No New COVID-19 Cases In San Juans For Second Week

Posted March 5, 2021 at 9:17 pm by

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From San Juan County

Since the last update on Fri­day, Feb. 26, total cas­es in San Juan Coun­ty have remained steady at 129.
Note that there are 0 close con­tacts of a pos­i­tive case cur­rent­ly in active quarantine.

Orcas Island

There are no new cas­es on Orcas Island since the last update. There are no pos­i­tive cas­es under active mon­i­tor­ing on Orcas Island at this time.

Lopez Island

There are no new cas­es on Lopez Island. There are no pos­i­tive cas­es on Lopez Island at this time.

San Juan Island

There are no new cas­es on San Juan Island. There are no pos­i­tive cas­es under active mon­i­tor­ing on San Juan Island at this time.

Over­all:

COVID life has been an exer­cise in pat­tern recog­ni­tion. With no pre­cau­tions, cas­es rise. When cas­es rise, we use more pre­cau­tions. When we use pre­cau­tions, cas­es fall. When cas­es fall, we elim­i­nate pre­cau­tions. Then repeat. This ebb and flow is a nat­ur­al human reac­tion to a very com­pli­cat­ed (and dif­fi­cult) sit­u­a­tion and is our col­lec­tive way of bal­anc­ing pro­tec­tion from COVID with pro­tec­tion from harm­ing the social and eco­nom­ic fab­ric of our lives.

We’re now in the loos­en­ing of precautions/cases falling phase. The deci­sions we make will influ­ence the speed and sever­i­ty of the next wave. There are some pre­cau­tions, like mask-wear­ing, or not being indoors unmasked with those out­side of our bub­bles that are not things we want to relax. There are some things that can be relaxed safe­ly: schools reopen­ing, some group activ­i­ties, etc. We need to keep in mind that we can relax some things, will still main­tain­ing the most impor­tant of our precautions.

The next four to six weeks will reveal a lot. We’ll see what the impact of the new COVID vari­ants is on dis­ease spread and sever­i­ty. We’ll bet­ter under­stand the degree to which the vac­cines both pro­tect us as indi­vid­u­als, but also pro­tect our com­mu­ni­ty. We need to watch care­ful­ly and we still need to be thoughtful.

We haven’t had a case in the islands for two weeks. And giv­en that 98% of our cas­es to date have come from islanders trav­el­ing or host­ing, we can keep that track record going through thought­ful­ness and find­ing the mid­dle ground in our precautions.

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