Ferry County


The job of public health officials is to monitor the health and well-being of communities. Sometimes routine assessment of the data prompts a deeper dive into issues of potential concern to the community, and sometimes policymakers and public health partners ask for more information on a topic.  Emerging trends or items of interest can be found here. Check back frequently to see what’s catching public attention.
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Suicide was the sixth leading cause of death in Ferry County in 2019. Factors that increase the risk of suicide include a history of depression or mental illness, alcohol or drug abuse, a family history of suicide or violence, and feelings of being alone. Suicide affects the individual’s family and friends, but also the community as a whole.

The leading causes of death among Ferry County residents in 2019 were cancer and heart disease. The proportion of deaths from these two causes of death has been fairly stable since 2000 with a low of 34.2% in 2009. Click "Read More" to learn more about Ferry County's leading causes of death.

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In Ferry County in 2018 smoking decreased, but vaping increased among youth. In Ferry County currently, 1 in 3 10th graders vape, and 2 in 5 have ever vaped. There are many risks associated with youth vaping. Click the 'Read More' button to learn more about youth vaping in Ferry County.