Public Health’s role in protecting people from water contamination

Picture from Free Press Journal Earlier in February, equipment failures and heavy rains caused King County’s West Point Treatment Plant to divert wastewater into Puget Sound. We sat down with Public Health’s Environmental Health Division staff to ask about potential health impacts and Public Health’s role during this event and others like it. Why is […]

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Mumps continue to spread in King County: Know the symptoms

There have been 196 cases of mumps reported in King County since the beginning of the outbreak in late November, with the vast majority of cases in the Auburn area. The number of mumps cases across the state has risen to 469 cases in ten counties. This week, a student at the University of Washington tested […]

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All Are Welcome Here: How a statement of King County commitment became a sign for every work site


Reposted from KC Employee News Even before the Trump administration announced its travel ban, Public Health staff started to notice a downturn in the number of immigrant patients coming for care at our clinics. Tina Maestas, Public Health Nurse at the Renton Community Service Organization, contacted Director Patty Hayes to express her concern. “The Latino […]

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What if a health worker came to you? And spoke your language?


On this Monday afternoon at the community room at Southwood Square in Kent, Natalie Kotar brings out her whiteboard and begins a conversation about healthy drinks—all in Russian. Here, she’s known as Natasha, an affectionate nickname in Russian for Natalie. The seniors living here have met in the community room, a few feet from the […]

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