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Jefferson County Pet Cat Tests Positive for Rabies Virus

Port Townsend –  On November 3, 2015 Jefferson County Public Health officials learned that a euthanized cat specimen sent to the Washington State Public Health Laboratory the preceding day had tested positive for the rabies virus.


Lake Bluegreen Algae Blooms Continue

Port Townsend –  Bluegreen algae persist on two Jefferson County lakes: Anderson Lake and Lake Leland. Anderson Lake remains closed to recreational shellfishing. Boaters and recreational users are cautioned to avoid heavy pond scum on Lake Leland, and warning signs have been posted. Caution signs are posted at Gibbs Lake.


Chimacum & Ludlow Creek Basins Public Open House

Port Townsend –  Jefferson County Water Quality Department will be holding a public open house for Chimacum, Hadlock and Port Ludlow residents.  This event is scheduled Monday, October 26th 2015 at the Tri-Area Community Center (corner of Highway 20 & West Valley Road in Chimacum) at 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm (Short presentations will begin at 6 pm). Refreshments will be on hand and free water conservation gifts will be provided to all who attend.


Sewage Discharge at Port Ludlow Bay

Port Townsend –  Olympic Water and Sewer officials reported a release of sewage at the Port Ludlow Wastewater Treatment Plant on Friday and Saturday, October 9th & 10th, due to an electrical failure. Approximately 25,000 gallons of inadequately treated effluent were discharged from the outfall. Repairs were made and the problem was corrected by 10:30 am on Saturday morning.



Community Health Improvement (CHIP) Project Initiated

Port Townsend - The Community Health Improvement Plan partnership is an innovative collaboration between Jefferson Healthcare (JCH) and Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) devoted to identifying the most pressing health priorities for Jefferson County and actions that will lead to improvements.


Back to School Immunizations

Port Townsend - School is starting. If your childre still need to update their vaccines, now's the time to get them in to their doctor's office. All immunizations required for school are available to children up to age 19 at no cost for the vaccine through the state's Childhood Vaccine Program


Talk on Shellfish Biotoxins in Puget Sound and Jefferson County to be Held at Jefferson County Public Health

Port Townsend - There will be a talk given on shelfish biotoxins, which are the source of paralytic, amnesic and diarrhetic shelfish poisoning, at Jefferson County Public Health, 615 Sheridan Street, Port Townsend, on Wednesday, September 9th at 1:00 pm. 


Admiralty Inlet and Port Townsend Bay Re-open to Recreational Harvest of all Shellfish: Kilisut Harbor Open to all Species Except Butter and Varnish Clams

Port Townsend  Admiralty Inlet and Port Townsend Bay have re-opened for recreational shellfishing of all species. Kilisut Harbor is open to all species except butter and varnish clams, due to their tendency to retain biotoxins longer. Levels of the marine biotoxin that causes Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) have fallen below the recreational closure limit.


Gibbs Lake Closed Due to Toxin

High levels of the toxin microcystin were detected in a water sample taken from Gibbs Lake on Monday, August 3. Toxin levels meseaured at 14 microgams per liter, which is above Washington State recreational limits of 6 micrograms per liter. As a result, Jefferson County Parks and Recreation has closed Lake Gibbs for recreation including fishing, boating, and swimming. Visitors are also urged to keep pets out of water.


Celebrate World Breastfeeding Week at August 5 Picnic

Annual World Breastfeeding Week August 1 7, 2015

In honor of Annual World Breastfeeding Week, Jefferson County Public Health is sponsoring a breastfeeding picnic on Wednesday, August 5, at 11:00 a.m. at Chetzemoka Park in Port Townsend. Current and former breastfeeding moms, along with their children, families, and friends are invited to bring a lunch and attend the picnic to celebrate and support those who breastfeed.


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