Honoring Juneteenth

In the coming days King County will honor Juneteenth as an opportunity to shine a light on the power of our Black community’s health, strength, resiliency and beauty.

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How to prepare for an early and long 2023 wildfire season in King County

This year, wildfire smoke is forecast to start early in King County and last into the fall. Record-setting forest fires have already darkened skies in Canada and the eastern U.S., and our region is set to be next. By preparing now, you can help to protect your and your family’s lungs, heart, and health from smoke.

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Rabid bat found in King County: What you should know to protect yourself, your family, and your pets

An eastern King County resident and their unvaccinated puppy were exposed to rabies after potentially coming in contact with a bat in the bushes near their home. The bat was collected and sent to the Washington State Public Health Lab where it tested positive for rabies.  In situations like these, Public Health will make recommendations for potentially exposed humans and animals.

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An mpox update: Why a second vaccination is important now 

Mpox vaccine bottle

Mpox—previously known as monkeypox—hasn’t made headlines lately like it did last summer, but new cases have been reported in the United States, including right here in King County. Unvaccinated people and people who have not received both doses may still be at risk. Fortunately, mpox vaccine is easier to get than last year, so, now is a great time to get an mpox vaccination if you are recommended to receive the vaccine.  

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Monday is last day for free COVID-19 vaccinations at Auburn Outlet Mall

The Auburn Mall vaccination team standing in a row, wearing masks, in front of the site inside the mall. A sign reads: Walk-in appointments accepted today.

Free COVID-19 vaccinations for all ages will be available Friday, June 9 through Monday, June 12 at this site, no appointment needed. This is a great opportunity to get caught up with the bivalent booster, especially for people ages 50 years and older and people who are immunocompromised who are at higher risk for severe COVID-19.

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Providing support and care for people with substance use disorder: Treatment access in King County

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In 2021, there were over 106,600 deaths due to drug overdose in the U.S.—the highest on record. This reality is felt across the country, including here in King County, where we’ve seen a rise in substance use and overdose deaths. In the face of these tragic impacts, it is important to know where to get help and how to support someone in your community.

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