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Topic: Public Health – Seattle & King County

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January 21, 2015 at 5:57 PM

Injunction sought against 2 Seattle hookah lounges

Public Health – Seattle & King County is seeking an injunction against two Seattle hookah lounges for violating an indoor smoking law and local health code. The public-health department filed papers in King County Superior Court Wednesday seeking an injunction against The Night Owl, located in Seattle’s University District, and Medina Hookah Lounge in South Seattle. The…


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October 3, 2014 at 12:59 PM

Some Mercer Island restaurants may reopen today

Four restaurants on Mercer Island have been cleared to reopen Friday,  serving limited menus of prepackaged foods that don’t require water. Several more may get the go-ahead later in the day, said Sharon Bogan, of Public Health – Seattle and King County. The boil-water alert instituted Thursday remains in effect for the island’s 23,000 residents. But test results…


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September 16, 2014 at 7:58 PM

$6 million grant awarded for King County hepatitis C treatment

A $6 million grant has been awarded to Public Health – Seattle & King County to improve testing, treatment and cure of people with hepatitis C. The four-year grant from the federal Health and Human Services and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will fund the Hepatitis C Test & Cure Project, the public-health department announced…


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September 11, 2014 at 10:23 AM

Respiratory illness affecting children across country could be here

A severe respiratory illness affecting children in the Midwest may be showing up in the Seattle area, say local health officials. Officials are working with Seattle Children’s to investigate a cluster of patients with severe respiratory illness who tested positive for a possible enterovirus infection, according to a news release issued Thursday by Public Health…


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June 26, 2014 at 3:56 PM

8 measles cases reported in South King County, 1 in Pierce

Local public health officials are recommending that everyone in South King County or Pierce County make certain they’re up-to-date on their measles vaccinations after nine cases of measles were confirmed or suspected in the area. Eight cases are among members of the same extended family in south King County and one case is suspected in Pierce…


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April 18, 2014 at 6:04 PM

Washington pools to host ‘April Pools Day’ this Saturday

Pools around the state will host their annual April Pools Day events on Saturday for families and community members to learn about water safety and enjoy free swim time. April Pools Day attendees will learn proper life-jacket fitting and use, drowning-prevention strategies and rescue techniques in case of a water emergency at the 25 participating city,…


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April 8, 2014 at 7:26 PM

Warning issued for measles exposure at Sea-Tac airport

A traveler from California with a confirmed case of measles was at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on March 31 and two other Seattle locations the previous day while he was contagious, according to Public Health – Seattle and King County. The traveler was likely exposed to measles while on the same flight as a person with an…


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November 9, 2013 at 10:10 AM

Saturday Memo: Viaduct closed … Health-insurance sign-up in Kent … Huskies play at 5 p.m.

Weather: Some sun, some clouds, low 50s. Tonight, rain is possible, and more likely into the early-morning hours of Sunday. More on the forecast. Viaduct closed: Traffic could get a little tighter on I-5 this weekend, as the Alaskan Way Viaduct is closed. Here’s more on the closure, which is scheduled to last until 5 a.m. Monday. Boeing:…


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October 30, 2013 at 3:46 PM

King County public health centers to offer free flu vaccines

Public Health – Seattle & King County is offering free flu vaccinations from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 2, for people who do not have insurance or cannot afford to pay. A limited number of nasal spray, preservative-free, gelatin-free, and latex-free vaccines will be available as well. The four Public Health Centers offering…


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September 25, 2013 at 5:19 PM

Des Moines ‘boil-water’ advisory lifted

Folks in Des Moines can drink straight from the tap again. The Washington State Department of Health has lifted an advisory for residents of Water District 54 to boil their water before drinking it, after lab tests showed the water now meets safe drinking-water standards, a spokesman confirmed. Officials issued the warning Saturday, after tests found E….


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