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Warmer Weather Brings Increase in Bats Found Indoors

Bats found in the home need to be handled with care

SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. — Most bats are harmless, but a few carry rabies, a deadly disease that bats can pass on to humans through small bites and scratches. With the higher temps and windows being left open, some residents are waking up to find uninvited house guests. Just this week, eight individuals in Snohomish County were recommended to begin preventative treatments because of potential exposure to bats that tested positive for rabies.

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Thursday, June 21, 2018/Author: Lynn Ljungquist/Number of views (361)/Comments (0)/
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Health District Continues to Expand Online Capabilities

More customer-friendly options available through website

SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. – The Snohomish Health District has been hard at work developing streamlined processes and forms to make business easier for its customers. The District has already begun accepting online permit and plan review applications, as well as online reporting and invoice payments. Now the public has access to a revamped online code platform, including Board of Health documents and records.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018/Author: Lynn Ljungquist/Number of views (243)/Comments (0)/
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Board of Health Meeting, May 8

Enhanced online services, real estate discussions to be focus

SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. – The Board of Health will hold its regular meeting from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 8 in the Auditorium located on the first floor at 3020 Rucker Ave, Everett, Wash. The full board packet is available online, and the agenda for the meeting is as follows:

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Monday, May 7, 2018/Author: Lynn Ljungquist/Number of views (514)/Comments (0)/
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Needle Clean-Up Kit and Disposal Program Expands in Snohomish County

Pick-up and drop-off locations added as part of ongoing response to opioid epidemic

SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. – Since rolling out the free needle clean-up kit program in September 2017, over 800 kits have been distributed by the Snohomish Health District. These kits have ensured the safe and proper disposal of more than 10,000 syringes. Starting today—and as a result of Opioid Response Multi-Agency Coordination (MAC) Group efforts—the program is expanding to make it simpler and safer for residents and business owners to clean up and dispose of needles found in the community.

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018/Author: Lynn Ljungquist/Number of views (644)/Comments (0)/
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Voluntary Closure at La Hacienda in Gold Bar Following Norovirus-like Illnesses

Reminder to notify the Health District who become ill after eating out

SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. – The Snohomish Health District is investigating a small number of people exhibiting norovirus-like symptoms following an off-site training, which included take-out food prepared by La Hacienda located at 101 9th Street in Gold Bar. While it remains unclear if the illness was caused by food, ongoing investigation indicates a higher likelihood that people at the training came into contact with an individual who was already infected with the virus. This can happen with cross-contamination of food by the sharing of utensils, using hands to pick-up food, and inadequate hand-washing. Due to the relatively short duration of symptoms, lab confirmation of the type of illness has not been available. Out of an abundance of caution, La Hacienda elected to voluntarily close the restaurant on Tuesday evening for disinfection and reopened on Wednesday afternoon.

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018/Author: Lynn Ljungquist/Number of views (527)/Comments (0)/
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