Health Matters

Late March 10, city officials learned that an unidentified Alameda Firefighter tested positive for COVID-19. Following the positive test, the city expects the public health officials in the county where the individual is being quarantined would follow protocol and begin a thorough investigation to identify anyone who might have been in close personal contact with the individual. The City of Alameda stated it is fully cooperating with the unidentified county's public health officials in a press release the morning of March 11.

The National Hearing Loss Assocation of America (HLAA) has selected Alameda for the East Bay Walk for Hearing set for Saturday, May 30. One of just 20 events held around the country each year, it has been held on the Peninsula for several years past. 

According to HLAA member and Alameda resident Susan Fitzgerald, “When they heard that we had a flat 5K route on a beautiful beach with parking and open space at one end and shopping and food in the middle, the national rep fell in love with Alameda.”

Writers including Eric J. Kos, one of the owners of the Alameda Sun, and Katherine Schwartz, the executive director of the Alameda Family Services League recently wrote appreciation for businesses focusing less on making money while overlooking workers. They encouraged changing the focus to people.  

Nearly 1 in 3 deaths in America are related to heart disease. More than 50 years ago President Lyndon B. Johnson proclaimed as February American Heart Month. Cardiovascular disease many attribute to smoking, eating habits, weight problems, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and just plain genetic bad luck. Unfortunately, more awareness of these risk factors has not led to a decrease in cardiovascular-associated deaths in the United States.

The House of Representatives voted last week to expand Medicare to cover hearing aids and related hearing health care services. By a vote of 230 to 192, the House approved HR 3, a bill that allows the federal government to negotiate prescription drug prices and uses the savings from lower drug prices to cover the costs of hearing, dental and vision health services.