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After hepatitis A outbreak, Health District creates job to focus on homelessness in Spokane

As it attempts to respond to the region’s ongoing struggles with homelessness as a matter of public health, the Spokane Regional Health District plans to hire a homeless outreach coordinator …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 19, 2020

QQ Sushi reopens after viral videos show unsanitary conditions

A North Spokane restaurant re-opened Tuesday after videos went viral on social media earlier this month depicting the unsanitary way cooks were preparing meals on the kitchen floor.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 11, 2020

Spokane restaurant owner fires two after viral videos show food preparation

The power of social media broadsided a North Spokane sushi restaurant this week after a volunteer dishwasher posted videos of cooks preparing meals on a dirty floor, leaving raw food …


Shawn Vestal: A bigger Nurse-Family Partnership would be a Christmas miracle for Spokane

If we had a wish for one big gift for Spokane this morning – something that would be a true gift to the health of the community long into the …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 17, 2019

Spokane schools, health district caution about high number of whooping cough cases

The Spokane Regional Health District reports 51 cases of the contagious disease since November, with the majority being diagnosed in school-age children.


Nurse-family partnership program that supports soon-to-be mothers will expand in Spokane

The Spokane County nurse-family partnership program will expand to serve 50 more families in 2020 after a $293,000 boost in funding from state lawmakers.


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 23, 2019

‘It’s a huge issue’: Tough questions, eye-opening insights offered at Spokane’s first vaping forum

The most powerful messages at Spokane’s first vaping symposium came from four high school students who don’t use vapes but pay the price every day. They answered tough questions from …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 20, 2019

Spokane Health District confirms two hepatitis A-related deaths

Two people died from complications related to hepatitis A in Spokane County this month, the health district announced Wednesday.


New childhood obesity data shows progress, room for improvement in Spokane and nationwide

With recent national attention on childhood obesity rates, newly released data for Washington show that 7,100 youth ages 10-17 are obese. The state’s rate for this age group is 11%, …


Spokane Regional Health District hires new administrator

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.


Local health experts warn against using marijuana while pregnant, even as research remains inconclusive

Multiple studies have shown that marijuana use during pregnancy can be linked to low birth weight and cognitive issues during formative years, but that research has been limited by the …


UPDATED: Thu., May 30, 2019

Two mumps cases confirmed at Eastern Washington University in Cheney

Two students who live off-campus have confirmed cases of the virus, which is making a comeback amid declining vaccination rates. Classes are occurring as scheduled at the school in Cheney, …


UPDATED: Thu., May 16, 2019

Waste Management employee fired after West Plains landfill fire

At the end of a shift on a Friday afternoon, Waste Management employees failed to fill up a water truck and didn’t put enough soil over a layer of industrial …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 1, 2019

Spread of measles could send 2,550 students home if virus reaches Spokane schools

Families can apply for an exemption on philosophical or religious grounds, but students may be ordered to stay home if the measles virus reaches schools in the districts around Spokane …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 31, 2019

Spokane’s biggest health concerns similar to World Health Organization’s list for the world, health officer says

When news erupts about global health threats, it might be easy to discount them as distant problems typically found in developing countries. But Spokane health district officer Dr. Bob Lutz …


Teens have become experts on hiding vaping, but health experts are still uncertain of long-term effects

When it comes to vaping, some teens are too smart for their own good. They’ve become experts at hiding their habit, yet are often ignorant about the long-term effects.


Lynn Everson provides safety and support through needle exchange program

For the past three decades, Lynn Everson has greeted society’s outcasts with a cookie, a clean needle and a welcome ear.


Amphetamine hospitalizations increasing every year in Spokane, rivaling opioids

In 2017, more than four times the number of people were treated at Spokane hospitals as a result of amphetamine-related conditions compared with 2008, according to the Spokane Regional Health …


Misikir Adnew: Does the government care about your health?

Does the government care about your health? How is the state spending your tax dollars? The Spokane Regional Health District needs more funding to keep residents healthy.


Food Advisory Committee needs new members

Spokane Regional Health District is looking for volunteers to serve on its Food Advisory Committee. Applications must be received by Dec. 31.


Social worker who served Yates’ victims supports end of death penalty

Before investigators learned the name of Spokane serial killer Robert Lee Yates Jr., fear gripped the women who worked as prostitutes on East Sprague Avenue.


Teens in Spokane County are vaping more, while smoking and drinking less

Almost one in six teens in Spokane County uses e-cigarettes. At the same time, teen use of alcohol and cigarettes has declined dramatically.


Where they stand: Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Lisa Brown give stances on marijuana, opioid addiction treatment and drugs

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers has softened her stance somewhat on the legalization of marijuana, six years after Washington state voters approved the creation of a recreational market for the drug. …


Spokane’s air quality: You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers

The hazy days of August have become yet another season in Spokane. That time of year when the skyline is sepia-toned, when you wonder if that run is worth the …


With air quality hovering at the unhealthy range, Spokane weighs its exercise options

The question hung as heavily as the air over Spokane on Thursday: Should I run outside or stay indoors?


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 8, 2018

Unhealthy, smoky air prompts health warnings, forces closure of Spokane pools

The city’s six public swimming pools will be closed while choking conditions persist in Spokane, limiting access to a free relief from potential record-breaking heat. The city’s splash pads will …


As hot weather sears Spokane, local cooling tricks provide relief

The heat is on again today as much of Eastern Washington braces for hot weather flirting with 100 degrees. Some temperature records could fall amid an excessive heat warning that …


High temps across Spokane leaves vulnerable prone to heat-related illnesses

With temperatures expected to remain in the mid to upper 90s this week, local and state health officials are recommending people to stay in an air conditioned area during peak …


Walking across busy streets in Spokane more dangerous

Officials are working to make Spokane safer. Multiple lanes of traffic and too few crosswalks leave the city third in the rate of pedestrians getting hit by cars.


Health district warns of second flu wave after Spokane hospitalizations jump

Sixty-three people in the county were hospitalized for flu B in March after a decline in February hospitalizations, according to the Spokane Regional Health District.