Jefferson County Public Health

  • Sep 16th: Oak Bay Shellfish Closure for Biotoxin
  • Sep 9th: COVID-19 booster availability
  • Aug 29th: Oak Bay Butter and Varnish Clam Closure Due To Biotoxins

September 16th: Oak Bay Shellfish Closure for Biotoxin

Port Townsend, WA. Recent shellfish samples have confirmed that a harmful algae bloom has expanded to include Oak Bay. Washington State Department of Health (DOH) has closed Oak Bay for recreational shellfish harvest for all species of shellfish due to elevated levels of the marine biotoxin that causes Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP). Danger signs have been posted at public access points warning people not to consume clams, oysters, mussels, or other molluscs from this area.

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September 9th: Bivalent (Omicron) COVID-19 booster available at upcoming clinics

Jefferson County residents who are eligible for a bivalent (omicron) COVID-19 booster may receive their vaccination at one of three upcoming clinics, as long as they are members of one of the following higher-risk populations:

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August 29th: Oak Bay Butter and Varnish Clam Closure Due To Biotoxins

A recent clam sample in Oak Bay was found to contain elevated levels of the marine biotoxin that causes Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP). As a result, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) has closed Oak Bay for recreational shellfish harvest for butter and varnish clams. Other shellfish species are not affected. Danger signs have been posted at public access points warning people not to consume butter or varnish clams from this area.
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