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King County Launches “Don’t Count Us Out” Campaign to Reduce Stigma around Substance Use Disorder
A new public campaign, called “Don’t Count Us Out,” has launched across King County. The campaign aims to reduce stigma against people living with and recovering from substance use disorder.


King County Board of Health meeting today, October 20, 2022
The King County Board of Health will meet today, October 20, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. The agenda includes a briefing on sexual and gender based violence in schools and discussion and possible action regarding non-elected member candidates to begin serving on the Board of Health in 2023.


Vashon Island beaches closed for shellfish harvesting: Paralytic shellfish poison found at unsafe levels
Paralytic shellfish poison has been detected at unsafe levels on Vashon-Maury Island's Quartermaster Harbor beaches. As a result, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) has closed these areas to recreational shellfish harvest. The commercial harvest is not affected. People should always check the DOH shellfish safety website before harvesting shellfish.


Rabid bat found near Alki Beach Pier in West Seattle
A rabid bat was found by the sidewalk adjacent to the Duwamish Head Condominiums (1140 Alki Ave SW) on September 18 - 19, 2022, near Alki Beach Pier in West Seattle. If you or someone you know had any contact with a bat near this area, seek medical evaluation immediately or contact Public Health - Seattle & King County.