Updated: Free at-home COVID-19 tests no longer available

The Washington State Department of Health said it “has already exhausted the limited supply” of free COVID-19 home test kits, which it recently announced were available to residents through the end of the year. “We have had an overwhelming response to the initiative,” a pop-up message on the department’s free COVID test webpage said.  

Save the date: Free vision and hearing screenings at Edmonds Waterfront Center Dec. 13

The Edmonds Waterfront Center is partnering with the Edmonds Lions Club to provide free hearing and vision screenings from 8 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Dec. 13. The Lions Club provides assistance to obtain glasses and hearing aids for qualifying low-income children and adults. Participants must live in Brier, Edmonds, Lynnwood or Mountlake Terrace. No appointment…

Snohomish County organizations among those receiving Community Health Plan of Washington grants

 Community Health Plan of Washington (CHPW), the not-for-profit offering Apple Health (Medicaid), Medicare and individual and family plans on the health exchange, on Tuesday announced a $250,000 Advancing Equity Fund grant to be shared among 25 community-based organization in Washington state, including four with connections to Snohomish County. The investment aims to support these organizations’…

Reminder: Learn more about Verdant strategic plan during forums starting Oct. 14

The Verdant Health Commission Board said Tuesday it has completed its two-year strategic plan based on a recently completed community health needs assessment, and will share that information with the community at three forums, starting Oct. 14. More than 500 residents participated in the community health needs assessment and the results informed a two-year strategic…

Snohomish County’s first school-based health center opens at Meadowdale High

Snohomish County’s first school-based health center launched at 8 a.m. Sept. 12 and when staff first opened their doors, there were already three students waiting to be seen by medical professionals. The health center, which used to be a supply closet at the end of a hallway in Meadowdale High School, has been serving students…

Medical oxygen fire safety tips for older adults

According the United States Fire Administration, older adults have a 2.6 times greater risk of dying in a fire than the U.S. population as a whole. In the U.S. and Canada, adults age 65 and older comprise about 12% of the population, making it essential to take the necessary steps to stay safe. Last year…

County residents asked to share thoughts on health issues, community needs

The Snohomish Health District is asking county residents to share their thoughts on the most important health issues and needs in the community. Work is underway to gather information for the 2022 Community Health Assessment. This report will include numerical data on health indicators, but also thoughts and personal experiences that help illustrate what those…

Blood donations urgently needed

As summer ends and the school year begins, the Washington State Department of Health and Northwest Blood Coalition urge eligible blood donors to schedule donations. According to the Northwest Blood Coalition, high school and college students make up almost 25% of blood donations. “High schoolers and college-age youth are critically important members of our donor…

Bloodworks NW issues urgent appeal for donors after inventory drops

There is an urgent need for blood donations heading into Labor Day weekend. Bloodworks Northwest reports the local blood supply is running on fumes, as donations are down and patient needs for Type O blood and platelets are at their highest. All eligible donors are urged to make an appointment to donate in the days…

Premera awards $3 million in social impact grants

Mountlake Terrace-based Premera Blue Cross through its Social Impact program has awarded an additional $3 million in grants and sponsorships committed to 20 organizations across Washington and Alaska. According to a company announcement, this expands on the company’s continued philanthropic work focused on addressing health inequities, issues with mental health conditions and substance use disorder,…

Edmonds College launches dental assistant program 

Edmonds College will launch a dental assistant program starting fall quarter of 2022, in which students can earn a certificate in as little as nine months. The dental assistant program is the latest under the Allied Health Education umbrella at Edmonds, joining medical lab sciences, patient care services, pharmacy practice, behavioral health, and health care…

Have questions about the monkeypox virus? There’s a phone number for that

People across Washington can now call 1-833-829-HELP for the latest information on monkeypox virus (MPV). This call center is an expansion of the Washiington State Department of Health’s efforts to provide information to Washingtonians. Two weeks ago, the state health department activated its Incident Management Team (IMT) to dedicate their time and efforts to the…

New telehealth option launched to expand COVID-19 treatment access

To increase access to potentially life-saving medication to treat COVID-19, the Washington State Department of Health and its partners have launched a new telehealth option for patients. According to a Department of Health press release, the new option expands the federal government’s Test to Treat initiative and gives people at risk of severe disease another…

Providence reverses course on moving Swedish Edmonds maternity operations to Everett

After announcing Wednesday that it was considering “temporarily” moving Swedish Edmonds childbirth and NICU operations to Providence Everett due to staffing challenges, Providence Swedish said Thursday it is no longer considering the idea. Thursday’s decision by Providence Swedish not to pursue combining the two maternity centers came hours after the Public Hospital District No. 2…

Premera appoints Amy Humphreys as new board chair

Mountlake Terrace-based Premera announced that Amy Humphreys has been named chair of its board of directors. Humphreys replaces Jack Heath, president and chief operating officer of Washington Trust Bank, whose term as the chair expired. Heath remains on the board. “Amy is a tremendous leader who has brought significant value to Premera since joining the…

Dr. James Lewis selected as Snohomish Health District’s next health officer

The Snohomish Health District has a new health officer — Dr. James Lewis. He will take over the health officer role from Dr. Chris Spitters, who is stepping down after more than 20 years with the district. Lewis, who is set to start Aug. 1, is currently a medical epidemiologist with Public Health – Seattle &…

Eligible donors urged to give blood as national blood shortage continues

The Washington State Department of Health, in partnership with the Washington State Blood Coalition, is encouraging eligible donors to give blood this summer. In addition to celebrating World Blood Donor Day on June 14, blood centers in Washington state are preparing for the summer months ahead—which is a critical time for blood donations. “Blood donations…

Washington part of multi-state salmonella outbreak linked to peanut butter

The Washington State Department of Health is working with local and federal public health partners to investigate a case of salmonella that is likely linked to consuming contaminated Jif brand peanut butter products. The Whitman County resident, who was not hospitalized, has a confirmed case of salmonella ssociated with a nationwide peanut butter outbreak involving 11…

USDA: Keeping infants safe in midst of formula shortages

There are few things that worry a parent more than their children’s health and safety. The ongoing infant formula shortage due to supply chain issues, which worsened due to a major formula recall in February, has left many caregivers feeling concerned and anxious about their options for safely feeding their infants, the USDA Food and Nutrition…

UW Medicine opens clinic in Mountlake Terrace

UW Medicine recently opened a clinic location in Mountlake Terrace for patients with primary and/or specialty care needs. To do so, the organization relocated its Primary Care at Lake Forest Park clinic along with the UW Medicine Heart Institute Edmonds to create one comprehensive site for providing primary and specialty care in the area north…

MLT resident works to raise awareness about group of connective tissue disorders

Thanks to Carter Hemion, awareness about a group of rare hereditary disorders that affect connective tissues is being raised throughout Washington state. The 21-year-old Mountlake Terrace resident’s efforts resulted in Gov. Jay Inslee recently signing a ceremonial proclamation that recognizes May as Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes and Hypermobility Spectrum Disorder Awareness Month. Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) is a…

Tubie Friends online fundraising auction to benefit children begins Thursday

Beginning Thursday, people can purchase items such as an 8-pound block of Beecher’s Handmade Cheese, Funko figurines, two hours of kayaking on Lake Union, a Harry Potter gift set, a “Chick Flick” gift basket, and even a unicorn encounter while donating to a charitable cause. Tubie Friends, a South Snohomish County-based nonprofit organization that helps…