Washington Department of Health

Flu Death Leads To Reminder About Flu Shot

Sep 20, 2016
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A man in his 50's recently died from the flu virus in Spokane County. This has prompted the Washington Department of Health to remind people that a flu shot is still the best protection against the flu virus.

Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

One of the largest concert venues in the Northwest is in trouble with the Washington Health Department. The Gorge Amphitheater turns into a small city during summer music festivals like Sasquatch and Paradiso. But in a warning letter this week, health officials told concert producer Live Nation that its waste water practices are inadequate and could pose a threat to public health and the environment.

If you went to see the Kings of Leon concert on March 28 in Seattle, let's hope you came home with nothing but great memories.

Online Hiccups Turn Health Care Sign-Ups Old School

Oct 31, 2013
Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

It's hard to find anyone who orders anything by phone or through the mail any more, unless they're signing up for health insurance under the new Affordable Care Act. With all the online snags in the first month, people are turning to some decidedly old school methods. And some managers in the northwest say snail mail and the phone are the best workarounds for the time being.

This week the state discovered an error that could mean some people would be paying more in premiums. 

Health officials across the Northwest are trying to figure out why they’re seeing a big upswing in the number of people with gonorrhea this year.

Early Numbers From WA Health Exchange

Oct 8, 2013
Credit Washington Health Benefit Exchange

Washington State’s Health Exchange is one week old. To date more than 9,400 people enrolled for health coverage.

After a rocky start, Washington’s health plan finder website is now running smoothly. That’s according to a spokesman for the state’s Health Benefit Exchange.

Things are went a little more smoothly Wednesday for Washington’s Health Benefit Exchange website than the first day of operation.

It was a rocky start to Obamacare in Washington. The state’s new health insurance website is up now, but it was shut down for most of the day because of technical glitches.

Medicare open enrollment season ends Friday for those looking to change or sign onto a health program. A Washington state agency has open arms for those scrambling for insurance advice.

Kyle Miller / Red Cross

Washington state's Department of Health has shipped more than 20,000 face masks to central Washington towns blanketed by wildfire smoke. Air pollution monitors in Wenatchee, Ellensburg and nearby towns are consistently showing the air is hazardous to breathe.