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Last modified on 01/18/2019



March 18, 2019

Nevada County Health Rankings to be released
Report will compare health factors between communities statewide and nationally

March 7, 2019

Are Washoe County residents prepared for disaster?
Community Assessment (CASPER) set for March 12 - 17

March 1, 2019

Washoe County Keep It Clean - Know the Code Burn Code ends
Air Quality Management reports “No Bad Days” this season


Feb. 20, 2019

Flu cases on the rise in Washoe County
Vaccine recommended through end of flu season in May

Feb. 12, 2019

Health District and Chamber of Commerce partner on wellness program
Workplace Wellness Survey needs community input


Jan. 31, 2019

Washoe County Health officials urge measles vaccination
Current outbreak leading to public health emergency in Washington State highlights need for vaccinations

Jan. 18, 2019

Washoe County Health District WIC offices open through federal shutdown
Next WIC benefits package issued February 1



Dec. 17, 2018

First death of the 2018/19 flu season reported in Washoe County
Get vaccinated now for protection through the holidays

Dec. 11, 2018

Washoe County Offers Pediatric Disaster Response Training
Training will help community respond to pediatric needs during disasters

Dec. 7, 2018

New Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans
5210, Go! helps promote good nutrition and physical activity


Nov. 14, 2018

The 2018 Great American Smokeout set for November 15
Tobacco users can boost success of quitting with cessation resources


Oct. 29, 2018

Know the Code – Burn Code notifications begin November 1
Burn Code icons inform residents whether lighting stoves or fireplaces is advisable, or allowed

Oct. 22, 2018

Suicide prevention program to reach all seventh graders in Washoe County Public Schools
Children’s Cabinet, the Washoe County School District, and the Washoe County Health District partner to support mental health for students

Oct. 19, 2018

Find a Park
New interactive directory includes all Reno, Sparks and Washoe County parks

Oct. 18, 2018

Washoe County Health District releases new Online Resource Library to improve food safety
The Washoe County Health District (WCHD) has updated its Food Safety Resource Library page to include guidance documents that that are now offered in Chinese and Spanish.

Oct. 9, 2018

Youth e-cigarette use in Washoe County
Increased use and toxic side-effects statistics begin to surface

Oct. 1, 2018

Free Family Health Festival slated for Monday, October 8
Services provided to attendees on first-come, first-serve basis while supplies last


Sept. 27, 2018

Local review of 2017/2018 flu season highlights vaccine importance
Over 5,500 confirmed cases point to why a seasonal flu shot is crucial. Vaccine is now available in many locations.

Sept. 13, 2018

Washoe County Human West Nile case most likely acquired locally
Mosquitos in South Meadows area suspected of transmitting the virus


Aug. 8, 2018

Health District to conduct fourth mosquito larviciding
Larviciding will cover 800 acres from Silver Lake to Washoe Valley


July 30, 2018

Ozone air pollution at worst level in 10 years due to wildfires
Take steps to breathe easier and stay healthy

July 27, 2018

Community Health Improvement Plan presented Thursday, August 2
Collaboration is essential for a healthy community

Minimize smoke and heat wave risks by following these prevention measures
Some simple steps can keep you safe

July 25, 2018

West Nile Virus confirmed in South Meadows area
Surveillance and early morning fogging will provide some relief to local neighborhoods

July 20, 2018

Free Family Health Festival slated for Wednesday, July 25
Services provided to attendees on first-come, first-serve basis while supplies last

July 10, 2018

Health District to conduct third mosquito aerial larviciding
Larviciding will cover 800 acres from Silver Lake to Washoe Valley


June 27, 2018

Local businesses to be recognized for smoke-free environments
Extra Mile Award honors those that have gone above and beyond

June 26, 2018

National HIV Testing Day is June 27
Everyone is encouraged to get a HIV test and know their HIV status

June 18, 2018

Disaster response tested at Regional Safety and Emergency Preparedness Expo
First responders and public health officials to test influx capacities

June 5, 2018

Health District to conduct second mosquito aerial larviciding of 2018
Larviciding will cover hundreds of acres from Stead to the South Meadows area


May 10, 2018

May is Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month
Following state and national trends, Washoe County has experienced a decline in the teen birth rates


April 25, 2018

Community to Celebrate New Neighborhood Mural
Graffiti-tagged space transformed into a point of neighborhood pride - Reno Councilman Oscar Delgado

April 24, 2018

Health District identifies recalled Kratom products in Washoe County
Officials warn of food poisoning concerns that prompted FDA action

First mosquito abatement operation of 2018 starts Wednesday
Larviciding will cover 1,200 acres throughout southern Washoe County

April 18, 2018

Washoe County Health District releases 2017 Annual Report
Publication joins 2017 Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) Annual Report as most recent local health reports

Health District releases Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) Annual Report
More accomplishments expected in 2018

April 9, 2018

Treat Me Right
Enhancing trust between patients and providers

April 4, 2018

Washoe County Health District reports measles case
Recommends vaccine and other measures for contacts


March 27, 2018

2018 Chronic Disease Report Card for Washoe County now available
View a summary report of chronic health conditions and primary risk factors

March 12, 2018

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation release Nevada County Health Rankings
Health status to be discussed in two forums in Reno and Las Vegas

March 2, 2018

Health District announces Foodborne Illness Risk Factor Survey results and workshops
Attend a free workshop to help EHS staff develop intervention strategies in order to improve food handling practices and behaviors identified in the Risk Factor Study.

March 1, 2018

Keep It Clean - Know the Code Burn Code ends
Only one Red Burn Code day recorded this season


Jan. 17, 2018

Parents encouraged to keep children healthy this flu season
Circulating virus extremely serious for children and older adults

Jan. 8, 2018

Washoe County announces new healthy-eating program for restaurants
Healthier menu choices will now be available in participating diners

Jan. 4, 2018

Influenza cases on the rise in Washoe County
Vaccination reduces your risk of serious illness



Dec. 28, 2017

We Order Well (WOW)
More options, more diners! Become a W.O.W! restaurant today!

Dec. 18, 2017

Holiday tips to keep food safe
It's important to handle food safely to prevent food-borne illnesses.

Dec. 7, 2017

First deaths of the 2017/18 flu season reported in Washoe County
Get vaccinated now for protection through the holidays

Dec. 1, 2017

HIV Testing and Community Partnerships are Encouraged to Honor World AIDS Day
Get Tested! is the key message for World AIDS Day


Nov. 29, 2017

Westom named EHS Director for Washoe County Health District
New director will lead staff of over 40 employees responsible for many key environmental issues


Oct. 30, 2017

Health District encourages free household hazardous waste disposal
Waste Management to accept up to 50 pounds at no charge from qualified customers

Keep It Clean – Know the Code – Burn Notifications Begin November 1
Help keep our wintertime air healthy - Know the Code!

Oct. 16, 2017

More viral meningitis cases reported in Washoe County
Good hygiene, environmental cleaning and exclusion encouraged by health officials

Oct. 10, 2017

Washoe County records second hantavirus case
Health District urges caution in areas with potential deer mouse activity. Cleaning tips available at

Oct. 3, 2017

Viral meningitis on the rise in Washoe County
Health officials and CDC investigate regional spike in reported viral meningitis cases


Sept. 28, 2017

Local statistics highlight seriousness of flu season in Washoe County
Overview of hospitalization and fatalities point to importance of getting a seasonal flu vaccination. Vaccine is now available in many locations.

Sept. 27, 2017

Applications Open for Washoe County Food Policy Council Positions
Help increase access to healthy food for all

Sept. 22, 2017

Free medical clinic in Reno expected to serve over 1,000 uninsured/underserved
Dental and vision professionals still being accepted as volunteers

Sept. 19, 2017

Hantavirus confirmed in Washoe County
Take precautions while cleaning areas with possible rodent activity

Sept. 18, 2017

Health District to conduct final mosquito flights of 2017
Abatement efforts will treat over 2,500 acres county-wide

Sept. 14, 2017

Service animal education available at Rancho San Rafael Pack the Park event September 23
Washoe County Health District to host educational outreach booth at upcoming "Pack the Park" theme event.

Sept. 12, 2017

Free medical clinic in Reno September 29 to October 1 to provide healthcare to hundreds
Dental, vision and medical services all at no-cost to patients or taxpayers


Aug. 30, 2017

First local International Overdose Awareness Day event
Participants to gather at Reno City Plaza then walk to Wingfield Park

Aug. 24, 2017

West Nile Virus cases increase in Washoe County
Health District confirms first human death

Aug. 22, 2017

Farmers Market for WIC participants
Washoe County Health District is excited to host Farmers Markets at local WIC offices to help clients access fresh fruits and vegetables

Aug. 15, 2017

Health District will conduct third mosquito abatement larviciding
Larviciding to cover over 2,800 acres from Silver Lake to Washoe Valley to prevent West Nile Virus spread

Aug. 10, 2017

Health District survey part of the Community Health Needs Assessment
Participants could win a $50 VISA Gift Card for taking this simple and short survey to improve community health

Aug. 2, 2017

First Human West Nile case confirmed in Washoe County
More positive collections identified in Gerlach


July 26, 2017

More West Nile Virus mosquitos identified in Washoe County
Eight positive collections confirm activity from Spanish Springs to Washoe Lake

July 11, 2017

Health District to conduct second mosquito aerial larviciding
Larviciding will cover 3,000 acres from Stead to Washoe Valley

July 5, 2017

West Nile Virus confirmed in South Meadows area
First positive WNV mosquito pool of 2017 reported


June 22, 2017

Minimize heat wave risks by following these prevention measures
Stay healthy during hot weather with these simple steps

June 21, 2017

Local businesses to be recognized for smoke-free environments
Being smoke-free is part of the business model for awardees

June 12, 2017

Health District to conduct mosquito abatement
Larviciding will cover 3,100 acres throughout southern Washoe County


May 30, 2017

Farmers Market $30 Coupons available for WIC participants
Program promotes fresh fruits and vegetables as part of healthy diet

May 25, 2017

Is it a mosquito or a midge
The difference between a potential disease carrier and a nuisance is explained

Free medications available to help Nevada smokers quit
Quitline offers help for individuals to quit tobacco use

May 19, 2017

Regional Responders Urge 9-1-1 Education
Press conference scheduled to highlight appropriate use of emergency response system

May 16, 2017

New opioid antidote guide now available
Advocates say quick, appropriate administration of naloxone could save lives

May 12, 2017

Wolf Pack coaches and athletes acknowledge Washoe County students
Nevada Athletics representatives visit winners of the 1st Wolf Pack Coaches Challenge


April 28, 2017

Local bar in Reno to go smoke-free
Owners feel it's time for a non-smoking venue

April 21, 2017

Health District recommends vector vigilance
Increased mosquito activity is expected due to heavy winter and spring precipitation


March 27, 2017

2017 Nevada Health Rankings to be unveiled in Reno and Las Vegas
Attendees will examine and explore data developed by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute

March 20, 2017

Free water sampling in North Valleys ends
Free testing kits must be submitted to the Nevada State Laboratory by 3:00PM on Thursday, March 23.

March 9, 2017

Washoe County Health District providing free water test sample kits
See Regional Partners’ Response to Lemmon Valley by the numbers.


Feb. 23, 2017

Health District and partners work for a HeartSafe community
With the HeartSafe designation we're a heart healthier community


Jan. 23, 2017

Food Establishment Risk Factor Assessment
Health District to conduct Risk Factor Assessments within Washoe County food establishments

Jan. 12, 2017

WCHD EHS Tips for Power Outages at Food Facilities
Washoe County Health District Environmental Health Services releases guidelines for food facilities who have experienced power outages

Jan. 10, 2017

Health District, Nevada Athletics and School District team up to improve student health
Program aimed to reduce overweight and obesity problems among school children

Flood cleanup health and safety tips
Take precautions to stay healthy and safe

Jan. 4, 2017

Health District offers free Food Safety Workshops on Service Animals
What everyone needs to know about Service Animals and Food



Dec. 15, 2016

Flu cases continue to rise in Washoe County
Health District advises vaccination and vigilance in prevention efforts

Dec. 6, 2016

Nevada Tobacco Prevention Coalition and Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act Advocates Celebrate 10-Year Anniversary of NCIAA
Presentation at Governor's Mansion will highlight past and future of historic legislation

Service Animals and Food Facilities
Learn about how service animal laws effect the food establishment industry.


Nov. 30, 2016

Washoe County Healthy Living Forum set for December 1
Educational summit focuses on making health the center of our community

Nov. 21, 2016

Early flu reports high in Washoe County
Factors indicate potentially tough flu season ahead - get vaccinated now!

Nov. 17, 2016

Holiday Food Safety Tips
Avoid food-borne illnesses at your holiday meals by following these guidelines


Oct. 27, 2016

Keep It Clean – Know the Code – Burn Code Notifications Begin November 1
Keep our air clean - Know the Code

Health District EMS Oversight Program realizes significant achievements
Program working to ensure the EMS system is responsive to community needs and provides high quality patient care

Oct. 21, 2016

A second flu-related death reported in Washoe County
Vaccinate and seek medical attention if needed

Oct. 20, 2016

First Flu-related death of season reported in Washoe County
The best way to avoid the flu is to get a flu shot

Oct. 17, 2016

Drug Roundup set to collect prescription drugs, liquids and pet medications
Six locations coordinating as part of DEA’s National Take Back Day asking people to turn in unused or expired medication for safe disposal

Free Family Health Festival slated for Wednesday, October 19
Services provided to attendees on first-come, first-serve basis while supplies last... Local Emmy Award-winning newscasters will read to children as part of activities

Oct. 14, 2016

Food Establishment Power Outage Guidelines
Health District offers recommendations for food establishment operators on power outage response

New Certified Pool Operator Regulations
Health District seeks public comment and offers workshops on proposed regulations governing Certified Pool Operators

New Invasive Body Decoration Regulations
Health District seeks public comment and offers workshops on proposed regulations governing tattoos, piercings and permanent makeup


Sept. 14, 2016

Health District and Saint Mary’s to demonstrate Isolation Pod procedures
Demonstration will exhibit first responder and hospital staff coordination

Sept. 12, 2016

Washoe County Solid Waste Management Plan update
The Washoe County Waste Management Program has written a solid waste management plan and is seeking public comments and offering free workshops.

Sept. 7, 2016

Health District conducts fourth mosquito treatment
800 acres to be covered after more mosquitos test positive for West Nile virus


Aug. 30, 2016

Free workshops on the new food establishment rating system
Workshops will review new rating system

Aug. 26, 2016

First Zika virus pregnancy confirmed in Washoe County
Case highlights risks for those travelling to Zika virus areas especially if planning for children

Aug. 25, 2016

Rabies found in five separate cases in Washoe County
Positive tests highlight the importance of keeping your pet’s rabies shots current

Aug. 15, 2016

West Nile collection confirmed in Washoe Valley
Another positive hit for West Nile Virus in Washoe County. This location was Washoe Valley.

Second West Nile collection confirmed in South Reno
Insecticide fogging will continue in order to combat mosquito activity

Aug. 10, 2016

Health District has first positive West Nile Virus
Increase in fogging due to positive West Nile Virus mosquito collection

Aug. 3, 2016

Health District conducts third mosquito treatment
Approximately 850 acres slated for larviciding

Aug. 2, 2016

CDC issues travel guidance related to Miami neighborhood with active Zika spread
Several confirmed cases in Miami neighborhood prompts travel advisory


June 30, 2016

Health District donates protective equipment to local agencies
New supplies will protect responders from infectious diseases and other health hazards

June 20, 2016

Local hospitality venues to be honored for smoke-free environments
Smoke-free indoor recreational space attracts solid customer base

June 3, 2016

Food service workers and general public urged to attend food safety workshops
Proposed changes to be discussed in public forums

June 1, 2016

Health District begins mosquito abatement
Larviciding will cover 500 acres in Lemmon Valley, Kiley Ranch, South Meadows, and Damonte Ranch

Minimize risk during heat wave by following these simple steps
These actions can keep you safe during hot weather


May 31, 2016

Reno-Sparks Indian Colony to sign historic agreement with Health District
Agreement will fast-track medications during public health emergencies

May 20, 2016

Proposed Amendments to the Regulations of the Washoe County District Board of Health Governing Food Establishments
Proposed updates to the current regulations

May 17, 2016

2016 Bike Week activities roll on
Check for activities running through Saturday

Environmental Health Services to offer Free Food Safety Workshops
Topic: No Bare Hand Contact with Ready-to-Eat (RTE) Foods

May 11, 2016

Poison prevention experts to hold seminars in Reno
Trainings will address several topics and offer Continuing Education Credits


April 29, 2016

National Air Quality Awareness Week, May 2 - 6
Local air quality affects how we live and breathe

April 27, 2016

Washoe County Health District meetings to be televised
Tune in starting today

April 18, 2016

Truckee Meadows Healthy Communities holds PhotoVoice event
Images reveal impressions youth have about health in our community

April 11, 2016

Washoe County reports first confirmed Zika case
Symptoms consistent with Zika virus developed after returning from travel to El Salvador.


March 16, 2016

Washoe County scores high in 2016 County Health Rankings
Area scores third and fifth healthiest for health factors and health outcomes, respectively

March 11, 2016

Influenza cases on the rise in Washoe County
Persons can still get vaccinated to prevent illness

March 10, 2016

Annual health rankings of Nevada counties to be released
Washoe County one of the healthiest in Nevada

March 1, 2016

Know the Code Burn Code Season Ends with fewer unhealthy days
Open burning in unincorporated Washoe County also has restrictions


Feb. 26, 2016

Health District promotes CDC advice for travel
Spring Break and Olympic travelers advised to be cautious in Zika active countries

Feb. 17, 2016

Free Family Health Festival slated for February 29
Activity will provide several health services at no charge



Dec. 17, 2015

Health District receives funding for strategic planning
One of 23 agencies selected for funding from CDC to look at accreditation

Dec. 8, 2015

Washoe County gains EPA Air Quality Attainment Designation
In compliance for first time since adoption of the 1970 Clean Air Act Amendments


Nov. 24, 2015

Source of E. coli contamination at Reno Provisions addressed
Food manufacturer cooperating with Health District

Special people need special winter plans
Now is the time to prepare for emergencies

Nov. 23, 2015

Holiday Food Safety
Prevent foodborne illness by following these guidelines

Washoe County administrative offices and libraries closed Nov. 26-27
County Clerk’s Reno office remains open.

Nov. 20, 2015

Source of E. coli outbreak in Reno identified
Investigation shifts to food manufacturer

Nov. 17, 2015

Northern Nevada celebrates the Great American Smokeout
People across northern Nevada are encouraged to quit smoking on November 19

Nov. 10, 2015

Washoe County Health District closes for Veterans Day
Reopens for regular business Thursday, Nov. 12


Oct. 28, 2015

Get ready to “Keep It Clean. Know the Code”
Wood burning season brings restrictions for some Washoe County residents beginning November 1.

Oct. 8, 2015

I/M Subcommittee and Committee Meetings Notice and Agenda for October 13, 2015
The Advisory Committee on the Control of Emissions from Motor Vehicles will be holding a committee meeting and a subcommittee meeting on October 13, 2015.


Sept. 23, 2015

Washoe County Health District to hold Fee Schedule Workshops
First meetings slated for September 29 and 30

Sept. 15, 2015

West Nile virus still present in Washoe County
Practice prevention to keep from being bitten

Sept. 4, 2015

Washoe County Health District Warns of Cucumber Related Salmonella Outbreak
Washoe County Health District warning not to eat cucumbers distributed by Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce due to health risk.

Sept. 1, 2015

Second human West Nile virus case identified in Washoe County
Individual showed typical signs of infection

Equine tests positive for West Nile Virus in Washoe Valley
Horses can be vaccinated to protect them from West Nile Virus


Aug. 28, 2015

Person infected with West Nile Virus in Washoe County
Sparks-area adult tests positive without exhibiting full range of symptoms

Aug. 19, 2015

More mosquitos test positive for West Nile Virus
Take preventative measures to avoid mosquito bites

Aug. 12, 2015

Health District gets unusual donation from grateful WIC recipients
WIC helped client get to a really good place

Aug. 3, 2015

South Meadows mosquito test finds West Nile Virus
First positive report in 2015.


July 20, 2015

It’s time for back-to-school immunizations
Making appointments now will save time later


June 30, 2015

Washoe County Health District releases 2014 Annual Report
New brochure highlighting public health also available

June 24, 2015

Take simple steps to keep cool and minimize risk
Keep safe during episodes of extreme heat


May 8, 2015

Local Housing Authority honored for voluntarily adopting a 100% smoke-free policy
Reno Housing Authority wins prestigious EMA

May 1, 2015

Health District supports 2015 Bike Week activities
Several events highlight week-long celebration of National Bike Week.


April 9, 2015

Washoe County Health District communicator earns national recognition
Ulibarri awarded credential for public health communication.


March 24, 2015

Health District Issues Position Statement on E-Cigarettes
Health District indicates e-cigarettes are dangerous to users and those exposed to second-hand vapors.

March 2, 2015

New Food Regulations Proposed
New food regulations proposed by the Washoe County Health District represent a significant change from the existing regulations adopted over 20 years ago.


Feb. 20, 2015

Health District reports measles test results are negative
There are no confirmed cases of measles in Washoe County.

Feb. 9, 2015

Test result for probable measles case in Washoe County is negative.
Test result for probable measles case in Washoe County is negative.

Feb. 6, 2015

Tested result for suspected adult with measles in Reno is negative
Test results on an adult suspected of having the measles are negative according to health officials.

Feb. 2, 2015

Washoe County Health District investigates suspected measles cases
Washoe County Health District investigates suspected measles cases.


Jan. 20, 2015

Green, Yellow and Red Burn Code program now in effect
Know when you can burn in your woodstove or fireplace.

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