According to data released on September 4th by the Washington State Department of Health, student immunization coverage held steady. As of November of last year, just over 86 percent of kindergarteners had all the required immunizations to start school, about the same as the past three years.
The Washington State Patrol will conduct a statewide “Slow Down, Move Over” emphasis from Friday, August 23rd, through Sunday, August 25th, to help troopers, roadway workers, emergency responders, and citizens stay safe.
Motorists should prepare for traffic disruptions when all westbound lanes of US 2 are fully closed between Snohomish and Everett for the entire weekend beginning Friday night, August 2nd, and ending on Monday morning, August 5th.
Southbound traffic will be detoured through Snohomish and Mill Creek, while northbound traffic will be detoured through Lake Stevens and Marysville.
The Washington State Patrol Homeland Security Division will strictly enforce rules for Washington State Ferry passengers heading to the Sequim Lavender Festival.
This event held from Friday, July 19th, to Sunday, July 21st, draws thousands to view the lavender fields and there will be an increase in traffic primarily affecting the Seattle to Bainbridge Island and Edmonds to Kingston routes.
Each year, the Department of Health receives reports of vibriosis illnesses from people who ate raw or undercooked oysters they collected themselves. Found naturally in the environment, Vibrio parahaemolyticus bacteria grows quickly in warm temperatures.
As summer and dry weather approaches, officials at the Washington State Department of Health are urging everyone in Washington to prepare for smoky days with unhealthy air quality. The Washington Smoke Information Blog has a map of current fires and air quality reports statewide.
On Wednesday, May 15th, the Washington State Department of Health announced four newly diagnosed cases of measles in residents of three western Washington counties (King County two, Snohomish County one, Pierce County one).
These are in addition to the case Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department announced on Sunday.