Public Health news and blog
As cases skyrocket, new free COVID-19 test site at Highline College expands testing capacity
A new free COVID-19 test site will open at Highline College on Friday, November 20. This new site complements free test sites already in operation in Renton, Auburn, Tukwila and Federal Way, increasing access to testing across south King County as cases skyrocket.
King County Board of Health meeting on November 19, 2020
The King County Board of Health holds a meeting on November 19, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. The agenda includes discussion and possible action on age restrictions for electronic smoking devices and a resolution urging the state to address racism as a public health crisis.
New case of measles in King County
Public Health – Seattle & King County is investigating a new confirmed measles case in a child, with possible exposures in Sea-Tac Airport.
Vashon Island beaches closed for shellfish harvesting: Paralytic shellfish poison found at unsafe levels
Paralytic shellfish poison has been detected at unsafe levels on Vashon-Maury Island's Quartermaster Harbor beaches. As a result, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) has closed these areas to recreational shellfish harvest. The commercial harvest is not affected. People should always check the DOH shellfish safety website before harvesting shellfish.
Date change: Free drive-thru back-to-school vaccine and flu clinic set for Oct. 10 rescheduled for Oct. 17 in Kent
Because of anticipated poor weather this weekend, a free drive-thru vaccine clinic for school-aged children and flu clinic for all community members ages 4 and older set for Oct. 10 has been rescheduled for Oct. 17, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the ShoWare Center in Kent.
Hay dos nuevos sitios para hacerse la prueba de COVID-19 en la zona sur del Condado de King
En Tukwila y en Federal Way habrá dos nuevos sitios para hacerse la prueba de COVID-19 de manera gratuita. Estos dos lugares complementarán a otros dos centros de pruebas que abrieron recientemente en Renton y Auburn, aumentando así la disponibilidad de pruebas en nuestra comunidad.
Free drive-thru back-to-school vaccine and flu clinics coming to Kent, Oct. 7 and 10, 2020
King County school-aged children can get the vaccinations required for returning to in-person learning – and all community members ages 4 and older can get a flu shot – at upcoming free vaccination and flu clinics Oct. 7 from noon to 5 p.m., and Oct. 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Kent ShoWare Center.
Two more new COVID-19 testing sites in south King County
Free COVID-19 testing sites will open in Tukwila and Federal Way in the coming days. These sites complement two recently launched testing centers in Renton and Auburn, increasing access to testing across our community.
Public Health investigates COVID-19 outbreak associated with Salish Lodge & Spa in Snoqualmie
Public Health – Seattle & King County is investigating an outbreak of COVID-19 associated with the Salish Lodge & Spa in Snoqualmie. Public Health is recommending anyone who visited the Salish Lodge & Spa overnight or as a guest during the day get tested for COVID-19 and monitor for symptoms of COVID-19. Salish Lodge & Spa is working with public health to implement recommendations.
El Departamento de Salud Pública investiga un brote de COVID-19 asociado con Salish Lodge & Spa en Snoqualmie
Salud Pública - Seattle y el Condado de King está investigando un brote de COVID-19 asociado con Salish Lodge & Spa en Snoqualmie. El departamento de Salud Pública está recomendando que cualquier persona que se haya alojado en Salish Lodge & Spa o que solo haya estado durante el día se realice la prueba de COVID-19 y vigile si tiene síntomas de COVID-19. Salish Lodge & Spa está trabajando junto con el Departamento de Salud Pública para implementar las recomendaciones.
King County Board of Health meeting on September 17, 2020
The King County Board of Health holds a meeting on September 17, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. The topic on the agenda includes briefings on COVID-19 impacts on mental health, suicide, domestic violence and community wellbeing, and influenza and COVID-19 updates.
School-Based Health Centers to open this fall, available for vaccinations and other services
Health centers will open on 34 school campuses in King County this September, to provide health services for students – including flu shots and other vaccines – even when the instruction is online.
New free COVID-19 testing sites to launch in south King County
Two new free COVID-19 test sites will open in south King County over the next two weeks. The drive-through sites located in Renton and Auburn will increase access to testing across our community.
Rabid bat found on the sidewalk near the corner of Ballard Ave NW and 22nd Ave NW in Seattle
A rabid bat was found on the sidewalk on July 19, 2020, near the corner of Ballard Ave NW and 22nd Ave NW in the Seattle neighborhood of Ballard. If you or someone you know had any contact with a bat near this area, seek medical evaluation immediately or contact Public Health.
King County Board of Health meeting on July 16, 2020
The King County Board of Health holds a meeting on July 16, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. The topic on the agenda includes discussion and possible action on a rule and regulation for telephonic participation by Board members and a resolution adopting the 2020 Board of Health work plan. The Board will also receive a briefing and a resolution on Racism as a Public Health Crisis.
Increasing cases of COVID-19 in King County highlight the need to limit close contact
Public Health—Seattle & King County continues to monitor cases, hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19 and has noted an increase in cases over the past two weeks. Public Health expects to see some increase in cases as we get back to work and other activities in the community because there are more opportunities for COVID-19 to spread.
With food insecurity on the rise, Public Health highlights critical new and existing resources
Exacerbated by COVID-19, a growing number of people in King County are seeking food assistance. To help address this urgent need, Public Health – Seattle & King County, the City of Seattle and the Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction are launching new efforts to connect families in need to food resources.
Meeting of the King County Board of Health June 18, 2020
The King County Board of Health holds a meeting on 6/18/20 at 1:00 p.m. The topic on the agenda includes discussion and possible action on a resolution declaring racism as a public health crisis.
Special meeting of the King County Board of Health June 15
The King County Board of Health holds a special meeting on June 15, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. The topic on the agenda includes discussion and possible action on a resolution supporting King County's application to the Washington State Department of Health to enter Phase 2 of the Safe Start Reopening Plan.
Expanded free COVID-19 testing in south King County
Three new free COVID-19 test sites open in south King County this week. In addition, local community organizations will provide free-drive through testing access in Renton and Federal Way this weekend. Also, the Greater Seattle Coronavirus Assessment Network (SCAN) study is resuming. The study will continue to inform King County’s public health response by helping understand where the virus exists in our region and how it is spreading.