Public Health News

Clark County Public Health has elevated blue-green algae advisories at Lacamas and Round lakes in Camas from warning to danger.

Water samples collected last week showed both lakes continue to have elevated levels of cyanotoxins. Additionally, blue-green algae are now accumulating in many areas of both lakes, including at boat launches and other public access points.

Danger signs are being posted at the public access points at both lakes.

Public Health is advising against all recreating in Lacamas and Round lakes, including swimming, kayaking, paddle boarding,… Read More

The Clark County Council is seeking applicants to fill four volunteer positions on the Solid Waste Advisory Commission.

The open positions represent the stakeholders below:

  • Southeast Clark County
  • North Clark County
  • Clark County at-large  
  • Clark County business

Terms for all positions begin immediately and end Sept. 30, 2024.

Commission members act as representatives of their regions or stakeholder groups and advise the county council on solid waste issues, such as recycling, garbage collection, landfills, transfer… Read More

Clark County Public Health has issued a danger advisory for Vancouver Lake after test results revealed elevated levels of cyanotoxins in the water.

Results from water samples taken from Vancouver Lake on Monday revealed cyanotoxins above the threshold levels recommended by the Washington Department of Health. Danger signs are being posted at the public access points to the lake.

Public Health is advising against all recreating in the lake, including swimming, kayaking, paddle boarding, canoeing, using motorized boats, water skiing and fishing. Pets should not have any… Read More

COVID-19 virus activity continues to increase rapidly in Clark County, with the rate more than doubling in two weeks. Public Health is urging everyone to get vaccinated and wear face coverings indoors to help slow the spread of the virus.

An additional 964 cases have been reported to Public Health in the last week, for an average of 138 cases per day. One month ago, Clark County was averaging about 21 cases per day. The virus activity rate increased this week to 191 cases per 100,000 people over 14 days – that’s nearly four times the rate three weeks ago.

COVID-19 case… Read More

Vancouver, Wash. – Another stretch of hot weather is expected in Clark County this week. Public Health is urging residents to take steps to prevent heat-related illness and to check on people who may be at increased risk.

The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for the region from Wednesday through Saturday. Temperatures are forecast to reach or exceed 100 degrees on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, and expected remain in the upper 90s on Saturday. Overnight low temperatures are expected to be in the upper 60s.

“The warm overnight temperatures mean… Read More

Vancouver, Wash. – The Recycled Arts Festival is bringing the spirit of the annual event into Clark County homes with a video series showcasing local artists and virtual kid-friendly crafting event.

The popular Clark County Recycled Arts Festival is known for its eclectic vibe. The festival showcases artwork made of recycled materials and aims to educate and excite Clark County residents about waste reduction, reuse and recycling.

The “Meet the Artist” video series celebrates creative reuse of local artists. Thirteen recycled-materials artists opened their studio doors for… Read More

Clark County Public Health has issued warning advisories for Lacamas Lake and Round Lake due to elevated levels of cyanotoxins from blue-green algae.

Public Health collected water samples from both Camas lakes on Monday. Results revealed cyanotoxins above the threshold levels recommended by the Washington Department of Health. Warning signs are being placed at public access points at both lakes.

Cyanotoxins can be harmful to people, especially young children, and deadly for small pets that drink the water. Health officials recommend:

A new report analyzing vaccination status of Southwest Washington residents hospitalized for COVID-19 shows that vaccination can reduce the risk of hospitalization by as much as 90%.

The analysis found that the risk of being hospitalized for COVID-19 was reduced by 90% for Southwest Washington residents 65 years and older who were fully vaccinated. Among those 65 years and older who were partially vaccinated, the risk of being hospitalized was reduced by 75%.

People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks… Read More

Public Health is urging Clark County residents not yet vaccinated against COVID-19 to wear face coverings in indoor public places and get vaccinated as soon as possible. COVID-19 case numbers are once again on the rise in Clark County, with the number of new cases doubling in the last week.  

COVID-19 case rates are increasing across most age groups, with the highest rates among young adults 20 to 39 years old. And about 95% of Clark County cases since March have been unvaccinated, according to information gathered during case interviews.

In Clark County, only about 55% of… Read More

Clark County residents can learn how to improve their garden’s health, as well as the health of the community, in this year’s virtual Natural Garden Tour. The virtual event allows people to visit local gardens maintained using earth-friendly techniques and hear from host gardeners.

The 2021 Natural Garden Tour features an interactive virtual story map that includes tours of the properties and highlights 13 sustainable gardeners in video interviews. The virtual story map is available on the Clark County… Read More