Environmental Health has moved to the main Public Health Department offices at 700 S. 2nd Street in downtown Mount Vernon.
On-site Septic System permit applications ONLY will continue to be accepted at this Continental Place location. See Front Desk to be directed to On-site staff.
Beginning Wednesday, June 29, Environmental Health programs offered at 700 S. 2nd Street:
Environmental Health’s new phone number is 360-416-1500.
Thank you for your patience as we make this transition to our new location.
Food Handler testing hours
Washington State Food Handler card testing is available 24 hours a day on-line at www.foodworkercard.wa.gov. Effective March 1, 2016 testing at Skagit County Public Health Department, 700 South 2nd Street in Mount Vernon, will be available the 2nd Tuesday and 4th Thursday of each month at 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. with prior appointment only. Call (360) 416-1500 if you need to schedule testing during one of these times.
Testing hours at the East County Community Resource Center, 45770 A Main Street, Concrete WA, remain unchanged and are Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., no appointment is needed. More information on Food Handler Cards and Training
The summer weather is heating up the water in lakes and ocean beaches. This can lead to increased risk from algae toxins and bacterial contamination. Please follow the guidance before you recreate or consume shellfish!
Blue green algae toxins in lakes: Some Skagit County lakes are experiencing blue green algae blooms. These blooms can release harmful toxins. Obtain current information for Skagit County lakes by calling 360-416-1555 or e-mailing EH@co.skagit.wa.us . General information for Washington lakes and past sample results can be found at www.nwtoxicalgae.org .
Bacterial contamination at Bayview State Park beach: Bayview State Park has been closed twice this summer due to high levels of fecal bacteria in the water. To check the current status of the beach go to http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/eap/beach/ .
Shellfish biotoxins: Always check before you dig for shellfish! Hazardous marine biotoxins will be increasing in area shellfish as the season progresses. Biotoxins are NOT destroyed by cooking! Make sure you know the status of your harvest beach by checking the Washington State Department of Health Biotoxin Bulletin at https://fortress.wa.gov/doh/eh/portal/odw/si/BiotoxinBulletin.aspx or calling the hotline 1-800-562-5632.
Shellfish Vibreo levels: Vibreo bacteria levels will be rising in shellfish as the waters warm. Consuming raw or undercooked shellfish can lead to serious diarrheal illness from Vibreo infection. Cooking shellfish to 145 degrees F will kill the bacteria. Always harvest shellfish from beaches that are open and safe for biotoxins and always cook shellfish completely to kill pathogens.
From caramel apples to walnuts be aware of food safety recalls. Update yourself with Washington State Department of Health’s Recall News