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Measles: Multi-County Exposure Possible


Free Septics 101 and 201 Classes

Learn how to monitor and maintain your septic system. Class schedule posted at the Resources for Homeowners webpage.


Public Health Heroes Honored

Every Year Public Health week is celebrated nationally and local Jefferson County Heroes are nominated. This year the Jefferson County Board of Health is honored to present the Public Health Heroes award to individuals for their work assisting citizen’s enroll in the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  Everyone on this list was an “Assister” to help people enroll in the Washington Healthcare plans. They are all truly heroes. 


Sewage Spill at North Beach County Park

City of Port Townsend officials reported an intermittent leak of treated sewage at North Beach County Park beach. As a result of these spills, Jefferson County Public Health has issued a “No Contact” Health Advisory for all of North Beach and posted warning signs.
The public is advised to avoid any contact with the water at North Beach, including surfing, swimming, boating, fishing and harvesting of shellfish and seaweed. Shellfishing is always closed at North Beach due to the vicinity of the sewage treatment plant outfall. The treated sewage contains low numbers of bacteria, but there remains a risk to human health from water contact.


Oil Spill Results in Emergency Closure of Hood Canal Shellfish Beds

An oil spill estimated at 2,000 gallons was accidentally released Monday from a vessel at the Bangor Naval Base. In response, the Washington Department of Health (DOH) issued a shellfish advisory for Hood Canal from Brown Point on the Toandos Peninsula to the Hood Canal Bridge. Recreational harvest of shellfish in this area is temporarily closed due to the possibility of contamination by pollutants. Jefferson County Public Health posted Emergency Closure signs at the public boat ramp at Hicks County Park, the only public access point on the western shore. The closure includes Case Shoal, DNR-57B and DNR-59 shellfish beaches that are accessible only by boat.


The 1998 State Tobacco Settlement 15 Years Later

The 1998 State Tobacco Settlement 15 Years Later
Since the states settled their lawsuits against the tobacco companies in November 1998, The Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids has issued annual reports assessing whether the states are keeping their promise to use settlement funds — estimated at $246 billion over the first 25 years — to attack the enormous public health problems posed by tobacco use in the United States.

This report is issued by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, American Heart Assocation, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Lung ASsociation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights.  See the 2013 progress report here:  Broken Promises To Our Children



Call For Open Space Project Applications

The Jefferson County Conservation Futures Program was created in 2002 to help ensure that adequate open space lands are retained in Jefferson County. The Conservation Futures Fund provides a portion of the funding necessary to the protection of key wildlife habitat, agricultural and timber lands, scenic areas, and buffers to parks and cultural sites – all for the health, benefit and welfare of citizens. Permanent protection of open space lands is made possible through the acquisition of real property or development rights from interested and willing sellers. The program has helped to preserve habitat and public access on Chimacum, Tarboo and Snow Creeks and the Duckabush River; wildlife habitat and trails in Port Townsend, prime farmland in Beaver and Center Valleys and Tamanowas Rock.


Art Hazards Workshop

Be Art Smart: Don’t Risk Your Health for Your Art
Artists are exposed to the same chemicals, fumes, and dusts as employees in manufacturing and industry, but artists, aren’t typically monitored for health impacts or know all of the risks associated with the materials they use.  Photographers, woodworkers, painters and jewelry makers are exposed to solvents, metals, dusts and other contaminants that can impact their health. 


Free Spill Kits for Businesses

Free Spill Kits for Businesses
December 27, 2013, Port Townsend
For over four years, Jefferson County Public Health has been assisting small businesses reduce their waste and improve their bottom line. These site visits are geared toward “small quantity generators" of hazardous wastes. Smaller businesses often lack the financial resources to hire outside consultants. This program helps bridge that gap by providing free environmental regulatory consultations. As part of the technical assistance program, Jefferson County Public Health is providing small businesses with a free spill kit.


Get a Flu Vaccine Before The Holidays

Get a Flu Shot Before the Holidays
December 19, 2013, Port Townsend
Influenza activity is just starting to pick up in Washington State, but several southern states are experiencing high flu activity already. In most years influenza peaks in January & February – after we’ve been traveling, getting together with friends and relatives and sharing our germs.
Flu vaccine is available from many health care providers in our area, and is the best protection we have against the flu.


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