Weekly Case Update

Posted August 14, 2021 at 5:46 am by

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

Since the last update on Thurs­day August 5th, total cas­es in San Juan Coun­ty have increased from 213 to 237.

Of these 24 new cas­es, nine appear to have occurred in ful­ly vac­ci­nat­ed indi­vid­u­als- a num­ber that is expect­ed giv­en the over­all high rate of vac­ci­na­tion in San Juan County.

There are approx­i­mate­ly 20 unvac­ci­nat­ed close con­tacts of pos­i­tive cas­es who are cur­rent­ly in two-week quar­an­tine. Note that vac­ci­nat­ed close con­tacts do NOT need to quar­an­tine. The num­ber of indi­vid­u­als need­ing to be in quar­an­tine would be many times high­er were it not for the high vac­ci­na­tion rate in the islands.

The trans­mis­sion sources for these new cas­es vary wide­ly. Many appear relat­ed to trav­el. Some are con­nect­ed to large gath­er­ings or known expo­sures to pos­i­tive indi­vid­u­als. Some have no clear cause and are pre­sum­ably due to com­mu­ni­ty spread. Three dis­tinct house­hold clus­ters make up more than half of the 24 new cases.

LOPEZ ISLAND: There are two new cas­es on Lopez Island since the last update. There is one pos­i­tive case under active mon­i­tor­ing on Lopez Island.

ORCAS ISLAND: There are two new cas­es on Orcas Island since the last update. There are three pos­i­tive cas­es under active mon­i­tor­ing on Orcas Island.

SAN JUAN ISLAND: There are six­teen new cas­es on San Juan Island since the last update. There are four­teen pos­i­tive cas­es under active mon­i­tor­ing on San Juan Island.

SHAW ISLAND: There are four new cas­es on Shaw Island since the last update. There are four pos­i­tive cas­es under active mon­i­tor­ing on Shaw Island.

OVERALL PICTURE:

-The Delta vari­ant is FAR more infec­tious than pre­vi­ous strains of COVID. A clear exam­ple of this is the way that the dis­ease appears to be quick­ly infect­ing all mem­bers of a house­hold- some­thing that was not occur­ring reg­u­lar­ly in ear­li­er phas­es of the pandemic.

-Due to increas­ing hos­pi­tal admis­sions of COVID patients, almost exclu­sive­ly in unvac­ci­nat­ed indi­vid­u­als, the strain on region­al health­care ser­vices is increas­ing, and dis­rup­tions to care should be expect­ed if cur­rent case increas­es continue.

-The San Juan Coun­ty Health Offi­cer has rein­stat­ed the mask­ing require­ment for busi­ness­es as of 5pm on Fri­day August 13th. Details avail­able here.

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