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First case of vaping-associated lung injury reported in Clark County
The first case of severe lung disease associated with vaping has been reported in Clark County. A woman in her 40s was hospitalized due to lung injury and is now recovering.
A local medical provider reported the illness to Clark County Public Health. The woman reported vaping products containing nicotine and THC. The products were purchased at local licensed retailers. Read more.
Clark County Green Business recognizes C-TRAN for sustainability efforts
C-TRAN is the latest local business to receive certification from the Clark County Green Business program. The certification recognizes C-TRAN for its efforts to operate efficiently and reduce its environmental impact.
The Green Business program offers resources and onsite assistance to help businesses reduce their environmental impacts and offer employees healthy workplaces. The program, coordinated by Clark County Public Health, recognizes and celebrates these achievements with Green Business certification. Read more.
Public Health issues blue-green algae advisory for Fallen Leaf Lake in Camas
Public Health has issued an advisory for Fallen Leaf Lake in Camas due to blooms of cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae. Caution signs are being posted at the lake.
Public Health is advising people and pets to avoid direct contact with lake water in areas of floating blue-green-colored scum. Blue-green algae produce toxins that can be harmful to people and deadly for small pets that drink the water.
Updates will be posted on the Public Beaches webpage.
Nominate champions of sustainability for 2020 Green Awards
Clark County is accepting nominations for the 2020 Green Awards, an annual program recognizing excellence in environmental sustainability. Public Health is seeking nominations of organizations and individuals who consider the environment in decision-making and practices. Self-nominations are accepted.
The 2020 winners will be announced at the Green Awards Wednesday, March 18 at Kiggins Theatre. Read more.
Council seeks agriculture representative for Solid Waste Advisory Commission
The Clark County Council is seeking applicants for a volunteer position on the Solid Waste Advisory Commission. The position represents agriculture in Clark County.
Commission members act as representatives of their regions or stakeholder groups and advise the county council on solid waste issues, such as recycling, garbage collection, landfills, transfer stations and waste-reduction programs. Read more.
Make the holiday season greener by reducing, reusing and recycling
As holiday festivities begin, Clark County Solid Waste and Environmental Outreach is encouraging people to take steps to reduce their holiday waste.
Household waste in the U.S. increases by more than 25 percent between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, sending an additional 1 million tons of trash per week to landfills. But by taking a few simple steps to reduce, reuse and recycle, the holiday season can be a little greener. Read more.
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Now is the perfect time to get a seasonal flu shot if you haven’t already been immunized this year.
Everyone 6 months and older should receive a flu shot every year. Immunization not only protects the person receiving the shot, but higher immunization rates also help to protect those most vulnerable to complications.
Flu shots are the best method to prevent flu, hospitalization and missed days of school or work. Flu vaccine is widely available in Clark County. To get vaccinated, call your health care provider or pharmacy.
American household waste increases by more than 25 percent between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. But taking simple steps to reduce, reuse and recycle can make the holiday season a little greener without cutting back on the holiday cheer.
Consider giving experiences, time or talent as gifts. Wrap gifts in reusable bags or use old maps or newspaper. Save gift bags, bows and ribbons for reuse next year. Don’t over-buy food for holiday meals. Compost food scraps.
For more tips on making the holidays greener, visit the Clark County Green Neighbors website.
Clark County Public Health declared the local measles outbreak over on April 29, after six weeks with no new cases.