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Clark County measles outbreak remains at 64 confirmed, two suspect cases - 02/22/19

Clark County Public Health is continuing its measles outbreak investigation and has no updates to report today. Since Jan. 1, Public Health has identified 64 confirmed cases and is currently investigating two suspect cases. Public Health has not identified any new locations where people may have been exposed to measles.

Here are the details of the confirmed cases:

  • Age
    • 1 to 10 years: 46 cases
    • 11 to 18 years: 15 cases
    • 19 to 29 years: one case
    • 30 to 39 years: two cases
  • Immunization status
    • Unimmunized: 56 cases
    • Unverified: six cases
    • 1 MMR vaccine: two cases
  • Hospitalization: one case (none currently)

Public Health is not providing any additional information about the two cases with one dose of MMR in order to protect the patients’ privacy.

For a complete list of exposure sites, visit the Public Health measles investigation webpage.

Clark County Public Health is urging anyone who has been exposed at an identified location and believes they have symptoms of measles to call their health care provider prior to visiting the medical office to make a plan that avoids exposing others in the waiting room. People who believe they have symptoms of measles should not go directly to medical offices, urgent care centers or emergency departments (unless experiencing a medical emergency) without calling in advance.

Additional resources

For information about additional exposure sites in Oregon, linked to the confirmed case in Multnomah County, visit the Oregon Health Authority measles webpage. For information about other measles cases in Washington, visit the Washington State Department of Health measles webpage.

Public Health has established a call center for questions related to the investigation. Anyone who has questions about public exposures should call 360.397.8021. The call center is open daily.

Anyone with questions about their measles immunity or the measles vaccine should contact their primary care provider. Clark County Public Health does not provide immunizations or testing for immunity.

If you are unsure of your family's immunization status, you can view, download and print your family's immunization information online at MyIR or request a copy of your immunization record from the Washington State Department of Health.

Clark County Medical Examiner's Office - MEDIA RELEASE - 02/21/19

The following information is in response to a media request for information regarding a death investigated by the Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office.

 

Date of death: 02/20/2019

Location: Vancouver, WA.

Decedent Name: Joseph, Clayton S.      

Decedent Age: 16 Yrs                

Resident of:  Vancouver, WA

 

The opinions listed on the death certificate are as follows:

 

Cause of death: Gunshot wound of the chest

Manner of death: Homicide

 

Reports and records of autopsies or postmortems shall be confidential as per RCW 68.50.105. No additional information is available for release from the Medical Examiner’s Office. Refer all other inquiries to the Vancouver Police Department.

 

 

 

 

 

Nikki J. Costa

Operations Manager

 

Clark County measles outbreak at 64 confirmed, two suspect cases - 02/21/19

Vancouver, Wash. – Clark County Public Health is continuing its measles outbreak investigation. Since Jan. 1, Public Health has identified 64 confirmed cases and is currently investigating two suspect cases. Public Health has not identified any new locations where people may have been exposed to measles.

Here are the details of the confirmed cases:

  • Age
    • 1 to 10 years: 46 cases
    • 11 to 18 years: 15 cases
    • 19 to 29 years: one case
    • 30 to 39 years: two cases
  • Immunization status
    • Unimmunized: 56 cases
    • Unverified: six cases
    • 1 MMR vaccine: two cases
  • Hospitalization: one case (none currently)

Public Health is not providing any additional information about the two cases with one dose of MMR in order to protect the patients’ privacy.

For a complete list of exposure sites, visit the Public Health measles investigation webpage.

Clark County Public Health is urging anyone who has been exposed at an identified location and believes they have symptoms of measles to call their health care provider prior to visiting the medical office to make a plan that avoids exposing others in the waiting room. People who believe they have symptoms of measles should not go directly to medical offices, urgent care centers or emergency departments (unless experiencing a medical emergency) without calling in advance.

Additional resources

For information about additional exposure sites in Oregon, linked to the confirmed case in Multnomah County, visit the Oregon Health Authority measles webpage. For information about other measles cases in Washington, visit the Washington State Department of Health measles webpage.

Public Health has established a call center for questions related to the investigation. Anyone who has questions about public exposures should call 360.397.8021. The call center is open daily.

Anyone with questions about their measles immunity or the measles vaccine should contact their primary care provider. Clark County Public Health does not provide immunizations or testing for immunity.

If you are unsure of your family's immunization status, you can view, download and print your family's immunization information online at MyIR or request a copy of your immunization record from the Washington State Department of Health.

Clark County measles outbreak at 63 confirmed, one suspect case - 02/20/19

Vancouver, Wash. – Clark County Public Health is continuing its measles outbreak investigation. Since Jan. 1, Public Health has identified 63 confirmed cases and is currently investigating one suspect case. Public Health has identified three new locations where people may have been exposed to measles.

Here are the details of the confirmed cases:

  • Age
    • 1 to 10 years: 45 cases
    • 11 to 18 years: 15 cases
    • 19 to 29 years: one case
    • 30 to 39 years: two cases
  • Immunization status
    • Unimmunized: 55 cases
    • Unverified: six cases
    • 1 MMR vaccine: two cases
  • Hospitalization: one case (none currently)

Public Health is not providing any additional information about the two cases with one dose of MMR in order to protect the patients’ privacy.

Here are the new locations where people may have been exposed to measles:

Health care facilities:

  • The Vancouver Clinic Washougal, 291 C St., Washougal from 7:10 to 10:35 am Thursday, Feb. 14.
  • The Vancouver Clinic, 700 NE 87th Ave., Vancouver from 1:50 to 6 pm Monday, Feb. 18.

School:

  • Burton Elementary School, 14015 NE 28th St., Vancouver on Monday, Feb. 11; Tuesday, Feb. 12; Wednesday, Feb. 13.

For a complete list of exposure sites, visit the Public Health measles investigation webpage.

Clark County Public Health is urging anyone who has been exposed at an identified location and believes they have symptoms of measles to call their health care provider prior to visiting the medical office to make a plan that avoids exposing others in the waiting room. People who believe they have symptoms of measles should not go directly to medical offices, urgent care centers or emergency departments (unless experiencing a medical emergency) without calling in advance.

Additional resources

For information about additional exposure sites in Oregon, linked to the confirmed case in Multnomah County, visit the Oregon Health Authority measles webpage. For information about other measles cases in Washington, visit the Washington State Department of Health measles webpage.

Public Health has established a call center for questions related to the investigation. Anyone who has questions about public exposures should call 360.397.8021. The call center is open daily.

Anyone with questions about their measles immunity or the measles vaccine should contact their primary care provider. Clark County Public Health does not provide immunizations or testing for immunity.

If you are unsure of your family's immunization status, you can view, download and print your family's immunization information online at MyIR or request a copy of your immunization record from the Washington State Department of Health.

Recycled Arts Festival receives Game Changer Award from downtown association - 02/20/19

Vancouver, Wash. – Vancouver’s Downtown Association presented Clark County’s Recycled Arts Festival with a 2018 Game Changer Award during its annual meeting last week. The Recycled Arts Festival was named People’s Choice for Favorite Event.

The association’s annual awards honor local “people and businesses who bring their special vision to our downtown and make good things happen,” according to the association website. Award winners were announced at an event Feb. 14 at Hilton Vancouver Washington.

The Recycled Arts Festival will celebrate 14 years in downtown Vancouver at this year’s event June 29-30 at Esther Short Park. The event will host more than 150 artists who create handcrafted items using at least 75 percent recycled or reused materials. A number of local musicians will provide entertainment, and food vendors will offer a variety of meal options throughout the event. Last year, nearly 40,000 guests came out to join in the fun!

The Recycled Arts Festival is hosted by Clark County Public Health’s Green Neighbors program. For more information about the event, visit the Recycled Arts Festival website. To receive the latest Clark County eco-friendly information, sign up for the Green Neighbors newsletter.

Clark County measles outbreak at 62 confirmed, one suspect case - 02/19/19

Clark County Public Health is continuing its measles outbreak investigation. Since Jan. 1, Public Health has identified 62 confirmed cases and is currently investigating one suspect case. Public Health has identified one new location, and extended the timeframe for another location, where people may have been exposed to measles.

Here are the details of the confirmed cases:

  • Age
    • 1 to 10 years: 44 cases
    • 11 to 18 years: 15 cases
    • 19 to 29 years: one case
    • 30 to 39 years: two cases
  • Immunization status
    • Unimmunized: 54 cases
    • Unverified: six cases
    • 1 MMR vaccine: two cases
  • Hospitalization: one case (none currently)

Public Health is not providing any additional information about the two cases with one dose of MMR in order to protect the patients’ privacy.

Here are the new locations where people may have been exposed to measles:

Health care facility:

  • PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center Emergency Department, 400 NE Mother Joseph Place, Vancouver 7:45 to 11:05 pm Saturday, Feb. 16.

School:

  • Pacific Middle School, 2017 NE 172nd Ave., Vancouver all day until 4:30 pm on Tuesday, Feb. 12. The school was already listed as an exposure site. This extends the exposure period into after-school activities.

For a complete list of exposure sites, visit the Public Health measles investigation webpage.

Clark County Public Health is urging anyone who has been exposed at an identified location and believes they have symptoms of measles to call their health care provider prior to visiting the medical office to make a plan that avoids exposing others in the waiting room. People who believe they have symptoms of measles should not go directly to medical offices, urgent care centers or emergency departments (unless experiencing a medical emergency) without calling in advance.

Additional resources

For information about additional exposure sites in Oregon, linked to the confirmed case in Multnomah County, visit the Oregon Health Authority measles webpage. For information about other measles cases in Washington, visit the Washington State Department of Health measles webpage.

Public Health has established a call center for questions related to the investigation. Anyone who has questions about public exposures should call 360.397.8021. The call center is open daily.

Anyone with questions about their measles immunity or the measles vaccine should contact their primary care provider. Clark County Public Health does not provide immunizations or testing for immunity.

If you are unsure of your family's immunization status, you can view, download and print your family's immunization information online at MyIR or request a copy of your immunization record from the Washington State Department of Health.

Measles outbreak update: One new confirmed case, one new exposure site - 02/18/19

Clark County Public Health is continuing its measles outbreak investigation. This afternoon, Public Health identified one new confirmed case and one new location where people may have been exposed to measles. Since Jan. 1, Public Health has identified 62 confirmed cases and is not currently investigating any suspect cases.

Here are the details of the confirmed cases:

  • Age
    • 1 to 10 years: 44 cases
    • 11 to 18 years: 15 cases
    • 19 to 29 years: one case
    • 30 to 39 years: two cases
  • Immunization status
    • Unimmunized: 54 cases
    • Unverified: six cases
    • 1 MMR vaccine: two cases
  • Hospitalization: one case (none currently)

Public Health is not providing any additional information about the two cases with one dose of MMR in order to protect the patients’ privacy.

Here is the new location where people may have been exposed to measles:

  • Fred Meyer, 401 NW 12th Ave., Battle Ground from 3:30 to 10 pm Wednesday, Feb. 13.

For a complete list of exposure sites, visit the Public Health measles investigation webpage.

Clark County Public Health is urging anyone who has been exposed at an identified location and believes they have symptoms of measles to call their health care provider prior to visiting the medical office to make a plan that avoids exposing others in the waiting room. People who believe they have symptoms of measles should not go directly to medical offices, urgent care centers or emergency departments (unless experiencing a medical emergency) without calling in advance.

Additional resources

For information about additional exposure sites in Oregon, linked to the confirmed case in Multnomah County, visit the Oregon Health Authority measles webpage. For information about other measles cases in Washington, visit the Washington State Department of Health measles webpage.

Public Health has established a call center for questions related to the investigation. Anyone who has questions about public exposures should call 360.397.8021. The call center is open daily.

Anyone with questions about their measles immunity or the measles vaccine should contact their primary care provider. Clark County Public Health does not provide immunizations or testing for immunity.

If you are unsure of your family's immunization status, you can view, download and print your family's immunization information online at MyIR or request a copy of your immunization record from the Washington State Department of Health.

Clark County measles outbreak remains at 61 confirmed cases - 02/18/19

Vancouver, Wash. – Clark County Public Health is continuing its measles outbreak investigation and has not identified any new confirmed or suspect cases. Since Jan. 1, Public Health has identified 61 confirmed cases. Public Health has not identified any new locations where people may have been exposed to measles.

Here are the details of the confirmed cases:

  • Age
    • 1 to 10 years: 44 cases
    • 11 to 18 years: 14 cases
    • 19 to 29 years: one case
    • 30 to 39 years: two cases
  • Immunization status
    • Unimmunized: 54 cases
    • Unverified: five cases
    • 1 MMR vaccine: two cases
  • Hospitalization: one case (none currently)

Public Health is not providing any additional information about the two cases with one dose of MMR in order to protect the patients’ privacy.

For a complete list of exposure sites, visit the Public Health measles investigation webpage.

Clark County Public Health is urging anyone who has been exposed at an identified location and believes they have symptoms of measles to call their health care provider prior to visiting the medical office to make a plan that avoids exposing others in the waiting room. People who believe they have symptoms of measles should not go directly to medical offices, urgent care centers or emergency departments (unless experiencing a medical emergency) without calling in advance.

Additional resources

For information about additional exposure sites in Oregon, linked to the confirmed case in Multnomah County, visit the Oregon Health Authority measles webpage. For information about other measles cases in Washington, visit the Washington State Department of Health measles webpage.

Public Health has established a call center for questions related to the investigation. Anyone who has questions about public exposures should call 360.397.8021. The call center is open daily.

Anyone with questions about their measles immunity or the measles vaccine should contact their primary care provider. Clark County Public Health does not provide immunizations or testing for immunity.

If you are unsure of your family's immunization status, you can view, download and print your family's immunization information online at MyIR or request a copy of your immunization record from the Washington State Department of Health.

Clark County measles outbreak grows to 61 confirmed cases - 02/17/19

Vancouver, Wash. – Clark County Public Health is continuing its measles outbreak investigation and has identified two new confirmed cases. Since Jan. 1, Public Health has identified 61 confirmed cases and currently is not investigating any suspect cases. Public Health has identified two new locations where people may have been exposed to measles.

Here are the details of the confirmed cases:

  • Age
    • 1 to 10 years: 44 cases
    • 11 to 18 years: 14 cases
    • 19 to 29 years: one case
    • 30 to 39 years: two cases
  • Immunization status
    • Unimmunized: 54 cases
    • Unverified: five cases
    • 1 MMR vaccine: two cases
  • Hospitalization: one case (none currently)

Public Health is not providing any additional information about the two cases with one dose of MMR in order to protect the patients’ privacy.

Here are the two new locations where people may have been exposed to measles:

Schools:

  • Image Elementary School, 4400 NE 122nd Ave., Vancouver on Monday, Feb. 11; Tuesday, Feb. 12; Wednesday, Feb. 13; Thursday, Feb. 14; and Friday, Feb. 15.
  • Pacific Middle School, 2017 NE 172nd Ave., Vancouver on Monday, Feb. 11; Tuesday, Feb. 12; and Wednesday, Feb. 13.

For a complete list of exposure sites, visit the Public Health measles investigation webpage.

Clark County Public Health is urging anyone who has been exposed at an identified location and believes they have symptoms of measles to call their health care provider prior to visiting the medical office to make a plan that avoids exposing others in the waiting room. People who believe they have symptoms of measles should not go directly to medical offices, urgent care centers or emergency departments (unless experiencing a medical emergency) without calling in advance.

Additional resources

For information about additional exposure sites in Oregon, linked to the confirmed case in Multnomah County, visit the Oregon Health Authority measles webpage. For information about other measles cases in Washington, visit the Washington State Department of Health measles webpage.

Public Health has established a call center for questions related to the investigation. Anyone who has questions about public exposures should call 360.397.8021. The call center is open daily.

Anyone with questions about their measles immunity or the measles vaccine should contact their primary care provider. Clark County Public Health does not provide immunizations or testing for immunity.

If you are unsure of your family's immunization status, you can view, download and print your family's immunization information online at MyIR or request a copy of your immunization record from the Washington State Department of Health.

Clark County measles outbreak at 59 confirmed cases - 02/16/19

Vancouver, Wash. – Clark County Public Health is continuing its measles outbreak investigation and has identified six new confirmed cases. Since Jan. 1, Public Health has identified 59 confirmed cases and currently is investigating one suspect case. Public Health has identified one new location where people may have been exposed to measles.

Here are the details of the confirmed cases:

  • Age
    • 1 to 10 years: 43 cases
    • 11 to 18 years: 13 cases
    • 19 to 29 years: one case
    • 30 to 39 years: two cases
  • Immunization status
    • Unimmunized: 52 cases
    • Unverified: five cases
    • 1 MMR vaccine: two cases
  • Hospitalization: one case (none currently)

Public Health is not providing any additional information about the two cases with one dose of MMR in order to protect the patients’ privacy.

Here is the one new location where people may have been exposed to measles:

Health care facility:

  • The Vancouver Clinic Salmon Creek, 2525 NE 139th St., Vancouver, from 7 to 10 pm Thursday, Feb. 14, and from 10:30 am to 3:45 pm Friday, Feb. 15.

For a complete list of exposure sites, visit the Public Health measles investigation webpage.

Clark County Public Health is urging anyone who has been exposed at an identified location and believes they have symptoms of measles to call their health care provider prior to visiting the medical office to make a plan that avoids exposing others in the waiting room. People who believe they have symptoms of measles should not go directly to medical offices, urgent care centers or emergency departments (unless experiencing a medical emergency) without calling in advance.

Additional resources

For information about additional exposure sites in Oregon, linked to the confirmed case in Multnomah County, visit the Oregon Health Authority measles webpage. For information about other measles cases in Washington, visit the Washington State Department of Health measles webpage.

Public Health has established a call center for questions related to the investigation. Anyone who has questions about public exposures should call 360.397.8021. The call center is open daily.

Anyone with questions about their measles immunity or the measles vaccine should contact their primary care provider. Clark County Public Health does not provide immunizations or testing for immunity.

If you are unsure of your family's immunization status, you can view, download and print your family's immunization information online at MyIR or request a copy of your immunization record from the Washington State Department of Health.

Clark County measles outbreak at 53 confirmed cases, three suspect - 02/15/19

Vancouver, Wash. – Clark County Public Health is continuing its measles outbreak investigation and has identified one new suspect case. Since Jan. 1, Public Health has identified 53 confirmed cases and is currently investigating three suspect cases. Public Health has not identified any new locations where people may have been exposed to measles.

Here are the details of the confirmed cases:

  • Age
    • 1 to 10 years: 38 cases
    • 11 to 18 years: 13 cases
    • 19 to 29 years: one case
    • 30 to 39 years: one case
  • Immunization status
    • Unimmunized: 47 cases
    • Unverified: five cases
    • 1 MMR vaccine: one case
  • Hospitalization: one case (none currently)

Public Health is not providing any additional information about the one case with one dose of MMR in order to protect the patient’s privacy.

For a complete list of exposure sites, visit the Public Health measles investigation webpage.

Clark County Public Health is urging anyone who has been exposed at an identified location and believes they have symptoms of measles to call their health care provider prior to visiting the medical office to make a plan that avoids exposing others in the waiting room. People who believe they have symptoms of measles should not go directly to medical offices, urgent care centers or emergency departments (unless experiencing a medical emergency) without calling in advance.

Additional resources

For information about additional exposure sites in Oregon, linked to the confirmed case in Multnomah County, visit the Oregon Health Authority measles webpage. For information about other measles cases in Washington, visit the Washington State Department of Health measles webpage.

Public Health has established a call center for questions related to the investigation. Anyone who has questions about public exposures should call 360.397.8021. The call center is open daily.

Anyone with questions about their measles immunity or the measles vaccine should contact their primary care provider. Clark County Public Health does not provide immunizations or testing for immunity.

If you are unsure of your family's immunization status, you can view, download and print your family's immunization information online at MyIR or request a copy of your immunization record from the Washington State Department of Health.

Measles outbreak numbers unchanged: 53 confirmed, two suspect cases - 02/14/19

Measles outbreak numbers unchanged: 53 confirmed, two suspect cases

Vancouver, Wash. – Clark County Public Health is continuing its measles outbreak investigation and has no updates to report today. Since Jan. 1, we have identified 53 confirmed cases and two suspect cases. Public Health has not identified any new locations where people may have been exposed to measles.

Here are the details of the confirmed cases:

  • Age
    • 1 to 10 years: 38 cases
    • 11 to 18 years: 13 cases
    • 19 to 29 years: one case
    • 30 to 39 years: one case
  • Immunization status
    • Unimmunized: 47 cases
    • Unverified: five cases
    • 1 MMR vaccine: one case

Hospitalization: one case (none currently)

Public Health is not providing any additional information about the one case with one dose of MMR in order to protect the patient’s privacy.

For a complete list of exposure sites, visit the Public Health measles investigation webpage.

Clark County Public Health is urging anyone who has been exposed at an identified location and believes they have symptoms of measles to call their health care provider prior to visiting the medical office to make a plan that avoids exposing others in the waiting room. People who believe they have symptoms of measles should not go directly to medical offices, urgent care centers or emergency departments (unless experiencing a medical emergency) without calling in advance.

Additional resources

For information about additional exposure sites in Oregon, linked to the confirmed case in Multnomah County, visit the Oregon Health Authority measles webpage. For information about other measles cases in Washington, visit the Washington State Department of Health measles webpage.

Public Health has established a call center for questions related to the investigation. Anyone who has questions about public exposures should call 360.397.8021. The call center is open daily.

Anyone with questions about their measles immunity or the measles vaccine should contact their primary care provider. Clark County Public Health does not provide immunizations or testing for immunity.

If you are unsure of your family's immunization status, you can view, download and print your family's immunization information online at MyIR or request a copy of your immunization record from the Washington State Department of Health.

All Parkrose Hardware locations now accept used, leftover paint for free - 02/14/19

Vancouver, Wash. – Clark County residents now can take used or leftover paint to any of the three Parkrose Hardware locations in the county. The Parkrose Hardware Hazel Dell location has joined the county’s Paint Take-Back program and now accepts latex- and oil-based paints for recycling for free.

Twelve local paint stores now accept used or leftover paint during business hours. Participating businesses are:

  • Ace Hardware, 13009 NE Hwy 99
  • Ace Hardware, 1605 W Main St., Battle Ground
  • Filbin’s Ace Hardware, 809 NE Minnehaha St.
  • Habitat for Humanity ReStore, 10811 SE Mill Plain Blvd.
  • Miller Paint, 14300 NE 20th Ave.
  • Miller Paint, 11717 NE 78th Way, Suite 101
  • Miller Paint, 2607 NE Andresen Road
  • Miller Paint, 111 NE 164th Ave.
  • Parkrose Hardware, 16509 SE First St.
  • Parkrose Hardware, 8000 E Mill Plain Blvd.
  • Parkrose Hardware, 8002 NE 6th Ave.
  • Rodda Paint & Décor, 7723 NE Fourth Plain Blvd.

Paint also can be dropped off at transfer stations for free most weekends during the following days and times:

  • Central Transfer and Recycling Center, 11034 NE 117th Ave., 8 am to 4 pm Friday to Sunday.
  • West Van Materials Recovery Center, 6601 NW Old Lower River Road, 8 am to 4 pm Friday and Saturday.
  • Washougal Transfer Station, 4020 S Grant St., 8 am to 4 pm first and third Saturday of the month.

Latex-based paint dropped off at participating locations is recycled into new paint. Oil-based paint is repurposed as an alternative fuel.

For more information about disposing of paint and other household hazardous waste, visit www.clark.wa.gov/hhw and RecyclingA-Z.com.

County provides clarification on elections for charter review commission - 02/14/19

Vancouver, Wash. – Clark County’s charter contains a provision that, 5 years after its adoption, it is to be reviewed by a charter review commission consisting of 15 persons elected on a non-partisan basis.  The election of the commission members will occur in the 2020 General Election.

“There has been some confusion in the community that the 5-year review meant the election of freeholders would take place in November of this year,” said Council Chair Eileen Quiring. “The date that starts the clock on the 5 years is when the charter was officially certified, and therefore adopted, which took place in late November 2014 after being approved by voters earlier that month. That means November 2020 is the next general election to occur after the 5-year mark.”

The charter review commission is made up of three residents from each of the four county council districts and three people elected countywide. The commission reviews the charter to determine adequacy and may propose amendments. Potential amendments would be submitted to county voters during the general election that follows the review process.

The in-person candidate filing period for the 2020 general election will begin Monday, May 11, 2020, and close Friday, May 15, 2020.

For information on the county charter, go to www.clark.wa.gov/councilors/clark-county-home-rule-charter.

Historic Preservation Commission March meeting location change - 02/14/19

Vancouver, Wash. – Clark County’s Historic Preservation Commission’s March 6, 2019, meeting has been moved to the Aspen Room, Vancouver City Hall, 415 Sixth St.  

The meeting begins at 6 pm and is open to the public.

The meeting agenda and related materials will be posted on the county’s web page a week before the meeting at https://www.clark.wa.gov/community-planning/historic-preservation-commission.

Council hearings to be held in evening on first, third Tuesdays in March and April - 02/13/19

Vancouver, Wash. – The Clark County Council will change its hearing schedule for the months of March and April. Hearings will begin at 6 pm on the first and third Tuesdays during those two months.

Council hearings currently are held at 10 am most Tuesdays, except for the first Tuesday of the month, when they are held at 6 pm.

Hearings will continue to be held in the sixth-floor hearing room of the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St.

More frequent evening hearings will allow for greater public involvement since many people work during the day making it a challenge to attend hearings. Additionally, the council is updating the schedule to more fully embrace the change in the role of the councilors as called for in the county charter.

“This will be a trial period to see how the new schedule works,” said Council Chair Eileen Quiring. “At the end of April, the council will discuss the schedule and decide whether to make this change permanent.”

The council’s weekly meeting, known as council time, will remain at 12:30 pm Wednesdays. Most council work sessions also will continue to be scheduled on Wednesday mornings.

Information about council meeting schedules and documents are available on the county website, www.clark.wa.gov/council-meetings.

Measles outbreak numbers unchanged: 53 confirmed, two suspect cases - 02/13/19

Vancouver, Wash. – Clark County Public Health is continuing its measles outbreak investigation and has no updates to report today. Since Jan. 1, we have identified 53 confirmed cases and two suspect cases. Public Health has not identified any new confirmed cases or locations where people may have been exposed to measles.

Here are the details of the confirmed cases:

  • Age
    • 1 to 10 years: 38 cases
    • 11 to 18 years: 13 cases
    • 19 to 29 years: one case
    • 30 to 39 years: one case
  • Immunization status
    • Unimmunized: 47 cases
    • Unverified: five cases
    • 1 MMR vaccine: one case
  • Hospitalization: one case (none currently)

Public Health is not providing any additional information about the one case with one dose of MMR in order to protect the patient’s privacy.

For a complete list of exposure sites, visit the Public Health measles investigation webpage.

Clark County Public Health is urging anyone who has been exposed at an identified location and believes they have symptoms of measles to call their health care provider prior to visiting the medical office to make a plan that avoids exposing others in the waiting room. People who believe they have symptoms of measles should not go directly to medical offices, urgent care centers or emergency departments (unless experiencing a medical emergency) without calling in advance.

Additional resources

For information about additional exposure sites in Oregon, linked to the confirmed case in Multnomah County, visit the Oregon Health Authority measles webpage. For information about other measles cases in Washington, visit the Washington State Department of Health measles webpage.

Public Health has established a call center for questions related to the investigation. Anyone who has questions about public exposures should call 360.397.8021. The call center is open daily.

Anyone with questions about their measles immunity or the measles vaccine should contact their primary care provider. Clark County Public Health does not provide immunizations or testing for immunity.

If you are unsure of your family's immunization status, you can view, download and print your family's immunization information online at MyIR or request a copy of your immunization record from the Washington State Department of Health.

County closes Northwest Pacific Highway near La Center after road washout - 02/12/19

Vancouver, Wash. – Recent rain and snow has triggered a road washout on Northwest Pacific Highway northwest of La Center.

Clark County Public Works closed the road at Northwest Wellman Avenue Tuesday afternoon. Water can be seen rushing underneath a portion of the road through an opening in the asphalt.

This will be a long-term closure since the road will require extensive rebuilding before it can reopen to traffic. It may take weeks before engineers and geotechnical experts can fully assess the situation.

Drivers can reach Northwest Wellman Avenue if they approach from the south on Northwest Pacific Highway. Traffic coming from the north should use an alternate route, such as Interstate 5, or detour to the east using county roads, such as Northwest Bratton Road.

People need to stay out of the closed area and not walk around barricades because of the danger posed by the road washout.

Clark County also closed three other roads Tuesday because of water over the roadway:

  • Northeast J A Moore Road is closed in two places where the road crosses tributaries of the East Fork Lewis River southeast of La Center.
     
  • Northeast Delfel Road is closed between Northeast 189th Street and Northeast 199th Street along the west side of Interstate 5 north of the Clark County Fairgrounds.
     
  • Northwest Allen Canyon Road is closed from Northwest 324th Street to Northwest 51st Avenue west of La Center.

In some instances, roads closed due to flooding can quickly reopen once water recedes. In other cases, there may be a delay so engineers can assess the pavement, bridges or other features to ensure there is not a risk to public safety.

Drivers should never move or drive around a road closure sign or other temporary traffic control device. Drivers also should not attempt to drive through water. As little as 1 foot of water will cause many vehicles to float, and most vehicles will be swept away by 2 feet of rushing water.

Council seeks applicants for three-year position on Board of Equalization - 02/12/19

Vancouver, Wash. – The Clark County Council is seeking applicants to fill a position on the Clark County Board of Equalization.

The three-year position runs from July 15, 2019 to July 14, 2022.

The Board of Equalization is a three-member, impartial citizen panel that hears and decides property owners’ appeals of assessed property valuations and exemptions. Members are paid $100 per day while attending hearings and meetings. Board hearings usually are held in alternating weeks, Tuesday through Thursday mornings on the sixth floor of the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St. 

Applicants must be Clark County residents. They cannot hold any elective office or be an employee of any elected official. Persons who have been employed by the Clark County Assessor’s Office are not eligible to be a board member for two years after leaving their employment.

Applicants also should have knowledge of Clark County real property and personal property appraisal techniques and property tax law. Knowledge of building trades is helpful. Computer skills are helpful.

Applicants should submit a letter of interest and résumé to Alyssa Weyhrauch, County Manager’s Office, P.O. Box 5000, Vancouver, WA 98666-5000 or email to auch@clark.wa.gov">alyssa.weyhrauch@clark.wa.gov.

Application deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, March 22, 2019.

To learn more, visit https://www.clark.wa.gov/general-services/board-of-equalization.

One new confirmed measles case, two suspect - 02/12/19

Vancouver, Wash. – Clark County Public Health is continuing its measles outbreak investigation. Public Health has confirmed one additional measles case in an unimmunized child 1 to 10 years old. The new confirmed case was being monitored by Public Health and stayed home, as instructed by health officials, which prevented additional exposures to the public.

However, additional testing revealed one case, previously considered a confirmed measles case, was actually experiencing benign vaccine rash. That case – an unimmunized child 1 to 10 years old – received one dose of measles-mumps-rubella, or MMR. About 5 percent of previously unvaccinated people will develop a rash after being immunized.

Initial lab results for this case were positive for measles. Additional testing at a specialized, out-of-state laboratory determined the case was experiencing vaccine rash. People who experience these mild vaccine-associated rashes cannot transmit the virus to other people.

This case has been removed from the confirmed case total. Public Health has also removed the exposure locations associated with this case since the vaccine virus cannot be transmitted to others. The removed exposure locations are St. Paul Christian Daycare (Jan. 23), The Vancouver Clinic Salmon Creek (Jan. 23), Vancouver Women, Infant and Children office (Jan. 23) and Tower Mall public areas (Jan. 23).

With the addition of the new case and removal of the case with benign vaccine rash, the confirmed case total is 53 and the suspect total is two.

Here are the details of the confirmed cases, to date:

  • Age
    • 1 to 10 years: 38 cases
    • 11 to 18 years: 13 cases
    • 19 to 29 years: one case
    • 30 to 39 years: one case
  • Immunization status
    • Unimmunized: 47 cases
    • Unverified: five cases
    • 1 MMR vaccine: one case
  • Hospitalization: one case (none currently)

Public Health is not providing any additional information about the one case with one dose of MMR in order to protect the patient’s privacy.

For a complete list of exposure sites, visit the Public Health measles investigation webpage.

Clark County Public Health is urging anyone who has been exposed at an identified location and believes they have symptoms of measles to call their health care provider prior to visiting the medical office to make a plan that avoids exposing others in the waiting room. People who believe they have symptoms of measles should not go directly to medical offices, urgent care centers or emergency departments (unless experiencing a medical emergency) without calling in advance.

Additional resources

For information about additional exposure sites in Oregon, linked to the confirmed case in Multnomah County, visit the Oregon Health Authority measles webpage. For information about other measles cases in Washington, visit the Washington State Department of Health measles webpage.

Public Health has established a call center for questions related to the investigation. Anyone who has questions about public exposures should call 360.397.8021. The call center is open daily.

Anyone with questions about their measles immunity or the measles vaccine should contact their primary care provider. Clark County Public Health does not provide immunizations or testing for immunity.

If you are unsure of your family's immunization status, you can view, download and print your family's immunization information online at MyIR or request a copy of your immunization record from the Washington State Department of Health.

County seeks applicants with development expertise for advisory board vacancy - 02/12/19

Vancouver, Wash. – Clark County is seeking applicants to fill a vacancy on the Development and Engineering Advisory Board.

The vacancy is for a professional associated with development work. The term would start April 1, 2019, and expire on March 31, 2022.

The advisory board reviews policy and county code changes and works on process improvement and fees with the county’s Community Development and Public Works departments.

 The board consists of 10 members: three private-sector planners or engineers; one construction contractor; one public-sector planner or engineer; one land developer; one Building Industry Association representative; one professional associated with commercial or industrial development; and two other professionals associated with development.

The Development and Engineering Advisory Board typically meets 2:30-4:30 pm the first Thursday of the month at the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St.

Applicants should submit a letter of interest and résumé to Alyssa Weyhrauch, Clark County Council Office, P.O. Box 5000, Vancouver, WA 98666-5000. Applications also can be emailed to auch@clark.wa.gov">alyssa.weyhrauch@clark.wa.gov.

Application deadline is 5 pm Friday, March 8, 2019.

More information, including meeting agendas, minutes, documents and audio recordings, is available on the county’s website, www.clark.wa.gov/public-works/development-and-engineering-advisory-board.

Council invites community to the 2019 State of the County, Wednesday, March 6 - 02/11/19

Vancouver, Wash. – The Clark County Council invites the community to the 2019 State of the County on Wednesday, March 6 from 6-8 pm. The event will be in the sixth-floor hearing room in the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St.

Councilor Eileen Quiring, chair of the county council, will present State of the County remarks followed by comments given by councilors Temple Lentz of District 1, Julie Olson of District 2, John Blom of District 3 and Gary Medvigy of District 4.

The State of the County event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

For those unable to attend, the program can be seen later on CVTV, Clark-Vancouver Television, Channels 21 and 23.

Measles outbreak numbers remain steady: 53 confirmed, two suspect cases - 02/11/19

Vancouver, Wash. – Clark County Public Health is continuing its measles outbreak investigation and has no updates to report today. Since Jan. 1, we have identified 53 confirmed cases and two suspect cases. Public Health has not identified any new confirmed cases or locations where people may have been exposed to measles.

Here are the details of the confirmed cases:

  • Age
    • 1 to 10 years: 38 cases
    • 11 to 18 years: 13 cases
    • 19 to 29 years: one case
    • 30 to 39 years: one case
  • Immunization status
    • Unimmunized: 47 cases
    • Unverified: five cases
    • 1 MMR vaccine: one case
  • Hospitalization: one case (none currently)

Public Health is not providing any additional information about the one case with one dose of MMR in order to protect the patient’s privacy.

For a complete list of exposure sites, visit the Public Health measles investigation webpage.

Clark County Public Health is urging anyone who has been exposed at an identified location and believes they have symptoms of measles to call their health care provider prior to visiting the medical office to make a plan that avoids exposing others in the waiting room. People who believe they have symptoms of measles should not go directly to medical offices, urgent care centers or emergency departments (unless experiencing a medical emergency) without calling in advance.

Additional resources

For information about additional exposure sites in Oregon, linked to the confirmed case in Multnomah County, visit the Oregon Health Authority measles webpage. For information about other measles cases in Washington, visit the Washington State Department of Health measles webpage.

Public Health has established a call center for questions related to the investigation. Anyone who has questions about public exposures should call 360.397.8021. The call center is open daily.

Anyone with questions about their measles immunity or the measles vaccine should contact their primary care provider. Clark County Public Health does not provide immunizations or testing for immunity.

If you are unsure of your family's immunization status, you can view, download and print your family's immunization information online at MyIR or request a copy of your immunization record from the Washington State Department of Health.

Clark County Treasurer to mail 2019 property tax statements on March 4 - 02/11/19

Vancouver, Wash. – The Clark County Treasurer’s Office announced a planned delay in the release of property tax statements this year. In the past, they were mailed out in mid-February. This year, they are expected to be mailed on Monday, March 4, 2019.

Clark County is changing to a new financial system called Workday, which is causing the delayed release of this year’s property tax statements.

While 2019 tax information is currently available on the Clark County website, the Treasurer’s Office is encouraging people to pay after March 4.

“A financial system implementation is a huge undertaking, and the Treasurer’s Office is working hard to limit the impact on tax payers. If residents have questions about their 2019 property taxes, my team is ready and available to assist,” said Treasurer Alishia Topper.

Taxpayers who have an escrow account will not receive a postcard notification this year. Their payments will not be affected by the delay.

First half property taxes are due Tuesday, April 30, 2019.

Payments can be mailed to Clark County Treasurer, PO Box 35150, Seattle, WA 98124-5150. Payments also can be made in person at the Treasurer’s Office on the second floor of the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St.

Other payment options are online at www.clark.wa.gov/treasurer or by phone at 1.877.778.4606. Paying from a checking or savings account costs $1 per transaction. Credit card payments carry a third party vendor charge of 2.39 percent.

Before mailing delinquent taxes or assessments, check www.clark.wa.gov/treasurer or call the Treasurer’s Office at 564.397.2252 to determine the correct payment amount. 

Seniors 61 years of age or persons with disabilities may qualify for a property tax exemption. Call the Clark County Assessor’s Office at 564.397.2391 for more information.

No change to measles outbreak numbers: 53 confirmed, two suspect cases - 02/10/19

Vancouver, Wash. – Clark County Public Health is continuing its measles outbreak investigation and has no updates to report today. Since Jan. 1, we have identified 53 confirmed cases and two suspect cases. Public Health has not identified any new confirmed cases or locations where people may have been exposed to measles.

Here are the details of the confirmed cases:

  • Age
    • 1 to 10 years: 38 cases
    • 11 to 18 years: 13 cases
    • 19 to 29 years: one case
    • 30 to 39 years: one case
  • Immunization status
    • Unimmunized: 47 cases
    • Unverified: five cases
    • 1 MMR vaccine: one case
  • Hospitalization: one case (none currently)

Public Health is not providing any additional information about the one case with one dose of MMR in order to protect the patient’s privacy.

For a complete list of exposure sites, visit the Public Health measles investigation webpage.

Clark County Public Health is urging anyone who has been exposed at an identified location and believes they have symptoms of measles to call their health care provider prior to visiting the medical office to make a plan that avoids exposing others in the waiting room. People who believe they have symptoms of measles should not go directly to medical offices, urgent care centers or emergency departments (unless experiencing a medical emergency) without calling in advance.

Additional resources

For information about additional exposure sites in Oregon, linked to the confirmed case in Multnomah County, visit the Oregon Health Authority measles webpage. For information about other measles cases in Washington, visit the Washington State Department of Health measles webpage.

Public Health has established a call center for questions related to the investigation. Anyone who has questions about public exposures should call 360.397.8021. The call center is open daily.

Anyone with questions about their measles immunity or the measles vaccine should contact their primary care provider. Clark County Public Health does not provide immunizations or testing for immunity.

If you are unsure of your family's immunization status, you can view, download and print your family's immunization information online at MyIR or request a copy of your immunization record from the Washington State Department of Health.

No new confirmed measles cases, two suspect cases - 02/09/19

Vancouver, Wash. – Clark County Public Health is continuing its measles outbreak investigation. Since Jan. 1, we have identified 53 confirmed cases and two suspect cases. Public Health has not identified any new confirmed cases or locations where people may have been exposed to measles. Public Health has, however, identified locations that can be removed from the list of exposure sites.

Here are the details of the confirmed cases:

  • Age
    • 1 to 10 years: 38 cases
    • 11 to 18 years: 13 cases
    • 19 to 29 years: one case
    • 30 to 39 years: one case
  • Immunization status
    • Unimmunized: 47 cases
    • Unverified: five cases
    • 1 MMR vaccine: one case
  • Hospitalization: one case (none currently)

Public Health is not providing any additional information about the one case with one dose of MMR in order to protect the patient’s privacy.

Three suspect cases identified earlier this week as possible measles cases have been ruled out. Specialized testing determined they were experiencing vaccine rash. Five percent of people can experience a benign rash after receiving their first dose of the measles-mumps-rubella, or MMR, vaccine. Public Health will continue to monitor these people because they were unvaccinated when exposed to measles, received one dose of MMR vaccine more than 72 hours after exposure and may still be at risk of developing measles. To prevent illness, one dose of MMR vaccine must be given to unimmunized people within 72 hours of exposure.

We are removing the public exposure locations associated with these three people since the vaccine virus cannot be transmitted to others. The removed exposure locations are: Sea Mar Medical Clinic Salmon Creek (Feb. 1 and Feb. 4), The Vancouver Clinic Salmon Creek (Jan. 30) and Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center Emergency Department (Feb. 2).

For a complete list of exposure sites, visit the Public Health measles investigation webpage.

Clark County Public Health is urging anyone who has been exposed at an identified location and believes they have symptoms of measles to call their health care provider prior to visiting the medical office to make a plan that avoids exposing others in the waiting room. People who believe they have symptoms of measles should not go directly to medical offices, urgent care centers or emergency departments (unless experiencing a medical emergency) without calling in advance.

Additional resources

For information about additional exposure sites in Oregon, linked to the confirmed case in Multnomah County, visit the Oregon Health Authority measles webpage. For information about other measles cases in Washington, visit the Washington State Department of Health measles webpage.

Public Health has established a call center for questions related to the investigation. Anyone who has questions about public exposures should call 360.397.8021. The call center is open daily.

Anyone with questions about their measles immunity or the measles vaccine should contact their primary care provider. Clark County Public Health does not provide immunizations or testing for immunity.

If you are unsure of your family's immunization status, you can view, download and print your family's immunization information online at MyIR or request a copy of your immunization record from the Washington State Department of Health.

Clark County measles case count up to 53 confirmed, seven suspect - 02/08/19

Vancouver, Wash. – Clark County Public Health is continuing its measles outbreak investigation. Since Jan. 1, we have identified 53 confirmed cases and seven suspect cases. Public Health has not identified any additional locations where people may have been exposed to measles.

Here are the details of the confirmed cases:

  • Age
    • 1 to 10 years: 38 cases
    • 11 to 18 years: 13 cases
    • 19 to 29 years: one case
    • 30 to 39 years: one case
  • Immunization status
    • Unimmunized: 46 cases
    • Unverified: six cases
    • 1 MMR vaccine: one case
  • Hospitalization: one case (none currently)

Public Health is not providing any additional information about the one case with one dose of MMR in order to protect the patient’s privacy.

For a complete list of exposure sites, visit the Public Health measles investigation webpage.

The Feb. 4 exposure at The Vancouver Clinic Salmon Creek has been removed from the list of potential exposure sites. Public Health learned the clinic was notified in advance of the potential measles patient and was able to take prevention measures to ensure others were not exposed to the patient.

Clark County Public Health is urging anyone who has been exposed at an identified location and believes they have symptoms of measles to call their health care provider prior to visiting the medical office to make a plan that avoids exposing others in the waiting room. People who believe they have symptoms of measles should not go directly to medical offices, urgent care centers or emergency departments (unless experiencing a medical emergency) without calling in advance.

Additional resources

For information about additional exposure sites in Oregon, linked to the confirmed case in Multnomah County, visit the Oregon Health Authority measles webpage. For information about other measles cases in Washington, visit the Washington State Department of Health measles webpage.

Public Health has established a call center for questions related to the investigation. Anyone who has questions about public exposures should call 360.397.8021. The call center is open daily.

Anyone with questions about their measles immunity or the measles vaccine should contact their primary care provider. Clark County Public Health does not provide immunizations or testing for immunity.

If you are unsure of your family's immunization status, you can view, download and print your family's immunization information online at MyIR or request a copy of your immunization record from the Washington State Department of Health.

Assessor, Treasurer to discuss property taxes at Feb. 27 information session - 02/08/19

Vancouver, Wash. – The public is invited to join Clark County Treasurer Alishia Topper and Assessor Peter Van Nortwick as they discuss the 2019 state and local tax rates and changes. The county officials will specifically address how the changes in school funding impact Clark County tax payers.

The discussion will be 5-6:30 pm Wednesday, Feb. 27, in the sixth-floor Hearing Room, at the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St.

The state of Washington is in the middle of a two-year process of changing the way property taxes are collected and distributed to local school districts. Last February, 2018 property tax bills were higher than most people expected due to changes in state and local school tax rates as a result of the Washington State Supreme Court (McCleary) decision. For 2019, property tax rates will change again, resulting in lower school taxes for the majority of tax payers due to new caps on local school taxes. 

“The property tax change impacts are school district specific, and we want to ensure transparency to tax payers,” said Assessor Van Nortwick. 

“I’m looking forward to helping people plan ahead and answer any questions they might have about the changing tax climate,” said Treasurer Topper.

Clark County measles case count up to 51 confirmed, 13 suspect - 02/07/19

Vancouver, Wash. – Clark County Public Health is continuing its measles outbreak investigation. Since Jan. 1, we have identified 51 confirmed cases and 13 suspect cases. Public Health has also identified two new locations where people may have been exposed to measles.

Here are the details of the confirmed cases:

  • Age
    • 1 to 10 years: 36 cases
    • 11 to 18 years: 13 cases
    • 19 to 29 years: one case
    • 30 to 39 years: one case
  • Immunization status
    • Unimmunized: 44 cases
    • Unverified: six cases
    • 1 MMR vaccine: one case
  • Hospitalization: one case (none currently)

Public Health is not providing any additional information about the one case with one dose of MMR in order to protect the patient’s privacy.

Public Health has identified a fourth suspect case that was unimmunized when exposed to measles and received the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine more than 72 hours after exposure. To prevent illness, one dose of MMR vaccine must be given to unimmunized people within 72 hours of exposure.

About 5 percent of previously unvaccinated people will develop a rash after being immunized. When administered after 72 hours, the vaccine is less likely to prevent illness, and if the person develops a rash, there is a small chance that the rash is due to the vaccine. People who experience these mild vaccine-associated rashes cannot transmit the virus to other people. 

However, in these situations, it is difficult to determine whether the rash is a benign vaccine reaction or measles illness. Specimens for this suspect case are being sent to a specialized laboratory out of state to confirm measles, but it can take more than a week to get the results. Until lab results are available, and in order to protect those who may have been exposed, Public Health is treating this suspect case as we would treat confirmed cases and releasing information about public locations the case visited while potentially contagious with measles.

To date, all lab results of confirmed cases have matched a wild strain of virus, preventable through vaccination, circulating in Eastern Europe. The vaccine strain of measles has never been transmitted person to person.

Here are the two new locations where people may have been exposed to measles:

Health care facilities:

  • The Vancouver Clinic Salmon Creek, 2525 NE 139th St., Vancouver from 2:50 to 6 pm Monday, Feb. 4.
  • Sea Mar Medical Clinic East Vancouver, 19005 SE 34th St., Vancouver from 1:50 to 5:50 pm Tuesday, Feb. 5.

Clark County Public Health is urging anyone who has been exposed at an identified location and believes they have symptoms of measles to call their health care provider prior to visiting the medical office to make a plan that avoids exposing others in the waiting room. People who believe they have symptoms of measles should not go directly to medical offices, urgent care centers or emergency departments (unless experiencing a medical emergency) without calling in advance.

For a complete list of exposure sites, visit the Public Health measles investigation webpage.

Additional resources

For information about additional exposure sites in Oregon, linked to the confirmed case in Multnomah County, visit the Oregon Health Authority measles webpage. For information about other measles cases in Washington, visit the Washington State Department of Health measles webpage.

Public Health has established a call center for questions related to the investigation. Anyone who has questions about public exposures should call 360.397.8021. The call center is open daily.

Anyone with questions about their measles immunity or the measles vaccine should contact their primary care provider. Clark County Public Health does not provide immunizations or testing for immunity.

If you are unsure of your family's immunization status, you can view, download and print your family's immunization information online at MyIR or request a copy of your immunization record from the Washington State Department of Health.

Voters encouraged to get ballots in early in case of inclement weather - 02/07/19

Media availability: Auditor Greg Kimsey will be available for in-person media interviews 3-5 pm today, Feb. 7 the Elections conference room, 1408 Franklin St.

Vancouver, Wash. – Clark County Auditor Greg Kimsey is encouraging voters to take advantage of several convenient ways to submit their special election ballots early, in case there is inclement weather on Election Day, Feb. 12.

The National Weather Service is calling for temperatures to remain near freezing through Tuesday, Feb. 12, and the possibility of precipitation. A wintery weather mix could mean closure of Election Day-only ballot drop sites and difficulty for voters to safely access ballot drop sites.

“For this election, postage for returned ballots is pre-paid,” said Kimsey. “If voters are using the mail, they need to ensure their voted ballots are postmarked no later than Tuesday, Feb. 12.”

Voters also can return ballots by:

  • Taking them to the Elections Office at 1408 Franklin St.
    • Election office hours are 8 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday, and Election Day, from 7 am to 8 pm.
  • Deposit ballots in one of seven drive-up permanent ballot drop boxes located throughout the county.

“I urge voters to keep an eye on the weather forecast and for the possibility of Election Day-only ballot drop site locations, such as schools, being closed or opening late,” said Elections Director Cathie Garber.  

Clark County measles case count up to 50 confirmed, 11 suspect - 02/06/19

Media availability: Dr. Alan Melnick, Clark County health officer, will be available for in-person media interviews 3:30 to 4:30 pm today, Feb. 6 at the Clark County Center for Community Health, 1601 E. Fourth Plain Blvd., Building 17. Media can meet in the fourth-floor lobby.

Vancouver, Wash. – Clark County Public Health is continuing its measles outbreak investigation. Since Jan. 1, we have identified 50 confirmed cases and 11 suspect cases. Public Health has also identified several new locations where people may have been exposed to measles.

Here are the details of the confirmed cases:

  • Age
    • 1 to 10 years: 35 cases
    • 11 to 18 years: 13 cases
    • 19 to 29 years: one case
    • 30 to 39 years: one case
  • Immunization status
    • Unimmunized: 43 cases
    • Unverified: six cases
    • 1 MMR vaccine: one case
  • Hospitalization: one case (none currently)

Public Health is not providing any additional information about the one case with one dose of MMR in order to protect the patient’s privacy.

Three of the 11 suspect cases were unimmunized when exposed to measles. To prevent illness, one dose of measles-mumps-rubella, or MMR, vaccine must be given to unimmunized people within 72 hours of exposure. Unfortunately, these three suspect cases received the vaccine more than 72 hours after exposure.

About 5 percent of previously unvaccinated people will develop a rash after being immunized. When administered after 72 hours, the vaccine is less likely to prevent illness, and if the person develops a rash, there is a small chance that the rash is due to the vaccine. People who experience these mild vaccine-associated rashes cannot transmit the vaccine virus to other people. 

However, in these situations, it is difficult to determine whether the rash is a benign vaccine reaction or measles illness. For these three suspect cases, specimens are being sent to a specialized laboratory out of state to confirm measles, but it can take more than a week to get the results. Until lab results are available, and in order to protect those who may have been exposed, Public Health is treating these suspect cases as we would treat confirmed cases and releasing information about public locations they visited while potentially contagious with measles.

To date, all lab results of confirmed cases have matched a wild strain of virus, preventable through vaccination, circulating in Eastern Europe. The vaccine strain of measles has never been transmitted person to person.

Here are the new locations where people may have been exposed to measles:

Health care facilities:

  • The Vancouver Clinic Salmon Creek, 2525 NE 139th St. Suite 110, Vancouver from 8 to 11:45 am Wednesday, Jan. 30
  • Sea Mar Medical Clinic Salmon Creek, 14508 NE 20th Ave., Vancouver
    •  8:45 am to 1:15 pm Friday, Feb. 1
    • 11:30 am to 2:15 pm Monday, Feb. 4
  • Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center Emergency Department, 2211 NE 139th St., Vancouver from 11 am to 5 pm Saturday, Feb. 2

Clark County Public Health is urging anyone who has been exposed at an identified location and believes they have symptoms of measles to call their health care provider prior to visiting the medical office to make a plan that avoids exposing others in the waiting room. People who believe they have symptoms of measles should not go directly to medical offices, urgent care centers or emergency departments (unless experiencing a medical emergency) without calling in advance.

For a complete list of exposure sites, visit the Public Health measles investigation webpage.

Additional resources

For information about additional exposure sites in Oregon, linked to the confirmed case in Multnomah County, visit the Oregon Health Authority measles webpage. For information about other measles cases in Washington, visit the Washington State Department of Health measles webpage.

Public Health has established a call center for questions related to the investigation. Anyone who has questions about public exposures should call 360.397.8021. The call center is open daily.

Anyone with questions about their measles immunity or the measles vaccine should contact their primary care provider. Clark County Public Health does not provide immunizations or testing for immunity.

If you are unsure of your family's immunization status, you can view, download and print your family's immunization information online at MyIR or request a copy of your immunization record from the Washington State Department of Health.

No new confirmed measles cases, 11 suspect cases - 02/05/19

Vancouver, Wash. – Clark County Public Health is continuing its measles outbreak investigation. Since Jan. 1, we have identified 49 confirmed cases and 11 suspect cases. Public Health has not identified any new confirmed cases or locations where people may have been exposed to measles.

Here are the details of the confirmed cases:

  • Age
    • 1 to 10 years: 34 cases
    • 30 to 39 years: one case
    • 19 to 29 years: one case
    • 11 to 18 years: 13 cases
  • Immunization status
    • Unimmunized: 42 cases
    • Unverified: six cases
    • 1 MMR vaccine: one case
  • Hospitalization: one case (none currently)

Public Health is not providing any additional information about the one case with one dose of MMR in order to protect the patient’s privacy.

For a complete list of exposure sites, visit the Public Health measles investigation webpage.

Clark County Public Health is urging anyone who has been exposed at an identified location and believes they have symptoms of measles to call their health care provider prior to visiting the medical office to make a plan that avoids exposing others in the waiting room. People who believe they have symptoms of measles should not go directly to medical offices, urgent care centers or emergency departments (unless experiencing a medical emergency) without calling in advance.

Additional resources

For information about additional exposure sites in Oregon, linked to the confirmed case in Multnomah County, visit the Oregon Health Authority measles webpage. For information about other measles cases in Washington, visit the Washington State Department of Health measles webpage.

Public Health has established a call center for questions related to the investigation. Anyone who has questions about public exposures should call 360.397.8021. The call center is open daily.

Anyone with questions about their measles immunity or the measles vaccine should contact their primary care provider. Clark County Public Health does not provide immunizations or testing for immunity.

If you are unsure of your family's immunization status, you can view, download and print your family's immunization information online at MyIR or request a copy of your immunization record from the Washington State Department of Health.

Lottery to assign permits to sell fireworks, application deadline Feb. 13 - 02/05/19

Vancouver, Wash. – The Clark County Fire Marshal’s Office is taking applications for two retail fireworks permits to be assigned by lottery on Thursday, Feb. 14.

Fireworks cannot be sold in Clark County without a permit.                          

Applications for the permit lottery can be obtained at the Fire Marshal’s Office, 505 NW 179th St., Ridgefield or on the county website at www.clark.wa.gov/fireworks. Only one completed application may be entered per person or organization. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age to participate.

All lottery permit applications must be received at the Fire Marshal’s Office no later than 5 pm, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2016, regardless of how they are submitted.

Applications may delivered or mailed to the Fire Marshal’s Office, 505 NW 179th St., Ridgefield or emailed to emar@clark.wa.gov">firemar@clark.wa.gov.  Applications postmarked on Feb. 13 will not qualify if received after the 5 pm deadline.

Applicants chosen by lottery will be contacted immediately.

Public Works road crews responding to dusting of snow across Clark County - 02/05/19

Vancouver, Wash. – Public Works crews are out early this morning after a light layer of overnight snow blanketed Clark County.

Road crews are spraying deicer and applying gravel where needed in unincorporated Clark County. Across most of the county, including urban areas near the city of Vancouver, there isn’t enough snow on roads to plow. Accumulations are slightly heavier in some locations, such as north Clark County at higher elevations.

Public Works is focused on major thoroughfares in unincorporated Clark County. A map showing primary and secondary routes for winter road response is available on the county’s website, www.clark.wa.gov/public-works/winter-snow-and-ice.

Drivers still should use caution during today’s commute since there could be icy spots. Slow down, allow extra time to reach your destination and leave plenty of room between vehicles.

Clark County has almost 100 traffic cameras at signalized intersections, primarily in urban areas outside the city of Vancouver. The cameras, which can be accessed at www.clark.wa.gov/public-works/traffic-cameras, provide a handy way for residents to check out current conditions before leaving home.

Specific problems in areas outside city limits can be reported to Public Works by calling 360.397.2446.

Public Works will be out early Tuesday to help with potentially icy commute - 02/04/19

Vancouver, Wash. – With overnight temperatures forecast to drop below freezing, Public Works will have crews out early Tuesday, Feb. 5, to ease what could be a difficult commute.

Beginning at 4 am, road crews will spray deicer on major thoroughfares in unincorporated Clark County. A map showing primary and secondary routes for winter road response is available on the county’s website, www.clark.wa.gov/public-works/winter-snow-and-ice.

Public Works would spray deicer on county roads today and into the evening, but continued wet snow and rain would simply wash it from roads and do little to prevent ice from forming. The National Weather Service forecasts that temperatures will plunge to the mid-20s before sunrise Tuesday.

Residents are urged to plan ahead for a potentially icy commute Tuesday morning. Although county crews will be working major travel routes, they will not be deicing on neighborhood streets and lesser traveled roads.

Residents are urged to avoid travel, if possible. If you must drive, be sure to:

  • Slow down and allow extra time to reach your destination.
  • Provide plenty of room between vehicles.
  • Refrain from rapid acceleration and hard braking.
  • Avoid stopping on or before a hill since a little momentum will help carry you to the top.

Drivers should be particularly careful when approaching bridges, elevated ramps and other structures because cold air underneath will cause them to freeze early and thaw slowly.

Specific road problems outside city limits can be reported to Public Works by calling 360.397.2446. Power outages should be reported to Clark Public Utilities by calling 360.992.8000.

Clark County measles case count up to 49 confirmed, nine suspect - 02/04/19

Vancouver, Wash. – Clark County Public Health is continuing its measles outbreak investigation. Since Jan. 1, we have identified 49 confirmed cases and nine suspect cases. Public Health has not identified any new locations where people may have been exposed to measles.

Here are the details of the confirmed cases:

  • Age
    • 1 to 10 years: 34 cases
    • 11 to 18 years: 13 cases
    • 19 to 29 years: one case
    • 30 to 39 years: one case
  • Immunization status
    • Unimmunized: 42 cases
    • Unverified: six cases
    • 1 MMR vaccine: one case
  • Hospitalization: one case (none currently)

Public Health is not providing any additional information about the one case with one dose of MMR in order to protect the patient’s privacy.

For a complete list of exposure sites, visit the Public Health measles investigation webpage.

Clark County Public Health is urging anyone who has been exposed at an identified location and believes they have symptoms of measles to call their health care provider prior to visiting the medical office to make a plan that avoids exposing others in the waiting room. People who believe they have symptoms of measles should not go directly to medical offices, urgent care centers or emergency departments (unless experiencing a medical emergency) without calling in advance.

Additional resources

For information about additional exposure sites in Oregon, linked to the confirmed case in Multnomah County, visit the Oregon Health Authority measles webpage. For information about other measles cases in Washington, visit the Washington State Department of Health measles webpage.

Public Health has established a call center for questions related to the investigation. Anyone who has questions about public exposures should call 360.397.8021. The call center is open daily.

Anyone with questions about their measles immunity or the measles vaccine should contact their primary care provider. Clark County Public Health does not provide immunizations or testing for immunity.

If you are unsure of your family's immunization status, you can view, download and print your family's immunization information online at MyIR or request a copy of your immunization record from the Washington State Department of Health.

County Council seeks applicant for regional library board - 02/04/19

Vancouver, Wash. – The Clark County Council is seeking an applicant to fill one of three Clark County at-large positions on the seven-member Fort Vancouver Regional Library District Board of Trustees. This position is a new seven-year term that will begin upon appointment and ends Dec. 31, 2025. 

This position is designated for someone living in Clark County outside of both Vancouver city limits and Camas city limits. Residents from all eligible areas are encouraged to apply. The Clark County Council seeks applicants who can bring a broad range of perspectives and experiences to the role. 

Library trustees are responsible for policies and fiscal oversight regarding FVRL's operations including 13 branch libraries, two self-serve locations, two bookmobiles and centralized library support services for about 500,000 people. The service area is more than 4,200 square miles and includes all of Clark County (except the city of Camas), all of Skamania and Klickitat counties, and the city of Woodland. FVRL also provides contract services to the Yale Valley Library District in Cowlitz County.

The appointment must be approved by the boards of commissioners of Skamania and Klickitat counties and the Clark County Council.

Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest and résumé to Alyssa Weyhrauch at the Clark County Council Office, PO Box 5000, Vancouver, Washington 98666-5000, or to auch@clark.wa.gov">alyssa.weyhrauch@clark.wa.gov.

Application deadline is 5 pm Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019.

Application letters should address the applicant’s understanding of the challenges of serving on a public library board; perspectives concerning public library services, facilities, and library materials (i.e. books, CDs, DVDs, etc.); the value of public libraries in communities and funding for the library district.

More information about the Fort Vancouver Regional Library District is available on its website at www.fvrl.org under About Us.

Clark County measles case count up to 47 confirmed, 7 suspect - 02/03/19

Vancouver, Wash. – Clark County Public Health is continuing its measles outbreak investigation. Since Jan. 1, we have identified 47 confirmed cases and 7 suspect cases. Public Health has not identified any new locations where people may have been exposed to measles.

Here are the details of the confirmed cases:

  • Age
    • 1 to 10 years: 34 cases
    • 11 to 18 years: 12 cases
    • 19 to 29 years: one case
  • Immunization status
    • Unimmunized: 41 cases
    • Unverified: five cases
    • 1 MMR vaccine: one case
  • Hospitalization: one case (none currently)

Public Health is not providing any additional information about the one case with one dose of MMR in order to protect the patient’s privacy.

For a complete list of exposure sites, visit the Public Health measles investigation webpage.

Clark County Public Health is urging anyone who has been exposed at an identified location and believes they have symptoms of measles to call their health care provider prior to visiting the medical office to make a plan that avoids exposing others in the waiting room. People who believe they have symptoms of measles should not go directly to medical offices, urgent care centers or emergency departments (unless experiencing a medical emergency) without calling in advance.

Additional resources

For information about additional exposure sites in Oregon, linked to the confirmed case in Multnomah County, visit the Oregon Health Authority measles webpage. For information about other measles cases in Washington, visit the Washington State Department of Health measles webpage.

Public Health has established a call center for questions related to the investigation. Anyone who has questions about public exposures should call 360.397.8021. The call center is open daily.

Anyone with questions about their measles immunity or the measles vaccine should contact their primary care provider. Clark County Public Health does not provide immunizations or testing for immunity.

If you are unsure of your family's immunization status, you can view, download and print your family's immunization information online at MyIR or request a copy of your immunization record from the Washington State Department of Health.

Clark County measles case count up to 43 confirmed, 8 suspect - 02/02/19

Vancouver, Wash. – Clark County Public Health is continuing its measles outbreak investigation. Since Jan. 1, we have identified 43 confirmed cases and 8 suspect cases.

Here are the details of the confirmed cases:

  • Age
    • 1 to 10 years: 32 cases
    • 11 to 18 years: 10 cases
    • 19 to 29 years: one case
  • Immunization status
    • Unimmunized: 37 cases
    • Unverified: five cases
    • 1 MMR vaccine: one case
  • Hospitalization
    • Current: none
    • Previous: one

Public Health is not providing any additional information about the one case with one dose of MMR in order to protect the patient’s privacy.

For a complete list of exposure sites, visit the Public Health measles investigation webpage.

Clark County Public Health is urging anyone who has been exposed at an identified location and believes they have symptoms of measles to call their health care provider prior to visiting the medical office to make a plan that avoids exposing others in the waiting room. People who believe they have symptoms of measles should not go directly to medical offices, urgent care centers or emergency departments (unless experiencing a medical emergency) without calling in advance.

Additional resources

Public Health has established a call center for questions related to the investigation. Anyone who has questions about public exposures should call 360.397.8021. The call center is open daily.

Anyone with questions about their measles immunity or the measles vaccine should contact their primary care provider. Clark County Public Health does not provide immunizations or testing for immunity.

If you are unsure of your family's immunization status, you can view, download and print your family's immunization information online at MyIR or request a copy of your immunization record from the Washington State Department of Health.

For information about additional exposure sites in Oregon, linked to the confirmed case in Multnomah County, visit the Oregon Health Authority measles webpage. For information about other measles cases in Washington, visit the Washington State Department of Health measles webpage.

Clark County measles case count up to 42 confirmed, seven suspect - 02/01/19

Vancouver, Wash. – Clark County Public Health is continuing its measles outbreak investigation. Since Jan. 1, we have identified 42 confirmed cases and seven suspect cases. Public Health has not identified any new locations where people may have been exposed to measles.

Here are the details of the confirmed cases:

  • Age
    • 1 to 10 years: 31 cases
    • 19 to 29 years: one case
    • 11 to 18 years: 10 cases
  • Immunization status
    • Unimmunized: 37 cases
    • Unverified: four cases
    • 1 MMR vaccine: one case
  • Hospitalization: one case

Public Health is not providing any additional information about the one case with one dose of MMR in order to protect the patient’s privacy.

“The measles vaccine isn’t perfect, but one dose is 93 percent effective at preventing illness,” said Dr. Alan Melnick, Clark County health officer and Public Health director. “The recommended two doses of the measles vaccine provide even greater protection – 97 percent.”

For a complete list of exposure sites, visit the Public Health measles investigation webpage.

Clark County Public Health is urging anyone who has been exposed at an identified location and believes they have symptoms of measles to call their health care provider prior to visiting the medical office to make a plan that avoids exposing others in the waiting room. People who believe they have symptoms of measles should not go directly to medical offices, urgent care centers or emergency departments (unless experiencing a medical emergency) without calling in advance.

Additional resources

For information about additional exposure sites in Oregon, linked to the confirmed case in Multnomah County, visit the Oregon Health Authority measles webpage. For information about other measles cases in Washington, visit the Washington State Department of Health measles webpage.

Public Health has established a call center for questions related to the investigation. Anyone who has questions about public exposures should call 360.397.8021. The call center is open daily.

Anyone with questions about their measles immunity or the measles vaccine should contact their primary care provider. Clark County Public Health does not provide immunizations or testing for immunity.

If you are unsure of your family's immunization status, you can view, download and print your family's immunization information online at MyIR or request a copy of your immunization record from the Washington State Department of Health.

Clark County measles case count up to 41 confirmed, 15 suspect - 01/31/19

Vancouver, Wash. – Clark County Public Health is continuing its measles outbreak investigation. Since Jan. 1, we have identified 41 confirmed cases and 15 suspect cases. Public Health has also identified one new location where people may have been exposed to measles.

Here are the details of the confirmed cases:

  • Age
    • 1 to 10 years: 30 cases
    • 11 to 18 years: 10 cases
    • 19 to 29 years: one case
  • Immunization status
    • Unverified: four cases
    • Unimmunized: 37 cases
  • Hospitalization: one case

The new exposure occurred during an after-school activity at Minnehaha Elementary School. However, given the concern of overlap between the exposure period and the end of the regular school day, Public Health is requiring exclusion of students and staff without documented immunity to measles from schools, child care and other congregate settings. The exclusion will apply to those students and staff without documented immunity who were at the school anytime on the exposure date, Thursday, Jan. 17.

For a complete list of exposure sites, visit the Public Health measles investigation webpage.

Clark County Public Health is urging anyone who has been exposed at an identified location and believes they have symptoms of measles to call their health care provider prior to visiting the medical office to make a plan that avoids exposing others in the waiting room. People who believe they have symptoms of 

measles should not go directly to medical offices, urgent care centers or emergency departments (unless experiencing a medical emergency) without calling in advance.

Here is the new location where people may have been exposed to measles:

School:

  • Minnehaha Elementary School, 2800 NE 54th St., Vancouver from 3:45 to 7:45 pm Thursday, Jan. 17. Given the concern of overlap between the exposure period and the end of the regular school day, Public Health is requiring exclusion of students and staff without documented immunity to measles who were at the school anytime on Jan. 17.

Additional resources

For information about additional exposure sites in Oregon, linked to the confirmed case in Multnomah County, visit the Oregon Health Authority measles webpage. For information about other measles cases in Washington, visit the Washington State Department of Health measles webpage.

Public Health has established a call center for questions related to the investigation. Anyone who has questions about public exposures should call 360.397.8021. The call center is open daily.

Anyone with questions about their measles immunity or the measles vaccine should contact their primary care provider. Clark County Public Health does not provide immunizations or testing for immunity.

If you are unsure of your family's immunization status, you can view, download and print your family's immunization information online at MyIR or request a copy of your immunization record from the Washington State Department of Health.

County seeks public comments for Stormwater Management Plan update - 01/31/19

Vancouver, Wash. – Clark County is seeking public comments on the annual update of its Stormwater Management Plan.

Comments can be submitted by email to cleanwater@clark.wa.gov. Submission deadline is 11:59 pm Sunday, March 3, 2019.

People can review the current Stormwater Management Plan at www.clark.wa.gov/public-works/clark-county-stormwater-management-plan.

“Clark County encourages public comments so this plan will better reflect community needs and concerns,” said Dean Boening, Clean Water Division manager.

The Stormwater Management Plan describes the various programs used to meet requirements of the county’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System municipal stormwater permit, including:

  • Developing stormwater regulations
  • Maintaining an inventory of county stormwater facilities
  • Building facilities to collect and treat polluted storm runoff
  • Operating and maintaining stormwater facilities
  • Identifying and eliminating pollutant discharges into the storm system and natural waterways
  • Providing education and outreach services to the community

Clark County seeks local home hosts for annual summer Natural Garden Tour - 01/31/19

Vancouver, Wash. – The Clark County Green Neighbors program is seeking hosts for its 2019 Natural Garden Tour on Sunday, July 14. To participate, residents should practice environmentally friendly gardening techniques and be willing to offer public tours of their yards and gardens.

The annual event is a fun way residents can show off their gardens and the Earth-conscious methods they use to make them blossom. The event gives people a chance to learn gardening techniques, get inspiration for home landscaping, and exchange ideas with others.

"I've learned that creativity and sustainability are not mutually exclusive when it comes to gardening," said Sally Fisher, sustainability program coordinator at Clark County Public Health. "Each year, I'm surprised by the variety and beauty of the Natural Garden Tour hosts' landscaping and the ways people help one another learn about sustainable gardening practices."

To register to be a Natural Garden Tour host, contact Anne Maher in Public Health at 564.397.7754 or anne.maher@clark.wa.gov.

The Natural Garden Tour is sponsored by Clark County's Green Neighbors program.

For more information, go to www.clarkgreenneighbors.org/gardentour.   

To receive the latest Clark County eco-friendly information, sign up for the Green Neighbors newsletter at www.clarkgreenneighbors.org/happenings/newsletter.

County seeks applicants for Community Action Advisory Board - 01/31/19

Vancouver, Wash. – The county manager is seeking applicants to fill several vacant positions on the volunteer Community Action Advisory Board.

The twelve-member board makes recommendations about local government funding for basic needs, self-sufficiency, and housing programs. Members also advocate for services supporting low-income communities, families and persons.

All open positions are for individuals who live in the county’s third district and include an elected official, a low-income representative and a community representative.

Term periods are three years, ending on a staggered basis. Incumbents have the opportunity for re-appointment to two additional three-year terms. Board members of agencies receiving money administered by the advisory board are not eligible to apply.

Clark County is looking to diversify the board composition and encourages people with diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives to apply, especially those from historically underserved communities.

Interested residents must submit an application and résumé to Rebecca Royce, Clark County Community Services, P.O. Box 5000, Vancouver, WA 98666-5000 or ebecca.royce@clark.wa.gov">rebecca.royce@clark.wa.gov.

Application information can be found at www.clark.wa.gov/community-services/community-action-advisory-board or by calling Rebecca Royce at 564.397.7863.

Deadline is Friday, Feb. 15.

Clark County measles case count up to 38 confirmed, 13 suspect - 01/30/19

Media availability: Dr. Alan Melnick, Clark County health officer, will be available for in-person media interviews 2 to 3 pm today, Jan. 30 at the Clark County Center for Community Health, 1601 E. Fourth Plain Blvd., Building 17. Media can meet in the second-floor lobby.

Vancouver, Wash. – Clark County Public Health is continuing its measles outbreak investigation. Since Jan. 1, we have identified 38 confirmed cases and 13 suspect cases. Public Health has also identified two new locations where people may have been exposed to measles in Bend, Ore.

Here are the details of the confirmed cases:

Here are the new locations where people may have been exposed to measles:

Other locations:

  • Mountain Air Trampoline Park, 20495 Murray Road, Bend, Ore., 9:30 am to 2:30 pm Saturday, Jan. 19.
  • Juniper Swim and Fitness, 800 NE Sixth St., Bend, Ore., 9:30 am to 4 pm Sunday, Jan. 20.

Additional resources

For information about additional exposure sites in Oregon, linked to the confirmed case in Multnomah County, visit the Oregon Health Authority measles webpage. For information about other measles cases in Washington, visit the Washington State Department of Health measles webpage.

Public Health has established a call center for questions related to the investigation. Anyone who has questions about public exposures should call 360.397.8021. The call center is open daily.

Anyone with questions about their measles immunity or the measles vaccine should contact their primary care provider. Clark County Public Health does not provide immunizations or testing for immunity.

If you are unsure of your family's immunization status, you can view, download and print your family's immunization information online at MyIR or request a copy of your immunization record from the Washington State Department of Health.

Age

  • 1 to 10 years: 27 cases
  • 11 to 18 years: 10 cases
  • 19 to 29 years: one case

Immunization status

  • Unverified: four cases
  • Unimmunized: 34 cases

Hospitalization: one case

The 38 confirmed cases include two cases who traveled to Hawaii and another case who traveled to Bend, Ore. Clark County Public Health coordinated with the health departments in those communities. Public Health has not identified any known additional exposures linked to the cases who traveled to Hawaii. Public Health has identified two locations where people may have been exposed to measles in Bend, Ore.

For a complete list of exposure sites, visit the Public Health measles investigation webpage.

Clark County Public Health is urging anyone who has been exposed at an identified location and believes they have symptoms of measles to call their health care provider prior to visiting the medical office to make a plan that avoids exposing others in the waiting room. People who believe they have symptoms of measles should not go directly to medical offices, urgent care centers or emergency departments (unless experiencing a medical emergency) without calling in advance.

Clark County measles case count up to 36 confirmed, 12 suspect - 01/29/19

Vancouver, Wash. – Clark County Public Health is continuing its measles outbreak investigation. Since Jan. 1, we have identified 36 confirmed cases and 12 suspect cases. Public Health has also identified one new location where people may have been exposed to measles.

Here are the details of the confirmed cases:

  • Age
      • 1 to 10 years: 25 cases
      • 11 to 18 years: 10 cases
      • 19 to 29 years: one case
  • Immunization status
      • Unverified: four cases
      • Unimmunized: 32 cases
  • Hospitalization: one case

Public Health has identified one new location where people may have been exposed to measles. For a complete list of exposure sites, visit the Public Health measles investigation webpage.

Clark County Public Health is urging anyone who has been exposed at an identified location and believes they have symptoms of measles to call their health care provider prior to visiting the medical office to make a plan that avoids exposing others in the waiting room. People who believe they have symptoms of measles should not go directly to medical offices, urgent care centers or emergency departments (unless experiencing a medical emergency) without calling in advance.

Here is the new location where people may have been exposed to measles:

Other locations:

  • Word of Grace Bible Church, 1317 NW 12th Ave., Battle Ground: Jan. 20 9:30 am to 2 pm

Additional resources

For information about additional exposure sites in Oregon, linked to the confirmed case in Multnomah County, visit the Oregon Health Authority measles webpage. For information about other measles cases in Washington, visit the Washington State Department of Health measles webpage.

Public Health has established a call center for questions related to the investigation. Anyone who has questions about public exposures should call 360.397.8021. The call center is open daily.

Anyone with questions about their measles immunity or the measles vaccine should contact their primary care provider. Clark County Public Health does not provide immunizations or testing for immunity.

If you are unsure of your family's immunization status, you can view, download and print your family's immunization information online at MyIR or request a copy of your immunization record from the Washington State Department of Health.

Federal requirements prompt county to restrict truck loads on seven bridges - 01/29/19

Vancouver, Wash. – Signs restricting certain truck types and weights on seven bridges in unincorporated Clark County will be posted by late February 2019.

In December 2018, the Clark County Council approved the restrictions in response to a federal directive requiring the county to update bridge load ratings for new truck configurations and heavy emergency response vehicles.

The restrictions take effect when approaches to each bridge are posted with signs. Bridge postings may not be completed until late February because of the time needed to order, fabricate, deliver and install the signs.

The seven bridges are:

  • Gibbons Creek Bridge (Bridge No. 6), built in 1940 on Southeast Evergreen Way over Gibbons Creek.
  • Rock Creek Bridge (Bridge No. 96), built in 1949 on Northeast Rock Creek Road over Rock Creek.
  • Matney Bridge (Bridge No. 168), built in 1955 on Northeast 68th Street over Matney Creek.
  • Morgan Bridge (Bridge No. 213), built in 1956 on Northeast 182nd Avenue over Morgan Creek.
  • Venersborg Bridge (Bridge No. 217), built in 1954 on Northeast 209th Street over Salmon Creek.
  • Unnamed bridge (Bridge No. 222), built in 1954 on Northeast 167th Avenue over Mudd Creek.
  • Landon Bridge (Bridge No. 299), built in 1955 on Northeast Clark County Landon Road over Yacolt Creek.

Information about specific restrictions for each bridge and alternate routes that truck drivers can use is available on the county’s website, www.clark.wa.gov/public-works/restricted-bridges.

Most of Clark County's bridges are 50 to 75 years old and were not designed or built to meet the current demands on the transportation system.

Load restrictions slow the deterioration of bridges, protect the public's investment in transportation infrastructure and provide safe travel across bridges. Load restrictions consider a truck's weight and how that weight is distributed over its axles.

Clark County has coordinated with fire districts so they are aware of load-restricted bridges.

Clark County measles case count up to 35 confirmed, 11 suspect - 01/28/19

Media availability: Dr. Alan Melnick, Clark County health officer, will be available for in-person media interviews 2 to 3 pm today, Jan. 28 at the Clark County Center for Community Health, 1601 E. Fourth Plain Blvd., Building 17. Media can meet in the second-floor lobby.

Vancouver, Wash. – Clark County Public Health is continuing its measles outbreak investigation. Since Jan. 1, we have identified 35 confirmed cases and 11 suspect cases. Public Health has also identified several new locations where people may have been exposed to measles.

Here are the details of the confirmed cases:

  • Age
      • 1 to 10 years: 25 cases
      • 11 to 18 years: nine cases
      • 19 to 29 years: one case
  • Immunization status
      • Unverified: four cases
      • Unimmunized: 31 cases
  • Hospitalization: one case

Public Health has identified several additional locations where people may have been exposed to measles. For a complete list of exposure sites, visit the Public Health measles investigation webpage.

Clark County Public Health is urging anyone who has been exposed at an identified location and believes they have symptoms of measles to call their health care provider prior to visiting the medical office to make a plan that avoids exposing others in the waiting room. People who believe they have symptoms of measles should not go directly to medical offices, urgent care centers or emergency departments (unless experiencing a medical emergency) without calling in advance.

Here are the new locations where people may have been exposed to measles:

Child care centers:

  • St. Paul Christian Daycare, 1309 Franklin St., Vancouver:
    • Wednesday, Jan. 16
    • Thursday, Jan. 17
    • Friday, Jan. 18
    • Wednesday, Jan. 23
  • Yelena’s Daycare, 17007 NE 23rd St., Vancouver:
    • Tuesday, Jan. 22
    • Wednesday, Jan. 23

Health care facilities:

  • Kaiser Orchards Medical Office, 7101 NE 137th Ave., Vancouver from 1:50 to 7:30 pm Thursday, Jan. 24.

Other locations:

  • Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, OMSI, 1945 SE Water Ave., Portland from 2:30 to 7 pm Saturday, Jan. 19.
  • New Life Mission Church, 3300 NE 172nd Place, Portland from 9:30 am to 2 pm Sunday, Jan. 20.
  • Trader Joes, 305 SE Chkalov Drive, Vancouver from 12:30 to 3:40 pm Monday, Jan. 21.
  • Dollar Tree, 305 SE Chkalov Drive, Vancouver from 1:10 to 4 pm Monday, Jan. 21.
  • Walmart Supercenter, 14505 NE Fourth Plain Blvd., Vancouver 1:30 to 5 pm Monday, Jan. 21.

Additional resources

For information about additional exposure sites in Oregon, linked to the confirmed case in Multnomah County, visit the Oregon Health Authority measles webpage. For information about other measles cases in Washington, visit the Washington State Department of Health measles webpage.

Public Health has established a call center for questions related to the investigation. Anyone who has questions about public exposures should call 360.397.8021. The call center is open daily.

Anyone with questions about their measles immunity or the measles vaccine should contact their primary care provider. Clark County Public Health does not provide immunizations or testing for immunity.

If you are unsure of your family's immunization status, you can view, download and print your family's immunization information online at MyIR or request a copy of your immunization record from the Washington State Department of Health.

County seeks applicants for public facilities district board - 01/28/19

Vancouver, Wash. – Clark County is seeking applicants for one position on the Public Facilities District board of directors.  The candidate must have experience in the lodging industry. The term begins immediately and ends Dec. 31, 2022.

The Public Facilities District was created by the then Board of County Commissioners in 2002 to participate in development of regional centers, such as the convention center in Vancouver and exhibition hall at the Clark County Fairgrounds.

Board members received $50 per day while attending meetings.

Meetings are 4 pm the first Monday of February, May, August and November in the sixth-floor hearing room of the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St.

Applicants should submit a letter of interest and résumé by 5 pm Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, to Alyssa Weyhrauch, County Manager’s Office, PO Box 5000, Vancouver, WA 98666-5000 or auch@clark.wa.gov">alyssa.weyhrauch@clark.wa.gov.

Letters should demonstrate knowledge about Clark County and summarize experience in:

  • Hotels and convention centers
  • Facility operations and finance
  • Economic development
  • Tourism
  • Marketing
  • Events and promotion

Clark County Finance Committee Meeting Scheduled for Feb. 21 - 01/28/19

Vancouver, Wash. – The Clark County Finance Committee is scheduled to meet at 2 pm Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019. The meeting is open to the public.

The meeting will be held in Conference Room 243, second floor of the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St.

The agenda includes discussion of the Fourth-Quarter 2018 County Finance Report.

Clark County measles case count up to 34 confirmed, nine suspect - 01/27/19

Vancouver, Wash. – Clark County Public Health is continuing its measles outbreak investigation. Since Jan. 1, we have identified 34 confirmed cases and nine suspect cases. Public Health has also identified several new locations where people may have been exposed to measles.

Here are the details of the confirmed cases:

  • Age
    • 1 to 10 years: 24 cases
    • 11 to 18 years: nine cases
    • 19 to 29 years: one case
  • Immunization status
    • Unverified: four cases
    • Unimmunized: 30 cases
  • Hospitalization: one case

Public Health has identified several additional locations where people may have been exposed to measles. For a complete list of exposure sites, visit the Public Health measles investigation webpage.

Clark County Public Health is urging anyone who has been exposed at an identified location and believes they have symptoms of measles to call their health care provider prior to visiting the medical office to make a plan that avoids exposing others in the waiting room. People who believe they have symptoms of measles should not go directly to medical offices, urgent care centers or emergency departments (unless experiencing a medical emergency) without calling in advance.

Here are the new locations where people may have been exposed to measles:

Health care facilities:

  • Kaiser Orchards Medical Office, 7101 NE 137th Ave., Vancouver from 1:55 to 6:10 pm Monday, Jan. 14.
  • The Vancouver Clinic Salmon Creek, 2525 NE 139th St., Vancouver:
    • 8:15 am to noon Friday, Jan. 18
    • 4:30 to 9:30 pm Wednesday, Jan. 23

Other locations:

  • Vancouver Division of Children, Youth and Families, 907 Harney St., Vancouver from 12:15 to 5:15 pm Friday, Jan. 18.
  • Golden Corral, 11801 NE Fourth Plain Blvd., Vancouver from 4 to 9 pm Saturday, Jan. 19.
  • Vancouver Women, Infant and Children (WIC) office, 5411 E. Mill Plain Blvd., Vancouver from 2:50 to 6:15 pm Wednesday, Jan. 23.
  • Tower Mall public areas (entrances, hallways), 5411 E. Mill Plain Blvd., Vancouver from 2:50 to 6:15 pm Wednesday, Jan. 23.

Additional resources

For information about additional exposure sites in Oregon, linked to the confirmed case in Multnomah County, visit the Oregon Health Authority measles webpage. For information about other measles cases in Washington, visit the Washington State Department of Health measles webpage.

Public Health has established a call center for questions related to the investigation. Anyone who has questions about public exposures should call 360.397.8021. The call center is open daily.

Anyone with questions about their measles immunity or the measles vaccine should contact their primary care provider. Clark County Public Health does not provide immunizations or testing for immunity.

If you are unsure of your family's immunization status, you can view, download and print your family's immunization information online at MyIR or request a copy of your immunization record from the Washington State Department of Health.

Clark County measles case count up to 31 confirmed, eight suspect - 01/26/19

Vancouver, Wash. – Clark County Public Health is continuing its measles outbreak investigation. Since Jan. 1, we have identified 31 confirmed cases and eight suspect cases. Public Health has also identified one new location where people may have been exposed to measles.

Here are the details of the confirmed cases:

  • Age
    • 1 to 10 years: 21 cases
    • 11 to 18 years: nine cases
    • 19 to 29 years: one case
  • Immunization status
    • Unverified: four cases
    • Unimmunized: 27 cases
  • Hospitalization: one case

Public Health has identified two additional locations where people may have been exposed to measles. For a complete list of exposure sites, visit the Public Health measles investigation webpage.

Clark County Public Health is urging anyone who has been exposed at an identified location and believes they have symptoms of measles to call their health care provider prior to visiting the medical office to make a plan that avoids exposing others in the waiting room. People who believe they have symptoms of measles should not go directly to medical offices, urgent care centers or emergency departments (unless experiencing a medical emergency) without calling in advance.

Here is the new location where people may have been exposed to measles:

Health care facility:

  • Legacy GoHealth Urgent Care Cascade Park, 305 SE Chkalov Drive, Vancouver from 6:25 to 10:15 pm Tuesday, Jan. 22.

The implementation of an automated call system to notify people who may have been exposed to measles was delayed earlier this week. That system will be activated this afternoon.

Beginning today, people who have been identified as possibly being exposed to measles may receive an automated call from Clark County Public Health. Not everyone who may have been exposed will receive the call.

The automated call will come from the county call center (360.397.8021). Those who miss the automated call should not try to call Public Health. They will receive a second automated call later. Those who receive the calls will be asked whether they were at a specific location on a certain date and time, as well as their immunization status and the immunization statuses of household members who were at the location with them.

The calls will be available in English, Russian and Spanish. The automated calls will allow Public Health to more efficiently contact people who may have been exposed and identify possible new cases sooner.

Additional resources

For information about additional exposure sites in Oregon, linked to the confirmed case in Multnomah County, visit the Oregon Health Authority measles webpage. For information about other measles cases in Washington, visit the Washington State Department of Health measles webpage.

Public Health has established a call center for questions related to the investigation. Anyone who has questions about public exposures should call 360.397.8021. The call center is open daily.

Anyone with questions about their measles immunity or the measles vaccine should contact their primary care provider. Clark County Public Health does not provide immunizations or testing for immunity.

If you are unsure of your family's immunization status, you can view, download and print your family's immunization information online at MyIR or request a copy of your immunization record from the Washington State Department of Health.

 

Measles case count up to 30 confirmed, nine suspect - 01/25/19

Media availability: Dr. Alan Melnick, Clark County health officer, will be available for in-person media interviews 2 to 3 pm today, Jan. 25 at the Clark County Center for Community Health, 1601 E. Fourth Plain Blvd., Building 17. Media can meet in the second-floor lobby.

 

Vancouver, Wash. – Clark County Public Health is continuing its measles outbreak investigation. Since Jan. 1, we have identified 30 confirmed cases and nine suspect cases.

Here are the details of the confirmed cases:

  • Age
    • 1 to 10 years: 21 cases
    • 11 to 18 years: eight cases
    • 19 to 29 years: one case
  • Immunization status
    • Unverified: four cases
    • Unimmunized: 26 cases
  • Hospitalization: one case

Public Health has identified one additional location where people may have been exposed to measles. For a complete list of exposure sites, visit the Public Health measles investigation webpage.

Here is the new location where people may have been exposed to measles:

Other locations:

  • God Will Provide Church, 7321 NE 110th St., Vancouver from 7 to 11 pm Friday, Jan. 18.

Clark County Public Health is urging anyone who has been exposed at an identified location and believes they have symptoms of measles to call their health care provider prior to visiting the medical office to make a plan that avoids exposing others in the waiting room. People who believe they have symptoms of measles should not go directly to medical offices, urgent care centers or emergency departments (unless experiencing a medical emergency) without calling in advance.

Additional resources

Public Health has established a call center for questions related to the investigation. Anyone who has questions about public exposures should call 360.397.8021. The call center is open daily.

Anyone with questions about their measles immunity or the measles vaccine should contact their primary care provider. Clark County Public Health does not provide immunizations or testing for immunity.

If you are unsure of your family's immunization status, you can view, download and print your family's immunization information online at MyIR or request a copy of your immunization record from the Washington State Department of Health.

Anyone with questions about measles infection or the measles vaccine should call their primary care provider or their local county health department:

  • Clark County Public Health, 360.397.8021
  • Multnomah County Public Health, 503.988.3406
  • Washington County Public Health, 503.846.3594
  • Clackamas County Public Health, 503.655.8411

For information about other measles cases in the state, visit the Washington State Department of Health measles webpage.

 

Clark County Medical Examiner's Office - MEDIA RELEASE - 01/24/19

The following information is in response to a media request for information regarding a death investigated by the Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office.

 

Date of death: 01/09/2019

Location: Vancouver, WA.

Decedent Name: Williams, Jerimee L     

Decedent Age: 46 Yrs                

Resident of:  Vancouver, WA

 

The opinions listed on the death certificate are as follows:

Cause of death: Accident

Manner of death: Multiple Blunt Force Injuries

 

No additional information is available for release from the Medical Examiner’s Office. Refer all other inquiries to the Vancouver Police Department.

 

Nikki Costa

Operations Manager

 

Measles case count up to 25 confirmed, 12 suspect - 01/24/19

Vancouver, Wash. – Clark County Public Health is continuing its measles outbreak investigation. Since Jan. 1, we have identified 25 confirmed cases and 12 suspect cases. No new public exposure locations have been identified. The two new confirmed cases were being monitored by Public Health. The cases stayed home, as instructed by Public Health, which prevented additional exposures to the public.

Here are the details of the confirmed cases:

  • Age
      • 1 to 10 years: 19 cases
      • 11 to 18 years: five cases
      • 19 to 29 years: one case
  • Immunization status
      • Unverified: four cases
      • Unimmunized: 21 cases
  • Hospitalization: one case

Anyone with questions about their measles immunity or the measles vaccine should contact their primary care provider. Clark County Public Health does not provide immunizations or testing for immunity.

Clark County Public Health is urging anyone who has been exposed at an identified location and believes they have symptoms of measles to call their health care provider prior to visiting the medical office to make a plan that avoids exposing others in the waiting room. People who believe they have symptoms of measles should not go directly to medical offices, urgent care centers or emergency departments (unless experiencing a medical emergency) without calling in advance.

For a complete list of previously identified exposure sites, visit the Public Health measles investigation webpage.

Public Health has established a call center for questions related to the investigation. Anyone who has questions about public exposures should call 360.397.8021. The call center is open daily.

If you are unsure of your family's immunization status, you can view, download and print your family's immunization information online at MyIR or request a copy of your immunization record from the Washington State Department of Health.

Anyone with questions about measles infection or the measles vaccine should call their primary care provider or their local county health department:

  • Clark County Public Health, 360.397.8021
  • Multnomah County Public Health, 503.988.3406
  • Washington County Public Health, 503.846.3594
  • Clackamas County Public Health, 503.655.8411