SAN DIEGO (NEWS 8) - A local non-profit is aiming to keep the public aware of the urgent efforts and the all the steps the county has taken to contain further infections.
Father Joe's Villages said that there is no evidence any of its visitors have actually contracted hepatitis A there, but officials confirmed that some of the homeless who live and eat there do have it.
In fact, at least one of the 16 who have died since the outbreak started was a frequent visitor who happened to be Father Joe’s Medical Director Dr. Jeffery Norris’ patient.
“A guy who had a lot of medical issues, wasn’t well to begin with,” Dr. Norris said of his patient. “But that experience, for me, really brought home that this is an outbreak that’s killing people.”
Countywide, nearly 450 people have been infected, the majority of them homeless, so Father Joe's has ramped up efforts to help combat the problem.
Hand washing stations were installed around the facility and educational signs have been posted in the area with information on how the disease is spread and how you can avoid it.
Village staff is also cleaning the bathrooms more often, and free vaccines are being offered four times per week to anyone who comes into the on-site clinic.
County health officials are visiting Father Joe’s on a frequent basis to make sure that extra precautions are being taken and protocol is being followed.
The body of a man was found near a burned Ramona home Sunday after a resident of the home was unaccounted for after flames fully engulfed the structure on Saturday, authorities said. Deputies couldn't immediately say if the man who was found was the unaccounted-for resident.
The latest storm to hit San Diego is making for a beautiful scene in our local mountains with plenty of fresh snow that brought out lots of visitors this weekend.
Professional football is back in San Diego for the first time in more than two years. The San Diego Fleet's first ever home game against the Atlanta Legends got underway Sunday evening at SDCCU stadium.
The San Diego County Women's Hall of Fame will induct five local women for their life's achievements next month, the organization announced Sunday.
San Diego police on Saturday released the names of the SWAT officers involved in a shooting and a standoff in Paradise Hills early on Valentine's Day.
Following a series of low pressures, a stronger, colder system on Sunday will bring a chance of snow to San Diego mountains.
The U.S. Navy commissioned its newest combat ship on Saturday, the USS Tulsa, which eventually will be docked in San Diego.
More than 150 current and former service members and their families gathered on the USS Midway on Saturday morning.
Dozens of people on Saturday fell victim to a brunch scam that was supposed to take place at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.