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Port Townsend, WA -- High levels of the potent nerve toxin anatoxin-a were detected in a water sample taken from Anderson Lake on Monday, April 18.



March is National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

Port Townsend, WA --Jefferson County Public Health is proud to join Washington State in making a mark on a national social media campaign to raise awareness and celebrate  inclusion of people with developmental disabilities. #sidebysided16



Jefferson County Public Health Welcomes New Director

Port Townsend, WA --Jefferson County Public Health is honored to welcome Vicki Kirkpatrick as its new Public Health Director. For over thirty years Ms. Kirkpatrick has been a leader in public health, and she joins Jefferson County after having served as Director of the Mason County Department of Public Health and Human Services. Kirkpatrick begins her duties on Tuesday, March 15, 2016.



Beach Closure Lifted at Port Ludlow Bay

Port Townsend, WA --The "NO CONTACT" Health Advisory that was issued for Port Ludlow Bay following a release of sewage at the Port Ludlow Wastewater Treatment Plant on Wednesday, March 9th has been lifted. 



Sewage Discharge at Port Ludlow Bay

Port Townsend, WA --Olympic Water and Sewar officials reported a release of sewage at the Port Ludlow Wastewater Treatment Plant on Wednesday, March 9. Jefferson County Public Health has issued a "No Contact" health advisory for Port Ludlow Bay, and has posted closure signs. This health advisory remains in effect until further notice.



Second Hand Hangover Presented by Monica Olsson

Port Townsend, WA -- Monday, March 7, 2016, 6 PM-8 PM, Chimacum High School Library. Monica Olsson, one of 3 film makers for “Second Hand Hangover,” will present this powerful and insightful film about three young girls’ experiences growing up in addictive family environments. A question & answer period and community discussion will follow. This is a free event sponsored by the Chimacum Prevention Coalition, Washington State Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery, and Jefferson County Public Health. Hearty Snacks will be served.




Opiate Overdose Reporting and Prevention in Jefferson County

Port Townsend, WA --Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) has begun distributing the opioid overdose antidote naloxone through its Syringe Exchange Program. The naloxone kits are provided at no cost. An appointment is required for the training necessary to use the medication correctly.


Jefferson County Public Health is Celebrating National Public Health Week

Port Townsend, WA --Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) is celebrating National Public Health Week April 4-10. This year the National Public Health Week theme is Healthiest Nation 2030. JCPH asks you to join the Board of Health in nominating local Public Health Heroes who make our community safer. We want to hear your story: Nominations are open to the public through Tuesday, March 9th. Please submit a nomination for an individual, agency or group you feel is making a difference in the health of Jefferson County.


West End Marine Resources Committee Plans RainFest 'River & Ocean Days'

Port Townsend, WA --An important role of the North Pacific Coast Marine Resources Committee (NPC MRC), based in Forks, is connecting wider audiences with important issues facing our coast and marine resources – such as marine debris and ocean acidification. MRC-sponsored community events include Forks’ annual RainFest River & Ocean Days celebration with its Trashion Show and Film Festival. In 2016, these events will be held on the evenings of April 22 and 23, respectively, at the Rainforest Arts Center in Forks.


Jefferson County Public Health Welcomes Community Health Director

Port Townsend, WA -- Jefferson County Public Health proudly welcomes Dunia Faulx as its new Community Health Director. Ms. Faulx joined Jefferson County Public Health in December 2015 after serving the global health community as a program officer at PATH, a Seattle based non-profit.


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