Seven New COVID Cases in San Juans, All on Orcas

From San Juan County

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Since the last update on Friday, May 14, total cases in San Juan County have increased from 180 to 187.

There are 28 close contacts of positive cases currently in active quarantine. This number would be far higher if not for a number of close contacts being fully vaccinated.

San Juan Island
There are no new cases on San Juan Island since the last update and no confirmed positive cases under active monitoring on San Juan Island at this time.

Orcas Island
There are seven new cases on Orcas Island since the last update.

Six of these new cases are close contacts of each other, either household or otherwise. The initial transmission source is still under investigation. None of these transmissions occurred in a school setting.

One of these cases appears to be unrelated to other local cases and was identified while the individual was on the mainland.

There are seven confirmed positive cases under active monitoring on or tied to Orcas at this time.

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


As of May 20, 77% of island residents 16 or over have at a minimum initiated their vaccine.

Of that same 16+ group, 60% have been fully vaccinated.

These are remarkable numbers that are the highest of any county in Washington.

These rates will continue to increase, particularly due to the recent and very successful effort to vaccinate islanders 12 years old and up.

We must remember that all island kids 11 and under will remain unprotected until a vaccine is approved for children, likely this fall.

Keep in mind that despite encouraging vaccination rates in the islands, there are still islanders who for a number of reasons remain unvaccinated. Those two groups (and their parents) should continue to be thoughtful about their exposure, particularly now, when cases are dropping in most places but are still relatively high overall.

There is still plenty of opportunities to be exposed to COVID, and the long-term effects of COVID continue to be better understood and increasingly worrisome.

It is expected that nearly all islanders who wish to be vaccinated will be fully protected by late June, including the nearly 500 island kids 12 and up who participated in this week’s vaccine clinics.

At this time, vaccination opportunities in the islands will start to diminish, but the San Juan County vaccine team will continue to offer regular clinics at least through June. These are expected to all be single-shot Johnson and Johnson clinics.

For the latest schedule and more information, visit

After June, vaccination will be delivered via any local medical providers who choose to make the service available to their patients.

Posted on May 23, 2021 at 5:00 am by

Categories: Health & Wellness, Safety

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