Weekly Case Update

Posted August 22, 2021 at 8:46 pm by

Week­ly Case Update — Fri­day, Aug 20, 2021

Note: Cur­rent pos­i­tive case num­bers are avail­able online at the Coun­ty Case Data Dash­board.

Since the last update on Fri­day August 8th, total cas­es in San Juan Coun­ty have increased from 237 to 264.

Of these twen­ty-sev­en new cas­es, ini­tial inves­ti­ga­tions indi­cate that at least sev­en appear to have occurred in ful­ly vac­ci­nat­ed indi­vid­u­als- a num­ber that is not at all sur­pris­ing giv­en the over­all high rate of vac­ci­na­tion in San Juan County.

There are approx­i­mate­ly twen­ty-sev­en unvac­ci­nat­ed close con­tacts of pos­i­tive cas­es who are cur­rent­ly in two-week quar­an­tine. Note that vac­ci­nat­ed close con­tacts do NOT need to quar­an­tine and this num­ber would be far high­er if not for the rel­a­tive­ly high vac­ci­na­tion rate in San Juan County.

The trans­mis­sion sources for these new cas­es vary wide­ly. More than half of these new cas­es were pre­vi­ous­ly iden­ti­fied as close con­tacts of pre­vi­ous pos­i­tive cases.

Note that an unvac­ci­nat­ed indi­vid­ual includ­ed in last week’s report has been hos­pi­tal­ized on the main­land. This is the first DOH report­ed COVID hos­pi­tal­iza­tion for a San Juan Coun­ty res­i­dent since April. 

  • LOPEZ ISLAND: There are no new cas­es on Lopez Island since the last update. There are no pos­i­tive cas­es under active mon­i­tor­ing on Lopez Island.
  • ORCAS ISLAND: There are four­teen new cas­es on Orcas Island since the last update. There are fif­teen pos­i­tive cas­es under active mon­i­tor­ing on Orcas Island.
  • SAN JUAN ISLAND: There are thir­teen new cas­es on San Juan Island since the last update. There are thir­teen pos­i­tive cas­es under active mon­i­tor­ing on San Juan Island.
  • SHAW ISLAND: There are no new cas­es on Shaw Island since the last update. There is one pos­i­tive case under active mon­i­tor­ing on Shaw Island.

KEY POINTS:

-San Juan Coun­ty will be offer­ing free walk-up COVID vac­cine clin­ics on San Juan (8/24), Orcas (8/25), and Lopez (8/26). For full details go to: https://www.sanjuanco.com/1737/COVID-Vaccine-Info

-Immuno­com­pro­mised indi­vid­u­als inter­est­ed in dis­cussing need for a third dose of vac­cine should review their sit­u­a­tion with their pri­ma­ry health­care provider – who will then arrange for the deliv­ery of vac­cine if appropriate.

-As per recent Fed­er­al guid­ance, San Juan Coun­ty is work­ing with local health­care providers and phar­ma­cies to dis­cuss plans to sup­ply boost­er shots for lat­er in fall. Once final­ized, those plans will be well pub­li­cized and wide­ly shared with island communities.

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