Public Health Blog
Notice of Public Hearing - Posted at: 4/14/2014 11:36:52 AM
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS of Lewis County, Washington will conduct a public hearing for the purpose of reviewing community development and housing needs, informing citizens of the availability of funds and eligible uses of the state Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), and receiving comments on proposed activities, particularly from lower income persons residing in the Lewis County area. Comments on the County’s and community action program’s past performance and use of their 2013 CDBG Public Services Grant will also be received.
The public hearing will be held as follows:
DATE: Monday, April 28, 2014
TIME: On or about 10:00 am
PLACE: County Commissioners Hearing Room in theLewis County Historic Courthouse - 2nd Floor, 351 NW North Street,Chehalis, WA
April 2014 Proclaimed Public Health Month - Posted at: 4/14/2014 11:07:55 AM
2013 Public Health & Social Services Annual Report - Posted at: 4/8/2014 8:49:51 AM
Water Supplies and Group B Public Water Systems - Posted at: 12/2/2013 8:36:34 AM
County Code Proposal Summary
The Group B Water System Committee reviewed WAC 246-291 (Rule) that becomes effective January 1, 2014. What follows is a Summary of the major changes in the Rule and the Committee’s proposed revisions that are recommended for adoption into a local county code. In addition you will find a brief discussion of the basis for the recommendations.
Flu Clinics for 2013/2014 - Posted at: 10/9/2013 8:22:22 AM
Wondering where you can get a flu shot in Lewis County? A list of Flu clinics is available for your information.
If You Are Uninsured and Over 19 You May Receive a Free Whooping Cough Shot (Tdap) - Posted at: 5/8/2012 8:10:56 AM
If you are over 19 years old and uninsured, you may receive a free Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis) vaccine at the Public Health & Social Services Department - 3rd floor. Hours are 9:00 - noon and 1:30 - 4:00 Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Adults with health insurance are encouraged to get their Tdap vaccination at their Physician's office or a retail pharmacy. More information on Whooping Cough.
The Washington State Department of Health has developed a YouTube video on Whooping Cough. It is titled, Surround your Baby with Protection - Get Vaccinated. The Video is in both English and Spanish. Please take a moment to view this short informative video.
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
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.
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.
Applications can be submitted to Sandi Andrus, 360 NW North St. Chehalis, WA 98532 or via email to email@example.com. For more information, please call (360) 740-1148.
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.