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Two new confirmed cases of severe lung disease related to vaping products in Washington
Washington State Department of Health (DOH) has confirmed two new cases of severe lung disease linked to vaping in Spokane County. The Spokane Regional Health District reported the new confirmed cases as a patient in their teens and a patient in their twenties.
There are now three confirmed cases in Washington. All three confirmed cases reported vaping prior to illness, but a specific product, device, or additive common to all three has not yet been identified. Investigations into these cases are ongoing. Read more.
Public Health downgrades advisory at Vancouver Lake
Clark County Public Health has downgraded its advisory at Vancouver Lake from warning to caution. Blooms of cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae, are still present at the lake, but results from recent water samples indicate low levels of toxins in the water.
The warning signs at the lake will be replaced with caution signs, which will remain in place as long as the blooms are present. Public Health will continue to monitor Vancouver Lake throughout the summer and, as long as blooms are present, take weekly water samples to test toxin levels. Signs will be updated as conditions change. Read more.
Public Health releases report examining community health needs
Clark County Public Health and its partners in the Healthy Columbia Willamette Collaborative recently released the 2019 Community Health Needs Assessment. The assessment highlights community health needs across the Portland-metro area, including Clark County and Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties in Oregon.
Clark County Public Health will use findings from the assessment to demonstrate community need when applying for grants and identify areas of emphasis for prevention work. Read more.
Prepare now for wildfire smoke, unhealthy air quality
With the warming weather and dry conditions, wildfire season is likely on its way and has already begun elsewhere in the state. Clark County Public Health is urging residents to take steps now to prepare for smoky days with unhealthy air quality. Read more.
Natural Garden Tour features 12 earth-friendly gardens to inspire local gardeners
Clark County residents have the opportunity to explore 12 local gardens maintained using earth-friendly techniques during this weekend’s Natural Garden Tour. Visitors can meet host gardeners and find inspiration to make their own gardens beautiful and healthy. The free, self-guided Natural Garden Tour is 10 am to 4 pm Sunday, July 14. Read more.
Public Health offers option for dog-friendly patios at food establishments
Clark County Public Health has created an option for food establishments interested in creating dog-friendly outdoor patios. Since 2005, Washington state food code has prohibited all animals, except service animals, on the premises of food establishments, which include outdoor dining areas. Clark County Public Health has developed a variance to the state code that will allow dogs on outdoor patios while still maintaining food safety. Read more.
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Public Health routinely monitors water quality at three designated swim beaches: Vancouver Lake, Klineline Pond and Battle Ground Lake. Public Health collects regular water samples throughout the summer to determine if the water quality is safe for swimming and recreating. Advisory signs will be posted if Public Health determines the water is unsafe due to blue-green algae or E. coli bacteria.
Find information about current advisories on the public beaches webpage.
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. The best way to protect your health when air is smoky is to limit time outdoors and reduce physical activity.
Learn more about who is at risk for problems, what symptoms you may experience and how to protect yourself and your family on our Smoke from Wildfires webpage.
Clark County Public Health declared the local measles outbreak over on April 29, after six weeks with no new cases.