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    For members of the news media


    Kenny Via, Content and Media Relations Manager

    Cell: (253) 720-2606

    Brett Cihon, Communications Specialist

    Cell: (253) 999-0501

    Edie Jeffers, Communications and Community Relations Director
    Phone: (253) 649-1536
    Cell: (253) 405-6822
    Fax:  (253) 649-1395

    On nights and weekends, you can reach our PIO on call at (253) 649-1419.

    News Archive

    On July 3, 2023, Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department lifted the high bacteria advisory for Snake Lake in Tacoma.

    We recommend you don’t swim or wade anywhere at Jack Hyde Beach in Tacoma.

    Black parents and babies in Pierce County will soon get more support thanks to a $1 million grant from Ballmer

    People and pets should avoid the water and not swim, wade or fish until further notice.

    The Puyallup Tribe of Indians awarded Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department a 1-year, $609,711 grant to help reduce tobacco use among

    On May 8, we lifted the toxic algae caution advisory for Spanaway Lake. The water is safe for people and

    Many healthcare facilities in our area will continue to require masks. We and other local public health agencies support their
    The half-day event features task force committee updates, activities, breakout rooms to discuss creating a culture of care, and discussion
    We are monitoring a case of active tuberculosis in a woman in Tacoma. She has declined to take medication. We
    Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department Director of Health Dr. Anthony L-T Chen will retire by the end of June of this
    Catherine Ushka and Jani Hitchen will lead our Board of Health as Chair and Vice Chair. This is the first
    As health officers and health care leaders working to improve the health of Washington residents, we recommend that everyone wear

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