New limits on large gatherings, other emergency strategies to slow the spread of COVID-19

Update 3-11-20 2:30pm: See also the official News Release “New state and local Orders” Update 3-11-20 5:10 pm: Links added for schools guidance, business guidance, and large gathering enforcement   In addition to Governor Jay Inslee’s Proclamation that prohibits large gatherings of more than 250 people, Public Health—Seattle & King County is also issuing a […]

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New “public charge” rule threatens the health of our communities

Statue of Liberty with a gray sky

Update 2-3-20: The federal Department of Homeland Security says it will begin applying the new rule starting 2-24-20 A new immigration rule that Public Health–Seattle & King County (PHSKC) Director Patty Hayes calls “inhumane” will be going into effect soon, because of a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court. The rule would penalize some immigrants […]

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There’s a deadline for health insurance enrollment this weekend

Health insurance Navigators for Public Health, outside the Federal Way Enrollment Center

When we’re confused, it can be hard to take action.  With just a few days left to make a decision about health insurance, now is the time for people who need coverage to get their questions answered. The 2019 Open Enrollment period for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act ends on Dec. 15. Fortunately, […]

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A better experience for clients in the WIC nutrition program

Families who purchase food through the WIC nutrition program are getting a major upgrade this fall: We are replacing a long tradition of paper checks with new electronic cards. It’s more flexible, more convenient, and the upgrade will bring a better overall experience for families. The new WIC cards will be familiar and intuitive to […]

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Research results show students across U.S. put high value on FLASH curriculum

Students in different parts of the country overwhelmingly find the FLASH sexual health curriculum, produced by the Family Planning program at Public Health – Seattle & King County (PHSKC), valuable and worth recommending to their peers. As part of a multi-year study being conducted in the South and Midwest, more than 90 percent of students […]

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