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July 3, 2024

Key messages

  • Hot weather is coming. Are you ready?
  • Avoid areas of Bay Lake because of toxic algae.
  • Find out what you will see at our next Board of Health meeting.
  • The Health Department will close July 4 for Independence Day.


Keep cool in the summer heat!

When outside temperatures are high, the danger for heat-related illness rises. People over age 60 or under age 18 and people with mental illness and chronic diseases are at particularly high risk.

Keep your family safe with these tips:

  • Seek shade. Limit the time you’re in direct sunlight.
  • Shift outdoor activities to the cooler morning and evening hours.
  • Avoid sunburn. Use a sunscreen lotion with a high sun protection factor (SPF) rating.
  • If you need to cool quickly, wear a wet scarf, bandana or shirt.
  • Dress in lightweight clothing.
  • Visit a cooling center. Spend time at a shopping mall, grocery store or public location—even a few hours spent in air conditioning can help.
  • Drink plenty of water. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink.
  • Avoid drinks with caffeine, alcohol or lots of sugar—they dehydrate you.

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We issued a toxic algae caution advisory for Bay Lake

On June 28, we issued a toxic algae caution advisory for Bay Lake in Key Peninsula. You should avoid areas of the lake where you see algae because they can pose health concerns.

  • You’ll see signs posted at the lake to let you know about the advisory.
  • When you see algae, don’t swim, wade, waterski, or fish.
  • Keep in mind as wind direction changes, the algae could move elsewhere in the lake.
  • When in doubt, stay out!

Learn more in this release.

What you’ll learn at the July 3 Board of Health meeting

The Board of Health will meet today, July 3. You can see a presentation about avian influenza, also known as bird flu.

Find the agenda on our webpage. Questions? Email Pat Darden at

Health Department will close July 4 for Independence Day

We will close our building at 3629 S. D St. in Tacoma this Thursday, July 4, for Independence Day. We will reopen Friday, July 5.

We are open regularly Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.4:30 p.m. You can find many of our services online. Learn more about our hours of operation on our website.

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