San Juans Has 12 New COVID Cases

Posted February 8, 2021 at 6:51 pm by

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From San Juan County

Giv­en the recent spike in cas­es, this update is being pro­vid­ed ahead of the stan­dard report­ing sched­ule. The reg­u­lar report will be released on Fri­day, Feb. 12 as usual.

Since the last update on Fri­day, Feb. 5, total cas­es in San Juan Coun­ty have increased from 111 to 123. Four new cas­es are on Lopez Island, and eight on San Juan Island.

Approx­i­mate­ly 63 close con­tacts of pos­i­tive cas­es are cur­rent­ly in active quarantine.

Orcas Island

There are no new cas­es on Orcas Island since the last update.

Three pre­vi­ous­ly iden­ti­fied cas­es are still under active mon­i­tor­ing on Orcas Island at this time.

Lopez Island

There are four new cas­es on Lopez Island. All of these cas­es are tied to a pre­vi­ous­ly report­ed case. Trans­mis­sion has been tied to unmasked work­place or social contact.

There are four pos­i­tive cas­es being active­ly mon­i­tored on Lopez Island at this time.

San Juan Island

There are eight new cas­es on San Juan Island. Four of these cas­es are close house­hold con­tacts of two pre­vi­ous­ly report­ed pos­i­tive cas­es. The ini­tial trans­mis­sion source was out of state travel.

The oth­er four new cas­es con­sist of a new case with an unknown trans­mis­sion source, and three mem­bers of a house­hold with close con­tact to the ini­tial case, like­ly through a work­place setting.

There are five pos­i­tive cas­es being active­ly mon­i­tored on San Juan Island at this time.


As we have seen over the last cou­ple of days, COVID can spread quick­ly when peo­ple live, work or social­ize togeth­er unmasked. While clear­ly house­hold mem­bers are going to inter­act unmasked, that should not be the case for co-work­ers or those choos­ing to spend time with oth­ers out­side of their household.

It is also easy to see the impor­tance of aggres­sive and accu­rate con­tact trac­ing and quar­an­ti­ning after a case has been iden­ti­fied. The com­mu­ni­ty can help make sure this is done as effec­tive­ly as pos­si­ble by pro­vid­ing all rel­e­vant details when work­ing with the pub­lic health team, and by ful­ly com­ply­ing with quar­an­tine guide­lines once iden­ti­fied as a close contact.

It is easy to become com­pla­cent in the islands giv­en our rel­a­tive­ly low case rates, but make no mis­take, the sit­u­a­tion can change very quick­ly. The pow­er of expo­nen­tial growth means that a sin­gle case can have rip­pling impacts through the com­mu­ni­ty if not stopped by pre­cau­tions like mask­ing and social distancing.

Please review this recent update urg­ing islanders to avoid high-risk trav­el off-island and to avoid host­ing guests from off-island.

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One comment...

  1. Meh. It’s par for the course. At this point we all know how it’s spread and who is at risk. Those at low risk are prob­a­bly decid­ing it’s not worth stay­ing at home and avoid­ing their friends. Those who are unfor­tu­nate­ly in the high risk group can con­tin­ue to take pre­cau­tions and wait for the vaccine.

    Comment by Dave on February 8, 2021 at 7:14 pm

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