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Edie Jeffers, Communications and Community Relations Manager
Phone: (253) 798-2853
Cell: (253) 405-6822
Fax:  (253) 798-7627
Steve Metcalf, Communications Specialist
Phone: (253) 798-6540
Cell: (253) 345-8238
Fax: (253) 798-7627
  • Graphic with text: Norovirus is a very contagious virus. The Average person will get norovirus five times in their lifetime.

    Update on Norovirus Outbreak at Two Pierce County Restaurants

    Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department has identified new cases of norovirus, bringing the total number from the outbreak at two El Toro Restaurants to 434.

    01/12/2018 3:37 p.m.

  • Blue and white medicine capsules lying on a table next to the symbol for prescription medicine.

    Medicine Take-Back Plan Approved

    The Health Department approved an expanded medicine take-back plan set to begin in spring 2018. The majority of responses from the public comment period support the plan's efforts to curb the opioid epidemic, prevent accidental poisoning, protect the environment from contamination.

    12/27/2017 11:48 a.m.

  • Health provider holds a sign that says

    First Flu-Related Death in Pierce County of 2017-2018 Season

    Anyone six months and older should get the vaccine. It’s an easy and simple step to increase community immunity.

    11/02/2017 10:33 a.m.

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