DOH Digest

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Updates

The state Department of Health has new information for COVID-19 symptom decision trees and a contact tracing checklist for schools. The K-12 Schools Requirements have been updated, as has the Supplemental Considerations to Mitigate COVID-19 Transmission in K-12 Schools document. Get links to this information here.
Recognized as a national leader and model during the national vaccine rollout, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) Vaccine Action Command and Coordination System (VACCS) Center released a report highlighting milestones achieved during the last several months of the pandemic. The report highlights that partnerships remain key in the mission to continue vaccination effort across Washington state.
Young boy ingesting gummy candy
An uptick in the accidental ingestion of delta-8 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) edibles by children and youth prompted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to release a health alert after many of those ingestions resulted in hospitalizations.

Funding Opportunities

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Local health jurisdictions and tribal health programs or clinics working to enhance healthy aging efforts in their communities may be eligible for grants up to $10,000. An upcoming information session will describe the opportunity.
Mini-grants (up to $1,500) are available to non-profits to help pay for their information technology. The Mini-Tech Grants will pay for virtual platforms in support of nonprofits that serve culturally, economically, and linguistically diverse caregivers in our state.

Notifications

DOH is offering Older Adult Health County Profiles to local and tribal partners across the state. These county-level profiles use valuable Medicare data to build profiles on a range of older adult-related health topics.
Fake card?
Fraudulent CDC vaccination record cards are illegal and punishable by law. Find out how you can report fraudulent COVID-19 vaccination record cards to federal authorities.

Learn and Share

An upcoming Department of Health webinar will share information on the flu shot availability, epidemiology, the latest recommendations and more.

Noteworthy

Care-a-Van, DOH’s mobile COVID-19 vaccination effort, recently reached a major milestone, administering 1,000 doses since the initiative began in June. As of Oct. 11, the Care-a-Van team administered more 1,300 doses and participated in 72 events around the state.