Health Alerts and Advisories

Rainbow Lake is experiencing a suspected outbreak of blue-green algae. Current test results from the Department of Health showed that the level of toxin in the lake does not meet the threshold to cause illness to animals or humans as a result of fishing and recreational activities. Columbia County Public Health Department continues to monitor all of the Tucannon Lakes. More information on blue-green algae is available through the Washington State Department of Health.
 For other questions or concerns please contact Columbia County Public Health Environmental Health Generalist at 509-382-2181.

Air Quality

Indoor Air

Indoor air quality can have a significant effect on your health. Studies show that people spend 65 to 90 percent of their time indoors, and indoor air can be two to five times more polluted than outdoor air. The young, elderly, chronically ill, and those with respiratory or cardiovascular disease are often the most impacted by poor indoor air quality.

Outdoor Air

Having good outdoor air quality is important because people do not have a choice about the air they breathe. Sources of air pollution in Washington State include motor vehicles, gas and diesel-powered equipment, outdoor burning, wood smoke, industries and wildfires. Air pollution is linked to a variety of health problems including wheezing and shortness of breath, reducing lung function, aggravation of asthma and other respiratory diseases, chest pain, non-fatal heart attacks and premature death among people with existing lung and heart conditions.

Fire & Smoke Concerns

Visit the Washington Department of Health website for questions regarding Fire or Smoke.

Current Hazards or Issues Affecting Washington State

Be Aware, Be Safe
Pay attention to different types of hazards or issues affecting Washington State, and take the necessary steps to keep you and your family safe.

Measles Outbreak 2019

Acute flaccid myelitis (AFM)

Zika Virus