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Public Health offices closed Monday, Feb. 17
Residents can explore historical trash and stories it tells at free event
The garbage a community leaves behind tells a story – often saying more about the people than the items they keep. Clark County residents are invited to learn more about the stories told by waste, including historical trash unearthed at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, at a free event this month.
Dr. Douglas Wilson, chief archaeologist with the National Park Service at Fort Vancouver, will lead a discussion about garbology – the study of a community or culture by analyzing its waste. The event will kick off the annual WasteBusters challenge – a 20-day competition to reduce waste and promote sustainable living. Read more.
Nominations sought for people and organizations that protect, promote health
Clark County Public Health is seeking nominations for the annual Public Health Community Award. The award recognizes both an individual and an organization in Clark County for outstanding contributions to promoting and protecting community health.
Nominations are due by 5 pm Friday, Feb. 28. Strong nominations include individuals and organizations that work to prevent health problems, forge partnerships and have communitywide impact. Read more.
Council seeks two representatives for Solid Waste Advisory Commission
The Clark County Council is seeking applicants for two volunteer positions on the Solid Waste Advisory Commission. One position represents Clark County at-large and is open to all residents. The other position represents Clark County agriculture. Read more.
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.
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. Warning signs are currently posted at the lake.
Public Health is advising people and pets to avoid direct contact with any water in Fallen Leaf Lake. 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.
Request for public records
To request public records involving Public Health, please access the Public Records Request Portal, create an account and complete the submittal process.
Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new virus strain spreading from person-to-person in China and other countries, including the U.S. State and federal health officials announced the first case in Washington on Jan. 21.
The risk to the general public is low. There is no evidence the virus is spreading in Washington.
The Washington State Department of Health has established a call center to provide information about what is happening in the state, how the virus spreads and what to do if you have symptoms. Call 1.800.525.0127. The state health department is also updating its coronavirus outbreak webpage daily.
Steps you can take to prevent spread of influenza and other illnesses:
- wash hands frequently with soap and water
- avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands
- cover coughs and sneezes
- stay home when sick
- avoid contact with people who are sick
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 vaccine is widely available in Clark County. To get vaccinated, call your health care provider or pharmacy.
Clark County Public Health declared the local measles outbreak over on April 29, after six weeks with no new cases.