First confirmed cases of West Nile Virus reported in Washington

OLYMPIA/YAKIMA – The first two cases of West Nile virus (WNV) in Washington this year have been reported by the Yakima County Health District and Benton-Franklin Health District. The Yakima County resident, a man in his 50’s, was hospitalized due to the infection. The Benton County resident, a man in his 60’s, was not hospitalized.

WNV can be a serious, even fatal, illness. It can affect people, horses, birds, and other animals. WNV is almost always spread to people by the bite of an infected mosquito. Mosquitoes become infected after feeding on birds that carry the virus. There is no evidence that WNV spreads by direct contact with infected people or animals. The majority of people infected with WNV do not get sick. About one in five will develop a fever or other symptoms that go away without medical treatment. Even fewer, about one in 150 people infected, will have more severe symptoms.

Severe symptoms may include headache, high fever, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, paralysis, and coma. If you have any of these symptoms, contact your healthcare provider right away.

Health officials advise people to take action to avoid mosquito bites:

  • Use an effective, EPA-registered insect repellent.
  • Cover up: Wear long sleeves, long pants, and socks when outdoors.
  • Avoid mosquito prime time. Many mosquitoes bite in the evening between dusk and dawn. Take extra care to use repellent and protective clothing during evening and morning hours.
  • Mosquito-proof your home by installing or repairing screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitos outside.
  • Reduce mosquito-breeding areas around your home by emptying standing water from flowerpots, gutters, buckets, pool covers, pet water dishes, discarded tires, and birdbaths on a regular basis.

“Spending time outdoors can help with social distancing to prevent COVID-19, but it can also put you at risk for mosquito-borne disease,” said epidemiologist Hanna Oltean. “People throughout Washington should take precautions to prevent mosquito bites.”

WNV has been detected this summer in mosquitos in Yakima, Benton, and Franklin counties; historically, counties across Washington have been affected, although risk is generally highest in Eastern Washington. WNV season starts as early as July and can last until early October.

JEFFERSON HEALTHCARE RESPONDS TO COVID-19

The following are highlights from the Peninsula Daily News Commentary, March 18, 2020.
Jefferson Healthcare’s (JHC) COVID-19 plan is aimed at keeping our communities informed, safe and well during this pandemic. Planning work has three main components:
1) Monitor, test and communicate
2) Flatten the infection growth curve
3) Plan for increased health services utilization.
To assist our community:
  • JHC has launched a COVID-19 Nurse Consult hotline at 360-344-3094. It isavailable 7 days a week to answer questions and schedule appointments in the COVID-19/Respiratory Incident CommandStation.
  • JHC has dramatically increased the ability to test. JHC plans to keep a drive-thru testing station at the hospital as long as necessary – currently by appointment only.
  • To keep you informed, JHC is updating daily our COVID-19 Web page at: jeffersonhealthcare.org/covid-19.
  • JHC is also posting informative video content on our Facebook page.
  • JHC has inventoried all personal protection equipment (PPE), and developed use protocols to ensure staff is protected and safe while caring for patients.
  • JHC is restricting hospital visitors. JHC has made the difficult decision to postpone all support groups and wellness services and restrict access to the hospital and clinics for all discretionary purposes (like using the cafeteria). We expect our community members to understand and comply with this temporary restriction to keep our most vulnerable residents safe and well.
JHC has been closely monitoring the regional and local situations and, in collaboration with the Public Health Department, communicating with the public at every opportunity. JHC has a plan in place and a team of dedicated staff and providers fully committed to doing whatever it takes to get our community through this difficult time.
County Health Officer, Tom Locke, and senior JHC officials held a Panel Discussion on March 25. Follow this link to see it in its entirety:

COVID-19 UPDATE (March 15, 2020)

Starting Monday, March 16 at 9:45 a.m., Dr. Tom Locke, Public Health Officer for Jefferson County, will be giving regular public updates about COVID-19 during the County Commissioner’s weekly meetings. (If Dr. Locke has a conflict, Public Health will provide the briefing on his behalf). The COVID-19 Updates are live-streamed for viewing on the Internet, and also are recorded for on-line viewing on demand anytime thereafter.

To get the most up to date information in our County, watch this live video!

To see live or recorded videos of the Board of County Commissioners’ meeting including Dr. Locke’s 9:45 a.m. update, go to www.co.jefferson.wa.us and click on “Videos of Meetings” on the lower left side of the screen. Choose “Streaming Live” or “Recorded.”

To get the latest information, click on the following links:
https://jeffersonhealthcare.org/covid-19 or https://jeffersoncountypublichealth.org/1429/COVID-19

Jefferson Healthcare—Steve Frenzl

Steve reported that there are some additional improvements scheduled for the Port Ludlow Jefferson Healthcare Clinic (JHC) which include enhanced landscaping and making the old Clinic building on Oak Bay Road a regional pharmacy scheduled to open in July.  Steve also noted that the JHC is very proud to report that they are now serving over 700 clients at the clinic.  In addition JHC will be holding a thank you event for Port Ludlow this summer.

FREE ORTHOPEDIC HEALTH SEMINAR

Free Orthopedic Health Seminar: Degenerative Joint Pain, an Orthopedic Perspective

Thursday, May 10, 4:00 pm
Port Ludlow Bay Club, 120 Spinnaker Pl, Port Ludlow

Meet Jefferson Healthcare’s orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Edward Eissmann, and Mitzi Hazard, DPT, Physical Therapist, who will present on our total joint replacement program and rehab therapies. Stay afterward to speak directly with Dr. Eissmann and Mitzi Hazard.

For information, call 360.344.0400
For the must up to date details please visit the Event Calendar

SUCCESSFUL HEALTHCARE MEETING

The Village Council and Jefferson Healthcare held a Community Forum on Thursday, March 29, at the Beach Club. They announced the following community enhancements:
  1. The new Jefferson Healthcare Building with have siding installed to cover the raw concrete on the lower levels of the building.
  2. Landscaping screening will be placed in a green-space between the garage   and Paradise Bay Road.
  3. Metal awnings from the original design are in fabrication and will be installed by PLA as soon as possible.
  4. Lighting in the garage will continue to be evaluated to minimize its brightness.
  5. After the above has been accomplished, Jefferson Healthcare will hold a follow-up meeting in June to receive additional comments.
  6. Two new professional staff are being added here in Port Ludlow and further services and personnel additions will be considered in the future.
  7. A partnership between the Village Council and Jefferson Healthcare is being developed to present health and wellness programs regularly to the community. Village Council Board members Phyllis Waldenberg and Paul Hinton will head up this revitalized effort.
Bill Dean
President

PORT LUDLOW CLINIC AESTHETICS

Jefferson Healthcare CEO Mike Glenn advised the PLVC yesterday that they are undertaking a review of the appearance of the Port Ludlow Clinic. In an email to PLVC President Bill Dean, Mr. Glenn indicated they are working for exterior and landscaping improvements which will address concerns that have been raised by the PLVC. Discussions on the esthetics of the clinic building started with PLA and later PLA and Jefferson Healthcare. They have been ongoing since November 2017, and although details of any enhancements are still unknown, the full contents of Mr. Glenn’s email will be announced at the PLVC meeting on Thursday, February 1, at 3pm and the Bay Club.