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Gov. Inslee visits Centralia, Tumwater coronavirus facilities

Madeline Shannon | Mar 5, 2020 | Washington

Washington Department of Health briefs Senate on status of COVID-19

Michael Goldberg | Mar 2, 2020 | Washington

Washington Department of Health (DOH) Secretary John Wiesman briefed the Senate Ways & Means Committee in Olympia this morning on the statewide response to the COVID-19 outbreak and its projected costs. Today marks day 42 of the official response in the state. The first COVID-19 case in the United States...[ Read More ]

State officials make it easier to access overdose reversal drug

| Aug 28, 2019 | Washington

Today Washington State Health Officer Dr. Kathy Lofy signed a statewide standing order for naloxone, a medication that can reverse an opioid overdose. The standing order works like a prescription and allows any person or organization in the state to get naloxone from a pharmacy. “Making it easier to access...[ Read More ]

Caroline Cadirao appointed as director of the state’s Executive Office on Aging

| Jul 10, 2019 | Hawaii

Gov. David Ige has appointed Caroline Cadirao as the director of the State of Hawai‘i Executive Office on Aging. With nearly 20 years of program management experience with the Executive Office on Aging, Cadirao now leads the agency in charge of coordinating a statewide system of elder care and caregiver...[ Read More ]

Health care highlights in Hawaii’s FY 2020, 2021 state budget

Emily Boerger | Apr 3, 2019 | Hawaii

Last week, the State House and Senate approved the final version of Hawaii’s budget bill (HB2), about a month earlier than in previous legislative sessions. The $16 billion budget covers state operations over fiscal years 2020 and 2021.     A press release from the Hawaii State Legislature Majority Democrats...[ Read More ]

Inslee declares local public health emergency after identifying outbreak of measles

| Jan 25, 2019 | Washington

Gov. Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency today in all counties in response to more than two dozen confirmed cases of measles in our state. “Measles is a highly contagious infectious disease that can be fatal in small children,” Inslee stated in his proclamation. “The existence of 26 confirmed cases...[ Read More ]

Gov. Ige unveils 2019 Supplemental Budget, health care services receive a boost

Emily Boerger | Dec 19, 2017 | Hawaii

On Monday, Gov. David Ige released his 2019 Supplemental Budget. The budget requests $85.5 million for the operating budget and an additional $1.5 billion for the capital improvements budget. During his announcement, Gov. Ige highlighted funding for education, housing, and homelessness; however, the Department of Health also received notable funding...[ Read More ]