Measles State of Emergency issued for Washington State

Governor Jay Inslee has issued a public health state of emergency based on 31 confirmed cases in the Vancouver area of Clark County, and one confirmed case in Seattle & King County. There have been multiple exposure locations in the Portland, Oregon; Vancouver and Seattle-King County area. The Washington State Department of Health Measles 2019 website is being updated daily with details on the current status of the outbreak, which includes an extensive list of exposure locations based in the Portland, Vancouver and Seattle-King County regions.

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Annual Homeless Count January 24 in the San Juan Islands

San Juan County’s 2019 Point in Time Homeless Count will be conducted on Thursday, January 24, 2019. Count organizers and volunteers work with local family resource centers, food banks, emergency cold weather shelters, churches, healthcare providers, senior centers, libraries, the sheriff’s office, and many other community support service providers to conduct the count. The count, initiated by the State of Washington in 2005 (RCW43.185C.030), is conducted annually at the end of January.

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Taxpayers footing the legal bill because PHD won't ask EMS Chief for documentation

A complaint regarding the San Juan Island Emergency Medical Services Chief Jerry Martin's training documentation has been filed with the state Department of Health. Instead of telling Martin to produce the documentation, three San Juan County Public Hospital District #1  commissioners - Dr. Michael Edwards, Dr. Mark Schwinge and Rebecca Smith -  voted to have taxpayers pay the cost of an attorney to  defend Martin in the investigation. 

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Inslee announces public option legislation to promote health care for all

Gov. Jay Inslee announced on January 8, 2019 that he and Democratic lawmakers will introduce legislation that would provide a public health care option in Washington through the state’s Health Benefit Exchange. Inslee was joined by Sen. David Frockt, Rep. Eileen Cody, Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler and King County Executive Dow Constantine. He made the announcement at King County Public Health Center in Seattle, saying Washington has always been a leader in health care.

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Jan. 10: San Juan Island PHD special meeting in Friday Harbor

San Juan County Public Hospital District No. 1 Board of Commissioners will hold a special meeting at 1 p.m. Thursday January 10, 2019 in the Frank Wilson Memorial EMS Building, 1079 Spring Street in Friday Harbor. Part of the meeting will be in executive session “To evaluate the qualifications of an applicant for public employment or to review the performance of a public employee… final action hiring, setting the salary of an individual employee… shall be taken in a meeting open to the public.”

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State investigating allegation of incompetence, negligence, or malpractice against San Juan Island EMS Chief

Two complaints against San Juan Emergency Medical Services (SJ EMS) Chief Jerry Martin are under investigation by the state Department of Health. One is "failure to comply with the continuing education requirements in accordance with WAC 246-12-190 and 246-12-200" and the other "complaint alleges incompetence, negligence, or malpractice."

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