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2015 Public Health Heroes

Port Townsend – In celebration of National Public Health Week (April 6-12, 2015), an initiative of the American Public Health Association, the Jefferson County Board of Health is proud to announce its 2015 Public Health Heroes: Jumping Mouse Children’s Center (JMCC) and Jefferson County Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP).

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Septic System Classes Offered

Port Townsend – Taking care of your septic system is an important part of protecting public health as well as our beautiful and valuable water resources.  It can also save you money by extending the life of your septic system and prevent costly repairs.  Jefferson County Public Health is offering free classes to homeowners about septic system operation, maintenance, and inspection.

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Marijuana: Then and Now

Port Townsend – The public is invited to the presentation, “Marijuana: Then and Now” on Monday, March 9, 2015, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Chimacum High School Library. The Chimacum Prevention Coalition has arranged for Scott McCarty, PhD., to provide information on the neurological impact marijuana has on the developing teenage brain, the difference between marijuana today and in the past, and explain some of the new delivery systems (vaping, edibles, etc.) and their impact.

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Health Advisory from Flooding

Port Townsend – Heavy rains have caused flooding in southeastern Jefferson County including Quilcene and Brinnon. The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning and reports that as much as 7 inches of rain has fallen in the eastern foothills of the Olympics. Hazardous conditions exist and emergency personnel are assisting residents and travelers; please heed their warnings and take the following precautions to protect your health and safety:

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Septics 101 and 201 Free classes for homeowners on septic system operation and monitoring

PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED - Contact us at 360-385-9407 to sign up

View the class schedule at our Resources for Homeowners webpage.

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Jefferson County Invites Applications For Open Space Projects

Port Townsend – What do the Chimacum and Snow Creek watersheds have in common with Bolton Farm, Tamanowas Rock, and “Cappy’s Trails”?  They all contain examples of open space lands protected, in part, through Jefferson County’s Conservation Futures Program and Fund.

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H5N2 Strain of Influenza Found on the Olympic Peninsula

Port Townsend – Over the weekend, the H5N2 strain of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Virus (HPAIV) was detected in a mixed flock of backyard poultry in the Agnew area of Clallam County.  There is no immediate public health concern due to this avian influenza virus detection. 

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HPV Vaccines Available at Jefferson County Public Health

Port Townsend – January is Cervical Health Awareness Month, and Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) wants you to know that there’s a lot you can do to prevent cervical cancer.

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Voluntary Ice Cream Recall

Port Townsend –  Snoqualmie Gourmet Ice Cream, Inc. has issued voluntary recalls of all ice cream, gelato, custard and sorbet for all flavors and container sizes produced on or after January 1, 2014 until December 15, 2014 because these products have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.  These products were distributed throughout Jefferson County through retail grocery stores and restaurants. 

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Health Advisory from Flooding

Port Townsend – Heavy rains have caused flooding in many parts of Jefferson County including Quilcene, Brinnon and western Jefferson County. Hazardous conditions exist and emergency personnel are assisting residents and travelers.

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