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Grant County child hospitalized with possible enterovirus

Grant County child hospitalized with possible enterovirus

A Grant County child has been hospitalized with a severe respiratory that may be enterovirus D68. A test returned positive for enterovirus/rhinovirus, but was unable to distinguish between the two. Additional testing is being done at the Centers for Disease Control that will determine which it is, with results expected next week.

Grant County Health Officer Dr. Alexander Brezny issued a public health advisory to local healthcare providers and schools. The CDC has said this is a rapidly evolving situation. Previously EV-D68 has been rare in the U.S, but in other states the outbreaks are resulting in many children requiring ER visits and hospitalizations, mostly for breathing problems and severe asthma.

The virus spreads from person to person like a cold and has been causing mild to severe breathing illnesses (runny nose, cough, difficulty breathing) both with and without fever. Children with per-existing asthma may suffer worse infections. There is no vaccine or specific treatment for enteroviruses.

Free documentary screening Wednesday at the Lincoln Center

Free documentary screening Wednesday at the Lincoln Center

The Spokane Regional Health District is inviting all interest parties to a free advanced screening of The Raising of America. The six-part documentary explores the importance of early child health and development:

We all want what's best for our children, so why is child well-being in the U.S. So much worse than in other rich nations? How does the squeeze on young families and caregivers – the squeeze for time, money and resources – 'drip down' on infants and young children, altering the wiring of their developing brains with potential long-term consequences?

This six-part documentary explores how a strong start for kids leads to a healthier, stronger and more equitable America.

The documentary will be shown this Wednesday, September 17 at 7 pm at the Lincoln Center, 1316 N. Lincoln St. Rachel Poulain, the co-producer of The Raising of America, will be on hand to share her insights on the making of the documentary. You can reserve your free tickets online here.

SCRAPS offering adoption special on cats

SCRAPS offering adoption special on cats

The Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service (SCRAPS) is bursting at the seams with cats! According to Shelter Operations Manager Mary Reynolds-Paullin, SCRAPS has been inundated with cats all summer and now the other local rescue groups are full.

“Our cat room is overflowing with beautiful, adoptable cats that desperately need loving homes,” Reynolds-Paullin said.

SCRAPS is offering a great cat adoption special starting on Friday, September 12th and Saturday, September 13th. Cat adoption fees will be waived and cats and kittens can be adopted for just the price of a license ($15).

SCRAPS also reminds the public that they have spay/neuter vouchers available for both cats and dogs. For the price of a pet license, SCRAPS will provide you with a ‘dollars off’ coupon to have your pet spayed or neutered.

Avista safety tips during National Preparedness Month

Avista safety tips during National Preparedness Month

This month marks the 11th annual National Preparedness Month and creates an opportunity for Avista to remind customers about the importance of being prepared for unexpected emergencies, like the recent storms that rolled through sections of their Washington and Idaho services area.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency and Department of Homeland Security sponsor this national initiative and uses September to remind all Americans to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies at home, school, work and in our communities.

As we have experienced recently, weather events like summer storms can ravage entire communities with effects lasting for days. Being prepared for severe weather like thunderstorms, wind, ice and snow storms or other natural disasters can help our residents and their families deal with the results of such events.

Sit! Stay! Shelter in place.

Sit! Stay! Shelter in place.

September is Disaster Preparedness Month, and as part of that SCRAPS wants to make sure you know how to handle your four-legged family members in times of emergency.

On Tuesday, September 9 SCRAPS will team up with the Spokane Emergency Management team to offer information on what you can do if a disaster strikes that requires you to stay in your home. Certain events like an ice storm or a train derailment may last a day or a week.

The Shelter in Place program offers tips to keep your family and furry friends safe indoors during that time.

The program begins at 6:30 pm at the SCRAPS Regional Animal Facility located at 6815 E. Trent in the Spokane Valley. Admission is free.

Grandparent's Day fundraiser for Meals on Wheels

Grandparent's Day fundraiser for Meals on Wheels

Spokane County Meals on Wheels is hosing their fifth annual Grandparent's Day to help raise money to that no senior ever has to go hungry.

This Sunday, September 7 from 1-4 pm at Mirabeau Point Park, families of all shapes, sizes and ages are welcome to join in the festivities. There will be a silent auction, lunch, and family friendly entertainers as well as a contest for grandparents of the year!

The event is $15 for adults, free to children ages 10 and under.

Spokane County Meals on Wheels provides hot, delivered meals to the frail elderly and homebound in Spokane County. They service over 400 homes daily on 40 routes and their need is always increasing. They also operate 13 senior meal sites and a Silver Cafe.