to Contra Costa County Public Health Laboratory for additional testing. The Public Health Laboratory can be reached at 925-370-5775.

Reporting Criteria

  • Laboratory-confirmed influenza in fatal cases age 0-64 years; and
  • Laboratory-confirmed influenza cases age 0-64 years requiring intensive care (reporting voluntary); and
  • Acute respiratory outbreaks

Reporting Forms


Additional Resources




´╗┐Physicians who need to report a suspected public health emergency should contact the Public Health division immediately at 925-313-6740; or after hours, call the sheriff's dispatch at 925-646-2441 and ask for the Health Officer On Call.


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