The first case of monkeypox in Clark County was identified on Monday, July 25, 2022. Clark County Public Health interviews people who test positive and works with cases to identify and notify anyone they were in close contact with while contagious. Monkeypox is spread through close contact with an infected person who has symptoms.

To help stop the spread of monkeypox virus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is distributing a limited amount of the vaccine JYNNEOS, which is approved to protect against smallpox and monkeypox. Washington State Department of Health received a limited supply of JYNNEOS. The state allocated some of the vaccine to Clark County Public Health to be administered in Southwest Washington.

Visit Public Health’s Monkeypox webpage to learn more about monkeypox and distribution of the vaccine in Southwest Washington.

Swim beach advisories

Vancouver Lake swim beach

Public Health monitors water quality at designated swim beaches to determine if the water is safe for swimming and recreation. Routine water samples are collected from Vancouver Lake, Klineline Pond and Battle Ground Lake to test for bacterial contaminants. Water samples are also collected from waterbodies with harmful algal blooms to determine if toxins are present. Advisories are posted if water is unsafe for swimming and recreation. Visit the Current advisories webpage for the latest information.

Prepare for wildfire smoke

Wildfire smoke

Breathing smoke from wildfires isn’t healthy for anyone. But some people, such as children, older adults, pregnant people and people with heart and lung conditions, are more likely to have health problems when the air quality isn’t good. Visit the Smoke from wildfires webpage to learn more about how wildfire impacts health, how to prepare for smoky days, and steps to take to protect your health when the air is smoky.

Hot weather safety

Cooling center sign in front of library

When temperatures rise, it’s important to take precautions to prevent heat-related illnesses, like heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Heat-related illness can occur in anyone, including young and healthy people. Elderly people, babies and young children, and people with mental illness and chronic diseases are at higher risk of developing heat-related illness. Visit the Hot weather safety webpage for tips for preventing heat-related illness.

Public records request

To request public records involving Public Health, please access the Public Records Request Portal, create an account and complete the submittal process.