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December 1, 2017
Share Your Thoughts on Medicine Take-Back Plan

Public comment welcome on plan to dispose of medicines Regulation behind medicine take-back plan expands ways for safe and convenient medicine disposal; keeps medicines from contaminating environment, poisoning children, fueling opioid...
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November 2, 2017
First Flu-Related Death in Pierce County of 2017-2018 Season

Protect yourself and your family from the virus with a flu shot Anyone six months and older should get the vaccine. It’s an easy and simple step to increase community immunity...
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October 23, 2017
Health Grant Empowers Youth to Make Community Changes

Eastside public school students get opportunity to make big budget decisions National Innovation Grant awarded to local health department will leverage change on Tacoma’s Eastside, one of Health Department’s Communities of...
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October 12, 2017
Health Department Employee Honored for Outstanding Service

Judy Olsen receives Public Health Excellence Award Pierce County residents’ homes are healthier because of Olsen’s work. She helped improve conditions for people with asthma, allergies, other chronic health issues. Underserved...
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October 3, 2017
Flu claimed 49 lives in Pierce County during 2016-2017 flu season

Worst flu season in years offers reminder that flu vaccination is simple, important step Don’t wait to get your flu shot, your best protection against the virus. This year’s season expected...
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September 26, 2017
Food Safety Campaign Aims to Mix Laughs with Lessons

Social media posts portray food pathogens as eligible yet undesirable dates Humor is the key ingredient of Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department’s new food safety social media campaign. Dating profiles for norovirus...
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September 20, 2017
Learn How to Care for Your Septic at Free Workshop on Key Peninsula

Healthy septic systems protect your investment and the environment Residents will get expert advice about septic system maintenance. Discounts on services available to those who qualify. Chance to enter raffle for...
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September 19, 2017
Health Department Seeks Public Comment on Proposed 2018 Fee Schedule

Tacoma, Wash.–Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department Proposed Fee Schedule for 2018 is available for public review. The schedule outlines all fees for services the Health Department provides. The fee schedule is a work in progress. Be...
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September 13, 2017
Free Yard Care Tips for the ‘Green’ Gardener in University Place

Get your yard in shape the natural way Save money, protect the environment with expert advice on natural yard care. TACOMA, Wash.—Does your yard need a...
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September 7, 2017
No Recreational Shellfish Harvesting at North Pierce County Beaches

Dangerous levels of biotoxin found in samples Closure includes Commencement Bay, Colvos Passage, and the Narrows. Because of changing conditions, you should always check current conditions online before you harvest...
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September 6, 2017
Wildfire Smoke Means Air Quality Can Change Quickly

Know to check air quality and how to take precautions Increase in air pollution you can’t see could cause health concerns. Ash from regional wildfires looks worse than it is...
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August 29, 2017
Air Quality Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups

Smoke from regional wildfires returns to the area Health Department encourages residents to stay informed about air quality conditions and how to protect their health. TACOMA...
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August 28, 2017
Rabid Bat Found in Pierce County Home

Family undergoing treatment as a precaution after exposure Family followed proper handling procedures to safely capture bat for testing. Encounters with bats are more frequent in summer months...
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August 11, 2017
Air Quality Improves in Pierce County

Smoke and haze clearing, air quality burn ban lifted Air quality can change quickly. Health Department encourages residents to sign up for alerts to stay informed about current conditions and how to stay safe...
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August 3, 2017
Regional Wildfires Make Local Air Quality Unhealthy

Regional Wildfires Make Local Air Quality Unhealthy Hazy smoke poses health concerns for everyone Health Department urges residents to limit time outdoors. Burn ban in place for Pierce County because...
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July 27, 2017
A Year of Success: Helping Homeowners, Protecting the Environment

Loan program makes failing septic system repairs possible Regional Loan Program celebrates first anniversary. More affordable loans for homeowners in Pierce County and across Puget Sound region. Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department...
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July 25, 2017
State Report Underscores Need to Address Underlying Health Factors

Disparities persist as roadblocks to good health for all Health Department continues health equity initiatives. All Pierce County residents deserve equitable opportunities for health. TACOMA, Wash.—Not everyone...
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July 20, 2017
Pierce County Man State’s First Human West Nile Virus Case in 2017

Man contracted virus out of state Man became ill in early July has recovered. Typical time of year for cases in Washington, but virus is rare in Pierce County...
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July 14, 2017
Celebrating 10 Years of Helping Pierce County Moms and Babies

Health Department program marks milestone in transforming lives Nurse-Family Partnership provides free service to first-time moms in need to have successful pregnancies, healthy babies, fulfilling lives. Registered nurses build relationships to...
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June 22, 2017
Public Health Services in Jeopardy if No Deal on State Budget

Possible state shutdown means Health Department staff and service cuts Pierce County residents would see impacts beginning July 1. Loss of funding would affect disease investigation, emergency preparedness, monitoring for toxic...
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June 20, 2017
New food establishment closure page is now live

Local diners now have one-stop resource to learn which restaurants are in a time out Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department’s new food establishment closure page makes it easier for diners to know...
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May 23, 2017
Health Department Lifts Six-Month Restaurant Closure Order

Tacoma’s Vien Dong Restaurant to reopen early under conditions Restaurant’s owner appealed six-month closure for repeated food safety violations. He agreed to strict improvement plan for better food safety...
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May 19, 2017
Tests Show No Further TB Exposure at Gig Harbor High School

Limited group of potentially affected students and staff tested negative for the disease Testing done in abundance of caution after student diagnosed with TB in the lungs...
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May 17, 2017
Pierce County Kids Make Strides in Oral Health

New information shows increase dental sealants and decrease in cavities Results from latest Smile Survey. Health Department’s Oral Health program works with schools, parents to improve student health, learning...
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May 10, 2017
Hepatitis C Infections in Young People Spike from Opioid Epidemic

New cases just the ‘tip of the iceberg’ of those infected No vaccine exists to protect against hepatitis C, but new medications provide a cure. May is Hepatitis Awareness Month, time...
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May 8, 2017
Repeated Safety Violations Lead to Six-Month Restaurant Closure

Vien Dong in Tacoma jeopardized public with unsafe food practices Health Department closed restaurant after two years of educational visits, other interventions to help owners address food safety issues...
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May 2, 2017
Free Longbranch Workshops Teach Natural Yard Care Tips

Grow perfect plants in less time and for less money Make your yard or garden stand out while protecting the environment. TACOMA, Wash. –Learn to cultivate your dream yard or garden...
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May 2, 2017
Key Peninsula Community Office Grand Opening

Office brings residents expanded access to services The Health Department shares office space with Key Peninsula Community Council and other community partners. People on Key Peninsula can find range of services...
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April 14, 2017
Health Department monitoring Gig Harbor High School student with TB

Limited group of potentially affected students and staff to be tested April 25 It is not easy to catch TB. Those who spend many hours with a person with active TB...
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April 7, 2017
Health Department Honors Employees for Excellence

Recognition ceremony celebrates public health workers’ commitment to service Annual ceremony coincides with National Public Health Week, a time to celebrate the importance of public health. TACOMA...
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March 29, 2017
Pierce unmoved in overall County Health Rankings

At 24 of 39 counties, long-term health concerns consistent, improvements in some areas Rates of adult smoking, drinking, lack of exercise, teen births, uninsured and unemployed show slight improvement. TACOMA, Wash...
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March 27, 2017
Get ‘Green’ Yard Care Tips at Free Gig Harbor Workshops

Learn to spruce up your yard the natural way Save money, protect the environment with expert advice to create a gorgeous yard. TACOMA, Wash. – Spring is...
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March 13, 2017
Health Department to share office with Key Peninsula Community Council

Residents can skip trip over the bridge for many popular services Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department plans to boost customer service to Key Peninsula residents. Health Department will share office space with...
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March 9, 2017
Two mumps cases in University Place School District

Students at Curtis High and Curtis Junior High schools contracted virus away from school Mumps spreads easily in school setting. Unvaccinated and under vaccinated students can get up to date on vaccinations...
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March 9, 2017
Mumps case at Tacoma Community College

Student contracted the virus away from school Student spent limited time on campus while contagious. Immunization is best protection against mumps. TACOMA, Wash. – Tacoma-Pierce County Health...
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February 17, 2017
Mumps immunization rates jump among unvaccinated, under vaccinated Tacoma students

Parents get children immunized to keep kids in class Schools that had mumps cases have only a few students unvaccinated or under vaccinated against the virus and had to miss class. For...
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February 9, 2017
New effort to move Pierce County in a healthier direction

Local agencies to learn more about benefits of walking and walkability Community representatives to receive training to promote walking, plan walkable communities in Pierce County. TACOMA, Wash. – When you go for a walk, you...
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February 7, 2017
Keeping the air smoke and vape free in Pierce County

New signs educate about ‘No Smoking or Vaping’ Rules and risks for tobacco and vapor products part of new campaign. Harm from smoking and vaping focus of youth and adult...
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February 6, 2017
Weather may delay some services

Staff have up to two hours for safe travel to work   Because of inclement weather, Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department staff members have up to two hours, if needed, to travel to work for...
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February 2, 2017
Three new mumps cases at Tacoma Public Schools

Two students at Stadium High School and additional student at Jason Lee Middle School contracted virus away from school Unvaccinated and under vaccinated students can take steps to remain in school. For best protection...
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January 27, 2017
Fifth school reports mumps in Fife school district

Fifth school reports mumps in Fife school district Latest case at Surprise Lake Middle School Infection happened away from school. Unvaccinated and under vaccinated students can take steps to remain...
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January 24, 2017
Mumps case at Tacoma Public Schools

Student contracted virus away from school Unvaccinated and under vaccinated students can take steps to remain in school. For best protection and to attend school, students should be up to date on immunizations. TACOMA, Wash...
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January 18, 2017
Flu claims 17 lives in Pierce County

A child under 10 years old is among the most recent deaths Flu is at epidemic levels statewide. Your best protection against the virus is the flu shot, which you can...
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January 12, 2017
Four mumps cases among students in Fife Public Schools

No indication of in-school transmission Following diagnosis, students with mumps not in school to minimize exposure risk. Unvaccinated and under vaccinated students can take steps to remain in school. For best...
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January 10, 2017
Flu-related deaths hit 12 in Pierce County

Elderly, those with underlying health conditions most at risk for flu To boost overall community immunity, health officials urge those who haven’t gotten a flu shot to visit a pharmacy...
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January 9, 2017
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 6, 2017
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. Unvaccinated and under vaccinated...
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