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Sports Physicals available at School Based Health Center in Port Townsend and Chimacum

Get ready for fall sports! Make an appointment for your sports physical with your primary care provider or with the School Based Health Center.

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Discovery Bay Beaches Closed to the Recreational Harvest of Shellfish Due to Marine Biotoxin

Marine biotoxins that cause Diarrhetic Shellfish Poisoning (DSP) have been detected at concentrations above the closure level in shellfish samples collected from Discovery Bay. As a result, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) has closed Discovery Bay beaches to recreational shellfish harvest.

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Celebrate World Breastfeeding Week at August 6th Picnic

World Breastfeeding Week is August 4-9 and the 2014 theme is “BREASTFEEDING: A Winning Goal for Life.” Jefferson County Public Health supports the annual global celebration with a picnic on Wednesday, August 6, from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at Chetzamoka Park in Port Townsend.

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CORRECTION - Kilisut Harbor, Mystery Bay Beaches Re-Open to the Recreational Harvest of All Shellfish Except Butter and Varnish Clams

Jefferson County Public Health is issuing a correction to its press release dated July 17, 2014. Although the shellfish biotoxin closure for Kilisut Harbor and Mystery Bay has been lifted, Mystery Bay State Park – the only public tideland in the area – remains closed to all recreational clam and oyster harvest, per Department of Fish and Wildlife regulations (Washington Administrative Code 220-56-380).

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Port Townsend Paper, County, and Ecology Reach Agreement on Landfill

As a result of mediation proceedings, Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH), Ecology, and the Port Townsend Paper Corporation (PTPC) have reached agreement in which PTPC will:

  • Operate its disposal site as a permitted Limited Purpose Landfill
  • Install two new groundwater monitoring wells
  • Submit an updated Closure Plan and Closure /Post Closure Cost Estimates
  • Provide Financial Assurance for closure and post closure maintenance and monitoring of the landfill

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Sewage Spill at Port Ludlow Bay

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.

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Kilisut Harbor, Mystery Bay Beaches Closed

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.

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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.

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2013 Outstanding Achievement Awards

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.

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Healthy Kids, Healthy Families

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. 

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