Novel Corona Virus Information
The Novel Coronavirus, COVID-19, is continuing to spread around the world and new cases have been detected in Washington, Oregon, and California.
Washington Food Security Survey
The University of Washington has partnered with Washington State University to study how the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak has impacted economic and food security, food shopping behaviors, and food access of Washington State residents.
We will ask you to answer a brief survey with questions related to your health, food shopping, and economic needs. We want to learn how WA residents are handling the outbreak. The survey should take about 20 minutes or less to complete.
We hope the results of this study will help community stakeholders and policymakers understand how their communities are being impacted by the coronavirus and to improve their response to the outbreak.
Take the Survey Here.
Hepatitis A confirmed in Skagit County
Hepatitis A is a very contagious liver infection. [more]
VAPING ILLNESS ALERT
State Board of Health passes emergency ban on flavored vapor products
The rule takes effect on October 10, 2019 and lasts for 120 days. [more]
Cases of severe lung disease associated with vaping devices/e-cigarette products continue to rise in the nation and in Washington State.
Seek medical care if you use vaping products and experience symptoms of coughing, shortness of breath, chest pain, nausea or fatigue.
While all cases reported nationally have a history of using vaping devices, no specific product or substance has been identified that is causing the illnesses. The healthiest option is to not smoke or vape.
The latest information on the vaping illness outbreak is available from the Washington State Department of Health.
Public Health Biennial Report 2017-2018
Marine biotoxin levels have decreased in areas of Skagit County allowing some harvest areas to re-open partially or fully.
BEFORE YOU DIG CHECK FOR REMAINING CLOSURES
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]
Septic system repair or replacement loan program now available!
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.
What else is new at Skagit County Public Health: