County Says Most COVID Cases In Last Two Months From Travel, Hosting Guests

Posted February 1, 2021 at 5:00 am by

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From San Juan County

Since the last update on Fri­day, Jan. 22, total cas­es in San Juan Coun­ty have increased from 97 to 102. Three new cas­es are on San Juan Island, and two on Orcas.

Approx­i­mate­ly 53 indi­vid­u­als who are close con­tacts of pos­i­tive cas­es are cur­rent­ly in quarantine.

Orcas Island

There are two new cas­es on Orcas Island. Both of these cas­es are tied to host­ing out of state vis­i­tors, the cas­es are not relat­ed, nor are they relat­ed to pre­vi­ous cases.

There is one pos­i­tive case being active­ly mon­i­tored on Orcas Island at this time.

Lopez Island

There are no new cas­es and no pos­i­tive cas­es being active­ly mon­i­tored on Lopez Island at this time.

San Juan Island

There are three new cas­es on San Juan Island.

One of these cas­es is tied to a pre­vi­ous pos­i­tive case. One of these cas­es is relat­ed to return­ing home to the island after out of state trav­el. One of these cas­es has an unknown source of trans­mis­sion at this time.

There are two pos­i­tive cas­es being active­ly mon­i­tored on San Juan Island at this time. As always, please note that the num­ber of cas­es active­ly being mon­i­tored may be low­er than the num­ber of new cas­es due to the specifics of onset of symp­toms, date of test­ing, date of test results, etc. Not all cas­es announced as “new” are nec­es­sar­i­ly still in their infec­tious period.


While over­all case trends in Wash­ing­ton and nation­al­ly con­tin­ue to decline, cas­es tied to one of the more infec­tious vari­ants are on the rise. While what those vari­ants will mean for case num­bers is still uncer­tain in tim­ing or vol­ume, islanders should expect things to get worse before they get bet­ter. Cur­rent safe­ty pro­to­cols are not going away any­time soon.

With Feb­ru­ary break com­ing up for schools, staff, fam­i­lies, employ­ers, and oth­ers should all review our hol­i­day trav­el guid­ance. Almost all of the cas­es over the last two months have result­ed from trav­el or host­ing of guests.

Clear­ly, vac­cine dis­tri­b­u­tion is front and cen­ter. The lat­est infor­ma­tion is avail­able at

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