State health officials and local law enforcement agencies have discretion to contact hospitals or local health departments.
The system works, said Victor Turner, bureau chief of the Los Angeles County Office of Public Safety. Turner said he routinely receives terror alerts from federal law enforcement and passes information on to county hospital and public health officials.
"We didn't hear anything about this specific Lodi case (before the arrests), but we have heard generally that there has been an increased threat to hospitals and public health facilities," Turner said. "Even when we did hear about Lodi, we didn't do anything different with security."