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Third Floor of Health Building Closed - Posted at: 11/6/2015 3:41:13 PM

The third floor of the Health Department building in Chehalis will be closed for the mornings of November 12, December 15, and December 16 for staff training.  It will open on each of these days at 1:30 p.m.

Services affected by this office closure include:

· Birth and death certificates

· Purchasing water sample bottles and dropping them off for testing

· Immunizations

· Food permits

· Veterans’ services

Food Worker Classes Canceled - Posted at: 11/6/2015 3:38:45 PM

The food worker class scheduled for Tuesday, December 15, 2015 has been canceled.

 Food worker classes are regularly held on the second floor of the Lewis County Public Health Department every Tuesday at 9:00 am and the first Thursday of every month at 6:00 pm.

To take the class and obtain a food worker card online, visit: https://www.foodworkercard.wa.gov.

- Posted at: 9/9/2015 4:18:37 PM

- Posted at: 9/9/2015 4:15:03 PM

Food Worker Class Canceled October 13

The food worker class scheduled for Tuesday, October 13, 2015 is canceled.

Food worker classes are regularly held on the second floor of the Lewis County Public Health Department every Tuesday at 9:00 am and the first Thursday of every month at 6:00 pm.

To take the class and obtain a food worker card online, visit:  https://www.foodworkercard.wa.gov.

Sales & Use Tax RFP - Posted at: 6/19/2015 10:17:13 AM

Chemical Dependency - Mental Health - Therapeutic Courts Sales & Use Tax Request for proposals

Lewis County is seeking qualified public, non-profit, for profit, and private contractors to submit proposals to provide programs to support the prevention, early identification, and intervention of mental illness and chemical abuse or dependence.

Request for Proposal

Ebola Updates - Posted at: 11/3/2014 3:17:15 PM

Lewis County Public Health & Social Services is working to bring you the most up-to-date information regarding Ebola. Get the latest Ebola updates from the CDC. Latest Ebola information from Washington State Department of Health.

News Release on November 20, 2014 regarding Ebola.

2013 Public Health & Social Services Annual Report - Posted at: 4/8/2014 8:49:51 AM

Stay Safe When the Power Goes Out - Posted at: 1/20/2012 10:20:53 AM

Recent weather has led to power outages in some parts of Lewis County.  Lewis County Public Health & Social Services advises all residents to take steps to stay safe and avoid carbon monoxide poisoning and food poisoning. See attached News Release.

Public Health Food Worker Classes - Posted at: 1/4/2012 8:39:48 AM

Food worker classes are held in the Conference Room on the 2nd floor of the Lewis County Public Health Building (360 NW North Street, Chehalis) Tuesday mornings at 9:00 am and the first Thursday of every month at 6:00 pm. Click here for more details.

Study guides are available on the third floor of the Public Health Building for $2.00 or on the DOH Website.

Offices will be closed December 15, from 12:30 - 5:00 - Posted at: 12/5/2011 4:07:24 PM

All offices in the Public Health & Social Services Department will be closed on Thursday, December 15, 2011 from 12:30 - 5:00 for the annual staff meeting.  Offices will be open from 8:00 - 12:30 Thursday morning and will be open on Friday, December 16, during normal hours.

RFQ Youth Advocacy Center of Lewis County - Posted at: 11/28/2011 1:33:18 PM

Lewis County Public Health and Social Services, on behalf of the Youth Advocacy Center of Lewis County, is posting a Request for Qualifications to provide brief crisis intervention and therapy for child victims of abuse and their non-offending family members.  The funding was secured through a United Way of Lewis County grant.

Please submit the appropriate materials to Carolyn Price, Mental Health Liaison, by December 20th at 360 NW North Street in Chehalis, or feel free to drop them by her office on the second floor of the public health building. Applicants will be reviewed by the YAC board on December 21, 2011, and will be notified after that meeting.

Don’t hesitate to contact Carolyn Price at 360-740-1430 with any questions. Click here to view Request for Qualifications

News Release for flu season - Posted at: 9/19/2011 4:46:55 PM

Flu Clinics - Posted at: 9/15/2011 2:20:25 PM

Flu clinics are offered in a number of places in the County.  See list of sites offering the flu and pneumonia vaccinations.

Click here to view media release.

Call for Applications: Tax Advisory Committee - Posted at: 7/1/2011 8:15:06 AM

The Lewis County Board of Commissioners (BOCC) is seeking Lewis County citizens who may be interested in membership on a Chemical Dependency – Mental Health – Therapeutic Court (CD-MH-TC) Sales Tax Advisory Committee. The Advisory Committee will meet monthly to start, possibly changing to quarterly after well established. The meetings will normally take place in the evening and may have impromptu meetings if/when the need arises.

Committee members will develop a Request For Proposals (RFP) process and review submissions concerning how to spend the funds received from the one-tenth of one percent sales tax. All funds are required to be used for chemical dependency, mental health, and therapeutic courts treatment and services. The committee will make recommendations to the BOCC on which proposals to fund.

The Advisory Committee will be made up of the following agency representatives with two members being appointed as at-large citizen positions. Individuals who have the training, education, or experience within the following areas are encouraged to apply:

  • Public Health & Social Services Director
  • One representative of therapeutic courts
  • One licensed mental health professional
  • One certified chemical dependency treatment professional
  • One representative of the Board of Health (BOH) Advisory Committee
  • One representative of the Affordable Housing Network (AHN)
  • One representative of the Community Health Partnership
  • Two citizens at large

When completing the application, please specify which position is desired. In the appropriate area, applicants should provide the education, certification, other qualifications or experience that qualifies them to be a member on the Advisory Committee.

The deadline for submitting an application is July 22, 2011.

Click here to download an application.

Applications can be submitted to Sandi Andrus, 360 NW North St. Chehalis, WA 98532 or via email to sandi.andrus@lewiscountywa.gov. For more information, please call (360) 740-1148.

Click here to read the full news release.

Animal bites and rabies - Posted at: 6/30/2011 1:02:40 PM

Summer is here. Kids are out of school. Families are enjoying outside activities. But, amidst all the fun, the number of animal bites has been increasing in Lewis County. Many people do not know how to respond when someone gets bitten by an animal. Lewis County Public Health and Social Services Health Officer, Dr. Rachel Wood, shares some helpful advice below.

Dr. Wood says, “No matter what, if you are bitten, wash the wound thoroughly with soap and water. If you have not had a tetanus shot in the last 5 years, see your doctor for a booster.” After that, the next steps depend on what type of animal made the bite.

If the bite was from a domestic cat, dog, or ferret that appeared healthy when the bite occurred:

  • The animal should be confined by its owner and observed for ten days to see if it shows any signs of disease or sickness
  • The person who got bitten does not need to receive rabies prevention shots if the animal remains well for ten days
  • If the animal owner decides to destroy the animal, it is vital that this is delayed for the ten day observation period
  • If the animal is immediately destroyed, the only way to know if it had rabies is to test the animal’s brain for rabies (which means the owner should not damage, destroy or freeze the animal’s head)

If the bite was from any stray or wild animal, including bats:

  • The animal may be euthanized immediately – do not destroy, damage, or freeze the animal’s head
  • Call Lewis County Public Health and Social Services (360-740-1222) to have the head sent for rabies testing
  • The bite victim (or their parents in the case of a minor) will be notified of the rabies test results as soon as they are available
  • If it is not possible to test the head, call your medical provider or local health department.

Dr. Wood concludes, “Remember, rabies in humans is 100% preventable through prompt, appropriate medical care. Talk with your medical provider for more information and make sure your pets are up-to-date on their rabies vaccinations.”

For more rabies information, visit the Washington State Department of Health at:http://www.doh.wa.gov/EHSPHL/factsheet/rabiesfct.htm.

Click here to read the official news release.

Food worker class available online - Posted at: 6/14/2011 1:37:50 PM

Lewis County Public Health and Social Services now offers the option of getting a food worker card online, as well as in person. This online class is made available by the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department and allows people to participate in training, take a test, pay using a credit or debit card, and then print their card directly from their printer.

Food workers are required by the state to take a test showing basic knowledge about food safety. This knowledge helps them provide safe food to customers. To remain certified as a Food Worker, an individual needs to re-take the test every two years.

Getting a food worker card online takes about 60 minutes, while getting one in person takes about 90 minutes.  The WSU extension office will continue to offer classes Tuesdays at 9:00 am, Thursdays at 3:00 pm, and the first Wednesday of every month at 7:00 pm.

The cost of the training, test, and card is $10.00, whether it is obtained online or in person.

Click here to read the full news release.

To learn more about the class and take the test visit:http://www.wafoodhandlers.com.

World No Tobacco Day - Posted at: 5/31/2011 8:28:37 AM

Tobacco use is the number one cause of preventable death in the United States. More deaths are caused each year by tobacco use than by AIDS, illegal drug use, alcohol use, motor vehicle injuries, suicides and murders combined. Current tobacco statistics indicate that about 20% of Lewis County residents use some form of tobacco. All forms of tobacco are dangerous: cigarettes, cigars, and smokeless “spit” tobacco. The good news is that the health benefits of quitting are immediate. World No Tobacco Day, celebrated on May 31st, presents a perfect opportunity to quit.

Quitting tobacco isn't an easy process. However, calling the Washington State Tobacco Quitline can double a smoker’s chances of successfully quitting. Washington residents age 18 or older can call before June 30, 2011 to enroll in a free program to quit. As an added bonus, callers will receive free nicotine replacement therapy. No health insurance is required. The program includes counseling and a free full course of treatment — nicotine gum or patches.

Lewis County Public Health and Social Services encourages residents to quit their tobacco habits. Quitting will be beneficial for your health, your family’s health, the environment, and your wallet!

Call the Washington Tobacco Quitline today, 1-800-QUIT-NOW or 1-877-2NO-FUME.

For more information visit: www.quitline.com.