First Confirmed Case of COVID-19 in San Juan County

Posted March 20, 2020 at 5:24 pm by

First San Juan County Resident Tests Positive for COVID-19 Coronavirus

An Orcas Island res­i­dent has test­ed pos­i­tive for the COVID-19 coronavirus.

The patient is in sta­ble con­di­tion and is being treat­ed at home,” said Dr. Frank James, San Juan Coun­ty Health Offi­cer. “The patient was seen by their physi­cian after expe­ri­enc­ing COVID-like symp­toms. The COVID-19 test was admin­is­tered at the UW Med­i­cine Orcas Island Clin­ic in East­sound, test results were received on Fri­day, March 20th.”  

Dr. James said, “The patient is iso­lat­ed and being treat­ed at home. Fam­i­ly mem­bers resid­ing in the home are being quar­an­tined. Coun­ty Health staff have con­tact­ed a small num­ber of peo­ple who have had close con­tact with the patient. These indi­vid­u­als are being guid­ed to quar­an­tine them­selves at home and to mon­i­tor them­selves for fever and res­pi­ra­to­ry symp­toms for 14 days fol­low­ing their last expo­sure.”

As of March 20, this is the first San Juan Coun­ty res­i­dent who has test­ed pos­i­tive for COVID-19.

Accord­ing to Dr. James, “We have expect­ed a con­firmed COVID-19 case to hap­pen and we have planned for this occur­rence. Our pub­lic health team works every day to iden­ti­fy, track, and fol­low up on cas­es of all poten­tial dis­ease expo­sures to pro­tect the health and safe­ty of every­one through­out the San Juan Islands. This will be no excep­tion.”

San Juan Coun­ty health offi­cials remind every­one that if you feel sick and have mild symp­toms, stay home. If you feel you have more seri­ous symp­toms or if you are at risk for severe ill­ness, stay home and call your health provider. Do not report to a clin­ic or to the hos­pi­tal. Fol­low your doc­tor or health provider’s direc­tion. If you feel the sit­u­a­tion is urgent and life threat­en­ing, call 911.

Health offi­cials also rec­om­mend that cit­i­zens lim­it con­tact with oth­ers, even if they are not feel­ing sick, in order to lim­it com­mu­ni­ty spread of COVID-19.

For more infor­ma­tion and if you have access to the inter­net, please vis­it our infor­ma­tion­al web­page at and click on the “COVID-19 Infor­ma­tion” bar at the top of the page. You can also vis­it the San Juan Coun­ty Health and Com­mu­ni­ty Ser­vices Face­book page. The San Juan Coun­ty COVID-19 Hot­line (360–370-7500) is staffed M‑F 8:30am to 4:30pm, and the State of WA Hot­line (800–525-0127) is staffed from 6:00am to 10:00pm, 7 days a week.

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