Safe and Happy 4th of July
Have a Happy and Safe 4th of July
07/01/2020
Benton and Franklin County are in Phase 1 of the state’s Safe Start Recovery Plan. While we’ll have to skip the big Fourth of July celebrations this year, we encourage people to come up with creative ways to connect socially.
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Testing, Testing, 1, 2, 3...
06/18/2020
Testing capacity in our area has increased.
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Spread Compassion, Not COVID-19
06/08/2020
One way to reduce transmission of COVID-19 is through the use of face coverings.
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Moving the Dial Towards Recovery
06/03/2020
We all play a part in moving our community forward towards recovery.
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BFHD Collaborates with Long Term Care
05/14/2020
BFHD has worked closely with Long Term Care facilities to reduce the spread of COVID-19 to our most vulnerable community members
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Celebrating Mom While Staying Home and Healthy
05/06/2020
Mother's Day 2020 might look a little different from other years. Here are some creative ideas for celebrating Mom while staying home and staying safely.
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Keep the Farmers Market Safe & Healthy
Farmers Markets Opening Soon
05/02/2020
Shopping at the Farmers Market will be different this year
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Antibody Testing
04/27/2020
The news is full of reports about antibody testing for COVID-19, but will it tell you everything you're hoping to know?
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Stay Safe While Grocery Shopping
04/20/2020
Like many everyday activities, grocery shopping is different during a pandemic.
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Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay the Course
04/16/2020
Physical distancing is working, but that doesn't mean people should relax and start going out. It's more important than ever to stay home, stay healthy, and stay the course.
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Investigative Process
Tracking Down COVID-19
04/10/2020
Disease investigation is a lot like detective work. We need to look at many pieces to complete the puzzle and identify people who are ill. How are you, when did you get it, who did you give it to?
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Help for Domestic Violence Victims
04/08/2020
As family pressures mount because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Stay Home, Stay Healthy order, domestic violence calls increase. Resources are still available for victims of domestic violence.
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Compassion Fatigue: Tips for Self-Care
04/06/2020
Helping others can get overwhelming. Use these tips to understand what compassion fatigue is and how to manage it.
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Face Coverings
Stay in Place, Maintain your Space, Cover your Face
04/03/2020
Benton-Franklin Health District is recommending that all individuals cover their noses and mouths any time they leave home for essential needs
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COVID-19 Long Term Care Team
04/01/2020
Our Long Term Care Team is vital for an Emergency Response Investigation like COVID-19, particularly when trying to safe guard some of our most vulnerable, high-risk population groups.
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Food Safety is Ongoing
03/30/2020
BFHD's Food Safety Program continues to monitor and work with food establishments to ensure the safety of food takeout and delivery.
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Home Safety
Stay Safe While at Home
03/27/2020
Whether you’re a parent working from home or a family member, friend, or neighbor helping with childcare, here are some tips to keep young kids safe in your home.
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Stay Home Stay Healthy
Stay Home Stay Healthy
03/25/2020
“Some of us will be able to help others in need and some of us will need help.”
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BFHD Seeks Volunteers - UPDATED
03/23/2020
Benton-Franklin Health District is calling for health care volunteers to assist in the COVID-19 outbreak.
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Social Distancing Doesn't Mean Social Isolation
03/20/2020
Social distancing doesn’t have to mean social isolation. BFHD encourages you to Safely Connect.
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BFHD Plans to Alter Service Delivery - Update
03/20/2020
Social distancing slows the spread of COVID-19. The health of our community and our staff are our top priorities. Everyone in Benton and Franklin Counties should be practicing social distancing during the COVID-19 outbreak.
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BFHD Announces New Cases of COVID-19 & I.M.T. Support
03/19/2020
Benton-Franklin Health District (BFHD) was notified today that two more local residents have tested positive for COVID-19.
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BFHD Announces 1st Confirmed COVID-19 Death
03/18/2020
Benton-Franklin Health District (BFHD) was notified today that a local woman who passed away in a local hospital over the weekend tested positive for COVID-19. She was in her 80s with underlying health conditions.
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BFHD Announces First Local Case of COVID-19
03/17/2020
Benton-Franklin Health District was notified today that a local resident has tested positive for COVID-19.
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Governor's Proclamation Effective 3/17/2020
03/16/2020
This morning, Governor Jay Inslee announced that restaurants, bars, clubs, and other recreational facilities are to close in order to avoid unnecessary interactions with crowds during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Social Distancing for High Risk Populations
03/10/2020
BFHD is recommending additional social distancing for people at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19.
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Testing and Positive Report FAQs
03/09/2020
This blogpost contains answers to frequently asked question that BFHD has been receiving about testing and reporting.
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COVID-19 (2019 Novel Coronavirus) in Washington State
03/09/2020
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is closely monitoring an outbreak caused by the 2019 novel (new) coronavirus, which was first identified in December 2019 in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. Cases have since been confirmed in the U.S., as well as in other countries.
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Customer Service Survey
02/20/2020
Benton-Franklin Health District (BFHD) is currently conducting a Customer Service Survey in order to ensure the highest quality and standards in our programs, services, and practices
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Safe Food Donation for Home Cooks and Hunters
01/09/2020
About 12% of people statewide and 9.48% of people locally report that they suffer from food insecurity. In addition, Washington State recently passed legislation that set a statewide goal of reducing food waste by 50% by the year 2030.
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TV 21 Signage
Tobacco and Vapor 21 Legislation
11/27/2019
Benton-Franklin Health District Joins Statewide Effort to Educate Public About Tobacco and Vapor 21 Legislation
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Former Franklin County Inmate Has Hepatitis A
09/26/2019
A former Franklin County inmate has tested positive for hepatitis A. She was incarcerated in the Franklin County jail in September, after which she returned to Spokane. Washington State is experiencing a hepatitis A outbreak in multiple counties, including Spokane; this is the first case linked to our area.
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Inspection Clipboard
Food Establishment Enforcement Policy Update
08/10/2019
An updated version of the Benton-Franklin Health District’s Food Establishment Enforcement Policy was placed in effect July 1, 2019.
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Health Hazards of Wildfire Smoke
07/31/2019
Wildfire season is here and it’s important to be aware of the health hazards of wildfire smoke
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BFHD Annual Report 2018
07/04/2019
Every year, the Benton-Franklin Health District (BFHD) publishes an Annual Report meant to inform stakeholders and the community about the previous year’s accomplishments, highlights, and finances.
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Foodborne Norovirus Outbreak Linked to Bar Drinks
06/23/2019
The Benton-Franklin Health District Food Safety Program recently investigated an outbreak of norovirus that was linked to a local restaurant.
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Syringe Exchange Services Position Statement
04/08/2019
The opioid epidemic is a complex problem that needs a comprehensive and collective approach. BFHD supports syringe service programs as well as any strategies that are effective and evidence-based.
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Health Disparities Report Cover Page with Cable Bridge
2018 Health Disparities Report for Benton and Franklin Counties
02/19/2019
The Assessment and Data team at Benton-Franklin Health District recently released a 2018 Health Disparities Report. This report was based on a model used by Kitsap Public Health and compiled local data for the bi-county region from multiple sources regarding a variety of health topics including health outcomes (diseases, hospitalizations, births, etc.) and health risk factors (healthy weight, physical activity level, poverty rates, etc.). The purpose of this report was to identify and highlight the health disparities that exist in the local community between demographic groups. The demographic groups examined in this report were based on race, gender, and sexual orientation.
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