Gone but not forgotten


In some way or another, most of us will be remembered in an event after we’re gone. A burial or scattering of ashes. Perhaps a religious ceremony. A gathering of friends and loved ones. But what if there was no one to claim our remains and honor our life? Every few years, the King County Medical Examiner’s Office (KCMEO) hosts a […]

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TB evaluation at Seattle supportive housing


Public Health – Seattle & King County is following up on a person at 1811 Eastlake who was diagnosed with active tuberculosis (TB). Public Health is working with DESC, which operates 1811 Eastlake supportive housing, to determine whether others have contracted TB from exposure to this person. TB is an infectious disease, but it’s much harder to spread […]

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Patient at Overlake diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease


A patient at Overlake Medical Center has been diagnosed with a serious type of pneumonia called Legionnaires’ disease caused by infection from Legionella bacteria. The patient is a male in his 60s with a medical condition that puts him at increased risk to infection. His health condition is reportedly improving. Overlake reported the confirmed test results […]

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Thanks to aggressive ACA enrollment efforts, King County cuts uninsured rate in half

Uninsured rates from 2008-2015

We have more evidence for how much the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is helping King County residents and how Public Health’s enrollment outreach is paying off. The percentage of working-age adults without insurance has fallen by more than half, according to newly released data from the US Census Bureau (the gold standard for tracking how […]

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Saying Goodbye to a public health hero, “Uncle Bob” Santos


By Kalayaan Domingo, Healthy Eating and Active Living Project Manager at Public Health On August 27th, 2016, Seattle lost one of our hometown heroes, Bob Santos, or Uncle Bob, as he was affectionately called. If you’ve visited Seattle’s International District, there is a good chance that you met Uncle Bob. I am fortunate enough to have […]

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Adorable animals: Shameless pandering for emergency preparedness


We know you aren’t as prepared for an emergency as you could be. Don’t feel badly–it’s true for everyone, and even though we are the health department, we’re not going to wag our finger. But we aren’t above wagging some tails.(Go ahead and groan.) We’re here to help encourage you to take those next steps […]

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