Olympic Water and Sewer officials reported a sewage spill at the Port Ludlow Wastewater Treatment Plant on Tuesday, June 24, due to a mechanical failure. Jefferson County Public Health has issued a “No Contact” Health Advisory for Port Ludlow Bay and posted warning signs. Lab results indicated high levels of bacteria at the outfall. Repairs were made and the problem corrected Tuesday morning.
Marine biotoxins that cause Diarrhetic Shellfish Poisoning (DSP) have been detected at concentrations above the closure level in shellfish samples collected from Mystery Bay. As a result, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) has closed Kilisut Harbor and Mystery Bay beaches to recreational shellfish harvest.
Jefferson County Employees Participate in Bike Commute Challenge
The Adobe Commute Challenge is a friendly competition to see who can get more people biking to work during the month of May. Twenty-three Jefferson County employees rose to the Bike Commute Challenge led by Jerry Mingo of Jefferson Co. Public Works.
26 Jefferson County Food Establishments Demonstrate Commitment to
Achieving the Highest Food Safety Standards in 2013
The 2013 Outstanding Achievement Awards were presented at the May 15, 2014 Jefferson County Board of Health meeting to recognize 26 restaurants, full service food establishments and their proprietors who demonstrated the highest standards for safe food handling during the past year.
Chimacum Prevention Coalition (CPC) announces a free training on “Recognizing Marijuana Use” and “Local Strategies to Support a Healthy Community,” on Tuesday May 27, 2014, from 4:00 – 6:30 PM at the Chimacum High School Library.
May 9, 2014 - Port Townsend - High levels of the potent nerve toxin anatoxin-a were detected in water samples taken from Anderson Lake on Monday, May 5. The toxin level climbed to 990 micrograms per liter, almost 1,000 times higher than the Washington State recreational criteria.
Jefferson County Public Health has resumed lake monitoring for toxic bluegreen algae. The first water samples were taken Monday, April 14 from Anderson, Gibbs and Leland lakes and additional samples were taken Monday, April 21. The samples were sent to King County Environmental Labs to be analyzed for the toxins anatoxin-a and microcystin. Anatoxin-a was detected in Anderson Lake at 0.3 micrograms per liter, which is below the state recreational guideline of 1 microgram per liter. This is up slightly from last week’s results of 0.09 micrograms per liter.
Thomas Locke, MD, MPH, Jefferson County Health Officer
Cases of measles are occurring in three Washington State counties – San Juan, Whatcom, and Kitsap – along with a very large outbreak (>375 cases) in Southern British Columbia. To date there have been 12 confirmed cases in Washington State, the most recent being a Kitsap County man who was exposed in a restaurant while visiting Friday Harbor. Several of the known measles cases have travelled around the State during their contagious period, including time spent on the Washington State ferries and in restaurants and public gatherings.