County Covid-19 Update

Posted August 6, 2021 at 5:43 am by

Orcas Case Clus­ter Update
San Juan Coun­ty has been aggres­sive­ly inves­ti­gat­ing a recent COVID out­break on Orcas Island. Since the source case was iden­ti­fied, San Juan Coun­ty has iden­ti­fied nine addi­tion­al linked pos­i­tive cas­es. Of the ten out­break cas­es, five are con­firmed to be unvac­ci­nat­ed or not ful­ly vac­ci­nat­ed, one’s vac­ci­na­tion sta­tus is unknown and four are pos­si­ble break­through cases.

The ini­tial source of the out­break is unknown. How­ev­er, all sub­se­quent cas­es were close con­tacts with a con­firmed pos­i­tive case. There are two addi­tion­al cas­es on Orcas, not appar­ent­ly linked to this clus­ter out­break, also under investigation.

Thank you to the coun­ty staff for their expe­di­tious work inves­ti­gat­ing this out­break, and to coun­ty providers and phar­ma­cies for pro­vid­ing test­ing to the close con­tacts around the recent­ly con­firmed cas­es, in order to min­i­mize spread and keep our com­mu­ni­ty safe.

Week­ly Case Update
Note: Cur­rent pos­i­tive case num­bers are avail­able online at the Coun­ty Case Data Dash­board. As of today, case updates on the Coun­ty Case Data Dash­board will include pos­i­tive COVID cas­es which have been con­firmed by PCR test­ing meth­ods, as well as some prob­a­ble over the counter pos­i­tive test results which are uncon­firmed by PCR test­ing. This is to align our coun­ty case report­ing with recent changes to the Wash­ing­ton State Depart­ment of Health report­ing criteria.

Since the last update on Fri­day July 30th, total cas­es in San Juan Coun­ty have increased from 197 to 213.

There are approx­i­mate­ly twelve res­i­dents in quar­an­tine at this time.

LOPEZ ISLAND
There are no new cas­es on Lopez Island since the last update.

There are no con­firmed pos­i­tive cas­es under active mon­i­tor­ing on Lopez Island at this time.

ORCAS ISLAND
There are twelve new cas­es on Orcas Island since the last update. Ten of these are a part of a case clus­ter, described above. Two are house­hold con­tacts where the source of trans­mis­sion is unknown.

There are ten con­firmed pos­i­tive cas­es under active mon­i­tor­ing on Orcas Island at this time.

SAN JUAN ISLAND
There are three new cas­es on San Juan Island since the last update. The source of two cas­es is recent inter­na­tion­al trav­el and a sub­se­quent house­hold close con­tact. One is a house­hold con­tact of an ear­li­er case.

There are three con­firmed pos­i­tive cas­es under active mon­i­tor­ing on San Juan Island at this time.

OVERALL PICTURE:
COVID activ­i­ty with­in San Juan Coun­ty has increased expo­nen­tial­ly in the past weeks, but the best ways to pro­tect your­self remain unchanged. If you missed our Hot Top­ic last week here is a list of ways to pro­tect your­self: get ful­ly vac­ci­nat­ed, mask up indoors, trav­el smart, social­ly dis­tance, stay home when sick, avoid high risk activ­i­ties, and opt out­doors. Sci­ence and expe­ri­ence have shown these strate­gies work.

San Juan Coun­ty is wait­ing for the genet­ic test­ing results of the ear­li­er break­through cas­es to know if the Delta vari­ant reached the coun­ty. With our high vac­ci­na­tion rates, San Juan Coun­ty can expect to see high­er per­cent­age of break­through cas­es than oth­er coun­ties and can also expect to see those who do expe­ri­ence break­through infec­tion to have few­er symp­toms, and less severe symptoms.

Click here to see providers in San Juan Coun­ty that are admin­is­ter­ing COVID-19 vac­cines, which remain our best pro­tec­tion against COVID and the way through this cur­rent wave.

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