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Parks And Golf Courses Partially Reopen in Costa Mesa, California For Recreational Activities

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Late Tuesday, city council members voted to partially reopen some parks and golf courses for limited use with mandatory safety measures put in place. City parks will be open during regular hours for walking and biking only. They will require visitors to wear masks and maintain social distancing measures. The Tennis Center, the Bark Park, the Skate Park, and Fairview Park will remain closed.   

Parks will only be used for passive recreational activities like walking or biking. No public gatherings will be allowed, such as picnics or groups of any kind. Residents will not be permitted to stop on the grass, and restrooms and playground equipment will have a phased opening

City members have advised the opening of Fairview Park be phased out as it contains different natural habitats with over 30 unique species that will require monitoring. City staff expect to open a biking trail in the park by Friday and will provide a map online to show which sections of the park are open and those in the process of opening.

City members have also worked with golf course operators and park experts to develop rules and regulations for the first stage of limited reopening. Golf courses in city limits may also partially reopen with mandatory guidelines set in place, and courses will be walking only. Golfers can use hand carts but must bring their own clubs, tees, and equipment to play. Tee times must be paid for online and will be spaced out ten minutes apart from each other. Clubhouses, driving ranges, practice putting greens, pro shops, restaurants, bars, and bag rooms will remain closed.

Those who do not follow course guidelines will be removed from the course. To ensure social distancing measures are maintained among golfers, employees will be placed all around the courses.  

Sources: 

  1. https://voiceofoc.org/2020/05/costa-mesas-parks-and-golf-courses-partially-reopen-for-recreational-activity/
  2. http://ftp.costamesaca.gov/costamesaca/council/agenda/2020/2020-05-05/NB-3-Attach-3.pdf

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Top ENT Specialists in Orange County

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Otolaryngologists are physicians who are trained to treat patients with diseases and disorders of the ear, nose, throat (ENT). They are commonly referred to as ENT physicians.

Otolaryngologists are physicians that specialize in the treatment and management of diseases and disorders of the ear, nose, throat, and related bodily structures that provide both medical and surgical care. 

Wordofhealth.com  would like to list the top ENTs within the Orange County area. These ENTs have gone above and beyond in providing quality care to patients. 

Please note that these providers were selected on the basis of google and yelp reviews. This is not a ranking article. 

Kenneth Zuckerman

Source: https://kennethzuckermanmd.com/

Dr.  Kenneth Zuckerman is a board-certified otolaryngologist and has a private practice located in Irvine, California since July 1986 and has been in his current establishment since July 1991. He attended Emory University, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Biology and graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1977. He then attended New York University School of Medicine, graduating in 1981. Dr. Zuckerman completed his internship and residency at the University of California Irvine Medical Center and has been on the staff of Hoag Hospital since 1986. He has served as Chairman of the Department of Otolaryngology and is on the Newport Plaza Surgery Center staff. In addition to Dr. Zuckerman’s vast medical background, he serves on the Board of Directors of Greater Newport Physicians.

Charles Oh, M.D.

 

Source: https://www.sinusallergymd.com/provider/charles-oh-md

Dr. Oh received a medical degree and completed his residency at Wayne State University Medical School and completed a fellowship in Rhinology and Advanced Sinus Surgery. He worked as an instructor of Otolaryngology at Vanderbilt University.

Furthermore, Dr. Oh is a Fellow of the American Association of Otolaryngic Allergy and a member of the Academy of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery.

John Supance, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.A.P

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Source: http://www.hnaoc.com/ent-staff.html#john

Dr. John Supance is an ENT in Mission Viejo, CA, who graduated from Ohio State University School of Medicine. Dr. Supance is a board-certified in Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, a Charter Member of the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology, a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He also completed two years of training in General Surgery and a residency program at the University of Cincinnati in Head and Neck Surgery. During his time at the University of Cincinnati, Dr. Supance was awarded the Alter Peerless Award for excellence as Chief Resident. 

He then spent the following year at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh in the Pediatric Otolaryngology Fellowship training program. Followed by two years of academic instruction at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine as a full-time Assistant Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, where he received the Seymour Cohen Award for scientific research in Pediatric Otolaryngology.

He has served as Chief of Otolaryngology, Chief of Surgery, member-at-large on the Medical Staff Executive Committee, Chief of Staff-elect, and Chief of Staff at Children’s Hospital of Orange County at Mission Hospital. 

Dr. Kathy Yu-Syken M.D.

 

Source: https://www.oceannent.com/provider/kathy-yu-syken-md-facs

Dr. Kathy Yu-Syken is an ENT who provides comprehensive services for a complete range of ear, nose, and throat conditions at her practice, Oceann ENT, in Huntington Beach, California.

Dr. Yu-Syken graduated from the University of Riverside and University of California Los Angeles seven-year biomedical sciences program, magna cum laude, and Phi Beta Kappa. She then completed her bi-campus residency training in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery in New York at Columbia University Medical Center and Weill Cornell Medical Center.

Dr. Yu-Syken is among the few surgeons who are certified in conducting minimally invasive balloon sinuplasty as an in-office procedure without needing general anesthesia. Dr. Yu-Syken is currently a member of numerous professional organizations, including the American College of Surgeons and the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. Dr. Yu-Syken has presented her work at several national otolaryngology meetings and is certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology.

Philip Chronis M.D.

 

Source: http://drphilipchironis.com/

Dr. Philip N. Chironis is on staff at Hoag Hospital Newport Beach and Newport Beach Surgery Center. He obtained his bachelor’s degree summa cum laude from Adelphi University in 1979 and his medical degree from Tulane Medical School in 1983.

He completed a General Surgery Internship at North Shore Hospital/Cornell Medical Center. Dr. Chironis completed his Otolaryngology residency at New York Hospital/Cornell Medical Center and Vanderbilt University Medical Center. 

He has practiced in Newport Beach for over 17 years, and has developed special areas of expertise ranging from adult to pediatric surgery using the latest methods for endoscopic sinus surgery, deviated septums, tonsillectomy, voice disorders, neck disorders, phonosurgery and somnoplasty for snoring.

Dr. Chironis is a diplomate of the American Board of Otolaryngology and is a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and the Orange County Medical Association.

Dr. Tjoson Tjoa M.D.

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Source: https://uciheadandneck.com/doctors/tjoson-tjoa/

Dr. Tjoa is an Assistant Clinical Professor at UC Irvine Health and specializes in operative treatments for head and neck cancer, salivary gland surgery, major reconstructive surgery, microvascular techniques,  thyroid surgery, and skull base surgery

Dr. Tjoa earned his undergraduate degree in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of California at Berkeley. He received his medical degree from the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine in Richmond, Virginia. He completed an internship in general surgery followed by a head and neck surgery residency at the UC Irvine School of Medicine. 

Following his residency he completed a clinical fellowship in head and neck surgical oncology and microvascular reconstruction at the Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary and Massachusetts General Hospital in the Department of Otolaryngology at Harvard Medical School and served as Clinical Instructor. Just recently he was featured on the Southern California Rising Stars list, as nominated by other physicians. 

Alexis Furze, M.D.

 

Source: https://www.drfurze.com/provider/alexis-furze-md-facs

Alexis Furze, MD, FACS, practices in Newport Beach, California, and is double board-certified in facial and reconstructive plastic surgery and head and neck surgery.

After receiving his medical degree from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in Miami, Florida, Dr. Furze proceeded his training in otolaryngology with a residency at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. Dr. Furze then completed his fellowship at the University of California, Irvine.

Dr. Furze is certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology in Head and Neck Surgery.

Dr. Furze was named Physical of Excellence by the Orange County Medical Association in 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019. He was recently named Chairman of Dr. Furze currently serves as the Chairman of his multi-specialty department at Hoag Hospital. 

Dr. Furze is certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology in Head and Neck Surgery and by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, a combination that allows him to treat several different cosmetic and functional issues in one procedure. 

As evidence of his expert care, Dr. Furze was named a Physical of Excellence by the Orange County Medical Association in 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 and was recently named Chairman of Dr. Furze currently serves as the Chairman of his multi-specialty department at Hoag Hospital.

Monica Kieu, D.O., FACS

Source: https://drmonicakieu.com/our-practice

Monica Kieu, D.O., FACS, is a board-certified specialist in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. Dr. Kieu received her medical degree from Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona and completed her residency at Michigan State University/Detroit Medical Center in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, where she was chief resident. 

Dr. Kieu completed her fellowship in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Toronto and has authored numerous articles and presentations for peer-reviewed medical journals and conferences.

She was recently named one of LA’s Top Docs by Los Angeles Magazine. Dr. Kieu is currently a member of many major medical associations, including the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery; American Osteopathic Colleges of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery; American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery; American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery; and the American Rhinologic Society.

Dr. Kieu currently serves as an assistant clinical professor for the Department of Surgical Services at Michigan State University. Dr. Kieu frequently lectures and demonstrates her aesthetic techniques to fellow physicians and health care providers. 

Ashley Balaker, M.D

 

Dr. Balaker is board certified in Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery and a subspecialist in Otology – Neurotology. She graduated from USC Keck School of Medicine after earning a B.S. in Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics from UCLA. 

She completed her residency in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at UCLA. Dr. Balaker then completed a two-year subspecialty Fellowship in Otology/Neurotology and Skull Base Surgery at the California Ear Institute in Palo Alto, California.

She is also experienced in minimally invasive surgery for the ears and sinuses, including endoscopic transcanal ear surgery, surfer’s ear surgery, balloon sinuplasty, and endoscopic balloon dilation of the eustachian tube.

Dr. Balaker also performs surgery for hearing restoration, including laser stapedotomy for otosclerosis and cochlear implantation for profound hearing loss.

N.X. Nguyen, M.D. 


Source: https://www.earnosethroatdoctor.com/about

Nghia Nguyen, MD, provides extensive otolaryngology services to Orange County residents at Comprehensive Ear Nose Throat in Huntington Beach, CA. Dr. Nguyen is certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology and is an active member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery.

Dr. Nguyen has over 15 years of experience, and treated nearly 40,000 patients for various ear, nose, and throat (ENT) conditions. He also specializes in allergies and immunotherapy and is experienced in endoscopic surgeries for treating sinuses, thyroid conditions, ear problems, and in-office balloon sinuplasty.

Following his undergraduate degree in molecular, cellular, and developmental biology at UCLA, Dr. Nguyen obtained his medical degree from the University of Southern California. He completed his otolaryngology residency at Wayne State University in Detroit.

Dr. Nguyen takes a dynamic approach by staying up-to-date with the latest technologies in endoscopic surgeries. He offers advanced diagnostic and treatment options for conditions like sinusitis, sleep apnea, ear infections, and hearing issues.

Sources: 

  1. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/287230
  2. https://kennethzuckermanmd.com/
  3. https://www.sinusallergymd.com/provider/charles-oh-md
  4. http://www.hnaoc.com/ent-staff.html#john
  5. https://www.oceannent.com/provider/kathy-yu-syken-md-facs
  6. http://drphilipchironis.com/
  7. https://uciheadandneck.com/doctors/tjoson-tjoa/
  8. https://www.drfurze.com/provider/alexis-furze-md-facs
  9. https://drmonicakieu.com/our-practice
  10. http://www.hnaoc.com/ent-staff.html#Ashley
  11. https://www.earnosethroatdoctor.com/about

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Anaheim Coronavirus Testing Site

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Orange County has just added a new site for coronavirus testing for residents. On Wednesday, July 15, the county will open a drive-through testing center at the Anaheim Convention Center. Spokeswoman Molly Nichelson said the new testing site is intended to test healthcare and nursing home workers, public employees, first responders, grocery, and other essential workers. It will also be open to people who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. 

The testing site will be staged in a parking garage at the southwest corner of the city-owned convention center. It is expected to handle 600 to 800 people per day and increase to a maximum of 1,200 people a day within two weeks, Mike Lyster announced. According to officials, the convention center is expected to be the first of several large-scale test sites within the county. There will be a second location that could open at the OC Fair & Event Center in the upcoming weeks.

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A partnership between Garden Grove-based Clinic 360 and the convention center testing will be contact-free Lyster said. The test center staff will take a nasal swab from people who drive up so they can take the specimen then place it in a bag, and then give it back to the staff member. The Anaheim site is expected to operate from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays for an initial run of 30 days. A registration website to make appointments is expected to be available by Tuesday, July 14.

County and city officials could not state how quickly test results would be delivered or how much the program is expected to cost. Those with health insurance would have their insurer billed for the test, and federal funding would cover the uninsured. County officials have said that while testing capacity was admittedly inadequate in the pandemic’s early weeks, it has improved significantly. 

County Health Care Agency Director Clayton Chau said there is no shortage of testing reagents or required equipment to conduct testing in Orange County. Chau added that there is a testing delay in getting testing due to the increase of individuals wanting to be tested.

Sources: 

  1. https://www.ocregister.com/2020/07/14/orange-county-announces-covid-19-drive-through-testing-site-to-open-at-anaheim-convention-center/

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Orange County COVID-19 Update: New Restrictions and Closures

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There has been a surge in coronavirus cases in California since that state began reopening. The state recently placed Orange County on the watch list along with other counties at risk, possibly facing new lockdown orders. Orange County has taken steps to try and slow the spread with the upcoming holiday approaching. Officials announced Laguna Beach’s city beaches will be closed on the Fourth of July due to the accelerating speed of the coronavirus in Orange County.

If needed, the City Manager John Peitig can extend the planned beach closures to Friday and Sunday as well City Council members added on Tuesday, June 30. The closure comes as Los Angeles and Ventura counties announced their beaches would be closed on the last day. Laguna’s public firework display has also been canceled.

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced new coronavirus restrictions on Wednesday, July 1, 2020. The restrictions include ordering the closure of indoor operations including restaurants, wineries, and cardrooms for the following three weeks. The restrictions apply to all counties that have been on the state’s “watch list” for at least three days, including Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Orange, and Riverside.

Along with the new closures, Orange County Health Care Agency reported five new deaths today. The coronavirus death toll within the county increased to 345, and  570 new cases of the virus confirmed. The cumulative case total is now 14,413 since testing started in March.

Sources: 

  1. https://wordofhealth.com/2020/06/27/young-californians-attribute-in-coronavirus-spike/
  2. https://wordofhealth.com/2020/06/30/california-places-orange-county-on-coronavirus-watch-list/
  3. https://www.ocregister.com/2020/06/30/laguna-beach-to-close-its-beach-on-fourth-of-july/
  4. https://www.ocregister.com/2020/07/01/newsom-tightens-up-coronavirus-rules-bars-indoor-dining-in-la-orange-and-riverside-counties-shuts-parking-at-state-beaches/
  5. https://www.ocregister.com/2020/06/30/coronavirus-779-new-cases-and-10-new-deaths-reported-in-orange-county-as-of-june-30/

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