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Director: Jennifer Johnson


H5N1 Avian Influenza Information

A strain of H5N1 avian influenza has been detected in wild and domestic birds in many parts of the U.S., and has been identified in Washington State. For more information on the current activity across the country, please see USDA’s 2022 Detections of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza and CDC’s Bird Flu Current Situation Summary. Public health officials are working closely with local, state, and federal partners to monitor bird flu in Washington.

What you can do:
  • Report sick/dead domestic birds to Washington State Department of Agriculture's Avian Health Program: 1-800-606-3056.
  • Report online sick/dead wild birds suspected of avian flu to the Washington State Department of Fish & Wildlife.
  • Bird hunters should follow standard safety steps to avoid potential exposure to avian influenza and other viruses or bacteria.
  • Visit the Washington State Department of Agriculture’s Avian Health Program website for information on how to best protect your flock
  • Call the Washington State Department of Health for questions about your own health: 1-800-525-0127.

Novel Corona Virus Information

Skagit County Public Health’s customer
service counters are now open to the public.
Masks are now optional, accept for inside the vaccination clinics.

You may contact us during normal offices hours:
Monday through Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm at (360) 416-1500 or by e-mailing EH@co.skagit.wa.us.

Wildfire and Smoke Information

For current recommendations and monitoring information see the Washington Smoke blog  

Particulates from wildfire smoke can have serious health impacts, particularly for those with heart or lung conditions and asthma.  at Washington State Department of Health provides guidance on hazards from wildfire smoke and COVID-19.

Public Health Insider from King County provides guidance on keeping indoor air clean during smoke events. 

Recreational Shellfish Harvesting

A seasonal vibrio advisory has been posted for recreational shellfish harvesting in Samish Bay through September 2020, keep shellfish cool and cook thoroughly.  There is still a marine biotoxin closure for butter clams, varnish clams and geoduck.



Disposing of Unwanted/Expired Medicines
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Septic system repair or replacement loan program now available!

Financial assistance for septic system inspections
Food Handler Testing

Food Safety Recalls
From caramel apples to walnuts be aware of food safety recalls.

Flooding and other Emergencies
Click here for emergency information for all hazards.
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Bat Exposure
Home page | Bats can carry rabies.  Avoid contact with bats.
Drinking Water
Planning & Development Services now handles water availability review.
Drinking Water Safety
Home page | Keep drinking water safe in an emergency.
Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response
Home Page | Help your family, friends, and workplace be prepared and safely survive an earthquake, flood, or other emergency event. Understand the role of Environmental Public Health in responding to an emergency.
Food Safety
Home Page | Are you interested in starting a food service, selling food at a market or an event, holding a fund raiser, or just want to serve safe food in your home? Find out about permitting requirements for serving food to the public and many food safety topics.
On Site Sewage Program
Home Page | Obtain the information you need to understand, protect, and maintain your on-site septic system. Treating sewage properly on your property prevents pollution of our waterways!
Recreational Water
Home Page | Toxic algae blooms in lakes, beach water quality, swimming pool permitting.
Shellfish Safety
Home Page | Learn about where to harvest shellfish free from biotoxins and bacterial pollutants and what you can do to ensure the safety of marine waters.
Solid and Hazardous Waste
Home Page | Understand the requirements for storing, disposing, composting, or recycling the waste streams that your home or business may produce. Submit concerns or questions on illegal dumping or garbage accumulation.
Vectors, Living Environments, and Animal Bites
Home Page | Critters in our natural environment and inside our homes and work spaces can impact our health.

The following Environmental Health services are available at the main Public Health office at 700 South 2nd Street in downtown Mount Vernon. Our main phone number is 360-416-1500:

  • Food permit applications and payments
  • Food worker cards
  • Shellfish safety
  • Pools & spas
  • Recreational waters- safe swimming and toxic algae
  • Garbage or junk vehicle complaints
  • Solid waste & toxics compliance and education
  • Bats and other Vectors
  • If you need on-site septic system permitting and information, these Environmental Health services are available at 1800 Continental Place, Mount Vernon.

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