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  • Protective actions against highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1 in Wahkiakum County

    Jen Milliren|Jun 13, 2024

    Wahkiakum County, June 12, 2024 — The federal agency Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is continuing to monitor and respond to a multistate outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1 virus. H5N1 is widespread in wild birds worldwide and is causing outbreaks in U.S. poultry and dairy cows. Avian influenza A(H5N1) viruses have only rarely been transmited from person to person, but officials are taking precautions to mitigate ransmission from animals to people. This current outbreak has been circulating in wild birds around the world a...

  • Health & Human Services offer healthcare products through kiosk

    Jen Milliren|Jun 13, 2024

    On the porch below the Cathlamet Library sits what looks like a vending machine. It’s similar in size and shape, but instead of a large glass display of name-brand beverages and snacks, there’s a QR code and large text advertising FREE HEALTHCARE TESTS & SUPPLIES. As part of Wahkiakum County Health & Human Services’ preventative medicine rollout, a no-cost, self-service kiosk has been installed for use by the community. The kiosk offers a local solution to some urgent healthcare needs, while...

  • Bat tests positive for rabies in Wahkiakum County

    Jen Milliren|Jun 6, 2024

    A bat collected in Wahkiakum County has tested positive for rabies. The bat was found at a residence in Cathlamet, and was brought in to Wahkiakum County Health & Human Services to be sent off for testing. This is the first bat to test positive for rabies in Wahkiakum County since 2008. While no one reported being bitten by the bat, a dog may have been exposed during capture. This serves as a reminder to be cautious around wildlife, as well as making sure animals are up to date on pre-exposure rabies vaccination. Bats are important for our ecos...

  • Health & Human Services Offers Drug Test Strips for Harm Reduction

    Jen Milliren|May 15, 2024

    In the year 2000, my mother and I stood across from the television as the news anchors warned us of the newest drug sweeping the nation. That year it was ecstasy, or MDMA, and law enforcement officials said that this drug worries them more than any other. It was incredibly easy to overdose on. You overheat and seize until you die. I cried out in worry for my father, who was serving time in Cowlitz County jail for narcotics. 8-year-old me was convinced that because this drug existed, that my father would use it, and that he would die. My father...

  • Spring Resource Event for Youth

    Jen Milliren

    Next week, Wahkiakum County Health & Human Services will host a Spring community resource event. Doors will be open at 25 River St. Suite D (next door to PUD on the river side of the building) from 10am-3pm on May 16th . The event will feature many local and regional agencies who provide resources to Wahkiakum residents. These resources range from youth to seniors, and include Housing and Energy Assistance Programs, Employment Services, Crime Victim Advocacy, Aging and Disability Services, Veteran Services, Parent and Family Support,...

  • Wahkiakum on the Move gets a new ride

    Jen Milliren|May 8, 2024

    A new bus hit the road recently after Wahkiakum on the Move received a sizable donation. The 2022 Ford Starcraft Passenger Van strikes a bold comparison to the hardy stock of buses and vans that travel tireless miles across the county each day. Before this donation, WOTM’s fleet of six buses and vans ranged from 10 to 20 years old. The bus came from CHOICE Regional Health Network, which serves a seven-county region including our own. For years, CHOICE has partnered with health care providers, local governments, and a large number of social s...