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December 22, 2016
First flu-related death reported in 2016-2017 season

Death comes as flu activity increases in Pierce County Flu vaccine is the best protection against the virus. Still time to get vaccinated. TACOMA, Wash. – A Pierce County resident died Dec. 19 following complications...
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December 9, 2016
Probable mumps cases in Pierce County

Cases linked to outbreak in south King County Mumps is highly contagious. Immunization is the best protection. TACOMA, Wash. – Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department is investigating four probable cases of mumps...
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December 8, 2016
Board of Health unanimously passes medicine return regulation

Options for safe disposal of unwanted prescription medicines expands Unused painkillers left in home feed opioid epidemic, contribute to accidental poisonings among children. Safe and convenient removal of these drugs from the medicine cabinets protects...
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November 16, 2016
Final 2017 Fee Schedule Available

Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department’s final 2017 Fee Schedule is now available. The new fee schedule takes effect January 1, 2017 and lists fees for all services the Health Department provides. Our Board of Health approved...
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November 10, 2016
Reduce drug abuse, child poisonings caused by your medicine cabinet

Proposal would expand safe disposal of unwanted prescription medicines Residents encouraged to give feedback on proposal. Comment period ends Nov. 14. TACOMA, Wash. – The home medicine cabinet is a common destination for anyone looking...
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November 1, 2016
Health Department investigating two tuberculosis cases at UW Tacoma

Students and staff who came in contact with infected individuals to be tested as a precaution Those diagnosed with active TB receiving treatment. TB is difficult to get, requires repeated and prolonged exposure. TACOMA, Wash...
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October 12, 2016
Drug abuse and poisoning prevention start at your medicine cabinet

Safe medicine disposal regulation cure for unused or unwanted medicine at home Disposal of these medicines critical to address opioid epidemic and prevent accidental child poisonings in Pierce County. Call for public comment on proposed...
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October 3, 2016
Health Department seeks public comment on 2017 proposed fee schedule

Tacoma, Wash. – Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department’s Proposed Fee Schedule for 2017 is available for public review. The fee schedule outlines all fees for services the Health Department provides. The fee schedule is a work...
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September 28, 2016
Keep students flu free in Pierce County

In-school ‘Fight the Flu Friday’ clinics to protect Eatonville students Students receive free vaccines at school. Protection against the virus means healthier students, fewer sick days. TACOMA, Wash. – Teach students to be...
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September 19, 2016
Grants available to promote community walkability

Walking increases physical activity and reduces risk of chronic diseasesOrganizations can apply for grants now. Funding supports eliminating barriers to physical activity. TACOMA, Wash. – Want to get your community moving? Now through 3 p.m...
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September 16, 2016
SepticSmart Week: Protect your home and the environment

Septic maintenance contributes to healthy homes, waterways Avoid costly repairs and contamination of local waterways with properly working septic systems. Financial help is available to homeowners for inspections and repairs. TACOMA, Wash. –...
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August 19, 2016
Water use advisory for Lake Tapps lowered based on test results

Click here for the current conditions at Lake Tapps.Results show likelihood of reduced risk from water exposure Health Department still urges caution for people and pets. TACOMA, Wash. – Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department received laboratory...
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August 18, 2016
Environmentally conscious companies recognized

EnviroStars ‘green practices’ promote public health Efforts to reduce negative effects on the environment show leadership in protecting Pierce County communities. TACOMA, Wash. – Beginning Aug. 22, Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department will recognize 10 companies...
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August 18, 2016
Possible human health concern related to toxic algae

Health Department received illness reports from people who swam in Lake Tapps over weekend  Health Department exploring connection between illness reports and presence of toxic algae in Lake Tapps. TACOMA, Wash. – Posting lakes for...
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August 15, 2016
Ensure immunizations are up to date before kids go back to school

Best way to protect Pierce County children from preventable illnesses Immunization rates increase with support of parents, school staff, and health care providers, but more work necessary to achieve ‘community immunity.’ TACOMA, Wash. – Preventable...
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August 10, 2016
For event season, hire caterers with permits to ensure safe food

Caterers working without a health department permit put public at greater risk Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department’s food safety permit and inspection process limits area foodborne illness outbreaks. Local caterer continues to operate without required permit...
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August 3, 2016
13 Pierce County cities and towns honored as healthy communities

Awards recognize comprehensive commitment to health Recipients promoted policies to address underlying factors of good health such as public engagement, the economy, and the environment. TACOMA, Wash. – For the first time, Tacoma-Pierce County Health...
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August 2, 2016
Board of Health updates local e-cigarette regulations

Local e-cig rules now consistent with new statewide vaping law Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department one of the first in the state to regulate vaping products. New state law expands public health protections, allows for some...
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July 21, 2016
Curbing Pierce County youth tobacco use

Workshop to educate and inspire students to make healthy choices Young people get life-changing lessons on the dangers of smoking, vaping. Free workshop open to youth ages 12-18. TACOMA, Wash. – Youth who use tobacco...
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July 18, 2016
First Zika virus case confirmed in Pierce County

Man exposed to virus while traveling outside the U.S. TACOMA, Wash. – A Pierce County man in his 20s tested positive for the Zika virus. The man likely caught the virus recently while in Puerto...
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July 11, 2016
Preliminary report: opioid use up in Pierce County

Deaths from opioid overdoses continue to rise Heroin use behind increase in opioid cases. Medically based treatment needed to effectively address opioid epidemic. TACOMA, Wash. – The opioid epidemic ravaging communities across the country has...
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May 26, 2016
Health Department awarded national accreditation

Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department one of five statewide and fewer than 200 nationally to meet or exceed Public Health Accreditation Board quality standards Accredited status comes after more than a year of preparation and...
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May 20, 2016
Professionals can connect to curb youth marijuana use

Science behind prevention focus of free conference Youth-serving professionals can learn new approaches to marijuana prevention, access future grant funding opportunities. TACOMA, Wash. – Marijuana dependence can begin at an early age. According to the...
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May 19, 2016
Is your community healthy?

All cities and towns in Pierce County eligible for recognition Jurisdictions making strides in addressing root causes of health encouraged to apply for first-ever award. May 27 is deadline for applications. TACOMA, Wash. – Tacoma-Pierce...
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May 2, 2016
Parents partner with youth to prevent marijuana use

Free Pierce County conference offers innovative approach in drug prevention Pierce County youth, with the support of their parents, encouraged to pursue ‘natural high,’ not drugs. Financial incentive offered to those who attend. TACOMA, Wash...
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April 25, 2016
Tacoma Public Utilities and Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department team up for lead response effort

Residents to benefit from clear, consistent and reliable information on water quality concerns Public health working with local water utility on testing protocols, protecting water quality, combined communication efforts. TACOMA, Wash. – Tacoma...
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April 18, 2016
Grants for health improvement strategies available to schools

Program supports physical activity and healthy choices for Pierce County students Pierce County schools eligible for thousands of dollars from Healthy Youth Grant. Health Department now accepting applications. TACOMA, Wash. –If your school wants to...
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April 15, 2016
No additional TB exposure found at Gig Harbor High School thus far

Initial results promising as school district continues to support plans for follow up testing Out of abundance of caution, Health Department will offer follow up testing May 31. It is not easy to catch...
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April 13, 2016
Health Department celebrates ‘Heroes of Public Health’

Dozens honored with awards for outstanding service to community Department’s annual Employee Recognition Awards during National Public Health Week, a celebration of the work and contributions of public health. TACOMA, Wash...
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April 12, 2016
Free, expert advice on natural yard care in Gig Harbor

Workshop series on green gardening returns Learn tips and tricks from the professionals about natural yard care. Cultivate a gorgeous yard that lasts year-round. TACOMA, Wash. –Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department’s Natural...
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April 8, 2016
Health Department monitoring Gig Harbor High School student with TB

School district actively supporting plans to offer testing to affected students and staff Out of abundance of caution, Health Department to offer testing to identify others who have been exposed. It is not easy...
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April 8, 2016
Board of Health unanimous on health impact assessment resolutions

Tacoma’s proposed methanol plant included in resolutions Resolutions make public health considerations a priority for projects with the potential to affect health and the environment. Vote shows board as champions of public health in Pierce...
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April 7, 2016
Spring into fun and safe gardening in Tacoma

Free how-to gardening workshops and information on soil testing for arsenic and lead Health Department at McLendon Hardware’s Spring Family Garden Fest with benefits of raised-bed gardening in Pierce County. Learn to raise vegetable safely...
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April 1, 2016
Community meetings scheduled in April to discuss proposed South Sound 911 building and co-located Health Department and Community Connections building

Want to learn more about possible facility solutions that Pierce County is exploring? Residents can attend community meetings during April to hear about a concept under consideration that may provide improved facilities for some County...
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March 18, 2016
Promoting smoke-free housing in Pierce County

Health and safety benefits for residents and property owners focus of new ad campaign A smoke-free housing PSA is now running in Pierce County movie theaters. It’s an effort to end tobacco use and educate...
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March 16, 2016
Health issues consistent in Pierce in 2016 County Health Rankings

At 24 of 39 counties, no surprises concerning well-known, long-term health concerns Persistent health problems are cause for comprehensive solutions. New Health Equity Report provides clear information to support significant...
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February 11, 2016
Trailblazing community health workers honored

Lifetime achievement awards go to women dedicated to asthma management Two from Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department recognized for helping thousands of South Sound families. Both are pioneers in community health work. TACOMA, Wash...
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February 6, 2016
Weather may delay services

Staff have up to two hours for safe travel to work, if needed.Public may experience reduced services at beginning of day.Because of inclement weather, Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department staff members have up to two hours...
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February 2, 2016
Special enrollment allows for changes in health coverage

Policy adjustments are still possible when life happens outside open enrollment Marriage, birth of a child, and other life events make you eligible to change your existing coverage. Get free help to set up...
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January 9, 2016
Second mumps case in Puyallup School District

Both students with mumps attend separate schools Students with mumps not in school to minimize exposure risk. Unvaccinated and under vaccinated students can take steps to remain in school. For best protection and to attend...
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January 7, 2016
Health Department grants LRI Landfill permit change

Change in permit process consistent with new state law, saves time and money Annual permit review is effective strategy to ensure landfill’s compliance with environmental health codes. Health Department will continue to respond to...
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January 6, 2016
Mumps case in Puyallup School District student

Student not at school to minimize exposure risk Health Department, School District remind parents that students should be up to date on immunizations for the best protection and to attend school...
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January 6, 2016
Mumps case in Puyallup School District student

Student not at school to minimize exposure risk Health Department, School District remind parents that students should be up to date on immunizations for the best protection and to attend school...
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January 6, 2016
Mumps case in Puyallup School District student

Student not at school to minimize exposure risk Health Department, School District remind parents that students should be up to date on immunizations for the best protection and to attend school...
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