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Novel coronavirus, COVID-19, in Clark County
Visit the Public Health novel coronavirus webpage for the latest information on COVID-19 in Clark County. The webpage is updated by noon daily to include the latest number of positive test results and deaths related to COVID-19.
The webpage also has Public Health recommendations, guidance for keeping yourself and others healthy, and links to additional resources.
Clark County also has a COVID-19 webpage with information about county office closures and cancellations, and online services, as well as links to additional community resources.
Clark County launches interactive, virtual Natural Garden Tour
Clark County residents can explore 15 local gardens maintained using earth-friendly techniques and hear from the host gardeners during this year’s Natural Garden Tour. But rather than driving to properties across the county, residents can now experience the annual celebration of natural gardening without ever leaving their homes.
The 15th annual Natural Garden Tour is taking place in an interactive, virtual format this year, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more.
Protect yourself, others from heat-related illness during hot weather
Public Health officials are urging residents to take precautions to prevent heat-related illnesses during the upcoming hot weather. The extreme temperatures can create a risk to health and safety.
“Elderly people and young children are especially vulnerable during intense heat,” said Dr. Alan Melnick, Clark County health officer. “We encourage everyone to avoid or limit physical activity outdoors, take shelter in air-conditioned buildings and drink plenty of fluids.” Read more.
Sewage released to Woodin Creek on Friday, July 24
Clark County Public Health and the Battle Ground Public Works Department want to notify residents of a sewage release into Woodin Creek, also known as Weaver Creek, in Battle Ground.
Public Health has determined that the current health threat is low but is cautioning the community to avoid contact with Woodin Creek waters for at least another 24 hours. Anyone who has had contact with water in the creek should wash those areas with warm water and soap. Read more.
Public Health evaluating active tuberculosis case at Heritage High School
Clark County Public Health is gathering information about an active case of tuberculosis at Heritage High School. While the individual spent time in the building prior to schools closing in March, the risk of the disease spreading to students, staff and the public is low. Public Health currently has no evidence of additional cases at Heritage High School. Read more.
Clark County to remain in Phase 2 as state pauses reopening process
Clark County’s application to move into Phase 3 of the state’s reopening plan has been put on pause. This afternoon, Gov. Jay Inslee announced a statewide two-week pause on the reopening process, following an increase in new COVID-19 cases and the percentage of tests coming back positive.
As a result, Clark County will remain in Phase 2.
In addition to the two-week pause on reopening, Gov. Inslee announced a new face covering requirement. Beginning Tuesday, July 7, the state will require all businesses to refuse service to customers who are not wearing face coverings. This requirement expands the current order in Yakima County to the rest of the state. Read more.
Advisories posted at Vancouver, Lacamas and Round lakes due to blue-green algae
Clark County Public Health has issued advisories for Vancouver Lake, Lacamas Lake and Round Lake due to cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae.
Blue-green algae produce toxins that can be harmful to people and deadly for small pets that drink the water.
Advisories are updated as conditions change. Additional information and current advisories are posted on the Public Health public beaches webpage.
Public Health urges early testing of anyone with COVID-19 symptoms
Clark County Public Health is urging anyone who develops symptoms of COVID-19 to contact their health care provider about testing as soon as possible. Early testing is critical to slowing the spread of COVID-19 in Clark County.
Most health care facilities now offer COVID-19 testing. People who are unable to access testing through their regular health care provider, or those who do not have a health care provider, can contact one of four facilities open to the public to request testing. Read more.
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.
Public Health monitors water quality at three designated swim beaches – Vancouver Lake, Klineline Pond and Battle Ground Lake – between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
Public Health also responds to reports of blue-green algae and other health concerns at bodies of water across Clark County. Find information about current advisories on the public beaches webpage.
Swimmers can keep themselves and others healthy by following these simple steps:
- Rinse off before and after swimming.
- Don’t swim if you’ve had diarrhea or vomiting in the last two weeks.
- Keep children who aren’t toilet trained and require swim diapers out of unchlorinated water.
- Know where the bathrooms and changing stations are located.
- Take frequent bathroom breaks. Young children should be taken to the bathroom every hour.
- Do not wade, swim or recreate in water that looks discolored or appears that algae may be present.
Breathing smoke from wildfires isn’t healthy for anyone, but some people are more likely to have health problems when the air quality isn’t good. Even healthy people can have symptoms or health problems.
The best way to protect your health when air is smoky is to limit time outdoors and reduce physical activity. Here are some additional ways to protect yourself and your family from wildfire smoke:
- Keep windows and doors closed.
- Turn the air conditioner in your home and car to recirculate.
- Avoid burning candles, using aerosol products, frying food and smoking.
- Do not vacuum unless using a vacuum with a HEPA filter.
- Use an air cleaner with a HEPA filter.
Visit our smoke from wildfires webpage for more tips and additional information about how smoky air can impact your health.
Clark County Public Health declared the local measles outbreak over on April 29, 2019, after six weeks with no new cases.