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Shawn Vestal: Study shows why we must take more action to reduce homelessness

A report prepared by the Spokane Regional Health District goes a long way toward quantifying what happens to people “downstream” of homelessness: worse health across many measures, from high blood …


Officials looking for woman who brought dead bat to Health District

Officials are looking for a woman who dropped off a dead bat at the Spokane Regional Health District on Wednesday without speaking to anyone or giving her name. Health district …


Two rabid bats identified in Spokane County

A woman is currently undergoing rabies vaccinations and a cat is quarantined in its owner’s home after a pair of rabid bats were discovered in Spokane County. These are the …


Spokane approach could be model for federal public health programs, speakers say

Spokane could shape the federal government’s approach to a more holistic type of public health. The city was one of five included in the U.S. Department of Health and Human …


Pokémon Go hordes flock to Riverfront Park in Spokane

Hundreds of Spokane residents came out to Riverfront Park Monday afternoon hoping to catch Pokémon in the wild.


Bring home successful parenting

Spokane Regional Health District is expanding its Nurse Family Partnership program, which uses evidence-based approaches to improve maternal and early childhood health.


Woman diagnosed with Zika virus in Spokane gave birth to healthy baby

A woman in her 20s was diagnosed with the Zika virus in Spokane County, health officials said Monday. The Washington resident was infected while she was traveling out of the …


Health District to discuss proposed vaping ban

The Spokane Regional Health District’s board will discuss whether to prohibit the use of vaping devices in indoor public places and work sites when it meets Thursday.


Flu season in Spokane off to a mild start

Flu season is off to a mild start in Spokane County, health officials say. Twelve influenza hospitalizations have been reported since last fall, according to the Spokane Regional Health District. …


Health district chief’s move to Providence an indirect result of Affordable Care Act

Dr. Joel McCullough’s new job at Providence Health Care is an indirect result of the Affordable Care Act, with some focus on public health a requirement for hospitals to keep …


McCullough leaving Spokane health district to work for Providence

Dr. Joel McCullough is leaving the top job at Spokane Regional Health District to work for the Providence Health Care system.


Chickenpox vaccine required for all Spokane students

Students in Spokane Public Schools will need two chickenpox vaccines by the first day of school this fall.


Spokane considers ban on vaping in public places

The Spokane Regional Health District is among a number of Washington counties considering banning vaping in indoor public spaces and workplaces. However, retailers of vaping products want to continue to …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 27, 2015, 5:47 p.m.

Shawn Vestal: Spokane County considering ban on indoor vaping

The Spokane Regional Health District is considering a ban on vaping indoors.


Vaccination urged as flu season has begun

Flu season is underway in Spokane County. If you haven’t gotten a flu shot yet, it’s time, experts say.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 14, 2015, 8:26 p.m.

First flu case reported in Spokane

A Spokane County woman in her 50s tested positive for influenza this week, marking the first confirmed local flu case this season.


Spokane Regional Health District urges companies to ban smoking, hire nonsmokers

The Spokane Regional Health District is encouraging companies to establish tobacco-free campuses or policies that prohibit hiring smokers.


Medical Reserve Corps seeks volunteers

Volunteers − both medical and nonmedical − needed for local Medical Reserve Corps


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 18, 2015, 3:55 p.m.

Health officials investigating dead crows in Millwood

Health and wildlife officials are testing for West Nile virus in dead crows that have turned up on streets and lawns in the Millwood area, but say a corvid virus …


Air quality plummets as smoke covers region like blanket

Spokane’s air deteriorated on Friday to levels that previously seemed unreachable as satellite images showed smoke pouring into the region from numerous massive fires in Central Washington. By the afternoon, …


Wildfire smoke brings unhealthy air across Northwest

An air quality alert issued Monday is expected to remain in effect across a broad swath of the Pacific Northwest until at least Thursday because of wildfire smoke pollution. “Air …


Paid sick leave vote put on hold

A proposal to require employers to give their workers paid sick leave won’t be considered by city leaders until after they approve city spending for next year – after the …


Grant County reports uptick in West Nile virus

At least 42 mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile virus this season in Grant County, an uptick from the 34 positive samples collected during last year’s mosquito season, according …


Rise in child ‘pot poisoning’ incidents concerns officials

Reports of kids eating marijuana-infused cookies and candies are on the rise statewide and in Spokane County, where a 4-year-old spent the night in intensive care after eating a product …


Girl getting rabies vaccines after being bitten by infected bat

A young girl bitten by a rabid bat near Liberty Lake is receiving a series of vaccine injections to prevent rabies. The girl’s mother, who had contact with the bat …


Second case of measles confirmed in Spokane County

A second person in Spokane County has contracted measles, the Spokane Regional Health District announced Wednesday afternoon. Last week, the first measles case in Spokane County in more than 20 …


UPDATED: Wed., April 29, 2015, 4:57 p.m.

Health district confirms second measles case

A second person in Spokane County has contracted measles, the Spokane Regional Health District announced this afternoon.


Hospital first sent measles patient home

Doctors at Providence Holy Family Hospital’s emergency room didn’t immediately realize they were dealing with a measles case last week, hospital officials confirmed Wednesday evening. The patient went to the …


Missed measles diagnosis unsurprising given rarity in Spokane County, officials say

Doctors at Providence Holy Family Hospital’s emergency room didn’t immediately realize they were dealing with a measles case last week, hospital officials confirmed Wednesday evening.


UPDATED: Wed., April 22, 2015, 10:22 a.m.

Single measles case confirmed in Spokane

Health leaders are warning the public of the first measles outbreak in Spokane County in more than 20 years. So far, the outbreak is small – just one case, but …