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Low immunization rate in Methow Valley district worries health officials

Low immunization rate in Methow Valley district worries health officials

Immunization rates in the Methow Valley School District are among the lowest in the state, raising concerns among local health officials during this winter’s mumps outbreak, the state’s most serious in 50 years. Almost 10 percent of the district’s 600 students are considered “at-risk” because they do not meet the required immunization schedule for …
Health officials urge immunization against mumps outbreak

Health officials urge immunization against mumps outbreak

Washington state is seeing the largest outbreak of mumps since the 1970s, with 533 cases as of Feb. 27, including one case confirmed in an adult in Okanogan County last week. The largest number of cases, 235, are in Spokane County, closely followed by King County with 205, and Pierce with 54. …
New patient beds arrive at Three Rivers

New patient beds arrive at Three Rivers

Three Rivers Hospital is following through on its promise to invest in the facility when voters approved a levy lid lift last August, the hospital in Brewster said in a press release. The hospital celebrated the start of the new year with the arrival of 18 new patient beds, and more furniture will arrive within...
New naturopathic physician in Twisp

New naturopathic physician in Twisp

Dr. Kayla Preece, a naturopathic physician, has established a new practice, Standing Pine Health Clinic, at the North Glover Healing Center in Twisp. Preece graduated from the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon. Other health care-related fields Preece has practiced include massage therapy and midwifery. She grew up in rural Idaho. Her undergraduate...
County and state health officials are encouraging immunizations against mumps

County and state health officials are encouraging immunizations against mumps

County and state health officials are urging people to be sure they are immunized against mumps, in light of 98 cases in the state as of this week. The majority of cases (84) are in King County, with the rest in Pierce, Yakima and Spokane counties. But J.J. Bellinger, environmental health specialist for …
Medical marijuana debate has advocates, skeptics

Medical marijuana debate has advocates, skeptics

Some people say marijuana extracts have helped soothe muscle aches from over-exertion. Arthritis sufferers say rubbing it into their joints has reduced pain and given them greater mobility. Others say tinctures have kept cancerous tumors stable for years. Still others say a little drop of marijuana under the tongue helps them sleep. Now that it is...
West Nile virus infects three horses in Okanogan County

West Nile virus infects three horses in Okanogan County

Three horses have been diagnosed with West Nile virus in Okanogan County since the beginning of September. The prognosis for one horse was very good, but the other two have been euthanized, according to Okanogan County Public Health. None of the horses had been vaccinated against the virus. All three horses were reported to have...
Editorials: Dec. 23, 2015

Editorials: Dec. 23, 2015

Healthy outlook It’s been a good year for sustainable health care access in the Methow Valley. Family Health Centers took over Methow Valley Family Practice in Twisp earlier this year, and also opened a dental clinic in Twisp. Last week, it was announced that Confluence Health of Wenatchee will partner with the Country Clinic in...
Family Planning Clinic at Room One to close on Jan. 1

Family Planning Clinic at Room One to close on Jan. 1

After 15 years of providing family planning services in the Methow Valley, the Twisp Family Planning Clinic at Room One will close on Jan. 1, 2016. The clinic, administered by Family Planning of North Central Washington, has provided reproductive health exams, birth control, sexually transmitted disease testing and vaccinations, and sexual health education.
Confluence Health partners with Winthrop’s Country Clinic

Confluence Health partners with Winthrop’s Country Clinic

Confluence Health of Wenatchee has partnered with the Country Clinic in Winthrop, and will begin providing health care under the name Confluence Health Methow Valley on Jan. 4. The physicians and staff of the Country Clinic will join Confluence Health …