Public Health news
King County Board of Health meeting on November 19, 2015
The King County Board of Health meets on November 19, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. Items on the agenda include discussion on fees for pet-related businesses, update on the 2015 Public Health mid-biennial budget and legislative update.
King County Board of Health meeting on October 15, 2015
The King County Board of Health meets on October 15, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. Items on the agenda include discussions on farmers market and temporary food establishment fees, approved water sources for on site sewage systems, Public Health Foundational Services and legislative update.
King County Board of Health meeting on September 17, 2015
The King County Board of Health meets on September 17, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. Items on the agenda include briefings on Environmental Health fees, Health Care for the Homeless Annual Report, Preliminary impacts from Affordable Care Act health insurance enrollment in King County and a legislative update.
All Vashon-Maury Island beaches closed for shellfish harvesting
Vashon-Maury Island closed to recreational shellfish harvesting due to Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning. Health officials remind harvesters to always check to see if a beach is approved and open for recreational harvest before collecting shellfish.
Quartermaster Harbor beaches closed for shellfish harvesting
Quartermaster Harbor closed to recreational shellfish harvesting due to Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning. Health officials remind harvesters to always check to see if a beach is approved and open for recreational harvest before collecting shellfish.
Increase in edible marijuana intoxication among King County children
Health officials warn adults to keep edible marijuana products away from children after Washington Poison Center reports a sharp increase in reports of child poisonings in King County.
King County Board of Health meeting on July 16, 2015
The King County Board of Health holds its monthly meeting on Thursday, July 16, 2015 at 1:30 pm. This month's discussion will include supporting the upcoming 2015 Seattle/King County Clinic event and updates regarding the Best Starts for Kids and tobacco and vapor products.
Avoid contact with toxic algae found in north Lake Washington
Public Health recommends avoiding contact with toxic algae, which was found in northern parts of Lake Washington. Toxic algae can be dangerous for people and pets.
Partners in Seattle's Chinatown-International District receive national grant award for health and housing innovation
A community-based effort led by InterIm Community Development Association (InterIm CDA), Public Health - Seattle & King County, and Swedish was awarded a national grant designed to support community collaborations to give everyone a fair chance to be healthy.
Measles exposures in King County
A traveler with measles was in King County during the contagious period and potentially exposed others. Most people in our area have immunity to the measles through vaccination, but people should check the listed exposure locations, know their immunization status and call a health care provider promptly if they develop an illness.
King County Board of Health meeting on May 21, 2015
The King County Board of Health holds its monthly meeting on Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 1:30 pm. Updates and briefings to the Board this month include discussion on the health needs and assets of King County communities and designing an "Accountable Community of Health" partnership in King County.
King County Public Health director receives statewide leadership award
Patty Hayes, the interim director of Public Health – Seattle & King County, received a statewide award for her work to improve the health and well-being of women, children, and families in Washington.
Free child car seat check-up events in King County
Several free child car seat check-up events are happening locally over the next few months for parents, parents-to-be and caregivers, starting on Friday, April 24. Hosted by Public Health - Seattle & King County, the checks make sure child care seats are installed properly to save lives.
Fun, free pool events promote safe water adventures this season
There will be free swim time and water safety activities at over 30 participating city, county, and private pools statewide. Most events will be held on April Pools Day, Saturday, April 18, but check with your local pool for specific dates and times.
Two people diagnosed with active TB at local school
Two cases of active TB at a local school are being investigated. There is no evidence that the two cases were acquired at the school, however, out of an abundance of caution health officials are recommending TB tests for all members of the school community.
TB: New local data on the contagious disease that won't go away
A third of the world's population is infected with the bacterium that causes tuberculosis. Here in King County, the TB Control Program works to assure that people with active TB are cured and community spread is stopped. In 2014 there were 100 people in King County with active TB disease.
King County Board of Health meeting on March 19, 2015
The King County Board of Health holds its monthly meeting on Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 1:30 pm. Updates and briefings to the Board this month include a presentation on strategies for responding to the opioid overdose problem in King County.
King County teen e-cigarette use is on the rise, but fewer smoke cigarettes or drink alcohol
According to the Healthy Youth Survey, which is taken every two years by Washington state students in grades 6, 8, 10, and 12, e-cigarette use among youth is increasing while cigarette smoking and drinking and driving are declining. One in five high school seniors reports vaping or e-cigarette use.
King County Board of Health meeting on February 19, 2015
The King County Board of Health will hold its next meeting on Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 1:30 p.m.
County leaders urge residents to check their health insurance and renew before Sunday deadline
King County Executive Dow Constantine and King County Board of Health chair Joe McDermott remind residents just a few days remain before the close of Open Enrollment on Washington's health exchange.