Health Department issues Recreational Shellfish Harvest Closure of Samish Bay
Closed until additional sampling indicates toxin levels have declined.
Board of Health passes Smoking and Vaping in Public Places Ordinance
Smoking and vaping is a community health concern. [more]
Alcohol use remains at an all-time low while vaping use increases among Skagit County youth
Aerosols from nicotine-containing vapor products contain nicotine and potentially harmful chemicals. [more]
Confirmed case of Acute Flaccid Myleitis in Skagit County; 6 in state
On October 11, 2018 Skagit County Public Health was notified of a child with sudden-onset of paralysis of one or more limbs, diagnosed as Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM). This is the sixth case in Washington being investigated for AFM. Other cases are in King County (2), Pierce County (1), Lewis County (1), and Snohomish County (1). The Washington State Department of Health is working with experts in neurology from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to confirm whether these cases are AFM. [more]
Pilot needle pickup program kicked off countywide
Used needles can pose a public health hazard.
Blue green algae blooms
As Skagit County lakes heat up with the season they may be more likely to have blue green algae blooms. Blue green algae can produce toxins that can make people and animals sick. People and pets should stay away from water that has intense color and scum, like spilled paint. Recreate where lake water appears clear and clean. More information on blue green algae can be found at www.nwtoxicalgae.org .
A public health crisis has hit our nation and our local community. Opioid-related deaths have now surpassed motor vehicle crashes as the leading cause of accidental death. Learn more.
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