Stories tagged: public health
UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 9, 2019
Flu season is starting early this year, and Washington state already has high flu activity reported at a regional level, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data show.
UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 20, 2019
Two people died from complications related to hepatitis A in Spokane County this month, the health district announced Wednesday.
Tue., Nov. 19, 2019
The Washington State Board of Health voted to ban vitamin E acetate in vape products amid a national health crisis that has led to dozens of deaths and thousands of …
Fri., Nov. 8, 2019
Spokane’s high school principals supported fining students caught vaping; school board tabled proposal
Spokane Public Schools’ decision this week to table a proposal to cite students for vaping contradicted the earlier wishes of all five of its high school principals.
UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 23, 2019
The Spokane Regional Health District has confirmed 47 cases of hepatitis A in Spokane County.
Thu., Oct. 17, 2019
Washington state fell six spots in the 2019 America’s Health Rankings for Women and Children
UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 29, 2019
The toxins produced by the bacteria cannot be filtered or boiled out of water, and agency officials encourage anyone who has come in contact with the algae to wash off …
UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 28, 2019
Naloxone, the drug that can prevent overdose deaths from opioids, will be available to Washingtonians and organizations at pharmacies statewide after the state issued a standing order Wednesday.
Thu., Aug. 15, 2019
When Amelia Clark, the new administrator for the Spokane Regional Health District, compares Spokane and her home state of Indiana, the landscape differs, but the problems are similar.
Wed., Aug. 7, 2019
The Spokane Regional Health District is partnering with local community organizations to provide vaccinations against hepatitis A and B in the midst of a state-declared outbreak of hepatitis A last …
UPDATED: Thu., June 6, 2019
Spokane Regional Health District officials confirmed three cases of hepatitis A in Spokane County.
UPDATED: Thu., May 9, 2019
The Spokesman-Review asked health experts about any strategies to prevent a measles outbreaks, including for travel or if people can’t remember having the vaccine. Just four months into 2019, the …
UPDATED: Thu., March 14, 2019
Washington bill would allow parents to give students marijuana extract drugs on public school grounds
The bill, which has been introduced twice before in the Washington Legislature, is intended to allow students with a documented condition treated by marijuana to receive the drug on campuses, …
UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 14, 2018
Statewide, enrollment numbers are surging in the final few days before the open enrollment period for public health options ends Saturday night. Spokane County residents may pick plans from among …
Thu., Dec. 6, 2018
The ban on public gatherings was reinstated – in a modified form – during a contentious meeting of the city board of health.
UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 9, 2018
Washington State University is launching a public health certificate program for graduate students. Run out of the Spokane-based College of Nursing, the 12-credit program allows grad students at any of …
Sat., Dec. 9, 2017
Spokane Regional Health District could teach Department of Health how to deal with marijuana and pregnancy
Initiative 502, which legalized marijuana in 2012, requires the state to support education programs with “medically and scientifically accurate information about the health and safety risks posed by marijuana use.” …
UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 31, 2017
The head of the Environmental Protection Agency says he will replace the panels that advise him on science and public health issues with new members holding more diverse views.
Sun., Sept. 10, 2017
We applaud the winners of this year’s Lasker prizes, but can’t help but wonder how much more could be achieved if science and public health could be inoculated against politics.
UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 30, 2017
The Spokane Regional Health District confirmed West Nile virus is present in local mosquitoes Tuesday, and said five horses in the county have been sickened.
UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 10, 2017
A horse in Four Lakes is the first in Washington to contract West Nile virus this year, the Washington State Department of Agriculture said in a news release.
UPDATED: Fri., July 7, 2017
A Spokane man in his 50s has died from complications related to hantavirus, a rare respiratory illness usually spread through mice droppings.
UPDATED: Thu., April 6, 2017
Done My Way is a new campaign to get people to quit smoking using evidence-based, mostly free resources. It’s put on by the Spokane Regional Health District and CHAS.
UPDATED: Sun., March 26, 2017
Millions of gallons of raw sewage and untreated runoff have poured into Puget Sound since Washington state’s largest sewage treatment plant experienced equipment failures that forced it to stop fully …
UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 17, 2017
The current flu season is the worst in nearly two decades in Idaho, with 47 flu deaths reported statewide.
UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 11, 2017
There are 24 confirmed or probable cases of mumps in Spokane County, a sharp increase from a week
Tue., Jan. 10, 2017
An elderly woman who died last week is the first flu-related death in Spokane County this season, health officials said Tuesday.
Wed., Dec. 14, 2016
Health officials say the MMR vaccine, which is 88 percent effective, remains the best way to prevent mumps.
Sun., Nov. 13, 2016
Following a norovirus outbreak this weekend in two downtown Spokane homeless shelters, public health officials are saying the risk of the general population acquiring the virus is “extremely low.”
Sun., Oct. 9, 2016
Officials in Whatcom County in northwest Washington are considering banning vaping in certain areas.